A European Urban Policy Fit for the Future 2024

23-24 January 2024 , Brussels

High-level event under the auspices of Belgium EU Presidency

METREX co-hosted a parallel session on the metropolitan dimension at this forthcoming EU Presidency event.

Read the post-event press release

image of the event speakers

The year 2024 will be Europe’s political year, with the renewal of the European Parliament members and the formation of a new European Commission. What is the Europe we want, from the point of view of cities? Is there a place for cities in the future European agenda? How could the partnership between the European institutions and European cities be made stronger, to be able to face together challenges to come?

On 24 January 2024, the Brussels-Capital Region is organising a high-level event in Brussels, inviting Mayors from European cities to discuss the future of European urban policy and the urban and metropolitan dimension of the next European policy programming.

The political roundtable, co-hosted by METREX and EMA, will focus on the theme ‘How to foster the urban and metropolitan
dimension of European policies?’. It is a key milestone in road for METREX to push for greater cooperation between the EU and metropolitan regions and areas.

Speaking at the roundtable will be:

Jakub Mazur, METREX president and 1st Deputy Mayor Wroclaw
Marianne Schuurmans, Representative of EMA and Mayor of Haarlemmermeer (MRA)
Renaud Payre, Vice President Lyon Metropole
Felix Sproll, Municipal Councillor of Munich
Robert van Asten, Deputy Mayor The Hague
Marcos Ros Sempere, Member of the European Parliament
Jan Olbrycht, Member of the European Parliament

Moderator: Ƚukasz Medeksza, Wrocƚaw and METREX

The objectives of this event are to:

• ensure that the urban dimension remains high on the European political agenda.
• ensure a continuous dialogue between European cities and the European institutions,
• highlight local European responses and experiences to current challenges linked to urban resilience and transitions.

The main outcome of this high-level event will be a joint declaration from European Mayors, networks and partners to remind of the importance of large cities as partners and drivers of European objectives, and advocate for a strong urban dimension in the next European policy programming.