Postponed: EU Launch Event of the Metropolitan Region of Amsterdam 2023

17 November - 2023 , Brussels

Strengthening the relationship with the EU for a resilient, sustainable and prosperous Europe

13:30-15:30 CET (followed by a networking reception from 15:30 – 17:00)

Location: Permanent Representation of The Netherlands to the European Union, Kortenberglaan 4/10, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

The Metropolitan Region Amsterdam (MRA) has the pleasure of inviting you to attend the official launch event ‘Strengthening the relationship with the EU for a resilient, sustainable and prosperous Europe’. The event marks the launch of the MRA in Brussels.

As a metropolitan region, they stand to support stronger and better cooperation between urban and rural areas, for more resilient, greener, more equitable and better-connected communities. Within Europe we will work on network expansion, knowledge sharing and financing of and about major social challenges in our metropolitan region.

Please register via this link. The deadline for registration is November 10.


13:30 – 14:00 Registration
14:00 – 14:15 Opening
14:15 – 15:15 Panel discussions
15:15 – 15:30 Closing remarks
15:30 – 17:00 Networking reception


During the event MRA will feature insights from several MRA mayors and actors working in Brussels, providing valuable perspectives on how we can make the best interaction between Europe’s ambitions and the work in our metropolitan region. We will explore this with the following guests:

  • Robert de Groot Netherlands Permanent Representative to the EU
  • Femke Halsema Chair of the Metropolitan Region Amsterdam and mayor of the City of Amsterdam
  • Arthur van Dijk Vice Chair MRA and King’s Commissioner in the province of Noord-Holland
  • Arjen Gerritsen Vice Chair MRA and King’s Commissioner in the province of Flevoland
  • Jeroen Olthof Regional Minister of Noord-Holland and responsible for Mobility within the MRA
  • Karen Vancluysen Secretary General of POLIS
  • Dorien Rookmaker Member of the European Parliament
  • Robbert Berkhout Deputy mayor of the City of Haarlem and responsible for Sustainable Development in the MRA
  • Rosalinde van der Vlies Clean Planet Director at the European Commission (DG RTD)
  • Jeroen Verwoort Deputy Mayor of the City of Velsen and responsible for Economic Development in the MRA
  • Diederik Samson Head of Cabinet – Commissioner Hoekstra (tbc)

This event marks a pivotal moment in our efforts to strengthen the MRA’s position on the European stage in our focus policy areas:

  • Sustainable and Smart Mobility On the way to livable accessibility: smart, clean, and conscious travel
  • Circular Economy From ‘doing sustainable things’ to ‘doing things sustainably’; sustainability as the new standard
  • Hydrogen As being part of the Hydrogen Hub Noord-Holland, the MRA has the ambition for a hydrogen accelerate the hydrogen transition

For any inquiries or additional information, please feel free to contact MRA via email: