Mapping METREX – launch of a new dedicated Expert Group 2024

26 June 2024 , Online

Following the first working session held on March 26, Mariana Faver Linhares and Frenk Bekkers (Province South Holland) have drafted a proposal for the launch of a new METREX expert group which will design and pursue the implementation of a Mapping METREX long term observatory on the metropolitan dimension in Europe.

Therefore, we are very pleased to invite you to join the next meeting scheduled on June 26 at 12:00-13:00 (CET time).

It will be the occasion to discuss:
  • Objectives,
  • Methodology
  • Timeline

This new program will be coordinated and led by the Province of South Holland.

The main objective of this group will be to deepen the knowledge around the territorial diversity and variety of governance systems offered by the METREX membership.
Connecting and visualizing existing information to form a common knowledge base for Members will allow for an increased capacity to analyze the present conditions and critically contribute to the WHAT (New demands in Spatial Planning), HOW (are governance and strategies in place enough to cope with the future challenges), WHY (visioning a metropolitan future) METREX program of activities aimed at the implementation of the Metropolitan Manifesto launched last November 2023 at the European Parliament.
Moreover, the presence of metropolitan regions and areas which have been already testing and implementing this type of activity on their own territories will provide the group with specific skills and technical know-how.
Finally, the Mapping METREX activities fit perfectly well in the agreed workflow, as discussed at the METREX Spring Conference in Brussels 16 May, under the title ‘Are we fit for the Future’, where we look into the way we are organised ourselves and see if improvements can be made, while learning from our best examples.

Interested in getting involved?

Please, get in touch with us by contacting the Secretariat at and let us know if you can join the meeting on June 26 on what promises to be a very insightful learning process!