METREX Riga Conference

29 September - 1 October 2021

Towards implementing spatial strategies in continuously changing metropolitan areas

This conference will take place online. Details of how to register and attend will be made available soon.

Conference overview

The METREX Riga Conference will continue the tradition of learning from our host, reflecting on their work as well as putting the metropolitan work in a European Context with a range of examples from across Europe.

29 September 2021
State of the Union of METREX Expert and Network Groups. The METREX manifesto on the Role of Metropolitan Regions and Cities.
30 September 2021
Host Day: Riga Metropolitan Authority present their new Development Plan and host parallel sessions to explore a number of its facets. We will visit exemplar projects.
1 October 2021
METREX Day: a focus on Nordic-Baltic and Central European Approach on Planning, including parallel sessions with input from other METREX Members. Reflections from leading EU politicians and members of the Committee of the Regions.


The metropolitan landscape in former Central-Eastern European states have changed radically in the past thirty years. The overall increase of metropolitan land consumption has changed the settlement structure, with new mobility patterns and the need for public services as a result, leading the transformation of metropolitan space. Nevertheless in some cases metropolitan areas are still in the process of being recognised by the governing structures and given some kind of governance status.

In the case of Riga Metropolitan Area (RMA), the planning has been widely discussed in the past decade and the municipalities have come up with a mutual agreement to work together in developing a more efficient and competitive city region as well as to contribute to the macro-regional metropolitan networks strengthening the BSR in Europe and beyond.

The process and results so far will be explained in the METREX Riga Conference, with a focus on the new jointly achieved RMA development plan in a context of BSR and overall development tendencies of metropolitan regions. We will also explore if there is a Central European planning approach as a result of the specific post-war cultural historical background.

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