Europe is confronted by unprecedented social and physical change. From climate adaptation to energy production, productivity to inequality, the challenges we face seem insurmountable.
Prompted by an invitation from EU Commissioner for Cohesion and Reform Elisa Ferreira to rethink our approaches to these issues, METREX, is developing a uniquely metropolitan-level solution to a prosperous, safe and sustainable Europe going forward.
Our response began with a Mission Statement on how METREX can help our network of metropolitan regions and areas in overcoming these huge challenges. During this process, it was made clear that the metropolitan level already plays a significant role in determining positive economic, social and physical outcomes.
However, it was also evident that national governments and the European Commission are unprepared to mobilise the metropolitan level as an equal partner in solving these challenges.
A metropolitan vision for Europe 2050
METREX believes it is high time for the metropolitan level to show how we deliver on Europe’s commitments to science, business, society and the environment. Our ultimate goal is to secure an appropriate share in decision-making and in funding at EU and national levels.
Together with representatives from EMA and Metropolis, as well as our respective communities, we will explore and develop a vision on our position and role that will enable us to come with concrete solutions addressing the current and future common challenges.
Through a series of three roundtable discussions, focused on the scientific community, industry, and politicians, we will explore what a metropolitan Europe might look like, including the obstacles, opportunities and alternatives.
We will be joined at each roundtable by two writers, who will capture and synthesise the discussions into what will become a first draft. This draft will then be shared with METREX members for comment towards the end of 2023. Our aim is to have the vision finalised by spring 2023 to coincide with the EU’s next budget period.
The first roundtable took place during the Metro Solutions International Congress on 18 October 2022.
The following two roundtables will take place at these moments:
4 November 2022: Roundtable for Politicians
14 November 2022: Roundtable for Industry
If you have any feedback or comments about the vision process, please contact Stephen Gallagher on [email protected].