The Challenge

Large urban agglomerations are characterized by a multitude of spatial connections and interdependencies, such as traffic between the suburbs and the center, partially due to the commuters. Those interactions are often not reflected in the way metropolitan areas are governed.  Municipal borders are based on historical delimitations of cities and smaller surrounding villages. No metropolitan or functional urban area is governed by a single local government.

The reality of the metropolitan economic development asks for collaboration between different administrative entities, even is the are competitors on several issues.

The AEMC-network position

Good governance requires cooperation with the business organizations, in the fisrts palace regarding the economic activities in the metropolitan areas. CCIs demand a direct representation in the partnerships that are elaborated between the metropolitan political entities.

Useful links Brookings Metropolitan policy program
World association of major metropolises
Les métropoles: reformer l’organisation territorial