INTERNATIONAL EVENT2018-10-25T11:36:58+00:00


Title: Sustainable urban transport and civic participation

Location: Zagreb, Croatia

Date: 12.09.2018 – 14.09.2018

The final event of the MEANING project took place in Zagreb on 12th – 14th September 2018. The public conference, organized by the City of Zagreb, was specifically focused on sustainable urban transport and civic participation and saw the involvement of a number of high-level speakers: Ms. Olivera Majić, deputy mayor of Zagreb; Mr. Frane Šesnić, Managing Director of Zagreb innovation centre-ZICER; and Ms. Branka Mracevik, ALDA Board Member. A series of local mobility projects on e-mobility, bicycle transportation and citizens participation were presented, and international partners also had the chance to introduce some of their projects on sustainable mobility engaging in an active and fruitful discussion. The event was also an occasion for partners to wrap up, present the local events they organized, discuss the lessons learned, come up with valuable recommendations for each of the topics tackled, and look at the way forward for metropolitan cities and active citizenship in Europe.


Title:  Final Conference Sub>URBAN: Reinventing the Fringe/Meaning Conference

Location : Barcelona, Spain

Date : 25.04.2018 – 27.04.2018

The event focused on the “Management of European funds by local governments and involvement of the social and economic actors”. Policy-makers, citizens and other involved social and economic actors will debate on the funding opportunities and mechanisms of European policies and programmes.  The discussion will especially address opportunities for civic participation in local governance and for regional economic development (CLLD). It was found that metropolitan areas have to fight to participate in the EU Urban Agenda as they are often in competition for funds at the national level (which sees the metropolitan areas as a threat) – thus it is essential that metropolitan regions liaise with the European Parliament but also national governments to get more cohesion funds for them.


Title: Metropolitan governments shaping the EU Urban policy

Location : Brusselles, Belgium

Date : 11.10.2017

The local activity took place in the form of a panel discussion with representatives from the project consortium and a debate with stakeholders on 11th October 2017 at the Representation of the Apulia Region in Brussels. The event objective was to reunite EU stakeholders such as the EU, national, regional and local policy/decision makers. In addition to, authorities managing and evaluating cohesion policy programmes and projects, private companies, financial institutions, European and national associations. The goal is to exchange opinions and views on the performance of the urban policy and provide to EU institutions with metropolitan actors’ feedback for the post-2020 strategies.

The event was attended by Metropolitan City of Milan, Barcelona Metropolitan Area, Gdansk-Gdynia-Sopot Metropolitan Area, the City of Zagreb, the Metropolitan City of Bari, Riga City Council, Porto Metropolitan Area and ALDA – European Association for Local Democracy gathered in the Representation of the Apulia Region in Brussels.


Title:  International Congress Smart Metropolia

Location : Gdańsk, Poland

Date : 13.11.2017 – 13.11.2017

The 6th International Congress Smart Metropolia took place in November in Poland. For the first time, Gdansk-Gdynia-Sopot Metropolitan Area organised study visits to four cities: Gdynia, Kartuzy, Pelplin and Wejherowo, devoted to social participation, modern technologies in transport, urban renewal and culture. The co-organizers of the event were the Ministry of Economic Investment and Development of Poland, the Gdańsk Tourist Organization and the MTG SA Gdańsk International Fair Co. Congress gathered about 800 participants, over 100 speakers including 15 from abroad.

Participants had the opportunity to listen to three keynote speeches by PhD Ivan Tosics, Mr Markku Markkula and Mr Marten Sims. There were also three plenary sessions which took place on the topic of territorial, institutional and social relations and 18 thematic discussions, of the 12 corresponding to the EU Urban Agenda). On the basis of the Congress theme, the Gdansk-Gdynia-Sopot Metropolitan Area published a booklet under the title “Relationships of spaces. Implementation of the Urban Agenda for the European Union”. Congress was a forum of debate on who to communicate efficiently about the benefits of strong metropolitan areas and how to build support for this initiative among public opinion.


Title: Models of Governance of the Metropolitan cities and the European Urban Agenda

Location : Milan,Italy

Date : 2.02.2017 – 03.03.2017

The first international event took place on the 2nd – 3rd February 2017 in Milan Italy.  The first event aimed to address the topic of Models of Governance of the Metropolitan cities and the European Urban Agenda and gathered participants invited by the Metropolitan city of Milan and other partners. During the event participants discussed the various models of governance of metropoles and their role in the European context. The local difficulties and promotion of dialogue on various metropolitan experiences starting from an analysis of Milan’s reality was also discussed.

The international event involved visits to areas in Milan; informative speeches from institutional members on the topic of the future of ‘European Union’s urban policy’; a coordination meeting of the consortium and a workshop on the “Models of Governance of European Metropolitan cities and European Urban Agenda” led by Mr Marco Mazziotti, Head of Unit for European policies, City of Milan, Mr Bruno Marasa, Head of Information Office of EU Parliament in Milan and Mr Marco BOARIA, Head of the Development and Resource Unit, ALDA.


Title:The Key Role of Metropolitan Area as International Bands

Location : Porto, Porrtugal

Date : 26.06.2017 – 28.06.2017

This international event took the form of a conference on the topic of “The Key Role of Metropolitan Area as International Bands” on the 26th – 28th June 2017 in Porto, Portugal. The aim was to address the different ways metropolitan area stakeholders (citizens, local governments, social and economic actors, NGOs etc.) may work together to build a strong vision and image (brand) associated with the territory, to attract people to work, live, study, visit and invest there. Sharing international experiences will be essential to the success of the seminar. The conference involved the results of the study on “Assessing the external perceptions about the entrepreneurial ecosystem of the Porto Metropolitan Area and the variables to work on (roadmap)” by Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, a roundtable session on the topic of the conference, a sightseeing tour of porta and a consortium coordination meeting on future events.