Metropolitan challenges in the post 2020 European Union

This seminar will focus on two of the main challenges European metropolises face at this moment: firstly, how metropolitan areas can contribute to, and have a voice in, European climate governance in the form of the newly launched European Green Deal; and, secondly, how they can tackle growing socioeconomic inequalities that concentrate in urban areas.

ACTIVITAT REALITZADA
10 març 2020 - 09:00h
LOCALITZACIÓ: Sala Jordi Maragall, CIDOB. Elisabets 12, 08001 Barcelona
ORGANITZAT PER: CIDOB´s Global Cities Programme with the support of the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona (AMB)

COL·LABORADORS (2):

Objectiu

The 7th Report of Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion emphasises that metropolitan areas across Europe are gaining relevance as hubs of welfare and opportunities and drivers of innovation and productivity. Metropolitan areas have become laboratories for solutions to some of the most pressing challenges linked to globalisation. They play a crucial role in fighting the causes and consequences of climate change, managing the disruptive impacts of technology and mitigating the effects of growing inequalities linked to financialisation processes. However, in most of Europe, the lack of efficient metropolitan governance structures, political recognition and access to funding undermines the ability of cities to respond to these challenges. 

The new Multiannual Financial Framework for the period 2021-2027, currently under negotiation, will provide the European Union (EU) with a new sense of direction and determine the overall size of the budget, the balance between policy areas and the requirements attached to funding opportunities. To what extent will the role and contribution of metropolitan areas be part of these discussions? Further, the capacity of metropolitan areas to deliver a wide range of policies (e.g. on mobility, climate change, research and inequalities) will also determine the development of the Strategic Agenda of the European Council. 

Aware of the growing importance of metropolitan areas, the European Commission is proposing a post-2020 Cohesion Policy that strengthens the urban dimension of regulations for territorial development. In particular, it foresees to dedicate 6% of European Regional Development Funds to sustainable urban development and to a new networking and capacity-building programme for urban authorities (the European Urban Initiative). Similarly, the revision of the Leipzig Charter on Sustainable European Cities (2007), which will be adopted this year, presents an opportunity to enhance institutional coordination and a multilevel governance framework that includes metropolitan areas. 

To what extent do these windows of opportunity sufficiently address the needs of metropolitan areas? The seminar will examine this question by focusing on two of the main challenges European metropolises face at this moment: firstly, how metropolitan areas can contribute to, and have a voice in, European climate governance in the form of the newly launched European Green Deal; and, secondly, how they can tackle growing socioeconomic inequalities that concentrate in urban areas. The objective is to assess how EU policy frameworks and financial assistance are supporting metropolitan areas in the effort to tackle these challenges. The seminar will also elaborate recommendations on new EU tools and policies that can potentially improve the support provided to metropolitan areas.

Arxius

Participants

SPEAKERS

Hannah Abdullah

Hannah Abdullah

Research Fellow, CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs)

Nicolas Brookes

Nicolas Brookes

Executive Director, CPMR

Martyna Derszniak-Noirjean

Martyna Derszniak-Noirjean

Researcher, Austrian Institute for Regional Studies

Oriol Estela

Oriol Estela

General Coordinator, Barcelona Metropolitan Strategic Plan (PEMB)

Antoni Farrero

Antoni Farrero

Head of the General Manager Bureau, Metropolitan Area of Barcelona

Agustí Fernández de Losada

Agustí Fernández de Losada

Senior Research Fellow, Director of the Global Cities Programme, CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs)

Dominika Forgáčová

Dominika Forgáčová

Head of the Bratislava Region Brussels Office

Eva Garcia Chueca

Eva Garcia Chueca

Senior Research Fellow, CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs)

Doris Knoblauch

Doris Knoblauch

Senior Fellow, Ecologic Institute, Berlin

Ernest Maragall

Ernest Maragall

Vice-President, Metropolitan Area of Barcelona (AMB)

Milagros Pérez Oliva

Milagros Pérez Oliva

Journalist, Director of Barcelona Metropolis

Julia Peterbauer

Julia Peterbauer

International Relations Officer, Vienna Social Fund, City of Vienna

Sergio Porcel

Sergio Porcel

Head of Social and Urban Cohesion, Institute of Regional and Metropolitan Studies of Barcelona

Antoni Segura

Antoni Segura

President, CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs)

Mariona Tomàs

Mariona Tomàs

Professor, University of Barcelona

Ivan Tosics

Ivan Tosics

Director, Metropolitan Research Institute, Budapest

Metropolitan challenges in the post 2020 European Union ACTIVITAT REALITZADA

09:00h Welcome remarks

Ernest Maragall,Vice-President, Metropolitan Area of Barcelona (AMB)                     

Antoni Segura, President, CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs) 

09:15h Introduction to the seminar. Key elements for the discussion

Moderator:       Milagros Pérez Oliva,Journalist, Director of Barcelona Metropolis

Keynote:          Nicolas Brookes, Executive Director, CPMR

                        Mariona Tomàs, Professor, University of Barcelona

10:00h Panel 1. The metropolitan dimension of the European Green Deal

Moderator:       Hannah Abdullah,Research Fellow, CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs)

Keynote:          Doris Knoblauch, Senior Fellow, Ecologic Institute, Berlin

                        Ivan Tosics, Director, Metropolitan Research Institute, Budapest

                        Antoni Farrero,Head of the General Manager Bureau, Metropolitan Area of Barcelona

                        Dominika Forgáčová,Head of theBratislava Region Brussels Office

11:15h Coffee Break

11:45h Panel 2. The metropolitan dimension of the Social Europe

Moderator:       Eva Garcia Chueca, Senior Research Fellow, CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs)

Keynote:          Martyna Derszniak-Noirjean, Researcher, Austrian Institute for Regional Studies

                        Oriol Estela, General Coordinator, Barcelona Metropolitan Strategic Plan (PEMB)

                        Sergio Porcel, Head of Social and Urban Cohesion, Institute of Regional and Metropolitan Studies of Barcelona

                        Julia Peterbauer,International Relations Officer, Vienna Social Fund, City of Vienna

13:00h Concluding remarks

Agustí Fernández de Losada, Senior Research Fellow, Director of the Global Cities Programme, CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs)