International project METRO

The Brno metropolitan area has been a part of the international research project ESPON METRO – The role and future perspectives of Cohesion Policy in the planning of Metropolitan Areas and Cities since June 2019.

This project identifies metropolitan areas and cities in the European Union in an effort to strengthen their role and influence in the decision-making process concerning the 2021+ programming period and in cohesion and regional policy in general. The project aims to analyze and compare the role of cohesion policy in the process of planning and implementation of the metropolitan agenda in selected European cities. The project includes the following metropolitan areas: Turin (main coordinator), Barcelona, ​​Brussels, Lisbon, Lyon, Gdansk-Gdyna-Sopot, Florence, and Riga. The aim of the research project is to provide evidence on how metropolitan areas can contribute to the achievement of specific cohesion policy objectives through their agenda so that European metropolitan areas are key players in designing programs and strategies to implement cohesion policy. The project also aims to describe the added value of implementing cohesion policy at the metropolitan level and to analyze how cohesion policy should integrate the metropolitan dimension.

The research project will run until October 2021, accompanying activities should be implemented until February 2022. The city of Brno expects to gain new knowledge in metropolitan area management (development, planning, cooperation), share examples of good practice and specific solutions to implement in its development.

The first output of the project is the Inception report, which develops the objectives of the research, its methodological framework and describes the context in which the individual participating metropolitan areas operate. You can find the introductory report here. The Annex to the report in the form of a description of the current situation of individual metropolitan areas can be found here. Case studies of metropolitan areas provide information on the current role of cities in the implementation of national and regional cohesion policy, the impact on the preparation of partnership agreements and the level of participation of metropolitan areas in the cohesion policy planning process for the next programming period. The report also offers a detailed description of the cohesion policy instruments used by cities, the involvement of relevant stakeholders, the creation of strategies and the relationship between cohesion policy objectives and the planning and implementation of metropolitan objectives.


The project The role and future perspectives of Cohesion Policy in the planning of Metropolitan Areas and Cities is being developed under the auspices of the Politecnico di Torino research team (main contractor). The project also includes the team of Charles University, the University of Libre in Brussels etc. You can also find more information about the project on the official website of the ESPON program.