The Brno Metropolitan Area (BMA) is currently part of the international project MECOG-CE – Strengthening metropolitan cooperation and Governance in Central Europe. The project started in April 2023 and will run until the end of March 2026. It is co-funded by European Union funds through the Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE programme.
The goal of the project is to strengthen metropolitan cooperation and governance in Central Europe in the partner metropolitan areas. The project aims to identify the best tools, procedures and examples of good practices for strengthening metropolitan cooperation and governance in Central Europe and apply them in metropolitan areas towards strengthening integrated metropolitan strategic and spatial development.
The project includes partners from cities, metropolitan areas and research institutions. These are:
- The City of Brno (Brno metropolitan area),
- The City of Warsaw,
- The City of Ostrava,
- Stuttgart Region Association,
- Joint Spatial Planning Department Berlin Brandenburg,
- Metropolitan City of Turin,
- Charles University,
- University of Silesia in Katowice,
- Metropolitan Research Institute.
The project also involves associated partners, namely:
- Metropolitan City of Milan,
- Upper Silesian Metropolitan Area,
- Ministry of Regional Development of the Czech Republic,
- Union of Polish Metropolises,
- METREX network of European Metropolitan Regions and Areas.
By participating in the project, the City of Brno expects to find examples and tools to further strengthen the voluntary metropolitan cooperation in the BMA with the aim of its institutionalization, which will facilitate the subsequent integrated metropolitan strategic and territorial development. Such development is beneficial not only for the cities and municipalities in the BMA but also for the citizens themselves. The city and BMA will also gain much experience and knowledge in managing a project of this significance. The opportunity to be the lead partner of the Interreg project was given to the city of Brno for the first time and it is ready to take full advantage of it.
The method of work consists of intensive cooperation between the partner cities, research experts and representatives of international networks. The cooperation is based on international meetings aimed at sharing good practices. The first transnational partner meeting has already taken place in Brno. More about this meeting here. The second transnational meeting was held in Warsaw. Outcomes of this meeting are available here.
The project is divided into three parts:
- In the ongoing first part, the partners will summarize the current status quo of metropolitan cooperation and governance in the partner cities and then the best tools/examples of good practice will be identified that can be shared and applied to other cities and metropolitan areas. At the same time, new tools will be identified that can be used to deepen metropolitan cooperation and governance (inspiration from other parts of Europe).
- On the basis of the selected tools and examples of good practice, the partners will create in the second part of the project “study clusters“, whose main objective will be to deepen the sharing of experience in the implementation, management and transferability of these tools. This part also includes pilot actions to test selected tools and methods in practice. During this part, partners will develop new solutions within each cluster and selected tools.
- The third part will focus on the main objective of the partners’ cooperation, namely the development of a Strategy for strengthening metropolitan cooperation and governance in Central Europe and the creation of action plans for cities and metropolitan areas involved.
The project will also include the production of position papers towards the European level, reflecting the position of metropolitan areas and cities and their challenges (in the context of strategic European documents). At the same time, a general transferable methodology for strengthening metropolitan cooperation and governance will be developed and shared with other cities in Central Europe.
Outputs and results
The individual outputs and results of the project will be continuously updated throughout the project. These outputs and results will include the already mentioned documents such as the Strategy and Action Plans, pilot actions and proposed new solutions or Common Metropolitan Vision summarising the needs of metropolitan areas. In addition, sub-outputs or deliverables such as the analysis of existing best practices and tools for enhancing metropolitan cooperation or catalogue of newly developed solutions will also be shared.
- The first deliverable of the project is the Identification of challenges specific for Central European Metropolitan Areas. This analytical document summarises not only the current challenges for Central European metropolitan areas, but also the opportunities for the enhancement of metropolitan dimension and the presence of this dimension in European and international policies.
The project has a projected budget of €1.647 million over three years, 80% of which will be co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and 5 % through state subsidy.
The project has its own official website, which is maintained within the Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE website. You can visit it here. The project also has its own profile on the social network LinkedIn, which you can follow here.