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Final conference & Final guide

The final conference in Rome brought together the project partners and politicians from seven European metropolitan regions. They were joined by representatives from the EU Parliament, top-ranking scientists and the INTERREG IV C Joint Technical Secretariat to discuss the results and conclusions from the project.

The Final guide (right column) compiles the main results of the three-year cooperation. It visualizes the different framework conditions in the seven metropolitan regions, presents examples of good practice, explains the collected experience and uses this as the basis for formulating altogether 15 policy recommendations. In this way, it acted as the material basis for the Final conference.

Photos: Gregory Telepak

This was a lively, well attended conference with committed speakers and numerous statements from the panel and from the audience. It was especially important to have the "view from Europe", particularly as presented by the MEP Dr. Eva Lichtenberger, to fit the project findings in the larger European context.

Given the outstanding quality of the project, Dr. Lichtenberger will advocate Catch-MR presenting the results also in the EU Parliament’s Transport Committee.

At the end of the conference and of the project, six fundamental findings stand out from all the abundance of material:

1) Exchange helps

The partners have indeed learnt from each other: all seven metropolitan regions take concrete, feasible suggestions from Catch-MR which will help to improve their respective transport policy in each case.

2) It’s not just mobility

Transport is vital for the development of metropolitan regions, and this is not just for reasons of mobility. Transport is one of the key prerequisites for economic development. It plays a major role in reducing harmful emissions and has a direct impact on the quality of life of the population. Catch-MR has made it quite clear that transport policy plays a crucial role in the appeal of the cities and regions.

3) From administrative borders to functional areas

Administrative borders are becoming increasingly insignificant. Catch-MR has shown that there is a need for cooperation to be organised along more functional lines. The partners explicitly welcome the fact that in the coming structural fund period, the EU will be putting a greater focus on functional areas such as the metropolitan regions.

4) From government to governance

Governance is cooperation on eye-level: from regulation to communication, from command and control to consensus building, from formal instruments to more informal instruments. The seven Catch-MR regions have shown how governance models can help to develop the complementary interests of metropolitan cities and regions, generating mutual benefit in each case.

5) Expectations to EU

Metropolitan regions are an issue of European significance. The main results of Catch-MR constitute a strong argument for putting their possibilities and needs even more at the focus of European transport policy in future. Catch-MR will therefore be offering its results for discussion in the European Parliament and EU Commission.

6) From project to network

Catch-MR began as a project; three years of intensive joint work have led to the development of a stable, efficient network of European metropolitan regions. This excellent partnership will be continued, further expanded and deepened in future.

Below please find all relevant materials and presentations:

Programme  (pdf – 30 kB)

Press release  (pdf – 32 kB)

Catch-MR Guide: Towards Sustainable Mobilty in MRs  (pdf – 5 MB)

Presentation - Panel 1  (pdf – 1 MB)

Presentation - Panel 2  (pdf – 2,5 MB)

Presentation Metrex  (pdf – 5,3 MB)