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European Metropolitan Authorities debate about social and housing policies in Lyon

Group photo of the participants


On the 4th and 5th of June, the 5th edition of the European Metropolitan Authorities Forum, which the AMB promotes, took place in Grand Lyon, to debate about the main challenges and social policies for metropolitan areas. In total, 35 big cities and metropolises from 20 European countries participated.

The event focused on discussing, sharing experiences and cooperating to find common solutions to the main metropolitan social challenges, and gaining recognition for metropolitan areas as key actors in the European Union who participate in the design, definition and implementation of European social policies.

The inauguration was lead by the President of the metropolitan area of Lyon, David Kimelfeld, and the Vice-president of the AMB Area for International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Aymerich, as well as representatives from the European Commission and the Committee of the Regions to speak about how they implement social policies through the European Pillar of Social Rights at the local level.

Throughout the debates, social policies were addressed in an integral manner emphasizing the management of public spaces, housing or mobility and transport that metropolitan areas carry out.

The AMB's General Manager, Ramon Torra, participated in a roundtable about urban planning and its impact in social policies.

Social Housing

The EMA's meeting was held parallel to the International Social Housing Festival which took place in Lyon that same week.

The EMA closed with the signing of the Lyon Declaration, in which the signing parties requested a strengthening of the role of metropolitan areas as actors of change in European social policies.

The EMA network's next meeting will be organised in Oporto in October 2020.

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