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The international activity of the AMB is channelled through the participation in international organisations and thematic networks and through cooperation in organisations of the area.

The participation in international networks allows the AMB to work in three thematic areas:
  • Knowledge exchange: it allows sharing and exchanging technical solutions and services on problems typical of large metropolitan areas.
  • Governance: it allows knowing the different legal systems and institutions which manage the metropolitan organisation in different countries.
  • Promotion: it fosters the AMB visibility and complements the international economic development of the metropolitan region.
The AMB also collaborates with public and private organisations aimed at research, documentation and training on international relations


Networks and thematic areas
  • MedCities

    Areas: water, waste, mobility, governance and sustainable urban growth.

    It is a network of cities along the Mediterranean coast, aimed at promoting sustainable urban development as a general policy in the Mediterranean region.

    Its specific objectives are:
    • Increasing awareness of interdependence and shared responsibility regarding protection policies of urban environment in the Mediterranean basin.
    • Strengthening the role and the institutional, financial and technical resources of municipalities in developing local policies for protection.
    • Developing citizens' awareness and involvement.
    • Establishing a policy of direct cooperation, in order to form partnerships between coastal cities of the Mediterranean Basin.
    The General Secretariat is located and depends on the Barcelona Metropolitan Area. It carries out sustainable development projects in the southern Mediterranean. The Secretary General is Mr. Joan Parpal.

  • Metropolis

    Area: Governance.

    The mission of Metropolis is to promote international cooperation and exchanges between its members: local and metropolitan governments of the main cities. Besides, it acts as spokesman for the interests of the metropolis in international forums.

    The main objective of Metropolis is to better control the development process of metropolitan areas, thus improving citizens' welfare. To achieve this, Metropolis represents the regions and metropolitan areas worldwide, and it is recognised as one of the leading representatives of major international organisations, such as UNO, WHO, the World Bank and others.

    The objectives are focused on:
    • Increasing the exchange of knowledge, experiences and policies implemented between members and collaborators in order to strengthen institutional capacities.
    • Strengthening the global influence of metropolitan governments, in collaboration with other associations of local governments, international organisations and civil society (companies, universities, NGOs).
    • Expanding the members of Metropolis to balance its international mission and regional initiatives.

  • Global Fund for Cities Development (FMDV)

    Area: Governance.

    This organisation carries out technical assistance in the drafting of financial engineering projects and sets mechanisms to access to international financial markets. Similarly, it encourages research and benchmarking on issues of local economy and finance, and performs tasks of representation of the interests of local administrations in front of the actors of the international community. It was created in 2010 with the partnership of 34 cities and metropolitan bodies around the world, among which there is the Barcelona Metropolitan Area.

    The FMDV is headquartered in Paris and has six regional offices in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America.

  • United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)
    Area: Governance.

    United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) represents and defends the interests of local governments worldwide, whether large or small, urban and rural. The mission of this organisation is to be the united voice and world advocate of the democratic local self-government, through the promotion of its values, objectives and interests in the international community, and through the cooperation between local governments.

    The UCLG work program aims at:
    • Increasing the role and influence of local governments and its representative organisations in global governance.
    • Becoming the main source of support for democratic, effective and innovative local governments, close to citizens.
    • Ensuring the world organisation is efficient and democratic.
    United Cities and Local Governments supports international cooperation between cities and their associations, and provides programmes, networks and partnerships to build the capacities of local governments. It also promotes the role of women in local decision-making and it is a gateway to relevant information about local governments worldwide.

    UCLG members represent more than half of the world population. Present in 127 of the 191 member states of the United Nations and in all seven regions of the world, among the members of UCLG there are individual cities and national associations of local governments representing all the cities and local governments of a country. More than 1,000 cities from 95 countries are direct members of UCLG and almost all the existing local government associations (LGA) are members of UCLG. Europe has the highest number of LGA, which represents approximately 80% of the European population.

  • International Association of Public Transport (UITP)
    Area: Mobility.

    UITP is an international network of public transport authorities and operators, which gathers a wide rtange of members, from politicians to scientific institutes. It is a platform for international cooperation and information exchange between its 3,400 members from 92 different countries. The objective is to promote innovation in the public transport sector and also in international mobility.

  • Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling and Sustainable Resource Management (ACR +)
    Area: Waste.

    The association aims to promote the exchange of information and experiences on sustainable management of resources and waste, by stimulating prevention in the source, reuse, recycling and recovery in all their forms.

    In ACR +, the Barcelona Metropolitan Area keeps in contact with about 100 European local and regional authorities, as well as with national networks representing about 1,100 municipalities.

  • Europe Direct Information Centre-Barcelona
    Area: Cross-sectional

    This network is made up of information centres of the European Union, distributed throughout the territory and placed in institutions with experience in public administration and information about the EU.

    These information centres have four main goals: providing information about institutions, laws, policies, programs and funding opportunities in the EU; assessing where to get advice on solving specific issues related to the EU; promoting local and regional debates about the EU and its public policies; and communicating questions, opinions and suggestions to the European institutions.

    Web Europe Direct de la Comissió Europea

    The AMB is a territorial antenna of the network according to the agreement signed with the Diputació de Barcelona that manages and coordinates it since 2009.

    Belonging to this network allows the AMB to become a privileged interlocutor with the European institutions and, above all, provides access to information and documents of the EU through this contact:

    AMB - International Relations
    c. 62, 16-18 Zona Franca
    08040 Barcelona
    Tel: +34 93 223 51 51 ext. 2359 / 2548

    Europe Direct-Barcelona
  • Enterprise Europe Network
    Area: Cross-sectional.

    The AMB manages, in collaboration with ACC1Ó and the metropolitan municipalities, the business cooperation network Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) of the European Commission, which gives access to the database "Business Cooperation Database" to all metropolitan companies.

    This database enables the search of potential partners through more than 500 organisations, with chambers of commerce, business development agencies and university technology centres among them.

    The EEN network offers small and medium enterprises (PIMEs) information and assessment on policies and business opportunities in EU countries, as well as assistance in technology transfer processes and access to European programs of funding, research and development and innovation.

    It also offers specific and effective solutions to companies located in more than 40 countries, including countries of the European Union (members and candidates). Thus, this tool contains information on thousands of companies looking for partners in a wide variety of industries and locations.

    The EEN network is updated daily, so that the search can be used to: access new markets, offer or acquire a franchise, subcontract, outsource, become a joint venture, transfer or acquire technology, sell products and services, sell or acquire a business or part of it, as well as look for suppliers, distributors or agents.

    The Barcelona Metropolitan Area publishes a monthly newsletter that includes all these announcements of offers and demands of European businesses. There is a way to participate in this newsletter, either to answer to some of this offers or to advertise the business in the EEN:

    Send an email to:
    Call numbers: +34 935 069 557 and +34 935 069 359

    Enterprise Europe Network

    Metropolitan newsletter of the EEN network
  • European Federation of Metropolitan and Periurban Natural and Rural Areas (FEDENATUR)
    Area: Sustainable urban growth.

    FEDENATUR is an association of managers of natural and rural parks in metropolitan and periurban environments.

    Its main objective is the protection of natural areas in urban environments to ensure an appropriate balance between population and nature and to achieve a fair balance between urban and rural areas.

    FEDENATUR is a place for the exchange of information, technical experiences and project developments. Collserola Park Consortium hosts the general secretariat.

  • Forum of Local Authorities Peripheral (FALP)
    Forum of Local Authorities Peripheral (FALP) is a committee of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG). From the first Forum in Nanterre-Paris, three more congresses have been held, one of which was celebrated in 2009 at the Barcelona Metropolitan Area headquarters.

    These meetings are useful to discuss topics such as the dangers of social, spatial and environmental fragmentation; the right to mobility, health, housing and culture; the role of youth and emigrants, the strength of participatory democracy, and the metropolitan governance.

    It has been shown that the peripheral local authorities share some common problems and aims: to contribute, from their own territories and experiences of social inclusion, urban ecology and citizen participation, in building sustainable, democratic and supportive cities.

    These congresses have worked on the construction of a collective creation of a global reference text, the World Charter of Peripheries for Solidary and Sustainable and Democratic Metropolises. This text reflects our realities, ambitions, values and ideas to contribute to the development of supportive metropolises.

    Peripheral cities


Other institutions

The AMB is involved in several organisations based in the national territory, developing activities with international projection.
  • Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB)
    CIDOB Foundation is specialised in international relations and development through research programs in different subjects: international politics, cooperation and development, intercultural relations, population, development and migration geographical. It works in the following geographical areas: Latin America, Mediterranean, Middle East, Europe and Asia.

  • Olof Palme International Foundation (FIOP)
    The Olof Palme International Foundation was created in 1989 with the aim of supporting the major axes of the ideology of this Swedish politician peace, disarmament, human rights, solidarity with developing countries and promotion of culture.

  • Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI)
    IBEI is a private foundation created in Barcelona, promoted by CIDOB Foundation. Its goal is to be a centre of excellence and prestige and a leader in the field of international studies, a centre that trains experts in international relations and that makes Barcelona an international centre of attraction.

    IBEI is an inter-university institute recognised by the Catalan Government.