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Several political representatives from 19 European metropolitan areas met on 14 June to discuss their participation in the preparation and implementation of National Recovery and Resilience Plans. The meeting was attended by the Regions of Bratislava, Budapest, Dublin, GZM Metropolis, Helsinki-Uusimaa Region, Krakow Metropolis Association, Lyon Metropolis, Florence Metropolitan City, Milan Metropolitan City, Rome Metropolitan City, Torino Metropolitan City, Venice Metropolitan City, Northwest City Region, Greater Paris Metropolis, Porto Metropolitan Area, Toulouse Metropolis, Warsaw, Wroclaw and Barcelona Metropolitan Area.
The political representatives declared the following conclusions:
To regret the low level of involvement of most metropolitan regions in the elaboration of the National Recovery and Resilience Plans.
To express the need to implement the metropolitan projects that have been identified in the different territories under the Recovery and Resilience Fund. The EMA will compile a selection of projects defined by its members.
To welcome the draft of the political conclusions of the ESPON METRO project on the role of metropolitan areas in cohesion policies as an example of the cooperation provided in the EMA network.
To agree to defend the European Union institutions, in particular the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Committee of the Regions on the lack of effective involvement of metropolitan areas in the preparation and implementation of the National Recovery and Resilience Plans.
To continue the exchange of information and debate during the next EMA policy meeting which will take place in Porto on 11 and 12 November.