Seminar on the role of European metropolitan areas and cities in the 2021-2027 EU cohesion policy and presentation of the new EU programming period to local territorial actors


On the occasion of the delivery of the Interim Report of the research project ESPON METRO - The role and future perspectives of Cohesion Policy in the planning of Metropolitan Areas and Cities (, the Metropolitan City of Torino (CMTo) and Politecnico di Torino organise a policy seminar that combines the pan-European reflections developed in the context of the project with the need to inform local actors on the opportunities that the new 2021-27 programming period will offer.

The morning session (in English language, with simultaneous translation into Italian) is dedicated to the role of metropolitan areas and cities in the 2021-27 cohesion policy and aims to attract the participation of policy-makers and national and international experts interested in metropolitan governance. In addition, an overview of the preliminary results of the ESPON METRO project, a representative of the European Commission will present the objectives and the governance of the new programming period, with particular attention to the role that Metropolitan Cities in Italy and in Europe can play. These aspects will then be discussed in depth at a round table involving representatives of the metropolitan areas involved in the METRO project.

The afternoon session (in Italian language) aims at raising the interest of the local territorial actors of the Metropolitan City of Turin and, more generally, of the general public interested in the future boundaries of the cohesion policy 2021-27. On this occasion, the framework of the European programmes with direct access will also be presented. The 2021-27 programming will be framed at the European, national and regional level, through the interventions of representatives of the European Commission, of the Italian Agency for Cohesion and of the Piedmont Region. Within this framework, the Metropolitan City of Turin will present its expectations and priorities for the future programming period, also in the light of the recently approved Metropolitan Strategic Plan