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The administrative organisation of large metropolises: a key to strengthening local democracy in Europe

Motion for a resolution | Doc. 12371 | 28 September 2010

Sir Alan MEALE, United Kingdom, SOC ; Mr Ruhi AÇIKGÖZ, Turkey, EDG ; Mr Miguel ARIAS CAÑETE, Spain, EPP/CD ; Mr Iosif Veniamin BLAGA, Romania, EPP/CD ; Mr Joseph FALZON, Malta, EPP/CD ; Mr Axel E. FISCHER, Germany, EPP/CD ; Mr Jean-Claude FRÉCON, France, SOC ; Mr Gábor HARANGOZÓ, Hungary, SOC ; Mr Rafael HUSEYNOV, Azerbaijan, ALDE ; Mr Jean HUSS, Luxembourg, SOC ; Mr Tadeusz IWIŃSKI, Poland, SOC ; Mr Juha KORKEAOJA, Finland, ALDE ; Mr Aleksei LOTMAN, Estonia, UEL ; Mr Bernard MARQUET, Monaco, ALDE ; Mr Aleksandar NENKOV, Bulgaria, EPP/CD ; Ms Carina OHLSSON, Sweden, SOC ; Mr Joseph O'REILLY, Ireland, EPP/CD ; Ms Elsa PAPADIMITRIOU, Greece, EPP/CD ; Mr Cezar Florin PREDA, Romania, EPP/CD ; Mr John PRESCOTT, United Kingdom, SOC ; Mr Gabino PUCHE, Spain, EPP/CD ; Mr René ROUQUET, France ; Mr Fidias SARIKAS, Cyprus, SOC ; Ms Maria STAVROSITU, Romania, EPP/CD ; Mr Valeriy SUDARENKOV, Russian Federation, SOC ; Mr Latchezar TOSHEV, Bulgaria, EPP/CD

The Parliamentary Assembly observes that the administrative organisation of certain European cities is no longer appropriate to the real situation.

A change in administrative structures with the aim of developing the economic, social and cultural sectors and also improving infrastructure in the fields of transport, telecommunications and energy, tourism promotion and development etc, seems particularly necessary in large metropolises.

The inhabitants of large cities and neighbouring municipalities are confronted on a daily basis with problems related to road traffic, sanitation services and the lack of coherent urban development programmes.

It would be desirable for the Assembly to reflect upon the modernisation of administrative entities in order to enhance the development of local democracy and the establishment of good governance and ensure full citizen participation in local life. The fruits of this reflection will provide a contribution to the works of the 16th Session of the European Conference of Ministers responsible for Spatial/Regional Planning (CEMAT) to be held in Paris in 2012.