The Brussels-Capital Region has been elected Vice-President Europe of Metropolis. Metropolis is the global network of major cities and now consists of more than 130 cities and regions with more than one million inhabitants from all over the world. The Chinese city of Guangzhou was elected president. Guangzhou will be succeeded by the Colombian city of Bogota.
Pascal Smet (State Secretary for European and International Relations) who prepared the candidacy, will fill this position in the coming period (2021-1023) and will play an important role, through the Executive Committee membership, in the strategic orientation of the most influential metropolitan network in the world.
In addition to its new role as Vice-President, Brussels was also re-elected as treasurer of the organisation, represented by Jean-Luc Vanraes. He believes that “the privileged access of Brussels within the European Union and more specifically within the European Committee of the Regions will allow Metropolis to better weigh in on the policy agenda through Brussels.”
As Vice-President, Brussels will ensure the representation of the organisation at regional level, in this case Europe. The Brussels candidacy explicitly corresponds to the status of Brussels as capital of the European Union.
State Secretary Pascal Smet emphasised the impact of the health crisis and the serious consequences which are felt in many sectors. – “Our cities and regions have shown great responsiveness and have been fully involved in the management of the pandemic. We want to and must be actors of change. Strengthening exchanges and cooperation between the members of Metropolis and local and regional actors in Europe and the rest of the world will help us to do so.”
Source: Brussels Government