Berliner Stadtpanorama mit Blick auf den Fernsehturm in der Mitte fotografiert von der Aussichtsplattform Wolkenhain auf dem Kienberg
Bild: MIL / Fink

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European Metropolitan Region

The states of Berlin and Brandenburg are closely intertwined and together form the capital region. It is the largest metropolitan region in Germany and the only one made up of two federal states. It is centrally located in the European Union and is at the intersection of three trans-European transport corridors, which opens up special development opportunities.

The capital region maintains intensive dialogue and contacts with other metropolitan regions in Germany and Europe through the Association of German Metropolitan Regions (IKM) and the Network of European Metropolitan Regions and Areas (METREX).

Interreg VI B project MECOG-CE

The Joint Spatial Planning Department Berlin-Brandenburg (GL) is participating in the project „MECOG-CE – Strengthening metropolitan cooperation and governance“ under the leadership of the City of Brno. A total of 12 partners from seven countries (CZ, DE, PL, IT, SK) with altogether nine metropolitan regions from Central Europe are involved.


The overall aim of the project is to identify and implement sustainable governance structures for metropolitan regions in Central Europe. The exchange of experience on best-practice instruments is the main objective.

Initially, the needs and challenges for successful cooperation in metropolitan areas will be identified under the leadership of Charles University and the University of Silesia. GL will contribute its experience from Capital Region Berlin-Brandenburg.

The second project phase, led by the City of Brno, is aimed at exchanging experiences with regard to specific instruments that the project partners consider to be promising. These will be examined in depth in five working groups. The possibilities for implementation will also be examined and prepared. GL is participating in at least one working group and is organizing a transnational workshop in spring 2025.

Finally, a strategy for successful metropolitan cooperation will be developed under the leadership of the Metropolitan Research Institute. The metropolitan regions are to draw up their own action plans to test the selected instruments. GL will contribute in the creation of the strategy and will develop its own action plan.