Location: Akershus, Norway
Akershus County Council is a democratically elected body with regional responsibilities in areas such as education, transport and regional development. The County Council is governed by politicians elected by popular vote every 4th year.
Public administration in Norway has a 3-tier structure with the following elements: central government, county government and municipal government. The welfare of the individual is closely bound up with the activities of the county and municipal governments. Norway is divided into 19 counties (fylker) and more than 400 municipalities (kommuner).
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona Regional is a public agency established in 1993 and it is a technical leader in the field of urban planning, environment and infrastructure.
Barcelona Regional is experienced in leading projects on innovation, quality and efficiency in the use of resources. BR is one of the essential tools to make Barcelona a city of eco-efficient and interconnected neighbourhoods and a true smart city.
Location: Munchen, Germany
Bavaria is one of the strongest economic regions in Europe and enjoys an excellent global reputation as a high-tech location. The gross domestic product per capita is one of the highest worldwide. The employment dynamics outperforms that of all other German states. Bavaria offers employees the best job prospects and companies a highly qualified workforce. Bavaria is in the forefront of technical and economic progress with major international companies, strong medium-sized firms, and future-oriented research.
Location: Beek, Netherlands
Beek is a town and municipality in the southeastern Netherlands, in the province of Limburg. As of 2012, Beek has a population of about 16,400, of which about 8,800 live in the town of Beek.
Beek contains an airport: Maastricht Aachen Airport in the south.
Location: Berlin-Brandenburg, Germany
The Berlin/Brandenburg Metropolitan Region is one of eleven metropolitan regions of Germany, consisting of the entire territories of the city-state of Berlin and the surrounding state of Brandenburg. The region covers an area of 30,370 square kilometres (11,730 sq mi) with a total population exceeding 6 million.
Location: Budapest, Hungary
The XVIII. district of Budapest consists of two main settlements, namely Pestszentlőrinc and Pestszentimre. The ratio of the 100.000 permanent inhabitants is 79-21%.
The district is primarily a residential area on the outskirt of Budapest with mainly low-level number private houses, several intensively built-up housing estates and some important industrial establishments. The residential feature is the direct result of the summer resort function from the last century.
The district gives place to the National Airport and some institutions of national importance: National Meteorological Service Prediction Center, Central Atmospheric Institute.
Location: Canary Islands, Spain
Each of the Canary Islands has a cabildo insular (town hall) which allows them to self-govern to a certain extent and to assume control of local services. The islands are further divided into 77 municipios (municipalities), 21 of which can be found in Gran Canaria. An alcalde (mayor) heads up each of these Canarian municipios.
Location: Catalonia, Spain
The Generalitat (Government of Catalonia) is the institutional system around which Catalonia’s self-government is politically organised.
It consists of the Parliament of Catalonia, the President of the Generalitat de Catalunya and the Government of Catalonia.
Location: Drenthe, Netherlands
Drenthe is a province of the Netherlands, located in the northeast of the country. It is bordered by Overijssel to the south, Friesland to the west, Groningen to the north, and Germany (districts of Emsland and Bentheim) to the east.
In 2014, it had a population of 488,957 and a total area of 2,683 km2.
Drenthe is a sparsely populated rural area, unlike many other parts of the Netherlands. Except for some industry in Assen and Emmen, the land in Drenthe is mainly used for agriculture.
Groningen Airport Eelde is a minor international airport located in Eelde in the province of Drenthe. Hoogeveen Airport is a general aviation airport located in Hoogeveen.
Location: El Prat de Llobregat, Spain
El Prat de Llobregat is a municipality in the comarca of Baix Llobregat in Catalonia, Spain. It is situated in the delta of the Llobregat river on the right bank, bordering the coast of the Mediterranean Sea between Barcelona and Viladecans. More than a quarter of the area of the municipality is occupied by Barcelona–El Prat Airport. Apart from the transport links to the airport, the town of El Prat is served by a railway station on the coastline from Barcelona to Valencia.
Location: Fingal, Ireland
Fingal County Council was established in 1994 and is the Local Authority for the administrative county of Fingal. Fingal is located to the north of Dublin City and is also bordered by South County Dublin, Meath and Kildare, and to the east by the Irish Sea. The county covers an area of c. 448 sq. km.
Fingal has a population of 296,214 (Census 2016) making it the third most populous local authority area in the country. The population increased by 77% between 1996 and 2011. The county also has the youngest population in the country.
Location: Frankfurt, Germany
The Frankfurt Rhine Main is one of the economically most important European metropolitan areas and is on a par with the metropolitan areas of London, Paris or Milan. It offers an attractive workplace and is an international hub for goods, services, financial and information flows.
For this purpose, it has a high quality of life: urban spaces, cultural and recreational areas are found concentrated here. Finally, the region has a rich variety of their municipalities and their different types of landscapes on the way to a sustainable region. The regional association FrankfurtRheinMain based on the Hessian State Parliament adopted Law on the metropolitan region of Frankfurt / Rhine-Main, on the 1st April is entered into force in 2011. We are an authored organ that controls the regional development and coordinated.
Location: Gavà, Spain
Gavà is a municipality in Barcelona Province (Catalonia, Spain), bordering the coast of the Mediterranean sea between Viladecans and Castelldefels.
Gavà has a beach and two population centres: Gavà, the city, and Gavà Mar (Gavà Sea), an urbanisation by the beachside.
Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
GR is a cooperative organization for 13 municipalities in western Sweden – together these municipalities have around one million inhabitants.
GR’s mission is to promote cooperation across municipal boundaries and to be a forum for ideas and experience exchanges within the region. The activities within GR will be of municipal benefit while strengthening the region nationally and internationally.
Location: Iasi, Romania
Located in the N–E of Romania, at the present eastern EU border, Iasi Airport is one of the most ancient accredited airports in Romania. It was established in 1932, having legal personality from 1992. Its Vision is to become the essential air hub to link the East of the European Union and the rest of the world. Its overall objective is to develop a modern airport, fully functional, appropriate and consistent with standards set by the airlines and by the global development of technology.
Location: Ile-de-France, France
The Paris Region Planning and Development Agency (IAU Île-de-France) is dedicated to territorial entities, offering analysis, studies and decisionmaking tools.
The IAU focuses on the regional planning and economic development of Paris Region: territorial dynamics, sustainability, clusters. They participate in the elaboration of regional master plans: « Île-de-France 2030 », urban development, housing, economic development.
Through innovative ideas, the IAU helps local authorities and companies to take the right decisions. The agency has already advised numerous clients located all around the world: Africa, Latin America, Middle-East, Asia. They also carry out benchmarks on global regions and cities.
Location: Hounslow, UK
Hounslow London Borough Council is the local authority for the London Borough of Hounslow in Greater London, England. It is a London borough council, one of 32 in the United Kingdom capital of London.
Location: Madrid, Spain
The major cities of the 21st century are true development hubs for the global population. Their capacity to attract both investment and talent, and as such to boost consumer spending and improve standards of living, depends to a large extent on their visibility at a global scale. The economic growth and development of any city go hand in hand with the promotion of its competitiveness in the global landscape.
Based on an analysis of the actions carried out over recent years and of the current complex social and economic climate, the Madrid City Council has outlined the Strategic International Positioning Plan for Madrid for the 2012-2015 period. The Plan aims to help consolidate Madrid’s position as one of the world’s leading cities, providing the boost our city needs in terms of economy and employment.
The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) is the national agency responsible for land use planning and environmental regulation in Malta.
Established under the mandate of the Environment Protection Act (2001) and the Development Planning Act (1992) of the Laws of Malta, MEPA is also responsible for the implementation of around 200 Directives, Decisions and Regulations under the EU Environmental Acquis.
Location: Mazovia, Poland
Mazovia region covers an area of 35.6 thousand km2, what makes it the largest region in the country. At the same time is the most internally diverse region in Poland. It consists of: the Warsaw agglomeration with the largest city in the country- the Polish capital Warsaw, that plays not only a dominant socio-economic role but is also a major transport hub and then a part of the region that can be characterised by economic growth indicator below the national average.
Location: Oulu, Finland
The City of Oulu is the capital of northern Finland. The Oulu Region has about 250,000 inhabitants and it is the fastest growing region in Finland.
The City of Oulu itself has about 200,000 inhabitants. There are good opportunities for studying, working and research and development, especially in the hi-tech sector. The Oulu Region also has a lively cultural climate.
Transport connections are direct and fast, regardless of the means of transport or direction. All main roads meet in Oulu. Oulu has an international airport and there are about 15 flights to and from Helsinki each day. In addition, you can fly direct from Oulu to Riga, Tampere, Rovaniemi and Kemi-Tornio. Oulu railway station is one of the busiest in Finland.
Nowadays the Oulu Region is well known for its technology, the hi-tech growth having started after the establishment of Oulu University in 1958. There are two science parks in the region: Technopolis Plc, Scandinavia’s first science park, and Medipolis Ltd., as well as a technology centre, Ii Micropolis Ltd. The region is home to many hi-tech companies, such as Nokia, and the sector currently employs over 10,000 people.
Location: Upper Romerike, Norway
Upper Romerike Development (ØRU) is the joint agency of the 6 municipalities in Upper Romerike: Eidsvoll, Gjerdrum, Hurdal, Nannestad, Nes and Ullensaker municipality. Establishment of ØRU was adopted by Flå boards in 1997 and formally established in March 1998.
Before the establishment of ØRU, municipalities were members Romeriksåsen Council. Local mayors and county mayor Akershus constitute the board of ØRU.
Location: Unetice, Czech Republic
The association was founded in 1997. Above all, PAR joins together different municipalities – surrounding towns and villages and Prague districts — on the basis of a common interest related to the operation of Airport Prague. The airport greatly impacts the citizens in its proximity, and this will continue to grow with the increase in air trafﬁc in the future. The PAR objective is to minimize the negative inﬂuences and optimize the advantages. The cooperation with Central Bohemian Region, Prague, as a whole, and the town council of Prague 6 plays an important role in our activities. They are also a responsible and well-informed partner of the Airport, Ministry of Transport and Environment, and other competent authorities.
PAR: “Our membership in the Airport Region Conference (ARC) is vital for attaining useful information and methods for mediation. With regard to the present situation and the urban development of our towns, villages, the Prague Airport and other airport infrastructure around Prague, we have prepared the following principal tasks to reach this objective.”
Location: Rhein-Neckar, Germany
The Rhein-Neckar Metropolitan Region, accredited in Germany as European Metropolitan Region on April 28, 2005, is situated at the interface of the three German federal states Baden-Wuerttemberg, Hesse and Rhineland-Palatinate. The Metropolitan Region with its main centres Mannheim, Heidelberg and Ludwigshafen and their wider urban and rural areas can look back at a long tradition of regional cooperation.
In 1969, the three federal states signed the Rhein-Neckar treaty and thus recognised the need for an institutionalisation of an intraregional cooperation, a basis for further cooperation tasks and responsibilities was created. After six decades of experience in handling regional challenges, the accreditation as European Metropolitan Region in April 2005 and the amendment of a “Rhine-Neckar treaty” in July 2005 has set a milestone for the regional development in the Rhein-Neckar region.
Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands
The Municipal Executive Committee consists of the Mayor and his Vice Mayors. The current 7-member Municipal Executive Committee (2014-2018) is a majority coalition composed by Leefbaar Rotterdam, D66 and CDA.
The Municipal Executive Committee and the City Council jointly govern the city and make up the City Government. The City Council is the legislative body (sets out general policy and passes bills), while the City Executive is the executive body (submits bills, implements policy and makes day-to-day decisions).
In essence, the City Government exerts considerable influence over everything that happens in Rotterdam, within the wider nation-wide framework (national legislation and policies) set by central government. The leeway afforded to local government depends on the subject and is greater in areas such as urban development, economic activity and cultural activities; and more limited in areas such as education, healthcare, welfare benefits, as well as law enforcement. Of course, certain policy areas remain the exclusive domain of central government, including foreign policy and national defence.
The Société Wallonne des Aéroports was incorporated on 1 July 2001 at the initiative of the Walloon Region, the sole shareholder of the company.
It carries out the following activities:
1. Managing financial contributions on behalf of the Walloon Region ;
2. Infrastructures – In terms of the operational sites, services benefit management companies ;
3. Development of economic zones around airports;
4. Management of environmental programs on behalf of the Walloon Region;
5. Funding for security missions.
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
The County Council is responsible for all publicly-financed healthcare and public transport in Stockholm County. The County Council is also responsible for other overall issues within the county, such as regional planning and cultural subsidies.
Greater Stockholm is Sweden’s leading region and financial centre. Today, the region attracts people from other countries, visitors and investors. It ranks highly in terms of quality of life – public health is good and the level of education is high.
Location: Uusimaa, Finland
The Capital Region of Finland consists of the cities of Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen and forms the core part of Uusimaa.
The region ranks among the highest in Europe in terms of creativity, knowledge economy, sectoral productivity performance and economic performance, according to the European Competitiveness Index (ECI) 2004 & 2006. In terms of European competitiveness, starting from school level, Helsinki-Uusimaa ranks as one of the super regions in Europe, leading the way in development based on knowledge creation and utilization.
Location: Val d’Oise, France
Val-d’Oise is a French department created in 1968 after the split of the Seine-et-Oise department and located in the Île-de-France region. Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, France’s main international airport is partially located in Roissy-en-France, a commune of Val d’Oise.
Location: Vantaa, Finland
Vantaa is the fourth biggest city in Finland with more than 219,000 inhabitants. Less than 20% of Vantaa residents are under 16 years old, while 15% are aged 64 or over. Every tenth Vantaa resident is a foreign national, and—besides Finnish and Swedish—more than a hundred other languages are spoken in the city. There are 107,332 jobs in Vantaa, and the city’s self-sufficiency in employment is 108%. Most jobs are in wholesale and retail, transportation, storage, and industry.
Location: Vienna, Austria
The City Council’s function is to safeguard the interests of all members of the municipality. Its tasks include general supervision of the municipality, electing the mayor, the deputy mayors and the city councillors. The City Council adopts the municipal budget plan (i.e. the annual budget), approves staffing plans, and adopts the final balance.
It is also responsible for approving the Rules of Procedure and the Allocation of Competencies in the City Administration (- both documents are subsequently decreed by the Mayor).
Location: Flemish-Brabant, Belgium
The province of Flemish Brabant is a form of local government that links the 65 municipalities of the area and the Flemish and federal governments.
The democratically elected provincial council implements and develops economic, social and cultural policy, coordinates actions of local actors and funds projects of regional importance.