Iván Tosics participated in the “Kyiv Investment Forum” held in Brussels on 28 November 2022. One of the side events of the KIF was the “Kyiv Agglomeration Sustainable Rebuilding” meeting, organized by Eurocities. Mayors of settlements around Kyiv participated in the meeting in online form, due to the seriousness of the situation in their area. In the framework of the Ukrainian decentralization reform, the ‘Kyiv agglomeration’ territorial unit has been created with roughly 3.9 million inhabitants. 18 settlements from the 1.8-million oblast around Kyiv (consisting of 69 settlements) belong to the agglomeration, together with the capital city of 3 million people. The topic of the meeting was the operation of this agglomeration association and its possible further development, taking into account the planning related to the reconstruction of the region and the adaptation of the expected international assistance to local needs. During the meeting many European examples were mentioned, with special regard on the ways how the operation of metropolitan areas can be made more efficient.
Cover photo was taken by Peter Austin.