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Croatian and comparative public administration : a journal for theory and practice of public administration, Vol.12 No.3 September 2012. -

As an association of a big city and its satellite towns, the metropolitan area is a form of intermunicipal cooperation. It can be voluntary or mandatory. Due to new cooperation structures and common bodies, it differs from mergers of local units or other forms of intermunicipal cooperation. Portuguese legislator has adopted the concept of metropolitan area for Lisbon and Porto, the biggest two cities in

the country. After short historical introduction, the system established by Statutory Order 46-2008 has been analysed. Special attention is devoted to the metropolitan area of Lisbon, which consists of 18 municipalities with almost 3 million inhabitants. Metropolitan areas have their own bodies: metropolitan assembly, metropolitan council, executive metropolitan commission, and consultative commission

optional. At the end, causes of recent legislative solutions are briefly described.

metropolitan area; Lisbon and Porto; metropolitan bodies; intermunicipal cooperation

Author: Carla Amado Gomez - ; Faculty of Law, University of Lisabon, Portugal



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