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The approvals of the AML Integrated Territorial Instrument, the updating of the amounts of financial transfers from the municipalities to AML for 2024, and the cooperation protocols with the Portuguese Environment Agency and the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Lisbon, were the main highlights of the meeting of the Lisbon Metropolitan Council, which took place on June 26 in the auditorium of the AML headquarters building.

The AML Integrated Territorial Instrument (ITI), developed under the Portugal 2030 program, aims to strengthen sub-regional and inter-municipal networks and the urban-rural articulation of the territory. It has four main objectives: to increase competitiveness through urban regeneration, accelerate decarbonization and reduce climate vulnerability, reduce school failure and dropout rates, and promote social inclusion and diversity in response to international migration flows and worsening socio-territorial fractures.

With an allocation of 120 million euros, the AML ITI concentrates around 75% of this amount on three main priorities: integrated and inclusive social, economic and environmental development, culture, cultural heritage, sustainable tourism and security in urban areas (40 million); sustainable multimodal urban mobility and the transition to a zero net carbon economy (36 million); adaptation to climate change, disaster risk prevention and resilience through ecosystem-based approaches (14 million).

Its construction process was coordinated over more than two years with the municipalities, the Lisbon Metropolitan Area and the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Regional Coordination and Development Commission. Although it will run until 2027, most of the projects will start in 2023 and 2024.

During the meeting, the municipalities also approved the update of transfers to AML for the year 2024.

The sum, established through a weighted average of four factors, amounts to one million euros.

The factors used in the calculation were the following: equal fixed funding for all municipalities (35%), population according to the 2021 census (25%) and area (15%). The remaining 25% comes from transfers from the state budget.

The meeting also approved cooperation protocols with the Faculty of Architecture, in the field of housing, and with the Portuguese Environment Agency, as part of the intervention plan for adapting to and mitigating hydrological risks in the Lisbon metropolitan area. 

The Metropolitan Council is the decision-making body of the Lisbon Metropolitan Area, in accordance with the statute of inter-municipal entities.

It is made up of the mayors of the 18 municipalities that make up the metropolitan area (Alcochete, Almada, Amadora, Barreiro, Cascais, Lisboa, Loures, Mafra, Moita, Montijo, Odivelas, Oeiras, Palmela, Seixal, Sesimbra, Setúbal, Sintra and Vila Franca de Xira). It is chaired by Carla Tavares (Mayor of Amadora), with Hélder Sousa Silva (Mayor of Mafra) and Frederico Rosa (Mayor of Barreiro) as vice-chairs.

Updated on 12/07/2023
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