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On May 25, Fábrica das Palavras in Vila Franca de Xira hosted an ordinary meeting of the Lisbon Metropolitan Council, where documents and proposals of interest to the entire Lisbon metropolitan area were discussed and deliberated.

At the meeting, the Lisbon Metropolitan Council unanimously approved the signing of a technical and financial collaboration protocol between the Environmental Fund and the Lisbon Metropolitan Area, within the scope of the Recolha Bio program, to support the implementation of selective waste collection projects and the reduction of waste landfill. The program will have a financial allocation of around four million euros, to be distributed among the 18 municipalities, depending on the applications submitted. The activities and projects must be carried out by November 2024.

Within the scope of the metropolitan network of municipal libraries, reference was also made to the possibility of signing a protocol between the Lisbon Metropolitan Area and the Office for Cultural Strategy, Planning and Evaluation (an integrated service of the State's direct administration) for the financing of IT equipment, online mobile libraries and information systems and integrated catalogs, for a total value of approximately 500,000 euros (investment covered by the PRR). The investment is based on a survey carried out in 2019 by DGLAB - Direção Geral do Livro, Arquivos e Bibliotecas (General Directorate for Books, Archives and Libraries) of the needs of municipal libraries in the public network. This measure is expected to contribute to the modernization and empowerment of the technological and physical infrastructures of the network of cultural facilities of municipal public libraries, in order to ensure increased access to library spaces, services and information resources, and to improve the provision of online services to citizens, thus contributing to the development of citizens' digital literacy skills and to the dissemination of the collections of municipal public libraries.

The meeting also discussed the financing model for the Lisbon Metropolitan Area and the principles of a possible protocol with the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra.

The calendar of public events to publicize the Communities in Action plan - integrated metropolitan operations (a metropolitan plan to support disadvantaged communities in the Lisbon metropolitan area) was also presented, as well as an update on the process of drawing up the action plan for the metropolitan area's Integrated Territorial Instrument.

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 11/07/2023
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