Metropolisation, Regionalisation and Rural Intermunicipal Cooperation.
This book presents the proceedings of the symposium, organized in Bratislava by the Observatory on Local Autonomy (OLA-www.ola-europe. eu), in partnership with the Committee of Municipalities and Regions of Europe (CEMR: www.ccre.org) and with Comenius University of Bratislava (https://uniba.sk/en/) on the theme of “Metropolisation, regionalization and rural intermunicipality in Europe”. The Bratislava conference is the continuation of work begun in Vilnius, Bologna and Erlangen and Nuremberg. Territorial reforms are underway in many European States and the establishment or restructuring of regional levels of government and/or the creation of certain forms of metropolitan structures are at the heart of these reforms. Regardless of the historical context of these countries or of their current administrative organization, similar dilemmas and concerns have been raised at the European level. The themes of intermunicipal communication, discussed in this book, which includes metropolitanisation and rural cooperation, illustrates and reminds us the fact that, since the dawn of organised life in society, the basic level of local government has been the town level, and everything else was built up from there.