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METROPOLITAN DEVELOPMENT AND COOPERATION IN SOUTH-EASTERN EUROPE

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Author(s): Paschalis ARVANITIDIS | George PETRAKOS

Journal: Région et Développement
ISSN 1267-5059

Volume: 27;
Start page: 133;
Date: 2008;
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Keywords: METROPOLITAN DEVELOPMENT; STRATEGY; URBAN CENTRES; SOUTHEASTERN EUROPE

ABSTRACT
This paper explores the role and importance of the four, closelocated, metropolises of south-eastern Europe (Skopje, Sofia, Thessaloniki and Tirana) and proposes a strategy that promotes metropolitan growth and development, maximizes spread effects to national hinterlands, and advances cross-country cooperation between cities in the area. These metropolitan centres play a significant role within both their respective countries and the whole region, because of their function as political/administrative centres and economic/growth poles and their dominance over the other national urban centres. In addition, their relative proximity permits the development of networks of cooperation and the gradual formation of a polycentric regional structure in south-eastern Europe, which will progressively embrace all the important cities, to increasing regional integration and enhancing economic development.
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