Polityka rozwoju obszarów metropolitalnych
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The paper assumes that metropolitan areas should be organised as entities entitled to their own, internal policy-making. The metropolitan areas policy should also be run by regional and national authorities. The legal and political issues must be decided on, in order to make established metropolitan area the subject of development policy. Those issues determine: • allowed/preferred organisational forms of metropolitan areas, • rules for metropolitan areas development planning and spatial planning, • financial framework for metropolitan areas, being the separate entities of public finance. The model solutions concerning metropolitan authorities’ entitlements and rules for coordination of different bodies’ activities in the metropolitan area can be discussed with regard to the above mentioned issues. Development challenges that are characteristic for metropolitan areas are the rationale behind running the policy by metropolitan decision-makers as well as behind the existence of metropolitan areas policies. The related issues of high strategic importance, that can be easily listed, will in the future determine development possibilities of Polish metropolitan areas as well as their position in European perspective.