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The Metropoolregio Eindhoven (MRE; English: Eindhoven Metropolitan Region), until 1 January 2014 the Samenwerkingsverband Regio Eindhoven (SRE; English: Cooperative union for the Region of Eindhoven) is a regional governmental agency for the city region of Eindhoven, Netherlands. The MRE comprises 21 municipalities in the Eindhoven agglomeration, with a total area of 1,457.81 square kilometers. The region has nearly three quarters of a million inhabitants and some 35.000 companies (employing over 330.000 people).
Metropoolregio Eindhoven Wikipedia
The MRE is a city region, which means that it is primarily a cooperation of municipalities (it also means that the MRE mandatorily carries out certain tasks for the municipalities, in the form of a joint administration). Final control over the MRE lies with the Regional Council (Dutch: Regioraad), which consists of representatives of the participating municipalities (either mayors or aldermen). The Council sets the general parameters and long-term guidelines within which the MRE operates. The Council also provides overview of the Daily Management, which is responsible for the daily running of the MRE.
The MRE is involved with many areas of administration that are cross-border concerns for the member municipalities. In order to facilitate this, the responsible aldermen for these areas meet six times a year in a meeting.
The Daily Management runs three separate services of the MRE:The MRE (the service which carries out the joint administration)
The MRE Environmental Service, which assists the municipalities in environmental and regional planning
The Regional Historic Center of Eindhoven
The Environmental Service is the largest of the MRE bodies.
In the area of administration, the MRE has three types of responsibilities:City region responsibilities. These are responsibilities that have been appointed to the MRE by mandate of being a city region (that is, the law delegates them to the MRE). Examples of these responsibilities are contracting public transportation and child care. Most of these responsibilities have been moved to the MRE from the province.
Responsibilities as an extension to municipal administration. These are responsibilities that all member municipalities have delegated jointly to the MRE.
Responsibilities that one or more member municipalities have unilaterally delegated to the MRE.
The City and Regional Transportation in North-Brabant is not entirely the legidomain of the province of North-Brabant. Being a city region, MRE is the concession granter for public transportation in the southeast of the province. The current concession holder is Hermes. The MRE also commissioned the creation of the Phileas, a guided bus which runs on the rapid transit lines to Meerhoven, Eindhoven Airport and Veldhoven.