The Mediterranean network of cities

MedCities helps empower Mediterranean local governments to achieve their strategic priorities, believing them to play a vital role in improving the lives of citizens. It is a Mediterranean voice for local authorities and builds their capacity to meet the challenges of local governance in a sustainable way.

MedCities has four principal fields of activity:

  • developing and implementing projects 
  • sharing knowledge and building expertise in local authorities 
  • facilitating cooperation and multilateral action between municipalities and metropolitan areas 
  • participating in regional and international political processes


The development of MedCities

MedCities was established in 1991 in Barcelona when 16 cities formed a network with the purpose, initially, of supporting environmental protection from a local perspective. In 2015, the network became a fully independent organization and now brings together 63 local authorities from all shores of the Mediterranean basin. The transformation of MedCities into a legal association has increased its operational capacity and enhanced its ability to promote urban sustainable development

1991 - Creation of the MedCities network

1992 - Marseille Presidency of MedCities

1996 - Metropolitan area of Barcena Assumes General Secretariat of MedCities

2002 - Rome Presidency of MedCities

2011 - Creation of Knowledge Transfer Centres (KTC)

2013 - MedCities members vote to form a legal association. Tétouan Presidency of MedCities

2016 - 25th anniversary of MedCities

2017 - MedCities becomes operational as a legal association


A report of MedCities activities during the political mandate 2014-2018 can be downloaded below, in French and English (PDFs).