Metropolitan Association of Upper Silesia

The Silesian Metropolis (Polish: Metropolia Silesia), formerly Metropolitan Association of Upper Silesia (Polish: Górnośląski Związek Metropolitalny) is a territorial entity operating on the principle of metropolitan municipality composed of 14 adjacent cities in the Polish province of Silesia. The seat of the city council is Katowice, the largest district of the Silesian Metropolis.

The Silesian Metropolis as a Katowice area lies within one of the largest urban areas in European Union. Its population is 2,039,454 (2008), within an urban zone, with a population of 2,746,460 according to the Eurostat and also part of the wider Silesian metropolitan area, with a population of 5,294,000 according to the European Spatial Planning Observation Network.

It was created by a local initiative, and participation was voluntary. The intent to form the union was formally stated by the mayors of the participating cities, who signed a declaration to this effect on January 9, 2006 in Świętochłowice. The Union's registration was signed by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administration of the Republic of Poland (Polish: MSWiA) on 8 June 2007 with the city of Katowice.

In 2006 and 2007, the union planned to unite these cities into one entity, "Silesia".

The aim of the union is the creation of a strong metropolitan center with pooled resources, an internationally competitive profile and unified management of common infrastructure.

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