The Metropolitan Conference Basel

The Basel Metropolitan Conference (MKB) brings together stakeholders from the worlds of politics and business. Its aim is to achieve a joint representation of interests with the purpose of influencing the federal government and other regions on key topics which are of particular importance to the metropolitan area.

Kleinhünigen harbour.
The Metropolitan Conference Basel campaigns for a speedy realisation of the third inner harbour in the north area of Basel. Photo: Swiss Rhine ports

The conference is not a new structure, on the contrary, it provides the incentive to combine the strengths of the Basel region and to appear as united as possible to the outside. Its content focuses exclusively on issues and tasks that necessitate a joint approach to the Federal Government or by international standards require cooperation with other metropolitan areas.

Joint message

Following the first conference held on 16 January 2012, the Metropolitan Conference has addressed a wide variety of topics of particular relevance for the cantons of north-western Switzerland and are also handled at the national level. For example, it approved statements and media releases on the topics of transport, education/research/innovation, operating conditions for the pharmaceutical industry as well as the further development of the infrastructure of the Swiss Rhine Ports as well as the relations between Switzerland and the European Union.

This enabled coordinated demands to be expressed, with the aim of positively influencing the discussions and decision-making processes of the Swiss Federal Councils.