Civil Society Forum


The FORUM is the Eurometropolis' consultative assembly and is made up of representatives from civil society.


The Agency:

  • helps the FORUM to carry out its mission by providing it with technical support and up-to-date information on the latest developments of the Eurometropolis' work; it also coordinates the work of the technicians of the three consultative assemblies: the Development Councils of Metropolitan Lille and Picard Wallonia and Transforum.
  • provided the Forum with a space on the website under the heading "Civil society Forum" as well as an intranet.
  • invites its appointed members to the six Eurometropolis Thematic Working Groups.

The current President of the Forum is Sébastien Poliart, from Wallonia.

The president of the Forum between 2015 and 2017 was French CEO Jean-François Dutilleul.


In 2013, the Flemish Philippe Vlerick was elected president of the Forum.
He impulsed the creation of the Heartbeats Eurometropolis Music Festival, whose first edition was on June 5th and 6th 2015.

On 30 September 2011, the FORUM elected a new President, Philippe Luyten, for a two-year term.

Belgian (Walloon) Philippe Luyten is the current President of the Eurometropolitan e-campus. He was formerly the President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Picard Wallonia up until the end of April 2012.

A new Board was subsequently established and the FORUM renewed its membership by welcoming 20 additional members into its fold. It is currently made up of 80 members, all from the three sides of the Eurometropolis. In line with the Eurometropolis' recommendations, the staff is now younger and has a larger proportion of women.

In March 2012, the FORUM officially adopted a work programme (fr)  for the next two years, in line with the priorities identified by the Forum.

Four priority areas for further work were identified:

  • Economy
  • Mobility
  • Education
  • Sustainable spatial planning (including a contribution to the strategic planning for the Eurometropolis 2030 Strategy).

The Forum established its own FWGs (Forum Working Groups) based on these priorities.


The FORUM, established in late 2009 and presided over at that time by Patrick Peugeot, produced several contributions in 2011:

  • a contribution on the issues surrounding mobility,
  • a contribution on cross-border cooperation in the health and medico-social sectors, 

It also:

  • enabled sharing and a debate between the two Development Councils and Transforum on the diagnostic analysis of the Metropolitan Lille SCOT Territorial Coherence Programme
  • organized its assessment, as expected, at the end of the two-year trial period.



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