european diversity on a human scale

MEL, the European diversity on a human scale

Key figures

Lille European Metropolis includes 90 towns and villages and 1.2 million people. It extends across the border with Belgium, constituting a “Eurometropolis” of 2.2 million people.

  • 1.2 million inhabitants (MEL)
  • 2.2 million including the Belgian area
  • 160,000 border crossings a day
  • Youngest population in France : 35% of the population is under 25.

MEL is a Public intermunicipal cooperation authority, established by the law of the December 31st of 1966. It gathers more than one million citizens on a territory which is both rural and urban, made by big towns and by villages. The MEL intervenes in essential domains: town and country planning, culture, household waste, sustainable development, water and purification, economy and employment, public space and public road network, Europe and international attractivity, housing environment and housing, urban affairs, nature and living environment, sport, tourism, transport and mobility, accessibility for disabled people, crematoriums.

Welcome in Lille European Metropolis

In the very core of north Europe, the metropolis of Lille benefits from a strategic position. It is located at less than an hour and a half from the biggest economic and financial places such as London, Paris and Bruxelles.

It has always known how to make the most of its remarkable situation and its several assets to operate for the development of a rich territory. One full of promises and opportunities, a spot of excellence and success, which is united and responsible.

Lille European Metropolis has a strong identity, it is an urban and rural area, where nature and agriculture mix with art and architecture. Its economy rests upon historical and innovative business sectors which drives the most successful business incubators and startups.

Lille has the youngest population in France, preparing the future in excellent universities. Its richness resides in its friendliness and creativity which we are proud of. A wide cultural offering, infrastructures, museums  with prestigious collections, exceptional sporting events  and one of the greatest stadiums in Europe, the  Pierre-Mauroy stadium.

We keep reinforcing our metropolis' attractivity, working on our best assets and providing Europe with the best Lille has to offer. Lille European Metropolis moves each day forward to lead to future benefits for companies and its inhabitants.

I am delighted to welcome you to Lille European Metropolis.

Damien CastelainDamien Castelain, Lille European Metropolis' President


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