Within the framework of the European institutional system and applicable policies (especially, the EU cohesion policy and "Europe 2020" strategy), regional and local authorities represent a significant resource and a significant opportunity for the Union and member States.
The new regional areas are trans-national macroregions with a territorial, functional, network-based nature and «variable geometry», which the Union aims to manage with the objective of promoting the overcoming of local disparities, by way of actions at various levels, including the availability of infrastructure, energy networks, transport etc. This new form of European regionalism could open new ways to implement policies focusing on producing public assets at European level (environment, sustainable development, human capital, etc.) in effective and legitimate formats.
Within this framework, the project approach developed by Globus et Locus focuses on investigating the role of regional areas, in the context of new European and more generally global governance methods.
More specifically, Globus et Locus’ commitment in this regard was put into effect with the following activities that it has undertaken.
26 May 2020 - 2021: ESPON IMAGINE "Developing a metropolitan-regional imaginary in the Milan-Bologna urban region" Targeted Analysis coordinated by Politecnico di Milano in partnership with Globus et Locus and Sciences Po.
2019-2020 "Brescia Glocale" research project with Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano-Brescia.
September 2017-2019: Project proposal "La Metro-regione del Nord Italia" developed with the Presidency of Lombardy regional legislative Assembly.
19-20 May 2016: Seminar “Dialogue wich the Balcans. Adriatico-Ionica Macroregion and the construction of a sociocultural network”, promoted by Università degli Studi di Bari, Puglia Region and Ipres.
23-24 October 2015: Forum Calre. Regional and Sub-National Legislative Assemblies. “Regional and local representation for true global democracy”. President Bassetti took the speech “Power of nation states, regional authorities and supranational governance. Where is sovereignty headed, who really wields it and with what legitimacy?”
September 2014: Paper by Piero Bassetti for the book “Il Nord e la Macroregione alpina”, Galli, Pola, 2014.
During 2013, Globus et Locus intends strengthening its collaboration and support to the institutions directly involved and interested in the issue of glocal city regions that is evolving in the European and global context. This would start from member institutions, and the strengthening of alliances with institutional and non-institutional bodies, with whom discussions and relations have already been established regarding these issues.
May 2010: Palazzo Affari ai Giureconsulti, Milan, presentation of the book “The Italian crisis in the global world. The economy and society in the North", by Paolo Perulli ad Massimo Pichierri, with a preface by Piero Bassetti.
December 2009 – March 2010: Research “Regions in the North and new regionalism from a European perspective”, in cohoperation with IReR (now Eupolis).
September 2009 – January 2010: Project “Trasports in Lombardy. Which mobility and which governance?” promoted by Globus et Locus in cohoperation with Ired and Lombardy Region.
July 2009 – May 2010: Research Project “Lombardy in Mediterranean area. Report on cooperation and research” (2010), realized in collaboration with Università degli Studi of Milan and Promos.