Intermunicipal Communities

Territorial organization

According to Law no. 75/2013, of September 12, Portugal's intermunicipal communities (IMC) are free associations of municipalities, a higher local entity to which the associated municipalities delegate part of the functions or powers conferred on them by law, with the aim of providing services to all its members. In addition to the 2 metropolitan areas of Porto and Lisbon, there are 21 CIMs spread across the country, corresponding to the NUTS III.

Under the current legal framework, the IMCs are intended to pursue the following public purposes:

a) Promoting the planning and management of the economic development strategy, social and environmental aspects of its territory;

b) Articulation of municipal investments of inter-municipal interest;

c) Participation in the management of regional development support programs, particularly within the scope of the QREN;

d) Planning the actions of supramunicipal public bodies.

1. Alto Minho (Minho-Lima)

2. Cávado

3. Ave

4. Alto Tâmega

5. Terras de Trás-os-Montes

6. Área Metropolitana do Porto

7. Tâmega e Sousa

8. Douro

9. Região de Aveiro

10. Viseu Dão Lafões

11. Beiras e Serra da Estrela

12. Região de Coimbra

13. Região de Leiria

14. Médio Tejo

15. Beira Baixa

16. Oeste

17. Lezíria do Tejo

18. Alto Alentejo

19. Área Metropolitana de Lisboa

20. Alentejo Central

21. Alentejo Litoral

22. Baixo Alentejo

23. Algarve

Inter-municipal public policies

Inter-municipal public policies are fundamental tools for optimizing administration and promoting the economic, social and cultural development of different localities. As well as enabling greater integration between municipalities in the same region, they promote synergies in the management of resources, projects and activities that are relevant to the population of an inter-municipal community.

Inter-municipal policies are designed to increase collaboration between municipalities in order to improve people's quality of life in the regions where they live. As they are the main beneficiaries of the public policies of these inter-municipal networks, citizens have the right to be informed with transparency and quality, and to know the channels of dialog for exchanging information and suggestions.

Public communication

The quality of public communication promoted by the institutions that manage inter-municipal policies is fundamental to fulfilling the objectives underlying those policies. Good public communication practices imply transparency, accountability and responsiveness on the part of inter-municipal entities. Communication policies in the public interest imply managing the ways in which the public can access information through various channels, in order to stimulate dialogic, horizontal, open and reliable communication between all parties.