The discussion is to be built around the analysis of Belo Horizonte Metropolitan Area governance structure, which has been changed since 2004. One of the main shifts was the presence of two council members representing the civil society in the Metropolitan Deliberative Board. Also there is an informal Social Meeting consisted of various social sectors leaders, from popular to entrepreneurs, which supports those council members. This Social Meeting has been responsible for important decisions at the Board, and it has been working since 2007. Particularly in the recent Metropolitan Master Plan process it had an important role. Besides, during the Master Plan participatory process, a Metropolitan Citizen Forum was created by some of the participants, including those who were from the Social Meeting. This experience is to be analyzed, in order to contribute to the debate about possibilities and perspectives of participation at metropolitan level. Some questions will be raised concerning the Social Meeting organization and its actions regarding to the Metropolitan Deliberative Board, to discuss conflicts and limits. At what extent can it really push for an autonomous organization and make some difference in metropolitan governance? Considering the Metropolitan Citizen Forum experience, can we say that it is really representative? At what extent can State Govern control participation? Can autonomy be constructed at a wider territorial level?