complete draft version of the European Spatial Development
Perspective (ESDP) under the UK's presidency of the EU Council of
Ministers next year. This document aims to promote an integrated
partnership, cooperation and sharing expertise.
Speaking at a Council of Europe meeting in Cyprus yesterday Mr Caborn said:
'I believe the ESDP could make a significant contribution to
achieving sustainable development throughout Europe.'
He announced that the full draft version of the ESDP will be
considered at an informal meeting of ministers in June 1998 at the
end of the UK presidency.
The minister went on to say that he hoped the ESDP would be seen
as a building block for similar work being done across Europe by
Council of Europe Members. He invited their views on the document
saying that CEMAT members could help us learn from the long tradition
of cross-border cooperation in Europe on planning and other matters.
'A new departure for many of us are transnational programmes
involving cooperation between several countries on practical spatial
planning programmes. There are many practical examples where
cooperation has had real impact.'
1. The European Spatial Development Perspective (ESDP) is a
non-binding intergovernmental document. It will provide a framework
for national and regional planning authorities to develop planning
policies which will lead to social and economic cohesion and
sustainable development. It is also designed to encourage
cross-border cooperation and transnational approaches to planning and
economic development where necessary.
2. An informal meeting of Ministers to discuss the final draft
of the ESDP will be held in Glasgow on 8/9 June 1998. Urban
initiatives and Structural and Cohesion Funds will also be discussed.
The meeting is being organised jointly by the Department of Trade and
Industry, the Department of the Environment, Transport and the
Regions and the Scottish Office.