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Planning minister Richard Caborn has pledged support for producing a ...
Planning minister Richard Caborn has pledged support for producing a

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

approach to development across all relevant policy areas, through

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.

He said:

'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.

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