(ESDP) has been agreed by European ministers, meeting in Glasgow
with the European Commissioner for Regional Policy.
Speaking after the meeting last night, Richard Caborn, minister for the regions, regeneration and planning, emphasised the importance of
to get its message across to a wide audience.
'When we consider the future of the ESDP, I am convinced that we
need to remember our real audience - the citizens of Europe.
Countries of the EU need to develop the ESDP as part of bringing all
levels of government closer to the people. If the member states of
the EU can help each other on this through the exchange of
experience, then the EU itself is working to serve the citizen. This
is in line with the prime minister's aim of creating a People's
'The ESDP is tackling real issues: - the complexities of
improving transport flows across Europe - resulting in economic
benefits for some and greater pollution and congestion for others:
the development pressures on rural and urban areas and the need for
balance between them; whether new technology can help bring wealth to
some remote or poor areas. These are a few of the many areas where
co-operation across national borders and exchange of good practice
can benefit all European citizens.
'We must not lose sight of the concrete results, the real
improvements, that we - and the people of Europe - should get from
the ESDP, working together across Europe on planning for the future.'
The draft ESDP will be used as the basis for producing a final
1. The European Spatial Development Perspective (ESDP) is a
non-binding intergovernmental initiative based on
contribu tions from all member states. It looks at the main
demographic, economic and environmen tal trends which will affect
future spatial development in Europe. It seeks to foster cooperation
within and between member states and common approaches to shared
problems and opportunities. It aims to encourage balanced development
through an integrated approach across all policy sectors and at all
levels of administration.
2. ESDP looks at the main demographic, economic and environmental
trends which will affect future spatial development in Europe.
It seeks to foster co-operation within and between member states and
common approaches to shared problems and opportunities. It aims
to encourage balanced development through an integrated approach
across all policy sectors and at all levels of administration.
3. A first, partially completed draft of the ESDP was agreed by
ministers at Noordwijk in June 1997 as a basis for national
consultations and further development. The complete draft,
considered today, contains a new section on how the ESDP approach
should be applied in practice. It also reflects the results of
national consultations, including those in the UK, which were
completed earlier this year.
4. The European parliament and other European bodies have also
started to consider the ESDP and a series of European seminars is
being organised by the European Commission. Further information
on these seminars is available from the Commission: Eric Dufeil,
DGXVI, tel 00 322 296 0490.