presented by young people, representing each of the EU member states,
to Richard Caborn, minister for the regions, regeneration and
European regional policy and spatial planning ministers in Glasgow,
Mr Caborn emphasised that youth was a key theme of the UK presidency
of the European Union:
'[we must] make sure that we relate our policies to young people
and provide for their needs and aspirations now and in the future.
'I wanted children to be able to play their part in this event.
They have demonstrated some of the most basic principles of the
European Spatial Development Perspective which we have been
discussing this morning - cooperation, exchange of ideas, new
approaches and working together with a common aim.
'We must remember that the ESDP will impact most on the younger
generation. They will inherit the environment which we plan for them.
Building this model has provided the opportunity to help explain to
these children some of the things we are trying to achieve with our
work on the ESDP. It should also remind us that the aims of the
ESDP must be clearly communicated so that everybody can understand
1. The European Spatial Development Perspective (ESDP) is a
non-binding intergovernmental initiative based on contributions from
all member states. It looks at the main demographic, economic and
environmental 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. The Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions
brought together Scottish-based children, each having family links
with the country they represent, to build a model demonstrating their
ideal community for the year 2100. The project was designed to make
the aims and objectives of the ESDP accessible to children.