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RICHARD CABORN UNVEILS A MODEL COMMUNITY

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A model vision of a European Community in the year 2100 was ...
A model vision of a European Community in the year 2100 was

presented by young people, representing each of the EU member states,

to Richard Caborn, minister for the regions, regeneration and

planning.

Speaking at the unveiling ceremony yesterday, held during a meeting of

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

the concepts.'

NOTES

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.

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