7 Jun 2011

At the most recent European Union Informal Ministerial Meeting of Ministers responsible for Spatial Planning and Territorial Development (that's a mouth-full!) a new EU Territorial Agenda for 2020 was agreed. The agenda is designed to meet European Union challenges posed by the global structural changes of the economic crisis, the growing interdependences of EU regions, demographic and social changes, the diverse impact of climate change and the environment, energy concerns, and the loss of biodiversity, as well as address vulnerable natural, landscape and cultural heritage.

The agenda defines six territorial priorities in order to meet the above mentioned challenges:
  • Promote polycentric and balanced territorial development
  • Encouraging integrated development in cities, rural and specific areas
  • Territorial integration in cross-border and transnational functional regions
  • Ensuring global competiveness of the regions based on strong local economies
  • Improving territorial connectivity for individuals, communities and enterprises
  • Managing and connecting ecological, landscape and cultural values of regions
The approach to implementation has a decidedly more local and diversified feel to it then older EU policy. The focus is more at the local level rather then the European level as well as the encouragement of more experimental approaches to policy development and implementation. It seems the hope is that the more local and nuanced the policy, the more likely it will be implemented and successful.

To read more about the territorial agenda have a look here.