The conference stood out as the one at which the European Charter was adopted, a document setting out at European level fundamental objectives for regional/spatial planning.
On this basis, and in the context of the future work programme, the ministers responsible for regional/spatial planning reaffirmed the guidelines drawn up at their previous conference, in London, and attached particular importance to the work on preparation of a European Regional Planning Strategy, placing the short- and medium-term emphasis on, inter alia:
– the conclusion of studies on the final concept of the strategy, or, in other words, on the production of an initial document in this field;
– discussion of the possibility of drawing up regional/spatial planning strategies at national and regional levels;
– assessment of the impact of certain regional/spatial planning projects.
The conference also adopted a resolution setting out the aims which should in future underlie any regional/spatial planning policy adopted by maritime regions. The general objectives to be pursued in the framework of a regional/spatial planning policy were defined:
– balanced development of maritime regions;
– a new concept of coastal zones;
– protection of coastal zones;
– the principle of in-depth planning;
– integrated planning of “terrestrial/marine systems”;
– co-ordination of maritime activities;
– maritime planning: development of a prudent and progressive approach;
– controlled urbanisation;
– the combating of pollution;
– control of industrial activities;
– rational organisation of tourism;
– free access for all to the coasts.
The ministers also took account of the need for intensified development of European co-operation on activities at sea, on land and in the hinterland.