Ministerial conferences of the CEMAT
Fifteen session of the Council of Europe conference of ministers responsible for spatial/regional planning have to date taken place.
The 6th session of the CEMAT held at Torremolinos, Spain, in May 1983 constitutes a landmark in the history of regional/spatial planning at European level. The highlight of the Conference was the adoption of the
European Regional/Spatial Planning Charter, which defined, for the first time, the major Europe-wide objectives that should underlie policies for spatial planning, improvement of the quality of life, and the organization of human activities in the physical space of Europe.
The Charter sets guidelines for national and European policies contributing to balanced regional development and affords Europeans a healthy environment of high quality by promoting greater co-operation between the regions of Europe.
At the 12th Session of the CEMAT held in Hanover in 2000, the ministers adopted the
Guiding Principles for Sustainable Spatial Development of the European Continent which represent the policy reference document for numerous spatial development measures and initiatives made on the European continent. By adopting the Guiding Principles as a basis for spatial planning development measures, Member States facilitate better integration and co-operation in the field of spatial planning between the European regions thus promoting the creation a regionally balanced and sustainable Europe.
At the 15th session held in Moscow on 9 July 2010, ministers adopted the
Moscow Declaration on "Future challenges: sustainable territorial development of the European continent in a changing world" with a view to adapting the Guiding Principles to the new territorial challenges: climate change, population ageing and social polarisation.
The 16th session of the CEMAT on “Territorial democracy: the role of public participation in the process of sustainable territorial development of the European continent” will take place on 17 June 2014 in Nafplion, Greece. The meeting will focus on the development of new approaches to spatial planning having regard to the challenges European states are confronted with in terms of territorial governance, democratic participation and economic development.
"Challenge of the Future: Sustainable Spatial Development of the European Continent in a Changing World",
Russian Federation, 8-9 July 2010
"Networks for sustainable spatial development of the European continent: Bridges over Europe",
Lisbon, Portugal, 26-27 October 2006
"Implementation of strategies and visions for sustainable spatial development of the European continent",
Ljubljana, Slovenia, 16-17 September 2003
"Joint spatial planning and sustainable development strategy for Europe",
Hanover, Germany, 7-8 September 2000
conferences (from 1970 to 1997)
16th session of the CEMAT
"Territorial democracy: the role of public participation in the process of sustainable territorial development of the European continent", 17 June 2014, Nafplion, Greece
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