Council of Europe Conference of Ministers Responsible for Spatial/Regional Planning (CEMAT)
The Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Spatial/Regional Planning (CEMAT) brings together representatives of the 47 Council of Europe member states in pursuit of a shared objective: the promotion of the territorial dimension of human rights and democracy for a sustainable spatial development of the European Continent.
The CEMAT represents the only Pan-European framework for co-operation on spatial planning and functions as a platform for discussion and exchange of best practices between Council of Europe Member States on spatial development policies.
Since its foundation in 1970, CEMAT has played an invaluable role in promoting efficient territorial development policies throughout Europe by drawing attention to the territorial dimension of democracy and social cohesion. CEMAT activities aim in particular at bringing the economic and social requirements to be met by the territory into harmony with its ecological and cultural functions and therefore contributing to long-term, large-scale and balanced spatial development.
CEMAT has consistently upheld the view that well-conceived – i.e. based on a balanced and harmonious relationship between social and cultural needs, economic activity and the environment – and efficiently implemented territorial development policies are key to ensuring sustainable development in the long-term and to enhancing landscapes as an essential component of people’s surroundings, according to the provisions of the
European Landscape Convention.
By advocating the subsidiarity and reciprocity principles, CEMAT ensured also an active involvement of European regions and municipalities in territorial development policies as a means of preserving the unity in diversity bequeathed to Europe by its history and geography.