10th Conference of the Council of Europe of Ministers Responsible for Spatial Planning (CEMAT)
Strategy for sustainable regional and spatial development in Europe beyond the year 2000
Oslo, Norway, 6-7 September 1994
During the 10th Conference in Oslo, the ministers responsible for spatial planning examined the aims and the stakes of sustainable planning of the European zone beyond the year 2000. They reaffirmed that social and economic promotion in the construction of Europe requires more than ever the definition of a framework of long-term objectives. At the same time this needs to take into account the requirements of economic development, social problems, the need to ensure the sustainable use of natural resources, the increasing population at the world level and the rights of future generations.
They also noted the need to:
- analyse different co-ordination models at European level in order to define the general objectives of European spatial planning and to present strategies allowing the concept of sustainable development to be implemented;
- define future European strategies of sustainable and rational development allowing the enlarged Europe to face the significant challenges with which it is confronted at the dawn of the year 2000;
- study the basis for distributing competencies between decision levels.
Regarding strategies for sustainable development of urban areas in Europe, the ministers recommended encouraging the creation and development, at the international level, of town networks and complementary territorial entities, particularly in transfrontier areas. It was moreover considered necessary to look for solutions to regions’ problems within the framework of a global vision, which would also ensure dialogue between urban areas and other regions.