Town Planning Review

Coordination in European spatial development: Whose responsibility?

Town Planning Review (2005), 76, (1), 43–56.

Abstract

In spite of repeated demands by the European Parliament and the EU Member States, responsibility for European spatial development policy remains unclear. Spatial development is thus the co-incidental outcome of EU sectoral policies. There is no unit in the European Commission coordinating the spatial consequences of Community policies. This situation results in obvious deficiency, regarding both the efficiency and the spatial effects of these policies. In particular after the establishment of territorial cohesion as one of the core Community objectives in the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe, coordination taking account of the spatial impact of European sectoral policies is more in need than ever. It is a matter of urgency to discuss the organisational structure, as well as the form and content of spatial policy coordination in order to achieve sustainable spatial development.

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Schäfer, Nicole