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Europe 2000+: Cooperation for European territorial development

The European Commission has recently published a report entitled "Europe 2000+: Cooperation for European territorial development". This document summarizes the findings of studies and research carried out the publication of "Europe 2000: Outlook for the development of the Comm...
The European Commission has recently published a report entitled "Europe 2000+: Cooperation for European territorial development". This document summarizes the findings of studies and research carried out the publication of "Europe 2000: Outlook for the development of the Community's territory" in 1991.

The purpose of the initial Europe 2000 document was to present a coherent framework for planners at European, national and regional level in order to contribute, through spacial planning, to the achievement of two major European Union objectives:

- Economic and social cohesion;
- The completion of the internal market.

Since the end of the 1980s, considerable progress has been made towards these objectives but, at the same time, many important political, social and economic changes have taken place:

- The expansion of the European Union through German unification and the imminent accession of other countries;
- The opening up of internal and external European borders;
- Civil wars and conflict;
- Economic recession and high unemployment;
- The creation of a new institutional and policy framework for the European Union.

"Europe 2000+" examines these changes and aims to provide a framework for cooperation in territorial development between planning authorities in the Member States and other countries, while at the same time, respecting the principles of subsidiarity and the responsibility of government at various levels for the implementation of spacial planning.

The publication looks at three main topics:

- Main factors affecting territorial organization in Europe;
- Developments in specific areas;
- Systems of spacial planning and public transfers in the Member States.

The annex to "Europe 2000+" outlines trans-national perspectives on European territorial development.
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