The Territorial Agenda is a strategic policy document for Europe, its regions and communities. It provides a framework for action towards territorial cohesion and a future for all places in Europe. It asks policy makers at all governance levels to contribute to an inclusive and sustainable future for all places and to help achieve Sustainable Development Goals in Europe.
In Europe, increasing inequalities between people and between places as well as unsustainable developments have reached a critical level. It is essential to limit inequalities which hamper Europe, countries, municipalities and regions to build on their success. This can only be achieved by paying more attention to the diversity of places in Europe, along with their development potential and challenges.
The Territorial Agenda 2030 seeks to contribute to an inclusive and sustainable future for all places and people in Europe. It underlines the importance of and provides orientation for strategic spatial planning and calls for strengthening the territorial dimension of sector policies at all governance levels. This can only be achieved by paying more attention to the diversity of places in Europe, along with their development potential and challenges.
Ministers responsible for spatial planning, territorial development and/or territorial cohesion, in cooperation with the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Committee of the Regions, the European Economic and Social Committee, the European Investment Bank Group and relevant European and national associations, have reviewed the Territorial Agenda launched in 2007 and updated in 2011, and agree on the Territorial Agenda 2030.
The priorities spelled out in the Territorial Agenda 2030 need to be supported by actions from committed players. Actions putting the Territorial Agenda 2030 into practice can be taken at any governance level and can vary in character and focus. Every key player is asked to implement the Territorial Agenda in the context of their regular mandate. Only then can spatial inequalities and the societal transformation toward a carbon/climate-neutral economy be addressed appropriately.
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The main challenge around the Territorial Agenda 2030 will be its implementation starting in 2021. While the community of spatial planners shares a general desire for a strong territorial dimension, the territorial voice remains often unheard in actual policy making and implementation. Read more about potential synergies between the Territorial Agenda and national planning processes in Austria. A contribution by Roland Arbter, NTCCP member from Austria.