The Territorial Agenda is a strategic policy document for spatial planning in 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.
An overview on all relevant documents and supplementary materials:
- Overview of six pilot actions (English)
- Implementing the Territorial Agenda - examples for a territorial approach in policy design and delivery (English)
- Atlas for the Territorial Agenda 2030 (external website)
- Video on the Territorial Agenda 2030 (English)
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.
The priorities spelled out in the Territorial Agenda 2030 need to be supported by actions from committed players. Only then can Territorial Agenda priorities and concerns over spatial inequalities and the transition towards a carbon/climate-neutral economy be addressed appropriately. Therefore, the Territorial Agenda 2030 call on key players from the local to the European level.
Actions putting the Territorial Agenda 2030 into practice can be taken at any governance level and can vary in character and focus. To inspire joint actions across Europe, pilot actions demonstrate, test and develop practices which contribute to achieving Territorial Agenda priorities. Everybody is encouraged to closely follow these actions, take inspiration and offer proposals for new actions.
by Christian Lüer (comments: 1)
On 16 October 2019, the Directors-General responsible for Territorial Cohesion met in Helsinki to discuss the first draft of the renewed Territorial Agenda – the main policy document in the field of European spatial planning at intergovernmental level. Besides EU and EFTA member states also the European Commission, the European Investment Bank, the European Committee of the Regions, the European Economic and Social Committee, ESPON, and various local and regional interest groups attended the meeting.