Territorial Agenda 2030


In Europe, growing inequalities between places and between people as well as unsustainable developments have reached a critical level. Increased concerted action at all geographical and governance levels is needed to ensure positive future perspectives for all people, communities andplaces in Europe. It is time to better understand and adequately address territorial impacts of sector policies.


On 01 December 2020, the 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, agree on the Territorial Agenda 2030.


The Territorial Agenda 2030 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. It seeks to promote an inclusive and sustainable future for all places and to help achieve Sustainable Development Goals in Europe. Therefore, it defines two overarching objectives, a Just Europe and a Green Europe, which have six priorities for developing the European territory as a whole, along with all its places.


Draft Territorial Agenda 2030 (the final version will be uploaded on 01/12/2020)

Draft Summary of the Territorial Agenda 2030 (the final version will be uploaded on 01/12/2020)



Territorial Agenda Priorities June 2030


Background documents


The renewal of the Territorial Agenda builds on wide range of documents.

The starting point is the current Territorial Agenda of the European Union 2020 (TA 2020) agreed by the Ministers responsible for Spatial Planning and Territorial Development in 2011. It updated and reviewed the first Territorial Agenda of the European Union (TAEU) from 2007, which in turn based itself on the European Spatial Development Perspective (ESDP) from 1999.


Policy documents

The Territorial Agenda takes into consideration the recent developments described in various reports by the European Commission, the European Committee of the Regions, the European Investment Bank and ESPON. It takes into account main recent policy frameworks and agendas, including the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (2015), the Paris Agreement (2015), the United Nations’ New Urban Agenda (2016), the European Commission’s reflection paper ‘Towards a Sustainable Europe by 2030’ (2019), the proposal for the future of Cohesion Policy (2019), the Urban Agenda for the EU (2016), the revised Leipzig Charter (2020), the Cork 2.0 Declaration on a Better Life in Rural Areas (2016), the OECD’s Principles on Urban Policy and on Rural Policy (2019) and the European Green Deal (2019).

Territorial evidence

Recent developments and studies by e.g. ESPON, the European Commission, the European Committee of the Regions, the European Investment Bank and other international, national and regional players, show that Europe faces major challenges but also has great potential. This requires policy responses with a strong territorial dimension and coordinated approaches acknowledging and utilising the diversity of places and their specificities. Among the key documents studied are:

  • Territorial Reference Framework by ESPON (read more)
  • European Territorial Review by ESPON (read more)
  • Geography of EU discontent by DG REGIO (read more)
  • 7th report on economic, social & territorial cohesion (read more)