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)

Renewal process

In the process of the renewal of the Territorial Agenda, various papers and drafts are elaborated. To follow the process and provide comments go to Renewal.