Directors-General responsible for Territorial Cohesion met virtually

by Christian Lüer (comments: 0)

Virtual meeting of Directors-General responsible for Territorial Cohesion, 20 October 2020


On 1 December 2020, the Ministers responsible for spatial planning, territorial development and/or territorial cohesion will meet virtually to embrace the Territorial Agenda 2030 and launch the implementation of six pilot actions.


To prepare the informal ministerial meeting, the Directors-General responsible for Territorial Cohesion met virtually on 20 October 2020. They finalised the Territorial Agenda 2030, as a renewed action-oriented policy framework to promote territorial cohesion in Europe. After some minor adjustments, now it is ready to be tabled and agreed upon at the ministerial meeting.


In its final version, the Territorial Agenda 2030 provides strategic orientation to strengthen the territorial dimension of all policies and at all governance levels. It is based on a common understanding that development needs and impacts of future developments differ between places in Europe, and that cooperation and coordination between places, levels of government, policy sectors and groups of society are necessary to address complex issues and utilise diverse potential.


The Territorial Agenda 2030 aims at a sustainable future for all places and people. It defines two overarching objectives, a Just Europe and a Green Europe, with six priorities for developing the European territory as a whole and all its places.


TA2030 Priorities Nov 2020


This will also be echoed in Council Conclusions and the Conclusions of the German Presidency of the Council of the EU, both of which due in December. All documents will be made available for the public through this homepage.  


At the Directors-General meeting also the first six pilot actions testing and showcasing the implementation of the Territorial Agenda were presented. In the coming weeks, the detailed working steps and partnerships of these pilot actions will be further elaborated. Interested players may still signal their interest, being well aware that in most pilot actions participants have to cover their own expenses.


The Directors-General responsible for Territorial Cohesion also agreed that they will move on and focus on the communication, application and implementation of the Territorial Agenda 2030 as of 2021. The forthcoming Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU is already preparing to take the lead on this.


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