2000-1999: STUDY PROGRAMME IN EUROPEAN SPATIAL PLANNING
THEME STUDY 2: TOWARDS A NEW RURAL-URBAN PARTNERSHIP IN EUROPE
SECTION 2.1: MAIN TRENDS SHAPING THE EUROPEAN TERRITORY
This report was undertaken as part of the Study Programme in European Spatial Planning, undertaken in 1998-99, under the auspices of the Committee of Spatial Development of member states of the European Union and funded by the EU and member states. The brief for the work was to review main trends shaping the European territory, in the context of the European Spatial Development Perspective (ESDP)1. The specific focus was on trends affecting the opportunities for realising the ESDP’s policy objective of polycentric development within the European territory, in the context of enlargement and global economic dynamics, and the relationships between urban and rural areas within Europe and significance of partnerships in promoting valuable dimensions of these relationships.
(1) Michael Bannon, University College Dublin, provided advice, detailed comments on drafts, (2) Hazel Craigie, , National University of Ireland, Maynooth, was responsible for section 3.5 of Chapter 3, (3) Gavin Daly, University College Dublin, was responsible for section 3.2 of Chapter 3, (4) Patsy Healey, University of Newcastle, drafted section 3.8 of Chapter 3, and prepared first drafts of Chapter 4 and the overall Summary and acted as overall editor, (5) Grigoris Kafkalas, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, drafted Chapter 2 and section 3.2 of Chapter 3, provided general editorial advice, especially as regards illustrations, provided detailed comments on drafts, (6) Kimmo Lapintie, Helsinki University of Technology, drafted section 3.6 of Chapter 3, provided comments on drafts, (7) Rauno Sairinen, drafted section 3.7 of Chapter 3, (8) Frederich Schindegger, of the Austrian Institute for Regional Studies and Spatial Planning, provided comments on drafts, (9) Kaisa Schmidt-Thome, Helsinki University of Technology, drafted section 3.3 of Chapter 3, (10) Jim Walsh, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, provided advice, detailed comments on drafts.