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Meeting in Vilnius touches on topics of urban planning relevant to every EU Member State


Yesterday, a joint informal meeting of directors general for urban development and territorial cohesion and spatial development was held in Vilnius. The meeting involved representatives of the EU Member States, EU candidate countries, HABITAT programme of the United Nations, and international organisations in the field of urban development and territorial planning.

The participants of the meeting were welcomed by Daiva Matonienė, vice-minister of Environment. In discussing issues currently faced by Lithuania, vice-minister stressed the need for countries to cooperate and act together, pointed out to the importance of consistency in decisions on the urban development and territorial cohesion as well as special development. This was the reason, why Lithuania called the directors general responsible for the same fields to attend a joint meeting. The vice-minister also observed the importance to ensure harmony of the EU provisions in the field of urban and special development and the framework political notions of the entire EU.

Topics discussed in the meeting include one proposed by Lithuania on the territorial impact of migration on the urban development, territorial cohesion and special development, as well as the need to use these measures to ensure effective functioning of inner structures of cities, urban centres and networks. The meeting also discussed the value of EU Urban Development Agenda as well as cooperation with the UN HABITAT programme with reference to the prospective new urban agenda for the 21 century, expected in 2016, New Urban Agenda for the 21st century, the progress of performance of the action plan implementing the EU territorial agenda and the need to renew its measures, taking into account the paramount importance of combating negative territorial impact of migration on the urban development, territorial cohesion and special development, thereby ensuring effective urban functioning as well as competitiveness of countries and the entire EU.

According to Marius Narmontas, director of the Territorial Planning, Urban Development and Architecture Department at the Ministry of Environment, “the meeting is important to every EU Member State. Its participants have appreciated the relevant nature of topics brought by Lithuania, also to their own countries. Directors general have shown unanimous support to the proposal on drafting the EU urban agenda”.

Participants of the meeting have also discussed the future of ESPON programme, targeted at shaping of strategic provisions of political decisions based on research. The participants agreed on framework provisions governing further drafting of the programme.

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Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas