Recommendation 1274 (1995) of the Parliamentary Assembly on the draft European charter of mountain regions .- Council of Europe.- Committee of Ministers.- Minister's Deputies.- Decisions 679 /9.1b (September 1999)

679th meeting – 15 September 1999

Item 9.1

MOUNTAIN REGIONS AND RURAL AREAS

b.

Recommendation 1274 (1995) of the Parliamentary Assembly on the

European Charter of Mountain Regions

and

c.

Recommendation 1296 (1996) of the Parliamentary Assembly on

the European Charter for Rural Areas

(CM/Del/Dec(99)676/9.1, CM(99)39, GR-E(99)1 and 2)

Decision

The Deputies adopted the following reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendations 1274 (1995) on the European Charter of Mountain Regions and 1296 (1996) on the European Charter for Rural Areas:

"The Committee of Ministers has studied the proposals of the Parliamentary Assembly, in particular the one concerning the draft European Charter of Mountain Regions and the draft European Charter for Rural Areas, contained respectively in Recommendation 1274 (1995) on the European Charter of Mountain Regions and Recommendation 1296 (1996) on the European Charter for Rural Areas.

The Committee of Ministers recalls that it adopted a reply to the two Assembly Recommendations mentioned above at its 583rd meeting (4 February 1997). The only question left open was the question of the draft European Charter of Mountain Regions and the draft European Charter for Rural Areas.

The Committee of Ministers confirms the importance it attaches to comprehensive spatial/regional planning strategies as an integral part of sustainable development policies. A piecemeal approach to spatial/regional planning issues should therefore be avoided.

In this respect the Committee of Ministers notes with satisfaction that considerable progress has been made in the preparation, by the relevant Committee of Senior Officials, of the Guiding principles for sustainable spatial development of the European Continent, a document to be submitted to the forthcoming Conference of European Ministers responsible for Regional Planning (CEMAT) which will be held in Hanover in September 2000.

The Committee of Ministers has been examining the proposals for the two draft texts of the Conventions with great attention over a number of years. At various stages it has consulted the Steering Committee on Local and Regional Democracy (CDLR), the Committee of Senior Officials of the CEMAT and the Parliamentary Assembly together with the CLRAE. An exchange of views between representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly and the Congress, and the Ministers' Deputies took place on 5 February 1999.

Following this exchange of views and at subsequent meetings of the Deputies, it was not possible to reach definitive conclusions on the matter. In these circumstances, the Committee of Ministers agreed to take a stand on the possible follow up to these initiatives in the light of the results of the next Conference of Ministers responsible for Regional Planning (Hanover, 7-8 September 2000)."



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