679th Meeting - 15 September 1999



The Deputies adopted the following reply to Recommendation 14 (1995) of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe (CLRAE) on the European Charter of Mountain Regions:

"The Committee of Ministers has studied the proposals of the CLRAE, in particular the one concerning the draft European Charter of Mountain Regions, contained in Recommendation 14 (1995) on the draft European Charter of Mountain Regions.

The Committee of Ministers recalls that it adopted a reply to CLRAE Recommendation 14 (1995) at its 596th meeting (19-29 June 1997). The only question left open was the question of the draft European Charter of Mountain Regions.

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 draft text of the Convention 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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