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3rd Conference of Ministers for Spatial Planning and Development, Tallinn, 7-8 December 1994

The third Conference of Ministers for Spatial Planning and Development was held on 7 – 8 December, 1994 in Tallinn, Estonia. The ministers agreed on a first transnational strategic document for spatial development worldwide – "Vision and Strategies around the Baltic Sea 2010. Towards a Framework for Spatial Development in the Baltic Sea Region" (VASAB 2010), that played a significant role for spatial planning and development of the whole Baltic Sea Region.

VASAB 2010 describes common principles and spatial structures of the Baltic Sea Region through the three elements: systems of cities and urban settlements ("pearls"), the interlinking infrastructure networks ("strings") and selected types of land uses in non-urban areas ("patches") that are promoted by "the system", i.e., planning institutions, rules and procedures. The VASAB 2010 includes a common vision, sets the goals and proposes the first common actions for the development of urban network of international importance, effective and sustainable links between cities, areas supporting dynamism and quality of life and functioning comprehensive spatial planning in the Baltic Sea Region.

Among many innovative approaches the VASAB 2010 is the first policy document that mentions the need for Rail Baltica corridor.

 

Attachments:

Conclusions of the Third Conference of Ministers for Spatial Planing and Development

Evaluation of implementation of the VASAB 2010 vision in the area of mobility network and energy supply

VASAB Tallinn declaration: what is the situation today?, presentation of Arturs Caune on 4 September 2008

Vision and Strategies around the Baltic Sea 2010. Towards a Framework for Spatial Development in the Baltic Sea Region

 

2nd Conference of Ministers for Spatial Planning and Development, Gdansk, 14-15 December 1993

The second Conference of Ministers for Spatial Planning and Development was held on 14-15 December 1993 in Gdansk, Poland. The Ministers welcomed the interim and theme group reports on "Vision and Strategies around the Baltic 2010", recognising these being an important step towards a coherent spatial development around the Baltic Sea. They recommended preparing a joint comprehensive report including analyses, clarified vision and strategies, and suggestions for possible common actions to be presented to the third Ministerial Conference in 1994. They recommended that national governments take results of common work on spatial vision and strategies around the Baltic Sea into consideration within their national development plans and infrastructure projects. The Ministers also recommended that key areas and planning projects of common interest should be identified where common experience could useful for vision and strategies (e.g. cross-border planning, GIS as a tool for spatial planning, environmental impact assessment for major projects).

 

Attachment:

icon Conclusions of the Second Conference of Ministers for Spatial Planing and Development

 

1st Conference of Ministers for Spatial Planning and Development, Karlskrona, 20-21 August 1992

The first Ministerial Conference the ministers responsible for spatial planning and development of the Baltic Sea Region countries was held in Karlskrona, Sweden on 20-21 August, 1992 upon the initiative of the Swedish Minister for Physical Planning Görel Thurdin. The ministers agreed that a spatial development concept of the Region should be worked out jointly. A Group of Focal Points (GFP) from interested countries and regions was set up to contribute and monitor the work on the report. Sweden assured secretariat functions of the GFP through the Baltic Institute in Karlskrona.

 

Görel Thurdin, Minister for Physical Planning of Sweden in 1992: We should be able to show the world the fabulous potential the Baltic Sea space represents. ... We need a common strategy. And for that we need visions.

Sirpa Pietikäinen, Minister of Environment of Finland in 1992: A new regional structure of the Baltic basin is emerging. New connections between cities and regions will be established across the national borders. Cities and towns will adopt new roles in the framework of the international division of labour.

Algimantas Nasvytis, Minister for Construction and Urban Development of Lithuania in 1992: Nowadays we need broad and integrated strategic thinking so that the Baltic could crystallise into a distinct and capable Northern European structure within Greater Europe...

 

Attachment:

icon Conclusions of the First Conference of Ministers for Spatial Planing and Development

 

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