This Manifesto on Airports and Cities in Europe was approved by the 2019 General Assembly of the ECTP-CEU at its Spring meeting in Madrid.
It was prepared after research by the ECTP-CEU Working Group members Dominique Lancrenon and Joris Scheers, the European Urban and Regional Planning Awards jury members and the ECTP-CEU Executive Committee.
This Manifesto is elaborated with the kind support of Groupe ADP.
ECTP-CEU May 2019

ECTP CEU Airports Manifesto s

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Energy and Spatial Planning – A Practical Guide for Planners

The SPECIAL (Spatial Planning for Energy in Communities of All Landscapes) project, funded by Intelligent Energy Europe, is a three year project on integrating spatial planning and energy. The lead partner is the Town and Country Planning Association in the United Kingdom. There are eight partners in the project, all from Town Planning Institutes who are working together to improve the competencies of planners in delivering renewable energy at the local level.

The SPECIAL project has collaborated with the European Council of Spatial Planners (ECTP) to create this practical guide to energy and spatial planning. The ECTP has a unique and powerful network of Town Planning Institutes across 22 European countries. The ECTP has added its expertise and experience towards helping produce a guide which will help planners across Europe in their work.


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SPECIAL Project Expert Papers
Part of the legacy of the SPECIAL is a series of six Expert Papers written by six different partners in the project. Five of these papers are already available as downloads. Ranging in topics from Masterplanning and Energy, to Policy frameworks and Transport, the papers are primarily targeted at town planners working at the local level.

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The European Charter on Participatory Democracy in Spatial Planning Processes

The Charter of participatory Democracy was approved at the ECTP-CEU General Assembly, Dublin, October 17th 2015.
This primary vocation of this text is to invite all the actors of the planning processes - including politicians and citizens - to share the values stated in this call for action.

Keeping in mind that:

- All political decisions have direct or indirect impact on spatial planning
- Every planning action is basically a cultural action.
- Every Planning action has an impact on quality of life. 
- Spatial planning is relevant to insure access to essential services and exercise of rights.

Participatory democracy has to be used in spatial planning processes as a core value for an advanced and healthy Democracy. The involvement of individuals and communities in the definition of their living spaces is critical.

Participatory Democracy has to be seen as complementary to the representative Democracy and not opposed to it to insure that each individual is concerned especially if he doesn’t feel represented.

Thomas Jefferson, the writer of the American Constitution, stating that the gap between a representative Democracy and tyranny is always tiny, said:  “A Democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.”

More than ever, in a changing world and even in the heart of Europe, we have to be aware of the lack of local Democracy which can create strong sentiments of frustration. It is crucial for the future of our European societies based on freedom, human rights and respect for cultural diversity, to make sure that planning processes are fair and respectful of the diversity of opinions and needs.

ECTP-CEU Honorary President
Chair of the WG on Participatory Democracy


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Guidelines on professional competences in Spatial Planning
the Principles of Professional Conduct

These Guidelines on Professional Competencies and the Code of Conduct were approved by the 2017 General Assembly of the ECTP-CEU at its Autumn meeting in Leuven. These Guidelines were prepared after research by the ECTP-CEU Working Group members Dominique Lancrenon, Philippe Doucet, Noel Riordan, Paulo Correia, and Henk van der Kamp (chair).

An extensive consultation with member associations and AESOP was organised during the process.

ECTP-CEU October 2017

 ECTP CEU Guidelines on Professional Competences  
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Charte ECTP CEU Couverture 3

The 2013 Barcelona General Assembly of ECTP-CEU approved in April 2013 “The Charter of European Planning”. This combines the Istanbul Addendum with the 2003 New Charter of Athens into a single document.

It retains the core Vision in the 2003 NCA document but made clearer, less time-dated and stronger. It also promotes a more pro-active role for planners in shaping public debate, (e.g. in dealing with the economic role of planning).

It updates the 2003 Charter so that it continues to be relevant to the current and future issues Europe faces which need to be greater weight than they were given in the 2003 Charter (e.g. climate change, regional planning and ecosystems).

It has been renamed The Charter of European Planning because this reflects more clearly its purpose.

This now allows the ECTP-CEU to develop an Action Plan over the next two years in order to implement the Charter. This will be targeted at groups of stakeholders such as our members, the European Union and our national governments, for example, in terms of its implications for metrpolitan planning areas or for planning schools.

In addition it has been agreed to update the Code of Conduct and refer to it in the Charter of European Planners. The existing Code (drafted 25 years ago) is now in need of a review; the revised draft Code of Conduct reflects the update that is required.

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