(Rep. Vincent Goodstadt and João Teixeira)


Urban Nexus is a "Taskforce" set up to deliver projects and programmes incommunity cohesion, urban regeneration, economic development, preventing and fundraising.

Since 2006 the services offered by Urban Nexus are provided through a network of knowledgeable and skilled professionals, around the country.

The organisation derives its strength from its wide range of partners in the public, private and community sectors, which distinguishes it from many other similar organisations. Urban Nexus promotes and identifies best practice in community cohesion, regeneration and Preventingn by advocating an integrated and joined-up approach to social, economic and environmental issues.

Recent publications:



NTCCP (Network of Territorial Cohesion Contact Points) works on the Territorial Agenda of the EU.

(Rep. Jan Vogelij)

The Network of Territorial Cohesion Contact Points (NTCCP) was created during the Portuguese Presidency of the EU, in 2007, to provide technical support for the cooperation of the Ministers responsible for spatial devlopment in the implementation of the Territorial Agenda. It is also the back-bone structure for communication among all directly concerned by the Territorial Agenda and its First Action programme.

The NTCCP is made up of representatives of the Member States, the candidate countries and guest countries Iceland, Norway and Switzerland), the European Union institutions and the relevant territorial stakeholders.

The (revised) Territorial Agenda 2020, Towards an Inclusive, Smart and Sustainable Europe of Diverse Regions, prepared in the NTCCP, and approved by the Ministers on 19/05/2011

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Reports about the recent meetings of the Member State Directors General responsible for territorial cohesion and urban matters.

The content demonstrates the importance of our permanent representation to these policy making meetings, which are of large importance for the future of the discipline of Spatial Planning. It also shows the increased influence of our interventions with regard to awareness of the importance of integrated, place specific approaches and the value of Spatial Planning.

The meeting of EU Member State DGs on Territorial Cohesion took place on April 3 in Malta, under Maltese presidency of the European Union.

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The Urban Development Group preparing EU policy with regard to the Urban Areas of Europe, met in St Julian’s in Malta at 03/03/2017 
Memo from Jan Vogelij 
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The working level meeting of the Network of Territorial Cohesion Contact Points of the Council of the EU was held under Maltese EU Presidency in St Julian, Malta 02/03/2017
Memo from Jan Vogelij 
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Under Luxembourgish EU Presidency a meeting was held of the EU Member State Directors General responsible for territorial cohesion and those for urban affairs on 20 and 21 October 2015

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Seismic Scoping Paper (September 2014)
This paper can raise knowledge and understanding about EU and its components.
It provides a concise and clear overview of EU institutions, policies, funds etc related to urban and planning aspects.
Although the paper concerns social innovation the overview is most relevant for informing those who are interested in urban related aspects of the EU.
Besides, social innovation in this seismic project is about citizen engagement in contributing to urban development policies.
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Report about the combined meetings of EU DG’s of Ministries responsible for Spatial Development and for Urban Affairs,under Italian Presidency
of 25 September 2014 in Milano

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Report on the Joint Meeting of Directors General Responsible for Territorial Cohesion, Spatial Development and for Urban Development was held under Lithuanian EU Presidency in Vilnius, 20/21 November 2013.

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Reports about the participation in the recent working group meetings of the Urban Development Group (UDG) and the Network of Territorial Cohesion Contact Points (NTCCP) in Dublin, April 2013.

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Reports about the participation in the recent working group meetings of the Urban Development Group (UDG) and the Network of Territorial Cohesion Contact Points (NTCCP) under Cypriot EU Presidency in Nicosia.

September 2012

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Communiqué de presse - Press release - Mission Opérationnelle Transfrontalière.
15 Décembre 2011

Le 6 octobre 2011, la Commission européenne a publié ses propositions de règlements pour la période de programmation 2014-2020 de la politique de cohésion.

Suite à une consultation de ses adhérents, la MOT publie aujourd’hui sa position sur ces propositions de règlements, visant une meilleure prise en compte des territoires transfrontaliers.

Le communiqué de presse joint présente quelques extraits de cette position.

Pour télécharger le texte intégral de la position :

Le réseau de la MOT compte 62 adhérents - collectivités locales, Etats, structures transfrontalières, associations, fédérations, etc. - impliqués dans le développement de projets transfrontaliers.

Pour télécharger la carte du réseau de la MOT :

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October 6th 2011, the European Commission published the regulation proposals for the cohesion policy 2014–2020.

Following consultation of its members, the MOT publishes its position paper on these regulation proposals, aiming at a better consideration of the cross-border areas.

The press release attached presents some extracts of this position.

To donwnload the uncut version (in French):

The MOT network brings together 62 members - territorial authorities, states, cross-border structures, associations, federations, etc. - involved in cross-border projects.

To donwload the map of the network:

The EU Ministrial agreements on future Cohesion policy and on the roadmap to enhance integrated territorial approach.


Informal Meeting of Ministers (24-25 November, Poznan) - final version of the Presidency Conclusions, Roadmap & Key messages.

The EU Ministrial agreements on future Cohesion policy and on the roadmap to enhance integrated territorial approach.

1) Polish Presidency Conclusions on the territorial dimension of EU policies and the future Cohesion Policy -Towards an integrated, territorially differentiated and institutionally smart response to EU challenges.
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2) Roadmap towards promoting and enhancing an integrated, territorial approach based on the Territorial Agenda of the European Union 2020.
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The implementation of the Roadmap shall be monitored by NTCCP and UDG networks. Moreover, the Presidency recommends that the Ministers responsible for territorial development should assess the Roadmap once a year.

Key messages:
The discussion during the Conference clearly showed the importance of an integrated approach while planning development on local, regional, national as well as European level. It has also clearly proved that there is a need for extending the debate on the Cohesion Policy post 2013 beyond its traditional stakeholders in order to find new arguments and new ideas that could strenghten the role and place of Cohesion Policy among the group of EU policies. 

Key messages from the conference prepared by the Polish Presidency.
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Key messages from the second day of the meeting when the issues related to Cohesion Policy post 2013 and practical implementation of the Territorial Agenda 2020 were discussed by the Ministers are also available.
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On 12 july the combined meeting of the NTCCP and the UDG was held in Warsaw, under Polish EU Presidency.

This was the first time that both groups of representatives of national Ministries, EU organisations and some ngo’s, among which ECTP-CEU, met in one combined meeting. Some representatives of national Ministries questioned the combination of groups preparing territorial and urban development policies.

The combination is however in line with the ECTP-CEU vision expressed in the NCA2003, that urban planning is part (as a specific scale level) of spatial (or territorial) planning, and that a strong distinction between the two (Leipzig Charter vs Territorial Agenda) leads to an artificial separation within the field of spatial planning. An expert report will be prepared (by Patrick Salez) about the future situation of both groups.

>> See the full report here <<

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UDG (Urban development Group) works on sustainable urban development (Leipzig Charter)

(Rep. Jan Vogelij)

pdf_buttonThe Green Paper , from Challenges to Opportunities: Towards a Common Strategic Framework for EU Research and Innovative Funding.


Comment of ECTP-CEU on Draft Conclusion on Multilevel Governance Conference
(29 November 2010)



Dominique Lancrenon - Joao Teixeira - Bruno Clerbaux


22/03/2012 : Communiqué de presse

Les membres du Comité des régions ont adopté à l’unanimité le 15 février dernier l’avis présenté par Michel Delebarre sur la révision du règlement 1082/2006 relatif au Groupement européen de coopération territoriale (GECT). L’examen du texte proposé en octobre 2011 par la Commission européenne se poursuit au Parlement européen.
Vous trouverez ici
le texte de l’avis 
ainsi qu’une 
analyse faite par la MOT de ses principales propositions.




The role of urban regeneration in the future of Europe's urban development (Joao Teixeira, 10 March 2010)

Comments of ECTP-CEU on the Committee of the Regions' white paper on multilevel governance(10/10/2009) 

ECTP-CEU contribution on EU 2020 strategy(15/01/2010)

coe(Rep. Luc-Emile Bouche-Florin)

Council of Europe Conference of Ministers in Charge of Spatial Planning CEMAT. 17th session Council of Europe Conference of Ministers in Charge of Spatial Planning CEMAT. 17th session 

CDCPP European Cultural Heritage Strategy for the 21st Century 2016

Conference of Ministers Heritage Namur-Declaration 2015

ECTP Autumn AG Lujbliana Council of Europe Official representation S2 2016

Greek presidency CEMAT Handbook on territorial democracy

16th CEMAT Naphlio declaration 2014

 - unbreakablelink between Climate Change and Human Rights (2013)

- déclaration préconisant un lien indissoluble entre le changement climatique et les droits de l'Homme

- Présence et actions du CEP-ECTP au sein du Conseil de l'Europe (in French only)

CEMAT: définition, rôle et action de l'ECTP-CEU (in French only)

CDPATEP: définition, rôle et action de l'ECTP-CEU (in French only)

- Spatial Developpement Glossary (CEMAT)

- Guiding Principle forSustainable Spatial Development of the European Continent

- Convention Grenade for the Protection of the Architectural Heritage of Europe

- European Convention La Valetta on the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage

- European Landscape Convention Florence

- NGOs conference (in French only)

Framework Convention Faro on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society

- Erevan (Armenia) Symposium - October 2008 (in French only)

Saint-Petersburg Symposium - June 2008 (in French only)

Andorra la Vella Symposium - October 2007 (in French only)

(Rep. Vincent Goodstadt)


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