Representatives from the RTPI attended the European Council of Spatial Planners (ECTP-CEU) in Ljubljana, Slovenia in October. The main purpose of the council is to agree standards and approaches to planning across Europe, and in 2013 the Charter of European Planning was agreed . In 2016 the Council has been working to agree standards and outcomes for planning education. In this, the UK has led the way, with some of the most stringent standards attached to accreditation for universities teaching planning. In order to achieve this, the ECTP-CEU is working with other European-wide bodies including the Association of European Schools of Planning.
In 2015, the ECTP-CEU approved the ‘European Charter of Participatory Democracy’ the aim of which is to ensure that all stakeholders, citizens and politicians share the same values promoted by this charter. The ECTP-CEU states that ‘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’.
The RTPI will continue to play a vital role in the European Council of Spatial Planners, and for 2017, two new representatives – Janet Askew (UK) and John Downey (Ireland) have been appointed to the council to replace Vincent Goodstadt and Noel O’Riorden, both of whom have served for many years and made important contributions to the debate. The RTPI thanks both for their dedication and patience.
After the meeting in Ljubljana, Janet Askew said “I am delighted to be part of this important council at the heart of European planning. It is a privilege to meet and share knowledge and ideas with planners from all over Europe. I look forward to representing the RTPI over the next few years.”
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