Workshop: Europeisk planering

Vindkraftprojektet kommer att växla upp i intensitet under hösten. Jag återkommer inom relativt kort gällande exakt hur mycket och vilka personer som kommer att involveras. Som en vidare förkovran kommer jag att delta i en workshop i Nijmegen ihop med Lars Emmelin den 20 september. Den har namnet Europe matters – European spatial planning, environmental policies and regional development, och kommer som helhet att handla om:

Since the 1980s, there have been major advances in European regional and environmental policy, and particularly in cross-border policy coordination and spatial planning. As a result, the influence of EU policies and actions on spatial and environmental planning in the EU member states has increased significantly. This development now appears at a critical crossroads. In particular, political drives towards policy re-nationalisation, and economic drives to subject major policies to the ‘Lisbon’ and ‘EU2020’ imperatives of innovation and competitiveness pose major challenges. One key question is thus whether prominent issues such as territorial cohesion and sustainability will be further subsumed under economic ambitions in line with ‘smart-green’ growth strategies.

Against this background, this one-day conference discusses actual developments in Europe’s spatial and environmental policies, and the prospects for future development. It will focus on the main ideas and drivers of policy development, as well as changes in planning practice.

Jag kommer att delta i en session som går under namnet THE SEARCH FOR ‘LANDSCAPE

Planning on the local and regional level is an arena for competition between development-oriented planning and preservation-oriented environmental management. Spatial planning and environmental management in, for example, the Nordic countries have different historical roots, administrative styles, professional cultures, separate legislations and thought ‘paradigms’ to deal with this tension. Moreover, the EU’s relatively loose framework legislation means that the framing of problems and issues becomes important for on-the-ground policy development and implementation, although EU directives and policies furthermore seem to strengthen the natural science, rationalist position of the environmentalists. So while this leaves much space and scope for local ways of acting, it also poses certain limitations.

Det betyder nog att frågan med policyimplementering som är beroende av en lokal praktik tas upp, vilket finns med i svensk vindkraftsdebatt, som jag skrivit om här och i antologiartikel men även i en pilotstudie om vindkraftens handläggningssystem.

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