COPTA and the Territorial Agenda Process
The Cooperation Platform for Territorial Cohesion (COPTA) was designed to support information and communication among all concerned with the Territorial Agenda of the EU and its implementation process.
Developed within the framework of the First Action Programme for the Implementation of the Territorial Agenda, COPTA has a public area, dedicated to public information and awarenness-raising on territorial cohesion of the EU, and a restricted area, where partners and stakeholders participating in the Territorial Agenda process can exchange documents and share information.
The Territorial Agenda of the EU is a common policy paper aiming at mobilising the potentials of European regions and cities and at utilizing its territorial diversity for sustainable economic growth and jobs through integrated spatial devlopment. It was prepared by initiative of the Members States, through European-wide cooperation involving the participation of the European Commission, the European Parliament, other European institutions, the candidate countries, guest countries (Norway and Switzerland) and relevant territorial stakeholders.
The Territorial Agenda was agredd on by the EU Ministers responsible for spatial development on the occasion of the Informal Ministerial Meeting held in Leipzig, on May 2007. It culminates a process of cooperation launched on the occasion of the Informal Ministerial Meeting in Rotterdam in 2004 and continued during the following EU Presidencies of Luxembourg, United Kingdom, Austria and Finland.
The First Action Programme for the Implementation of the Territorial Agenda was agreed on by the EU Ministers responsible for spatial development on the occasion of the Informal Ministerial Meeting held at Ponta Delgada, Azores, on November 2007.