EDITORIAL
Author:
Olivier Sykes
Title:
EDITORIAL
ISSN Code:
2566-2147
Journal:
TRANSACTIONS OF THE ASSOCIATION OF EUROPEAN SCHOOLS OF PLANNING
Edition:
Volume 4, Issue 2 | December 2020 | i

This issue (4.2) of Transactions of AESOP brings together a series of papers which reflect on the European Spatial Development Perspective (ESDP) document which was adopted by the then member states of the European Union (EU) in Potsdam, Germany in 1999, and is published shortly after the adoption in December 2020 of a new EU Territorial Agenda 2030 document under the recent German EU Presidency. It features an introduction and five original papers which explore the legacies of the ESDP and the present and future prospects for European territorial development and urban policy. After a year of great uncertainty marked by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and all the immediate worries and concerns it has engendered, the papers offer an opportunity to step back and take a ‘long view’ of some of these matters – to ‘look back to look forward’ as the introductory piece terms it.