The EU has adopted legally binding acts in regard to legislative/policy developments within aspects such as employment, transportation, the environment, and regional development. These fall under the ‘umbrella’ of European Spatial Planning (ESP), which has been going on for a long time along continuously intensified debates on its nature, budget, implication and competence. The key aspect of the European spatial-planning dimension has been the cohesion policy, its more recent reformed version and its budgetary streams including the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Cohesion Fund (CF) and the European Social Fund (ESF). The 2008 global financial crisis and the most recent ones including Brexit and the COVID19 pandemic will play a significant role in shaping the EPS and implementing it in the future. In this module, the students will be introduced to the concept of urban and regional planning and the evolution of the ESP with a focus on the developments that have led to the current state of affairs with respect to spatial planning. It will address the abovementioned debates in light of contemporary major development in the of urban and regional features of the EU including diversity and complexity in addressing their challenges, which will be demonstrated in various case studies from across Europe. The module will include some several guest lectures from European academics in Germany and Italy.


Our simulated date is January 1st 2022. This year, France takes over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. French President Emmanuel Macron, is running for his second national mandate and intends to ensure the continuity of European economic policy through large-scale community projects to ensure recovery and growth for the 27 member countries of the union.

In this respect, Emmanuel Macron is proposing the implementation of a vast stimulus plan designed to support growth and innovation. A global envelope of €1.5 trillion will help rebuild the post-Covid-19 Europe: a greener, more digital and more resilient Europe. The new long-term budget will strengthen the flexibility mechanisms, so that unforeseen needs can be met. It will not only be adapted to today's needs, but will also allow us to face tomorrow's uncertainties together.

The adoption of this comprehensive recovery plan is based on two conditions: The first is that the member states take on debt together and pay it back together in order to ensure fairness and monetary stability in the euro area.

The second condition is the ratification of a new EU charter to set in stone the values that are now the one’s of the post-health crisis European Union: energy transition, protection of minorities and climate refugees.

In this context, the European Council will meet in a few days to discuss the conditions for implementing the recovery plan proposed by France. You will be in charge of representing the country of the union that has been assigned to you and will have to defend the interests of your country. You will find the country list attached?
You will have to present your country's diplomatic line in a synthetic way by writing a position paper.