chapter  02
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A European primer

Attitudes towards European spatial planning are shaped by people’s attitudes towards European integration. The purpose of this book cannot be to address all the issues involved. Rather, its purpose is to provide information that is essential in order for one to be able to follow the making of the ESDP. Chapter 1 has shown that this requires a grasp of the nature of European institutions and the ways in which they interact in pursuing the elusive goal of European integration, what is known as the ‘Community method’. In brief, the European Commission makes legislative and policy proposals and legislative and budgetary acts are then adopted by the Council of Ministers (representing the member states), the European Parliament (representing the citizens) and the European Court of Justice, guaranteeing the rule of law (CEC, 2001b: 8).