chapter  04
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The Hague and Lisbon – tooling up for inter-governmental planning

Some form of Community planning based on Article 10 of the ERDF regulations seemed to be imminent. However, there was no Council of Ministers, not even for regional policy. Dutch planners were working on proposals for the Treaty of Maastricht, which included that of creating a Community competency for planning. They were aware of parallel German ideas and briefed their minister about them. The German train of thought was new in that the Germans wished for an inter-governmental form of planning to counteract growing Commission influence. In this way, the competency issue began to take shape.