chapter  09
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Potsdam – the crowning event

On 10/11 May 1999 the ministers responsible for spatial planning met once again with Commissioner Wulf-Mathies to consider the European Spatial Development Perspective: Towards Balanced and Sustainable Development of the Territory of the EU (CEC, 1999a). As must surely have become evident from the preceding chapters, Potsdam was the result of years of dedicated work. The Leipzig Principles (Chapter 5) adopted in 1994, the First Official Draft (Chapter 7) from Noordwijk, adopted in 1997, and the Complete Draft (Chapter 8) from Glasgow, adopted in 1998, had been milestones in this process.