Roots and context
On 10/11 May 1999 a meeting took place in Potsdam, capital of Brandenburg. Ministers of the member states of the European Union responsible for Spatial Planning and the Member of the European Commission responsible for Regional Policy and Cohesion, Dr Monika Wulf-Mathies, were present. With the German EU Presidency in the chair, they deliberated about the European Spatial Development Perspective (ESDP). Advisers on the Committee on Spatial Development (CSD) had had drafts since before Christmas 1998. The CSD had ironed out any remaining differences, so the proceedings at Potsdam passed smoothly. Seated according to European protocol, heads of various delegations read out prepared statements giving the ESDP their blessing. In its Conclusions, the Presidency duly recorded the positive outcome of the meeting.