The European Communities
This chapter argues that there are a wide variety of ways in which matters of concern to town and country planners are connected with aspects of the European Economic Community (EEC) policy. It examines the main Community institutions of relevance to various aspects of planning, and the means by which they exercise their authority. The Communities' environment policy was initiated following the declaration of the Paris Summit of heads of government in October 1972. The relationship between policies of the EEC and the activities of local authorities responsible for town and country planning is deepening, as the EEC develops its environmental policies and investment in industry and infrastructure under the regional, social and transport programmes. The imposition of some degree of harmonisation by the EEC of land-use planning procedures is, therefore, clearly a highly complex and intricate task, involving extensive negotiation.