Dr. Karl Peter Schön about origins, trend and future of the European spatial development policy
How and why have Interreg and ESPON arisen? In how far did the EU’s foundation further the emergence of the European spatial development policy? And why are territorial future visions nowadays more important than ever before? Starting from 1992, the year which marks both the foundation of the "Spatial planning in Europe" division in the predecessor institution of the present BBSR and the time of birth of the European spatial development policy, Dr. Karl Peter Schön analyses its origins, trend and future. As head of division, he himself witnessed and shaped the whole development from the beginning. In autumn 2017, he retired after 25 years of having been in office.