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Ninth Conference: Torun, Poland: ‘Landscape Protection in Planning Law’

The ninth annual conference of the Platform of Experts in Planning Law took place in Torun, Poland.  Click here for more details.plakat 20150924 1



Eighth Conference, The Hague: ‘The New Environment & Planning Act (Omgevingswet)’

The eighth Conference of the Platform of experts in Planning Law took place in the town the Platform of Experts in Planning Law was founded in 2007: The Hague. The conference was organized in collaboration with the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment

After a warm welcome by Jan Struiksma the conference started with an introduction to the case and the Dutch point of view by Regina Koning followed by a presentation of the Spanish point of view by Pablo Molina and Marta Lora – Tomayo Vallvé.

Timo Härmälä presented the Finnish point of view and Tim Schwarz the German point of view.

After Lunch Nicole Fikke of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment gave an introduction to the Environment  & Planning Act (Omgevingswet).

Then two workshops hosted by Fred Hobma (International comparison cost recovery) and Hendrick van Sandick (Project Development under the Environmental Planning Act) were organized. The workshops were full of discussion and exchange of knowledge.

This all led to plenary feedback and a lively group discussion led by Rachelle Alterman.

All participants expressed their intention for a follow up to the further exchange of knowledge through this website and a eight conference next year!

The second day of the conference included a cultural program. Hendrick van Sandick gave a guided tour through the historical centre of Leiden and there was a guided visit to the historical Academy Building of Leiden University. This was very much appreciated by the members of the Platform of Experts in Planning Law.

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The 2015 conference will take place in Torun (Poland) on the 9th and 10th of October 2015. The subject will be: Landscape protection in planning law.
More information will follow soon!


Seventh Conference Athens: ‘Rethinking planning law in the crisis era: new scope, new tools, new challenges’  

The seventh Conference of the Platform of experts in Planning Law took place in warm and sunny Athens in the beautiful Kostis Palamas building of the University of Athens.

After a warm welcome by Ionannis Tassopoulos (Director of the Department of Administrative Science, University of Athens) and Konstantinos Menoudakos (President Emeritus of the Council of State, President of the Greek Association of Urban & Regional Planning Law) and a introduction to the conference theme by our host Georgia Giannakourou (University of Athens) the conference started with a presentation ‘Rethinking planning law in the crisis era: the need for a comparative approach’, by Rachelle Alterman. This was followed by a presentation by Louis Wassenhoven (Professor Emeritus (National Technical University)): ‘Planning policy and law in hard times. Some thoughts based on the Greek experience’.

After that the participants had a lovely dinner nearby the conference building.

The next morning a case concerning ‘Rethinking planning law in the crisis era: new scope, new tools, new challenges was discussed. Evangelia Balla and Georgia Giannakourou introduced the case and gave the Greek point of view. After that Tim Schwarz and Ed Sullivan presented their response to the case and after the coffee break Jan Struiksma gave the Dutch point of view.

In the afternoon there were three short presentations followed by an discussion about: ‘Planning reforms in Greece: progress achieved and the way forward’ (presentations by: Harry Coccissis (University of Thessaly), Yannis Pyrgiotis (Secretary General for Tourist Infrastructure and Investments, Ministry of Tourism) and Andreas Taprantzis (Executive Director Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund).

This led to a lively group discussion led b Rachelle Alterman.

All participants expressed their intention for a follow up to the further exchange of knowledge through this website and a eight conference next year!

The third day of the conference included a cultural program. A Guided Tour in Athens New Acropolis Museum was very much appreciated by the members of the Platform of Experts in Planning Law.


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Why is there need for the new Platform of Experts in Planning Law? (by Rachelle Alterman)