On 2 November 2017 the TRAM project manager on behalf of the North-West Regional Development Agency participated at the preparatory meeting for the 17th session of the Conference of Ministers responsible for Regional Planning (CEMAT), organised in Bucharest.

The scope of the meeting was to debate and adopt two resolutions due to be presented during the following days, one on functional areas and capitalizing on the local potential through territorial development policies in Europe and another on the future of CEMAT.

The highlight of the event was the presentation of a study elaborated by Civitta Romania on the functional areas in Europe, which, in the upcoming period will contribute to the drafting of a guide on the development of functional areas, participants voicing hope that this concept will already be seen in the next multiannual financial programming of European funds.

As a forum for considering issues of sustainable spatial development and as a platform for exchanging and disseminating information, CEMAT is the only framework for pan-European co-operation on spatial development policies within which members and non-members of the European Union can gather on an equal footing. The CEMAT provides a framework for the emergence of national and transnational strategies for sustainable spatial and socio-economic development in Europe.