Open space on the EU agenda - "Open space is any unbuilt land capable of directly or indirectly supplying environmental, social and economic benefits". Over the last twenty years, the member states of the European Community have shared numerous documents and strategies on optimising opening space as a resource for environmental quality, the wellbeing of peoples and social development. These principles find operational concreteness in three transnational projects commenced in the last decade with the involvement of the interdisciplinary research groups Bugs, Ruros and Urbspace. Natural open space has a multi-functional role which makes it a crucial element for the local project. The growing attention for open space on the part of the European Community requires new reflections so that EU principles and entreaties can find concrete form in instruments of governance of the territory.
Keywords: Open space; EU strategies and projects; governance of the territory.