1.4 The Importance of International and Cross-border AspectsEstonia is a small country. Therefore, the success of Estonia's integration with Europe and its economic cooperation within the EU is significantly more dependent on the success of spatial integration than it is in bigger countries. That is why in the national spatial plan Estonia 2010 great attention is paid to Estonia's better spatial integration with the rest of Europe. One of the five main objectives of Estonia 2010 has been worded as follows:
‛Balanced and solid binding of Estonia through transport connections and power networks both to Eastern and Western Europe will improve the position of Estonia in the international employment system and speed up economic growth. Good physical connections will support and accelerate economic and social integration into the European Union'.
In order to ensure that Estonia's spatial development needs are taken into account in international context, Estonia is actively participating in spatial planning related cooperation within the European Union as well as Baltic Sea countries.