An EU Strategy for the Alpine Region

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    The 2nd Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP) will take place on 20 and 21 November 2018 in the heart of the Alps at the Congress Innsbruck, Austria. The event, jointly organised by the Tyrolean EUSALP Presidency and the European Commission Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, will address the motto "shaping.future.together.with the next generation". 

    Young people will discuss with politicians, experts and citizens central Alpine topics such as sustainable transport solutions for the Alpine region, vocational training, management of natural hazards, the use of Alpine natural and cultural resources or renewable energy. The aim is to find solutions together and to strengthen cooperation for the future of the Alps!

    A particular focus will be on the involvement of young people in the EUSALP. In this context, it will be discussed how young people can be better integrated into the framework of the Strategy and how the Alpine Region can be preserved and further developed as a living and working space for future generations. In the framework of the contest “Pitch your project”, a highlight of the Forum, young people can present their own Alpine project and contribute in a very concrete way to the future regional development.

    The deadline for registration is the 18th November 2018, subject to availability of places (registration might close earlier). 

    More information, including a draft agenda and practical information, could be found here.

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    Routes4U Project is a joint programme between the Council of Europe (Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes) and the European Commission (Directorate-General Regional and Urban Policy). The project fosters regional development through the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe programme in the four EU macro-regions, according to the Faro Convention.

    This second call for experts aims to achieve gender and regional balance in our experts database, completing the list set up during our first call for experts. We are seeking professionals in the following fields of expertise:

    • Regional development and/or sustainable growth;
    • Social participation and/or cohesion;
    • Cultural cooperation;
    • Sustainable tourism;
    • Protection of natural and cultural heritage;
    • Communication and/or public relation work.

    The experts should have a thorough country-specific knowledge in at least one of the following countries: Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Switzerland, Sweden and/or Ukraine.

    The experts will be required to carry out a variety of tasks, such as:

    • Research on existing macro-regional policies in the field of the Cultural Routes as well as elaboration of new policies, guidelines or recommendations.
    • Study on the economic, touristic and political situation in the four macro-regions, identifying challenges, opportunities and needs.
    • Training on subjects related to the Cultural Routes such as marketing, sustainable tourism, small and medium-size entrepreneurships

    Deadline for application: 15 August 2018

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    Under the motto of the Tyrolean Presidency of the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP) ‘Shaping.future.together!’, the 2nd Annual Forum of the EUSALP will take place on 20-21 November 2018, in Innsbruck, Tyrol, Austria. The event is jointly organised by the Tyrolean EUSALP Presidency 2018 and the European Commission (Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy).

    This year the Annual Forum will focus on young people, in particular on youth involvement in the EUSALP. Among other topics, the event aims at discussing how to preserve the Alpine region as a living and working space for the next generations. In the context of demographic changes and migration, the Annual Forum will also provide an opportunity to gather practical contributions from young people on how to address these challenges.

    Further information on the event, including on registration, will be available soon on a dedicated website. For further updates please follow the EUSALP website and the Twitter account @RegioInterreg.

    An EU Strategy for the Alpine Region 

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The EU Strategy for the Alpine Region involves 7 countries: Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Slovenia and Switzerland.

It builds on the experiences of the already existing macro-regional strategies: the European Strategy for the Danube Region and the European Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and the European Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region.

The Commission adopted a Communication and an Action Plan on the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region on 28 July 2015 . This followed the invitation from the European Council in December 2013. It also took account – inter alia – of the on-line public consultation that was held in 2014, and the debates and discussions in the Stakeholder Conference on the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region (Milano, December 2014).

The Alpine region is one of the largest economic and productive regions in Europe where about 70 million people live and work, as well as it is an attractive tourist destination for millions of guests every year. However, it faces several major challenges:

  • Economic globalisation requiring the territory to distinguish itself as competitive and innovative
  • Demographic trends characterised by ageing and new migration models
  • Climate change and its foreseeable effects on the environment, biodiversity and living conditions of the inhabitants
  • Energy challenge at the European and worldwide scales
  • Its specific geographical position in Europe as a transit region but also as an area with unique geographical and natural features

Better cooperation between the regions and States is needed to tackle those challenges.

The main added value of the Strategy for the Alpine Region will consist in a new relationship between metropolitan, peri-mountain, and mountain areas.

According to the political resolution adopted by the representatives of the 7 Alpine States and 15 Alpine Regions in Grenoble in October 2013, the new strategy will focus on the following 3 thematic priorities:

  • Competitiveness and Innovation
  • Environmentally friendly mobility
  • Sustainable management of energy, natural and cultural resources

The Commission has encouraged Member States and regions to ensure that the Alpine Strategy is properly embedded in EU regional policy 2014-2020 programmes, as well as other relevant EU, regional and national policy frameworks.

As for the implementation, the Strategy will be based on the key principles applied for the existing macro-regional strategies: no new EU funds, no additional EU formal structures and no EU legislation, while relying on a coordinated approach, synergy effects and a more effective use of existing EU funds and other financial instruments. The aim is to produce a clear added value based on jointly identified objectives.

To get in contact with the team in DG REGIO please send an e-mail to REGIO D1 TRANSNATIONAL AND INTERREGIONAL COOPERATION