An EU Strategy for the Alpine Region

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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 

    Since 2016 EuroAccess has been a central online information point on EU funding opportunities in the Danube region. Over the time it has proven to be a success, therefore, a decision to extent the website to all four EU macro-regional strategies – the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region, the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and the EU Strategy for the Danube Region – has been taken. The updated online platform, covering all four EU macro-regional strategies, was launched on 25th June 2018. 

    EuroAccess, acting as a gateway to EU funding, provides the key data of more than 200 EU funding programmes, including (but not limited to!) all Interreg programmes that operate within the geographical scope of the EU macro-regional strategies. Potential applicants can look for open calls for project proposals and filter results based on their type of organisation, their country of origin, and the thematic focus of their project idea, amongst others. 

    More information is available on www.euro-access.eu.

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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