The Mountain Dimension of Cooperation – Expert Workshop

This one-day workshop will bring together actors from cooperation projects, the EU Institutions and interest stakeholders to discuss how to foster the development of mountainous areas in the EU. The third workshop edition (after those held in 2015 and 2017) is organised by the DG REGIO, will take place on 9th November 2018, in Brussels.

Mountain settlements are often isolated because of distance from urban or sub-urban hubs where services (education, health) and business or cultural opportunities can be widely accessed. Some of these settlements are cross-border in nature and therefore take the form of cross-border cooperation, mountain-range based cooperation or transnational/ interregional cooperation. Parallel thematic sessions on the role of EU policies, projects and experiences from mountainous areas governance models in mountainous regions will provide an opportunity to participants to learn from each other and consequently identify novel approaches which could help improve the situation in the future.

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Agenda EN


9:00 – 9:30

Marco Onida, European Commission, DG REGIO D1 (Macro-regions, Transnational/Interregional Cooperation, IPA, Enlargement)

Olivier Baudelet, European Commission, DG REGIO D2 (Interreg, Cross-Border Cooperation, Internal Borders)

9:30 – 9:45

Welcome words and introduction to the meeting

Lena Andersson-Pench, European Commission, DG REGIO, Director European Territorial Cooperation, Macro Regions, Interreg and Programme Implementation I.

9:45 – 11:30

Session 1: The mountain dimension of EU policies

What are the key challenges and opportunities for mountainous areas under current and future EU policies?          

  • Cohesion policy
    • Wallis Goelen Vandenbrock, European Commission, Head of Unit DG Regio 03 (Inclusive Growth, Urban and Territorial Development) - Presentation EN
    • Stefania Fortunato, ERAM - Euro Région Alpes-Méditerranée
  • Agricultural policy
    • Antonia Luetteken, European Commission, DG Agriculture and Rural Development F.1 (Conception and Consistency of Rural Development) - Presentation EN
  • Environmental policy
    • Julie Raynal, European Commission, DG Environment D2 (Biodiversity) - Presentation EN
    • Climate policy
      • Manuel Carmona Yebra, European Commission, DG Climate Action A3 (Adaptation) - Presentation EN
  • Digital policy
    • Andrea Halmos, European Commission, DG Connect A2 (Technologies and Systems for Digitising Industry) - Presentation EN
  • The view of the European Parliament
    • Herbert Dorfmann, Member of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development
  • The view of the European Committee of the Regions
    • József Ribányi, Second Vice-Chair of the Commission for Territorial Cohesion Policy and EU Budget
  • European Association of Elected representatives from Mountain Regions
    • Nicolas Evrard, Secretary General AEM - Presentation EN

Questions 15'

12:00 – 13:30

Session 2: Projects and experiences from mountain areas

What lessons can we learn from selected Programmes and Projects?

  • Cooperation
    • Christina Bauer, INTERREG Alpine Space Transnational Programme, Transnational Cooperation in the Alps
    • Jakob Ebner, INTERREG Programme Sweden-Norway, Cross-border Tourism Management of Fulufjället National Parks - Presentation EN
    • Véronique Veyrat – Elena Ferrario INTERREG France-Italy ALCOTRA, Cross-border cooperation in the Western Alps - Presentation EN
    • Idoia Arauzo, INTERREG Programme France-Spain-Andorra POCTEFA, The Pyrenees Observatory on Climate Change - Presentation EN
    • Jenya Dinkova, INTERREG Greece-Bulgaria, Cross-border Cooperation, Projects in the Pangaio/Rhodope Mountains - Presentation EN
  • The voice of the beneficiaries
    • Christoph Promberger, Executive Director of the Foundation Conservation Carpathi (Romania) - Presentation EN
    • Enrica Zublena, Mayor of Saint Marcel (Italy) - Presentation EN

Questions 10'

14:30 – 16:00

Session 3: Types of Governance in mountainous regions

How does the governance model affect the success of cooperation?

  • Macro - Regional Strategies and mountain areas
    • Franziska Sielker, British Academy Newton International Fellow, University of Cambridge - Presentation EN
  • The Alpine Convention
    • Marianna Elmi, Vice Secretary General, Alpine Convention - Presentation EN
  • The Carpathian Convention
    • Klaudia Kuraś, Carpathian Convention Specialist, Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention - Presentation EN
  • The Pyrenees
    • Jean-Louis Valls, Director, Working Community of the Pyrenees - Presentation EN
  • The Mountain Partnership
    • Laura Russo, Senior Expert, Mountain Partnership Secretariat - Presentation EN
  • Mountain area policy in Japan
    • Eiko Toyama, Director, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan - Presentation EN
  • The role of civil society
    • Roland Stierle, President, European Union of Mountaineering Association - Presentation EN
    • Gabriella Suzanne Vanzan, Executive Committee, Mountain Wilderness International - Presentation EN
16:00 – 17:00 Discussion
17:00 Closing remarks and end of the meeting

The Mountain Dimension of Cooperation – Expert Workshop