Commissioner Crețu at the forum on Alpine Strategy in Munich

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Tomorrow, the Commissioner for regional policy Corina Crețu will be in Munich, Germany, to participate in the first annual Alpine macro-regional Strategy Forum alongside Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of the Committee of the Regions. "This first forum will be an opportunity to make an initial assessment and to renew our commitment to the strategy, to work more closely together, across borders, in this big and beautiful region” stated Commissioner Crețu, "It will also be an opportunity to reflect on the future of our macro-regional strategies after 2020." The Alpine Strategy, which brings together seven countries (France, Germany, Italy, Austria and Slovenia, as well as Liechtenstein and Switzerland) along with 70 million people, aims to further pool resources in the region to address common challenges, such as air pollution, road congestion and to increase trade. These resources include 80 different programmes financed by European Structural and Investment Funds; the aim of the strategy is to ensure the best use of the aforementioned programmes for everyone.