An EU Strategy for the Alpine Region

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    On Tuesday 4 February, France is organising the kick-off event in Lyon, to launch French presidency of the EU Strategy for the Alpine region.

    Along the year 2020, it is a unique partnership between the French State – National Agency for the cohesion of territories-, and the three regions members of the EUSALP Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, which is taking place.

    The Presidency has established an ambitious programme, under the moto, “together for a greener Alpine region”, in accordance with seven main principles for their chairmanship:

    1. Participation Involving regional alpine players
    2. Embedding Activating the different funds and programmes for the EUSALP
    3. Cohesion Including all types of regions as mountains, valleys, cities
    4. Young people Increasing the participation of young people in EUSALP activities
    5. Pragmatism Complementing existing coordination with EU funds and former presidency
    6. Concrete Promoting the work of the EUSALP as a basis for European, national and regional public policies
    7. Promotion Promoting the activities and work of the EUSALP

    One of the aim of the French presidency is to boost the ecological transition of the EUSALP area in order to tackle climate change. This goal is in ad equation with the Commission’s priority, and the recent presentation of the European Green Deal, whose’ implementation will massively be supported by EU funds. In this respect, the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region could benefit from a strong coordination of EU cohesion policy programmes, in order to make a bigger impact on the ground.

    In Lyon, the event will gather all of the EUSALP stakeholders, as well as, a high political attendance, with Ms Jacqueline Gourault Minister responsible for Territorial cohesion and Relations with local authorities, Mr Laurent Wauquiez, President of the Regional Council of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Mr Renaud Muselier, President of the Regional Council of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur and President of Regions of France and Mrs Marie-Guite Dufay, President of the Regional Council of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté. 

    Find the work programme of the French presidency

    More information about the kick-off meeting in Lyon  

    The 3rd Annual forum of the European Strategy for the Alpine Region will take place on 28-29 November 2019 in Milan. It will bring together political leaders, stakeholders, civil society and representative of the young associations of the Alpine Region. This year's topics will put a light on Youth, Green Economy and Stakeholders' involvement in the Strategy, with a strong focus on the Alpine Cultural Heritage. 

    You can now register to the event here: https://www.forumeusalp2019.com/

    This year again, the competition under the slogan “Your Alps! Your Future! Your Idea!”, calls young people between 16 and 25 to submit their project ideas for an attractive, modern and sustainable development of the Alpine region until October 31st, 2019.
     
    Thanks to the support of the European Commission and the Italian EUSALP presidency, the representatives of the 20 best project ideas will be invited to the EUSALP Annual Forum in Milan on November 28th and 29th.

    At the Annual Forum, the candidates of the 5 best projects will present their ideas in a pitching session to the audience. The audience will then directly vote on which three projects will receive the prize money of 5,000, 3,000 and 2,000 Euros respectively for their implementation. 

    Seize your chance and apply now to the competition! Find the competition rules in all Alpine languages as well as the application form can be downloaded from the EUSALP website: https://www.alpine-region.eu/news/pitch-your-project-2019
     
    Should you require further information or have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact the project coordinators at pitchyourproject@alpine-region.eu.

    Looking forward to meeting you in Milan !

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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