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Summary of Treaty


GENERAL DATA
Official Title Convention on the protection of the Alps (Alpine Convention)
Type of Agreement Multilateral
Place of Signature Salzburg
Date of Signature 07/11/1991
Date of Entry Into Force 06/03/1995
Duration Indefinite
Objective of Agreement To pursue a comprehensive policy for the preservation and protection of the Alps by applying the principles of prevention, payment by the polluter (the ‘polluter pays’ principle) and cooperation, after careful consideration of the interests of all the Alpine States, their Alpine regions and the EEC, and through the prudent and sustainable use of resources.
Remarks The Convention arose from the realisation that the ever-growing pressures caused by man are increasingly threatening the Alpine region and its ecological functions, and that only the reconciliation of economic interests with ecological requirements can avoid such damage which is either irreparable or rectifiable only at considerable cost and over a long period of time. There are 10 Protocols (of which the EC has ratified 5 and signed other 3): - Protocol of Accession of the Principality of Monaco to the Convention on the Protection of the Alps (Alpine Convention). Chambéry, 20/12/1994 (signed and ratified by EC); - Protocol on tourism. Bled, 16/10/1998 (signed and ratified by EC); - Protocol on energy. Bled, 16/10/1998 (signed and ratified by EC); - Protocol on soil conservation. Bled, 16/10/1998 (signed and ratified by EC); - Protocol on mountain farming. Chambéry, 20/12/1994 (signed and ratified by EC); - Protocol on spatial planning and sustainable development. Chambéry, 20/12/1994 (signed by EC); - Protocol on the conservation of nature and the countryside. Chambéry, 20/12/1994 (signed by EC); - Protocol on transport. Lucerne, 31/10/2000(signed by EC); - Protocol on mountain forests. Brdo, 27/02/1996; - Protocol on dispute settlement. Lucerne, 31/10/2000.
OJ Reference L61, 12/03/1996, p. 32
Depositary Austria
Contracting Parties European Community, Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Slovenia, Switzerland
Authentic Texts French, German, Italian, Slovenian
Subject Matters Alpine Region
Environment
Protection of Nature
economic development
environmental protection
Management Conference of Contracting Parties
Standing Committee
Other Links http://www.convenzionedellealpi.org/page1_fr.htm
EU PARTICIPATION
Date of Signature 07/11/1991
Conclusion Date 26/02/1996
Ratification Status AP
Conclusion Decision 96/191/EC: Council Decision of 26 February 1996 concerning the conclusion of the Convention on the protection of the Alps (Alpine Convention); OJ L 61 of 12/03/1996, p.31
Date of Entry Into Force 14/04/1998
Competence Mixed
Voting Right(s)
EC exercises voting rights of its MS contracting parties (if EC votes MS no and vice-versa) Article 7 Convention
Legal Basis Treaty EC: Article 130S


Last Update :   21/01/2008