EU Alpine Region Strategy

Upon the initiative of the regions of the Alpine space, a process aimed at establishing a macro-regional EU-Strategy for the Alpine Region has been taking place since 2010. The Region of Tyrol has been playing an essential, active role in this process. Austria and France took up this initiative together. It was brought up at the European and international level through a letter, which Vice-Chancellor Michael Spindelegger sent to his EU-colleagues in November 2012.

Upon invitation of the French State Minister for European Affairs Thierry Repentin a political conference on the EU-Alpine Region Strategy took place in Grenoble on 18 October 2013. At this conference, representatives of the seven Alpine Region states (Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Slovenia and the non-EU-member states Switzerland and Liechtenstein) and representatives of the alpine regions adopted a resolution for the establishment of an EU-Alpine Region Strategy along the lines of the EU Baltic Sea Region Strategy and the EU Danube Region Strategy. On this basis, the European Council of 19-20 December 2013 mandated the European Commission to elaborate no later than June 2015 together with the Member States a macro-regional strategy of the EU for the Alpine Region.

The key elements of the Strategy are:

  • Sustainable, socially just growth, the promotion of full employment and  strengthening of competitiveness in the Alpine Region
  • Preservation of biodiversity, natural areas and sustainable energy resources management
  • Innovation, academic co-operation, promotion of ecological mobility and connectivity

On 10 February 2014, the consultation process for the elaboration of the EU-Alpine Region Strategy was launched with a ministerial meeting at the highest political level. Since then, the preparation of a consultation paper has made very good process. On 16 July, it was presented to the general public via the commission website.