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EU Strategy for the Alpine Region

29 July 2015
by eub2 -- last modified 29 July 2015

The European Commission officially launched the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP) - the fourth EU macro-regional strategy - on 28 July. More than 70 million citizens will reap the benefits of a closer cooperation between regions and countries in terms of research and innovation, SME support, mobility, tourism, environmental protection and energy resources management. This macro-regional strategy concerns seven countries; five Member States - Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Slovenia - and two non-EU countries - Liechtenstein and Switzerland - overall involving 48 regions.


alps - train - ZB Interregio - Photo by Kabelleger - David GublerThe Strategy focuses on four key policy areas and could support the development of the following indicative projects:

1 - Economic growth and innovation with, for example, the development of research activities on Alpine-specific products and services and the support to the Youth Alpine Dialogue.

2 - Connectivity and mobility, with the improvement ofroads and railwaysand the extension of satellite access in remote areas.

3 - Environment and energy, with the pooling of mutual resources to preserve the environment and promote energy efficiency in the Region.

In addition, the Commission identified the need to build a sound and efficient governance model for the Region.

The Commission says it hopes to see the Strategy endorsed by the European Council later this year.


A 'Macro-regional strategy' is an integrated framework which can be supported by the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF), among others, to address common challenges faced by Member States and third countries located in the same geographical area. They thereby benefit from strengthened cooperation contributing to achievement of economic, social and territorial cohesion.

The European Council of 19-20 December 2013 had invited the Commission, in cooperation with the Member States, to elaborate an EU Strategy for the AlpineRegion by mid-2015.

The EU Strategy for the Alpine Region is launched in the form of a Communication and an Action Plan. They take into account the results of the extensive online public consultation conducted between July and October 2014 as well as the conclusions of the closing high-level Stakeholder Conference in Milan on 1-2 December 2014.

The Alpine Space "Interreg" Programme will be an important instrument for the implementation of the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region in terms of alignment of priorities and funding.

Further information

Action Plan concerning the European Union Strategy for the Alpine Region