The Alpine region is characterised by unique geographical and natural features. Trade, commerce and industry are concentrated in the main settlement areas on the margin of the Alps and in the large Alpine valleys along the major transport axes, while the rural area is extensively managed and sparsely populated. More than 40% of the Alpine area is not permanently or not at all populated. These characteristics mean that some of the challenges of the 21st century are particularly pronounced in the Alpine region.

Economic globalization requires a sustainable and consistently high competitiveness and innovative strength of the region. At the same time, demographic change is leading to an ageing society and the exodus of highly qualified employees. Global climate change is already having a tangible impact on the environment, biodiversity and living conditions of the inhabitants. The Alpine region as a transit region in the heart of Europe also requires sustainable and jointly supported transport concepts due to its special geographical features and the associated effects on people and the environment. Finally, the Alpine region must be preserved as a unique natural and cultural area.

The EU Strategy for the Alpine Region offers the opportunity to meet these special challenges of the Alpine Space with innovative initiatives. It brings together seven states (Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Switzerland and Liechtenstein) and 48 regions. The EU Strategy for the Alpine Region focuses on three priorities: competitiveness and innovation, environmentally friendly mobility and accessibility, and sustainable management of energy, natural and cultural resources. The participating states and regions as well as the EU coordinate in nine thematic action groups and develop concrete projects. In addition, they are dedicated to the cross-sectoral goal of governance.

The objectives of the Strategy can be listed as follows:

    Objective 1 Fair access to job opportunities, building on the high competitiveness of the Region

    Action 1: To develop an effective research and innovation system
    Action 2: To increase the economic potential of strategic sectors
    Action 3: To improve the adequacy of labour market education and training in strategic sectors

    Objective 2 Sustainable internal and external accessibility

    Action 4: To promote inter-modality and interoperability in passengers and freight transport
    Action 5: To connect people electronically and promote accessibility to public Services

    Objective 3 A more inclusive environmental framework and renewable and reliable energy solutions for the future

    Action 6: To preserve and valorise natural resources, including water and cultural resources
    Action 7: To develop ecological connectivity in the whole EUSALP territory
    Action 8: To improve risk management and to better manage climate change, including major natural risks prevention
    Action 9: To make the territory a model region for energy efficiency and renewable energy

    Objective 4 A sound macro-regional governance model in the Region (to improve cooperation and the coordination of action)

For further information please visit:

  Tyrolean EUSALP Presidency
  EUSALP Homepage
  European Commission 
  Alpine Convention
  EU Alpine Space Programme



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