Austria: Deepening cross-border cooperation in the Alpine region

Austria: Deepening cross-border cooperation in the Alpine region

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General Assembly of the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region in Bavaria

“We seek to further deepen cross-border cooperation in the Alpine region in order to join forces in sustainably strengthening the entire region”, Secretary-General at the Foreign Ministry Linhart stressed at the General Assembly of the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP) in Rottach-Egern. Bavaria, which holds this year’s Presidency, is the first region to chair the EUSALP. Next year, Tyrol will succeed Bavaria as chair. “This commitment by the regions is of pivotal importance to the success of the Strategy. Cooperation between countries and regions adds an important impetus to European cooperation”, Linhart highlighted.

Guided by the motto “The EU Strategy for the Alpine Region – Joint Action for the Benefit of the Region“, the Bavarian Presidency aims to coordinate cross-border projects from the fields of business, infrastructure, transport, energy, and relating to the protection of the environment and resources. The projects developed will then be discussed with citizens, associations, business, industry, municipalities and institutions at the first annual forum of the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region in November 2017.

Formally established at the end of 2015, EUSALP is the most recent macro-regional EU strategy. It covers seven countries, 48 regions and some 80 million citizens. EUSALP is directed at expanding cooperation and enhancing coordination between the Alpine regions which share common geographic and structural features, and in many respects also face similar challenges. Austria contributes pro-actively to a number of working groups and also chairs three working groups (on transport, management of natural hazards, and on preserving and valorising natural resources).

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