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Presidency: Austria 
After the launch of two macro-regional strategies – for the Baltic area (adopted by the European Council in October 2009) and for the Danube (adopted by the European Council in June 2011) – discussion about possible other future European macro-regional strategies are ongoing. Territorial cohesion is cited in the EU Treaty as one of the main European objectives and Art. 174 mentions directly mountains regions. In this context macro-regions are areas of common weaknesses and opportunities to which funds and resources could be prioritised. The Alps constitute a potential territory for a macro-regional strategy. The Alpine Convention, the only existing binding instrument of international law in the Alpine regions, is a reference for the ongoing discussion and directly contributes to  it.

The “Macro-regional Strategy for the Alps” Working Group was set up by the XI. Alpine Conference to consider a possible contribution by the Alpine Convention to the current debates on macro-regional strategies in Europe.   
The Working Group’s activities contribute to the evaluation and networking of the results of the Working Groups and Platforms of the Alpine Convention as well as to implementation of Multiannual Work Program 2011 to 2016.   
The Contracting Parties to the Alpine Convention delegate experts to be members of the Working Groups/Platforms. Observers to the Convention may also nominate representatives.
List of members


The main objectives of the “Macro-regional Strategy for the Alps” Working Group are to:
  • define the objectives and the main challenges of such a strategy;
  • identify the added value that can be made by the Alpine Convention;
  • steer and manage the process in coordination and cooperation with other committed organisations.
Activities, documents, results