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Presidency: France

The main objective of the Transport Protocol of the Alpine Convention is "to pursue a sustainable transport policy which will reduce the negative effects of and risks posed by intra-Alpine and transalpine transport to a level which is not harmful to people, flora and fauna and their environments and Habitats, inter alia, by transferring an increasing amount of transport, especially freight transport, to the railways, in particular by creating appropriate infrastructures and incentives in line with market principles." Promoting sustainable transport is also one of the six priorities set in the Multiannual Work Programme 2017-2022 of the Alpine Convention. At medium-term, the Contracting Parties to the Alpine Convention aim at decoupling economic growth from an ever-increasing transport demand. 
This objective and the implementation of the Transport Protocol are supported by the activities of the Transport Working Group .  
A "Transport Protocol" Working group was initially mandated to elaborate and negotiate the Transport Protocol of the Alpine Convention, which was adopted in the year 2000. In 2002 the Working Group was mandated to support the exchange of information and experience among the Parties of the Alpine Convention, related to chapter IV of the Transport Protocol (“Monitoring and Evaluation”). 
Since 2002 the Transport Working Group has been operating on the basis of  two-year mandates on specific issues. A major focus of the work in recent years, continued in the current period 2017-2018, is the assessment and internalization of the real cost of transport (art. 14 of the protocol) especially with reference to the implementation of the Eurovignette directive, as well as monitoring and control of the environmental impacts of transports (art. 15 and 16). The working group is also investigating innovative logistics solutions, including innovations in the rail system and the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure. It is exchanging information with different bodies working on transport in the Alps, such as the Zurich Process and EUSALP AG4
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.
The main objectives of the Transport Working Group are to:
  • develop coordinated information in the field of freight and passenger transport in the Alps;
  • monitor the implementation of the Alpine Convention and mainly the Transport Protocol;
  • work on reducing the negative impact of transport on health and environment, in particular by contributing to creating favourable conditions for the use of more sustainable means of transport;
  • gather, analyse and develop good practices.
Current activities, documents, results of the Working Group Transport

Past activities, documents, results of the Working Group Transport 

Sub-group "Sustainable Mobility" (2008-2014):