"MACRO-REGIONAL STRATEGY FOR THE ALPS" WORKING GROUP
Presidency: Switzerland, Italy and Germany
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.
1. What is the “Macro-regional Strategy for the Alps” Working Group?
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 delegated members to the Working Group. Observers
to the Convention may put forward representatives selected by the observers themselves.
List of members
The main objectives of the “Macro-regional Strategy for the Alps” Working Group are to:
3. Activities, documents, results
- 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.
4. Links and Additional Information
- Institutions of the Contracting Parties:
- European Union
- Alpine Regions
- CIPRA Austria 'Perspektiven für die Alpen", Vienna, 19.9.2011
- CIPRA International
- Club Arc Alpin
- Alpine Space Programme of the EU
- 20 Jahre Alpenkonvention: eine Bilanz mit einem Blick in die Zukunft
- Yes to an "Alpine Macro-region" but on a coherent territory - Werner Bätzing, 07.2.2011 (Find the link in DE, FR, IT, SL)
- The Alpine Convention and the macro-region "Alpine Space" of the
European Union, Werner Bätzing, L'Eco delle Dolomiti, 11, 2011
- Die Alpen - periphere Verstädterung einer ländlichen Makroregion
in Europa, Werner Bätzing, Alpen Forum 2010
- Der neue Status der Alpen als Makroregion. Braucht es veränderte
politische Strategien für das Herz Europas?, Werner Bätzing,
Zeitfragen, 28. april 2001
- Perspektiven für die Alpen, Hannes Schlosser, Die
Alpenkonvention nr.65, 2011
- Die Alpen lösen ihre Probleme gemeinsam oder gar nicht, Wener
Bätzing, Die Alpenkonvention nr.65, 2011
- Auf dem Weg zur Makroregion, Das Land Südtirol, december 2011