Reiterer served in the position of Secretary General for six years: “I am very grateful that I had a chance to work with a team of highly qualified and engaged people for the protection and sustainable development of our precious region, I wish my successor every conceivable success for her important and challenging work. I am confident that the fruitful cooperation between the Permanent Secretariat and the partners of the Alpine Convention throughout the Alps will continue”.
Secretary General, Mrs Smerkolj: “I’ll strive in the first place to be the Secretary General of all the Contracting Parties and Partners and I wish to warmly thank my predecessor for his efforts and achievements. The goal of the protection and sustainable development of the Alps as a pioneer region for sustainable living in the heart of Europe is as relevant today as it was 27 years ago. I believe in the power of teamwork, dialogue and open communication with all stakeholders. While demonstrating this attitude, Mountains can be moved”. The priorities set by the Multi-Annual Work Programme 2017-2022 will further serve as leitmotif in the years to come.