Alpine Conference

The Alpine Conference is the political decision-making body of the Alpine Convention and meets at ministerial level. Meetings of the Conference are usually held every two years by the Contracting Party holding the Presidency of the Convention (usually one state holds the presidency for two years). The official languages of the Alpine Conference are French, German, Italian and Slovene.

The United Nations, its specialized agencies, the Council of Europe and all European countries may attend the meetings as observers. The same applies to cross-border associations of Alpine territorial authorities. In addition, relevant NGOs may be admitted as observers. Decisions are adopted on the basis of consensus.

Current President:  
Minister Elisabeth Borne
Ministry for the ecological and inclusive transition
Hôtel de Roquelaure
246 boulevard Saint-Germain
F - 75007 Paris
France

Legal basis:  
Art. 5, 6 and 7 of the Alpine Convention
Rules of Procedure of the Alpine Conference*

* un-official English translation provided by the Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention.


CountryMinisterAddress

France
Presidency

Minister Elisabeth Borne
President of the Alpine Conference

Ministère de la Transition écologique et solidaire 
Hôtel de Roquelaure
246 boulevard Saint-Germain
F - 75007 PARIS
France
Austria Federal Minister Maria Patek
 
Bundesministerium für Nachhaltigkeit und Tourismus
Stubenring 1 
A - 1012 Wien 
Österreich
GermanyFederal Minister Svenja SchulzeBundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit
Stresemannstraße 128-130
D - 10117 Berlin
Deutschland 
Italy
 
Minister Sergio Costa

Ministero dell’Ambiente e della Tutela del Territorio e del Mare 
Via Cristoforo Colombo 44 
I - 00147 Roma
Italia

LiechtensteinMinister Dominique HaslerMinisterium für Inneres, Bildung und Umwelt 
Regierungsgebäude
Peter-Kaiser-Platz 1
FL - 9490 Vaduz
Fürstentum Liechtenstein 
MonacoGovernment Counsellor - Minister Marie-Pierre GramagliaPrincipauté de Monaco, Département de l'Équipement, de l'Environnement et de l'Urbanisme
Ministère d'État
Place de la Visitation - BP 522 
MC - 98015 Cedex
Monaco
SloveniaMinister Simon ZajcMinistrstvo za okolje in prostor 
Dunajska 48 
SI - 1000 Ljubljana 
Slovenija 
SwitzerlandFederal Councillor,
Head of the Federal Department of the Environment,
Transport, Energy and Communications DETEC Simonetta Sommaruga

Eidgenössisches Departement für Umwelt, Verkehr, Energie und Kommunikation, UVEK 
Bundeshaus Nord Kochergasse 10 
CH - 3003 Bern 
Schweiz

EUCommissioner Karmenu VellaEuropean Commission 
Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 200 
B - 1049 Brussels 
Belgium

No.

Date

Location

The Presidency was passed to

XV4 April 2019Innsbruck, AustriaFrance

XIV

13 October 2016

Grassau, Germany

Austria

XIII

21 November 2014

Torino, Italy

Germany

XII

7 September 2012

Pschiavo, Switzerland

Italy

XI

8-9 March 2011

Brdo, Slovenia

Switzerland

X

12 March 2009

Evian, France

Slovenia

IX

9 November 2006

Alpbach, Austria

France

VIII

16 November 2004

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Austria

VII

19-20 November 2002

Merano, Italy

Germany

VI

30-31 October 2000

Lucerne, Switzerland

Italy

V

16 October 1998

Bled, Slovenia

Switzerland

IV

25-26 February 1996

Brdo, Slovenia

Slovenia

III

20 December 1994

Chambéry, France

Slovenia

II

6-7 November 1991

Salzburg, Austria

France

I

9-11 October 1989

Berchtesgaden, Germany

Austria


XV Alpine Conference

The XV Alpine Conference was held on 4 April 2019  in Innsbruck (AT) under the Austrian Presidency.

The decisions and attachments to the decisions of the XIV Alpine Conference are available in German, FrenchItalian, Slovenian.

In particular, the Alpine Conference deliberated on the following highlighted topics: 

  • Climate change in the Alps: Declaration of Innsbruck, Alpine Climate Target System 2050, Natural Hazard Risk Governance
  • Sustainable use and protection of Alpine soils

Press release*
Information note
Photo gallery

*un-official English translation provided by the Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention


XIV Alpine Conference

The XIV Alpine Conference was held on 13 October 2016 in Grassau (DE) under the German Presidency

The decisions and attachments to the decisions of the XIV Alpine Conference are available in German, FrenchItalian, Slovenian.

In particular, the Alpine Conference deliberated on the following highlighted topics: 

Press release
Photo gallery

* un-official English translation provided by the Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention


XIII Alpine Conference

The XIII Alpine Conference was held on 21 November 2014 in Torino (IT) under the Italian Presidency.

The decisions and the attachments to the decisions of the XIII Alpine Conference are available in GermanFrenchItalian and Slovenian.

In particular, the Alpine Conference deliberated on the following highlight topics: 

Press release
Photo gallery


XII Alpine Conference

The XII Alpine Conference was held on 7 September 2012 in Poschiavo (CH) under the Swiss Presidency. 

Decisions of the XII Alpine Conference*
The attachments to the decisions are available in GermanFrench, Italian and Slovenian

Press release
Photo gallery

* un-official English translation provided by the Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention


XI Alpine Conference

The XI Alpine Conference was held on 8-9 March 2011 in Brdo (SI) under the Slovenian Presidency. 

Decisions of the XI Alpine Conference*
The attachments to the decisions are available in GremanFrenchItalian and Slovenian

Press release is available in GermanFrench, Italian and Slovenian.
Photo gallery

* un-official English translation provided by the Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention


X Alpine Conference

The X Alpine Conference was held on 12 March 2009 in Evian (FR) under the French Presidency.  

Decisions of the X Alpine Conference*
The attachments to the decisions are available in GermanFrench, Italian and Slovenian

Press release is available in GermanFrenchItalian and Slovenian.
Photo gallery

* un-official English translation provided by the Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention


IX Alpine Conference

The IX Alpine Conference was held on 9 November 2006 in Alpbach (AT) under the Austrian Presidency.  

Decisions of the IX Alpine Conference*
The attachments to the decisions are available in German, French, Italian and Slovenian

* un-official English translation provided by the Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention


VIII Alpine Conference

The VIII Alpine Conference was held on 16 November 2004 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (DE) under the German Presidency.

The decisions and the attachments to the decisions of the VIII Alpine Conference are available in German, French, Italian and Slovenian.


VII Alpine Conference

The VII Alpine Conference was held on 19-20 November 2002 in Merano (IT) under the Italian Presidency.

The decisions and attachments to the desicions of the VII Alpine Conference are available in German, French, Italian and Slovenian


VI Alpine Conference

The VI Alpine Conference was held on 30-31 October 2000 in Lucerne (CH) under the Swiss Presidency.

The decisions of the VI Alpine Conference are available in German, French, Italian and Slovenian.


V Alpine Conference

The V Alpine Conference was held on 16 October 1998 in Bled (SI) under the Slovenian Presidency.

The decisions of the V Alpine Conference are available in German, French, Italian and Slovenian.


IV Alpine Conference

The IV Alpine Conference was held on 25-26 February 1996 in Brdo (SI) under the Slovenian Presidency.

The decisions of the VI Alpine Conference are available in German, FrenchItalian and Slovenian.


III Alpine Conference

The III Alpine Conference was held on 20 December 1994 in Chambéry (FR) under the French Presidency.

The decisions of the III Alpine Conference are available in German, French, Italian and Slovenian.


II Alpine Conference

The II Alpine Conference was held on 6-7 November 1991 in Salzburg (AT) under the Austrian Presidency.


I Alpine Conference

The I Alpine Conference was held on 9-11 October 1989 in Berchtesgaden (DE).

The AlpWeek is an international event dedicated to sustainable development in the Alps. It is organized by a group of key Alpine organisations engaged particularly in science, environmental protection and regional and sustainable development. It is held every four years. The event is open to the public and shall raise awareness and facilitate dialogue and cooperation among alpine stakeholders. 


AlpWeek Intermezzo 2019

Like its bigger sister, the quadrennial AlpWeek, Alpweek Intermezzo is an international event on sustainable development and related Alpine issues, jointly organised by key Alpine organisations. For 2019 the event was conceived as a lunch-to-lunch conference which brought together the main Alpine stakeholders to meet and exchange views on the topic “Tomorrow in the Alps”. It took place in April 2019 in Innsbruck (AT).

Further information about AlpWeek Intermezzo 2019  
Programme with detailed information   


AlpWeek 2016 

AlpWeek 2016 was dedicated to the manifold relations between the Alps and the people who live and work there or who come to visit. It took place in October 2016 in Grassau/Achental (DE). The people in the Alps are facing significant future challenges, but they are also the key players to cope with them. The AlpWeek intended to share existing Alpine experiences to identify new and promising solutions for the challenges at hand. These solutions should address the specificities of the alpine region(s) and respect the social, cultural and natural heritage. AlpWeek 2016 provided a forum for a broad and di­versified dialogue focusing on three main fields of action: demography, culture and quality of life. 

Further information about AlpWeek 2016  
Programme with detailed information   


AlpWeek 2012

For the first time in the history of the Alpine Convention, the conference of ministers from its signatory states took place during the AlpWeek. It was held in September in 2012 in Poschiavo (CH). By holding these events at the same time, the Swiss Presidency of the Alpine Convention sent a signal, bringing together all states and organisations engaged in the Alpine space. AlpWeek is the right place and time to meet, as it is organised by many of the observers of the Alpine Convention.

Further information about AlpWeek 2012 
Programme with detailed information  

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