Launch of the EU strategy for the Alpine region, fourth macroregional strategy of the EU

July 29, 2015

Hat: Launch of the EU strategy for the Alpine region, fourth macroregional strategy of the EU

Funding Scheme: 2015-07-29

Pgm2014 2020: Yes

Isfondstruct: Yes


On 28 July 2015, the European Commission launched its strategy for the Alpine region. This is the fourth EU macro-regional strategy, following the strategies for the Baltic Sea region, the Danube region and the Adriatic and Ionian region. It is aimed at enhancing cooperation between the regions of this area in several fields, mainly in relation with the Structural and investment funds.


This macro-regional strategy concerns seven countries; five Member States – Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Slovenia – and two non-EU countries – Liechtenstein and Switzerland – overall involving 48 regions.

The Strategy will focus on four key policy areas and could support the development of the following indicative projects:

1 – Economic growth and innovation with, for example, the development of research activities on Alpine-specific products and services.

2 – Connectivity and mobility, with the improvement ofroads and railwaysand the extension of satellite access in remote areas.

3 – Environment and energy, with the pooling of mutual resources to preserve the environment and promote energy efficiency in the Region.

In addition, the Commission identified the need to build a sound and efficient governance modelfor the Region.

The Commission hopes to see the Strategy endorsed by the European Council later this year.


A ‘Macro-regional strategy’ is an integrated framework which can be supported by the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF), among others, to address common challenges faced by Member States and third countries located in the same geographical area. They thereby benefit from strengthened cooperation contributing to achievement of economic, social and territorial cohesion.

The European Council of 19-20 December 2013 had invited the Commission, in cooperation with the Member States, to elaborate an EU Strategy for the AlpineRegion by mid-2015.

The EU Strategy for the Alpine Region was launched today in the form of a Communication and anAction Plan. They takeinto account the results of the extensive online public consultation conducted between July and October 2014 as well as the conclusions of the closing high-level Stakeholder Conference in Milan on 1-2 December 2014.

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