Action Group 4

To promote inter-modality and interoperability in passenger and freight transport


The Alps are an extremely sensitive environment located in the heart of the European continent. Special geographical features cause particular constraints regarding accessibility and transport infrastructure. Transport is one of the main causes of climate change – almost thirty percent of all greenhouse gases in the Alps can be attributed to transport – and both passenger and freight traffic volumes are rising continuously. Road transport in particular causes negative externalities such as air pollution, noise and traffic congestion. This makes mobility one of the biggest challenges for the social, economic and ecological development of the Alpine regions. A coordinated approach giving way to a coherent strategy is required to tackle these challenges in order to ensure a sustainable development for the Alps.

The EUSALP Action Group 4 Mobility offers a platform to coordinate and harmonise the activities of Alpine regions and countries for a sustainable transport and mobility system. Its mission is to build a common understanding of transport policy and mobility, to define common objectives and to launch specific activities and projects.

In January 2016 the AG4 lead was awarded to the European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino which mandated the task to its member Tyrol for the following three years.


Kick off Meeting on 9 March 2016 in Innsbruck
2nd Action Group Meeting on 28 June 2016 in Bozen
3rd Action Group Meeting on 8 November 2016 in Innsbruck
4th Action Group Meeting on 14 February 2017 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen


2nd Thematic Policy Area
"Mobility and Connectivity"

Specific Objectives

In order to address the most important challenges and opportunities concerning mobility in the Alpine Region, the AG4 works towards the following objectives:

  • To promote inter-modality and interoperability in passenger and freight transport in particular by removing infrastructure bottlenecks, bridging missing links, coordinating planning and timetables of public transport, modernizing infrastructure and enhancing cooperation. The AG4 is addressing this objective by focusing on infrastructure for sustainable transport in passenger- and combined transport as well as interconnecting public transport systems, focusing on operations and information and ticketing services.
  • To support the modal shift from road to rail. The Alpine regions are particularly sensitive to negative environmental and social impacts caused by the excessive traffic flow of freight and passenger transport through the Alps. In order to tackle this challenge the AG4 promotes the harmonization and implementation of modal shift policies with a focus on toll systems.
  • To develop cooperation and greater integration between the existing bodies and structures in the field of transport. The close collaboration of the AG4 with different actors involved in the transport and mobility sectors of the Alpine Regions guarantees an improved coordination and ensures consistency between existing initiatives in order to avoid duplications and encourage the alignment of funding. Strong links have already been established with the Alpine Convention, the Suivi de Zurich Process, as well as the iMONITRAF! network.
Ewald Moser
Role: Leader
Region: Tyrol
European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino
Patrick Skoniezki
Role: Leader
European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino
Johanna Thöni
Role: Leader
European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino
Christian Egeler
Switzerland - Federal Office for Spatial Development
Celestina Antonacci
Autonomous Province of Trento
Giovanni Campeol
Region: Veneto
Alberto Cozzi
Region: CEI Central European Initiative
Katharina Erdmenger
Germany - Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure
Carlo Fortuna
Region: Friuli Venezia Giulia
Rainer Kistler
Region: Central Switzerland and Tessin
Hannes Klein
Region: Burgenland
Ralf Kühn
Region: Salzburg
François Lamoise
France - Ministère de l'Environnement, de l’Énergie et de la Mer
Davide Maresca
Region: Liguria
Nadine Mordant
France - Commissioner for Spatial planning and Alpine Massif
Werner Mosser
Region: Styria
Zlatko Podgorski
Region: Slovenia - Ministry of Infrastructure
Slovenia - Ministry of Infrastructure
Jörg Putzl
Region: Carinthia
Christian Rankl
Region: Vorarlberg
Jacopo Riccardi
Region: Liguria
Matthias Rinderknecht
Switzerland - Federal Office of Transport
Karsten Schröder
Region: Carinthia
Harry Seybert
Region: Bavaria
Carmen Springer
Autonomous Province of Bolzano - South Tyrol
Aurelio Vigani
Switzerland - Federal Office for Spatial Development
Franc Žepič
Slovenia - Ministry of Infrastructure
Peter Zinggl
Region: Burgenland


Anne-Séverine Lay
Alpine Space Programme
Nathalie Morelle
Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention
Marco Onida
Herald Reuijters
European Commission



Status: Active


Development of recent estimates for external costs in mountain areas

A – Cross-topic initiatives


Development of a common target system for AG 4

A – Cross-topic initiatives


Extension of Toll Plus proposal to other EUSALP AG 4 members

B - Implementation of modal shift policies with a focus on toll systems


From Toll Plus to an integrated incentive system for modal shift

B - Implementation of modal shift policies with a focus on toll systems


Link between pricing systems and the use of innovative technologies

B - Implementation of modal shift policies with a focus on toll systems


Public acceptance of modal shift (infrastructure and policy instruments)

A – Cross-topic initiatives


Interconnecting public transport information and ticketing

D – Interconnecting public transport systems


Interconnecting public transport operation

D – Interconnecting public transport systems


Infrastructure for combined transport (terminals)

C – Infrastructure for sustainable transport


Infrastructure for passenger transport (supplementary rail connections)

C – Infrastructure for sustainable transport



AG4 - 5th Action Group Meeting

20/06/2017 - 18:00
Location Trento
Event type: Internal meeting

The 5th Action Group 4 Meeting will take place on Tuesday 20 June 2017 in Trento.

3rd AG5 meeting

30/06/2017 - 10:00
Location: Maurienne, Région Auvergne - Rhône - Alpes (place and time tbc)
Event type: Internal meeting

Connectivity and accessibility among Alps are going fast! AG5 will meet in Auvergne - Rhône - Alpes Region (France) to discuss their activites.

EUSALP General Assembly II / First EUSALP Annual Forum

23/11/2017 - 11:00 to 24/11/2017 - 14:00
Location: BMW Welt, Munich
Event type: Main event

The Annual Forum 2017 of the EU Alpine Strategy will take place on 23 and 24 November 2017 in the Munich BMW Welt.

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