The first annual forum of the EU’s macro-regional strategy took place in Munich on 23 and 24 November. The forum had a political component where high-ranking political representatives from the European Commission as well as from various Alpine regions discussed the issues facing the Alpine region today. The forum also had a working-level component where civil servants from across the region worked together in 10 workshops on issues ranging from health and governance to traffic and innovation.
For an overview and brief summary of results from the first annual forum of the EU’s macro-regional strategy for the Alpine Region click here
For a map that introduces the different Action Groups and gives an overview of their activities please click here
To see a more detailed summary of results and the rapporteur’s reports please click on the links below:
Workshop 1: Embedding
This workshop focused on different ways of embedding macro-regional strategies into the EU’s regulatory framework after 2020.
Workshop 2: Extended Alps
This workshop explored mutual stereotypes between urban and mountainous regions in Europe as well as how cultural differences impact communication and cooperation across the Alpine region.
Workshop 3: Innovation
This workshop explored possible avenues to develop an effective Research and Innovation Ecosystem across the Alpine region.
Workshop 4: Going Local
This workshop looked at new and innovative forms of governance that focus on the local level.
Workshop 5: Traffic
This workshop explored various issues connected to transport and mobility. Among other things it focused on ways to optimize passenger information across the Alpine region.
Workshop 6: MRS Transnational programs
This workshop discussed practical recommendations of how to effectively align the EU’s macro-regional strategies with its transnational programs.
Workshop 7: Health
This workshop explored different ways of promoting health tourism in the Alpine region and how to adapt the Alpine tourism industry to climate change.
Workshop Summary and presentation
Workshop 8: Ecological value chains
The workshop explored the practicability of a bio-based value chain creation approach in the Alpine region by reference to two specific projects.
Workshop 9: Smart Villages
The “Smart Village Workshop" discussed different ways of increasing the availability of public services in small villages and towns through the use of information technology. More specifically, the workshop focused on eHealth, digital education, and the energy supply.
Workshop 10: Communication
This workshop focused on strategies to improve communication within and between the different EU macro-regional strategies. Experts from various Alpine states and regions discussed pooling their communication resources to create synergetic effects and other ways of communicating more effectively.