Action Group 2

To increase the economic potential of strategic sectors


The German Region Baden-Württemberg (Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing Baden-Württemberg) and the French Region Auvergne Rhône-Alpes together chair Action Group 2.

Action Group 2 ("To increase the economic potential of strategic sectors") aims at identifying key Alpine economic sectors which would beneficiate from action at macro-regional level, and to implement concrete measures to strengthen their economic and social environment. The added value will be to lead to a better utilisation of Alpine specific resources and develop potential in the identified strategic sectors with a special focus on the development opportunities for SMEs within the Alpine Macro Region.

1st Thematic Policy Area
"Economic Growth and Innovation"

Specific Objectives

The main objectives of Action Group 2 are:

  • To develop new value chains with enterprises from different sectors
  • To bridge the gap between different policies and efforts in order to stimulate the transformation of the industrial structure and drive job creation and growth
  • To make better use of cluster initiatives
  • To bridge the gap between disconnected value chains
  • To facilitate and encourage the development and implementation of concrete projects in these strategic sectors in the Alpine Region.

So far Action Group 2 has identified three thematic priorities (Sub-Groups):

  • Bioeconomy (coordinated by Baden-Württemberg, DE)
  • Wood from Alpine Region (coordinated by Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, FR)
  • Health Tourism (coordinated by the Region of Salzburg, AT)


Susanne Ast
Role: Leader
Representative of Baden-Württemberg
Sylvain Guetaz
Role: Leader
Representative of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Daniel Mondon
Role: Leader
Representative of Baden-Württemberg

Additional Representative contacts

Christina Diegelmann
Representative of Baden-Württemberg
Jacques Bersier
Representative of Switzerland
Rinaldo Comino
Representative of Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Francesco Comotti
Representative of Veneto
Chantal Degoul
Representative of France
Simone Hagenauer
Representative of Austria
ecoplus. Lower Austrian Economic Development Agency; Cluster Lower Austria
Massimo Lapolla
Representative of Piemonte
Bernhard Lehofer
Representative of Salzburg
ITG Salzburg, Management Administration, Finances, Development
Mara Manente
Representative of Veneto
Alberto Manzo
Representative of Italy
Luca Mion
Representative of Trento (Autonomous Province)
Nadine Mordant
Representative of France
France - Commissioner for Spatial planning and Alpine Massif
Christian Salletmaier
Representative of Salzburg
Office of the Salzburg Government, Dep. 1 - Economy, Tourism and Municipalities
Karmen Špenga
Representative of Slovenia
Roberto Venturini
Representative of Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Larisa Vodeb
Representative of Slovenia
Christian Wild
Representative of Bavaria
Andreas Winkler
Representative of South Tyrol
Paolo Zaggia
Representative of Lombardy


Francesco Bafundi
Christian Baumgartner
CIPRA International
Carlo Corazza
Cristina De Capitani
Representative of Lombardy
Hannes Klein
Representative of Burgenland
Giacomo Mattinò
Gerd Meier zu Köcker
Representative of Baden-Württemberg
Elisabetta Reja
Representative of Friuli Venezia Giulia
Maria Rossetti
Representative of Lombardy
Magalie Santamaria
Representative of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes


7th Action Group 2 and Sub-Group meetings in Stuttgart

Neues Schloss (Schlossplatz 4), 70173 Stuttgart, Germany
17/09/2018 - 13:00 to 18/09/2018 - 15:00
Event type: Internal meeting

7th Action Group 2 and Sub-Group meetings will be held in Stuttgart.

2nd Forum on Dual Education in the Alpine Region

09/11/2018 - 09:30
Event type: 1st Thematic Policy Area meeting

The second forum on dual training will take place in collaboration with the Ausbilderforum of Innsbruck in Telfs  (Tyrol) at the company Thoeni Holding Gmbh.

This year's theme will be: "Shaping dual education together: empowering enterprises to educate".