“Wheel 5200”, the symbol of the EUSALP Presidency, is the world’s oldest wooden wheel which was found in the Ljubljana Marshes | Author Bor Slana/STA

On the 1st of February, Slovenia officially launched its Presidency of the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP) for the year 2024 with an opening event in Postojna. The event was attended by approximately 100 national and international representatives.

Marko Štucin, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia, delivered a welcoming speech. He emphasized Slovenia’s strong commitment towards sustainability as they aim to preserve the nature of the country for future generations.

In continuation of the previous Swiss Presidency in 2023, the Slovenian Presidency has identified three key priorities:

1. Circular Economy

2. Water-smart society

3. Quality of Life for Young People in the Alps. 

Addressing local and foreign guests gathered in Postojna, State Secretary Marko Štucin underscored the importance of the EUSALP: “Macro-regional cooperation makes it possible to find solutions that would otherwise be more difficult to achieve in more formalised structures. The EU macro-regional strategies facilitate the implementation of the key European and global policy initiatives in our territories and allow for faster coordination with regional and local initiatives.”

Consequently, the Slovenian Presidency will pay special attention to close cooperation with regional actors, which will aid in finding appropriate solutions to the current challenges in the Alpine region.

Slovenia holds the Presidency from 1st January to 31st December 2024 under the leadership of the national coordination for the EU macro-regional strategies at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia and with the assistance of the Technical Secretariat based in Nice, France.

The final event of the Presidency – the EUSALP Annual Forum 2024 and the General Assembly – will be held in Brdo pri Kranju on 14-15 November.