Official launch of the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region in Brdo, Slovenia
The opening conference for the new EU Strategy for the Alpine Macro-Region is being held in Brdo near Ljubljana on 25 and 26 January 2016. More than 70 million citizens stand to benefit from enhanced cooperation between 48 regions in Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Slovenia, which is also expected to have a positive impact on economic growth and competitiveness.
At the official event marking the launch of the Strategy for the Alpine Region, Secretary-General at the Foreign Ministry Michael Linhart underlined the very relevant contribution made by the regions and civil society: “Thanks to the commitment of both regions and civil society, the Strategy for the Alpine Region opens up new opportunities for Austria and our neighbours. The objective pursued under this strategy is not only cooperation on Alpine-specific topics but also a strengthening of the Alpine region as a whole. We seek to promote environmental protection just as we strive to foster social and innovative policy fields and recognition of the important economic role played by the Alpine region for the whole of Europe.”
More than 500 delegates from politics, public administration, civil society, business and industry are taking part in the major conference in Brdo. Austria is also represented by the Province Governors of Salzburg, Wilfried Haslauer, Tyrol, Günther Platter and Carinthia, Peter Kaiser, as well as the Presidents of the Province Diets (Parliaments) of Burgenland, Christian Illedits and Vorarlberg, Harald Sonderegger.
The EU Strategy for the Alpine Region is based on an Austrian initiative. The Austrian federal provinces made a substantial contribution to shaping and designing the strategy, which builds on existing systems of cooperation at local, regional and national level. “We want to use the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region to develop the Alpine region into a model region for the whole of Europe”, Michael Linhart stressed.
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