Alpine Space Forum - Pooling potentials for Competitiveness - Presentations

Tuesday - 27 September 2011

Setting the scene: EU 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and the Alpine Space Programme

The EU 2020 strategy and how European Territorial Cooperation can contribute to it

Introduction to the EU 2020 Strategy and what could be done by the Alpine Space Programme to meet the identified challenges.

José Antonio Ruiz de Casas, DG Regional Policy, Territorial Cooperation, European Commission

The Alpine Space Programme - A territorial approach towards the EU 2020 strategy

The Alpine Space Programme presents how it could contribute to achieve the objectives of the EU 2020 strategy and strengthen the competitiveness of its cooperation area.

Marilena Barbaro, Ministry of the Economic Development and Cohesion Policies, Italy


Strengthen competitiveness of the Alpine Area 

The competitiveness of the Alpine Area as part of Europe’s Economy

Keynote introducing the competitiveness of the Alpine Area within Europe and pinpointing its specific assets and strengths.  

Cliff Hague, Team leader of the UK ESPON Contact Point, consultant and researcher, United Kingdom


Driving forces towards competitiveness

Key presentation setting the topic of competitiveness in its relation to innovation, endogenous territorial potentials, clusters creation, governance, etc.

Claire Nauwelaers, International expert in science, technology and innovation policy


A practical approach to increase competitiveness – toolbox for practitioners

EU funding instruments and opportunities to enhance competitiveness


Edita Granatir Lapuh, Enterpreneurship and Competitiveness Directorate of the Ministry of the Economy, Slovenia

Followed by a discussion with Alpine practitioners giving direct feedback on their experiences in working with the presented instruments:

Norbert Höptner, Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum Stuttgart, Germany

Jacques P Bersier, HES-SO//Fribourg, Science and Technology Center of the Canton of Fribourg, Plastics Processing Cluster, Switzerland

Paolo Zaggia, Lombardy Region, Italy


Workshop Series

1. Tourism: How to make the Alps a more competitive tourist destination?

Facilitation: Dominik Siegrist, University of Applied Sciences Rapperswil (CH) & President of CIPRA International

Expert/practitioner input:

Umberto Martini, University of Trento, Italy 

Georges Ribière, Ministry of Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and the Sea, France 

Project experience:

Thomas Bausch, ClimAlpTour project, University of Applied Sciences Munich, Germany


2. Energy: The Alps as rechargeable battery of Europe?

Facilitation: Ludwig Karg, BaumConsult Munich, Germany

Expert/practitioner input:

Gianni Lazzari, Habitech , Italy

Miro Kristan, Soča valley development centre, Slovenia

Project experience:

Matjaž Gerl, SHARE project, E-zavod, Slovenia

Ludwig Karg, AlpEnergy project, BaumConsult Munich, Germany


3. Local resources: How to turn Alpine local resources/knowledge into a competitive advantage in a global economy?

Facilitation: Jernej Stritih, Government Office for Climate Change, Slovenia

Expert/practitioner input:

Andrej Breznikar, Slovenia Forest Service

Theo Eberhard, University of Applied Sciences Munich, Faculty of Tourism, Germany

Project experience:

Peter Schröder, AlpsBioCluster Project, Helmholtz Centre Munich, Germany


4. An island between surrounding metropolises: How can the Alps benefit from the surrounding urban centres and the cities from the Alps?


Facilitation: Wolfgang Pfefferkorn, CIPRA international

Expert/practitioner input:

Alma Zavodnik Lamovšek, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ivan Stanič, Department for Urban Planning, City Municipality of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Project experience:

Laurence Jacquinot, InnoCité project, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Lyon, France



Wednesday- 28 September 2011

Summary of workshops results

Practitioners and policy-makers discuss the needs for action identified and the recommendations developed during the workshops. Feedback round, interview of the WS rapporteurs.

WS1 Thomas Bausch, University of Applied Sciences Munich, Faculty of Tourism, Germany

WS2 Ludwig Karg, BaumConsult Munich, Germany

WS3 Jernej Stritih, Government Office for Climate Change, Slovenia  

WS4 Laurence Jacquinot, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Lyon, France