AlpGov 2

Implementing Alpine Governance Mechanisms of the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region

The need of a transnational cooperation

In the 3 years since the 9 Action Groups (AGs) had begun to implement the EUSALP, the cooperation framework has improved substantially. Now, the Strategy’s governance needs to be advanced further in order to move towards a strategic vision. So far, the work within the AGs involved skills development and the sharing of competences. The challenge of AlpGov 2, however, is to foster cross-sectoral implementation following strategic priorities, which are to be defined together with the Executive Board (EB) and the annual Presidencies. This reorientation towards a more strategic approach will correspond to the fine-tuning and launch of the new Regional Development and Cohesion Policy 2021-2027, which offers an opportunity to further strengthen the EUSALP as a tool for realizing the cohesion objectives. The AGs will be the operative units of the EUSALP involving stakeholders and enhancing ownership of the Strategy at all levels of government and within civil society.

Innovative approach taken by AlpGov

Together with the EUSALP EB, it has been agreed that the project approach of AlpGov 2 aims at aligning the AGs’ activities with political priorities; defining strategic actions and projects to be adopted by each AG and improving the interaction among AGs, EB, annual Presidencies and stakeholders. This process of strengthening the governance in the EUSALP will be based on the following activities:
  • creation of a learning environment that will empower AGs and EB to strategically implement political goals;
  • definition of cross-sectoral priorities that will be embedded in the regional policies and reflected in policy recommendations
         in order to adopt a macroregional approach towards regional development;
  • implementation of strategic initiatives to boost EUSALP through the involvement of local communities and stakeholders;
  • dialogue with the other MRSs to facilitate knowledge transfer;
  • dissemination of the results through extensive communication.