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See also joint motion for a resolution RC-B7-0190/2013

further to Question for Oral Answer B7‑0118/2013

pursuant to Rule 115(5) of the Rules of Procedure

on a macro-regional strategy for the Alps (2013/2549(RSP))

Elisabeth Schroedter on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group

European Parliament resolution on a macro-regional strategy for the Alps (2013/2549(RSP))  

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to Articles 192, 265(5) and 174 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU),

–   having regard to the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (COM(2009)0248),

–   having regard to the Alpine Convention,

–   having regard to the Commission communication of 8 December 2010 entitled ‘European Union Strategy for Danube Region’ (COM(2010)0715) and the indicative action plan accompanying that strategy (SEC(2009)0712/2),

–   having regard to its resolution of 17 February 2011 on the implementation of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region(1),

–   having regard to the European Council conclusions of 24 June 2011, in which the European Council invited the Member States to ‘continue work in cooperation with the Commission on possible future macro-regional strategies’,

–   having regard to the Commission proposal of 6 October 2011 for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on specific provisions for the support from the European Regional Development Fund to the European territorial cooperation goal (COM(2011)0611),

–   having regard to the question put to the Commission on a macro-regional strategy for the Alps (O-000016/2013 – B7‑0118/2013),

–   having regard to Rules 115(5) and 110(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A. whereas macro-regional cooperation can enhance spatial integration and boost the effectiveness of several forms of EU-supported policies and partnerships between public administrations, local authorities, other institutions and civil society organisations;

B.  whereas the existing macro-regional strategies and any new ones should be applied on a voluntary basis but draw on previous experience and best practice;

C. whereas the Alps region belongs to several EU Member States and non-EU countries, and whereas coordination of the internal and external policies of all stakeholders could produce better results and added value;

D. whereas the macro-regional strategy for the Alps, which should be comparable to the strategies adopted by the EU for the Baltic Sea and Danube regions, will afford an opportunity to give the Alps a new dimension and greater significance in the EU context in terms of better access to funding;

E.  whereas a macro-regional strategy is an efficient way to tackle common challenges relating to population change, infrastructure, environmental matters, energy supply, tourism and transport facilities in the Alpine region;

1.  Stresses the need to strengthen the role of the regions and to put the multi-level governance principle at the heart of the planning and implementation of the Alps strategy;

2.  Highlights the positive role played by EU legislative tools such as the European Groupings of Territorial Cooperation (EGTCs) in relation to macro-regions, since they provide structural support for concrete aspects of cooperation and the exchange of good practice as well as for the design and implementation of territorial development strategies allowing authorities at different levels to cooperate;

3.  Welcomes the current developments in, and the strong bottom-up approach adopted by, the regions of the Alpine area, which have repeatedly expressed their desire for an Alpine strategy effectively to address challenges common to the entire Alpine arc, to exploit its considerable potential more consistently and to address the need to improve mobility, energy security, environmental protection, social and economic development, cultural exchange, security and civil protection in the Alpine region;

4.  Believes that the geographical scope of a strategy for the Alps must be limited to the territory covered by the Alpine Convention, as expanding the macro-region to a larger territory would be liable to mean that the extra-Alpine region, with its metropolises and centres of industry, would dominate the actual Alpine region in terms of population size and economic power;

5.  Considers sustainable development of the Alps to be one of the main goals within the macro-regional strategy;

6.  Points out the importance of aligning the content of the strategy for the Alps with the Alpine Convention as well as taking into account existing transnational cooperation and networking in this field;

7.  Emphasises that a macro-regional strategy for the Alps should take into account the preservation of forms of traditional – primarily agricultural – land use, so as to foster biodiversity, as well as the preservation of existing protected areas;

8.  Calls on the Commission to draw on the experience of the existing platforms for the Baltic Sea and Danube macro-regional strategies in order to submit an action plan specific to this area without delay, with a view to overcoming the structural handicaps faced by mountain regions and creating the right conditions for economic growth and effective social and territorial cohesion in the region;

9.  Believes that the strategy’s territorial dimension will lead to the concrete development of the idea of territorial cohesion, which the Treaty of Lisbon places on an equal footing with economic and social cohesion;

10. Stresses that a macro-regional strategy for the Alps is an effective tool for enhancing European territorial cooperation within the region concerned by applying a bottom-up approach and expanding cooperation through better use of available resources;

11. Emphasises the importance of such a strategy for cross-sector policy coordination among relevant government departments, local authorities, social services, healthcare services, cultural policy authorities and spatial planning authorities at local, regional and national level, and for dialogue with civil society;

12. Considers that a macro-regional strategy for the Alps must coordinate existing EU funds, in particular under the cohesion policy, in order to implement projects aimed at addressing common challenges in areas such as protection of the environment, investment in competitiveness and innovation, agriculture and forestry, water, energy, environmental and climate issues, and transport;

13. Stresses that a possible macro-regional strategy for the Alps would be in line with the Europe 2020 objectives, thereby ensuring conformity with the EU’s commitment to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth;

14. Underlines the importance of increasing, by means of such a strategy, the innovative capacity of the Alps region by making use of the skills offered by its labour force, creating partnerships and cooperation among key stakeholders (including those in the labour market and the fields of education and training and research, and employers), keeping active young people in the area, supporting creativity and enhancing the capacity of the different regions in the areas of education, science and research;

15. Stresses that the new ‘macro-regional’ cooperation framework must ensure that the natural handicaps of peripheral regions, such as high mountain areas, are converted into assets and opportunities, and that the development of these regions is stimulated;

16. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the Committee of the Regions and the other relevant institutions.


OJ C 188 E, 28.6.2012, p. 30.

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