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Postupak : 2013/2549(RSP)
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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))

Ramona Nicole Mănescu on behalf of the ALDE 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,

–   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 the Danube Region’ (COM(2010)0715) and the indicative action plan accompanying the 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 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 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 strategies are aimed at making better use of existing resources to tackle territorial development issues, identify joint responses to common challenges and boost the effectiveness of several EU-supported policies and partnerships between public administrations, local and regional authorities, other institutions and civil society organisations;

B.  whereas the Commission is proposing that the transnational strand of territorial cooperation policy should be enhanced and that any new macro-regional strategies should be initiated on a voluntary basis but draw on previous experience and best practice;

C. whereas the territories that make up the Alpine region share many common features, such as the geographical uniqueness of their high mountain areas and their close interactions with the larger cities in the peri-Alpine belt;

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 the Alpine region belongs to several EU Member States and non-EU countries, and constitutes an interconnected macro-region with heterogeneous economic capacities, demographic change, transport infrastructure and energy-related issues;

F.  whereas coordination of the internal and external policies of all stakeholders in the Alpine region could produce better results and added value;

G. whereas cohesion policy aims to achieve economic, social and territorial cohesion across the EU;

1.  Believes that the development of large-scale strategies, such as macro-regional strategies, should contribute to enhancing the role of the local and regional level in the implementation of EU policy, and that the multi-level governance principle should be put at the heart of the planning and implementation of the Alps strategy;

2.  Recalls the results of the learning experience afforded by the Baltic Sea Strategy and the Danube Strategy as regards transparency in the decision-making process and the allocation of EU funding; calls on the Commission to submit a specific action plan for this area that takes into consideration the structural handicaps faced by mountain regions and creates the right conditions for economic growth and social and territorial cohesion in the region;

3.  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;

4.  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, thereby facilitating cross-sector policy coordination;

5.  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;

6.  Believes that the geographical scope of a strategy for the Alps must be limited to the territory covered by the Alpine Convention, thereby distinguishing it from the extra-Alpine region, with its larger cities and centres of industry;

7.  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 cooperation and networking; believes that the strategy’s territorial dimension will lead to the concrete development of the idea of territorial cohesion;

8.  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;

9.  Calls on the Commission genuinely to implement Article 174 of the TFEU through a strategic plan, with a view to overcoming the structural handicaps of mountain regions and stimulating sustainable development in the region;

10. 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;

11. Underlines the importance of increasing, by means of such a strategy, the innovative capacity of the Alps region by creating partnerships and cooperation among key stakeholders, 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;

12. 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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