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EUSALP: shaping together the future of the Alpine region

Over the last days, the countries and regions of the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region gathered in Innsbruck to debate the following question: how can we give youth a stronger say on policies they are concerned by?

Commissioner Hahn and Tyrol governor Platter
Zoomansicht Commissioner Hahn and Tyrol governor Platter

Around 900 stakeholders from all levels met on Tuesday and Wednesday in Innsbruck at the secod EUSALP Annual Forum, jointly organized by Tyrol and DG REGIO, to discuss just that: shaping future together with the next generation.

Commissioner Corina Creţu underscored the importance of transregional collaboration for successfully adressing the ongoing challenges:

The EU Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP) has proven essential in setting forth initiatives in fields on common interest for the region, but a lot more can be achieved, especially with the help of the young generation. Their creativity can provide novel answers to the challenges facing the region.” 

This interest was proven through a high participation in the innovative idea contest for young people aged between 16 and 25: in the context of the “Pitch your project to the EU” initiative, 17 project applications were submitted. The audience will vote for the winners on Wednesday. 

Very important questions for the Alpine region, such as the protection of the environment and the future of EU funding, were also on the agenda for discussion. Commissioner Johannes Hahn presented the Commission’s view on the future of the region. Other key speakers included Tyrol’s Governor Günther Platter, Arno Kompatscher, Governor of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano-South Tyrol and Raffaele Cattaneo, President of the Lombardy Regional Council. 

At the session, the representatives of all 7 EUSALP states and regions adopted the "Innsbruck Declaration". Read the whole declaration in the attachment.

Source text: European Commission; EUSALP

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