EUSALP - Action Group 4 Mobility
The EGTC coordinates Action Group 4 on Mobility of the EUSALP - the European Union Strategy for the Alpine Region. The aim: put in place, together with all 48 participating regions, a sustainable transport system. The motto: sustainable, innovative and smart.
The European Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP) is an association of 48 regions with a total of over 80 million inhabitants. Different working groups are striving for common solutions on various topics topics such as economy, innovation, environment, energy, mobility and connectivity.
The work of Action Group 4 - Mobility (AG4), led by the Euregio, aims to find sustainable, innovative and smart solutions for passenger and freight transport in the Alpine area. With 25 states and regions represented, AG4 is the most strongly staffed working group of the Alpine Region Strategy.
The Euregio as lead partner of AG4
After a successful application, the European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino was asked to organize the activities of AG4. The Transport Planning Department of the Region of Tyrol has taken over the lead management and coordination of the action group. That Department can build on a long experience concerning transport and transit issues in connection with the Brenner Pass, the busiest crossing in the entire Alpine region. It thus has built up a high level of expertise in the field of transport and mobility, which can be drawn upon within the framework of AG4.
The group leaders of Action Group 4 Mobility ensure continuous coordination with the respective administrative departments in the Euregio: the Transport Planning Department of the Region of Tyrol, the Office for Mobility of the Autonomous Province of Bozen/Bolzano-South Tyrol and the Civil Protection and Infrastructures Department of the Autonomous Province of Trento.
AG4 also receives a great deal of support from the political side; both the three regional governors of the Euregio and the responsible regional ministers for mobility are actively involved in the working process of AG4 through their participation in the AG meetings and mobility conferences.
Since the tenth AG4 meeting in Bozen/Bolzano on 18 and 19 March 2019, the French region Sud-Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (PACA) has been co-leader of AG4, underlining the commitment of the French regions and the western alpine regions in the field of mobility.
AG4 addresses a number of important transport and mobility issues, which are currently being further developed in the framework of the new work plan. The aim is to tackle the challenges and grasp the opportunities for sustainable mobility in the Alpine region. Accordingly, AG4 pursues the following objectives:
- Support the shift from roads to alternative modes of transport. This is important in order to address the environmental and social impacts caused by excessive traffic. In order to reach this goal, ambitious policy measures to provide the appropriate transport services and infrastructure are needed. The promotion of intermodal, combined and interoperable transport plays a key role in this respect.
- To harmonise existing mobility offers and to find sustainable solutions - also in remote regions. This is necessary for the Alpine space to remain liveable even under its special requirements. Accordingly, environmentally friendly and innovative concepts are needed for both the infrastructure and the operation of mobility services.
- To further promote cooperation and networking of existing structures in the transport sector. In this way synergies can be used, redundancies avoided, and funding opportunities coordinated. To this end, AG4 maintains a network of intensive cooperation with the Alpine Convention, the Zurich Process and iMONITRAF!.