The Alpine Region is among the largest natural, economic and productive areas in Europe, with over 80 million inhabitants, and among the most attractive tourist regions, welcoming millions of guests per year. While trade, businesses and industry in the Alpine Region are concentrated in the main areas of settlement on the outskirts of the Alps and in the large Alpine valleys along the major traffic routes, over 40 % of the Region is not or not permanently inhabited.
Due to the Alpine Region’s unique geographic and natural characteristics, it is particularly affected by several of the challenges arising in the 21st century:
The EU Alpine Strategy tackles these challenges with innovative actions in close cooperation between the states and regions of the Alpine Region. It thus strengthens the economic, political and social cohesion in the heart of Europe.
The Strategy concerns seven states and 48 regions within these states. Its Action Plan of 28 July 2015 encompasses three thematic focuses – competitiveness and innovation, environment-friendly mobility, as well as sustainable use of energy, natural and cultural resources – which are divided into nine concrete actions.