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Joint preface by State Minister Dr. Merk and State Minister Scharf

Staatsministerin Dr. Beate Merk (links) und Staatsministerin Ulrike Scharf (rechts).vergrößernLadies and gentlemen,

In 2017, Bavaria will assume the presidency over the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region. It is our special honour and pleasure to present our work programme for the presidency to you.

In 2017, Bavaria wishes to emphasise the added value which the EU Alpine Strategy provides to the Alpine Region and its citizens. Long-term political objectives in key policy areas shall be identified and implemented with concrete measures, serving as a role model throughout the Region. As an example, one of our long-term goals is to establish the Alpine Region as a model region for green infrastructure. This goal shall be achieved during the Bavarian presidency 2017 by developing a corresponding network between the major cities of the Alpine Region.

Due to the nature of macro-regional strategies, progress in the implementation of the EU Alpine Strategy relies on the broad involvement of and cooperation between all concerned stakeholders and citizens within the Alpine Region. Apart from policy-makers from the European down to the local level, this also includes associations of economic and social actors as well as non-governmental organisations. Among other events, we want to implement these principles for the Bavarian presidency 2017 with an Action Group Forum on 14 and 15 February 2017 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and a Citizens’ Forum during the First Annual Forum of the Alpine Strategy on 23 and 24 November 2017 in Munich. We would be pleased to welcome you to these events.

As one of the 48 member regions participating in the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region, we see the Strategy as a great opportunity to tackle some of the great challenges of the 21st century in the areas of business, infrastructure and traffic, energy, as well as environmental and resource protection together with our partners in the Alpine Region and to strengthen the economic, political and social cohesion in the heart of Europe. Thus, the Bavarian presidency will be guided by the motto: “EU Alpine Strategy – joint action for the benefit of the Region”. To accomplish all this, we rely on your support.


Dr. Beate Merk                                                                    Ulrike Scharf