15 December 2021
Minister Mara Carfagna took part, via video connection, in the ceremony of handing over the baton of EUSALP presidency from France to Italy. EUSALP is the macro-regional strategy that since 2013 has marked the cooperation of the Alpine regions and Provinces of Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
EUSALP is aimed at strengthening economic, social and territorial cohesion between national and local institutional actors in the Alpine region, with a special focus in recent years on climate change and digital transition.
The Plenary Assembly of 14-15 December 2021 took place in Nice and was attended by representatives of the outgoing French presidency (with Auvergne, Provence, and Côte d'Azur regions), as well as European Commissioner Elisa Ferreira and the French Secretary of State for Rural Affairs, Joël Giraud, in the closing session. On the Italian side, in addition to Minister Carfagna, the Presidents of the Autonomous Provinces of Trento, Maurizio Fugatti, and Bolzano, Arno Kompatscher, delivered their addresses.
Minister Carfagna underlined "We are aware the only way to respond adequately to macro-regional challenges, contributing to post-pandemic recovery and common objectives for ecological and digital transitions, is through cooperation, both between States and between the different levels of government. We must counter territorial polarisation, supporting interaction between urban centres and mountain areas and involving production systems and industrial and research centres. This is what the macro-regional initiatives should be used for, thus ensuring more connected and sustainable, as well as also more cohesive, Alps.
"Together we can make EUSALP an integration lab and a model for transition towards fairer and more inclusive societies, which can fully develop the human capital and the enormous potential of our Alps," Carfagna concluded.