Strategy development and macro region: There are not many regions in Europe in which, within a very confined space, natural meet with economically prospering regions, densely populated meet with depopulated regions, traditionally rural areas meet with areas with high research expertise as well as with regions providing and consuming natural resources. In the context of territorial cooperation, stakeholders within the Alpine Space programme test what is important for Europe as a whole.
German regions involved
Bavaria (administrative regions of Upper Bavaria and Swabia) and Baden-Württemberg (administrative regions of Tuebingen and Freiburg).
Region of contrasts
Unspoiled nature and lively cities, innovative research centres and sparsely populated regions, use of natural resources and protection of sensible ecosystems - the Alpine Space is a region full of diversity and contrasts. It covers five EU member states plus Liechtenstein and Switzerland and stretches from France to Slovenia. Even more than other European regions, the Alpine Space is affected by the impacts of climate change which manifest themselves as extreme weather events or natural disasters. Furthermore, the alpine region represents a bottleneck for the European north-south traffic.
Themes of cooperation
The Alpine Space programme supports projects concerning the following four priority axes:
Innovative Alpine Space
- Improving the framework conditions for innovation
- Maintaining capacities for the delivery of services of general interest
Low Carbon Alpine Space
- Reducing CO2 emissions
- Low carbon mobility and transport
Liveable Alpine Space
- Valorising the Alpine Space cultural and natural heritage
- Enhance the protection, the conservation and the ecological connectivity of Alpine Space ecosystems
Well-Governed Alpine Space
Budget and funding
- Alpine Space (2014 - 2020): 139.8 million euros
- Funds from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF): 116.6 million euros
- EU cofinancing rate: up to 85%
- Average project funds: around 2 million euros
- Eligible for funding: staff costs, organisation and travel costs, external expertise costs, equipment expenditure, investments (limited)
How to become a project partner
Within the Alpine Space Programme, four to 15 partners from at least three different countries join within a project for three years maximum, a lead partner assuming the overall control of the project. The programme addresses public and private stakeholders.
The following partners are eligible for funding under the Alpine Space programme:
- Public authorities (national, regional, local authorities)
- (Public) service providers
- Research institutes and universities
- Chambers and associations
- Business support organisations
- Small and medium-sized enterprises
- Non-governmental organisations