The EU-Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP) aims at strengthening the cooperation between Alpine regions and countries.

Swiss Presidency 2023

The Alpine region is made up of areas with contrasting demographic, social and economic developments and a great cultural and linguistic diversity. This diversity is accompanied by a variety of administrative systems and traditions. The common characteristics and challenges in the Alpine require require active cross-border cooperation within the EUSALP.

Swiss Presidency 2023

The Confederation and the cantons jointly chair the EUSALP for the first time. 2023 will be a defining year. It is to be tightened in terms of content and organisation. During the Swiss Presidency, the following three transversal topics will be discussed: circular economy, water and transport/mobility. This will lead to an initial reduction in the diversity of topics of the EUSALP and strengthen its political relevance. "Less is more" is therefore the implicit goal of this presidency year.

The presidency year will include meetings that are part of the "mandatory programme" (Executive Board meetings as well as joint meetings with the Action Groups, General Assembly and Annual Forum) and thematic conferences that will allow to focus on strategically important topics. The thematic conferences are organised back to back with the standard meetings to better link content and committees.


The programme of the presidency year combines the guest canton, theme, season, language and cultural regions in the best possible way. The sequence should create a positive arc of tension, pick up on the existing competences and bring all the contents together in the Annual Forum at the end of the presidency for a concluding event.

  • 1. Executive Board Meeting / Conference on Circular Economy:
    30 & 31 March 2023 in Fribourg
  • 2. Executive Board Meeting / Conference on Water 2022-2050:
    15 & 16 June 2023 in Grisons
  • 3. Executive Board Meeting / Conference on Transport/Mobility:
    31 August & 1 September 2023 in Ticino
  • General Assembly and Annual Forum:
    18 & 19 October 2023 in Bad Ragaz (SG)


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