La montagna nelle politiche dell’Unione europea: le terre alte figlie di un dio minore?

Marco Onida


This paper is about the position that mountains ‘occupy’ today within some of the main Eu policies and measures. It aims at informing about the forms and relevance of such policies and at bringing attention to the fact that the interests of mountains would be better protected if there existed an organised representation of mountain areas in Brussels, which is currently lacking. Although there is no comprehensive and integrated policy for mountain areas at Eu level, nor there exist a specific service dealing with mountains within the Eu Commission, this does not mean that the Eu is not active in fields which, directly or indirectly, actually or potentially, affect the concerns of such areas. Therefore, the results – positive or negative – of Eu initiatives for mountain areas is often the result of a complex decision-making process, in which it would be important to participate. The new Eu macro-regional strategy is finally touched upon, with particular reference to the one for the Alpine regions (Eusalp), developed since 2015 completely ignoring the Alpine Convention, already an international strategy aimed at dealing with common concerns and assets in the Alpine regions. Whether the interest of mountain areas will benefit from the future Eusalp will also depend on how these interests will be represented. 


mountain areas; Eu policies; decision-making processes; political representation; Eusalp

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