Action Group 4

To promote inter-modality and interoperability in passenger and freight transport

Mission

The Alps are an extremely sensitive environment located in the heart of the European continent. Special geographical features cause particular constraints regarding accessibility and transport infrastructure. Transport is one of the main causes of climate change – almost thirty percent of all greenhouse gases in the Alps can be attributed to transport – and both passenger and freight traffic volumes are rising continuously. Road transport in particular causes negative externalities such as air pollution, noise and traffic congestion. This makes mobility one of the biggest challenges for the social, economic and ecological development of the Alpine regions. A coordinated approach giving way to a coherent strategy is required to tackle these challenges in order to ensure a sustainable development for the Alps.

The EUSALP Action Group 4 Mobility offers a platform to coordinate and harmonise the activities of Alpine regions and countries for a sustainable transport and mobility system. Its mission is to build a common understanding of transport policy and mobility, to define common objectives and to launch specific activities and projects.

In January 2016 the AG4 lead was awarded to the European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino which mandated the task to its member Tyrol for the following three years.

2nd Thematic Policy Area
"Mobility and Connectivity"

Specific Objectives

In order to address the most important challenges and opportunities concerning mobility in the Alpine Region, the AG4 works towards the following objectives:

  • To promote inter-modality and interoperability in passenger and freight transport in particular by removing infrastructure bottlenecks, bridging missing links, coordinating planning and timetables of public transport, modernizing infrastructure and enhancing cooperation. The AG4 is addressing this objective by focusing on infrastructure for sustainable transport in passenger- and combined transport as well as interconnecting public transport systems, focusing on operations and information and ticketing services.
  • To support the modal shift from road to rail. The Alpine regions are particularly sensitive to negative environmental and social impacts caused by the excessive traffic flow of freight and passenger transport through the Alps. In order to tackle this challenge the AG4 promotes the harmonization and implementation of modal shift policies with a focus on toll systems.
  • To develop cooperation and greater integration between the existing bodies and structures in the field of transport. The close collaboration of the AG4 with different actors involved in the transport and mobility sectors of the Alpine Regions guarantees an improved coordination and ensures consistency between existing initiatives in order to avoid duplications and encourage the alignment of funding. Strong links have already been established with the Alpine Convention, the Suivi de Zurich Process, as well as the iMONITRAF! network.
Ewald Moser
Role: Leader
Region: Tyrol
European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino
Patrick Skoniezki
Role: Leader
European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino
Johanna Thöni
Role: Leader
European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino

Additional Representative contacts

Valentina Piffer
Europaregion Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino
Christian Egeler
Switzerland - Federal Office for Spatial Development
Celestina Antonacci
Autonomous Province of Trento
Volker Bidmon
Region: Carinthia
Giovanni Campeol
Region: Veneto
Katharina Erdmenger
Germany - Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure
Carlo Fortuna
Region: Friuli Venezia Giulia
Jean-Pierre Garino
France - Ministère de l'Environnement, de l’Énergie et de la Mer
Rainer Kistler
Region: Central Switzerland and Tessin
Hannes Klein
Region: Burgenland
Ralf Kühn
Region: Salzburg
François Lamoise
France - Ministère de l'Environnement, de l’Énergie et de la Mer
Davide Maresca
Region: Liguria
Nadine Mordant
France - Commissioner for Spatial planning and Alpine Massif
Werner Mosser
Region: Styria
Zlatko Podgorski
Slovenia - Ministry of Infrastructure
Jörg Putzl
Region: Carinthia
Christian Rankl
Region: Vorarlberg
Jacopo Riccardi
Region: Liguria
Matthias Rinderknecht
Switzerland - Federal Office of Transport
Hans Schuschnig
Region: Carinthia
Harry Seybert
Region: Bavaria
Carmen Springer
Autonomous Province of Bolzano - South Tyrol
Aurelio Vigani
Switzerland - Federal Office for Spatial Development
Franc Žepič
Slovenia - Ministry of Infrastructure
Peter Zinggl
Region: Burgenland

Observers

Anne-Séverine Lay
Alpine Space Programme
Nathalie Morelle
Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention
Marco Onida
Herald Reuijters
European Commission

Projects

AlpGov

Status: Active

Actions

Development of recent estimates for external costs in mountain areas

A – Cross-topic initiatives

Start01/2017
End09/2017

Development of a common target system for AG 4

A – Cross-topic initiatives

Start01/2017
End11/2017

Extension of Toll Plus proposal to other EUSALP AG 4 members

B - Implementation of modal shift policies with a focus on toll systems

Start01/2017
End12/2017

From Toll Plus to an integrated incentive system for modal shift

B - Implementation of modal shift policies with a focus on toll systems

Start06/2017
End04/2018

Link between pricing systems and the use of innovative technologies

B - Implementation of modal shift policies with a focus on toll systems

Start01/2018
End12/2018

Public acceptance of modal shift (infrastructure and policy instruments)

A – Cross-topic initiatives

Start06/2017
End12/2018

Interconnecting public transport information and ticketing

D – Interconnecting public transport systems

Start02/2017
End12/2018

Interconnecting public transport operation

D – Interconnecting public transport systems

Start02/2017
End12/2018

Infrastructure for combined transport (terminals)

C – Infrastructure for sustainable transport

Start02/2017
End12/2018

Infrastructure for passenger transport (supplementary rail connections)

C – Infrastructure for sustainable transport

Start02/2017
End12/2018

Calendar

3rd AG5 meeting

30/06/2017 - 10:00
Location Maurienne, Région Auvergne - Rhône - Alpes (place and time tbc)
Event type: Internal meeting

Connectivity and accessibility among Alps are going fast! AG5 will meet in Auvergne - Rhône - Alpes Region (France) to discuss their activites.

EUSALP General Assembly II / First EUSALP Annual Forum

23/11/2017 - 11:00 to 24/11/2017 - 14:00
Location: BMW Welt, Munich
Event type: Main event

The Annual Forum 2017 of the EU Alpine Strategy will take place on 23 and 24 November 2017 in the Munich BMW Welt.

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