Annual Forum 2021 & Closing of the French Presidency

Meeting topic: 

The European Union Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP) brings together seven countries and almost 50 regions. For these countries, the Alps, including their foothills and lowland areas, are both a distinct advantage and a particular challenge. Highly vulnerable to the consequences of climate change, the Alpine region needs answers quickly. The EUSALP encourages innovative approaches to the specific needs of mountain regions in terms of tourism, biodiversity, agriculture, mobility and energy (among others). Join us for the Annual Forum 2021 and the closing of the French Presidency to review with us the two past years of the 2020-2021 presidency. During the whole event, participants will be able to walk through the village of initiatives: around 35 exhibition panels dedicated to the work of the action groups, cross sectoral initiatives, EUSALP general thematic, youth.shaping.EUSALP and the Communication campaign during COVID-19 pandemic.

This annual forum is placed under the sign of the climate transition and the promotion of local products:

  • A special effort has been made by the French presidency teams to limit paper printing: you will find our entire programme on the QR Code put forward for this event.
  • All the goodies proposed to the participants follow an ecological approach, of sobriety, valorisation of the territory and reduction of waste, click here if you wish to know more about this initiative.




The EUSALP Youth Council is interested in how we travel to the Annual Forum in the Alpine region, please take a few minutes to answer the questionnaire 

To find the report of the two years French Presidency in all languages, follow this link.

For hotel recommendations we recommend you: 

- Hotel Relai Acropolis, 20 Bd Risso, 06300 Nice
- The NH hotel Nice, 2-4 Parv. de l'Europe, 06300 Nice


Tuesday December 14th, 2021 - First part of the Annual Forum

8:00 – 9:00: Coffee reception for the General Assembly members
9:00 – 12:00: General Assembly (reserved to the members)
12:30-13:00: Press conference for the General Assembly members

12:00-14:00 : Coffee reception for participants of the Annual Forum

14:00 – 18:00: Launch of the EUSALP Annual Forum
14:00 – 14:25: Welcome session
14:25 – 15:00: Opening session – Achievements and highlights of EUSALP in 2021 for the French presidency – Outlooks for 2022 with the future Italian presidency
15:00 – 17:00: Round tables – The ecological transition to face climate change: EUSALP in action for a sustainable and resilient Alpine region
✔    15:00-15:40 - Panel 1 : EUSALP acts in the face of climate change in the Alpine region
✔    15:40-16:20 - Panel 2 : EUSALP acts for the attractiveness of the Alpine region
✔    16:20-17:00 - Panel 3 : EUSALP acts for the resilience of the Alpine region

17:05 – 18:20: Youth sequence: encouraging youth initiatives in the Alps – Final of the Pitch Your Project competition

18:20: Conclusion of the day

19:00-21:30: Seated dinner
21:30: Show

Wednesday December 15th, 2021 - Second part of the Annual Forum

8:00 – 8:30: Coffee reception

8:30-09:45: Thematic workshops 1 to 4
✔    Exploring the potential of smart specialisation partnerships in the Alpine Region
✔    The contribution of multifunctional forests and wood resources to greater sustainability and resilience of territories in the Alpine region: from recommendations to territorial projects
✔    Year-round sustainable tourism
✔    Education and the labour market in the EUSALP area: challenges and potential solutions

09:45 - 11:00 : Thematic workshops 5 to 8
✔    Railway, hydrogen and alternative fuels in the Alpine region
✔    Cooperation between the different youth networks in the Alpine region
✔    Territorial brands, UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage recognitions, and FAO Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems as instruments to promote sustainable territorial development
✔    Spatial planning: for a fair and green Alpine region

11:00 – 12:00: Closing plenary session of the Annual Forum

12:00-14:00: Buffet lunch
14:00-17:00 : Visit proposed on the territory of Nice Côte d'Azur Metropole OR Visit of the exhibition “Albert Camus” (in French, Italian and English)

Nice, Acropolis

Closing film of the French Presidency 2020-2021