Action Group 2

To increase the economic potential of strategic sectors


The German Region Baden-Württemberg (Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing Baden-Württemberg) and the French Region Auvergne Rhône-Alpes together chair Action Group 2.

Action Group 2 ("To increase the economic potential of strategic sectors") aims at identifying key Alpine economic sectors which would beneficiate from action at macro-regional level, and to implement concrete measures to strengthen their economic and social environment. The added value will be to lead to a better utilisation of Alpine specific resources and develop potential in the identified strategic sectors with a special focus on the development opportunities for SMEs within the Alpine Macro Region.

1st Thematic Policy Area
"Economic Growth and Innovation"

Specific Objectives

The main objectives of Action Group 2 are:

  • To develop new value chains with enterprises from different sectors
  • To bridge the gap between different policies and efforts in order to stimulate the transformation of the industrial structure and drive job creation and growth
  • To make better use of cluster initiatives
  • To bridge the gap between disconnected value chains
  • To facilitate and encourage the development and implementation of concrete projects in these strategic sectors in the Alpine Region.

So far Action Group 2 has identified three thematic priorities (Sub-Groups):

  • Bioeconomy (coordinated by Baden-Württemberg, DE)
  • Wood from Alpine Region (coordinated by Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, FR)
  • Health Tourism (coordinated by the Region of Salzburg, AT)


Susanne Ast
Role: Leader
Region: Baden-Württemberg
Sylvain Guetaz
Role: Leader
Region: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Daniel Mondon
Role: Leader
Region: Baden-Württemberg

Additional Representative contacts

Christina Diegelmann
Region: Baden-Württemberg
Jacques Bersier
Region: Switzerland
Rinaldo Comino
Region: Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Francesco Comotti
Region: Veneto
Chantal Degoul
Region: France
Simone Hagenauer
Region: Austria
Massimo Lapolla
Region: Piemonte
Bernhard Lehofer
Region: Salzburg
Mara Manente
Region: Veneto
Alberto Manzo
Region: Italy
Luca Mion
Region: Trento (Autonomous Province)
Nadine Mordant
Region: France
France - Commissioner for Spatial planning and Alpine Massif
Christian Salletmaier
Region: Salzburg
Karmen Špenga
Region: Slovenia
Roberto Venturini
Region: Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Larisa Vodeb
Region: Slovenia
Christian Wild
Region: Bavaria
Andreas Winkler
Region: South Tyrol
Paolo Zaggia
Region: Lombardy


Francesco Bafundi
Christian Baumgartner
CIPRA International
Carlo Corazza
Cristina De Capitani
Region: Lombardy
Hannes Klein
Region: Burgenland
Giacomo Mattinò
Gerd Meier zu Köcker
Region: Baden-Württemberg
Elisabetta Reja
Region: Friuli Venezia Giulia
Maria Rossetti
Region: Lombardy
Magalie Santamaria
Region: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes



Status: Active


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