The European Parliament welcomed the Commission's Communication on the EU macro-regional strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP) in a non-binding resolution. The rapporteur, Mrs. Mercedes Bresso, stressed in her report the need to support SMEs and to promote projects related to innovation, smart infrastructure and renewable sources. The resolution called for a closer involvement of the European Union for the implementation and monitoring phase of the strategy and the European Investment Bank is invited, together with the Commission, to examine the creation of an investment platform in the Alpine region to mobilize funds from public and private sources.

The Alpine region macro-strategy affects 80 million people living in 48 regions in seven countries, including five EU Member States (Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Slovenia) and two non-EU countries (Liechtenstein and Switzerland).


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