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Charging the future EU policies for Mountain areas 

Jan 11, 2024 | News

The MOVING project (MOuntain Valorisation through INterconnectedness and Green Growth), where AEIDL leads on organising policy advocacy and dissemination initiatives, is reaching its final six months of existence. 

This comes at a time where the EU is entering a new policy cycle, introducing proposals for improving people’s lives as well as the environmental and economic sustainability of mountain areas 

Last November, around 100 mountain representatives spanning 16 countries and 22 mountain ranges converged in Hungary for the Workshop, ‘Unlocking the Power of Mountain Value Chains’, to foster robust connections and facilitate knowledge exchange among participants from diverse mountain ranges.

Mar Delgado, Project Coordinator, set the tone by highlighting the untapped potential within mountainous territories. “Let’s make our policymakers understand that mountains are not areas with constraints, but territories brimming with opportunities – from their rich diversity and high-quality resources to their pivotal role in providing water and energy. The biggest opportunity is that mountains house a community of motivated actors fighting for the future of mountains.” 

Attendees actively engaged in discussions focused on addressing common challenges and collaboratively developing shared solutions in five pivotal topics: Social and demographic change; Value and quality products; Innovation and infrastructure; Nature and ecosystem services; Governance, territoriality, and cooperation.

The results of the regional foresight exercises are to be discussed with an EU-wide Foresight workshop with key experts and decision makers in Brussels on 11 January 2024. 

This will be a key step before final recommendations to EU and national decision makers are finalised in the MOVING final conference next June to be organised by AEIDL in Brussels, just in time for the start of the new term of the European Commission and European Parliament, which will table next year the post 2027 EU funding proposal and EU policy ambitions beyond 2030.

You can watch a video of the event below.