The European Commission has published its proposal for a Council Decision on the conclusion of the Convention on the Protection of the Alps (Alpine Convention). The aim of the Decision is for the Contracting Parties (Germany, France, Italy, Slovenia, Liechtenstein, Austria and Switzerland) to pursue a comprehensive policy for the preservation and protection of the Alps by applying the principles of prevention, payment by the polluter and cooperation. The areas covered for cooperation include regional planning, prevention of air pollution, soil conservation, water management, tourism and recreation, transport, energy, and waste management. The Decision stipulates that the Contracting Parties will cooperate in the carrying out of research activities and scientific assessments, develop systematic monitoring programmes, and harmonize research, monitoring and related data-acquisition activities.
Austria, Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy, Liechtenstein, Slovenia