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European Council ratifies Alpine Convention

The Council of Ministers of the European Union has formally approved the Convention on the protection of the Alps (the Alpine Convention) on behalf of the European Community.

The Convention requires its contracting parties (Germany, France, Italy, Slovenia, Liechtenstein, Aus...
The Council of Ministers of the European Union has formally approved the Convention on the protection of the Alps (the Alpine Convention) on behalf of the European Community.

The Convention requires its contracting parties (Germany, France, Italy, Slovenia, Liechtenstein, Austria, Switzerland, and the European Community) to pursue a comprehensive policy for the preservation and protection of the Alps through application of the principles of prevention, payment by the polluter (the "polluter pays" principle) and cooperation. The following areas are covered specifically by the Convention: population and culture, regional planning, prevention of air pollution, soil conservation, water management, conservation of nature and the countryside, mountain farming, mountain forests, tourism and recreation, transport, energy, and waste management.

The Convention stipulates that the contracting parties will cooperate in the carrying out of research activities and scientific assessments, develop joint or complementary systematic monitoring programmes, and harmonize research, monitoring and related data-acquisition activities. It also provides for legal, scientific, economic and technical cooperation in areas relevant to the Convention.
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  • Austria, Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy, Liechtenstein, Slovenia
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