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Piedmont mountain population demands its rights

In Turin/I on 22 February representatives of civilian society from the mountain regions of the Piedmont presented their signed Piemonte Alpine Treaty. The document is the result of intensive debate and discussions, and denounces the political, economic and cultural discrimination of the Piedmont mountain regions compared with the power centres in the pre-Alps and cities.
It claims that discrimination and alienation have played a key part in depopulating the mountain regions and in developing non-sustainable models for tourism and regional planning.
The mountain regions are calling for a critical review of the "liberal" approach, a stronger presence on their part in the power structures, a guaranteed basic provision of services, and equality of opportunity with lowland regions. It also criticises the delays in implementing the Alpine Convention and the lack of a specific Protocol on population and culture.
Information and download: www.paratge.it/valadas/politica/patto_conf (it/en)