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EU Green Paper on Mountain Regions

The EU is planning to begin work on drawing up a Green Paper on EU policy on mountain regions this September. In doing so it accedes to a demand expressed by mountain regions over many years and takes an important step towards acknowledging the special status of mountain regions.
The Green Paper is to address issues of concern to all mountain regions: the strengthening of territorial cohesion, transport policies, cross-border and transnational co-operation and networks, farming and regional development. Such a Green Paper is an important step towards the implementation of Article 158 of the Lisbon Strategy, which calls for special consideration of mountain areas and regional cohesion.
Initial proposals from the AEM (European Association of Elected Public Authorities from Mountain Regions) for the Green Paper have been submitted to the EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, Danuta Hübner, as part of the official ceremony marking the founding of the Alps-Mediterranean Euroregion (F/I) in Brussels.
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