Strengthening the cross border
cooperation of communities - Interview with dr.Franz
Sturm, chief of the Department for communities, country
9 - 10 / 2009
What is the purpose of
the Alps-Adriatic communal forum in Velden (Austria)?
Sturm: The initial purpose of this
event is to offer the representatives of communities
in the Alps-Adriatic region a communicational platform,
a place for meeting, where they are able to discuss
their problems and where the possible solutions can
The cooperation (communal
partnerships) among several communities in the Alps-Adriatic
region are existing for quite some time. How do you
Sturm:The partnerships among Carinthian
communities and communities in Slovenia and Italy
are existing. Partnerships are going on especially
on the social field: reciprocal visits, cultural exchange
and sport activities. At the Communal forum the cooperation
should be raised to a higher level.
A cross border network should be formed with the possibility
to coordinate different activities in a better way.
Where are the participants
of the Forum coming from?
Sturm: The majority is from Carinthia,
which is also organising this meeting. More than 60
participants are from Italy and about 40 from Slovenia.
The participation itself exceeded our expectations.
How to proceed in the
future? Are more such meetings planned?
Sturm: The Communal forum is planned
for every fourth year. The success of the first one,
which was held on Tuesday, September the 15th, certainly
justifies this time period. For the future meetings
we plan to enlarge the circle of participants. We
want to include also our neighbour federal countries.
We plan that the participants from South-east European
regions would be present, too. We will see.
Interview: Mirko Štukelj