Main publications of the Alpine Space Programme 2014-2020

The main programme documents and publications of the Alpine Space programme 2014-2020 are listed below.

Project implementation handbook (PIH)
The Project implementation handbook (PIH) is a collection of documents that provides (potential) project participants with all the information needed to develop, implement and close a project within the Alpine Space programme. It is available here.

Event proceedings
The proceedings of major events organized by the programme can be found here.

The proceedings of programme seminars for project applicants (applicant seminars) and project participants (lead partner seminars, communication and project management trainings) can be found here.

Cooperation Programme, flyer and brochures

The Cooperation Programme is the main document outlining the programme’s objectives and priorities. It has been developed upon agreement of the Partner States involved in the programme and has been formally approved by the European Commission.


Cooperation programme                      Flyer
Cooperation stories between Alpine Space projects and EUSALP (11/2019)

Annual implementation report (AIR) - citizen summaries

According the EU regulations, the programme is required to develop an Annual Implementation Report (AIR) for the European Commission, which details the physical and financial progress that has occurred in the year to which the report relates.

The key points of each report are presented in the citizen summary.

Programme evaluations

Programme evaluation plan
The Alpine Space programme has defined its evaluation strategy with the aim to secure the programme’s effectiveness, efficiency and impact. The  evaluation plan sets out the framework for the evaluations and their proper planning and implementation.

Evaluation of efficiency and effectiveness: application and selection procedures
Half-way into its implementation, the Alpine Space programme aimed at understanding in how far its management settings are supporting the achievement of its goals. This evaluation assessed the efficiency and effectiveness of programme procedures, and whether they are fit for supporting the preparation, submission and selection of projects. The evaluation looked at the services offered to applicants, at the functions and interplay of programme bodies, and at their capacity to address the needs of applicants and select projects meeting high qualitative standards. It aimed at identifying areas of improvement or good practices in view of bettering the programme management and implementation in this 2014-2020 period. Findings from this evaluation report are also meant to improve the design of a future Alpine Space programme post 2020.

Evaluation of programme communication, effectiveness and stakeholder involvement
To complete the overview, the Alpine Space programme also examined the relevance and effectiveness of its communication and stakeholder involvement strategy. The focal points for this evaluation were to assess the consistency of the communication strategy with the programme overall objectives and to measure the efficiency of the programme in achieving its targets as well as in attracting the relevant stakeholders. Finally, this evaluation also fostered a better understanding of the different types of benefits gained by stakeholders through their involvement in approved projects, as well as thevalue they bring. The final report 2018 available below provides a complete overview of the conclusions of this evaluation.

Programme Impact Assessment
The objective of the impact evaluation is to identify the impact of the programme on the Alpine area, and especially how and to which extent it directly contributed to the observed changes. The final report 2019 (available below) illustrates how the Alpine Space programme has contributed to the changes targeted in 2014, in terms of quality of governance, integration of policies, sustainable economic development, etc. This assessment also provides some useful insights for the design of the future Interreg Alpine Space 2021-2027. In addition, a chapter is dedicated to the assessment of the relation to EUSALP.

Strategic environmental assessment (SEA)

The SEA analyses the potential environmental impact of the Cooperation Programme. It presents the measures envisaged to reduce or offset any adverse effect on the environment and the monitoring measures put in place.

A monitoring exercise was carried out in 2019 as a follow-up to the first and second Strategic Environmental Assessment environmental reports from 2008 and 2013. The report available below examines both positive and negative environmental impacts in order to contribute to long term improvements of environmental sustainability of the future of the Alpine Space programme 2021-2027.

Strategy development project (2011-2013)

From mid 2011 to mid 2013 the Alpine Space Programme ran a process for medium to long-term strategic orientation and priorities for the Alpine Space: the strategy development project. The outcomes of this project, which are presented in the final report, have served as an input to the development of the Cooperation Programme 2014-2020.