At a recent International Conference on the Alpine Carpathian Corridor (AKK) in Bratislava, Slovak Republic, a MoU was signed by respective Slovak and Austrian regional and national authorities as well as motorway companies. The MoU furthers the Alpine Carpathian Corridor project or AKK that is funded by the Slovak-Austrian Cross border Cooperation Programme to better protect the environment.
The AKK project has been recognized by the EU for its significant potential and contribution, and is considered a flagship project within the EU Strategy for the Danube Region. The MoU will further secure cooperation for ecological networks to be developed and re-established between the Carpathians and the Alps in an area (Vienna-Bratislava) that has experienced strong economic growth in the recent past. In-depth research on reducing impacts of infrastructure projects such as highways has been conducted and results are ready to be incorporated into spatial planning instruments, investment strategies and the construction of ecological pathways.
Initiated by the Interim Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention (ISCC), the International Conference on the Alpine Carpathian Corridor (AKK) was organized by the Ministry of Transport, Construction and Regional Development and the Ministry of the Environment of the Slovak Republic.