Slow progress for Alpine convention protocols

Signatory countries urged to speed up ratification at seventh ministerial session

The seventh ministerial conference on Alpine protection closed yesterday after low-key talks that saw agreement on nothing more important than the location of a permanent secretariat for the 1991 Alpine convention. Innsbruck, Austria, was the chosen site.

Meanwhile, nine protocols setting out detailed rules on subjects including transport, energy, forests and soil protection will start to take effect from 18 December after Germany became the third convention member to ratify all of them this summer.

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