The Working Community of the Alpine Regions (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Alpenländer – ARGE ALP) was founded on the 12th of October 1972 initiated by the former Tyrolean governor Eduard Wallnöfer. Today 10 countries belong to the ARGE ALP: Tyrol, Salzburg, Vorarlberg, South Tyrol, Trentin, Lombardy, Bavaria, Grisons, St. Gall, and Ticino. The aim of the ARGE ALP is working on common solutions for the challenges of the member countries through cross-border cooperation. The Alps should be preserved as a strong and self-determined economic, living and cultural space. The ARGE ALP is an appreciated instrument of regional foreign policy. In the first few years the exchanging of experiences and information stood in the foreground. Today the ARGE ALP acts intensively as a network and lobbying-group for the alpine countries on the European level.