A new epoch
All measures of the South Tyrol package have been implemented: Italy and Austria see that the aim of effective protection of minorities has been achieved and now officially settle the dispute that has lain before the UN since 1959.
South Tyrolean autonomy nevertheless retains its international status.
Following the accession of Austria to the European Union and the introduction of the Schengen Agreement on free movement within Europe, the border posts at the Brenner Pass are removed.
Autonomy has been gradually developed and strengthened. Transnational co-operation has also been increased, for example in the form of the European Grouping of Territorial Co-Operation (EGTC5), which includes the Euroregion of Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino. The EGTC provides an institutional framework for co-operation between the three areas.