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Observers to the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe
Observers to the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe
President: Jean-Claude Frécon
Secretary General: Andreas Kiefer

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe is a pan-European political assembly, the 636 members of which hold elective office (they may be regional or municipal councillors, mayors or presidents of regional authorities) representing over 200,000 authorities in 47 European states.

Its role is to promote local and regional democracy, improve local and regional governance and strengthen authorities' self-government. It pays particular attention to application of the principles laid down in the European Charter of Local Self-Government. It encourages the devolution and regionalisation processes, as well as transfrontier co-operation between cities and regions.

Address:

Council of Europe
Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
F-67075 STRASBOURG cedex
Tel : +33 3 88 41 21 10
Fax : +33 3 88 41 27 51
E-mail : congress.web@coe.int
Web: http://www.coe.int/t/congress


Structured dialogue Europe for Citizens
Structured dialogue Europe for Citizens

The Citizens' Policy Unit at the European Commission’s Communication DG is responsible for the Europe for Citizens programme.
Organisations interested in active European citizenship meet regularly with the European Commission to discuss issues linked with the implementation of the Europe for Citizens programme or other topical issues. This is referred to as ‘structured dialogue’.
A core element of the discussions focuses on methodological issues regarding citizens' participation. The dialogue also addresses major transversal and political issues of relevance to active European citizenship.
This dialogue involves regular meetings between the Commission and approximately 50 key European organisations actively involved in the Europe for Citizens programme, which feed into a broader, annual event, the Europe for Citizens Forum.
This regular process creates synergies to bolster the efficiency of the Europe for Citizens programme activities. It also helps the Commission to better tailor the programme to the needs of its civil society partners.
In addition, specific meetings with stakeholders interested in specific actions or themes may take place as needed.

Web: http://ec.europa.eu/citizenship/about-the-europe-for-citizens-programme/dialogue-with-civil-society/index_en.htm


CIVIL SOCIETY FORUM OF EASTERN PARTERSHIP
CIVIL SOCIETY FORUM OF EASTERN PARTERSHIP

The Prague Summit of 2009 endorsed the idea of establishing a forum which would promote contacts among Civil Society Organisations of EaP and facilitate dialogue with public authorities. It should facilitate the sharing of information and experience on the partner countries' steps toward transition, reform and modernisation.

The Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (CSF) held its first meeting in November 2009 with more than 200 Civil Society Organisations from the Partner countries and EU Member States.
The mandate of the CSF is to influence EU institutions and national governments by presenting the recommendations of the CSF during their decision-making process.

ALDA has participated actively in the CSF since it started operating in 2009. ALDA was a member of the steering committee for two years and is since 2011 the coordinator of the Subgroup on Public Administration Reform.

E-mailsteeringcommittee@eap-csf.eu
Web: http://www.eap-csf.eu


Committee of the Regions
The Committee of the Regions (CoR) tries to involve local and regional stakeholders during the earliest stage in the European decision-making process.
With the aim of widening its consultative base and encouraging greater participation, in line with the recommendations set out in the European Commission's White Paper on Governance, the Committee of the Regions has been cooperating systematically with the Associations of Regional and Local Authorities since 2002.
Knowing that 70% of EU policies have a direct regional and local impact, the CoR organises regular consultations to share information and concerns about EU priority issues with its key stakeholders: local and regional authorities, European, national, regional and local associations, NGOs, non-profit organisations, platforms and networks,...

Address :

Committee of the Regions
Bâtiment Jacques Delors
Rue Belliard 99-101
B - 1040 Brussels
Tel: +32 2 282 22 11
Fax: +32 2 282 23 25

WEB : http://cor.europa.eu/en/activities/associations/Pages/european-and-regional-associations.aspx


UNDP – ART Programme
UNDP – ART Programme

UNDP launched the ART Global Initiative (Articulation of Territorial and Thematic Networks of Cooperation for Human Development) in 2005, as part of its commitment to support countries in their efforts to accelerate progress on the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals) and achieve sustainable development. Since then, the Initiative has demonstrated that regional, municipal and local authorities have an important role to play in promoting sustainable development.
ART's territorial approach aims to contribute to development effectiveness through the coordination and alignment of development efforts of multiple actors at the sub-national level, such as in Morocco, Colombia, Ecuador and Sri Lanka.

ALDA and UNDP - Art programme signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 17 July 2013 in Geneva. The agreement highlights the common features of the programmes, developing synergies in fostering cooperation at the local level between local authorities and civil society, and aims at the development of common projects and strategies. Read the agreement (.pdf)

Address:
UNDP Representation Office in Geneva
ART Initiative International Coordination
11- 13 Chemin des Anémones, 1319 Châtelaine,
Geneva, Switzerland

Web: http://web.undp.org/geneva/ART


CONCORD – European NGO Confederation for relief and development
CONCORD – European NGO Confederation for relief and development

President: Joanna Maycock
Director: Olivier Consolo

CONCORD is the European NGO confederation for Relief and Development. Its 27 national associations, 18 international networks and 2 associate members represent 1,800 NGOs which are supported by millions of citizens across Europe.
CONCORD envisages a world where a prosperous Europe enjoys an open relationship with the global community, sharing wealth and expertise to ensure that all the earth’s citizens live a life of dignity and enjoy full rights to development.

ALDA has been an associate member of CONCORD since 2011. ALDA especially partipates in the Structured Dialogue Task Force and in the The Working Group on Enlargement, Pre-Accession and Neighbourhood (EPAN).

Address:
10 Sq. Ambiorix
1000 Brussels
Belgium
Tel: +32 2 743 87 60
Fax: +32 2 732 19 34
E-mail: secretariat@concordeurope.org
Web: www.concordeurope.org


CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation

President: David Bonbright
Secretary General: Katsuji Imata

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation is an international alliance of members and partners which constitutes an influential network of organisations at the local, national, regional and international levels, and spans the spectrum of civil society. CIVICUS has worked for nearly two decades to strengthen citizen action and civil society throughout the world, especially in areas where participatory democracy and citizens' freedom of association are threatened. CIVICUS has a vision of a global community of active, engaged citizens committed to the creation of a more just and equitable world.

ALDA has been a member of CIVICUS since 2011. ALDA's director Mrs. Antonella Valmorbida was a member of the board in 2012-13.

Address: 24 Gwigwi Mrwebi Street
Newtown 2001
Johannesburg, South Africa.
P.O.Box 933,
Southdale 2135
Johannesburg, South Africa.
Tel: +27 (0) 11 833 5959
Fax: +27 (0) 11 833 7997
E-mail: info@civicus.org
Web: www.civicus.org


EUROPEAN MOVEMENT INTERNATIONAL (EMI)
EUROPEAN MOVEMENT INTERNATIONAL (EMI)

President: Jo Leinen
Secretary General: Diogo Pinto

The EUROPEAN MOVEMENT is an international organisation open to all political, economic, social and cultural trends in civil society. Its objective is to "contribute to the establishment of a united, federal Europe founded on the principles of peace, democracy, liberty, solidarity, and respect for basic human rights. It seeks to provide a structure to encourage and facilitate the active participation of citizens and civil society organisations in the development of a united Europe".

Address:
International secretariat
Square de Meeûs, 25
B-1000 Brussels, Belgium

Tel: +32 2 508 30 88
Fax: +32 2 508 30 89
E-mail: secretariat@europeanmovement.eu
Web: www.europeanmovement.eu


ANNA LINDH FOUNDATION
ANNA LINDH FOUNDATION

President: Veronika Stabej
Executive Director: Andreu Claret

The purpose of the Anna Foundation is to bring people together from across the Mediterranean to improve mutual respect between cultures and to support civil society working for a common future of the Region.

Since its launch in 2005, the ALF has launched and supported action across fields impacting on mutual perceptions among people of different cultures and beliefs, as well as developing a region-wide Network of over 3000 civil society organisations.
Through its action and reflection the ALF aims to contribute to the development of an Intercultural Strategy for the Euro-Mediterranean Region, providing recommendations to decision-makers and institutions and advocating for shared values.

Address:
Anna Lindh Foundation
P.O. Box 732 El Mansheia
Alexandria 21111- Egypt

Venues:
Conference Centre, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, El Shatby, Alexandria
Swedish Institute, 57, 26 July Avenue, Mansheya Corniche, Alexandria
Tel: (+20) 3 4820 342
Fax: (+20) 3 4820 471
E-mail: info@euromedalex.org
Web: www.euromedalex.org


CONFERENCE OF NGOs
CONFERENCE OF INGOs

President: Jean-Marie Heydt
Head of Division: Jutta Gützkow

The Conference of International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs) of the Council of Europe is made up of delegates from the INGOs enjoying participatory status with the Council of Europe. Through this status, INGOs are now actively contributing to the decision-making process at the Council of Europe and to the implementation of its programmes, thus ensuring their relevance to the expectations of Europeans.
In 2005, at the 3rd Council of Europe Summit in Warsaw, the INGO Conference was recognised as one of the four pillars of the Council of Europe, and is represented in the Committee of Ministers, the Parliamentary Assembly and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities.

Address:
Divison of NGOs and Civil Society
Directorate of Democratic Institutions
Directorate General of Democracy and Political Affairs
Council of Europe
F 67075 Strasbourg cedex

Tel: + 33 (0)3 88 41 31 07
Fax: + 33 (0)3 90 21 47 66
E-mail: ngo-unit@coe.int
Web: www.coe.int/t/ngo


EYV 2011 ALLIANCE
EYV 2011 ALLIANCE

The EYV 2011 Alliance is an open, informal and growing group of European networks active in volunteering.
Since 2007 the EYV 2011 Alliance members have committed to working together on its promotion, lobbying, organisation and implementation. Currently, the EYV 2011, gathers 39 European networks with their around 2000 direct member and partner organisations all over Europe and beyond, reaching out to hundreds of thousands of volunteers. The objectives of the EYV 2011 Alliance include the development of the European Policy Agenda on Volunteering.  This work takes place largely in the framework of 6 working groups who met for the first time in the Kick Off Conference in Budapest, had a 2nd meeting in Brussels in March 2011 and a 3rd meeting in Brussels in May 2011.  The Alliance members will reach agreement on the European Policy Agenda on Volunteering and present it to the European Commission at the EYV 2011 closing conference in December 2011 in Warsaw, Poland.

Address:
EYV2011 Alliance Secretariat
c/o CEV Rue de la Science 10
B-1000 Brussels
Tel: +32 (0) 2 231 80 83
Fax: +32 (0) 2 514 59 89
E-mail: info@eyv2011.eu
Web: www.eyv2011.eu


Central and Eastern European Citizens Network
Central and Eastern European Citizens Network

Central and Eastern European Citizens Network was created to provide opportunities for grassroots citizens initiatives from CEE region to learn, exchange experiences and ideas as well as enhance their organizational growth through establishing and managing a partner relationship among themselves.

Its main objectives are to increase awareness of the general public throughout CEE on the potential and impact of citizen initiatives; to increase skills and capacities of citizens to more effectively participate in local and national development; to promote citizen participation throughout the CEE region.

The CEECN is an official Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) with participatory status at the Council of Europe, and a proud member of the PEP-NET project.

Address:
Kapitulska 13

974 01 Banska Bystrica

SLOVAKIA

Tel: ++421 48 415 24 68
Fax: ++421 48 412 38 80
E-mail: ceecn@ceecn.net

Web: www.ceecn.net

Code of Good Practice for Civil Participation in the Decision-Making Process
Code of Good Practice for Civil Participation in the Decision-Making Process
Upon a recommendation of the Council of Europe’s Forum for the Future of Democracy, the Conference of INGOs drafted a Code of Good Practice on Civil Participation in the Decision-Making Process. The principal objective of the Code of Good Practice is the definition of a set of European principles and guidelines for NGO participation in decision-making processes that are to be implemented at local and national level in Council of Europe member States. Several regional NGO consultation conferences were held throughout Europe before its adoption by the Conference of INGOs on 1 October 2009 and its official launching at the meeting of the Forum for the Future of Democracy in Kyiv on 21 October.

Address:
Divison of NGOs and Civil Society
Directorate of Democratic Institutions
Directorate General of Democracy and Political Affairs
Council of Europe
F 67075 Strasbourg cedex

Tel: + 33 (0)3 88 41 31 07
Fax: + 33 (0)3 90 21 47 66
E-mail:
ngo-unit@coe.int
Web: www.coe.int/t/ngo

European Year of citizens 2013 Alliance
European Year of citizens 2013 Alliance
On 11 August 2011, the European Commission proposed to designate 2013 as the “European Year of Citizens” to mark the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the European Union Citizenship under the Maastricht Treaty in 1993. European civil society organisations and networks members of the EESC Liaison Group have created a civil society Alliance aiming to advocate on MEPs for a broader understanding of European citizenship within the proposal to designate 2013 the European year of Citizens. The Alliance benfits from the support of the European Economic and Social Committee and is aiming, in the long run, to mobilise and coordinate wide civil society engagement in the activities which will be scheduled during the European Year of Citizens 2013, to initiate a European-wide debate on issues relating to the exercise of European citizens rights and to citizens’ participation in the democratic life of the EU.

Contact:
Alexandrina Najmowicz (currently on maternity leave)
European Civic Forum
anajmowicz@civic-forum.eu
+ 33 143 14 39 53
Anne-Charlotte Oriol
European Civic Forum
acoriol@civic-forum.eu
+ 33 143 14 39 53
Web: http://ey2013-alliance.eu/index.html


Italian National Alliance for the European Year on active citizenship 2013
Italian National Alliance for the European Year on active citizenship 2013
The Italian National Alliance for the European Year on active citizenship 2013 is promoted by ALDA with the Third Sector Forum and  the Italian CIME, Italian European Movement.
The Italian Alliance is strongly involved in the European Year of Citizens together with the European Alliance. The Italian Declaration focuses on Local Democracy and work with local authorities, mentioning the need for them to engage in a dialogue with civil society (art 118, Italian Constitution).





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