Scotland’s heart in Europe
We hear a lot about the impact a hard Brexit will have on the economy, but what about the impact on relationship with partners in the EU or the challenges facing the estimated 181,000 EU nationals in Scotland?
With the support of ALDA's Ambassador in Scotland - Colin Campbell, from Assist Social Capital - an event gathering civil society and social enterprises representatives took place 7 February in Edinburgh, with the participation of the Secretary General of ALDA, Antonella Valmorbida.
“The approach of ALDA is value-based and it focuses on the power of citizens participation at the local level for being actors for changes, solutions and good local governance”, said Antonella Valmorbida. "Brexit (or not) does not change the commitment to support and be close to members all over Europe and beyond, advocating for their efforts to make better communities and implementing programmes improving sustainability, inclusiveness, and social impact”.
The participants were particularly interested to know better the potentialities of ALDA as a network supporting their local efforts. The topics of the dynamics over the Brexit was also addressed and by all, considered as a strategic failure. The wish of ALDA is to increase its members in Scotland, furthering cooperation and active support to local initiatives.