ALDA WELCOMES MONTENEGRO IN THE PROGRAMME “EUROPE FOR CITIZENS”
On October 24 Director General of DG for Communication of the European Commission Mr. Gregory Paulger signed the Memorandum of Understanding on the participation of Montenegro in the programme Europe for Citizens.
ALDA is particularly happy to acknowledge the entrance of Montenegro in the Programme.
ALDA, in fact, represents one of the main stakeholders of the Programme at the European level and has a specific focus on Western Balkans, where it has been active since early nineties to promote local democracy (mainly through its local democracy agencies established on the field), good governance and citizen participation.
Montenegrian civil society organisations of all walks of life, local and municipal authorities, museums and memorials among others can thus fully participate in all the actions of the Europe for Citizens programme. Their participation in the programme will provide an important opportunity to forge partnerships with other civil society organisations in the European Union and to engage in European projects of various kinds.
ALDA will seize this opportunity to further strengthen and cooperate with the Local Democracy Agency Montenegro, based in Niksic, and active since 2001 and committed to the promotion of democracy and citizen participation in the whole country.
When Serbia signs the Memorandum of Understanding on November 9 as foreseen the Europe for Citizens programme will cover all the countries of Western Balkan. This will represent both an outcome and a new challenge for the Association of Local Democracy Agencies: on one hand, it is an output which rewards the long-lasting work of ALDA and of the LDAs in the field of local democracy and citizen participation in the Balkans; on the other hand, it opens new frontiers of cooperation for further supporting the full integration of Western Balkans in the EU.