ALDA IS SEARCHING FOR 2 VOLUNTEERS

ALDA is preparing a proposal for the “Youth in Action. Action 2 – European Voluntary Service” whose deadline is the 15th of February. The proposal (entitled “VOICE”) consists of group exchanges of volunteers between several European Structures and South Eastern Europe organizations.

 

ALDA holds an accreditation as Coordinating and Sending organization inside the European Voluntary service (EVS). It will coordinate “VOICE” and send volunteers towards two of the project’s partners.

ALDA’s staff would like to select 2 volunteers that will be sent as EVS, one in Serbia (city of Nis) for a period of 6 months, one in the Republic of Macedonia (city of Prilep) for a period of 9 months.

The starting period of the exchange should be beginning 2012.

ALDA is preparing a proposal for the “Youth in Action. Action 2 – European Voluntary Service” whose deadline is the 15th of February. The proposal (entitled “VOICE”) consists of group exchanges of volunteers between several European Structures and South Eastern Europe organizations.

 

ALDA holds an accreditation as Coordinating and Sending organization inside the European Voluntary service (EVS). It will coordinate “VOICE” and send volunteers towards two of the project’s partners.

ALDA’s staff would like to select 2 volunteers that will be sent as EVS, one in Serbia (city of Nis) for a period of 6 months, one in the Republic of Macedonia (city of Prilep) for a period of 9 months.

The starting period of the exchange should be beginning 2012.


WAR AND PROPAGANDA: TWO HISTORICAL EXPERIENCES COMPARED

In cooperation with the Franco-German Youth Office OFAJ and memorial centres Oradur-sur-Glane in France and Dachau in Germany, LDA CSS implemented a three-cycle seminar entitled “War and Propaganda: An Approach to History in Europe”.
After a seminar in Dachau, this year youth groups from Germany, France and Serbia met in Oradour, France and Nis.

Each seminar has been led by well-known national historians, experts on each specific topic. Young people had the opportunity to question the relationship between propaganda in the Second World War and the 90s conflicts in the former Yugoslavia while investigating transnational historiography.

In cooperation with the Franco-German Youth Office OFAJ and memorial centres Oradur-sur-Glane in France and Dachau in Germany, LDA CSS implemented a three-cycle seminar entitled “War and Propaganda: An Approach to History in Europe”.
After a seminar in Dachau, this year youth groups from Germany, France and Serbia met in Oradour, France and Nis.

Each seminar has been led by well-known national historians, experts on each specific topic. Young people had the opportunity to question the relationship between propaganda in the Second World War and the 90s conflicts in the former Yugoslavia while investigating transnational historiography.


THE LISBON TREATY: ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP TO MAKE EUROPE GROW

The Lisbon Treaty is not and will not be only a piece of paper. It is an instrument to make EU institutions more democratic, giving citizens more space for active participation. It provides some guidelines to modernize Europe and enables it to achieve the objectives of its fifty years of history: to be an instrument of peace and development. These are, in short, the conclusions of the conference on the Lisbon Treaty that took place in Thiene (IT), promoted by the Municipality, its Urban Center and ALDA, Association of Local Democracy Agencies. Interview Mrs Maria Rita Busetti, Mayor of Thiene Inteview Mrs Debora Serracchiani, Italian MeP Democratic Party Interview Mrs Mara Bizzotto, Italian MeP Lega Nord Interview Mr Renzo Michieletto, Europe Direct Veneto Region Interview Mrs Antonella Valmorbida, ALDA Director Photogallery In her speech, Maria Rita Busetti, Mayor of Thiene, underlined the importance of the opening to European culture for local communities. The Municipality of Thiene opened, with the Urban Center, its window on Europe, to inform people and make them participate in those lots of opportunities it offers to all of them Antonella Valmorbida, Director of ALDA, has emphasized the role of local communities and authorities in building a Europe of citizens. “Active participation in local decision making process ?she said ? is the only instrument that can guarantee development. And this is possible only with a strong civil society, willing to get involved and take its responsibility”. An important instrument of information and animation about Europe at local level, about? its powers and opportunities, is the Europe Direct network, about which Renzo Michieletto, from the Veneto Region Office of Europe Direct, spoke. This is a great network of 500 branches in 27 European countries, 50 in Italy and 3 in the Veneto Region, that the European Commission created to give citizens the necessary knowledge and make them closer to the institutions and actors. Antonio Di Lorenzo, editor in chief of the Journal of Vicenza, tried to approach a bit more in this world seemingly far away the many participants at the conference. He asked the Meps Mara Bizzotto, Lega Nord, and Debora Serracchiani, Democratic Party, to explain what being a woman in the top European institution means, with regard to their work as well as for their expectations. It was possible to know that they are engaged in a not well known task that has significantly effects in everyday life of all of us. Concerning the Lisbon Treaty Bizzotto and Serracchiani showed shadows and highlights. The shadows are, as Mara Bizzotto said, the lack of a true soul constituent of this document and the remained imbalance between institutions, since the only elected, the Parliament, in fact, do not have full legislative power. Debora Serracchiani, sharing some limits of the Treaty, stated that it contains major advantages, especially for greater democracy and transparency, with a better balance between the Parliament and the European Commission and an increased role of citizens. Both have, however, stated that Italy, one of the most important founders of Europe, ?would play a greater role in Europe, to be truly protagonist and bridge the gap in attitudes and weight that separates it from other countries that in recent years in the Europe have invested in people, ideas and relationships. In the afternoon two workshops provided an opportunity to discuss the participation of civil society in decision-making process at local level, and the role of local government in the Europe reformed by the Lisbon Treaty.

The Lisbon Treaty is not and will not be only a piece of paper. It is an instrument to make EU institutions more democratic, giving citizens more space for active participation. It provides some guidelines to modernize Europe and enables it to achieve the objectives of its fifty years of history: to be an instrument of peace and development. These are, in short, the conclusions of the conference on the Lisbon Treaty that took place in Thiene (IT), promoted by the Municipality, its Urban Center and ALDA, Association of Local Democracy Agencies. Interview Mrs Maria Rita Busetti, Mayor of Thiene Inteview Mrs Debora Serracchiani, Italian MeP Democratic Party Interview Mrs Mara Bizzotto, Italian MeP Lega Nord Interview Mr Renzo Michieletto, Europe Direct Veneto Region Interview Mrs Antonella Valmorbida, ALDA Director Photogallery In her speech, Maria Rita Busetti, Mayor of Thiene, underlined the importance of the opening to European culture for local communities. The Municipality of Thiene opened, with the Urban Center, its window on Europe, to inform people and make them participate in those lots of opportunities it offers to all of them Antonella Valmorbida, Director of ALDA, has emphasized the role of local communities and authorities in building a Europe of citizens. “Active participation in local decision making process ?she said ? is the only instrument that can guarantee development. And this is possible only with a strong civil society, willing to get involved and take its responsibility”. An important instrument of information and animation about Europe at local level, about? its powers and opportunities, is the Europe Direct network, about which Renzo Michieletto, from the Veneto Region Office of Europe Direct, spoke. This is a great network of 500 branches in 27 European countries, 50 in Italy and 3 in the Veneto Region, that the European Commission created to give citizens the necessary knowledge and make them closer to the institutions and actors. Antonio Di Lorenzo, editor in chief of the Journal of Vicenza, tried to approach a bit more in this world seemingly far away the many participants at the conference. He asked the Meps Mara Bizzotto, Lega Nord, and Debora Serracchiani, Democratic Party, to explain what being a woman in the top European institution means, with regard to their work as well as for their expectations. It was possible to know that they are engaged in a not well known task that has significantly effects in everyday life of all of us. Concerning the Lisbon Treaty Bizzotto and Serracchiani showed shadows and highlights. The shadows are, as Mara Bizzotto said, the lack of a true soul constituent of this document and the remained imbalance between institutions, since the only elected, the Parliament, in fact, do not have full legislative power. Debora Serracchiani, sharing some limits of the Treaty, stated that it contains major advantages, especially for greater democracy and transparency, with a better balance between the Parliament and the European Commission and an increased role of citizens. Both have, however, stated that Italy, one of the most important founders of Europe, ?would play a greater role in Europe, to be truly protagonist and bridge the gap in attitudes and weight that separates it from other countries that in recent years in the Europe have invested in people, ideas and relationships. In the afternoon two workshops provided an opportunity to discuss the participation of civil society in decision-making process at local level, and the role of local government in the Europe reformed by the Lisbon Treaty.


LDA Kosovo Partner Meeting in Yalova, Turkey (11-12 February 2011)

LDA Kosovo Partner Meeting will take place in Yalova, Turkey on the 11th – 12th February 2011.
The meeting will discuss some relevant topics emerged during the last partner meeting, held in Peja/Pec in August 2010 on the occasion of the signature of the Preliminary Partner Agreement.
The partner meeting will be attended by all partners’ representatives, and for ALDA by Mr. Dobrica Milovanovic (Vice-president of ALDA) and by Mrs Antonella Valmorbida (Director of ALDA).

 

The partner meeting will last two days, half a day will be fully dedicated to the knowledge of the international and local activities of the Municipality of Yalova aimed at the local development, at the European integration, at the youth empowerment and at the presentation of the activities that the Municipality wants to carry out in Kosovo. In this regard, a meeting is scheduled with the Mayor of Yalova and with the representatives of the relevant Municipality offices.

The City of Yalova was choose to host the partner meeting for a number of reasons. The idea of promoting it in one of the partners’ communities will grant an added value to the meeting. Moreover, the Municipality of Yalova is the last partner that joined the partnership, and it is really important for all the other partners to know better its local community.

Furthermore, on the 29th of October, the Municipality of Yalova and the Municipality of Peja/Pec signed a twinning agreement that is the result of the bilateral relations between the two Municipalities started during the last LDA Kosovo partner meeting.
To conclude, this activity will be a precious opportunity to give visibility to the newly re-launched LDA Kosovo and to continue the discussion among all the partners.
For further information please contact Mr. Alfonso Aliberti at alfonso.aliberti@aldaintranet.org

LDA Kosovo Partner Meeting will take place in Yalova, Turkey on the 11th – 12th February 2011.
The meeting will discuss some relevant topics emerged during the last partner meeting, held in Peja/Pec in August 2010 on the occasion of the signature of the Preliminary Partner Agreement.
The partner meeting will be attended by all partners’ representatives, and for ALDA by Mr. Dobrica Milovanovic (Vice-president of ALDA) and by Mrs Antonella Valmorbida (Director of ALDA).

 

The partner meeting will last two days, half a day will be fully dedicated to the knowledge of the international and local activities of the Municipality of Yalova aimed at the local development, at the European integration, at the youth empowerment and at the presentation of the activities that the Municipality wants to carry out in Kosovo. In this regard, a meeting is scheduled with the Mayor of Yalova and with the representatives of the relevant Municipality offices.

The City of Yalova was choose to host the partner meeting for a number of reasons. The idea of promoting it in one of the partners’ communities will grant an added value to the meeting. Moreover, the Municipality of Yalova is the last partner that joined the partnership, and it is really important for all the other partners to know better its local community.

Furthermore, on the 29th of October, the Municipality of Yalova and the Municipality of Peja/Pec signed a twinning agreement that is the result of the bilateral relations between the two Municipalities started during the last LDA Kosovo partner meeting.
To conclude, this activity will be a precious opportunity to give visibility to the newly re-launched LDA Kosovo and to continue the discussion among all the partners.
For further information please contact Mr. Alfonso Aliberti at alfonso.aliberti@aldaintranet.org


Civil society organisations challenge public authorities: from political commitment to active dialogue EMI Congress in Istanbul

Following the success of the.Congress of Ljubljana

(http://www.europeanmovement.eu/fileadmin/files_emi/Congress_Istanbul/Final_Ljubljana_Report_FINAL.pdf),

the European Movement International (EMI), in cooperation with the Third Sector Foundation of Turkey

(TUSEV), will organise a second congress on civil society dialogue in candidate and potential candidate

countries.

The congress on the theme “CSOs challenge public authorities: From political commitment to active

dialogue” will take place in Istanbul on 11th -12th of February 2011.

Mrs Antonella Valmorbida, director of ALDA, and as Chair of the Committee on Civil Society and

Democracy of the Conference of the INGOs of the Council of Europe, will participate at the Congress, and

will present the Code of Good Practices for Civil Participation in the Decision Making Process

(http://www.coe.int/T/NGO/code_good_prac_en.asp (http://www.coe.int/T/NGO/code_good_prac_en.asp)).

The aim of this Congress will be to examine how the triangle – civil society development, European

perspective, and national reforms – can be made to work more effectively. The emphasis will be on

comparing experiences from candidate countries in 6 corresponding workshops.

The Istanbul Congress is a follow-up to the Ljubljana Congress of 16-18 April 2009 which produced a

political challenge chart. It was decided on that occasion that the next event involving civil society activities,

representatives of the European Institutions and national politicians and civil servants from the candidate

countries should be held in Turkey.

It is expected that there will be some 300 participants from the host country, Croatia, Macedonia, Bosnia

and Herzegovina Montenegro, Kosovo and Albania.

The Congress in Istanbul will intend to determine the most effective means of ensuring a conducive

framework and environment to the sustainable development of CSOs in candidate and potential candidate

countries.

The conference will bring together Civil Society Organisations from Candidates Countries,

Members from National Governments and Parliaments and European institutions’ representatives.

“ALDA is very much involved in the dissemination and the promotion of the Code as an instrument to

strengthen the dialogue and cooperation between local authorities and civil society”. Stated Mrs

Valmorbida.

“ The instrument has been widely used by the ALDA network and the LDAs in 2010 and will be also

assessed in 2011. A call for proposal engaged many municipalities and partner which adopted the

methodologies indicated in the Code for enhancing the fruitful problem solving engaging multilayers

approach in the community”

Download the Congress programme here (http://www.alda-europe.eu/public/doc/192-

Programme_EMI_Istanbul_Congress.pdf)

Download the DG Enlargement meeting programme here (http://www.alda-europe.eu/public/doc/191-

PROGRAMME-DG-Enlargement.pdf)

Following the success of the.Congress of Ljubljana

(http://www.europeanmovement.eu/fileadmin/files_emi/Congress_Istanbul/Final_Ljubljana_Report_FINAL.pdf),

the European Movement International (EMI), in cooperation with the Third Sector Foundation of Turkey

(TUSEV), will organise a second congress on civil society dialogue in candidate and potential candidate

countries.

The congress on the theme “CSOs challenge public authorities: From political commitment to active

dialogue” will take place in Istanbul on 11th -12th of February 2011.

Mrs Antonella Valmorbida, director of ALDA, and as Chair of the Committee on Civil Society and

Democracy of the Conference of the INGOs of the Council of Europe, will participate at the Congress, and

will present the Code of Good Practices for Civil Participation in the Decision Making Process

(http://www.coe.int/T/NGO/code_good_prac_en.asp (http://www.coe.int/T/NGO/code_good_prac_en.asp)).

The aim of this Congress will be to examine how the triangle – civil society development, European

perspective, and national reforms – can be made to work more effectively. The emphasis will be on

comparing experiences from candidate countries in 6 corresponding workshops.

The Istanbul Congress is a follow-up to the Ljubljana Congress of 16-18 April 2009 which produced a

political challenge chart. It was decided on that occasion that the next event involving civil society activities,

representatives of the European Institutions and national politicians and civil servants from the candidate

countries should be held in Turkey.

It is expected that there will be some 300 participants from the host country, Croatia, Macedonia, Bosnia

and Herzegovina Montenegro, Kosovo and Albania.

The Congress in Istanbul will intend to determine the most effective means of ensuring a conducive

framework and environment to the sustainable development of CSOs in candidate and potential candidate

countries.

The conference will bring together Civil Society Organisations from Candidates Countries,

Members from National Governments and Parliaments and European institutions’ representatives.

“ALDA is very much involved in the dissemination and the promotion of the Code as an instrument to

strengthen the dialogue and cooperation between local authorities and civil society”. Stated Mrs

Valmorbida.

“ The instrument has been widely used by the ALDA network and the LDAs in 2010 and will be also

assessed in 2011. A call for proposal engaged many municipalities and partner which adopted the

methodologies indicated in the Code for enhancing the fruitful problem solving engaging multilayers

approach in the community”

Download the Congress programme here (http://www.alda-europe.eu/public/doc/192-

Programme_EMI_Istanbul_Congress.pdf)

Download the DG Enlargement meeting programme here (http://www.alda-europe.eu/public/doc/191-

PROGRAMME-DG-Enlargement.pdf)


INTRODUCTORY MEETING FOR TWIN CITIES PROJECT BETWEEN TURKISH AND EU MUNICIPALITIES

Turkish and EU local authorities met in an introductory meeting held in Ankara from February 1st 2011 to February 4th 2011 to help increase the effectiveness and broaden the scope of the twinning arrangements both between the local authorities of Turkey and Europe as well as among Turkish local authorities. The meeting hosted a total of 48 government officials, two from each of 10 Turkish and 15 other European local authorities of twin cities, meeting to improve co-operation in the management of local public and municipal services.

 

The meeting within the scope of the Support to Further Implementation of Local Administration Reform in Turkey Project was inaugurated with the remarks of the representatives from EU Delegation to Turkey (Mr. Michele Villani), UNDP Turkey, UMT (Union of Municipalities of Turkey), Ministry of Interior and Central Finance and Contracts Unit (CFCU).

Knowledge and Italian participation to this event was spread in Italy through ALDA, the Association of Local Democracies Agencies, which was guested as international observer and which is implementing lobby?ng activities for the Italian Municipalities in the Republic of Turkey.

After the presentation by UMT of the twinning methodology, the programme continued with answers to the questions regarding the procedures.

It was follwed by the presentations of the experiences of EU and Turkish local authorities.

Finally, some facilitated workshops between EU and Turkish municipalities were held on four themes, namely, environmental protection and energy efficiency; tourism and culture; municipal services (ie. social services including gender, elderly care and children, urban transportation, urban planning, emergency management, fire brigade systems, immigrants etc.); and local economic development with citizen participation.

EU and Turkish local authorities will further plan for mutual visits with their twinning partners to broaden the scope of twinning agreements and collaboration, which sprouted during the meetings.

Support to further implementation of Local Administration Reform in Turkey Project is being implemented by the Ministry of Interior with the technical assistance of the UNDP and funded by the European Union within the scope of the EU-Turkey Pre-Accession Financial Co-Operation Programme.

The specific objective of the project is to develop and strengthen the administrative capacity and co-operation of the Ministry of Interior (particularly General Directorate of Local Authorities, governorates and district governorates), unions of local authorities and local authorities themselves in the task of ensuring effective implementation of new policy and legislation on local administration.

PARTICIPANT MUNICIPALITIES

TURKISH MUNICIPALITIES

    • 1. K. EREGLI (Zonguldak)
    • 2. USAK
    • 3. KIRSEHİR
    • 4. KAHTA (Adıyaman)
    • 5. DUZCE
    • 6. NEVSEHIR
    • 7. ZONGULDAK
    • 8. GOLBASI (Ankara)
    • 9. PATNOS (Agrı)
    10. MUSTAFAKEMALPASA (Bursa)

 

 

EU MUNICIPALITIES

    • 1. BIRZAI, Lituania
    • 2. EAST RIDING OF YORKSHIRE COUNCIL, İnghilterra
    • 3. HARRYDA, Svezia
    • 4. MYKONOS, Grecia
    • 5. PTOLEMAIDA/EORDEA, Grecia
    • 6. GOTSE DELCHEV, Bulgaria
    • 7. REZEKNE, Lettonia
    • 8. CHARLEROI, Belgio
    • 9. BALATONFURED, Ungheria
    • 10. MONFALCONE, Italia
    • 11. BRINDISI, Italia
    • 12. LECCE, Italia
    • 13. MAZARA DEL VALLO, Italia
    • 14. SANTA MARIA CAPUA VETERE, Italia
    15. SCIACCA, Italia

 

Turkish and EU local authorities met in an introductory meeting held in Ankara from February 1st 2011 to February 4th 2011 to help increase the effectiveness and broaden the scope of the twinning arrangements both between the local authorities of Turkey and Europe as well as among Turkish local authorities. The meeting hosted a total of 48 government officials, two from each of 10 Turkish and 15 other European local authorities of twin cities, meeting to improve co-operation in the management of local public and municipal services.

 

The meeting within the scope of the Support to Further Implementation of Local Administration Reform in Turkey Project was inaugurated with the remarks of the representatives from EU Delegation to Turkey (Mr. Michele Villani), UNDP Turkey, UMT (Union of Municipalities of Turkey), Ministry of Interior and Central Finance and Contracts Unit (CFCU).

Knowledge and Italian participation to this event was spread in Italy through ALDA, the Association of Local Democracies Agencies, which was guested as international observer and which is implementing lobby?ng activities for the Italian Municipalities in the Republic of Turkey.

After the presentation by UMT of the twinning methodology, the programme continued with answers to the questions regarding the procedures.

It was follwed by the presentations of the experiences of EU and Turkish local authorities.

Finally, some facilitated workshops between EU and Turkish municipalities were held on four themes, namely, environmental protection and energy efficiency; tourism and culture; municipal services (ie. social services including gender, elderly care and children, urban transportation, urban planning, emergency management, fire brigade systems, immigrants etc.); and local economic development with citizen participation.

EU and Turkish local authorities will further plan for mutual visits with their twinning partners to broaden the scope of twinning agreements and collaboration, which sprouted during the meetings.

Support to further implementation of Local Administration Reform in Turkey Project is being implemented by the Ministry of Interior with the technical assistance of the UNDP and funded by the European Union within the scope of the EU-Turkey Pre-Accession Financial Co-Operation Programme.

The specific objective of the project is to develop and strengthen the administrative capacity and co-operation of the Ministry of Interior (particularly General Directorate of Local Authorities, governorates and district governorates), unions of local authorities and local authorities themselves in the task of ensuring effective implementation of new policy and legislation on local administration.

PARTICIPANT MUNICIPALITIES

TURKISH MUNICIPALITIES

    • 1. K. EREGLI (Zonguldak)
    • 2. USAK
    • 3. KIRSEHİR
    • 4. KAHTA (Adıyaman)
    • 5. DUZCE
    • 6. NEVSEHIR
    • 7. ZONGULDAK
    • 8. GOLBASI (Ankara)
    • 9. PATNOS (Agrı)
    10. MUSTAFAKEMALPASA (Bursa)

 

 

EU MUNICIPALITIES

    • 1. BIRZAI, Lituania
    • 2. EAST RIDING OF YORKSHIRE COUNCIL, İnghilterra
    • 3. HARRYDA, Svezia
    • 4. MYKONOS, Grecia
    • 5. PTOLEMAIDA/EORDEA, Grecia
    • 6. GOTSE DELCHEV, Bulgaria
    • 7. REZEKNE, Lettonia
    • 8. CHARLEROI, Belgio
    • 9. BALATONFURED, Ungheria
    • 10. MONFALCONE, Italia
    • 11. BRINDISI, Italia
    • 12. LECCE, Italia
    • 13. MAZARA DEL VALLO, Italia
    • 14. SANTA MARIA CAPUA VETERE, Italia
    15. SCIACCA, Italia

 


CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS CHALLENGE PUBLIC AUTHORITIES: FROM POLITICAL COMMITMENT TO ACTIVE DIALOGUE EMI Congress in Istanbul (11th -12th of February)

Following the success of the Congress of Ljubljana, the European Movement International (EMI), in cooperation with the Third Sector Foundation of Turkey (TUSEV), will organise a second congress on civil society dialogue in candidate and potential candidate countries.
The congress on the theme “CSOs challenge public authorities: From political commitment to active dialogue” will take place in Istanbul on 11th -12th of February 2011.

 

Mrs Antonella Valmorbida, director of ALDA, and as Chair of the Committee on Civil Society and Democracy of the Conference of the INGOs of the Council of Europe, will participate at the Congress, and will present the Code of Good Practices for Civil Participation in the Decision Making Process (http://www.coe.int/T/NGO/code_good_prac_en.asp).

The aim of this Congress will be to examine how the triangle – civil society development, European

 

perspective, and national reforms – can be made to work more effectively. The emphasis will be on

comparing experiences from candidate countries in 6 corresponding workshops.

The Istanbul Congress is a follow-up to the Ljubljana Congress of 16-18 April 2009 which produced a political challenge chart. It was decided on that occasion that the next event involving civil society activities, representatives of the European Institutions and national politicians and civil servants from the candidate countries should be held in Turkey.

It is expected that there will be some 300 participants from the host country, Croatia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina Montenegro, Kosovo and Albania.

The Congress in Istanbul will intend to determine the most effective means of ensuring a conducive framework and environment to the sustainable development of CSOs in candidate and potential candidate countries.

The conference will bring together Civil Society Organisations from Candidates Countries,

Members from National Governments and Parliaments and European institutions’ representatives.

“ALDA is very much involved in the dissemination and the promotion of the Code as an instrument to strengthen the dialogue and cooperation between local authorities and civil society”. Stated Mrs Valmorbida.

“ The instrument has been widely used by the ALDA network and the LDAs in 2010 and will be also assessed in 2011. A call for proposal engaged many municipalities and partner which adopted the methodologies indicated in the Code for enhancing the fruitful problem solving engaging multilayers approach in the community”

Download the Congress programme here
Download the DG Enlargement meeting programme here

Following the success of the Congress of Ljubljana, the European Movement International (EMI), in cooperation with the Third Sector Foundation of Turkey (TUSEV), will organise a second congress on civil society dialogue in candidate and potential candidate countries.
The congress on the theme “CSOs challenge public authorities: From political commitment to active dialogue” will take place in Istanbul on 11th -12th of February 2011.

 

Mrs Antonella Valmorbida, director of ALDA, and as Chair of the Committee on Civil Society and Democracy of the Conference of the INGOs of the Council of Europe, will participate at the Congress, and will present the Code of Good Practices for Civil Participation in the Decision Making Process (http://www.coe.int/T/NGO/code_good_prac_en.asp).

The aim of this Congress will be to examine how the triangle – civil society development, European

 

perspective, and national reforms – can be made to work more effectively. The emphasis will be on

comparing experiences from candidate countries in 6 corresponding workshops.

The Istanbul Congress is a follow-up to the Ljubljana Congress of 16-18 April 2009 which produced a political challenge chart. It was decided on that occasion that the next event involving civil society activities, representatives of the European Institutions and national politicians and civil servants from the candidate countries should be held in Turkey.

It is expected that there will be some 300 participants from the host country, Croatia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina Montenegro, Kosovo and Albania.

The Congress in Istanbul will intend to determine the most effective means of ensuring a conducive framework and environment to the sustainable development of CSOs in candidate and potential candidate countries.

The conference will bring together Civil Society Organisations from Candidates Countries,

Members from National Governments and Parliaments and European institutions’ representatives.

“ALDA is very much involved in the dissemination and the promotion of the Code as an instrument to strengthen the dialogue and cooperation between local authorities and civil society”. Stated Mrs Valmorbida.

“ The instrument has been widely used by the ALDA network and the LDAs in 2010 and will be also assessed in 2011. A call for proposal engaged many municipalities and partner which adopted the methodologies indicated in the Code for enhancing the fruitful problem solving engaging multilayers approach in the community”

Download the Congress programme here
Download the DG Enlargement meeting programme here


Fighting corruption successfully: one city at a time a common task together with the Regional Programme Working Together, in Budapest

ALDA is partner of the programme Working Together, gathering a large number of training
institutions for local governments in Eastern Europe since its creation. The focus is capacity
building for local authorities and support of civil society. The annual meeting of the
programme took place in Budapest on the 28th and 29th of January at the European Youth
Centre of Budapest. It focused on the assessment of the activities related to the programme
Fighting Corruption at the Local Level. The leader organisation, FPDL Romania invited 20
participants implementing the strategy and 4 cases where presented. Craiova Municipality. It
is the capital of Dolj County, has more than 300.000 inhabitants and a rich history, attested in
documents since 1475. It is a powerful industrial city and an important educational center
with rich cultural life. Craiova Local Government has more than 500 employees, a directly
elected Mayor and 27 elected councilors. Zabok and Vrbvovec, two cities from Croatia.
The Georgian team of anticorruption practitioners (Girogi Meshkidze, Helen Romelashvili
from Civitas Georgica) and Lanchkhuti city. Sokka City(Poland). Participants received
the booklet  Healthy Organizations, curing and preventing corruption in local
governments that describes shortly the anticorruption approach. The event was attended
for ALDA by the Director, Mrs. Antonella Valmorbida, member of the Steering Committee of
the programme Working Together.

ALDA is partner of the programme Working Together, gathering a large number of training
institutions for local governments in Eastern Europe since its creation. The focus is capacity
building for local authorities and support of civil society. The annual meeting of the
programme took place in Budapest on the 28th and 29th of January at the European Youth
Centre of Budapest. It focused on the assessment of the activities related to the programme
Fighting Corruption at the Local Level. The leader organisation, FPDL Romania invited 20
participants implementing the strategy and 4 cases where presented. Craiova Municipality. It
is the capital of Dolj County, has more than 300.000 inhabitants and a rich history, attested in
documents since 1475. It is a powerful industrial city and an important educational center
with rich cultural life. Craiova Local Government has more than 500 employees, a directly
elected Mayor and 27 elected councilors. Zabok and Vrbvovec, two cities from Croatia.
The Georgian team of anticorruption practitioners (Girogi Meshkidze, Helen Romelashvili
from Civitas Georgica) and Lanchkhuti city. Sokka City(Poland). Participants received
the booklet  Healthy Organizations, curing and preventing corruption in local
governments that describes shortly the anticorruption approach. The event was attended
for ALDA by the Director, Mrs. Antonella Valmorbida, member of the Steering Committee of
the programme Working Together.


ANTONELLA VALMORBIDA CO CHAIR OF THE CIVIL SOCIETY FORUM FOR EAP

The balance co-chairmanship was approved by the Steering Committee to share the burden and responsibilities and also corresponding to the organisational scheme of the Steering Committee, where the EaP and the EU representatives are balanced in the Working Group meetings.
The appointment is a great opportunity and challenge for ALDA to be present and work in Eastern Europe with contacts and projects. Antonella Valmorbida is also involved and leader of the lobbying group which promotes the visibility and the contact of the CSF in the European Institutions. In this perspective, number of meetings took place in Brussels, like with the Commissioner Fuele, the President of the Committee of the Regions, Mrs. Bresso and the President of the European and Social Economic Committee, Staffan Nilsson.
A meeting with the Secretary General will take place soon in Strasbourg.

The balance co-chairmanship was approved by the Steering Committee to share the burden and responsibilities and also corresponding to the organisational scheme of the Steering Committee, where the EaP and the EU representatives are balanced in the Working Group meetings.
The appointment is a great opportunity and challenge for ALDA to be present and work in Eastern Europe with contacts and projects. Antonella Valmorbida is also involved and leader of the lobbying group which promotes the visibility and the contact of the CSF in the European Institutions. In this perspective, number of meetings took place in Brussels, like with the Commissioner Fuele, the President of the Committee of the Regions, Mrs. Bresso and the President of the European and Social Economic Committee, Staffan Nilsson.
A meeting with the Secretary General will take place soon in Strasbourg.


FIGHTING CORRUPTION SUCCESSFULLY: ONE CITY AT A TIME - A common task together with the Regional Programme Working Together, in Budapest

ALDA is partner of the programme Working Together, gathering a large number of training institutions for local governments in Eastern Europe since its creation. The focus is capacity building for local authorities and support of civil society. The annual meeting of the programme took place in Budapest on the 28th and 29th of January at the European Youth Centre of Budapest. It focused on the assessment of the activities related to the programme Fighting Corruption at the Local Level. The leader organisation, FPDL Romania invited 20 participants implementing the strategy and 4 cases where presented. Craiova Municipality. It is the capital of Dolj County, has more than 300.000 inhabitants and a rich history, attested in documents since 1475. It is a powerful industrial city and an important educational center with rich cultural life. Craiova Local Government has more than 500 employees, a directly elected Mayor and 27 elected councilors. Zabok and Vrbvovec, two cities from Croatia. The Georgian team of anticorruption practitioners (Girogi Meshkidze, Helen Romelashvili from Civitas Georgica) and Lanchkhuti city. Sokolka City (Poland). Participants received the booklet “Healthy Organizations, curing and preventing corruption in local governments” that describes shortly the anticorruption approach. The event was attended for ALDA by the Director, Mrs. Antonella Valmorbida, member of the Steering Committee of the programme Working Together.

ALDA is partner of the programme Working Together, gathering a large number of training institutions for local governments in Eastern Europe since its creation. The focus is capacity building for local authorities and support of civil society. The annual meeting of the programme took place in Budapest on the 28th and 29th of January at the European Youth Centre of Budapest. It focused on the assessment of the activities related to the programme Fighting Corruption at the Local Level. The leader organisation, FPDL Romania invited 20 participants implementing the strategy and 4 cases where presented. Craiova Municipality. It is the capital of Dolj County, has more than 300.000 inhabitants and a rich history, attested in documents since 1475. It is a powerful industrial city and an important educational center with rich cultural life. Craiova Local Government has more than 500 employees, a directly elected Mayor and 27 elected councilors. Zabok and Vrbvovec, two cities from Croatia. The Georgian team of anticorruption practitioners (Girogi Meshkidze, Helen Romelashvili from Civitas Georgica) and Lanchkhuti city. Sokolka City (Poland). Participants received the booklet “Healthy Organizations, curing and preventing corruption in local governments” that describes shortly the anticorruption approach. The event was attended for ALDA by the Director, Mrs. Antonella Valmorbida, member of the Steering Committee of the programme Working Together.