The Local Democracy Agency Armenia - Gyumri at the Assisses of Decentralised Cooperation France Armenia

Picture: Jacques Forêt (Secquajectrof), Creative Commons License

 

The Assises of Decentralised Cooperation France – Armenia took place on 16th and 17th October, in Valence. The event was organised with the contribution of the Region Rhones Alpes, which is also the leader of the LDA Armenia based in Gyumri.

The gathering focused on the achievements of the numerous cooperations between French and Armenian Municipalities and the path for further development. The LDA Armenia is supported since 2011 by Rhones Alpes. In the framework of this active cooperation, the Delegate, Lusine Alexandryan, attended the Assises and actively participated in the workshop on Sustainable Development.

The Director of ALDA, Antonella Valmorbida, and the coordinator of the LDAs, Alfonso Aliberti, attended the event as well. The fact that the Local Democracy Agency is mentioned – as a tool for promoting local governance – in the programme to support local democracy of the Council of Europe was in the spotlight.

More information about LDA Armenia

More information about the Assises (in French)

Picture: Jacques Forêt (Secquajectrof), Creative Commons License

 

The Assises of Decentralised Cooperation France – Armenia took place on 16th and 17th October, in Valence. The event was organised with the contribution of the Region Rhones Alpes, which is also the leader of the LDA Armenia based in Gyumri.

The gathering focused on the achievements of the numerous cooperations between French and Armenian Municipalities and the path for further development. The LDA Armenia is supported since 2011 by Rhones Alpes. In the framework of this active cooperation, the Delegate, Lusine Alexandryan, attended the Assises and actively participated in the workshop on Sustainable Development.

The Director of ALDA, Antonella Valmorbida, and the coordinator of the LDAs, Alfonso Aliberti, attended the event as well. The fact that the Local Democracy Agency is mentioned – as a tool for promoting local governance – in the programme to support local democracy of the Council of Europe was in the spotlight.

More information about LDA Armenia

More information about the Assises (in French)

 


Setting up citizens’ panels on health and environment in 8 countries in wider Europe

The “implementing partners” within the project COHEIRS, coming from 8 different countries in wider Europe (Italy, Croatia, Macedonia, Romania, Bulgaria, Malta, Slovenia and Albania) have kicked-off the process of setting up citizens’ panels at local level in order to discuss their territories’ needs in terms of health and environment.
The panels have been enabling citizens who are not often engaged in public life or do not
spontaneously participate in projects of European nature, but are willing to do so, to gather together and debate over the main health and environmental issues affecting their communities. They are being supported by information and coordination units established on each community’s territory. The units, duly trained in Brussels last June by both ALDA on citizen participation and the International Society of Doctors for the Environment (ISDE) on the effects of environmental misconducts on public health, provide information and training at the local level and develop partnership and cooperation with all the major stakeholders of the local community.
The process will last until January 2014 and around 1700 persons will be directly involved. All the opinions and suggestions will be gathered together and will serve as a basis to elaborate consistent and solid recommendations to be addressed to local and national authorities.
Read more about the project COHEIRS

 


Panels de citoyens sur la santé et l’environnement dans 8 pays au sein de l’Europe élargie

Les « partenaires exécutifs » du projet COHEIRS, originaires de 8 différentes pays de l’Europe élargie (Italie, Croatie, Macédoine, Roumanie, Bulgarie, Malte, Slovénie et Albanie) ont donné le coup d’envoi du processus de mise en place des panels de citoyens à l’échelle locale, en vue d’ouvrir le débat sur les besoins de leurs territoires en matière de santé et d’environnement.

Les panels offrent la possibilité aux citoyens qui ne sont pas souvent engagés dans la vie publique ou qui ne participent pas spontanément aux projets Européens, mais qui sont prêts à le faire, de se rencontrer et de débattre sur des questions fondamentales qui affectent leur communauté, notamment en matière de santé et d’environnement. Ils sont soutenus par les unités d’information et de coordination établies sur les territoires de chaque collectivité. Les unités, dûment formées par l’ALDA à Bruxelles en Juin dernier sur la participation citoyenne, et par la Société Internationale des Médecins pour l’Environnement (ISDE) sur les effets des comportements néfastes pour l’environnement sur la santé publique, contribuent à l’information et à l’apprentissage à l’échelle locale et au développement des partenariats et des coopérations avec les principaux acteurs de la communauté locale.

En savoir plus sur le projet COHEIRS

Costituzione di un gruppo di lavoro cittadini per la salute e l’ambiente in 8 paesi dell’Europa allargata

I partner che implementano il progetto COHEIRS, provenienti da 8 diversi paesi dell’Europa allargata (Italia, Croazia, Macedonia, Romania, Bulgaria, Malta, Slovenia e Albania) hanno dato il via al processo di creazione di gruppi di cittadini a livello locale al fine di discutere le esigenze dei loro territori in termini di salute e ambiente.
I gruppi di lavoro permettono ai cittadini che non sono spesso impegnati nella vita pubblica o che non
partecipano spontaneamente in progetti di natura europea, ma che sono disposti a farlo, di discutere circa i principali problemi di salute e ambientali che interessano le loro comunità. Essi vengono supportati da centri di informazione e di coordinamento stabiliti nel territorio di ciascuna comunità. I centri, debitamente formati a Bruxelles lo scorso giugno da ALDA sulla partecipazione dei cittadini e dalla Società Internazionale dei Medici per l’Ambiente (ISDE) sugli effetti di comportamenti ambientali illeciti sulla salute pubblica, forniscono informazioni e formazione a livello locale e sviluppa collaborazioni e la cooperazioni con tutti i principali attori della comunità locale.

L’implementazione durerà fino a gennaio 2014 e saranno coinvolte direttamente intorno alle 1700 persone.
Per maggiori informazioni sul progetto COHEIRS visitate il sito.


Создание гражданской рабочей группы по вопросам здоровья и окружающей среды в 8 странах расширенной Европы

Партнеры, осуществляющие проект COHEIRS, из 8 различных стран расширенной Европы, (Италии, Хорватии, Македонии, Румынии, Болгарии, Мальты, Словении и Албании) начали процесс создания гражданских групп на местном уровне с целью обсуждения потребностей их территорий в том, что касается здоровья и окружающей среды.
Рабочие группы позволяют гражданам, которые обычно не заняты в общественной жизни или не участвуют в европейских проектах, но готовые это делать, обсуждать основные проблемы здоровья и окружающей среды, интересующие их сообщества. Они поддерживаются центрами информации и координации, определенными на территории каждого сообщества. Центры, прошедшие должное обучение в Брюсселе в июне прошлого года при помощи ALDA о гражданском участии и Международного общества врачей в защиту окружающей среды (ISDE) о последствиях недозволенного обращения с окружающей средой на здоровье общества, предоставляют информацию и обучение на местном уровне и развивают сотрудничество и кооперацию со всеми основными деятелями местного сообщества.
Дополнительная информация о проекте COHEIRS на сайте.

The “implementing partners” within the project COHEIRS, coming from 8 different countries in wider Europe (Italy, Croatia, Macedonia, Romania, Bulgaria, Malta, Slovenia and Albania) have kicked-off the process of setting up citizens’ panels at local level in order to discuss their territories’ needs in terms of health and environment.
The panels have been enabling citizens who are not often engaged in public life or do not
spontaneously participate in projects of European nature, but are willing to do so, to gather together and debate over the main health and environmental issues affecting their communities. They are being supported by information and coordination units established on each community’s territory. The units, duly trained in Brussels last June by both ALDA on citizen participation and the International Society of Doctors for the Environment (ISDE) on the effects of environmental misconducts on public health, provide information and training at the local level and develop partnership and cooperation with all the major stakeholders of the local community.
The process will last until January 2014 and around 1700 persons will be directly involved. All the opinions and suggestions will be gathered together and will serve as a basis to elaborate consistent and solid recommendations to be addressed to local and national authorities.
Read more about the project COHEIRS

 


Panels de citoyens sur la santé et l’environnement dans 8 pays au sein de l’Europe élargie

Les « partenaires exécutifs » du projet COHEIRS, originaires de 8 différentes pays de l’Europe élargie (Italie, Croatie, Macédoine, Roumanie, Bulgarie, Malte, Slovénie et Albanie) ont donné le coup d’envoi du processus de mise en place des panels de citoyens à l’échelle locale, en vue d’ouvrir le débat sur les besoins de leurs territoires en matière de santé et d’environnement.

Les panels offrent la possibilité aux citoyens qui ne sont pas souvent engagés dans la vie publique ou qui ne participent pas spontanément aux projets Européens, mais qui sont prêts à le faire, de se rencontrer et de débattre sur des questions fondamentales qui affectent leur communauté, notamment en matière de santé et d’environnement. Ils sont soutenus par les unités d’information et de coordination établies sur les territoires de chaque collectivité. Les unités, dûment formées par l’ALDA à Bruxelles en Juin dernier sur la participation citoyenne, et par la Société Internationale des Médecins pour l’Environnement (ISDE) sur les effets des comportements néfastes pour l’environnement sur la santé publique, contribuent à l’information et à l’apprentissage à l’échelle locale et au développement des partenariats et des coopérations avec les principaux acteurs de la communauté locale.

En savoir plus sur le projet COHEIRS

Costituzione di un gruppo di lavoro cittadini per la salute e l’ambiente in 8 paesi dell’Europa allargata

I partner che implementano il progetto COHEIRS, provenienti da 8 diversi paesi dell’Europa allargata (Italia, Croazia, Macedonia, Romania, Bulgaria, Malta, Slovenia e Albania) hanno dato il via al processo di creazione di gruppi di cittadini a livello locale al fine di discutere le esigenze dei loro territori in termini di salute e ambiente.
I gruppi di lavoro permettono ai cittadini che non sono spesso impegnati nella vita pubblica o che non
partecipano spontaneamente in progetti di natura europea, ma che sono disposti a farlo, di discutere circa i principali problemi di salute e ambientali che interessano le loro comunità. Essi vengono supportati da centri di informazione e di coordinamento stabiliti nel territorio di ciascuna comunità. I centri, debitamente formati a Bruxelles lo scorso giugno da ALDA sulla partecipazione dei cittadini e dalla Società Internazionale dei Medici per l’Ambiente (ISDE) sugli effetti di comportamenti ambientali illeciti sulla salute pubblica, forniscono informazioni e formazione a livello locale e sviluppa collaborazioni e la cooperazioni con tutti i principali attori della comunità locale.

L’implementazione durerà fino a gennaio 2014 e saranno coinvolte direttamente intorno alle 1700 persone.
Per maggiori informazioni sul progetto COHEIRS visitate il sito.


Создание гражданской рабочей группы по вопросам здоровья и окружающей среды в 8 странах расширенной Европы

Партнеры, осуществляющие проект COHEIRS, из 8 различных стран расширенной Европы, (Италии, Хорватии, Македонии, Румынии, Болгарии, Мальты, Словении и Албании) начали процесс создания гражданских групп на местном уровне с целью обсуждения потребностей их территорий в том, что касается здоровья и окружающей среды.
Рабочие группы позволяют гражданам, которые обычно не заняты в общественной жизни или не участвуют в европейских проектах, но готовые это делать, обсуждать основные проблемы здоровья и окружающей среды, интересующие их сообщества. Они поддерживаются центрами информации и координации, определенными на территории каждого сообщества. Центры, прошедшие должное обучение в Брюсселе в июне прошлого года при помощи ALDA о гражданском участии и Международного общества врачей в защиту окружающей среды (ISDE) о последствиях недозволенного обращения с окружающей средой на здоровье общества, предоставляют информацию и обучение на местном уровне и развивают сотрудничество и кооперацию со всеми основными деятелями местного сообщества.
Дополнительная информация о проекте COHEIRS на сайте.


Kick-off event for the project DECIDE

On 8-9 November 2013, ALDA will officially kick-off the project DECIDE – DEmocratic Compact: Improving Democracy in Europe. The international launching event will take place in Reggio Emilia, Italy, and will bring together representatives of 24 partners coming from 14 different countries in wider Europe.

Through the establishment of a thematic network of towns and by adopting a bottom-up approach , the project aims to develop a democratic compact, namely a set of measures that are needed in Europe to increase the quality of democracy and citizen participation. These measures will be identified, exchanged, further elaborated and tested by all the project partners. This will allow an enriching exchange among partners with different track record in the EU and will contribute to develop a sense of belonging to a common “house”.

The main final outcomes of DECIDE will be the establishment of a thematic network of towns committed to increase the quality of democracy and citizen participation in the enlarged Europe and the democratic compact, a set of measures that have been tested and that can be further disseminated and implemented.

On 8-9 November 2013, ALDA will officially kick-off the project DECIDE – DEmocratic Compact: Improving Democracy in Europe. The international launching event will take place in Reggio Emilia, Italy, and will bring together representatives of 24 partners coming from 14 different countries in wider Europe.

Through the establishment of a thematic network of towns and by adopting a bottom-up approach , the project aims to develop a democratic compact, namely a set of measures that are needed in Europe to increase the quality of democracy and citizen participation. These measures will be identified, exchanged, further elaborated and tested by all the project partners. This will allow an enriching exchange among partners with different track record in the EU and will contribute to develop a sense of belonging to a common “house”.

The main final outcomes of DECIDE will be the establishment of a thematic network of towns committed to increase the quality of democracy and citizen participation in the enlarged Europe and the democratic compact, a set of measures that have been tested and that can be further disseminated and implemented.


Mercedes Bresso, Vice President of CoR, at two events on 18 October

The Vice President of the Committee of the Regions of the European Union, Mrs Mercedes Bresso participated in the conference “Local and regional authorities, tools for development and democracy. A challenge for Europe”.

The event was part of the programme ‘University for Europe’, and took place on Friday 18 October, at 12:30, at the University of Padova – Palazzo del Bo, in Via 8 Febbraio 1842.

Professor Giuseppe Gangemi and ALDA’s Director Antonella Valmorbida also intervened as speakers.

Read the speech of Mercedes Bresso(.pdf, in Italian).

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On the same day, Mrs Bresso attended the Meeting for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The meeting took place at the Municipality of Vicenza, at Palazzo Trissino, Sala degli Stucchi, in Corso Andrea Palladio, 98.

The event was organised by ALDA, the Municipality of Vicenza and the local European Federalist Movement. Its focus was the European Platform against poverty and emargination, which is one of the seven priority initiatives at EU level for a sustainable and inclusive growth. With the aim of eradicating poverty for 20 million people, the platform was launched in 2010 and will be operational until 2020.

Read the speech of Mercedes Bresso (.pdf, in Italian)

The Vice President of the Committee of the Regions of the European Union, Mrs Mercedes Bresso participated in the conference “Local and regional authorities, tools for development and democracy. A challenge for Europe”.

The event was part of the programme ‘University for Europe’, and took place on Friday 18 October, at 12:30, at the University of Padova – Palazzo del Bo, in Via 8 Febbraio 1842.

Professor Giuseppe Gangemi and ALDA’s Director Antonella Valmorbida also intervened as speakers.

Read the speech of Mercedes Bresso(.pdf, in Italian).

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On the same day, Mrs Bresso attended the Meeting for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The meeting took place at the Municipality of Vicenza, at Palazzo Trissino, Sala degli Stucchi, in Corso Andrea Palladio, 98.

The event was organised by ALDA, the Municipality of Vicenza and the local European Federalist Movement. Its focus was the European Platform against poverty and emargination, which is one of the seven priority initiatives at EU level for a sustainable and inclusive growth. With the aim of eradicating poverty for 20 million people, the platform was launched in 2010 and will be operational until 2020.

Read the speech of Mercedes Bresso (.pdf, in Italian)


Meeting of ALDA and AER presidents, Oriano Otočan and Hande Özsan Bozatli

At the Representation office of the Region of Istria to the EU in Brrussels on Tuesday, 8th October, the President and Director of Association of Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA), Oriano Otočan and Antonella Valmorbida, met with the President of Assembly of European Regions (AER) Hande Özsan Bozatli and Secretary General Pascal Goergen.

Topics of the meeting, held in the framework of Open Days – 11th European Week of Regions and Cities, were the on-going cooperation of the two organizations, the possibilities of their activities in countries of Eastern Partnership, and the models for more efficient promotion of interests in Committee of the Regions.

Also the representatives of the Region of Istria – President of the Region Valter Flego and the Mayor of Pula Boris Miletić attended the meeting.

The Assembly of European Regions is the largest independent network of regional authorities in wider Europe, bringing together nearly 230 regions from 35 countries along with 15 interregional organisations.

 

Established in 1985, AER is a forum for interregional co-operation and a lobbyist for regional interests on the European stage. More information on the AER website.

At the Representation office of the Region of Istria to the EU in Brrussels on Tuesday, 8th October, the President and Director of Association of Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA), Oriano Otočan and Antonella Valmorbida, met with the President of Assembly of European Regions (AER) Hande Özsan Bozatli and Secretary General Pascal Goergen.

Topics of the meeting, held in the framework of Open Days – 11th European Week of Regions and Cities, were the on-going cooperation of the two organizations, the possibilities of their activities in countries of Eastern Partnership, and the models for more efficient promotion of interests in Committee of the Regions.

Also the representatives of the Region of Istria – President of the Region Valter Flego and the Mayor of Pula Boris Miletić attended the meeting.

The Assembly of European Regions is the largest independent network of regional authorities in wider Europe, bringing together nearly 230 regions from 35 countries along with 15 interregional organisations.

 

Established in 1985, AER is a forum for interregional co-operation and a lobbyist for regional interests on the European stage. More information on the AER website.


The President of ALDA at the Annual Conference of the Academy for Political Development, Zagreb

From 27th to 29th September the Annual Conference of the Academy for Political Development entitled “Croatia at the bottom or at the beginning: Models and experiences for starting economic recovery” was held in Zagreb, and it was attended by the president of Association of Local Democracy Agencies Oriano Otočan.
On the last day of the conference, Mr Otočan participated on the panel discussion “Starting the local economies: challenges, experiences and models”, where he presented the work of ALDA and gave several examples of effective activities at the local level in Belgium and Italy. Also, he presented the development activities of the Region of Istria. He highlighted that decentralization contributes to the increased responsibility of public administration and democracy, given that decisions are made at the administrative level which is closer to the citizens.
The speakers of the panel included the Mayor of the City of Prelog Ljubomir Kolarek, the Deputy Mayor of the City of Rijeka Marko Filipović, the Director of the Institute of Economics  Dubravka Jurlina Alibegović, and the moderator was Tihomir Ponoš, member of Managing Board of the Academy.
Panels were also held about the relation of the social state and market model in economy, start-ups in Croatia, and about unconventional and inovative entrepreneurship. The Academy for Political Development operates as non-profit and non-governmental organization with the goal of the development of democratic political culture among young people, and of dialogue and cooperation among them on the questions of general public interest.

From 27th to 29th September the Annual Conference of the Academy for Political Development entitled “Croatia at the bottom or at the beginning: Models and experiences for starting economic recovery” was held in Zagreb, and it was attended by the president of Association of Local Democracy Agencies Oriano Otočan.
On the last day of the conference, Mr Otočan participated on the panel discussion “Starting the local economies: challenges, experiences and models”, where he presented the work of ALDA and gave several examples of effective activities at the local level in Belgium and Italy. Also, he presented the development activities of the Region of Istria. He highlighted that decentralization contributes to the increased responsibility of public administration and democracy, given that decisions are made at the administrative level which is closer to the citizens.
The speakers of the panel included the Mayor of the City of Prelog Ljubomir Kolarek, the Deputy Mayor of the City of Rijeka Marko Filipović, the Director of the Institute of Economics  Dubravka Jurlina Alibegović, and the moderator was Tihomir Ponoš, member of Managing Board of the Academy.
Panels were also held about the relation of the social state and market model in economy, start-ups in Croatia, and about unconventional and inovative entrepreneurship. The Academy for Political Development operates as non-profit and non-governmental organization with the goal of the development of democratic political culture among young people, and of dialogue and cooperation among them on the questions of general public interest.


Oriano Otočan rewarded with European Projects Award for his contribution to the local and regional development

In the framework of Open Days – 11th European Week of Regions and Cities, European Projects Association (EPA) rewarded actors that, during the period 2007-2013, played a relevant role in the field of regional and local development. The ceremony was held in premises of the European Parliament in Brussels.

Among the influential actors, the award went to the President of ALDA Oriano Otočan, who is also the head of Department for International Cooperation and European Affairs of the Region of Istria. Otočan pointed out that Region of Istria is Croatia’s most developed region which implemented more than 320 projects financed from European and other International funds, which are extremely important for the development of the region.

Also the Vice-President of the Committee of the Regions Mercedes Bresso and President of Region Marche Gian Mario Spacca were awarded for their work.

Prizes were awarded in the framework of EPA Conference 2013 on Perspectives of territorial cooperation 2014-2020 – Expectations after Croatian Accession. During the conference, also the projects financed through the Instrument for Pre-Accession having an important impact at the local level received awards.

In the framework of Open Days – 11th European Week of Regions and Cities, European Projects Association (EPA) rewarded actors that, during the period 2007-2013, played a relevant role in the field of regional and local development. The ceremony was held in premises of the European Parliament in Brussels.

Among the influential actors, the award went to the President of ALDA Oriano Otočan, who is also the head of Department for International Cooperation and European Affairs of the Region of Istria. Otočan pointed out that Region of Istria is Croatia’s most developed region which implemented more than 320 projects financed from European and other International funds, which are extremely important for the development of the region.

Also the Vice-President of the Committee of the Regions Mercedes Bresso and President of Region Marche Gian Mario Spacca were awarded for their work.

Prizes were awarded in the framework of EPA Conference 2013 on Perspectives of territorial cooperation 2014-2020 – Expectations after Croatian Accession. During the conference, also the projects financed through the Instrument for Pre-Accession having an important impact at the local level received awards.


Make all things new - Conference in memory of Gianfranco Martini

The Municipality of Lendinara (Rovigo, Italy) organised a conference titled “Make all things new – Coherence and political engagement in the thought and in the life of Gianfranco Martini”, which will be held at the Council on 12 October 2013, at 9: 30 am.

Among the speakers: Rosy Bindi, President of the Democratic Party; Sandra Ceciarini, Council of European Municipalities and Regions; Roberto Di Giovanpaolo (author of the book Piccoli padri. Una conversazione sulla nascita dell’unione europea e sul suo futuro, 2010); Alessandro Ferlin, Mayor of Lendinara, Alfredo Martini, Michele Picciano (President Aiccre), Antonella Valmorbida (Director of ALDA), Tiziana Virgili (President of the Province of Rovigo).
We invite all our members to attend this event in memory of ALDA’s Honorary President. For more information, please refer to the website of the Municipality of Lendinara (in Italian).
Programme of the event (Italian, .pdf)

The Municipality of Lendinara (Rovigo, Italy) organised a conference titled “Make all things new – Coherence and political engagement in the thought and in the life of Gianfranco Martini”, which will be held at the Council on 12 October 2013, at 9: 30 am.

Among the speakers: Rosy Bindi, President of the Democratic Party; Sandra Ceciarini, Council of European Municipalities and Regions; Roberto Di Giovanpaolo (author of the book Piccoli padri. Una conversazione sulla nascita dell’unione europea e sul suo futuro, 2010); Alessandro Ferlin, Mayor of Lendinara, Alfredo Martini, Michele Picciano (President Aiccre), Antonella Valmorbida (Director of ALDA), Tiziana Virgili (President of the Province of Rovigo).
We invite all our members to attend this event in memory of ALDA’s Honorary President. For more information, please refer to the website of the Municipality of Lendinara (in Italian).
Programme of the event (Italian, .pdf)


The President of ALDA discussing territorial cooperation after the accession of Croatia in Europe

In the framework of the 11th European Week of Regions and Cities – Open Days 2013, the President of ALDA, Mr. Oriano Otočan, participated, in the common premises of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, of the Region of Istria and of the State of Carinthia, on the 8th of October, in the round table ”The EGTC EUREGIO without borders in the new European territorial cooperation – perspectives after the accession of Croatia”.

Mr. Otočan stressed the importance of territorial and cross-border cooperation with a special mention for the future programming period.
Having regard to the new 28th member of the European Union, the Republic of Croatia, the President of ALDA highlighted the historic importance of “borders” that have characterised the territory of Istria in the last century. In this contest, the Region of Istria, defined as a “region within European regions” has became “Istria without borders”.
A remarkable contribution to the round table has been given as well by the President of the Region of Istria, Mr. Valter Flego, the President of the State of Carinthia, Mr. Peter Kaiser, the President of the regional council of the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, the Diplomatic Counsellor of the President of the Veneto Region, Stefano Beltrame, the representatives of the EU institutions and by the Secretary General of the Association of European Border Regions – AEBR, Martin Guillermo.

In the framework of the 11th European Week of Regions and Cities – Open Days 2013, the President of ALDA, Mr. Oriano Otočan, participated, in the common premises of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, of the Region of Istria and of the State of Carinthia, on the 8th of October, in the round table ”The EGTC EUREGIO without borders in the new European territorial cooperation – perspectives after the accession of Croatia”.

Mr. Otočan stressed the importance of territorial and cross-border cooperation with a special mention for the future programming period.
Having regard to the new 28th member of the European Union, the Republic of Croatia, the President of ALDA highlighted the historic importance of “borders” that have characterised the territory of Istria in the last century. In this contest, the Region of Istria, defined as a “region within European regions” has became “Istria without borders”.
A remarkable contribution to the round table has been given as well by the President of the Region of Istria, Mr. Valter Flego, the President of the State of Carinthia, Mr. Peter Kaiser, the President of the regional council of the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, the Diplomatic Counsellor of the President of the Veneto Region, Stefano Beltrame, the representatives of the EU institutions and by the Secretary General of the Association of European Border Regions – AEBR, Martin Guillermo.


Supporting fiscal decentralisation and territorial approach to development in EaP: New resolution of the CSF

ALDA took part in the 5th Annual meeting of the Civil Society Forum for Eastern Partnership (CSF) held in Chisenau, Moldova, on 4-5 October 2013. Over 250 NGOs from the EU and from the six EaP countries (Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia) attended the meeting.
One of the objectives of the Forum was to identify a common strong message from the Civil Society sector to the Summit of the Heads of States on the Eastern Partnership which is coming up soon, in November 2013.
The Association of Local Democracy Agencies particularly supported a resolution expressed by the Subgroup on Local Government and Public Administration Reform proposing to strenghten the process of fiscal decentralisation and territorial approach to development in the area, based on a multistakeholder and good governance approach. On 5th October, the resolution was adopted by the Forum, and its measures are now part of the priorities of the CSF.

ALDA is among the founder of the CSF for EaP in 2009. Antonella Valmorbida sit in the Steering Committee in 2009/2010 and 2010/2011 (as EU coordinator) and was co-chair of the Forum for the last mandate. Since then, ALDA is coordinating the Subgroup of the WG 1 on Local Government and Public Administration Reform, and its role as a coordinator has just been reconfirmed.

ALDA took part in the 5th Annual meeting of the Civil Society Forum for Eastern Partnership (CSF) held in Chisenau, Moldova, on 4-5 October 2013. Over 250 NGOs from the EU and from the six EaP countries (Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia) attended the meeting.
One of the objectives of the Forum was to identify a common strong message from the Civil Society sector to the Summit of the Heads of States on the Eastern Partnership which is coming up soon, in November 2013.
The Association of Local Democracy Agencies particularly supported a resolution expressed by the Subgroup on Local Government and Public Administration Reform proposing to strenghten the process of fiscal decentralisation and territorial approach to development in the area, based on a multistakeholder and good governance approach. On 5th October, the resolution was adopted by the Forum, and its measures are now part of the priorities of the CSF.

ALDA is among the founder of the CSF for EaP in 2009. Antonella Valmorbida sit in the Steering Committee in 2009/2010 and 2010/2011 (as EU coordinator) and was co-chair of the Forum for the last mandate. Since then, ALDA is coordinating the Subgroup of the WG 1 on Local Government and Public Administration Reform, and its role as a coordinator has just been reconfirmed.