Civil Society Forum for Eastern Partnership - Kyiv, Ukraine: ALDA coordinates the Subgroup on Local Government and Public Administration Reform

The 7th Civil Society Forum for Eastern Partnership took place on 20th and 21st November in Kyiv (Ukraine). It gathered 250 participants from the EaP countries and from the EU. The event was opened by the Prime Minister of Ukraine, Mr. Arseniy Yatsenyuk, and by the Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policies & Enlargement Negotiations, Mr. Johannes Hahn.

During two days, the participants debated number of issues, such as  the development of relationships between the EU and the EaP countries in a process of differentiation. Three of them have signed the Association Agreement (Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine), while three of them didn’t (Azerbaijan, Armenia and Belarus). At the front line of discussion were the issues of the protection of human rights, media and security in the region.

The event took place remembering the Maidan movement, which was followed by the annexation of Crimea from Russia and the ongoing war in the Donbass region.

ALDA, the European Association for Local Democracy attended the event with the participation of its Secretary General, Mrs. Antonella Valmorbida. She coordinated the work of the Subgroup on Local Government and Public Administration Reform and was re-confirmed in her position for 2016. The focus of the group will be support to decentralisation processes, public administration reform, monitoring and participation in the European Flagship for Sustainable Municipal Development. A particular effort will be paid to capitalize good practices on citizens participation.

In the framework of the Forum, the Subgroup on Local Government and Public Administration Reform organised a side event on the development of Public Civil Service in the Countries of the EaP that signed the Association Agreement.

Useful link:
Webpage of the 7th EaP CSF Annual Assembly

The 7th Civil Society Forum for Eastern Partnership took place on 20th and 21st November in Kyiv (Ukraine). It gathered 250 participants from the EaP countries and from the EU. The event was opened by the Prime Minister of Ukraine, Mr. Arseniy Yatsenyuk, and by the Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policies & Enlargement Negotiations, Mr. Johannes Hahn.

During two days, the participants debated number of issues, such as  the development of relationships between the EU and the EaP countries in a process of differentiation. Three of them have signed the Association Agreement (Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine), while three of them didn’t (Azerbaijan, Armenia and Belarus). At the front line of discussion were the issues of the protection of human rights, media and security in the region.

The event took place remembering the Maidan movement, which was followed by the annexation of Crimea from Russia and the ongoing war in the Donbass region.

ALDA, the European Association for Local Democracy attended the event with the participation of its Secretary General, Mrs. Antonella Valmorbida. She coordinated the work of the Subgroup on Local Government and Public Administration Reform and was re-confirmed in her position for 2016. The focus of the group will be support to decentralisation processes, public administration reform, monitoring and participation in the European Flagship for Sustainable Municipal Development. A particular effort will be paid to capitalize good practices on citizens participation.

In the framework of the Forum, the Subgroup on Local Government and Public Administration Reform organised a side event on the development of Public Civil Service in the Countries of the EaP that signed the Association Agreement.

Useful links:
Webpage of the 7th EaP CSF Annual Assembly


“Europe’s Unstable Eastern Neighborhood: What Role for Civil Society?” - Meeting held in Brussels

Marco Boaria, Head of resources and development unit at ALDA, participated to the event “Europe’s Unstable Eastern Neighborhood: What Role for Civil Society?” promoted by the European Partnership for Democracy in cooperation with with the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF), the Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the EU and the Václav Havel Library which took place in Brussels on the 18th of November.

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The conference – held in the context of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) Review – mainly focused on the challenges of civil society in the Eastern Partnership‬ countries, challenges which ALDA highly contribute to face thanks to the numerous projects and initiatives it develop in all the EaP countries also through the three Local Democracy Agencies established on the field in Georgia, Armenia and Ukraine.

Former Ministries (Volodymyr Ogrysko, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ukraine, and Ekaterine Tkeshelashvili, Former Minister for Reintegration, Georgia) as well as civil society representatives (Rostislav Valvoda, Director of Prague Civil Society Center, Czech Republic; Iryna Shvets, Civic Network OPORA, Ukraine; Boris Navasardyan, Yerevan Press Club, Armenia) provided relevant hints and updates on the EaP, contributing to answer to key questions which concern the addressed countries: what are the tendencies for civil society Eastern Partnership countries? What are Eastern partnership countries’ needs and expectations from the EU and the Eastern Partnership? What should be the EU´s role vis-à-vis civil society in Eastern partnership countries? Is EU engagement efficient? What is the role of the EU, when faced with assertive Russian policies towards its neighbours?

ALDA is more and more engaged in the EaP dimension and will continue strengthening its actions to support EaP civil society and local governance reforms in the area, acting thus as one of the relevant actor in the European discourse.

Marco Boaria, Head of resources and development unit at ALDA, participated to the event “Europe’s Unstable Eastern Neighborhood: What Role for Civil Society?” promoted by the European Partnership for Democracy in cooperation with with the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF), the Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the EU and the Václav Havel Library which took place in Brussels on the 18th of November.

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The conference – held in the context of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) Review – mainly focused on the challenges of civil society in the Eastern Partnership‬ countries, challenges which ALDA highly contribute to face thanks to the numerous projects and initiatives it develop in all the EaP countries also through the three Local Democracy Agencies established on the field in Georgia, Armenia and Ukraine.

Former Ministries (Volodymyr Ogrysko, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ukraine, and Ekaterine Tkeshelashvili, Former Minister for Reintegration, Georgia) as well as civil society representatives (Rostislav Valvoda, Director of Prague Civil Society Center, Czech Republic; Iryna Shvets, Civic Network OPORA, Ukraine; Boris Navasardyan, Yerevan Press Club, Armenia) provided relevant hints and updates on the EaP, contributing to answer to key questions which concern the addressed countries: what are the tendencies for civil society Eastern Partnership countries? What are Eastern partnership countries’ needs and expectations from the EU and the Eastern Partnership? What should be the EU´s role vis-à-vis civil society in Eastern partnership countries? Is EU engagement efficient? What is the role of the EU, when faced with assertive Russian policies towards its neighbours?

ALDA is more and more engaged in the EaP dimension and will continue strengthening its actions to support EaP civil society and local governance reforms in the area, acting thus as one of the relevant actor in the European discourse.


LDA Georgia Board Meeting at the Hotel de Ville of Strasbourg

On 20th November the LDA Georgia Board Meeting took place in Strasbourg. The LDA Georgia delegation was composed by Mrs. Nino Tvaltvadze, Executive Director of LDA Georgia, Mr. Nodari Jikia, GYLA Kutaisi Branch’s Program Director, Mr. Shota Murgulia, Kutaisi city Mayor, and Mr. David Megrelishvili, Head of the Division “Foreign Relations and International Projects” of Kutaisi.

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Mrs. Tvaltvadze presented a report on the situation of the LDA Georgia and its activities in the last year and a half (July 2014 – November 2015), and in particular the six projects implemented by the LDA Georgia: “Kutaisi: IT WORKS”, “Protected voice guarantee of effective self-governance”, “IMERY – Joint Initiative of Municipalities of Imereti Regions”, “Mobilized Civil Society for Local Democracy”, “The way forward for reforms in the housing sector: empowering grass-root homeowners associations in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine” and “Vision of New Generation”. A video displaying the great achievements of the projects was shown, pointing out the considerable engagement of citizens in the society and the effort of LDA Georgia in involving the members of the community in public life.

The LDA Georgia delegation also took part in some relevant international events such as the Club de Strasbourg Meeting this week and the World Forum on Local Economic Development in Torino (October 2015). Furthermore, a visit to the LDA Armenia was conducted, fostering the cooperation between the two countries (September 2014).

Finally, the LDA Georgia sent some of its representatives to Italy to get involved into the project “EYES – European Youth Environment Sentinels” and “All ways we…”. EYES was implemented by ALDA in Vicenza and it aimed to put the civic participation of young Europeans at the service of health and environment. The second project, “All ways we…” was a youth exchange project which aimed at reducing and helping to eradicate discrimination, encourage discussion and improve practical skills.

Thus, 2015 really represented a “re-launch” year for the LDA Georgia and essential results were achieved thanks to the projects aforementioned.

The meeting also represented an occasion for sharing ideas and discussing proposals for 2016 with Anne-Laure Joedicke, Project Manager MENA Region of ALDA,  and the delegations from the cities of Strasbourg and Tbilisi. The former was formed by Mr. Clément Dolisi, European Affairs Of-ficer, Mr. Julien Chiappone-Lucchesi, Director of European and International Relations; and the second by Mrs. Lika Davitadze, Head of International Department of the city of Tbilisi, and Mrs. Lali Ounaphkochvili, Service international.

On 20th November the LDA Georgia Board Meeting took place in Strasbourg. The LDA Georgia delegation was composed by Mrs. Nino Tvaltvadze, Executive Director of LDA Georgia, Mr. Nodari Jikia, GYLA Kutaisi Branch’s Program Director, Mr. Shota Murgulia, Kutaisi city Mayor, and Mr. David Megrelishvili, Head of the Division “Foreign Relations and International Projects” of Kutaisi.

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Mrs. Tvaltvadze presented a report on the situation of the LDA Georgia and its activities in the last year and a half (July 2014 – November 2015), and in particular the six projects implemented by the LDA Georgia: “Kutaisi: IT WORKS”, “Protected voice guarantee of effective self-governance”, “IMERY – Joint Initiative of Municipalities of Imereti Regions”, “Mobilized Civil Society for Local Democracy”, “The way forward for reforms in the housing sector: empowering grass-root homeowners associations in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine” and “Vision of New Generation”. A video displaying the great achievements of the projects was shown, pointing out the considerable engagement of citizens in the society and the effort of LDA Georgia in involving the members of the community in public life.

The LDA Georgia delegation also took part in some relevant international events such as the Club de Strasbourg Meeting this week and the World Forum on Local Economic Development in Torino (October 2015). Furthermore, a visit to the LDA Armenia was conducted, fostering the cooperation between the two countries (September 2014).

Finally, the LDA Georgia sent some of its representatives to Italy to get involved into the project “EYES – European Youth Environment Sentinels” and “All ways we…”. EYES was implemented by ALDA in Vicenza and it aimed to put the civic participation of young Europeans at the service of health and environment. The second project, “All ways we…” was a youth exchange project which aimed at reducing and helping to eradicate discrimination, encourage discussion and improve practical skills.

Thus, 2015 really represented a “re-launch” year for the LDA Georgia and essential results were achieved thanks to the projects aforementioned.

The meeting also represented an occasion for sharing ideas and discussing proposals for 2016 with Anne-Laure Joedicke, Project Manager MENA Region of ALDA,  and the delegations from the cities of Strasbourg and Tbilisi. The former was formed by Mr. Clément Dolisi, European Affairs Of-ficer, Mr. Julien Chiappone-Lucchesi, Director of European and International Relations; and the second by Mrs. Lika Davitadze, Head of International Department of the city of Tbilisi, and Mrs. Lali Ounaphkochvili, Service international.


LDA Dnipropetrovsk partner meeting in Wrocław

On 18 November in Wrocław, Poland, the second meeting of partners of LDA Dnipropetrovsk took place.

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The LDA Delegate, Ms Anzhelika Pylypenko, and her deputy, Mr Kirill Batalov, met with the representatives of the Marshall’s office of Lower Silesia, Ms Celestyna Owsianko-Górczyńska, the head of the international cooperation department, and her colleagues, Ms Anna Panenka and Ms Aleksandra Mirowska-Piałucha, as well as Mr Waldemar Weihs from the Merkury Foundation and the Lower Silesia Federation of NGOs and our colleague, Ela Horoszko, Project Manager and Eastern Partnership Coordinator. The Ukrainian partners joined via a Skype connection.

Anzhelika update the partners on the activities of the LDA over the past few months including a number of speaking events in Ukrainian media to promote effective local self-governance and citizen participation. She also spoke about the plans for the near future such as developing a number of projects to support IDPs in the region.

The Lower Silesia Federation of NGOs has also officially joined the LDA partnership.

On 19 – 21 November Anzhelika and Kirill together with Waldemar are travelling to Hanover, the capital of Lower Saxony, to meet with the local Association of Parity Organisations to discuss cooperation opportunities.

On 18 November in Wrocław, Poland, the second meeting of partners of LDA Dnipropetrovsk took place.

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The LDA Delegate, Ms Anzhelika Pylypenko, and her deputy, Mr Kirill Batalov, met with the representatives of the Marshall’s office of Lower Silesia, Ms Celestyna Owsianko-Górczyńska, the head of the international cooperation department, and her colleagues, Ms Anna Panenka and Ms Aleksandra Mirowska-Piałucha, as well as Mr Waldemar Weihs from the Merkury Foundation and the Lower Silesia Federation of NGOs and our colleague, Ela Horoszko, Project Manager and Eastern Partnership Coordinator. The Ukrainian partners joined via a Skype connection.

Anzhelika update the partners on the activities of the LDA over the past few months including a number of speaking events in Ukrainian media to promote effective local self-governance and citizen participation. She also spoke about the plans for the near future such as developing a number of projects to support IDPs in the region.

The Lower Silesia Federation of NGOs has also officially joined the LDA partnership.

On 19 – 21 November Anzhelika and Kirill together with Waldemar are travelling to Hanover, the capital of Lower Saxony, to meet with the local Association of Parity Organisations to discuss cooperation opportunities.


7th EaP CSF Annual Assembly in Kyiv: ALDA attends the event

On 20-21 November 2015, the Annual Assembly of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum takes place in Kyiv. Antonella Valmorbida, SG of ALDA partecipates to the event.

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The Annual Assembly is a key annual event of the EaP CSF that brings together the representatives of civil society organisations from the six EaP partner countries and the EU, government representatives, European institutions and donor agencies to discuss the priorities of civil society and its contribution to the reform process within the EaP.

This year out of 425 applicants for the Annual Assembly, 236 organisations have been selected to take part in the Forum either in the capacity of a participant or observer in line with the eligibility guidelines (drawing on shortlists by the country coordinators in conjunction with the National Platforms, the Working Group coordinators, and the European Union delegations in the six Eastern Partnership countries).

Five Working Groups gathers to discuss about their main subjecs of interest:

  • Democracy, human rights, good governance and stability
  • Economic integration, convergence with EU policies
  • Environment, climate change and energy security
  • Contacts between people
  • Social and labour policies and social dialogue

Antonella Valmorbida, SG of ALDA, is attending the event, and will moderate the workshop on “Civil Service reform in the context of Association Agreements implementation in Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine”.

On 20-21 November 2015, the Annual Assembly of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum takes place in Kyiv. Antonella Valmorbida, SG of ALDA partecipates to the event.

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The Annual Assembly is a key annual event of the EaP CSF that brings together the representatives of civil society organisations from the six EaP partner countries and the EU, government representatives, European institutions and donor agencies to discuss the priorities of civil society and its contribution to the reform process within the EaP.

This year out of 425 applicants for the Annual Assembly, 236 organisations have been selected to take part in the Forum either in the capacity of a participant or observer in line with the eligibility guidelines (drawing on shortlists by the country coordinators in conjunction with the National Platforms, the Working Group coordinators, and the European Union delegations in the six Eastern Partnership countries).

Five Working Groups gathers to discuss about their main subjecs of interest:

  • Democracy, human rights, good governance and stability
  • Economic integration, convergence with EU policies
  • Environment, climate change and energy security
  • Contacts between people
  • Social and labour policies and social dialogue

Antonella Valmorbida, SG of ALDA, is attending the event, and will moderate the workshop on “Civil Service reform in the context of Association Agreements implementation in Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine”.


Showcasing the project RE.CRI.RE to the European Commission and the Executive Agency REA

On 19th November 2015, the RE.CRI.RE project was showcased to the European Commission and its executive agency REA by a small team representing the whole consortium.

The team composed by Ms Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General of ALDA, Prof Sergio Salvatore, University of Salento, Prof Alessandro Distante, President of ISBEM, Aldo Xhani, Coordinator of the Citizenship programme at ALDA and Ms Viviana Fini, researcher at ISBEM, brought its methodological analysis into the panel addressing the topic “Political challenges in Europe” aimed at understanding what the research in social sciences and humanities tell us about changing Europe. The project will represent a milestone within ALDA’s citizenship programme in the upcoming three years. ALDA, in cooperation with its strategic partner ISBEM, is the coordinator of a network of 14 universities coming from 12 different countries across Europe.

Promoting good governance and citizen participation calls for a deeper reflection on the symbolic universes grounding social identity in order to analyse whether a major change occurred in European societies as a consequence of the socio-economic crisis. Reflecting upon the categories citizens adopt in representing the outside world is key to develop effective policies at all levels of governance.

The project brings therefore together academics and practitioners in accordance with the new approach of the Horizon 2020 programme focused on applied research. Besides the coordination of the partnership, ALDA will strongly contribute to the initiative by providing a network of more than 180 members as communities where to develop case studies and test the outcomes of the research.


Présentation du projet RE.CRI.RE devant la Commission européenne et l’Agence exécutive REA

Le 19 novembre 2015, le projet RE.CRI.RE a été présenté à la Commission européenne et à son Agence exécutive REA – l’Agence exécutive pour la recherche, par une petite équipe représentant tout le consortium.

L’équipe composée par Mme Antonella Valmorbida, Secrétaire Générale de l’ALDA, le Professeur Sergio Salvatore, de l’Université de Salento, le Professeur Alessandro Distante, Président de l’ISBEM, M. Aldo Xhani, Coordinateur du programme Citoyenneté à l’ALDA et Mme Viviana Fini, chercheuse à l’ISBEM, a apporté son analyse méthodologique à la Commission en traitant du sujet « Défis politiques en Europe » visant à comprendre ce que la recherche en sciences sociales et humaines nous apprend sur comment changer l’Europe.

Le projet représentera un tournant au sein du programme Citoyenneté de l’ALDA dans les trois prochaines années. L’ALDA, en coopération avec son partenaire stratégique ISBEM, est le coordinateur d’un réseau de 14 Universités venant de 12 pays différents à travers l’Europe.

Promouvoir la bonne gouvernance et la participation des citoyens appelle à une réflexion plus poussée sur les univers symboliques formant l’identité sociale, afin d’analyser si un changement majeur a lieu dans les sociétés européennes à la suite de la crise socio-économique. Réfléchir sur les catégories que les citoyens adoptent pour se représenter le monde extérieur est une clef pour le développement de politiques efficaces à tous les niveaux de la gouvernance.

Le projet rassemble des chercheurs et des praticiens en accord avec la nouvelle approche du programme Horizon 2020 centré sur la recherche appliquée. En dehors de la coordination du partenariat, l’ALDA va fortement contribuer à l’initiative en apportant un réseau de plus de 180 membres, qui composera une communauté au sein de laquelle il s’agira de développer des études de cas et de tester les résultats des recherches.


Presentazione del progetto RE.CRI.RE alla Commissione Europea e all’Agenzia esecutiva per la ricerca (AER)

Il 19 novembre scorso, il progetto RE.CRI.RE è stato presentato alla Commissione Europea e all’Agenzia esecutiva per la ricerca (AER) da un piccolo gruppo di rappresentanti del consorzio.

Il team, composto da Antonella Valmorbida, Segretario Generale di ALDA, Sergio Salvatore, Professore all’Università del Salento, Alessandro Distante, Presidente di ISBEM, Aldo Xhani, Coordinatore del Programma di Cittadinanza attiva di ALDA, e da Viviana Fini, Ricercatrice di ISBEM, ha presentato l’analisi metodologica del progetto nella sessione dedicata al tema “Sfide politiche in Europa” con lo scopo di comprendere cosa emerge dalle ricerche in materia di scienze sociali e umanistiche sul cambiamento in atto in Europa.

Il progetto rappresenterà un traguardo significativo nell’ambito del programma di cittadinanza attiva di ALDA per i prossimi tre anni. ALDA, infatti, in collaborazione con il suo partner strategico ISBEM, è coordinatore di una rete di 14 università provenienti da 12 paesi europei. La promozione della buona governance e della partecipazione dei cittadini richiede una riflessione più profonda sugli universi simbolici che stanno alla base dell’identità sociale, con lo scopo di analizzare se la profonda trasformazione subita dalle società europee sia una conseguenza della crisi socio-economica. La riflessione sulle categorie che i cittadini adottano per rappresentare il mondo esterno è essenziale per lo sviluppo di politiche efficaci a tutti i livelli della governance.

Il progetto riunisce accademici e professionisti, in linea con il nuovo approccio del programma Horizon 2020, che si focalizza sulla ricerca applicata. Oltre al ruolo di coordinatore nel consorzio, ALDA contribuirà all’iniziativa mettendo a disposizione la sua rete, che comprende più di 180 soci, come comunità dove sviluppare casi studio e dove testare i risultati della ricerca.


Демонстрация проекта RE.CRI.RE (Между репрезентацией кризиса и кризисом репрезентации) Европейской Комиссии и Исполнительному Агентству  Исследований

19 ноября 2015 года проект был представлен ЕК и Агентству исследований Антонеллой Вальморбида (Генеральный  ALDA), Серджио Сальваторе (Профессор университета Саленто), Алессандро Дистанте ( Президента  ISBEM), Альдо Джани (Координатор программ по гражданству в  ALDA) и Вивианой Фини (Исследователь в ISBEM). Данная презентация в рамках панели адресующей вопросы политических вызовов с которыми сталкивается Европа, представила методологический анализ направленный на понимание того, что исследования в области социальных и гуманитарных наук могут сказать нам об изменениях в Европе.

Проект представит собой  важную веху в работе Ассоциации на будущие три года.  ALDA в стратегическом партнерстве с  ISBEM, является координатором сети состоящей из 14 университетов из 12 стран Европы. Продвижение надлежащего управления и гражданского участия призывает к более глубоким размышлениям в отношении «символической вселенной» лежащей в основе социальной идентичности для более подробного анализа изменений в Европейском обществе как результата социально-экономического кризиса. Понимание того как граждане воспринимают окружающий мир является ключом к развитию эффективных политик на всех уровнях управления.

Проект объединяет в работе представителей академической среды и практиков в соответствии с новым подходом программы  Horizon 2020 концентрирующейся на прикладных исследованиях. Помимо координации партнеров проекта,  ALDA внесет свой вклад посредством предоставления сети из более чем 180 членов для проведения исследований и тестирования результатов проекта.


Predstavljanje projekta RE.CRI.RE Evropskoj komisiji i Izvršnoj agenciji  REA

Dana 19. novembra 2015. godine, RE.CRI.RE projekat je prikazan Evropskoj komisiji i njenoj izvršnoj agenciji REA od strane malog tima koji je predstavljao ceo konzorcijum.

Tim je su sačinjavali Antonella Valmorbida, generalni sekretar ALDA, prof Sergio Salvatore, Univerzitet u Salentu, prof Alessandro Distante, predsednik ISBEM, Aldo Xhani, koordinator ALDA programa građanstva i Viviana Fini, istraživač ISBEM, i doveli su svoje metodološke analize u panel obraćanju na temu “politički izazovi u Evropi” koji ima za cilj razumevanje šta nam istraživanja u društvenim i humanističkim naukama mogu reći o promenama u Evropi.

Projekat će predstavljati prekretnicu u okviru ALDA programa državljanstva u naredne tri godine. ALDA je, u saradnji sa svojim strateškim partnerom ISBEM koordinator mreže od 14 univerziteta iz 12 zemalja širom Evrope. Promovisanje dobre uprave i učešća građana učešće poziva na dublje razmišljanje o simboličkom univerzumu koji utemeljuje društveni identitet kako bi mogli da analiziraju da li se dogodila velika promena u evropskim društvima kao posledica društveno – ekonomske krize. Razmatranje o ovim kategorijama koje građani usvajaju u zastupanju spoljnog sveta je ključno da bi se razvile efikasne politike na svim nivoima vlasti.

Projekat objedinjuje akademike i praktičare u skladu sa novim pristupom Horizon 2020 programa fokusiranom na primenjenim istraživanjima. Pored koordinacije partnerstva ALDA će snažno doprineti inicijativi obezbeđujući mrežu sa više od 180 članova, kao zajednica u kojoj se razvijaju studije slučaja i testiraju rezultati istraživanja.

On 19th November 2015, the RE.CRI.RE project was showcased to the European Commission and its executive agency REA by a small team representing the whole consortium.

The team composed by Ms Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General of ALDA, Prof Sergio Salvatore, University of Salento, Prof Alessandro Distante, President of ISBEM, Aldo Xhani, Coordinator of the Citizenship programme at ALDA and Ms Viviana Fini, researcher at ISBEM, brought its methodological analysis into the panel addressing the topic “Political challenges in Europe” aimed at understanding what the research in social sciences and humanities tell us about changing Europe. The project will represent a milestone within ALDA’s citizenship programme in the upcoming three years. ALDA, in cooperation with its strategic partner ISBEM, is the coordinator of a network of 14 universities coming from 12 different countries across Europe.

Promoting good governance and citizen participation calls for a deeper reflection on the symbolic universes grounding social identity in order to analyse whether a major change occurred in European societies as a consequence of the socio-economic crisis. Reflecting upon the categories citizens adopt in representing the outside world is key to develop effective policies at all levels of governance.

The project brings therefore together academics and practitioners in accordance with the new approach of the Horizon 2020 programme focused on applied research. Besides the coordination of the partnership, ALDA will strongly contribute to the initiative by providing a network of more than 180 members as communities where to develop case studies and test the outcomes of the research.


Présentation du projet RE.CRI.RE devant la Commission européenne et l’Agence exécutive REA

Le 19 novembre 2015, le projet RE.CRI.RE a été présenté à la Commission européenne et à son Agence exécutive REA – l’Agence exécutive pour la recherche, par une petite équipe représentant tout le consortium.

L’équipe composée par Mme Antonella Valmorbida, Secrétaire Générale de l’ALDA, le Professeur Sergio Salvatore, de l’Université de Salento, le Professeur Alessandro Distante, Président de l’ISBEM, M. Aldo Xhani, Coordinateur du programme Citoyenneté à l’ALDA et Mme Viviana Fini, chercheuse à l’ISBEM, a apporté son analyse méthodologique à la Commission en traitant du sujet « Défis politiques en Europe » visant à comprendre ce que la recherche en sciences sociales et humaines nous apprend sur comment changer l’Europe.

Le projet représentera un tournant au sein du programme Citoyenneté de l’ALDA dans les trois prochaines années. L’ALDA, en coopération avec son partenaire stratégique ISBEM, est le coordinateur d’un réseau de 14 Universités venant de 12 pays différents à travers l’Europe.

Promouvoir la bonne gouvernance et la participation des citoyens appelle à une réflexion plus poussée sur les univers symboliques formant l’identité sociale, afin d’analyser si un changement majeur a lieu dans les sociétés européennes à la suite de la crise socio-économique. Réfléchir sur les catégories que les citoyens adoptent pour se représenter le monde extérieur est une clef pour le développement de politiques efficaces à tous les niveaux de la gouvernance.

Le projet rassemble des chercheurs et des praticiens en accord avec la nouvelle approche du programme Horizon 2020 centré sur la recherche appliquée. En dehors de la coordination du partenariat, l’ALDA va fortement contribuer à l’initiative en apportant un réseau de plus de 180 membres, qui composera une communauté au sein de laquelle il s’agira de développer des études de cas et de tester les résultats des recherches.


Presentazione del progetto RE.CRI.RE alla Commissione Europea e all’Agenzia esecutiva per la ricerca (AER)

Il 19 novembre scorso, il progetto RE.CRI.RE è stato presentato alla Commissione Europea e all’Agenzia esecutiva per la ricerca (AER) da un piccolo gruppo di rappresentanti del consorzio.

Il team, composto da Antonella Valmorbida, Segretario Generale di ALDA, Sergio Salvatore, Professore all’Università del Salento, Alessandro Distante, Presidente di ISBEM, Aldo Xhani, Coordinatore del Programma di Cittadinanza attiva di ALDA, e da Viviana Fini, Ricercatrice di ISBEM, ha presentato l’analisi metodologica del progetto nella sessione dedicata al tema “Sfide politiche in Europa” con lo scopo di comprendere cosa emerge dalle ricerche in materia di scienze sociali e umanistiche sul cambiamento in atto in Europa.

Il progetto rappresenterà un traguardo significativo nell’ambito del programma di cittadinanza attiva di ALDA per i prossimi tre anni. ALDA, infatti, in collaborazione con il suo partner strategico ISBEM, è coordinatore di una rete di 14 università provenienti da 12 paesi europei. La promozione della buona governance e della partecipazione dei cittadini richiede una riflessione più profonda sugli universi simbolici che stanno alla base dell’identità sociale, con lo scopo di analizzare se la profonda trasformazione subita dalle società europee sia una conseguenza della crisi socio-economica. La riflessione sulle categorie che i cittadini adottano per rappresentare il mondo esterno è essenziale per lo sviluppo di politiche efficaci a tutti i livelli della governance.

Il progetto riunisce accademici e professionisti, in linea con il nuovo approccio del programma Horizon 2020, che si focalizza sulla ricerca applicata. Oltre al ruolo di coordinatore nel consorzio, ALDA contribuirà all’iniziativa mettendo a disposizione la sua rete, che comprende più di 180 soci, come comunità dove sviluppare casi studio e dove testare i risultati della ricerca.


Демонстрация проекта RE.CRI.RE (Между репрезентацией кризиса и кризисом репрезентации) Европейской Комиссии и Исполнительному Агентству  Исследований

19 ноября 2015 года проект был представлен ЕК и Агентству исследований Антонеллой Вальморбида (Генеральный  ALDA), Серджио Сальваторе (Профессор университета Саленто), Алессандро Дистанте ( Президента  ISBEM), Альдо Джани (Координатор программ по гражданству в  ALDA) и Вивианой Фини (Исследователь в ISBEM). Данная презентация в рамках панели адресующей вопросы политических вызовов с которыми сталкивается Европа, представила методологический анализ направленный на понимание того, что исследования в области социальных и гуманитарных наук могут сказать нам об изменениях в Европе.

Проект представит собой  важную веху в работе Ассоциации на будущие три года.  ALDA в стратегическом партнерстве с  ISBEM, является координатором сети состоящей из 14 университетов из 12 стран Европы. Продвижение надлежащего управления и гражданского участия призывает к более глубоким размышлениям в отношении «символической вселенной» лежащей в основе социальной идентичности для более подробного анализа изменений в Европейском обществе как результата социально-экономического кризиса. Понимание того как граждане воспринимают окружающий мир является ключом к развитию эффективных политик на всех уровнях управления.

Проект объединяет в работе представителей академической среды и практиков в соответствии с новым подходом программы  Horizon 2020 концентрирующейся на прикладных исследованиях. Помимо координации партнеров проекта,  ALDA внесет свой вклад посредством предоставления сети из более чем 180 членов для проведения исследований и тестирования результатов проекта.


Predstavljanje projekta RE.CRI.RE Evropskoj komisiji i Izvršnoj agenciji  REA

Dana 19. novembra 2015. godine, RE.CRI.RE projekat je prikazan Evropskoj komisiji i njenoj izvršnoj agenciji REA od strane malog tima koji je predstavljao ceo konzorcijum.

Tim je su sačinjavali Antonella Valmorbida, generalni sekretar ALDA, prof Sergio Salvatore, Univerzitet u Salentu, prof Alessandro Distante, predsednik ISBEM, Aldo Xhani, koordinator ALDA programa građanstva i Viviana Fini, istraživač ISBEM, i doveli su svoje metodološke analize u panel obraćanju na temu “politički izazovi u Evropi” koji ima za cilj razumevanje šta nam istraživanja u društvenim i humanističkim naukama mogu reći o promenama u Evropi.

Projekat će predstavljati prekretnicu u okviru ALDA programa državljanstva u naredne tri godine. ALDA je, u saradnji sa svojim strateškim partnerom ISBEM koordinator mreže od 14 univerziteta iz 12 zemalja širom Evrope. Promovisanje dobre uprave i učešća građana učešće poziva na dublje razmišljanje o simboličkom univerzumu koji utemeljuje društveni identitet kako bi mogli da analiziraju da li se dogodila velika promena u evropskim društvima kao posledica društveno – ekonomske krize. Razmatranje o ovim kategorijama koje građani usvajaju u zastupanju spoljnog sveta je ključno da bi se razvile efikasne politike na svim nivoima vlasti.

Projekat objedinjuje akademike i praktičare u skladu sa novim pristupom Horizon 2020 programa fokusiranom na primenjenim istraživanjima. Pored koordinacije partnerstva ALDA će snažno doprineti inicijativi obezbeđujući mrežu sa više od 180 članova, kao zajednica u kojoj se razvijaju studije slučaja i testiraju rezultati istraživanja.


ALDA at the discussion on the path to COP21 at the EESC

On 19th November, some representatives of ALDA attended the conference “Civil Society, cities and regions preparing for COP21 and beyond” held by the EESC in Brussels.

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The meeting aimed to mobilize and align the actions of sub-national actors within the framework of the COP21 upcoming meeting in Paris. The event was an occasion to summarize and debate the state of play of negotiations and the position of the main international stakeholders who are against the topic.

ALDA – the European Association for Local Democracy – put particular emphasis on the engagement of citizens as relevant actors to promote sustainable development at the local level. We are convinced that local authorities, in cooperation with civil society organisations and citizens, have a fundamental role in implementing environmental policies in their communities. A more holistic and multilevel approach is key to involve all actors in this fundamental challenge for our future as humanity. ALDA’s project WE-NET will be a concrete tool to promote environmental friendly cities and citizens in 8 different countries across Europe.

On 19th November, some representatives of ALDA attended the conference “Civil Society, cities and regions preparing for COP21 and beyond” held by the EESC in Brussels.

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The meeting aimed to mobilize and align the actions of sub-national actors within the framework of the COP21 upcoming meeting in Paris. The event was an occasion to summarize and debate the state of play of negotiations and the position of the main international stakeholders who are against the topic.

ALDA – the European Association for Local Democracy – put particular emphasis on the engagement of citizens as relevant actors to promote sustainable development at the local level. We are convinced that local authorities, in cooperation with civil society organisations and citizens, have a fundamental role in implementing environmental policies in their communities. A more holistic and multilevel approach is key to involve all actors in this fundamental challenge for our future as humanity. ALDA’s project WE-NET will be a concrete tool to promote environmental friendly cities and citizens in 8 different countries across Europe.


WE-NET project: first international event in Thiene on 13-15 November

The first international event of WE-NET: Working for Environmentally Educated Towns took place in Thiene (Vicenza), Italy, on 13-15 November and gathered all the partners of the project.

The project, funded by Europe for Citizens Programme and led by the Municipality of Thiene, aims to promote recycling and selective waste sorting within an urban environment by establishing a network of municipalities and civil society associations from across Europe, which will exchange experience and best practices on the topic. The project is also expected to involve actively citizens, in particular youngsters and disadvantaged groups, in order to raise public awareness on and educate people to recycling issues and sustainable development.

The opening conference session The added value of the multistakeholder approach to reaching the objectives of the Environment Action Programme to 2020 was introduced by Andrea Zorzan, Councillor for Environment of Thiene Municipality, and Mr. Alessandro Perelli, Vice-President of ALDA. A round table focusing on What role for local authorities and civil society associations to promoting sustainable development? Examples of good practices throughout Europe was also held. Among the speakers: Mr. Fabrizio SPADA, Head of the Regional Representation of the European Commission in Milan; Ms.Sirpa PIETIKÄINEN, MEP, Member of ENVI Commission; Mr Marco DUS, Member of the Committee of the Regions; Ms. Françoise BONNET, Secretary General, Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling and sustainable resource management; Mr.Rui FRANCO, Deputy City Councillor – Portfolios of Housing and Local Development, Câmara Municipal de Lisboa, Portugal; Mr. Dragan MILUTINOVIC, Director of Municipal Development Agency, Municipality of Knjazevac, Serbia; Mr. Oriol BARADAD, Political expert at Waste Consorcium, Spain; Mr. Hubert PODGÓRNY, Expert on environmental protection, Liga Ochrony Przyrody Zarzad Okregu Podkarpackiego, Poland; Ms. Tamara RIJAVEC, Expert on implementing ethical/sustainable practices in inclusive spatial design, Drustvo za razvijanje prostovoljnega dela Novo mesto and Est=etika, Slovenia; and Mr. Andrea ZORZAN, Councillor for Environment, City of Thiene.

The afternoon was dedicated to the “World Café” activity, during which the partners of the 12 delegations could get to know each other and discussed about the strategies for sustainability at the local level. The meeting of Executive Committee concluded the first day of work.

During the morning of 14th November, the participants organized and attended parallel thematic workshops focusing on educating citizens to sustainable development, on the management of stakeholders, and on the use of compost and IT tools for selective waste sorting and recycling in order to showcase and exchange best practices implemented locally. In the afternoon, the group had the chance to visit the incinerator in Schio, near Thiene.

 

Projet WE-NET: premier évènement international – Thiene,  13-15 Novembre

Le premier évènement international de WE-NET: Working for Environmentally Educated Towns s’est déroulé  à Thiene (Vicenza)  du 13 au 15 Novembre et a permis de réunir les partenaires du projet.

Le projet, financé par le programme Europe pour les Citoyens et en ayant comme leader la Commune de Thiene, vise  à promouvoir le recyclage et la récolte  différenciée des ordures dans les secteurs urbains à travers la création d’un réseau de communes et organisations de la société civile provenant de toute l’Europe, engagé dans l’échange d’expériences et  de bonnes pratiques sur le thème. Le projet prévoit en plus l’implication active des citoyens, surtout des jeunes et des groupes désavantagés, dans le but de sensibiliser l’opinion publique et d’éduquer la citoyenneté au recyclage et au développement durable.

La conférence d’ouverture  La valeur ajoutée de l’approche multistakeholder pour la réalisation des objectifs du programme communautaire d’actions en matière d’environnement pour l’année 2020,a été  introduite par Andrea Zorzan, Assesseur à l’Environnement de la Commune de Thiene, et par Alessandro Perelli, Vice-président d’ALDA. En plus, il y a eu une table ronde avec le focus sur Quel rôle pour les organismes locaux et les organisations de la société civile dans la promotion du développement durable? Examples de bonnes pratiques dans toute l’Europe. Parmi les relateurs: Fabrizio Spada, Chef de la Représentation régionale de la Commission Européenne à Milan (contribution par lettre); Sirpa Pietikäinen, Parlementaire Européen et membre de la Commission ENVI (contribution par vidéo); Marco Dus, Membre du Comité des Régions; Françoise Bonnet, Secrétaire Générale, Associations des Villes et des Régions pour le recyclage et la gestion des ressources durables;  Rui Franco, Vice-Assesseur avec procuration  au secteur maison  et au développement local, Chambre Municipale de Lisbonne, Portugal; Dragan Milutinovic, Directeur de l’Agence du Développement Municipal, Commune de Knjazevac, Serbie;  Oriol Baradad, expert politique auprès de Waste Consorcium, Espagne; Hubert Podgórny, expert de protection de l’environnement, Liga Ochrony Przyrody Zarzad Okregu Podkarpackiego, Pologne; Tamara Rijavec, experte d’implémentation des pratiques étiques et durables dans la conception d’espaces inclusifs, Drustvo za razvijanje prostovoljnega dela Novo mesto and Est=etika, Slovénie; Andrea Zorzan, Assesseur à l’environnement de la Commune de Thiene.

L’après-midi a été dédié à l’activité du “World Café”, pendant lequel les partenaires des 12 délégations ont pu se rencontrer, se connaitre et discuter des stratégies pour la durabilité au niveau local. La réunion du Comité exécutif a conclu la première journée de travail.

Pendant la matinée du 14 novembre les participants ont organisé et pris part aux workshops thématiques parallèles centrés sur l’éducation des citoyens au développement durable, sur la gestion des stakeholder, sur l’utilisation du compost et des instruments informatiques pour la récolte différenciée et le recyclage des déchets, avec l’objectifs de présenter et d’échanger de bonnes pratiques implémentées localement. Dans l’après-midi, le groupe a visité l’installation de l’incinérateur de Schio, à côté de Thiene.

 

Progetto WE-NET: primo evento internazionale – Thiene,  13-15 Novembre

Il primo evento internazionale di  WE-NET: Working for Environmentally Educated Towns, si è svolto a Thiene (Vicenza) tra il 13 e il 15 Novembre, ed ha rappresentato l’occasione per riunire i partner del progetto.

Il progetto, finanziato dal programma Europa per i Cittadini e con leader il Comune di Thiene, mira  a promuovere il riciclo e raccolta differenziata dei rifiuti negli ambienti urbani attraverso la creazione di una rete di comuni e organizzazioni della società civile provenienti da tutta Europa, impegnati nello scambio di esperienze e buone pratiche sul tema. Il progetto prevede inoltre il coinvolgimento attivo dei cittadini, soprattutto di giovani e gruppi svantaggiati, con lo scopo di sensibilizzare l’opinione pubblica ed educare la cittadinanza al riciclo e allo sviluppo sostenibile.

La conferenza d’apertura Il valore aggiunto dell’approccio multistakeholder per il raggiungimento degli obiettivi del programma comunitario di azione in materia di ambiente per il 2020,è stata introdotta da Andrea Zorzan, Assessore all’Ambiente del Comune di Thiene, e da Alessandro Perelli, Vicepresidente di ALDA. Si è tenuta inoltre una tavola rotonda con focus su Quale ruolo per gli enti locali e le organizzazioni della società civile nella promozione dello sviluppo sostenibile? Esempi di buone pratiche in tutta Europa. Tra i relatori: Fabrizio Spada, Capo della Rappresentanza regionale della Commissione Europea a Milano (contributo via lettera); Sirpa Pietikäinen, Parlamentare Europeo e membro della Commissione ENVI (contributo via video); Marco Dus, Membro del Comitato delle Regioni; Françoise Bonnet, Segretario Generale, Associazione delle Città e delle Regioni per il riciclo e la gestione delle risorse sostenibili;  Rui Franco, Vice-Assessore con delega alla casa e allo sviluppo locale, Camera Municipale di Lisbona, Portogallo; Dragan Milutinovic, Direttore dell’Agenzia di Sviluppo Municipale, Comune di Knjazevac, Serbia;  Oriol Baradad, esperto politico presso Waste Consorcium, Spagna; Hubert Podgórny, esperto di protezione ambientale, Liga Ochrony Przyrody Zarzad Okregu Podkarpackiego, Polonia; Tamara Rijavec, Esperta di implementazione di pratiche etiche e sostenibili nella progettazione di spazi inclusi, Drustvo za razvijanje prostovoljnega dela Novo mesto and Est=etika, Slovenia; Andrea Zorzan, Assessore all’ambiente del Comune di Thiene.

Il pomeriggio è stato dedicato all’attività del “World Café”, durante il quale i partner delle 12 delegazioni hanno potuto conoscersi e discutere delle strategie per la sostenibilità a livello locale. La riunione del Comitato esecutivo ha concluso il primo giorno di lavoro.

Durante la mattinata del 14 novembre i partecipanti hanno organizzato e preso parte a workshop tematici paralleli incentrati sull’educazione dei cittadini allo sviluppo sostenibile, sulla gestione degli stakeholder, sull’uso del compost e degli strumenti informatici per la raccolta differenziata e il riciclo dei rifiuti, con l’obiettivo di presentare e scambiare buone pratiche implementate localmente. Nel pomeriggio, il gruppo ha visitato l’impianto di incenerimento di Schio, vicino a Thiene.

 

Проект WE-NET: первое международное мероприятие – Тьене, 13-15 ноября

Первое международное мероприятие  WE-NET: Working for Environmentally Educated Towns, прошло в Тьене (Виченца) с 13 по 15 ноября и стало поводом, чтобы собрать партнеров проекта.

Проект, финансируемый программой Европа для граждан, лидером которой является Муниципалитет Тьене, стремится продвигать переработку и дифференцированный сбор мусора в городской среде посредством создания сети муниципалитетов и организаций гражданского общества из всей Европы, готовых к обмену опытом и рекомендуемыми практиками по этой теме.

Кроме того, проект предусматривает активное вовлечение граждан, прежде всего молодежи и социально незащищённых групп, с целью сенсибилизации общественного мнения и воспитания граждан по вопросам переработки отходов и устойчивого развития.

Вступительную конференцию Дополнительное значение подхода multistakeholder для достижения целей общеевропейской программы действий в области окружающей среды на 2020, открыл Андреа Дзорцан, советник по вопросам окружающей среды  муниципалитета Тьене, и Алессандро Перелли, вице-президент ALDA. Кроме того, прошёл круглый стол с центром внимания на том Какова роль местных организаций и организаций гражданского общества в продвижении устойчивого развития? Примеры рекомендуемых практик во всей Европе. Среди докладчиков: Фабрицио Спада, глава регионального представительства Европейской Комиссии в Милане (письменное заявление); Сирпа Пьетикайнен, член Европейского парламента и член комиссии ENVI (письменное заявление); Марко Дус, член Комитета Регионов; Франсуа Боне, генеральный секретарь Ассоциации городов и регионов по переработке и управлению ресурсами; Руй Франко, заместитель советника городского управления по вопросам местного развития, Муниципальная палата Лиссабона, Португалия; Драган Милутинович, руководитель Агентства муниципального развития Княжевац, Сербия; Орел Барадад, политический эксперт при Waste Consorcium, Испания; Хуберт Подгорны, эксперт по защите окружающей среды, Liga Ochrony Przyrody Zarzad Okregu Podkarpackiego, Польша; Тамара Риявец, эксперт по циркулярной экономике,Drustvo za razvijanje prostovoljnega dela Novo mesto and Est=etika, Словения; Андреа Дзордзан, советник по вопросам окружающей среды муниципалитета Тьене.

Вторая половина дня была посвящена деятельности World Café”, в ходе которой партнеры 12 делегаций смогли познакомиться и обсудить стратегии устойчивого развития на местном уровне. Собрание исполнительного комитета подвело итоги первого дня работы.

В течение утра 14 ноября участники организовали и приняли участие в тематических параллельных рабочих группах, сконцентрированных на воспитании граждан к устойчивому развитию, на организации участников, на использовании компоста и информированию о дифференцированном сборе и повторном использовании отходов для презентации и обмена рекомендуемыми практиками, внедренными на местах. Во второй половине дня группа посетила установку по сжиганию отходов в Скио, вблизи от Тьене.

 

WE – NET projekata: prvi međunarodni događaj u Thiene od 13.-15. novembra

Prvi međunarodni događaj WE-NET: Ka ekološki osveštenim gradovima, održan je u opštini Thiene (Vicenza ), Italija, od 13-15 novembra, koji je okupio sve partnere projekta.

Projekat, finansiran od strane programa Evropa za građane, koji je vodi opština Thiene, ima za cilj da promoviše recikliranje i selektivno razvrstavanje otpada u urbanim sredinama uspostavljanjem mreže opština i organizacija civilnog društva iz cele Evrope, koji će razmenjivati iskustva i najbolje prakse o ovim temama.  Takođe se očekuje da projekat aktivno uključi građane, posebno mlade i osetljive grupe, kako bi se podigla svest i informisanot  javnosti o pitanjima recikliranja i održivog razvoja.

Otvarajuću sesiju konferencije pod nazivom – Dodata vrednost multipartnerskog pristupa za postizanje ciljeva iz Akcionog programa zaštite životne sredine do 2020. godine, predstavili su Andrea Zorzan, savetnik za životnu sredinu opštine Thiene, i Alessandro Perelli, potpredsednik ALDA.Takođe je održan okrugli sto sa fokusom na temu: Koja je uloga lokalnih vlasti i organizacija civilnog društva u promovisanju održivog razvoja? Primeri dobre prakse širom Evrope. Među govornicima su bili: Fabrizio Spada, šef regionalnog predstavništva Evropske komisije u Milanu; Sirpa Pietikainen, član Evropskog parlamenta, član Komisije ENVI; Marco Dus, član Komiteta regiona; Francoise Bonnet, generalni sekretar, Asocijacija gradova i regiona za reciklažu i održivo upravljanje resursima; Rui Franco, zamenik člana gradskog veća – Stambeni i lokalni razvoj, Camara Municipal de Lisboa, Portugal; Dragan Milutinović, direktor opštinske Agencije za razvoj, Opština Knjaževac, Srbija; Oriol Baradad, politički stručnjak Konzorcijuma Otpad, Španija; Hubert Podgoriny, ekspert za zaštitu životne sredine, Liga Ochrony Przyrody Zarzad Okregu Podkarpackiego, Poljska; Tamara Rijavec, ekspert za sprovođenje etičnkih/održivih pristupa u inkluzivnom prostornom dizajnu, Drustvo za razvijanje prostovoljnega dela Novo mesto and Est=etika, Slovenija;  Andrea Zorzan, savetnik za životnu sredinu, Grad Thiene.

Popodne je bilo posvećeno aktivnosti “World Café “, tokom koje su partneri 12 delegacija mogli da se međusobno bolje upoznaju i razgovaraju o strategijama održivog razvoja na lokalnom nivou. Sastanak Izvršnog odbora zaključio je prvi dan seminara.

Tokom prepodneva 14. novembra, učesnici su organizovali i učestvovali u paralelnim tematskim radionicama sa fokusom na edukaciju građana o održivom razvoju, o upravljanju zainteresovanim stranama, kao i korišćenju komposta i IT alate za selektivno sortiranje i reciklažu otpada u cilju prikaza i razmene najboljih praksi realizovanih na lokalnom nivou. U popodnevnim satima, grupa je imala priliku da poseti spalionice otpada u Schio, u blizini Thiene.

The first international event of WE-NET: Working for Environmentally Educated Towns took place in Thiene (Vicenza), Italy, on 13-15 November and gathered all the partners of the project.

The project, funded by Europe for Citizens Programme and led by the Municipality of Thiene, aims to promote recycling and selective waste sorting within an urban environment by establishing a network of municipalities and civil society associations from across Europe, which will exchange experience and best practices on the topic. The project is also expected to involve actively citizens, in particular youngsters and disadvantaged groups, in order to raise public awareness on and educate people to recycling issues and sustainable development.

The opening conference session The added value of the multistakeholder approach to reaching the objectives of the Environment Action Programme to 2020 was introduced by Andrea Zorzan, Councillor for Environment of Thiene Municipality, and Mr. Alessandro Perelli, Vice-President of ALDA. A round table focusing on What role for local authorities and civil society associations to promoting sustainable development? Examples of good practices throughout Europe was also held. Among the speakers: Mr. Fabrizio SPADA, Head of the Regional Representation of the European Commission in Milan; Ms.Sirpa PIETIKÄINEN, MEP, Member of ENVI Commission; Mr Marco DUS, Member of the Committee of the Regions; Ms. Françoise BONNET, Secretary General, Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling and sustainable resource management; Mr.Rui FRANCO, Deputy City Councillor – Portfolios of Housing and Local Development, Câmara Municipal de Lisboa, Portugal; Mr. Dragan MILUTINOVIC, Director of Municipal Development Agency, Municipality of Knjazevac, Serbia; Mr. Oriol BARADAD, Political expert at Waste Consorcium, Spain; Mr. Hubert PODGÓRNY, Expert on environmental protection, Liga Ochrony Przyrody Zarzad Okregu Podkarpackiego, Poland; Ms. Tamara RIJAVEC, Expert on implementing ethical/sustainable practices in inclusive spatial design, Drustvo za razvijanje prostovoljnega dela Novo mesto and Est=etika, Slovenia; and Mr. Andrea ZORZAN, Councillor for Environment, City of Thiene.

The afternoon was dedicated to the “World Café” activity, during which the partners of the 12 delegations could get to know each other and discussed about the strategies for sustainability at the local level. The meeting of Executive Committee concluded the first day of work.

During the morning of 14th November, the participants organized and attended parallel thematic workshops focusing on educating citizens to sustainable development, on the management of stakeholders, and on the use of compost and IT tools for selective waste sorting and recycling in order to showcase and exchange best practices implemented locally. In the afternoon, the group had the chance to visit the incinerator in Schio, near Thiene.

 

Projet WE-NET: premier évènement international – Thiene,  13-15 Novembre

Le premier évènement international de WE-NET: Working for Environmentally Educated Towns s’est déroulé  à Thiene (Vicenza)  du 13 au 15 Novembre et a permis de réunir les partenaires du projet.

Le projet, financé par le programme Europe pour les Citoyens et en ayant comme leader la Commune de Thiene, vise  à promouvoir le recyclage et la récolte  différenciée des ordures dans les secteurs urbains à travers la création d’un réseau de communes et organisations de la société civile provenant de toute l’Europe, engagé dans l’échange d’expériences et  de bonnes pratiques sur le thème. Le projet prévoit en plus l’implication active des citoyens, surtout des jeunes et des groupes désavantagés, dans le but de sensibiliser l’opinion publique et d’éduquer la citoyenneté au recyclage et au développement durable.

La conférence d’ouverture  La valeur ajoutée de l’approche multistakeholder pour la réalisation des objectifs du programme communautaire d’actions en matière d’environnement pour l’année 2020,a été  introduite par Andrea Zorzan, Assesseur à l’Environnement de la Commune de Thiene, et par Alessandro Perelli, Vice-président d’ALDA. En plus, il y a eu une table ronde avec le focus sur Quel rôle pour les organismes locaux et les organisations de la société civile dans la promotion du développement durable? Examples de bonnes pratiques dans toute l’Europe. Parmi les relateurs: Fabrizio Spada, Chef de la Représentation régionale de la Commission Européenne à Milan (contribution par lettre); Sirpa Pietikäinen, Parlementaire Européen et membre de la Commission ENVI (contribution par vidéo); Marco Dus, Membre du Comité des Régions; Françoise Bonnet, Secrétaire Générale, Associations des Villes et des Régions pour le recyclage et la gestion des ressources durables;  Rui Franco, Vice-Assesseur avec procuration  au secteur maison  et au développement local, Chambre Municipale de Lisbonne, Portugal; Dragan Milutinovic, Directeur de l’Agence du Développement Municipal, Commune de Knjazevac, Serbie;  Oriol Baradad, expert politique auprès de Waste Consorcium, Espagne; Hubert Podgórny, expert de protection de l’environnement, Liga Ochrony Przyrody Zarzad Okregu Podkarpackiego, Pologne; Tamara Rijavec, experte d’implémentation des pratiques étiques et durables dans la conception d’espaces inclusifs, Drustvo za razvijanje prostovoljnega dela Novo mesto and Est=etika, Slovénie; Andrea Zorzan, Assesseur à l’environnement de la Commune de Thiene.

L’après-midi a été dédié à l’activité du “World Café”, pendant lequel les partenaires des 12 délégations ont pu se rencontrer, se connaitre et discuter des stratégies pour la durabilité au niveau local. La réunion du Comité exécutif a conclu la première journée de travail.

Pendant la matinée du 14 novembre les participants ont organisé et pris part aux workshops thématiques parallèles centrés sur l’éducation des citoyens au développement durable, sur la gestion des stakeholder, sur l’utilisation du compost et des instruments informatiques pour la récolte différenciée et le recyclage des déchets, avec l’objectifs de présenter et d’échanger de bonnes pratiques implémentées localement. Dans l’après-midi, le groupe a visité l’installation de l’incinérateur de Schio, à côté de Thiene.

 

Progetto WE-NET: primo evento internazionale – Thiene,  13-15 Novembre

Il primo evento internazionale di  WE-NET: Working for Environmentally Educated Towns, si è svolto a Thiene (Vicenza) tra il 13 e il 15 Novembre, ed ha rappresentato l’occasione per riunire i partner del progetto.

Il progetto, finanziato dal programma Europa per i Cittadini e con leader il Comune di Thiene, mira  a promuovere il riciclo e raccolta differenziata dei rifiuti negli ambienti urbani attraverso la creazione di una rete di comuni e organizzazioni della società civile provenienti da tutta Europa, impegnati nello scambio di esperienze e buone pratiche sul tema. Il progetto prevede inoltre il coinvolgimento attivo dei cittadini, soprattutto di giovani e gruppi svantaggiati, con lo scopo di sensibilizzare l’opinione pubblica ed educare la cittadinanza al riciclo e allo sviluppo sostenibile.

La conferenza d’apertura Il valore aggiunto dell’approccio multistakeholder per il raggiungimento degli obiettivi del programma comunitario di azione in materia di ambiente per il 2020,è stata introdotta da Andrea Zorzan, Assessore all’Ambiente del Comune di Thiene, e da Alessandro Perelli, Vicepresidente di ALDA. Si è tenuta inoltre una tavola rotonda con focus su Quale ruolo per gli enti locali e le organizzazioni della società civile nella promozione dello sviluppo sostenibile? Esempi di buone pratiche in tutta Europa. Tra i relatori: Fabrizio Spada, Capo della Rappresentanza regionale della Commissione Europea a Milano (contributo via lettera); Sirpa Pietikäinen, Parlamentare Europeo e membro della Commissione ENVI (contributo via video); Marco Dus, Membro del Comitato delle Regioni; Françoise Bonnet, Segretario Generale, Associazione delle Città e delle Regioni per il riciclo e la gestione delle risorse sostenibili;  Rui Franco, Vice-Assessore con delega alla casa e allo sviluppo locale, Camera Municipale di Lisbona, Portogallo; Dragan Milutinovic, Direttore dell’Agenzia di Sviluppo Municipale, Comune di Knjazevac, Serbia;  Oriol Baradad, esperto politico presso Waste Consorcium, Spagna; Hubert Podgórny, esperto di protezione ambientale, Liga Ochrony Przyrody Zarzad Okregu Podkarpackiego, Polonia; Tamara Rijavec, Esperta di implementazione di pratiche etiche e sostenibili nella progettazione di spazi inclusi, Drustvo za razvijanje prostovoljnega dela Novo mesto and Est=etika, Slovenia; Andrea Zorzan, Assessore all’ambiente del Comune di Thiene.

Il pomeriggio è stato dedicato all’attività del “World Café”, durante il quale i partner delle 12 delegazioni hanno potuto conoscersi e discutere delle strategie per la sostenibilità a livello locale. La riunione del Comitato esecutivo ha concluso il primo giorno di lavoro.

Durante la mattinata del 14 novembre i partecipanti hanno organizzato e preso parte a workshop tematici paralleli incentrati sull’educazione dei cittadini allo sviluppo sostenibile, sulla gestione degli stakeholder, sull’uso del compost e degli strumenti informatici per la raccolta differenziata e il riciclo dei rifiuti, con l’obiettivo di presentare e scambiare buone pratiche implementate localmente. Nel pomeriggio, il gruppo ha visitato l’impianto di incenerimento di Schio, vicino a Thiene.

 

Проект WE-NET: первое международное мероприятие – Тьене, 13-15 ноября

Первое международное мероприятие  WE-NET: Working for Environmentally Educated Towns, прошло в Тьене (Виченца) с 13 по 15 ноября и стало поводом, чтобы собрать партнеров проекта.

Проект, финансируемый программой Европа для граждан, лидером которой является Муниципалитет Тьене, стремится продвигать переработку и дифференцированный сбор мусора в городской среде посредством создания сети муниципалитетов и организаций гражданского общества из всей Европы, готовых к обмену опытом и рекомендуемыми практиками по этой теме.

Кроме того, проект предусматривает активное вовлечение граждан, прежде всего молодежи и социально незащищённых групп, с целью сенсибилизации общественного мнения и воспитания граждан по вопросам переработки отходов и устойчивого развития.

Вступительную конференцию Дополнительное значение подхода multistakeholder для достижения целей общеевропейской программы действий в области окружающей среды на 2020, открыл Андреа Дзорцан, советник по вопросам окружающей среды  муниципалитета Тьене, и Алессандро Перелли, вице-президент ALDA. Кроме того, прошёл круглый стол с центром внимания на том Какова роль местных организаций и организаций гражданского общества в продвижении устойчивого развития? Примеры рекомендуемых практик во всей Европе. Среди докладчиков: Фабрицио Спада, глава регионального представительства Европейской Комиссии в Милане (письменное заявление); Сирпа Пьетикайнен, член Европейского парламента и член комиссии ENVI (письменное заявление); Марко Дус, член Комитета Регионов; Франсуа Боне, генеральный секретарь Ассоциации городов и регионов по переработке и управлению ресурсами; Руй Франко, заместитель советника городского управления по вопросам местного развития, Муниципальная палата Лиссабона, Португалия; Драган Милутинович, руководитель Агентства муниципального развития Княжевац, Сербия; Орел Барадад, политический эксперт при Waste Consorcium, Испания; Хуберт Подгорны, эксперт по защите окружающей среды, Liga Ochrony Przyrody Zarzad Okregu Podkarpackiego, Польша; Тамара Риявец, эксперт по циркулярной экономике,Drustvo za razvijanje prostovoljnega dela Novo mesto and Est=etika, Словения; Андреа Дзордзан, советник по вопросам окружающей среды муниципалитета Тьене.

Вторая половина дня была посвящена деятельности World Café”, в ходе которой партнеры 12 делегаций смогли познакомиться и обсудить стратегии устойчивого развития на местном уровне. Собрание исполнительного комитета подвело итоги первого дня работы.

В течение утра 14 ноября участники организовали и приняли участие в тематических параллельных рабочих группах, сконцентрированных на воспитании граждан к устойчивому развитию, на организации участников, на использовании компоста и информированию о дифференцированном сборе и повторном использовании отходов для презентации и обмена рекомендуемыми практиками, внедренными на местах. Во второй половине дня группа посетила установку по сжиганию отходов в Скио, вблизи от Тьене.

 

WE – NET projekata: prvi međunarodni događaj u Thiene od 13.-15. novembra

Prvi međunarodni događaj WE-NET: Ka ekološki osveštenim gradovima, održan je u opštini Thiene (Vicenza ), Italija, od 13-15 novembra, koji je okupio sve partnere projekta.

Projekat, finansiran od strane programa Evropa za građane, koji je vodi opština Thiene, ima za cilj da promoviše recikliranje i selektivno razvrstavanje otpada u urbanim sredinama uspostavljanjem mreže opština i organizacija civilnog društva iz cele Evrope, koji će razmenjivati iskustva i najbolje prakse o ovim temama.  Takođe se očekuje da projekat aktivno uključi građane, posebno mlade i osetljive grupe, kako bi se podigla svest i informisanot  javnosti o pitanjima recikliranja i održivog razvoja.

Otvarajuću sesiju konferencije pod nazivom – Dodata vrednost multipartnerskog pristupa za postizanje ciljeva iz Akcionog programa zaštite životne sredine do 2020. godine, predstavili su Andrea Zorzan, savetnik za životnu sredinu opštine Thiene, i Alessandro Perelli, potpredsednik ALDA.Takođe je održan okrugli sto sa fokusom na temu: Koja je uloga lokalnih vlasti i organizacija civilnog društva u promovisanju održivog razvoja? Primeri dobre prakse širom Evrope. Među govornicima su bili: Fabrizio Spada, šef regionalnog predstavništva Evropske komisije u Milanu; Sirpa Pietikainen, član Evropskog parlamenta, član Komisije ENVI; Marco Dus, član Komiteta regiona; Francoise Bonnet, generalni sekretar, Asocijacija gradova i regiona za reciklažu i održivo upravljanje resursima; Rui Franco, zamenik člana gradskog veća – Stambeni i lokalni razvoj, Camara Municipal de Lisboa, Portugal; Dragan Milutinović, direktor opštinske Agencije za razvoj, Opština Knjaževac, Srbija; Oriol Baradad, politički stručnjak Konzorcijuma Otpad, Španija; Hubert Podgoriny, ekspert za zaštitu životne sredine, Liga Ochrony Przyrody Zarzad Okregu Podkarpackiego, Poljska; Tamara Rijavec, ekspert za sprovođenje etičnkih/održivih pristupa u inkluzivnom prostornom dizajnu, Drustvo za razvijanje prostovoljnega dela Novo mesto and Est=etika, Slovenija;  Andrea Zorzan, savetnik za životnu sredinu, Grad Thiene.

Popodne je bilo posvećeno aktivnosti “World Café “, tokom koje su partneri 12 delegacija mogli da se međusobno bolje upoznaju i razgovaraju o strategijama održivog razvoja na lokalnom nivou. Sastanak Izvršnog odbora zaključio je prvi dan seminara.

Tokom prepodneva 14. novembra, učesnici su organizovali i učestvovali u paralelnim tematskim radionicama sa fokusom na edukaciju građana o održivom razvoju, o upravljanju zainteresovanim stranama, kao i korišćenju komposta i IT alate za selektivno sortiranje i reciklažu otpada u cilju prikaza i razmene najboljih praksi realizovanih na lokalnom nivou. U popodnevnim satima, grupa je imala priliku da poseti spalionice otpada u Schio, u blizini Thiene.


Migration and Development – LADDER Special initiative in Malta

From 11th to 13th November 2015, the event “Migration and Development: EYD 2015 – The year for local action for global solutions” was held in Sliema (Malta), in the framework of the LADDER project and in parallel with the Valletta Summit on Migration, organised by SOS Malta & ALDA.

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This conference represented an opportune moment to discuss the global perspectives of migration and the link with development, whilst focusing on actions that can be taken at the local level to address challenges of migration and raise awareness on the global dimension of the topic.

The event was officially opened by Ms. Claudia Taylor-East, CEO of SOS Malta, and by the HE Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta. HE the President stressed the importance of acting on this urgent matter after so much time lost in passivity: “It’s up to governments now to develop new policies, and new strategies have to be put in place. Misinformation and misconception should be avoided, and the approach to migration should be realistic, comprehensive and proactive”, stated HE the President.

Mrs. Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General of ALDA, presented the project LADDER, underlining its dimension, action and goals: “LADDER project is not just a programme for conferences, in fact its action aims at achieving real changes in people attitude”, she said.

Mrs. Lorna Muscat, Programme Development and Funding Manager of SOS Malta, introduced the Special Initiative and the theme of migration and development. It was followed by a recorded video message of Mrs. Roberta Metsola, (MEP), and interventions from : Mr. Bob Van Dillen, Chair of migration and development working group of CONCORD, who brought some updates on EU policy and the response from the Civil Society; Mrs. Khadija Qesmoun, who brought the experience of the Conference of INGOS of the Council of Europe and their  response to the migration issue; Lana Simpraga, Member of the European Civic Forum from Serbia, who talked about the initiative for Development and Cooperation as response of the Civil Society in the framework of migration and refugee crisis in the Balkans; Mr. Paulo Patane, from the Municipality of Catania, Italy, who brought the position and the role of Local Authorities in engaging on migration and development issue, presenting the new initiative of the European Network of Solidarity Cities.

In the afternoon the second plenary session took place, with a particular focus on the link between Migration and Development, with the two presentations by Mr. Bob Van Dillenwho presented the theme of Migration and SDGs, and by Mr. Enver Djuliman, Head of Human Rights Education Department of Norwegian Helsinki Committee.

Furthermore, three parallel oriented workshops took place, focusing on 1/ the European Perspectives on the Crisis, 2/ SDGs and Migration, 3/ Migrants as driver for development, where all participant had the occasion to discuss about the subject in a very practical and participative way.

The second day of the event was characterised by some presentations focusing on the Human Rights Agenda and Migration, with a particular attention to the aspect of gender, changes of migration in Malta, human security and specific rights of children on the move. After that, a round table discussion about Migration in the Maltese context took place, considering approaches and challenges Malta is now facing.

The 2nd day was concluded with the meeting of both the Migration Path & MED Path Working Groups, during which the LADDER partners discussed the steps to be done.

The conference of the third day was hosted by the Birgu Local Council, with the welcoming speech by Mr. Mark Causon, on behalf of the Mayor of Birgu Mr. John Boxall.

Mr. Dobrica Milovanovic, Representative of Kragujevac Municipality, Serbia, Member of the Governing Board of ALDA, and delivered a presentation on the integration of migrants at the local level in Serbia, with a particular focus on the role of LAs in development education.

Furthermore, Mrs. Lorna Muscat, from SOS Malta, delivered a presentation on the intercultural cities approach as a holistic approach to inclusion of migrants at the local level.

From 11th to 13th November 2015, the event “Migration and Development: EYD 2015 – The year for local action for global solutions” was held in Sliema (Malta), in the framework of the LADDER project and in parallel with the Valletta Summit on Migration, organised by SOS Malta & ALDA.

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This conference represented an opportune moment to discuss the global perspectives of migration and the link with development, whilst focusing on actions that can be taken at the local level to address challenges of migration and raise awareness on the global dimension of the topic.

The event was officially opened by Ms. Claudia Taylor-East, CEO of SOS Malta, and by the HE Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta. HE the President stressed the importance of acting on this urgent matter after so much time lost in passivity: “It’s up to governments now to develop new policies, and new strategies have to be put in place. Misinformation and misconception should be avoided, and the approach to migration should be realistic, comprehensive and proactive”, stated HE the President.

Mrs. Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General of ALDA, presented the project LADDER, underlining its dimension, action and goals: “LADDER project is not just a programme for conferences, in fact its action aims at achieving real changes in people attitude”, she said.

Mrs. Lorna Muscat, Programme Development and Funding Manager of SOS Malta, introduced the Special Initiative and the theme of migration and development. It was followed by a recorded video message of Mrs. Roberta Metsola, (MEP), and interventions from : Mr. Bob Van Dillen, Chair of migration and development working group of CONCORD, who brought some updates on EU policy and the response from the Civil Society; Mrs. Khadija Qesmoun, who brought the experience of the Conference of INGOS of the Council of Europe and their  response to the migration issue; Lana Simpraga, Member of the European Civic Forum from Serbia, who talked about the initiative for Development and Cooperation as response of the Civil Society in the framework of migration and refugee crisis in the Balkans; Mr. Paulo Patane, from the Municipality of Catania, Italy, who brought the position and the role of Local Authorities in engaging on migration and development issue, presenting the new initiative of the European Network of Solidarity Cities.

In the afternoon the second plenary session took place, with a particular focus on the link between Migration and Development, with the two presentations by Mr. Bob Van Dillenwho presented the theme of Migration and SDGs, and by Mr. Enver Djuliman, Head of Human Rights Education Department of Norwegian Helsinki Committee.

Furthermore, three parallel oriented workshops took place, focusing on 1/ the European Perspectives on the Crisis, 2/ SDGs and Migration, 3/ Migrants as driver for development, where all participant had the occasion to discuss about the subject in a very practical and participative way.

The second day of the event was characterised by some presentations focusing on the Human Rights Agenda and Migration, with a particular attention to the aspect of gender, changes of migration in Malta, human security and specific rights of children on the move. After that, a round table discussion about Migration in the Maltese context took place, considering approaches and challenges Malta is now facing.

The 2nd day was concluded with the meeting of both the Migration Path & MED Path Working Groups, during which the LADDER partners discussed the steps to be done.

The conference of the third day was hosted by the Birgu Local Council, with the welcoming speech by Mr. Mark Causon, on behalf of the Mayor of Birgu Mr. John Boxall.

Mr. Dobrica Milovanovic, Representative of Kragujevac Municipality, Serbia, Member of the Governing Board of ALDA, and delivered a presentation on the integration of migrants at the local level in Serbia, with a particular focus on the role of LAs in development education.

Furthermore, Mrs. Lorna Muscat, from SOS Malta, delivered a presentation on the intercultural cities approach as a holistic approach to inclusion of migrants at the local level.


A barbarity against European values - Statement about the terroristic attack in Paris on 13th November 2015

In this day of mourning, ALDA – the European Association for Local Democracy, the President, the Governing Board, the Secretary General and all the team are close to all those who lost in those terrible hours, their friends and their families in the deadly bombings in Paris.

These actions are an attack against life and against the European values of peace, freedom and the possibility of living together in diversity. Paris is the heart of the culture and the history of Europe and as such, it is targeted here.

We are all horrified by so much violence and with all our sorrow, we send our condolences to all who live in pain today. Our commitment to peace will be even stronger.

Antonella VALMORBIDA,
Secretary General of ALDA

In this day of mourning, ALDA – the European Association for Local Democracy, the President, the Governing Board, the Secretary General and all the team are close to all those who lost in those terrible hours, their friends and their families in the deadly bombings in Paris.

These actions are an attack against life and against the European values of peace, freedom and the possibility of living together in diversity. Paris is the heart of the culture and the history of Europe and as such, it is targeted here.

We are all horrified by so much violence and with all our sorrow, we send our condolences to all who live in pain today. Our commitment to peace will be even stronger.

Antonella VALMORBIDA,
Secretary General of ALDA