From Heritage to Economy: reinventing the policies of our territories

The association “Sites & Cités remarquables de France” organizes for its second National Congress (28-29 September) the event “From Heritage to Economy: reinventing the policies of our territories”, a two-days debate on the role of heritage in local policies

 

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The Conference will be organized in a series of workshops and plenary sessions, which will touch on topics like the importance of heritage a a way to boost tourism, on the issues of reconciling innovation and architectural quality in old buildings, on how to revive old city centres and much more.

This event will gather French and international elected representatives, professionals, representatives of local authorities, networks and embassies and it is open to all to partecipate. Moreover, for members and partners of Sites & Cités, international partners, partners of the City of Calais, reporters and students there will be no registration fee, and simultaneous translations from French to English will be provided to all English speaking partecipants.

 

Useful Resources:

To registrer and to learn more about the event, click here.

The association “Sites & Cités remarquables de France” organizes for its second National Congress (28-29 September) the event “From Heritage to Economy: reinventing the policies of our territories”, a two-days debate on the role of heritage in local policies

 

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The Conference will be organized in a series of workshops and plenary sessions, which will touch on topics like the importance of heritage a a way to boost tourism, on the issues of reconciling innovation and architectural quality in old buildings, on how to revive old city centres and much more.

This event will gather French and international elected representatives, professionals, representatives of local authorities, networks and embassies and it is open to all to partecipate. Moreover, for members and partners of Sites & Cités, international partners, partners of the City of Calais, reporters and students there will be no registration fee, and simultaneous translations from French to English will be provided to all English speaking partecipants.

 

Useful Resources:

To registrer and to learn more about the event, click here.


Gdańsk meeting - rallying support for LDA Mariupol

On 15-16 September, the city of Gdańsk hosted an international networking event gathering Ukrainian and Polish partners, committed to supporting local democracy development in Eastern Partnership countries.
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Paweł Adamowicz, Mayor of Gdańsk and Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General of ALDA, opened the meeting. Iuliia Stambulzhy and Tetiana Lomakin from the city of Mariupol, which is willing to host the second LDA in Ukraine, have subsequently presented the features and ambitions of their city.


The event represented a unique occasion for stakeholders to discuss the priorities and action plan of the future LDA Mariupol, hand-in-hand with the directors of operational LDAs in the EaP. Furthermore, on 16 September participants have been introduced to the concept of civic panel and other tools used by the city of Gdańsk to stimulate the participation of citizens. A plethora of International guests participated in the Civic Panel debate “Democracy in action”.


“Today is a special day for local democracy in Ukraine, and also in Europe” said Mrs Valmorbida. “Together with European partners and representatives of Mariupol, we are paving the way for the future LDA. Mariupol is considered to be ‘the easternmost city of Europe’ and is strongly rooted to European values of democracy and freedom. We are looking forward to the further steps that will lead us – we hope! – to the opening of the Agency by the end of the year. Our friends from Mariupol deserve our support, and they stand as a living example of how local democracy can change communities and people’s life” she concluded.

The meeting was organized with the financial support of the NED-funded project “Fostering Local Reforms in Ukraine and Moldova”

Useful Resources:
Check out the photogallery of the event!
For further information, please contact Nino Tvaltvadze, ALDA’s Eastern Partnership Coordinator and Project Manager: nino.tvaltvadze@aldaintranet.org

On 15-16 September, the city of Gdańsk hosted an international networking event gathering Ukrainian and Polish partners, committed to supporting local democracy development in Eastern Partnership countries.
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Paweł Adamowicz, Mayor of Gdańsk and Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General of ALDA, opened the meeting. Iuliia Stambulzhy and Tetiana Lomakin from the city of Mariupol, which is willing to host the second LDA in Ukraine, have subsequently presented the features and ambitions of their city.


The event represented a unique occasion for stakeholders to discuss the priorities and action plan of the future LDA Mariupol, hand-in-hand with the directors of operational LDAs in the EaP. Furthermore, on 16 September participants have been introduced to the concept of civic panel and other tools used by the city of Gdańsk to stimulate the participation of citizens. A plethora of International guests participated in the Civic Panel debate “Democracy in action”.


“Today is a special day for local democracy in Ukraine, and also in Europe” said Mrs Valmorbida. “Together with European partners and representatives of Mariupol, we are paving the way for the future LDA. Mariupol is considered to be ‘the easternmost city of Europe’ and is strongly rooted to European values of democracy and freedom. We are looking forward to the further steps that will lead us – we hope! – to the opening of the Agency by the end of the year. Our friends from Mariupol deserve our support, and they stand as a living example of how local democracy can change communities and people’s life” she concluded.

The meeting was organized with the financial support of the NED-funded project “Fostering Local Reforms in Ukraine and Moldova”

Useful Resources:
Check out the photogallery of the event!
For further information, please contact Nino Tvaltvadze, ALDA’s Eastern Partnership Coordinator and Project Manager: nino.tvaltvadze@aldaintranet.org


Participation, consultation et engagement des citoyens : pour que vive la démocratie locale

Dans le cadre du 10 è me anniversaire de la Semaine européenne de la démocratie locale (SEDL), organisée par le Congrès des pouvoirs locaux et régionaux du Conseil de l’Europe, notre partenaire Brulocalis – Association Ville et Communes de Bruxelles – organise, avec ses communes membres, une série d’activités sur le thème “Participation, consultation et engagement des citoyens : pour que vive la démocratie locale“.

L’opération débute officiellement par la Séance d’ouverture qui, pour marquer la date d’anniversaire, aura lieu au Parlement bruxellois, le lundi 9 octobre. Dès 17h, on y présentera les activités des communes avant de laisser place aux tables de dialogue traitant du thème ‘ensemble’ et animées par les coordinateurs SEDL, en collaboration avec Bruxelles en Dialogue, autre opération qui se déploie depuis plusieurs années durant le mois d’octobre.

La séance se terminera par un évènement festif et le drink de clôture vers 22h.


ALDA invite ses membres et ses partenaires à y prendre part et à contribuer à l’activité en partageant leurs expériences sur le thème de la bonne gouvernance et de la participation citoyenne au niveau locale.


Pour plus d’informations sur les activités Brulocalis dans le cadre de la SEDL, veuillez cliquer
ici

Dans le cadre du 10 è me anniversaire de la Semaine européenne de la démocratie locale (SEDL), organisée par le Congrès des pouvoirs locaux et régionaux du Conseil de l’Europe, notre partenaire Brulocalis – Association Ville et Communes de Bruxelles – organise, avec ses communes membres, une série d’activités sur le thème “Participation, consultation et engagement des citoyens : pour que vive la démocratie locale“.

L’opération débute officiellement par la Séance d’ouverture qui, pour marquer la date d’anniversaire, aura lieu au Parlement bruxellois, le lundi 9 octobre. Dès 17h, on y présentera les activités des communes avant de laisser place aux tables de dialogue traitant du thème ‘ensemble’ et animées par les coordinateurs SEDL, en collaboration avec Bruxelles en Dialogue, autre opération qui se déploie depuis plusieurs années durant le mois d’octobre.

La séance se terminera par un évènement festif et le drink de clôture vers 22h.


ALDA invite ses membres et ses partenaires à y prendre part et à contribuer à l’activité en partageant leurs expériences sur le thème de la bonne gouvernance et de la participation citoyenne au niveau locale.


Pour plus d’informations sur les activités Brulocalis dans le cadre de la SEDL, veuillez cliquer
ici


Security and/or democracy - ALDA at WFD 25th annual conference

ALDA Secretary General and President of the European Partnership for Democracy, Antonella Valmorbida joined and contributed to the 25th anniversary conference of Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), held on 12-13 September in London.

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The event was called “Democracy UK: Global Values in an Uncertain World”. In its frame, Mrs Valmorbida facilitated the Security and Stability panel within the Democracy Assistance Marketplace.

“I am really satisfied I attended the 25th anniversary of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, thus developing together strategies for common actions. We are convinced that their work, together with ours, is fundamental. Democracy is an instrument to deliver prosperity, equity, and security. It is made of actions, transparent institutions as well as efficient administration, at the national and local level. Citizens are a key component of the functioning of democratic processes every day, not only during elections. The celebration was a true source of inspiration and energy for all participants, to further strengthen our commitment”, said Mrs Valmorbida.

 

The Westminster Foundation for Democracy was founded in 1992 with the aim of promoting sustainable political change in emerging democracies by not only strengthening their administrative and political institutions, but also by promoting political participation amongst the civil society, by encouraging the protection of free media outlets and by supporting the prerogatives of trade unions all over the world. WFD is a Board member of European Partnership for Democracy.

The annual WFD conference is a focal point for international policy makers. Here, the know-how on how to build strong, democratic cultures is shared by and among politicians and professionals and contemporary challenges to democracy are analyzed in-detail.

Useful resources
Westminster Foundation for Democracy website
European Partnership for Democracy website
Photo credits: Westminster Foundation for Democracy

ALDA Secretary General and President of the European Partnership for Democracy, Antonella Valmorbida joined and contributed to the 25th anniversary conference of Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), held on 12-13 September in London.

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The event was called “Democracy UK: Global Values in an Uncertain World”. In its frame, Mrs Valmorbida facilitated the Security and Stability panel within the Democracy Assistance Marketplace.

“I am really satisfied I attended the 25th anniversary of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, thus developing together strategies for common actions. We are convinced that their work, together with ours, is fundamental. Democracy is an instrument to deliver prosperity, equity, and security. It is made of actions, transparent institutions as well as efficient administration, at the national and local level. Citizens are a key component of the functioning of democratic processes every day, not only during elections. The celebration was a true source of inspiration and energy for all participants, to further strengthen our commitment”, said Mrs Valmorbida.

 

The Westminster Foundation for Democracy was founded in 1992 with the aim of promoting sustainable political change in emerging democracies by not only strengthening their administrative and political institutions, but also by promoting political participation amongst the civil society, by encouraging the protection of free media outlets and by supporting the prerogatives of trade unions all over the world. WFD is a Board member of European Partnership for Democracy.

The annual WFD conference is a focal point for international policy makers. Here, the know-how on how to build strong, democratic cultures is shared by and among politicians and professionals and contemporary challenges to democracy are analyzed in-detail.

Useful resources
Westminster Foundation for Democracy website
European Partnership for Democracy website
Photo credits: Westminster Foundation for Democracy


LDA Dnipropetrovsk and city of Dnipro - joint programme for better local governance

The Local Democracy Agency of Dnipropetrovsk Region and the city of Dnipro are implementing a joint programme coordinating the activities of the different neighbourhoods of the city, and to improve service provision to citizens.

Dnipro, who joined the network of ALDA as a member in 2017, is the third largest city of Ukraine, with one million inhabitants, organised in 8 neighborhoods. The work between these different neighborhoods is facilitated by a programme that the Local Democracy Agency designed and carried out. The local team will contribute to this project in order to improve local governance and provisions of services to the citizens, therefore improving effectiveness and efficiency.
This project represents an added value and a good example for the LDA, since it is supported by the budget of the city and has potentiallity of future cooperation. This project, together with other projects and initiatives aimed at improving the quality of life in the city fo Dnipro and its region, have been discussed during the visit of the Secretary General of ALDA, Antonella Valmorbida. ALDA has been invited to attend the celebrations of Dnipro day on 9 September. The international delegations were hosted by the city of Dnipro and included guests from Kutaisi (Georgia), a city which is also member of ALDA and hosting the LDA Georgia.
“I think that the cooperation between our team of the LDA of Dnipropetrovsk Region and the Delegate, Angelika Pilipenko, is really an added value for such an important city, like Dnipro. Our cooperation creates a number of opportunities for social and economic growth and for supporting the European aspiration of this part of Ukraine, so close to the occupied area in the Donbass”, said Mrs. Valmorbida.
Next week, in Gdańsk, Poland, there will be a coordination meeting for the opening of the future LDA Mariupol, that would become the second Local Democracy Agency in Ukraine.

The Local Democracy Agency of Dnipropetrovsk Region and the city of Dnipro are implementing a joint programme coordinating the activities of the different neighbourhoods of the city, and to improve service provision to citizens.

Dnipro, who joined the network of ALDA as a member in 2017, is the third largest city of Ukraine, with one million inhabitants, organised in 8 neighborhoods. The work between these different neighborhoods is facilitated by a programme that the Local Democracy Agency designed and carried out. The local team will contribute to this project in order to improve local governance and provisions of services to the citizens, therefore improving effectiveness and efficiency.
This project represents an added value and a good example for the LDA, since it is supported by the budget of the city and has potentiallity of future cooperation. This project, together with other projects and initiatives aimed at improving the quality of life in the city fo Dnipro and its region, have been discussed during the visit of the Secretary General of ALDA, Antonella Valmorbida. ALDA has been invited to attend the celebrations of Dnipro day on 9 September. The international delegations were hosted by the city of Dnipro and included guests from Kutaisi (Georgia), a city which is also member of ALDA and hosting the LDA Georgia.
“I think that the cooperation between our team of the LDA of Dnipropetrovsk Region and the Delegate, Angelika Pilipenko, is really an added value for such an important city, like Dnipro. Our cooperation creates a number of opportunities for social and economic growth and for supporting the European aspiration of this part of Ukraine, so close to the occupied area in the Donbass”, said Mrs. Valmorbida.
Next week, in Gdańsk, Poland, there will be a coordination meeting for the opening of the future LDA Mariupol, that would become the second Local Democracy Agency in Ukraine.


Priorities of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU – Have your say!

ALDA launches a consultation about the priorities set by the Estonian presidency of the Council of the European Union. Have your say!

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Due to the rotation system, for the first time, Estonia holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half in 2017. This means that Estonia is responsible for defining the Council’s positions while taking into account the interests of all Member States and remaining neutral at the same time. This is definitely a worthy task for Estonia as it celebrates its anniversary, the centenary of the Republic of Estonia is in 2018.

On this occasion, the Estonian presidency set the following four priorities:

  • An open and innovative European economy
  • A safe and secure Europe
  • A digital Europa and free movement of data
  • An inclusive and sustainable Europe

Now, your opinion matters! Please have your say about the above-listed priorities by filling out the questionnaire – it will only take a few minutes of your time.

We thank you in advance for your participation!

Watch our 
video about the priorities set by the Estonian presidency to know more

The initiative is led by ALDA and supported by the programme Europe for Citizens of the European Union.

Photo credits: www.eu2017.ee

ALDA launches a consultation about the priorities set by the Estonian presidency of the Council of the European Union. Have your say!

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Due to the rotation system, for the first time, Estonia holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half in 2017. This means that Estonia is responsible for defining the Council’s positions while taking into account the interests of all Member States and remaining neutral at the same time. This is definitely a worthy task for Estonia as it celebrates its anniversary, the centenary of the Republic of Estonia is in 2018.

On this occasion, the Estonian presidency set the following four priorities:

  • An open and innovative European economy
  • A safe and secure Europe
  • A digital Europa and free movement of data
  • An inclusive and sustainable Europe

Now, your opinion matters! Please have your say about the above-listed priorities by filling out the questionnaire – it will only take a few minutes of your time.

We thank you in advance for your participation!

Watch our 
video about the priorities set by the Estonian presidency to know more

The initiative is led by ALDA and supported by the programme Europe for Citizens of the European Union.

Photo credits: www.eu2017.ee


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