Partners within Youth's Advocate meet for the first time

From 21 – 23rd of February, a meeting of the Youth’s advocate project steering committee was held in Podgorica. The aim of the project is improving the capacity of youth workers in order to create and manage public advocacy and lobbying campaigns in the field of youth policy at local and regional level. The project is funded through the Erasmus + programme.

The idea behind this meeting was to gather partner organizations from the project in order to prepare upcoming project activities, and establish the Project Steering Committee, which will take care of the implementation of project activities, as well as their monitoring and evaluation.
The partnership agreement was signed at this meeting, in which the roles of each partner during the implementation of the project were defined, and also the main topics of the meeting were the creation of communication procedures among partners, as well as the designing activities dedicated to the dissemination of project results.
The leading partner for this project is the Local Democracy Agency Montenegro, while the remaining partners are the Local Democracy Agencies from Prijedor, Zavidovici, Mostar, Subotica, Knjazevac, Peja, Brtonigla, ALDA Skopje, Open Doors from Albania, System & Generation from Turkey and the Association young ecologists from Niksic, as an associate partner.
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From 21 – 23rd of February, a meeting of the Youth’s advocate project steering committee was held in Podgorica. The aim of the project is improving the capacity of youth workers in order to create and manage public advocacy and lobbying campaigns in the field of youth policy at local and regional level. The project is funded through the Erasmus + programme.

The idea behind this meeting was to gather partner organizations from the project in order to prepare upcoming project activities, and establish the Project Steering Committee, which will take care of the implementation of project activities, as well as their monitoring and evaluation.
The partnership agreement was signed at this meeting, in which the roles of each partner during the implementation of the project were defined, and also the main topics of the meeting were the creation of communication procedures among partners, as well as the designing activities dedicated to the dissemination of project results.
The leading partner for this project is the Local Democracy Agency Montenegro, while the remaining partners are the Local Democracy Agencies from Prijedor, Zavidovici, Mostar, Subotica, Knjazevac, Peja, Brtonigla, ALDA Skopje, Open Doors from Albania, System & Generation from Turkey and the Association young ecologists from Niksic, as an associate partner.
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Introducing RECOV - New project targeting public services officially starts

Rethinking Collaborative Values for Public Services – RECOV officially starts today – 1st March 2018 – and it will be implemented in the following two years by a consortium of 10 partners across Europe. The lead partner in the project is Municipality of Centar, Skopje. The overall coordination of the project is implemented by ALDA. The project is financed through the Europe for Citizens program.

The main project aim is to create a network of towns working together on the improvement of local governance through dialogue and participation. The project introduces innovative tools for citizen participation and initiative, thus creating opportunities for learning and sharing new solutions, as well as awareness raising on EU policies.
For that reason, 4 international events and numerous local activities will be implemented, involving the partners from Macedonia, France, Italy, Slovenia, Portugal, Serbia, Albania, Latvia, and Romania.
The first steering committee meeting will be held this month and soon, the preparations for the first International conference in Skopje will begin.
Find out more about the project here.

Rethinking Collaborative Values for Public Services – RECOV officially starts today – 1st March 2018 – and it will be implemented in the following two years by a consortium of 10 partners across Europe. The lead partner in the project is Municipality of Centar, Skopje. The overall coordination of the project is implemented by ALDA. The project is financed through the Europe for Citizens program.

The main project aim is to create a network of towns working together on the improvement of local governance through dialogue and participation. The project introduces innovative tools for citizen participation and initiative, thus creating opportunities for learning and sharing new solutions, as well as awareness raising on EU policies.
For that reason, 4 international events and numerous local activities will be implemented, involving the partners from Macedonia, France, Italy, Slovenia, Portugal, Serbia, Albania, Latvia, and Romania.
The first steering committee meeting will be held this month and soon, the preparations for the first International conference in Skopje will begin.
Find out more about the project here.


Hear the wisdom - ALDA presented during SMUG EU conference in Portugal

On February 28th 2018 ALDA was presented in Torres Novas, Portugal, in the frame of the SMUG EU project (Small Municipalities Against Euroscepticism), co-funded by the Europe for Citizens programme of the European Union, with 15 partner organizations from 9 countries (Portugal, Bulgaria, Croatia, Latvia, Romania, Hungary, Slovenia, Serbia and Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia).
There are 3 partners that are also ALDA members: the Municipality of Novo Mesto, the Association for Developing Voluntary Work Novo Mesto and the Serbian organization DUNAV 1245. ALDA was presented by Carlos Ribeira, ALDA ambassador for Portugal and Mitja Bukovec, ALDA ambassador for Slovenia and Hungary.
In addition to participants and distinguished guests there was also a presentation by Margarida Marques, European Commission official (1994/2005); Head of the European Commission Representation in Portugal (2005/2011); Secretary of State for European Affairs (2015/2017); Member of the National Parliament in the present legislature.
“The central theme of the meeting, European integration at local level, is particularly relevant in providing a model of reflection and definition of perspectives at a much more practical and operational level for all citizens. In fact, a close look on the part of local people about this Europe whose dynamics are not always perceived is very useful and can be the key to an effective fight against Euroscepticism.
Margarida Marques, the keynote speaker for the morning session, a militant, Europeanist, was very clear in noting the recent experience of the Portuguese people in their relationship with the European Union, which had a critical attitude and even some withdrawal during the period of deep austerity in the four years between 2011 and 2015 has returned to an optimistic attitude towards Europe when recently the more social perspectives of the Portuguese government were also supported by the European Commission and gave a new horizon to the collective European sense.
This matter of the proximity look on European issues is also a central question from the perspective of ALDA that should integrate this dimension in its research and work with partners related to good local governance. The Torres Novas event opened a collaborative platform on European issues that should be appreciated, congratulating the organizers and the Torres Novas City Hall in partcular.”
Carlos Ribeira and Mitja Bukovec
Read more about the SMUG EU Project

On February 28th 2018 ALDA was presented in Torres Novas, Portugal, in the frame of the SMUG EU project (Small Municipalities Against Euroscepticism), co-funded by the Europe for Citizens programme of the European Union, with 15 partner organizations from 9 countries (Portugal, Bulgaria, Croatia, Latvia, Romania, Hungary, Slovenia, Serbia and Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia).
There are 3 partners that are also ALDA members: the Municipality of Novo Mesto, the Association for Developing Voluntary Work Novo Mesto and the Serbian organization DUNAV 1245. ALDA was presented by Carlos Ribeira, ALDA ambassador for Portugal and Mitja Bukovec, ALDA ambassador for Slovenia and Hungary.
In addition to participants and distinguished guests there was also a presentation by Margarida Marques, European Commission official (1994/2005); Head of the European Commission Representation in Portugal (2005/2011); Secretary of State for European Affairs (2015/2017); Member of the National Parliament in the present legislature.
“The central theme of the meeting, European integration at local level, is particularly relevant in providing a model of reflection and definition of perspectives at a much more practical and operational level for all citizens. In fact, a close look on the part of local people about this Europe whose dynamics are not always perceived is very useful and can be the key to an effective fight against Euroscepticism.
Margarida Marques, the keynote speaker for the morning session, a militant, Europeanist, was very clear in noting the recent experience of the Portuguese people in their relationship with the European Union, which had a critical attitude and even some withdrawal during the period of deep austerity in the four years between 2011 and 2015 has returned to an optimistic attitude towards Europe when recently the more social perspectives of the Portuguese government were also supported by the European Commission and gave a new horizon to the collective European sense.
This matter of the proximity look on European issues is also a central question from the perspective of ALDA that should integrate this dimension in its research and work with partners related to good local governance. The Torres Novas event opened a collaborative platform on European issues that should be appreciated, congratulating the organizers and the Torres Novas City Hall in partcular.”
Carlos Ribeira and Mitja Bukovec
Read more about the SMUG EU Project


Involving women in outdoor sports through the SW-UP Project

The SW-UP Project, financed by the Directorate General Justice and Consumers of the European Commission, will last 18 months and had its kick off meeting in Guimarães on 26-27 February.

The project partners came together for the first time to get to know each other and discuss the next steps, aimed at transforming their cities into women friendly environments for outdoor activities. The proposed project aims first of all at shading light on why and how to design women friendly urban environments for outdoor sports/physical activity through: the drafting of Guidelines on promoting a women friendly urban environment for outdoor sport/physical activity, including also a Roadmap on women friendly urban environment for outdoor sport/physical activity at local level and of and identification of a set of priorities for improving urban places for outdoor sports/physical activity from a gender equality perspective.

The meeting was an opportunity to fully introduce the project to the partners and discuss in-depth intellectual outputs, foreseen activities and outputs. We discussed extensively a set-up of the survey that will be conducted among the citizens of the partner cities and will tackle the issue of women’s participation in outdoor activities. The survey will be conducted in the coming months and after the survey, the partner cities will conduct a pilot programmes to understand how women use outdoor recreational spaces in their cities. The inputs from these two research activities will allow us to formulate SW-UP Guidelines on the women’ friendly design of outdoor recreational places.

We saw a great commitment and interest in the project among the partners and we would like to thank them all for their involvement and in particular, many thanks to Tempo Livre and the city of Guimarães for their great hospitality. The next SW-UP meeting will take place in June in Milan and will be hosted by “Instituto per la Ricerca Sociale” (IRS).

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Read more about the SW-UP Project

The SW-UP Project, financed by the Directorate General Justice and Consumers of the European Commission, will last 18 months and had its kick off meeting in Guimarães on 26-27 February.

The project partners came together for the first time to get to know each other and discuss the next steps, aimed at transforming their cities into women friendly environments for outdoor activities. The proposed project aims first of all at shading light on why and how to design women friendly urban environments for outdoor sports/physical activity through: the drafting of Guidelines on promoting a women friendly urban environment for outdoor sport/physical activity, including also a Roadmap on women friendly urban environment for outdoor sport/physical activity at local level and of and identification of a set of priorities for improving urban places for outdoor sports/physical activity from a gender equality perspective.

The meeting was an opportunity to fully introduce the project to the partners and discuss in-depth intellectual outputs, foreseen activities and outputs. We discussed extensively a set-up of the survey that will be conducted among the citizens of the partner cities and will tackle the issue of women’s participation in outdoor activities. The survey will be conducted in the coming months and after the survey, the partner cities will conduct a pilot programmes to understand how women use outdoor recreational spaces in their cities. The inputs from these two research activities will allow us to formulate SW-UP Guidelines on the women’ friendly design of outdoor recreational places.

We saw a great commitment and interest in the project among the partners and we would like to thank them all for their involvement and in particular, many thanks to Tempo Livre and the city of Guimarães for their great hospitality. The next SW-UP meeting will take place in June in Milan and will be hosted by “Instituto per la Ricerca Sociale” (IRS).

Useful resources:
Read more about the SW-UP Project