When theatre meets community... in Brussels!

When theatre meets community! A workshop with migrants and locals in Brussels, hold in November 2019.


Trieste porta la Serbia in Europa: incontro pubblico con il vicepresidente ALDA

Lunedì 2 dicembre, alle ore 18:30, presso la Sala Conferenze della Comunità Serbo Ortodossa di Trieste in via Genova 12 si è tenuto un incontro pubblico sul tema Trieste porta la Serbia in Europa, con la partecipazione del vicepresidente ALDA Alessandro Perelli.

Senza l’ingresso della Serbia e dei Balcani occidentali, l’Europa non può dirsi compiuta“: così ha dichiarato il vicepresidente e membro della Governing Board di ALDA, che ha coordinato l’incontro.

Organizzata dal Gruppo Interparlamentare Italia-Serbia, l’occasione ha visto gli interventi tematici dei seguenti relatori:

  • Zlatimir Selakovic – Vice Presidente della Comunità Serbo Ortodossa di Trieste
  • Onorevole Renzo Tondo
  • Onorevole Guido Guidesi
  • S.E. Goran AleKsic – Ambasciatore della Serbia a Roma
  • Onorevole Paolo Russo

con la presenza del Governatore del Friuli Venezia Giulia, Massimiliano Fedriga, che ha aperto i lavori.

ALDA è da sempre naturalmente vicina al tema: la prima Agenzia per la Democrazia Locale fu aperta proprio in Serbia, a Subotica, nel 1993, con l’obiettivo di incoraggiare lo sviluppo di un governo democratico e della partecipazione cittadina a livello locale, rafforzare lo sviluppo socio-economico, promuovere il volontariato giovanile e sostenere l’integrazione nell’Unione Europea.

Dal 2001 una nuova ADL accompagna quella di Subotica dalle sue sedi nella Serbia centro-meridionale, perseguendo tuttora gli stessi obiettivi.

Questo articolo è stato pubblicato originariamente in data 28 novembre 2019 e aggiornato in data 3 dicembre, successivamente all’evento.

Lunedì 2 dicembre, alle ore 18:30, presso la Sala Conferenze della Comunità Serbo Ortodossa di Trieste in via Genova 12 si è tenuto un incontro pubblico sul tema Trieste porta la Serbia in Europa, con la partecipazione del vicepresidente ALDA Alessandro Perelli.

Senza l’ingresso della Serbia e dei Balcani occidentali, l’Europa non può dirsi compiuta“: così ha dichiarato il vicepresidente e membro della Governing Board di ALDA, che ha coordinato l’incontro.

Organizzata dal Gruppo Interparlamentare Italia-Serbia, l’occasione ha visto gli interventi tematici dei seguenti relatori:

  • Zlatimir Selakovic – Vice Presidente della Comunità Serbo Ortodossa di Trieste
  • Onorevole Renzo Tondo
  • Onorevole Guido Guidesi
  • S.E. Goran AleKsic – Ambasciatore della Serbia a Roma
  • Onorevole Paolo Russo

con la presenza del Governatore del Friuli Venezia Giulia, Massimiliano Fedriga, che ha aperto i lavori.

ALDA è da sempre naturalmente vicina al tema: la prima Agenzia per la Democrazia Locale fu aperta proprio in Serbia, a Subotica, nel 1993, con l’obiettivo di incoraggiare lo sviluppo di un governo democratico e della partecipazione cittadina a livello locale, rafforzare lo sviluppo socio-economico, promuovere il volontariato giovanile e sostenere l’integrazione nell’Unione Europea.

Dal 2001 una nuova ADL accompagna quella di Subotica dalle sue sedi nella Serbia centro-meridionale, perseguendo tuttora gli stessi obiettivi.

Questo articolo è stato pubblicato originariamente in data 28 novembre 2019 e aggiornato in data 3 dicembre, successivamente all’evento.


A new ALDA member on the way: The Municipality of Mariupol!

The Municipality of Mariupol took its first steps with ALDA back in 2017, when a Local Democracy Agency was opened in the city.

Since then, partnerships between the two have continued to develop; and it is with great joy that we announce that, this month, the Secretary of Mariupol City Council Stepan Makhsma, together with other deputies, officially and successfully supported the full ALDA membership of the Municipality. Stepan Makhsma highlighted: “A draft decision On Membership of Mariupol in ALDA was prepared with the aim to fulfill the duties and tasks set out in the Memorandum of Cooperation. The city’s partnership with ALDA will contribute to developing local democracy, attract significant investment and successful cooperation with other countries”.

The Memorandum of Cooperation was signed between the Mariupol City Council and ALDA to create a platform with the objective to engage citizens in the process of administrative reform; facilitate the development of institutions at the local level; exchange practical skills and knowledge; as well as promote intercultural and interethnic dialogue and regional and European cooperation.

The last two projects implemented by the platform, Affordable services for the elderly people and The programme to counter the outflow of young people from the city, aimed to provide social assistance to pensioners and more support to young people.
We are excited to have the Municipality of Mariupol among our members soon and thus strengthen an already existing and fulfilling partnership!


Un nouveau membre est sur le point de rejoindre l’ALDA : la municipalité de Marioupol !

C’est en 2017 que la municipalité de Marioupol a fait ses premiers pas avec l’ALDA, lorsqu’une Agence de Démocratie Locale a été ouverte dans la ville.

Depuis lors, les partenariats entre les deux entités ont continué à se développer et c’est avec une grande joie que nous annonçons que, en ce mois de décembre, le Secrétaire du Conseil Municipal de Marioupol, Stepan Makshma, ainsi qu’avec d’autres adjoints, ont officiellement soutenu, avec succès, l’adhésion complète de la municipalité à l’ALDA. Stepan Makshma a souligné « Un décret préparatoire de L’adhésion de la municipalité de Marioupol à l’ALDA avait été préparée en vue de satisfaire aux devoirs et aux tâches énoncées dans le Mémorandum de Coopération. Le partenariat de la ville avec l’ALDA contribuera à développer la démocratie locale, à attirer de nombreux investissements et à mener des coopérations fructueuses avec d’autres pays ».

Le Mémorandum de Coopération a été signé entre le Conseil Municipal de Marioupol et l’ALDA afin de créer une plateforme dont les objectifs seraient d’engager les citoyens dans le processus des réformes administratives, de faciliter le développement d’institutions au niveau local, d’échanger des compétences pratiques et théoriques ainsi que promouvoir le dialogue interculturelle et interethnique mais aussi la coopération régionale et européenne.

Les deux derniers projets mis en place par la plateforme, Des services accessibles pour les personnes âgées et Le programme pour contrer l’exode des jeunes de la ville avaient pour objectif de fournir une assistance sociale aux pensionnaires et un soutien accru aux jeunes.
Nous sommes enthousiastes à l’idée de compter bientôt la Municipalité de Marioupol parmi nos membres et ainsi renforcer un riche partenariat déjà existant !


Un nuovo membro di ALDA in arrivo: il Comune di Mariupol!

Il Comune di Mariupol fece i suoi primi passi con ALDA nel 2017, quando venne aperta un’Agenzia per la Democrazia Locale in città.
Da allora, le collaborazioni tra i due hanno continuato a svilupparsi; ed è con grande gioia che annunciamo che, questo mese, il Segretario del Consiglio Cittadino di Mariupol, Stepan Makhsma, insieme ad altri deputati, ha ufficialmente sostenuto con successo la piena associazione del Comune ad ALDA. Stepan Makhsma ha sottolineato: “Abbiamo preparato una proposta di decisione sull’associazione di Mariupol ad ALDA con lo scopo di adempiere ai doveri e ai compiti stabiliti nel Memorandum di Cooperazione. La collaborazione della città con ALDA contribuirà a sviluppare la democrazia locale, attrarre investimenti di valore e una cooperazione di successo con altri paesi”.

Il Memorandum di Cooperazione è stato firmato tra il Consiglio Cittadino di Mariupol e ALDA per creare una piattaforma con lo scopo di coinvolgere i cittadini nel processo di riforma amministrativa; facilitare lo sviluppo delle istituzioni a livello locale; scambiare competenze pratiche e conoscenze; e promuovere il dialogo interculturale e interetnico e la cooperazione regionale ed europea.

Gli ultimi due progetti implementati dalla piattaforma, “Servizi convenienti per gli anziani” e “Programma per contrastare la fuga dei giovani dalla città”, miravano a fornire assistenza sociale ai pensionati e maggiore supporto ai giovani.
Siamo entusiasti dell’aggiunta, a breve, del Comune di Mariupol tra i nostri soci così da rafforzare una collaborazione già presente e più che soddisfacente!


Новый член ALDA в пути: Муниципалитет Мариуполя

Муниципалитет Мариуполя сделал первые шаги в ALDA еще в 2017 году, когда в городе было открыто Агентство местной демократии.
С тех пор партнерские отношения между ними продолжали развиваться; и мы с большой радостью объявляем, что в этом месяце секретарь городского совета Мариуполя Степан Махсма вместе с другими депутатами официально и успешно поддержал полноправное членство муниципалитета. Степан Махсма подчеркнул: «Проект решения о членстве Мариуполя в АЛДА был подготовлен с целью выполнения обязанностей и задач, изложенных в Меморандуме о сотрудничестве. Партнерство города с ALDA будет способствовать развитию местной демократии, привлечению значительных инвестиций и успешному сотрудничеству с другими странами».

Между Мариупольским городским советом и ALDA был подписан Меморандум о сотрудничестве с целью создания платформы для вовлечения граждан в процесс административной реформы; способствовать развитию институтов на местном уровне; обмениваться практическими навыками и знаниями; а также содействовать межкультурному и межэтническому диалогу и региональному и европейскому сотрудничеству.

Последние два проекта, реализуемые платформой «Доступные услуги для пожилых людей» и «Программа по противодействию оттоку молодежи из города», направлены на оказание социальной помощи пенсионерам и оказание большей поддержки молодежи.
Мы рады, что муниципалитет Мариуполя скоро будет в числе наших членов и таким образом укрепится уже существующее и успешное партнерство!


ALDA uskoro dobija novog člana: Opština Marijupolj!

Opština Marijupolj je preduzela prve korake sa ALDA-om još 2017. godine, kada je u ovom gradu otvorena Agencija lokalne demokratije.

Od tada, partnerstva su nastavila da se razvijaju; i sa velikom radošću objavlјujemo da je ovog meseca sekretar gradskog veća Marijupolja Stepan Makhsma, zajedno sa ostalim zamenicima, zvanično i uspešno podržao punopravno članstvo opštine u ALDA-i. Stepan Makhsma je naglasio: „Nacrt odluke o članstvu u Marijupolja u ALDA-i pripremlјen je sa cilјem ispunjavanja dužnosti i zadataka utvrđenih u Memorandumu o saradnji. Partnerstvo grada sa ALDA-om doprineće razvoju lokalne demokratije, privući će značajna ulaganja i uspešnu saradnju sa drugim zemlјama“.

Memorandum o saradnji potpisan je između Gradskog veća Marijupolja i ALDA-e radi stvaranja platforme sa cilјem da se građani uklјuče u proces administrativne reforme; olakšanja razvoja institucija na lokalnom nivou; razmenjivanja praktičnih veština i znanja; kao i promovisanja interkulturalnog i interetničkog dijaloga i regionalne i evropske saradnje.

Poslednja dva projekta koja je sprovela platforma, Pristupačne usluge za starije osobe Program za suzbijanje odliva mladih iz grada, imaju za cilј pružanje socijalne pomoći penzionerima i više podrške mladim lјudima.
Drago nam je što će Opština Marijupolj uskoro biti među našim članovima i na taj način ojačati već postojeće partnerstvo!

عضو جديد في طريقه إلى الالتحاق بألدا: بلدية ماريوبول!

تعود  الخطوات الأولى,  التي قطعتها بلدية ماريوبول رفقة مؤسسة ألدا, إلى سنة 2017, حيث تم فتح وكالة ديمقراطية محلية في المدينة آنذاك.

منذ ذلك التاريخ, ما انفكت منظومة التعاون بين الطرفين تتدعم وتتطور. ونود استغلال هذه الفرصة, التي تتاح لنا هذا الشهر, للإعلان عن سعادتنا الكبرى بأن أمين بلدية مياريوبول ستيفان ماكشما وكافة مساعديه, أعربوا رسميا عن دعمهم التام لكي تصبح بلدية ماريوبول عضوة صلب مؤسسة ألدا. وفي سياق متصل, أكد  ستيفان ماكشما: “انه تم إعداد مسودة قرار تتعلق بعضوية ماريوبول في ألدا, وذلك بهدف الاستجابة لكافة الواجبات المهام المدونة في مذكرة التفاهم. وستساهم عضوية المدينة صلب مؤسسة ألدا في تعزيز منظومة الديمقراطية المحلية واستقطاب مزيد من فرص الاستثمارو تحقيق التعاون الناجح بين مختلف البلدان“.

تم الإمضاء على مذكرة التفاهم بين مجلس بلدية مدينة ماريوبول ومؤسسة ألدا بهدف إرساء منصة تهدف إلى إشراك المواطنين في كافة مسارات الاصلاح الإداري وتسهيل عملية تطوير المؤسسات على المستوى المحلي وتبادل المهارات والمعرفة التطبيقية, إضافة إلى تعزيز الحوار بين الثقافات والحضارات وكذلك دفع منظومة التعاون الاقليمي والأوروبي.

كما أن البرنامجين الأخيرين اللذان تم تنفيذهما بواسطة المنصة, خدمات في المتناول لفائدة الأشخاص المسنين برنامج للتصدي لتدفق الشباب خارج المدينة, يهدفان إلى توفير العناية الاجتماعية للمسنين وتقديم مزيد من الدعم لفائدة الشباب.

نحن تتطلع بكل شوق لكي تلتحق بلدية ماريوبول بصف أعضائنا في أقرب الأوقات وبالتالي, المساهمة في تعزيز واكتمال شراكة قائمة وفاعلة.

The Municipality of Mariupol took its first steps with ALDA back in 2017, when a Local Democracy Agency was opened in the city.

Since then, partnerships between the two have continued to develop; and it is with great joy that we announce that, this month, the Secretary of Mariupol City Council Stepan Makhsma, together with other deputies, officially and successfully supported the full ALDA membership of the Municipality. Stepan Makhsma highlighted: “A draft decision On Membership of Mariupol in ALDA was prepared with the aim to fulfill the duties and tasks set out in the Memorandum of Cooperation. The city’s partnership with ALDA will contribute to developing local democracy, attract significant investment and successful cooperation with other countries”.

The Memorandum of Cooperation was signed between the Mariupol City Council and ALDA to create a platform with the objective to engage citizens in the process of administrative reform; facilitate the development of institutions at the local level; exchange practical skills and knowledge; as well as promote intercultural and interethnic dialogue and regional and European cooperation.

The last two projects implemented by the platform, Affordable services for the elderly people and The programme to counter the outflow of young people from the city, aimed to provide social assistance to pensioners and more support to young people.
We are excited to have the Municipality of Mariupol among our members soon and thus strengthen an already existing and fulfilling partnership!


Un nouveau membre est sur le point de rejoindre l’ALDA : la municipalité de Marioupol !

C’est en 2017 que la municipalité de Marioupol a fait ses premiers pas avec l’ALDA, lorsqu’une Agence de Démocratie Locale a été ouverte dans la ville.

Depuis lors, les partenariats entre les deux entités ont continué à se développer et c’est avec une grande joie que nous annonçons que, en ce mois de décembre, le Secrétaire du Conseil Municipal de Marioupol, Stepan Makshma, ainsi qu’avec d’autres adjoints, ont officiellement soutenu, avec succès, l’adhésion complète de la municipalité à l’ALDA. Stepan Makshma a souligné « Un décret préparatoire de L’adhésion de la municipalité de Marioupol à l’ALDA avait été préparée en vue de satisfaire aux devoirs et aux tâches énoncées dans le Mémorandum de Coopération. Le partenariat de la ville avec l’ALDA contribuera à développer la démocratie locale, à attirer de nombreux investissements et à mener des coopérations fructueuses avec d’autres pays ».

Le Mémorandum de Coopération a été signé entre le Conseil Municipal de Marioupol et l’ALDA afin de créer une plateforme dont les objectifs seraient d’engager les citoyens dans le processus des réformes administratives, de faciliter le développement d’institutions au niveau local, d’échanger des compétences pratiques et théoriques ainsi que promouvoir le dialogue interculturelle et interethnique mais aussi la coopération régionale et européenne.

Les deux derniers projets mis en place par la plateforme, Des services accessibles pour les personnes âgées et Le programme pour contrer l’exode des jeunes de la ville avaient pour objectif de fournir une assistance sociale aux pensionnaires et un soutien accru aux jeunes.
Nous sommes enthousiastes à l’idée de compter bientôt la Municipalité de Marioupol parmi nos membres et ainsi renforcer un riche partenariat déjà existant !


Un nuovo membro di ALDA in arrivo: il Comune di Mariupol!

Il Comune di Mariupol fece i suoi primi passi con ALDA nel 2017, quando venne aperta un’Agenzia per la Democrazia Locale in città.
Da allora, le collaborazioni tra i due hanno continuato a svilupparsi; ed è con grande gioia che annunciamo che, questo mese, il Segretario del Consiglio Cittadino di Mariupol, Stepan Makhsma, insieme ad altri deputati, ha ufficialmente sostenuto con successo la piena associazione del Comune ad ALDA. Stepan Makhsma ha sottolineato: “Abbiamo preparato una proposta di decisione sull’associazione di Mariupol ad ALDA con lo scopo di adempiere ai doveri e ai compiti stabiliti nel Memorandum di Cooperazione. La collaborazione della città con ALDA contribuirà a sviluppare la democrazia locale, attrarre investimenti di valore e una cooperazione di successo con altri paesi”.

Il Memorandum di Cooperazione è stato firmato tra il Consiglio Cittadino di Mariupol e ALDA per creare una piattaforma con lo scopo di coinvolgere i cittadini nel processo di riforma amministrativa; facilitare lo sviluppo delle istituzioni a livello locale; scambiare competenze pratiche e conoscenze; e promuovere il dialogo interculturale e interetnico e la cooperazione regionale ed europea.

Gli ultimi due progetti implementati dalla piattaforma, “Servizi convenienti per gli anziani” e “Programma per contrastare la fuga dei giovani dalla città”, miravano a fornire assistenza sociale ai pensionati e maggiore supporto ai giovani.
Siamo entusiasti dell’aggiunta, a breve, del Comune di Mariupol tra i nostri soci così da rafforzare una collaborazione già presente e più che soddisfacente!


Новый член ALDA в пути: Муниципалитет Мариуполя

Муниципалитет Мариуполя сделал первые шаги в ALDA еще в 2017 году, когда в городе было открыто Агентство местной демократии.
С тех пор партнерские отношения между ними продолжали развиваться; и мы с большой радостью объявляем, что в этом месяце секретарь городского совета Мариуполя Степан Махсма вместе с другими депутатами официально и успешно поддержал полноправное членство муниципалитета. Степан Махсма подчеркнул: «Проект решения о членстве Мариуполя в АЛДА был подготовлен с целью выполнения обязанностей и задач, изложенных в Меморандуме о сотрудничестве. Партнерство города с ALDA будет способствовать развитию местной демократии, привлечению значительных инвестиций и успешному сотрудничеству с другими странами».

Между Мариупольским городским советом и ALDA был подписан Меморандум о сотрудничестве с целью создания платформы для вовлечения граждан в процесс административной реформы; способствовать развитию институтов на местном уровне; обмениваться практическими навыками и знаниями; а также содействовать межкультурному и межэтническому диалогу и региональному и европейскому сотрудничеству.

Последние два проекта, реализуемые платформой «Доступные услуги для пожилых людей» и «Программа по противодействию оттоку молодежи из города», направлены на оказание социальной помощи пенсионерам и оказание большей поддержки молодежи.
Мы рады, что муниципалитет Мариуполя скоро будет в числе наших членов и таким образом укрепится уже существующее и успешное партнерство!


ALDA uskoro dobija novog člana: Opština Marijupolj!

Opština Marijupolj je preduzela prve korake sa ALDA-om još 2017. godine, kada je u ovom gradu otvorena Agencija lokalne demokratije.

Od tada, partnerstva su nastavila da se razvijaju; i sa velikom radošću objavlјujemo da je ovog meseca sekretar gradskog veća Marijupolja Stepan Makhsma, zajedno sa ostalim zamenicima, zvanično i uspešno podržao punopravno članstvo opštine u ALDA-i. Stepan Makhsma je naglasio: „Nacrt odluke o članstvu u Marijupolja u ALDA-i pripremlјen je sa cilјem ispunjavanja dužnosti i zadataka utvrđenih u Memorandumu o saradnji. Partnerstvo grada sa ALDA-om doprineće razvoju lokalne demokratije, privući će značajna ulaganja i uspešnu saradnju sa drugim zemlјama“.

Memorandum o saradnji potpisan je između Gradskog veća Marijupolja i ALDA-e radi stvaranja platforme sa cilјem da se građani uklјuče u proces administrativne reforme; olakšanja razvoja institucija na lokalnom nivou; razmenjivanja praktičnih veština i znanja; kao i promovisanja interkulturalnog i interetničkog dijaloga i regionalne i evropske saradnje.

Poslednja dva projekta koja je sprovela platforma, Pristupačne usluge za starije osobe Program za suzbijanje odliva mladih iz grada, imaju za cilј pružanje socijalne pomoći penzionerima i više podrške mladim lјudima.
Drago nam je što će Opština Marijupolj uskoro biti među našim članovima i na taj način ojačati već postojeće partnerstvo!

عضو جديد في طريقه إلى الالتحاق بألدا: بلدية ماريوبول!

تعود  الخطوات الأولى,  التي قطعتها بلدية ماريوبول رفقة مؤسسة ألدا, إلى سنة 2017, حيث تم فتح وكالة ديمقراطية محلية في المدينة آنذاك.

منذ ذلك التاريخ, ما انفكت منظومة التعاون بين الطرفين تتدعم وتتطور. ونود استغلال هذه الفرصة, التي تتاح لنا هذا الشهر, للإعلان عن سعادتنا الكبرى بأن أمين بلدية مياريوبول ستيفان ماكشما وكافة مساعديه, أعربوا رسميا عن دعمهم التام لكي تصبح بلدية ماريوبول عضوة صلب مؤسسة ألدا. وفي سياق متصل, أكد  ستيفان ماكشما: “انه تم إعداد مسودة قرار تتعلق بعضوية ماريوبول في ألدا, وذلك بهدف الاستجابة لكافة الواجبات المهام المدونة في مذكرة التفاهم. وستساهم عضوية المدينة صلب مؤسسة ألدا في تعزيز منظومة الديمقراطية المحلية واستقطاب مزيد من فرص الاستثمارو تحقيق التعاون الناجح بين مختلف البلدان“.

تم الإمضاء على مذكرة التفاهم بين مجلس بلدية مدينة ماريوبول ومؤسسة ألدا بهدف إرساء منصة تهدف إلى إشراك المواطنين في كافة مسارات الاصلاح الإداري وتسهيل عملية تطوير المؤسسات على المستوى المحلي وتبادل المهارات والمعرفة التطبيقية, إضافة إلى تعزيز الحوار بين الثقافات والحضارات وكذلك دفع منظومة التعاون الاقليمي والأوروبي.

كما أن البرنامجين الأخيرين اللذان تم تنفيذهما بواسطة المنصة, خدمات في المتناول لفائدة الأشخاص المسنين برنامج للتصدي لتدفق الشباب خارج المدينة, يهدفان إلى توفير العناية الاجتماعية للمسنين وتقديم مزيد من الدعم لفائدة الشباب.

نحن تتطلع بكل شوق لكي تلتحق بلدية ماريوبول بصف أعضائنا في أقرب الأوقات وبالتالي, المساهمة في تعزيز واكتمال شراكة قائمة وفاعلة.


Know your rights, live your city, with APProach!

From November 20th to November 22nd the APProach project’s partners were in Greece, in the beautiful city of Nea Smyrni, for a coordination meeting.

During the last few months, all municipalities involved in the project worked with their staff and with the communities of EU Mobile Citizens to identify their needs and then test the Digital Ecosystem – the major and innovative output of the APProach project; and now here we are.

During this last meeting, the network of partners focused on the final adjustments and updates of the platform, which will not only make the access to one’s rights as EU citizen easier and clearer, but also aims to build a resilient and participatory community!
Right to vote, school enrollment, civic engagement and administrative issues will no longer represent challenges or obstacles in one’s freedom of mobility, and on top of that the APProach Digital Ecosystems will give to citizens the tools and means to be actively involved in the social life of their hosting cities.

Paris, Milan, Nea Smyrni, Vejle, Etterbeek, Lisbon and ALDA are now in the final rush, with the first launching event of the Digital Ecosystem taking place in Paris on December 13th, and in all other cities in January and February: stay tuned!

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From November 20th to November 22nd the APProach project’s partners were in Greece, in the beautiful city of Nea Smyrni, for a coordination meeting.

During the last few months, all municipalities involved in the project worked with their staff and with the communities of EU Mobile Citizens to identify their needs and then test the Digital Ecosystem – the major and innovative output of the APProach project; and now here we are.

During this last meeting, the network of partners focused on the final adjustments and updates of the platform, which will not only make the access to one’s rights as EU citizen easier and clearer, but also aims to build a resilient and participatory community!
Right to vote, school enrollment, civic engagement and administrative issues will no longer represent challenges or obstacles in one’s freedom of mobility, and on top of that the APProach Digital Ecosystems will give to citizens the tools and means to be actively involved in the social life of their hosting cities.

Paris, Milan, Nea Smyrni, Vejle, Etterbeek, Lisbon and ALDA are now in the final rush, with the first launching event of the Digital Ecosystem taking place in Paris on December 13th, and in all other cities in January and February: stay tuned!

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Social inclusion through arts on the Slovenian coast

On November 22nd, 2019 DRPDNM organized a local activity on the Slovenian coast within the IMPACT project. The beneficiaries of the workshop were children with fewer opportunities, most of whom (not all) had a foreign background.

The objective of the workshop was to improve social inclusion by using art and different methodologies of social rapprochement and confidence building. To encourage creative expression, the trainers used the power of music, creative props and gymnastic dance ribbons that led to a lovely performance act.

The main goal was to create a simple composite art performance. With a four-hour workshop, the participants got to know one another, built reciprocal trust and opened up enough to collaborate. In this way the first, basic step was taken, followed by building further confidence and creativity.

To evaluate the activity, the method of pop-up slips was used where the participants glued the slips on the board under the words: great, medium and bad.

The main goal of “IMPACT – Inclusion Matters! using Performing Arts towards Cohesion and Tolerance” is fostering social inclusion by developing art strategies, techniques and methodologies which target refugees and citizens at local level.

The IMPACT project is implemented by VIFIN – Videnscenter for Integration in cooperation with ALDA, La Piccionaia – Centre for theatre productionLDA MontenegroLDA MostarCoalition of youth organizations SEGA, Association for Developing Voluntary Work Novo Mesto (DRPDNM) and Urban Development Center, and it is supported by the Erasmus + program of the European Union.

On November 22nd, 2019 DRPDNM organized a local activity on the Slovenian coast within the IMPACT project. The beneficiaries of the workshop were children with fewer opportunities, most of whom (not all) had a foreign background.

The objective of the workshop was to improve social inclusion by using art and different methodologies of social rapprochement and confidence building. To encourage creative expression, the trainers used the power of music, creative props and gymnastic dance ribbons that led to a lovely performance act.

The main goal was to create a simple composite art performance. With a four-hour workshop, the participants got to know one another, built reciprocal trust and opened up enough to collaborate. In this way the first, basic step was taken, followed by building further confidence and creativity.

To evaluate the activity, the method of pop-up slips was used where the participants glued the slips on the board under the words: great, medium and bad.

The main goal of “IMPACT – Inclusion Matters! using Performing Arts towards Cohesion and Tolerance” is fostering social inclusion by developing art strategies, techniques and methodologies which target refugees and citizens at local level.

The IMPACT project is implemented by VIFIN – Videnscenter for Integration in cooperation with ALDA, La Piccionaia – Centre for theatre productionLDA MontenegroLDA MostarCoalition of youth organizations SEGA, Association for Developing Voluntary Work Novo Mesto (DRPDNM) and Urban Development Center, and it is supported by the Erasmus + program of the European Union.


WEMIN's artistic workshop creations on display in Strasbourg!

After two years, the WEMIN project will end in December. One of its objectives was to bring together migrant, refugee and French women in arts & crafts workshops.

Such workshops were implemented in three cycles in Strasbourg: one was an upcycling workshop and was developed in collaboration with the association Creative Vintage; another workshop concerned embroidery, painting and herbal-dyeing and was animated by the association L’Atelier du Club; finally, the last workshop was about photography and was realised together with the association Stimultania.

To celebrate the end of these artistic workshops, ALDA organized an exhibition at the alternative gallery Syndicat Potentiel that was available for visiting from November 14th to 16th. This exhibition allowed to highlight the creations that migrant, refugee and local women had made during the workshops between July and October, as their creations were exhibited alongside photos taken during the workshops and explanatory texts.
On the evening of November 14th, in particular, the vernissage of the exhibition took place: it was a very pleasant and friendly moment thanks to the music, games, the free Lebanese food buffet and the additional upcycling workshop offered by the Creative Vintage association.
The WEMIN project aimed to implement and promote comprehensive integration model for migrant/refugee women. It worked on direct interventions in women populations through experience-sharing among partners; and addressed social, cultural, educational and professional aspects of inclusion to reach a high level of active participation.

After two years, the WEMIN project will end in December. One of its objectives was to bring together migrant, refugee and French women in arts & crafts workshops.

Such workshops were implemented in three cycles in Strasbourg: one was an upcycling workshop and was developed in collaboration with the association Creative Vintage; another workshop concerned embroidery, painting and herbal-dyeing and was animated by the association L’Atelier du Club; finally, the last workshop was about photography and was realised together with the association Stimultania.

To celebrate the end of these artistic workshops, ALDA organized an exhibition at the alternative gallery Syndicat Potentiel that was available for visiting from November 14th to 16th. This exhibition allowed to highlight the creations that migrant, refugee and local women had made during the workshops between July and October, as their creations were exhibited alongside photos taken during the workshops and explanatory texts.
On the evening of November 14th, in particular, the vernissage of the exhibition took place: it was a very pleasant and friendly moment thanks to the music, games, the free Lebanese food buffet and the additional upcycling workshop offered by the Creative Vintage association.
The WEMIN project aimed to implement and promote comprehensive integration model for migrant/refugee women. It worked on direct interventions in women populations through experience-sharing among partners; and addressed social, cultural, educational and professional aspects of inclusion to reach a high level of active participation.


IDPs SAVE: towards an empowered and unified community in Ukraine

In 2018 ALDA received a grant from the Valdesian Church for the implementation of the IDPs SAVE (Social Adaptation as a Human Rehabilitation Vital Element) project. The project was created as a response to the armed conflict that began in Ukraine in 2014 and caused mass displacement of individuals: only within the country, there were about 1.8 million officially registered internally displaced people (IDPs).

Due to growing pressure on administrative and social services, communities, and local labor markets, the project was implemented in the Dnipropetrovsk region with about 85.000 IDPs from Donetsk, Lugansk, and Crimea. Its aim was to create a favorable environment for adaptation and integration of IDPs into local communities, thus contributing to cohesion in society and stability in the Dnipropetrovsk region by minimizing the possibility of both conflicts onset and IDPs marginalization.

SAVE adopted a multi-stakeholder approach in its management by attracting local administrator LDA Dnipropetrovsk and several other partners, including the main facilitator – ALDA; IDPs and residents participated in training activities. During the first phase of the training, only IDP participants with the communication and building trust relationships expertise, networking competencies, psychological and strategic abilities were involved. The second phase connected young IDPs and youth from host communities. The trainings focused on skills, such as communication skills at the organizational level, managing time and self-organization, understanding and managing stress, project drafting.

The final part of the project was the implementation of five smaller projects in two Ukranian towns that were awarded mini-grants. The submitted project proposals generated outcomes including increased accountability of local authorities towards its constituencies; better inclusion of IDPs in their new communities; improved sustainable local development; and hundreds of IDPs developed their skills in terms of project writing, implementing and fundraising, thus ensuring the sustainability of the project – which was a great note to end on!

In 2018 ALDA received a grant from the Valdesian Church for the implementation of the IDPs SAVE (Social Adaptation as a Human Rehabilitation Vital Element) project. The project was created as a response to the armed conflict that began in Ukraine in 2014 and caused mass displacement of individuals: only within the country, there were about 1.8 million officially registered internally displaced people (IDPs).

Due to growing pressure on administrative and social services, communities, and local labor markets, the project was implemented in the Dnipropetrovsk region with about 85.000 IDPs from Donetsk, Lugansk, and Crimea. Its aim was to create a favorable environment for adaptation and integration of IDPs into local communities, thus contributing to cohesion in society and stability in the Dnipropetrovsk region by minimizing the possibility of both conflicts onset and IDPs marginalization.

SAVE adopted a multi-stakeholder approach in its management by attracting local administrator LDA Dnipropetrovsk and several other partners, including the main facilitator – ALDA; IDPs and residents participated in training activities. During the first phase of the training, only IDP participants with the communication and building trust relationships expertise, networking competencies, psychological and strategic abilities were involved. The second phase connected young IDPs and youth from host communities. The trainings focused on skills, such as communication skills at the organizational level, managing time and self-organization, understanding and managing stress, project drafting.

The final part of the project was the implementation of five smaller projects in two Ukranian towns that were awarded mini-grants. The submitted project proposals generated outcomes including increased accountability of local authorities towards its constituencies; better inclusion of IDPs in their new communities; improved sustainable local development; and hundreds of IDPs developed their skills in terms of project writing, implementing and fundraising, thus ensuring the sustainability of the project – which was a great note to end on!


Decentralised cooperation between Normandy and Macedonia: partner meeting in Caen

On November 14th, the steering committee of the Decentralised cooperation between Normandy and North Macedonia project met in Caen (France) to reunite the Normandy partners of the cooperation and discuss the actions that were led during the year.

The current programme of the cooperation is organized around 4 axes:

  • peace and reconciliation
  • local governance
  • environment
  • Francophone exchanges and youth.

These are developed through a variety of actions such as seminars, trainings, lectures, the production of publications and documentary films, exhibitions, youth exchanges and internships. The diversity of the stake-holders involved contributes to the richness of the program, with a total of around 20 Macedonian and French partners including local authorities, associations, vocational high schools, and cultural centers.

At the steering committee, the partners agreed to implement a stronger communication of the activities to target audiences; and, following an exchange on the political situation in the two countries of cooperation, they encouraged one another to continue the positive influence on both territories through this Franco-Macedonian project.

The cooperation program between Normandy and North Macedonia began in 2007, and since 2016 it has been led by the French city of Colombelles. ALDA is coordinator of the program, while the association Horizons Solidaires provides animation on the territory of Normandy. The cooperation is financially supported by the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs of France.

On November 14th, the steering committee of the Decentralised cooperation between Normandy and North Macedonia project met in Caen (France) to reunite the Normandy partners of the cooperation and discuss the actions that were led during the year.

The current programme of the cooperation is organized around 4 axes:

  • peace and reconciliation
  • local governance
  • environment
  • Francophone exchanges and youth.

These are developed through a variety of actions such as seminars, trainings, lectures, the production of publications and documentary films, exhibitions, youth exchanges and internships. The diversity of the stake-holders involved contributes to the richness of the program, with a total of around 20 Macedonian and French partners including local authorities, associations, vocational high schools, and cultural centers.

At the steering committee, the partners agreed to implement a stronger communication of the activities to target audiences; and, following an exchange on the political situation in the two countries of cooperation, they encouraged one another to continue the positive influence on both territories through this Franco-Macedonian project.

The cooperation program between Normandy and North Macedonia began in 2007, and since 2016 it has been led by the French city of Colombelles. ALDA is coordinator of the program, while the association Horizons Solidaires provides animation on the territory of Normandy. The cooperation is financially supported by the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs of France.


An app as a revolution for disabled individuals

The European project Mind Inclusion 2.0 continues with its 3rd co-design session organized during the last week of September 2019. This new workshop session gathered individuals with cognitive disabilities, caregivers, professionals, and managers of public places. Together, they were invited to try out the first version of the app.
While using the app, participants were able to progress at their own pace, and they also provided constructive feedback. One of the participants of the workshop held in Valladolid said, “It seems to be a good idea for going out and trying out new places“. This type of feedback strengthens the idea that the app could become a real independence tool for disabled individuals.
The goal of Mind Inclusion is to help people with disabilities with overcoming obstacles when accessing public places through technology. This project, funded by the European Union’s programme, aims to find sustainable and inclusive solutions that help caregivers improve their skills, on one hand, and allow disabled individuals to participate in the social life on another.
The project has reached a new milestone. After one year, actions for the disabled individuals and their caregivers were designed and implemented. However, more actions for providing access to public places to individuals with cognitive disabilities are needed. And they are coming.

The European project Mind Inclusion 2.0 continues with its 3rd co-design session organized during the last week of September 2019. This new workshop session gathered individuals with cognitive disabilities, caregivers, professionals, and managers of public places. Together, they were invited to try out the first version of the app.
While using the app, participants were able to progress at their own pace, and they also provided constructive feedback. One of the participants of the workshop held in Valladolid said, “It seems to be a good idea for going out and trying out new places“. This type of feedback strengthens the idea that the app could become a real independence tool for disabled individuals.
The goal of Mind Inclusion is to help people with disabilities with overcoming obstacles when accessing public places through technology. This project, funded by the European Union’s programme, aims to find sustainable and inclusive solutions that help caregivers improve their skills, on one hand, and allow disabled individuals to participate in the social life on another.
The project has reached a new milestone. After one year, actions for the disabled individuals and their caregivers were designed and implemented. However, more actions for providing access to public places to individuals with cognitive disabilities are needed. And they are coming.


New participatory EU hub for future policies and research for rural areas

On the 21st and 22nd of October 2019, one of the most ambitious public participation projects ever funded by the European Commission was launched.
This is SHERPA, Sustainable Hub to Engage in Rural Policies with Actors, a four-year project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, coordinated by ECORYS, together with other 16 partners including ALDA. The project’s goal is to engage citizens, scientists, decision-makers and other relevant stakeholders in trying to redefine and refocus the European development policies and research agenda for rural areas. The interaction among researchers, policy-makers, and citizens will take place in up to 40 Multi-Actor Platforms (MAPs) placed in 20 Member States, and one EU level MAP, with the involvement of all project partners.
The project will thus set new standards in shaping a common vision for the future of rural areas and public participation. More in detail, SHERPA’s rural science-society-policy hub will contribute to policy development as follows: providing inputs about designing future research policies, with a focus on the preparation of work programmes under Horizon Europe; supporting the implementation of policies relevant to rural areas in the 2021-2027 programming period; setting the direction for rural policies in the following programming period (after 2027).
During the kick-off meeting of the project, the MAPs showed interest to work on service provision and well-being, climate change, digitization, sustainability, and agriculture, thus hopefully inspiring future engagement and evidence-based policy-making processes. The official website of SHERPA will be launched very soon together with its social media channels. Stay tuned!

On the 21st and 22nd of October 2019, one of the most ambitious public participation projects ever funded by the European Commission was launched.
This is SHERPA, Sustainable Hub to Engage in Rural Policies with Actors, a four-year project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, coordinated by ECORYS, together with other 16 partners including ALDA. The project’s goal is to engage citizens, scientists, decision-makers and other relevant stakeholders in trying to redefine and refocus the European development policies and research agenda for rural areas. The interaction among researchers, policy-makers, and citizens will take place in up to 40 Multi-Actor Platforms (MAPs) placed in 20 Member States, and one EU level MAP, with the involvement of all project partners.
The project will thus set new standards in shaping a common vision for the future of rural areas and public participation. More in detail, SHERPA’s rural science-society-policy hub will contribute to policy development as follows: providing inputs about designing future research policies, with a focus on the preparation of work programmes under Horizon Europe; supporting the implementation of policies relevant to rural areas in the 2021-2027 programming period; setting the direction for rural policies in the following programming period (after 2027).
During the kick-off meeting of the project, the MAPs showed interest to work on service provision and well-being, climate change, digitization, sustainability, and agriculture, thus hopefully inspiring future engagement and evidence-based policy-making processes. The official website of SHERPA will be launched very soon together with its social media channels. Stay tuned!