EU and the Western Balkans: Towards Renewed Trust

A great moment of share within ALDA project Regional Youth Compact for Europe (RYCE) in Western Balkans, which ended in May 2021.

The roads ahead of us are going to be difficult, but fundamentally speaking, we are optimistic for the future of Europe and the youth, and in the last conference under the Regional Youth Compact for Europe(RYCE) project, this was very clearly expressed by everyone, who has participated.

The RYCE Final Project Conference was held on July 1, 2021, in the city of Belgrade, Serbia, at the Metropol Hotel. The conference conducted with a hybrid format, with 36 participants viewing from the Zoom platform. Together with ALDA, there was a great number of participants – be they networks and organisations, including 13 partners.

The Regional Youth Compact for Europe project lasted for 3 years, with the aim of empowering youth organisations and other civil society groups in the Western Balkans as well as Europe. More into details, the project took into account policy design, mobilisation of participation and better decision-making among the younger generations, and EU integration monitoring.

The conference showed great optimism for the future of Europe and of youth

The topic  of the first panel concerned the relationship between the Western Balkans and Europe, the second one was about youth expectations for outlooks of European integration alongside with a research presented on the matter, while the third and last panel had representatives from Local Democracy Agencies to discuss local democracy and civic initiatives.

Overall, the conference showed great optimism for the future of Europe and of youth, but also stressed the importance of investing in younger generations; by monitoring the function of democracy and by building trust. The approaches envisaged are largely bottom-up and pan-European, in order to achieve these kind of goals. Thus, youths effectively need to be mobilised for greater participation, they need to be provided with information about policy matters that concern them, while boosting on digital tools to enable them to get valuable news and knowledge within this realm.

Talking about digitalisation, it was also highlighted that as of July 1, roaming agreements were put into place in the Balkans with the help of the European Union. 18 million people among Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia will know have the possibility to “roam like at home”, meaning that no extra money to spend when using their phones when travelling within the region. Regional integration a key to make steps forward. The latter, in fact, continues to be a topic of great importance.

Going back to the overall Final Conference, time was also given to present results of surveys for the youth done at this time of the year in 2020. From a general perspective, it can be said that this meeting proved to be a productive dialogue, showing the accomplishments of the last 3 years of the Regional Youth Compact for Europe project. Nonetheless, youth mobilisation, as well as European integration benchmarks are still very much something that needs to be further sustained.

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This Final Conference is in the framework of the project “Regional youth compact for Europe” implemented by the Centar for Democracy Foundation (lead partner), Balkan Network for Local Democracy, CRTA, Youth Act and Sodem. This project is funded by the European Union.

A great moment of share within ALDA projects Regional Youth Compact for Europe (RYCE) in Western Balkans, which ended in May 2021.

The roads ahead of us are going to be difficult, but fundamentally speaking, we are optimistic for the future of Europe and the youth, and in the last conference under the Regional Youth Compact for Europe (RYCE) project, this was very clearly expressed by everyone, who has participated.

The RYCE Final Project Conference was held on July 1, 2021, in the city of Belgrade, Serbia, at the Metropol Hotel. The conference conducted with a hybrid format, with 36 participants viewing from the Zoom platform. Together with ALDA, there was a great number of participants – be they networks and organisations, including 13 partners.

The Regional Youth Compact for Europe project lasted for 3 years, with the aim of empowering youth organisations and other civil society groups in the Western Balkans (WB) as well as Europe. More into details, the project took into account policy design, mobilisation of participation and better decision-making among the younger generations, and EU integration monitoring.

The conference showed great optimism for the future of Europe and of youth

The topic  of the first panel concerned the relationship between the WB and the Europe, the second one was about youth expectations for outlooks of European integration alongside with a research presented on the matter, while the third and last panel had representatives from Local Democracy Agencies to discuss local democracy and civic initiatives.

Overall, the conference showed great optimism for the future of Europe and of youth, but also stressed the importance of investing in younger generations; by monitoring the function of democracy and by building trust. The approaches envisaged are largely bottom-up and pan-European, in order to achieve these kind of goals. Thus, youths effectively need to be mobilised for greater participation, they need to be provided with information about policy matters that concern them, while boosting on digital tools to enable them to get valuable news and knowledge within this realm.

Talking about digitalisation, it was also highlighted that as of July 1, roaming agreements were put into place in the Balkans with the help of the European Union. 18 million people among Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia will know have the possibility to “roam like at home”, meaning that no extra money to spend when using their phones when travelling within the region. Regional integration a key to make steps forward. The latter, in fact, continues to be a topic of great importance.

Going back to the overall Final Conference, time was also given to present results of surveys for the youth done at this time of the year in 2020. From a general perspective, it can be said that this meeting proved to be a productive dialogue, showing the accomplishments of the last 3 years of the Regional Youth Compact for Europe project. Nonetheless, youth mobilisation, as well as European integration benchmarks are still very much something that needs to be further sustained.

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This Final Conference is in the framework of the project “Regional youth compact for Europe” implemented by the Centar for Democracy Foundation (lead partner), Balkan Network for Local Democracy, CRTA, Youth Act and Sodem. This project is funded by the European Union.


7 July: Save the date for the Open Day of Mysea project

Next Wednesday July 7th 2021, save the date for the Open Day of the Project MYSEA: a unique occasion for all Italian stakeholders interested in the labour inclusion of young people, NEETs and women in the blue and green economy sectors.

The event, organised by CIES Onlus and the University of Palermo – Department of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Sciences, is meant to be the launch of the MYSEA project – Mediterranean Youth, NEETs and Women advancing Skills, Employment and Awareness in the blue and green economy in Italy, with a special focus for the Lazio and Sicily Regions.


Let's understand and address the issue of skill mismatch that hinders labour inclusion and gender equity


The project is co-funded by the European Union in the framework of the ENI CBC MED Programme 2014-2020 and aims at promoting the socio-occupational inclusion in the Mediterranean area of people disadvantaged in entering the labour market such as young people, women and NEETs (Not in Emplyment, Education and Training), who could take advantage of new opportunities and new professional profiles that may arise from the emerging sectors of the blue and green economy.

The Open Day will be organised online and will be animated by different speakers and stakeholders, thus being a space for reflection on the objectives, priorities, methodologies and strategies to be implemented within the MYSEA project. Research activities will be promoted focusing on the centrality of training in order to promote the labour inclusion of young people, NEETs and women in the blue and green economy sectors.

A key feature of the discussion will be the need to understand and address the issue of skill mismatch that hinders the process of labour inclusion and gender equity.

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Useful links:

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Project Manager (France)

ALDA is looking for a Project Manager for its office in Strasbourg (France). He/she will work under the supervision of ALDA’s Secretary General and of the Head of the Project Management Unit. Among main tasks: planning and/or implementing the action plan of the projects, organising events and other initiatives described in the programme; following and accompanying the partnership and the group involved in the projects; and communicating about the project with the support of the communication office of ALDA.

Interested candidates in line with the profile described above should send their CV and cover letter in English (including 3 names and contacts of professional references) by 16th July 2021 (23.59 CET Time) to job@aldaintranet.org with the following subject line: “Application – Project Manager”.

ALDA is looking for a Project Manager for its office in Strasbourg (France). He/she will work under the supervision of ALDA’s Secretary General and of the Head of the Project Management Unit. Among main tasks: planning and/or implementing the action plan of the projects, organising events and other initiatives described in the programme; following and accompanying the partnership and the group involved in the projects; and communicating about the project with the support of the communication office of ALDA.

Interested candidates in line with the profile described above should send their CV and cover letter in English (including 3 names and contacts of professional references) by 16th July 2021 (23.59 CET Time) to job@aldaintranet.org with the following subject line: “Application – Project Manager”.


Antonella Valmorbida reappointed as Chair of the European Partnership for Democracy

We are delighted to announce that on June 30th – at the General Assembly of the European Partnership for Democracy (EPD) – Antonella Valmorbida has been reappointed as Chair of the organisation, for the upcoming 2 years. Together with Ms. Valmorbida, Anthony Smith, executive director Westminster Foundation of Democracy, has been appointed as treasurer; and Thijs Berman, Executive director of Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD), as Vice- President.

Antonella Valmorbida has been reappointed as Chair of the organisation, for the upcoming 2 years

Besides elections, in lights of its role as a key player on EU democracy support, both vis-à-vis the EU Institutions and the member states, as well as the wider democracy support community, this year’s meeting had several key topics on the agenda, reflecting on the role of EPD in the near future.

With its seventeen civil and political society organisations as members from many states around the world, it comes with itself that the role of EPD is essential when stimulating citizens’ participation; social engagements and dialogue among different stakeholders.

ALDA staff is very much glad to hear this great news, and wish to all the Board of Directors, and colleagues at EPD the very best for its future.

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To know more: EPD website

We are delighted to announce that on June 30th – at the General Assembly of the European Partnership for Democracy (EPD) – Antonella Valmorbida has been reappointed as Chair of the organisation, for the upcoming 2 years. Together with Ms. Valmorbida, Anthony Smith, executive director Westminster Foundation of Democracy, has been appointed as treasurer; and Thijs Berman, Executive director of Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD), as Vice- President.

Antonella Valmorbida has been reappointed as Chair of the organisation, for the upcoming 2 years

Besides elections, in lights of its role as a key player on EU democracy support, both vis-à-vis the EU Institutions and the member states, as well as the wider democracy support community, this year’s meeting had several key topics on the agenda, reflecting on the role of EPD in the near future.

With its seventeen civil and political society organisations as members from many states around the world, it comes with itself that the role of EPD is essential when stimulating citizens’ participation; social engagements and dialogue among different stakeholders.

ALDA staff is very much glad to hear this great news, and wish to all the Board of Directors, and colleagues at EPD the very best for its future.

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To know more: EPD website


FOOD WAVE supports 21 project ideas led by youth and small civil society organisations all over Europe!

The First Round of the Food Wave Call for Proposals directed to youth-led and small civil society organisations closed successfully! 21 proposals have been selected, involving 13 different countries and 25 territories.

The Food Wave Project, led by the Municipality of Milan together with 29 project partners (cities, municipal agencies and civil society organisations)  in 17 countries, aims at creating awareness on sustainable ways to consume and produce food for climate change mitigation and activate young people in their cities, in order to enable them to influence institutional decisions, so they can lead us to a sustainable global food system by 2030, with the involvement of global networks such as C40.

Within this framework, the Project, under the coordination of ALDA, with the collaboration of the project partners and in synergy with the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP), established a sub-granting scheme that will contribute to the Food Wave Project overall objective, supporting grass-root initiatives in the field of climate-friendly food consumption behaviours.

The selected proposals will directly involve about 6000 young people in 13 European countries implementing a wide variety of communication, promotion, dissemination and awareness raising initiatives but also training and learning by doing activities such as intercultural cooking workshops, gardening and planting workshops and creative activities like food museums, bike-parades, photo documentaries among many others!

The main themes that will be addressed are: Sustainable diets to reduce the impact on the planet and protect human rights, fight against food waste, sustainable food education and knowledge sharing/dissemination, local alternative food systems, local producer and territorial market, fight against climate change and equal access to healthy, sustainable and fairy food.

Through the territorial actions promoted by the selected applicants, the project is contributing to the SDGs localisation and to the implementation of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda, with a specific focus on fighting hunger (SDG 2), contributing to economic growth and decent work opportunities (SDG 8), promoting responsible consumption and production patterns (SDG 12), building sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11) and contributing to the climate action starting from the territorial level (SDG 13).


Here is a complete list of the selected organisations and their projects:

CountryTerritory of the project implementationName of the organizationTitle of the project
BelgiumMolenbeekBx -Jeunes  1080Fertile City
BelgiumBrugesJCI Brugge vzwRoad show for JCI EC Bruges 2022

 

 

BulgariaSofiaReflektor FoundationSofia Neighbourhood
FranceStrasbourgStamtishWorld Food for Thoughts
HungaryBudabestFelelős Gasztrohős Alapítvány - Heroes of Responsible Dining FoundationGas Trial - interactive gastronomy related trial program for young adults
ItalyMilanRecup - Associazione di Promozione SocialeRecipes from the neighbourhood
ItalyTurinYOUth ConnectFrom Waster to Master
ItalyMilan, Zona 6, Quartiere Giambellino-LorenteggioAssociazione di Promozione Sociale Laboratorio di Quartiere Giambellino LorenteggioGiambellGarden
ItalyAosta (Aosta); Assisi (Perugia); Orvieto (Terni); Riva del Garda (Trento); Larino (Campobasso); Termoli.Associazione Italiana Giovani per l’UNESCOEDU project - Agenda 2030
ItalyMilan and FlorenceCHANGE FOR PLANET - YOUTH IN ACTION - APSEat Climate For breakfast
NetherlandsAlmereStichting 'n Wilde Keuze (Translation: Foundation A Wild Choice)A Wild Choice: The Food Museum of today and tomorrow
NetherlandsAlmere, Turin, Milan, RomeStichting Slow Food Youth NetworkOn the wave: European youth changing the food system
PolandWarsawPolski Klub Ekologiczny Okręg Pomorski„Climate Eatucation”

 

 

PortugalCascaisAssociação Juvenil Rota JovemEco youth citizens
PortugalEsposendeRio Neiva - Associação de Defesa do Ambiente / Rio Neiva - Environmental NGOThe museum of Food waste
RomaniaLasiERASMUS STUDENT NETWORK IAȘI – REȚEAUA STUDENȚILOR ERASMUS IAȘI (ESN Iași)The rise of the Food Hero
SloveniaMariborEntrepreneurial educational youth cooperative society EPEKA, ULTD, social enterpriseHealthy food for a healthy planet
SloveniaLjubljanaKomunikum, Inštitut za podatkovno povezovanje v medmrežjuCommunity garden Ljubljana
SpainMadridMar de TierrasFOOD JUSTICE ON ZERO WASTE BIKE CHALLENGE
SwedenÖrkelljungaHello YouthLet’s fight food waste


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