#MediterraneanDay

#MediterraneanDay to celebrate closeness and diversity

#MediterraneanDay

The #MediterraneanDay is the initiative specifically dedicated to the celebration the Mediterranean sea. Have you ever thought about how people from Italy, and Spain to Morocco, and Tunisia have all be strictly connected to each other thanks to this common water basin?

The #MediterraneanDay is thus intended to remind people that similarities are stronger that differences. From 2021 and each year onward, on November 28th, several initiatives will be promoted so that to celebrates common achievements, relations while stimulating common understanding.

With more than 250 world heritage sites, rich marine flora and more than 40 languages spoken, the Mediterranean region is the cradle of many cultures, civilisations and history.


#MediterraneanDay to be celebrated each year on 28 of November from 2021 onwards


Yet, one question may come to mind. Why exactly this date?

Let’s take a step backward, untile 1995. That year on November 28th precisely the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the EU and 12 Southern and Eastern Mediterranean countries held the first Euro- Mediterranean Conference in Barcelona signing an agreement to launch the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership Process. The idea behind this initiative was to consider and set the Mediterranean region into a common space for peace, stability, security and shared prosperity.

Fifteen year later in November 2020, the Union for the Mediterranean with its 42 Member States declared the 28th of November as the official Day of the Mediterranean. Willing to focus on what unites rather than what divides, the #MediterraneanDay has its first edition, this year, in 2021, and will be celebrated each year onwards.

 

At the #MediterraneanDay different parties, from NGOs, public administrations or private entities can join and engage in various ways:

  • “Open doors – allow a sneak peek into what you do!
  • “Promoting culture in many forms”
  •  Debates and workshops
  • “Recognising Mediterranean talent”
  • “Showcase what matters to you”

With enthusiasm ALDA shares this great initiative, having two of its offices in Italy and Tunisia, countries on the shore of the Mediterranean sea, as well as several Local Democracy Agencies. Thus, also at ALDA’s this common sea is what unites colleagues, people and friends of the association. 

Last but not least, for those interested it is also possible to follow the official hashtag #MediterraneanDay and keep updated with news and info.

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The #MediterraneanDay is an initiative of Union for the Mediterranean in partnership with: European Union, European Committee of Regions, ARLEM, Anna Lindh Foundation, ENI CBC Med. To read the full list of partners please check: “Partners committed to make the Mediterranean a better place


Croatia

ELoGE in Croatia: first steps and establishing cooperation

Croatia

ALDA continues to contribute to good governance on local level in Croatia and takes its activities on the next level. ALDA launched the “European Label of Governance Excellence (ELoGE)” for Croatia on the 22 November 2021 in Zagreb. The project was promoted in a hybrid type of event, giving representatives of municipalities and participants the possibility to join both online and in presence.

The launching started with a short welcoming speech from M. Robert Ravenšćak, General Director of Ravecon LLC, our local partner organization and continued with the intervention from the President of ALDA M. Oriano Otočan and M. Niall Sheerin, representative of the Center of Expertise for Good governance, from the Council of Europe (CoE)


ALDA continues to contribute to good governance on local level in Croatia, launching the ELoGE programme for Croatia


M.Otočan illustrated the work of ALDA in Europe and specifically in Croatia; highlighting:

  • The duality of the local authorities in the country;
  • The openness they show in certain topics but remain firmly closed for other.

Thus, he reflected on how on the one hand Croatia has reached certain level of expertise and maturity; while on the other there are still difficulties that persist; emphasizing how this project will be perfect to tackle them.

Following, M. Otočan speech, M. Sheerin shared with the participant on the important work of the CoE mentioning the future plans and programmes that they are working on, such as the green agenda concerning Local Authorities. He highlighted that in these eras of social media and advanced technology, local authorities need to be innovative and open to change, in order to be efficient and effective in responding to the needs of the citizens.

The opening speeches were followed by a presentation of the ELoGE programme in the Country, done by Ms. Katica Janeva, ALDA’s regional coordinator for the Balkans, citing the details of the phases and processes that the LAs need to follow to be awarded the label, specific timing and timeline, tools and more. The event was closed off with a Q&A session and a fruitful discussion.

 

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BRIGHT Project’s 3rd capacity building workshop in Italy

Bright

The BRIGHT project had its third capacity building workshop in the beautiful Azienda Agricola Favella farm, Corigliano-Rossano, Italy, on November 16 and 17, 2021.

During the two day event participants had the chance to share and listen to in person testimonies and experiences from all the different representatives from the various stakeholders. Women leaders who took part of the BRIGHT project intervened, sharing the voices of all the women working in agriculture who were involved in the BRIGHT project. Participants also enjoyed moments of levity and socialization during breaks to visit the farm and share coffee and a meal together.


The event was constructive and overall a very nice time, keep up the good work BRIGHT!


Among the keynote speakers were:

On the second day of the workshop, a panel on Agricultural Policy and Social Conditionality was held. Several speakers intervened (on site and online), discussing the tools to support the legality of the agricultural labour market and what is the potential of social conditionality in the new CAP. 

Participants gathered into work groups to discuss and then share their ideas for BRIGHT’s European Frame Pact.

The event was constructive and overall a very nice time, keep up the good work BRIGHT!


Skopje

Skopje: Launching Conference of ELoGE in North Macedonia

Skopje

Skopje: the European Association for Local democracy – ALDA organised the “Launching Conference” of the project European Label of Governance Excellence (ELoGE) in North Macedonia on the 18th of November.

With great enthusiasm representatives from Macedonian Local Authorities (LAs), previously invited to take part of the project, gathered in Skopje and online to learn more about the ELoGE label. Thus, benefitting from this initiative, the above-mentioned LAs will be required to act in accordance with the 12 Principles of Good Democratic Governance. Among them:

  • Participation, Representation, Fair Conduct of Elections;
  • Responsiveness;
  • Efficiency and Effectiveness;
  • Openness and Transparency;
  • Rule of Law

More in depth, the event opened with the intervention of Eli Chakar from the Ministry of Local Self-Government; followed by Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General of ALDA that illustrated experience of ALDA on the topic of good governance and Emir Coric, ALDA Governing Board member, who dedicated his speech to ALDAs work in the Balkans.


Representatives from Macedonian Local Authorities gathered in Skopje and online to learn more about the ELoGE label


Moreover, Niall Sheerin from Center of Expertise for Local Government Reform presented the important work of the Council of Europe and the different programs for development of local governance.

From a general perspective, the next steps will consist of measuring the assessment through the implementation of the benchmark for the European Label of Governance Excellence (ELoGE). Additionally, this exercise is a good learning toll for the Local Authorities to improve their daily work.

Yet, this is not everything: the symbol of ELoGE, a crystal dodecahedron, will be awarded to the Local Authorities demonstrating compliance with the principles of good governance, measured against a national benchmark.

Further updates will follow on the implementation of this initiatives, as well as on the award!

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ALDA has received the accreditation to implement ELoGE in North Macedonia, and already in October 2021 ALDA Secretary General Antonella Valmorbida and ALDA Office in Skopje and SEE Coordinator, Katica Janeva had a meeting with institutions to discuss about the initiative. Finally, ELoGE in North Macedonia is financially supported by the Council of Europe.


Communication support (France)

ALDA is looking for a “Communication support in France” (consultant contract) to provide a support on the communication activities of the project “End Climate Change, Start Climate of Change”, under the DEAR programme, and general communication of the activities of ALDA.

The incumbent will be in charge of improving the quality and the frequency of the communication outputs related to the project, specified in the vacancy attached.

Interested applicants should send their offer including:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) in English to job@alda-europe.eu, stating in the subject line: “Technical assistance – Communication support in France – Climate of Change“, including the names and contact details of 3 references that will be contacted
  • Max 2 pages of description about how to address the technical assistance

The offer must be received on or before 15th December 2021. Selection process will take place the following weeks.

ALDA is looking for a “Communication support in France” (consultant contract) to provide a support on the communication activities of the project “End Climate Change, Start Climate of Change”, under the DEAR programme, and general communication of the activities of ALDA.

The incumbent will be in charge of improving the quality and the frequency of the communication outputs related to the project, specified in the vacancy attached.

Interested applicants should send their offer including:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) in English to job@alda-europe.eu, stating in the subject line: “Technical assistance – Communication support in France – Climate of Change“, including the names and contact details of 3 references that will be contacted
  • Max 2 pages of description about how to address the technical assistance

The offer must be received on or before 15th December 2021. Selection process will take place the following weeks.


Membership Officer

ALDA is looking for a Membership Officer based in one of the office of ALDA, namely Strasbourg, Brussels, Vicenza, Skopje, Chisinau, Tunis.

The incumbent will report directly to the Secretary General and will be in charge of:

  • Following up the administrative tasks as for the members of ALDA for payment, ROP – Request Of Payment, invitation to the General Assembly, providing all the necessary material for the membership, liaising with the Board, procedures of exclusion;
  • Liaising with the staff of ALDA and in particular with the communication team for animating the members’ network and creating opportunities of cooperation;
  • Creating opportunities of new membership and assertively working with the project managers for making partners new members of ALDA;
  • Follow the Local Democracy Agency’s partners payment;

Interested applicants should send their Letter of Intent and Curriculum Vitae (CV) in English to job@alda-europe.eu stating in the subject line: “Application – Membership Officer“. Kindly include names and contact details of 3 references that could be contacted.

Applications must be received on or before 10th December 2021. Interviews will take place the following weeks and might be followed by a written test.

ALDA is looking for a Membership Officer based in one of the office of ALDA, namely Strasbourg, Brussels, Vicenza, Skopje, Chisinau, Tunis.

The incumbent will report directly to the Secretary General and will be in charge of:

  • Following up the administrative tasks as for the members of ALDA for payment, ROP – Request Of Payment, invitation to the General Assembly, providing all the necessary material for the membership, liaising with the Board, procedures of exclusion;
  • Liaising with the staff of ALDA and in particular with the communication team for animating the members’ network and creating opportunities of cooperation;
  • Creating opportunities of new membership and assertively working with the project managers for making partners new members of ALDA;
  • Follow the Local Democracy Agency’s partners payment;

Interested applicants should send their Letter of Intent and Curriculum Vitae (CV) in English to job@alda-europe.eu stating in the subject line: “Application – Membership Officer“. Kindly include names and contact details of 3 references that could be contacted.

Applications must be received on or before 10th December 2021. Interviews will take place the following weeks and might be followed by a written test.


Communication support (Belgium)

ALDA is looking for a “Communication support in Belgium” (consultant contract) to provide a support on the communication activities of the project “End Climate Change, Start Climate of Change”, under the DEAR programme, and general communication of the activities of ALDA.

The incumbent will be in charge of improving the quality and the frequency of the communication outputs related to the project, specified in the vacancy attached.

Interested applicants should send their offer including:
– Curriculum Vitae (CV) in English to job@alda-europe.eu, stating in the subject line: “Technical assistance – Communication support in Belgium – Climate of change“, including the names and contact details of 3 references that will be contacted
– Max 2 pages of description about how to address the technical assistance

The offer must be received on or before 15th December 2021. Selection process will take place the following weeks.

ALDA is looking for a “Communication support in Belgium” (consultant contract) to provide a support on the communication activities of the project “End Climate Change, Start Climate of Change”, under the DEAR programme, and general communication of the activities of ALDA.

The incumbent will be in charge of improving the quality and the frequency of the communication outputs related to the project, specified in the vacancy attached.

Interested applicants should send their offer including:
– Curriculum Vitae (CV) in English to job@alda-europe.eu, stating in the subject line: “Technical assistance – Communication support in Belgium – Climate of change“, including the names and contact details of 3 references that will be contacted
– Max 2 pages of description about how to address the technical assistance

The offer must be received on or before 15th December 2021. Selection process will take place the following weeks.


Executive Assistant - Office of the Secretary General

ALDA is looking for an Executive Assistant at the office of the Secretary General, based in one of the office of ALDA, namely Strasbourg, Brussels, Vicenza, Skopje, Chisinau, Tunis.

Among their main tasks, the incumbent will be in charge of:

  • Organization of missions and meetings for the Secretary General (including arranging travel and accommodation together with the logistic team, managing the Secretary General’s agenda, liaising with internal staff and external stakeholders);
  • Briefing on assigned topics and drafting summaries, presentations, speeches for the Secretary General.
  • Following, under the Secretary General’s supervision, the institutional dimensions of the Association;
  • Accompanying the institutional development of the organization, including the connection between the different offices of ALDA
  • Supporting day-to-day activities in the office of the Secretary General

Interested applicants should send their Letter of Intent and Curriculum Vitae (CV) in English to job@alda-europe.eu, stating in the subject line: Application – Executive Assistant. Kindly include names and contact details of 3 references that could be contacted.

Applications must be received on or before 15th December 2021. Interviews will take place the following weeks and might be followed by a written test.

ALDA is looking for an Executive Assistant at the office of the Secretary General, based in one of the office of ALDA, namely Strasbourg, Brussels, Vicenza, Skopje, Chisinau, Tunis.

Among is main tasks, the incumbent will be in charge of:

  • Organization of missions and meetings for the Secretary General (including arranging travel and accommodation together with the logistic team, managing the Secretary General’s agenda, liaising with internal staff and external stakeholders);
  • Briefing on assigned topics and drafting summaries, presentations, speeches for the Secretary General.
  • Following, under the Secretary General’s supervision, the institutional dimensions of the Association;
  • Accompanying the institutional development of the organization, including the connection between the different offices of ALDA
  • Supporting day-to-day activities in the office of the Secretary General

Interested applicants should send their Letter of Intent and Curriculum Vitae (CV) in English to job@alda-europe.eu, stating in the subject line: Application – Executive Assistant. Kindly include names and contact details of 3 references that could be contacted.

Applications must be received on or before 15th December 2021. Interviews will take place the following weeks and might be followed by a written test.


Climate

Pan-European debates and a circus show for a #ClimateOfChange

Climate

A Climate of Change spread all over the city of Brussels, from 10 to 12 November, when the city was suddenly filled up with young students coming from evry corner of Europe.

Indeed, within the framework of the Climate of Change project, Brussels hosted the final contest of the Pan-European Debate, where 117 students from 13 EU countries will try to win using their best dialectic skills on climate change, migration, youth and economy.

Each country sent two teams to the competition: one composed of three university students and the other made of six teenagers (from 16 to 19 years old), accompanied by professors and educators.

In Brussels, the national team have been mixed together in order to form 26 new “European teams”, debating to raise awareness on climate issues, connected to the challenges of economy and migrations. Each debate contest was judged by a jury composed of 6 international experts and educators, who decided for each debate the team who better managed to argument and defend the assigned cause.


117 students from 13 EU countries will try to win using their best dialectic skills on climate change, migration, youth and economy


Cooperation among participants from different parts of the EU was one key factor to achieve success in this intellectual challenge. The aim is to foster EU citizenship as an evident EU added value for the youth tournament. On the 11th of November the students also had the chance to meet MEPs and ask questions or expose concerns about the just transition to climate justice.

On the other hand, each evening of the debate a Contemporary Circus Show titled “We Land” took place in the venue of Tour&Taxis in Brussels. Organised by ALDA and EEB – the European Environmental Bureau, the circus company MagdaClan performed an artistic show full of deep reflections on climate change.

The performance enjoyed a great participation from local citizens and was very appreciated by the students, thus making it the perfect closure of such an intense and deep week of climate debates!

 

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Learn more about the Climate of Change project

Sign the #ClimateOfChange petition


"Women protagonists of innovation" - a workshop in Italy

On 24th November, 2021 a workshop will be held on European opportunities at the time of smart working promoted by “Sisthema Formazione” within the regional project “Women protagonists of innovation” financed within the regional directive “Il Veneto delle Donne” of the Veneto Region.

The workshop is organised by ALDA+ in cooperation with the Municipality of Lonigo (Italy) and will take place at the Sala delle Barchesse of the Municipality of Lonigo, from 4 to 8 p.m.

After the institutional greetings by the Mayor Pier Luigi Giacomello and the Councillor Andrea Castiello, Marco Boaria will present the new European programming for the period 2021-2027.

For info and registration, click here