The annual #EURegionsWeek, a preeminent event dedicated to cohesion policy, is currently underway in Brussels (Belgium) from October 9 to 12, 2023. This significant gathering provides a distinct platform for professionals and organisations to converge and deliberate on vital matters, including democracy, citizen engagement, and sustainable development.
ALDA has also been an enthusiastic contributor to the event, facilitating two crucial debates that have garnered considerable attention.
These debates are part of ALDA’s ongoing efforts to foster inclusive and democratic governance in Europe
The Revival of Urban and Rural Spaces for an Inclusive Europe
One of the highlights of the #EURegionsWeek was the engaging debate on “The revival of urban and rural spaces for an inclusive Europe,” held under the framework of the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values (CERV) program. This initiative aims to promote equality, ensure democratic participation, and engage local or regional authorities in cross-border exchanges. Many of these exchanges have evolved into catalysts for the green agenda, integrating the principles of the New European Bauhaus (NEB).
Mrs. Antonella Valmorbida, ALDA Secretary General, took the stage to discuss how these twinning initiatives are helping transform urban and rural spaces in line with NEB principles. This workshop advocated for sustainability and inclusiveness, aligning perfectly with NEB’s core values.
Community Engagement on Food and Climate Change through Young People’s Participation
The second noteworthy debate, titled “Community engagement on food and climate change through young people’s participation” was focused on the often-overlooked voices of the youth, who are determined to shape the future of their cities. ALDA, in partnership with an alliance of local authorities under the EU-funded Food Wave project, put the spotlight on youth participation. The goal was to empower young individuals as change-makers, emphasising the importance of their contributions to tackle themes such as food, climate change, and sustainability.
Ms. Valeria Fantini, Project Manager at ALDA and Coordinator of the Environment and Climate HUB, represented the organisation in this dynamic debate. She passionately conveyed the innovative format developed during the Food Wave project to promote youth participation and foster community engagement. The event proved that when young people are given a platform, they can be the driving force for positive change in their communities.
These debates have set the stage for thought-provoking discussions and have emphasised the vital role that organisations like ALDA play in driving democratic participation and sustainable development in Europe. ALDA continues to champion these causes, ensuring that the voices of young people and the potential for inclusiveness are at the forefront of European governance.
Stay tuned for more updates and insights as ALDA continues to lead the way in shaping a brighter, more inclusive future for Europe.