"VOLUNTEER! MAKE A DIFFERENCE": EUROPEAN COMMISSION LAUNCHES THE EUROPEAN YEAR OF VOLUNTEERING 2011

“Volunteer! Make a difference”: European Commission launched at the end of last December the European Year of Volunteering 2011.
To highlight volunteers’ work, encourage others to join in and address the challenges they face, the 2011 European Year of Volunteering has four main objectives: lowering obstacles to volunteering in the EU; empowering volunteer organisations and improve the quality of volunteering; rewarding and recognise volunteering activities; raising awareness of the value and importance of volunteering.
To meet these goals the Commission is working closely with the “Alliance” of volunteering organisations, the European Parliament, the Member States, the Committee of the Regions, the European Economic and Social Committee, the Council of Europe and the United Nations Volunteers.
ALDA is member of the Alliance EYV2011 and will participate to the hundreds of activities and projects that will be promoted.

 

ALDA is also active in SVE the European Voluntary Service, and promoted a pilot project, in the framework of the MoDE Project (Innovative Action, Europe for Citizens), involving senior volunteer. ALDA works on volunteering with the particular perspective of the “participation”.
“If our hopes of building a better and safer world are to become more than wishful thinking, we will need the engagement of volunteers more than ever,” Kofi Annan said. It is in this spirit that 100 million Europeans dedicate their time and expertise to help those in need and give back to their communities.
“I want to pay tribute to the millions of Europeans who take the time to make our world a better place,” said Viviane Reding, EU Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship. “Deep within all of us lies the ability to step up and care for those in need. Volunteering strengthens our core European values: solidarity and social cohesion. As we launch the European Year of Volunteering, I want to rally support for people who make a difference. Now is the time for us to share and to give something back, for us to focus on helping the helpers!”
أ Eurobarometer study in May 2010 revealed that 3 out of 10 Europeans claim to be active in a voluntary capacity. There are many different definitions and traditions concerning volunteering. A common thread throughout these activities is that wherever people come together to help each other and support those in need, both society as a whole and the individual volunteers benefit. Through volunteering, people gain knowledge, exercise skills and extend their social networks, which can often lead to new or better employment opportunities, as well as personal and social development.
The Commission helps young people participate in volunteering activities. Through the European Voluntary Service, thousands of adolescents and young adults travel outside their home countries to teach, promote cultural awareness and develop important life skills.
During the European Year of Volunteering �the Commission will encourage the exchange of good practices between Member States’ authorities and volunteering organisations. The focus will be on training volunteers, accreditation and quality assurance, and efficient and effective match-making between potential volunteers and volunteering opportunities. The Commission will encourage new Europe-wide networking initiatives to encourage cross-border exchanges and synergies among volunteer organisations and other sectors, especially with businesses.
Throughout the Year of Volunteering, hundreds of activities and projects will be highlighted and promoted. At the EU level, these include:
EYV2011 Tour: Volunteers will tour EU countries over a one-year period, showcasing their work and engaging with policy makers and the public at each step of the tour.
EYV Relay: 27 “Relay” volunteer reporters will follow the work of 54 volunteering organisations and produce audio, video and written reports to be broadcast by the media. At the end of the year, the combined reports will be compiled to form a broadcast-quality documentary about the European Year and its tour.
Four thematic conferences in 2011 to highlight key issues related to volunteering: 8 January in Budapest: Recognition of Volunteering; May/June: Celebrating volunteers and their valuable contribution; October: Empowering volunteering organizations; December: Closing conference on future challenges.
More information
Official website for the European Year:
www.europa.eu/volunteering
(includes the timetable of the EYV Tour)
The Alliance’s website: www.eyv2011.eu
Homepage of Viviane Reding, Vice-President and Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship:
http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/reding/index_en.htm

“Volunteer! Make a difference”: European Commission launched at the end of last December the European Year of Volunteering 2011.
To highlight volunteers’ work, encourage others to join in and address the challenges they face, the 2011 European Year of Volunteering has four main objectives: lowering obstacles to volunteering in the EU; empowering volunteer organisations and improve the quality of volunteering; rewarding and recognise volunteering activities; raising awareness of the value and importance of volunteering.
To meet these goals the Commission is working closely with the “Alliance” of volunteering organisations, the European Parliament, the Member States, the Committee of the Regions, the European Economic and Social Committee, the Council of Europe and the United Nations Volunteers.
ALDA is member of the Alliance EYV2011 and will participate to the hundreds of activities and projects that will be promoted.

 

ALDA is also active in SVE the European Voluntary Service, and promoted a pilot project, in the framework of the MoDE Project (Innovative Action, Europe for Citizens), involving senior volunteer. ALDA works on volunteering with the particular perspective of the “participation”.
“If our hopes of building a better and safer world are to become more than wishful thinking, we will need the engagement of volunteers more than ever,” Kofi Annan said. It is in this spirit that 100 million Europeans dedicate their time and expertise to help those in need and give back to their communities.
“I want to pay tribute to the millions of Europeans who take the time to make our world a better place,” said Viviane Reding, EU Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship. “Deep within all of us lies the ability to step up and care for those in need. Volunteering strengthens our core European values: solidarity and social cohesion. As we launch the European Year of Volunteering, I want to rally support for people who make a difference. Now is the time for us to share and to give something back, for us to focus on helping the helpers!”
أ Eurobarometer study in May 2010 revealed that 3 out of 10 Europeans claim to be active in a voluntary capacity. There are many different definitions and traditions concerning volunteering. A common thread throughout these activities is that wherever people come together to help each other and support those in need, both society as a whole and the individual volunteers benefit. Through volunteering, people gain knowledge, exercise skills and extend their social networks, which can often lead to new or better employment opportunities, as well as personal and social development.
The Commission helps young people participate in volunteering activities. Through the European Voluntary Service, thousands of adolescents and young adults travel outside their home countries to teach, promote cultural awareness and develop important life skills.
During the European Year of Volunteering �the Commission will encourage the exchange of good practices between Member States’ authorities and volunteering organisations. The focus will be on training volunteers, accreditation and quality assurance, and efficient and effective match-making between potential volunteers and volunteering opportunities. The Commission will encourage new Europe-wide networking initiatives to encourage cross-border exchanges and synergies among volunteer organisations and other sectors, especially with businesses.
Throughout the Year of Volunteering, hundreds of activities and projects will be highlighted and promoted. At the EU level, these include:
EYV2011 Tour: Volunteers will tour EU countries over a one-year period, showcasing their work and engaging with policy makers and the public at each step of the tour.
EYV Relay: 27 “Relay” volunteer reporters will follow the work of 54 volunteering organisations and produce audio, video and written reports to be broadcast by the media. At the end of the year, the combined reports will be compiled to form a broadcast-quality documentary about the European Year and its tour.
Four thematic conferences in 2011 to highlight key issues related to volunteering: 8 January in Budapest: Recognition of Volunteering; May/June: Celebrating volunteers and their valuable contribution; October: Empowering volunteering organizations; December: Closing conference on future challenges.
More information
Official website for the European Year:
www.europa.eu/volunteering
(includes the timetable of the EYV Tour)
The Alliance’s website: www.eyv2011.eu
Homepage of Viviane Reding, Vice-President and Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship:
http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/reding/index_en.htm


HERMANVILLE-SUR-MER (FR) AND VEVCANI (MK) WILL SIGN THE CONVENTIONS FOR COOPERATION

As a result of the cooperation between cities of Lower-Normandy and Macedonia, a delegation from the city of Hermanville-sur-Mer (FR) will visit Vevcani (MK) this week (January 13 – 18), in order to formalize their mutual interests and sign the conventions for cooperation.
The cities have already discussed their partnership and benefits during their previous visits. This time, they will focus on the strengthening of their institutional partnership, and discuss the future of their cooperation.

 

Direct cooperation between municipalities from Lower Normandy and Macedonia is one of the objectives in the Programme for decentralized cooperation between these two territories. This programme is coordinated by the Association of local democracy agencies (ALDA).

For any further information about the project please consult:
http://crbn-mk.courriers.info/francais
or contact Ivana Dimitrovska: Ivana.dimitrovska@aldaintrenet.org

As a result of the cooperation between cities of Lower-Normandy and Macedonia, a delegation from the city of Hermanville-sur-Mer (FR) will visit Vevcani (MK) this week (January 13 – 18), in order to formalize their mutual interests and sign the conventions for cooperation.
The cities have already discussed their partnership and benefits during their previous visits. This time, they will focus on the strengthening of their institutional partnership, and discuss the future of their cooperation.

 

Direct cooperation between municipalities from Lower Normandy and Macedonia is one of the objectives in the Programme for decentralized cooperation between these two territories. This programme is coordinated by the Association of local democracy agencies (ALDA).

For any further information about the project please consult:
http://crbn-mk.courriers.info/francais
or contact Ivana Dimitrovska: Ivana.dimitrovska@aldaintrenet.org


PRESENTATION OF MACEDONIAN’S CULTURAL AND NATURAL HERITAGE IN CAEN

The association “Savoir Faire et Decouverte” from Caen is organising a debate on January 14, themed as “Balkan’s Cultural and natural Heritage: The Macedonian example“. The aim is to present the cultural and natural heritage of the Macedonian rural regions as well as to present the activities for development of sustainable tourism and citizens’ participation in the regions: Berovo, Mavrovo and Novaci.

 

This debate is part of the Project for decentralized cooperation between Republic of Macedonia and the Region of Lower Normandy, France. The project is coordinated by the Association of local democracy agencies (ALDA).

For any further information about the project please consult:
http://crbn-mk.courriers.info/francais
or contact Ivana Dimitrovska: ivana.dimitrovska@aldaintrenet.org

The association “Savoir Faire et Decouverte” from Caen is organising a debate on January 14, themed as “Balkan’s Cultural and natural Heritage: The Macedonian example“. The aim is to present the cultural and natural heritage of the Macedonian rural regions as well as to present the activities for development of sustainable tourism and citizens’ participation in the regions: Berovo, Mavrovo and Novaci.

 

This debate is part of the Project for decentralized cooperation between Republic of Macedonia and the Region of Lower Normandy, France. The project is coordinated by the Association of local democracy agencies (ALDA).

For any further information about the project please consult:
http://crbn-mk.courriers.info/francais
or contact Ivana Dimitrovska: ivana.dimitrovska@aldaintrenet.org


ON 13TH JANUARY IN DORDRECHT, THE NETHERLANDS, “CITIES” FINAL CONFERENCE Six workshops and exchange of experiences at the International Conference on Town Twinning

ALDA, together with the Municipality of Dordrecht, the Netherlands, and its partner BMC has organized the CITIES final conference that will take place in the City Hall of Dordrecht on Thursday 13th January 2011. CITIES (Creativity and Innovation in Town-twinning Initiatives in Europe and South-eastern Europe) is a EU-funded project, led by ALDA, aimed at revitalizing and creating town-twinning relationships through innovative methods in Europe.

“Joined by a number of dedicated partners  states Per Vinther, ALDA President  the Association of Local Democracy Agencies has taken up this challenge within the EU Programme “Europe for Citizens” with the objective of identifying new ways and skills of co-operation between partner cities which bring together all players in the community: local authorities, business and civil society. Dissemination of the ideas and suggestions which have been tabled during various conferences in the partner countries and in the concluding international conference in Dordrecht  declares Per Vinther  should encourage other cities across Europe to engage in Town Twinning as a means to share experience and learn from each other, to bring the countries of South East Europe closer to the EU and to promote active citizenship in general.”

The project is based on a partnership of six associations of municipalities in Albania, Slovakia, Macedonia, two in Bulgaria and Lithuania. During the past two years the partners have organized national workshops aiming to identify innovative tools for town-twinning and the variety of fields in which such a relationship can develop. This final conference taking place in Dordrecht will gather twinning experiences from Dutch municipalities and best practices from all over Europe from the partner countries and ALDA.

To the Conference will take part approx. 45 foreign representatives part originating, inter alia, from Albania, Lithuania, Macedonia and Bulgaria. Further participation will consist of representatives of Dutch municipalities, the foundations town twinning and the COS Zuid Holland (Centre for International cooperation).

Six workshops will take place in smaller groups allowing concrete discussions and encounter of many municipality representatives, in order to conclude on new cooperation projects, that could lead to future town-twinning agreements. The International Twinning Conference for Innovation provides information on international cooperation at local level today, and shows the possibilities that the ‘Europe for Citizens’ programme of the European Union offers.

The Cities project is implemented by the Association of Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA) in cooperation with the Association of Municipalities from Albania, the Regional Association of Municipalities “Central Stara Planina” and the Union of Bulgarian Black Sea Local Authorities from Bulgaria, the Association of Local Authorities in Lithuania, ECOVAST National section for Republic of Macedonia, the International Co-operation Agency of the Association of Netherlands Municipalities, and the Union of Towns and Cities of Slovakia.

The project was launched on 1st February 2010 and will finish on31st January 2011.

The project aims at promoting “innovation and creativity” in the framework of town-twinning, both in Europe and with a special focus on South-eastern Europe, as a way to revitalize and develop town-twinning relationships and thus strengthen cooperation among “old”, new and forthcoming Member States.

More specifically, the project aims at:

  • Promoting the concept of town twinning;
  • Starting, revitalizing, and developing town twinning relationships;
  • Improving the quality of the activities within existing twinning relationships, especially by means of developing thematic cooperation;
  • Developing new skills amongst those who are responsible for twinning activities at a local level;
  • Promoting exchange of good practices in the field of town-twinning.

The general objectives of the project are to:

  • Give citizens with the opportunity to interact and participate in constructing a tighter-knit Europe, which is democratic and world-oriented, united and enriched by its cultural diversity, thus developing citizenship of the European Union;
  • Develop a sense of European identity, based on common values, history and culture
  • Foster a sense of ownership of the European Union among its citizens:
  • Enhance tolerance and mutual understanding between European citizens, respecting and promoting cultural and linguistic diversity, while contributing to intercultural dialogue.

Download the programme of the Conference here

Download the programme of the workshops here

Visit http://www.bmc.nl/twinning/ for additional information on the Conference

Find further information about CITIES project (هنا)

ALDA, together with the Municipality of Dordrecht, the Netherlands, and its partner BMC has organized the CITIES final conference that will take place in the City Hall of Dordrecht on Thursday 13th January 2011. CITIES (Creativity and Innovation in Town-twinning Initiatives in Europe and South-eastern Europe) is a EU-funded project, led by ALDA, aimed at revitalizing and creating town-twinning relationships through innovative methods in Europe.

“Joined by a number of dedicated partners  states Per Vinther, ALDA President  the Association of Local Democracy Agencies has taken up this challenge within the EU Programme “Europe for Citizens” with the objective of identifying new ways and skills of co-operation between partner cities which bring together all players in the community: local authorities, business and civil society. Dissemination of the ideas and suggestions which have been tabled during various conferences in the partner countries and in the concluding international conference in Dordrecht  declares Per Vinther  should encourage other cities across Europe to engage in Town Twinning as a means to share experience and learn from each other, to bring the countries of South East Europe closer to the EU and to promote active citizenship in general.”

The project is based on a partnership of six associations of municipalities in Albania, Slovakia, Macedonia, two in Bulgaria and Lithuania. During the past two years the partners have organized national workshops aiming to identify innovative tools for town-twinning and the variety of fields in which such a relationship can develop. This final conference taking place in Dordrecht will gather twinning experiences from Dutch municipalities and best practices from all over Europe from the partner countries and ALDA.

To the Conference will take part approx. 45 foreign representatives part originating, inter alia, from Albania, Lithuania, Macedonia and Bulgaria. Further participation will consist of representatives of Dutch municipalities, the foundations town twinning and the COS Zuid Holland (Centre for International cooperation).

Six workshops will take place in smaller groups allowing concrete discussions and encounter of many municipality representatives, in order to conclude on new cooperation projects, that could lead to future town-twinning agreements. The International Twinning Conference for Innovation provides information on international cooperation at local level today, and shows the possibilities that the ‘Europe for Citizens’ programme of the European Union offers.

The Cities project is implemented by the Association of Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA) in cooperation with the Association of Municipalities from Albania, the Regional Association of Municipalities “Central Stara Planina” and the Union of Bulgarian Black Sea Local Authorities from Bulgaria, the Association of Local Authorities in Lithuania, ECOVAST National section for Republic of Macedonia, the International Co-operation Agency of the Association of Netherlands Municipalities, and the Union of Towns and Cities of Slovakia.

The project was launched on 1st February 2010 and will finish on31st January 2011.

The project aims at promoting “innovation and creativity” in the framework of town-twinning, both in Europe and with a special focus on South-eastern Europe, as a way to revitalize and develop town-twinning relationships and thus strengthen cooperation among “old”, new and forthcoming Member States.

More specifically, the project aims at:

  • Promoting the concept of town twinning;
  • Starting, revitalizing, and developing town twinning relationships;
  • Improving the quality of the activities within existing twinning relationships, especially by means of developing thematic cooperation;
  • Developing new skills amongst those who are responsible for twinning activities at a local level;
  • Promoting exchange of good practices in the field of town-twinning.

The general objectives of the project are to:

  • Give citizens with the opportunity to interact and participate in constructing a tighter-knit Europe, which is democratic and world-oriented, united and enriched by its cultural diversity, thus developing citizenship of the European Union;
  • Develop a sense of European identity, based on common values, history and culture
  • Foster a sense of ownership of the European Union among its citizens:
  • Enhance tolerance and mutual understanding between European citizens, respecting and promoting cultural and linguistic diversity, while contributing to intercultural dialogue.

Download the programme of the Conference here

Download the programme of the workshops here

Visit http://www.bmc.nl/twinning/ for additional information on the Conference

Find further information about CITIES project (هنا)


Workshops for volunteers promoted by LDA CSS

Continuing the efforts to maintain and improve the work of our Volunteers’ Center, LDACSS
is realising a programme of workshops for the staff and our volunteers, PRO:
VOLUNTEERS. Workshops take place every second Saturday in the LDACSS’ offices and
are facilitated by MsJelenaDjordjevic – Maksimovic, a psychologist with extensive
experience.

Continuing the efforts to maintain and improve the work of our Volunteers’ Center, LDACSS
is realising a programme of workshops for the staff and our volunteers, PRO:
VOLUNTEERS. Workshops take place every second Saturday in the LDACSS’ offices and
are facilitated by MsJelenaDjordjevic – Maksimovic, a psychologist with extensive
experience.