ALDA WORKSHOP AND LDA ARMENIA PARTNER MEETING IN YEREVAN, ARMENIA JULY 12-14

On July 12 ALDA together with the Union of Communities of Armenia will organise a workshop on Local Self-government and citizen participation in Armenia. Local Armenian experts will discuss reform of local self-government and citizen participation in Armenia. Mr. Vache Terteryan, First deputy minister of Territorial Administration in Armenia will also address the participants of the workshop. Mr. Alessandro Perelli, ALDA Vice president from the Regional Administration of Friuli Venezia Giulia, will also share the experience of Italy and his region with decentralisation and citizen participation. See the workshop agenda on this link.

The workshop is part of an ALDA project on support to Local Democracy in South Caucasus funded by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities. It serves as a follow up to the conference on cooperation for Local Government development in South Caucasus that took place in Kutaisi in November 2010. In April and May similar workshops took place in Georgia and Azerbaijan.
On July 13-14 ALDA will organise a partner meeting for the establishment of the Local Democracy Agency in Armenia. NGOs and local and regional authorities who have expressed their interest in becoming partners of the LDA in Armenia will participate in the meeting and discuss issues such as the host city for the LDA, financing of the LDA, partnership agreement and the legal status of the LDA. Region Rhône Alpes, Regional Administration of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Union of Communities of Armenia, Urban Foundation for sustainable development, CISP Italy and representatives of the cities Yerevan, Ijevan and Gyumri will participate in the meeting.

For more information, see the draft agenda (هنا). And a background description of the LDA Armenia project (هنا)

On July 12 ALDA together with the Union of Communities of Armenia will organise a workshop on Local Self-government and citizen participation in Armenia. Local Armenian experts will discuss reform of local self-government and citizen participation in Armenia. Mr. Vache Terteryan, First deputy minister of Territorial Administration in Armenia will also address the participants of the workshop. Mr. Alessandro Perelli, ALDA Vice president from the Regional Administration of Friuli Venezia Giulia, will also share the experience of Italy and his region with decentralisation and citizen participation. See the workshop agenda on this link.

The workshop is part of an ALDA project on support to Local Democracy in South Caucasus funded by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities. It serves as a follow up to the conference on cooperation for Local Government development in South Caucasus that took place in Kutaisi in November 2010. In April and May similar workshops took place in Georgia and Azerbaijan.
On July 13-14 ALDA will organise a partner meeting for the establishment of the Local Democracy Agency in Armenia. NGOs and local and regional authorities who have expressed their interest in becoming partners of the LDA in Armenia will participate in the meeting and discuss issues such as the host city for the LDA, financing of the LDA, partnership agreement and the legal status of the LDA. Region Rhône Alpes, Regional Administration of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Union of Communities of Armenia, Urban Foundation for sustainable development, CISP Italy and representatives of the cities Yerevan, Ijevan and Gyumri will participate in the meeting.

For more information, see the draft agenda (هنا). And a background description of the LDA Armenia project (هنا)


REINFORCEMENT OF TOURISM DEVELOPMENT BETWEEN THE REGION LOWER NORMANDY AND SOUTH-WEST REGION IN MACEDONIA (JULY 03 – JULY 08, 2011)

In the framework of the program for Decentralised cooperation between the Lower Normandy Region and Republic of Macedonia, the official tourism delegation from Lower Normandy visited the South-West Region in Macedonia from July 3 to July 8, 2011.
The Lower Normandy delegation met several Macedonian tourism actors and discussed the first steps toward cooperation with the South-West Region-

This study visit contributed in validating possible points of cooperation in tourism, such as hosting, heritage evaluation, identification of thematic tourism etc. The experience, skills and expertise from the Normand side will be exchanged with the South-West region actors and institutions.
This study visit included several key points in Macedonian tourism, such as the cities of Ohrid, Struga and Kicevo, nearby villages and communities of Vevcani, Drugovo, Manastirec, etc. This exploratory mission will contribute in validating possible areas of cooperation in tourism fields, develop and share experiences with the institutions of the South-West region in Macedonia and reinforce the programme for decentralised cooperation between the Lower Normandy region and Republic of Macedonia, coordinated by the Association of local democracy agencies (ALDA).
For further information please consult www.alda-europe.eu/newSite/project.php, or the webpage of the Cooperation crbn-mk.courriers.info or contact Katica Janeva katica.janeva@aldaintranet.org.

In the framework of the program for Decentralised cooperation between the Lower Normandy Region and Republic of Macedonia, the official tourism delegation from Lower Normandy visited the South-West Region in Macedonia from July 3 to July 8, 2011.
The Lower Normandy delegation met several Macedonian tourism actors and discussed the first steps toward cooperation with the South-West Region-

This study visit contributed in validating possible points of cooperation in tourism, such as hosting, heritage evaluation, identification of thematic tourism etc. The experience, skills and expertise from the Normand side will be exchanged with the South-West region actors and institutions.
This study visit included several key points in Macedonian tourism, such as the cities of Ohrid, Struga and Kicevo, nearby villages and communities of Vevcani, Drugovo, Manastirec, etc. This exploratory mission will contribute in validating possible areas of cooperation in tourism fields, develop and share experiences with the institutions of the South-West region in Macedonia and reinforce the programme for decentralised cooperation between the Lower Normandy region and Republic of Macedonia, coordinated by the Association of local democracy agencies (ALDA).
For further information please consult www.alda-europe.eu/newSite/project.php, or the webpage of the Cooperation crbn-mk.courriers.info or contact Katica Janeva katica.janeva@aldaintranet.org.


THE FRIULI VENEZIA GIULIA REGION (IT), NEW VICEPRESIDENT OF ALDA

President of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, is the new Vicepresident of ALDA.
The long lasting member of ALDA was elected by the Assembly of ALDA members, that took place in Bydgoszcz (9th of July).
Mr. Renzo Tondo (President of the Region) is represented by Alessandro Perelli in the Assembly and in the Governing Board of ALDA.

The Friuli Venezia Giulia Region is lead partner of the LDA of Niksic in Montenegro and partner of the LDA of Verteneglio-Brtonigla, in Croatia (Istria Region).
This election was proposed by the Governing Board for the involvement of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region in ALDA and in all its programmes, projects and objectives.
The representative of Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, will be vicepresident until the next General Assembly of ALDA that will be probably held in that Region in 2012.

President of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, is the new Vicepresident of ALDA.
The long lasting member of ALDA was elected by the Assembly of ALDA members, that took place in Bydgoszcz (9th of July).
Mr. Renzo Tondo (President of the Region) is represented by Alessandro Perelli in the Assembly and in the Governing Board of ALDA.

The Friuli Venezia Giulia Region is lead partner of the LDA of Niksic in Montenegro and partner of the LDA of Verteneglio-Brtonigla, in Croatia (Istria Region).
This election was proposed by the Governing Board for the involvement of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region in ALDA and in all its programmes, projects and objectives.
The representative of Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, will be vicepresident until the next General Assembly of ALDA that will be probably held in that Region in 2012.


LOCAL DEMOCRACY AGENCY ARMENIA TO OPEN IN GYUMRI, ARMENIA IN OCTOBER 2011

On July 13 and 14 a preparatory partner meeting for LDA Armenia took place in Yerevan to discuss the establishment of an LDA in Armenia. The participants in the meeting were among others Region Rhône Alpes, Regional Administration of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Union of Communities of Armenia, Urban Foundation for sustainable development and CISP Italy. Furthermore Mr. Nersisyan mayor of Ijevan, Mr. Manukyan, Vice Mayor of Gyumri, Ministry of Territorial Administration in Armenia, Counterpart International and GIZ also participated in the meeting.

The future partners of the LDA decided that LDA Armenia will be hosted by Gyumri municipality with a satellite office in Ijevan. Gyumri is the second largest city in Armenia and was selected since it will provide a good basis to allow the LDA to work on a national level. Furthermore the vibrant civil society in Gyumri and the possibilities to improve the situation for cooperation between civil society and local authorities were stressed as important factors. In addition to this, Gyumri is also linked with Kutaisi which provides a strong basis for developing the cooperation with Kutaisi city and LDA Georgia, which is located in Kutaisi.

The LDA will work to improve local democracy and involvement of citizens and NGOs in the work of local authorities. It is important to ensure that the LDA is independent of the local authorities in Gyumri and to ensure that it can work on a national level. The LDA will aim to serve as a bridge between Europe and Armenia and will bring Armenian practice to Europe and European experience to Armenia – and at the same time operate as a link between Local Authorities and NGOs in Armenia. Finally the LDA will also work to ensure cross border cooperation in South Caucasus and will work to promote peace and understanding in the South Caucasus region.

The meeting confirmed Region Rhône Alpes as lead partner for the LDA, while Regional Administration of Friuli Venezia Giulia, CISP Italy, Union of Communities of Armenia, Ijevan and Gyumri will be partners of the LDA. There will be a further process during the coming months to involve more international partners and to select national and local Armenian NGOs to be partners of the LDA.

The partners at the meeting confirmed October 27 as the official day for the opening ceremony of LDA Armenia in Gyumri and will work to initiate the selection of a delegate and registration of the LDA as a Foundation before that date.

The LDA will be located in the right wing of the building (see photo) which hosts other public associations and NGOs in Gyumri.

For further information please contact peter.sondergaard@aldaintranet.org

Background document on the LDA in Armenia هنا.

On July 13 and 14 a preparatory partner meeting for LDA Armenia took place in Yerevan to discuss the establishment of an LDA in Armenia. The participants in the meeting were among others Region Rhône Alpes, Regional Administration of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Union of Communities of Armenia, Urban Foundation for sustainable development and CISP Italy. Furthermore Mr. Nersisyan mayor of Ijevan, Mr. Manukyan, Vice Mayor of Gyumri, Ministry of Territorial Administration in Armenia, Counterpart International and GIZ also participated in the meeting.

The future partners of the LDA decided that LDA Armenia will be hosted by Gyumri municipality with a satellite office in Ijevan. Gyumri is the second largest city in Armenia and was selected since it will provide a good basis to allow the LDA to work on a national level. Furthermore the vibrant civil society in Gyumri and the possibilities to improve the situation for cooperation between civil society and local authorities were stressed as important factors. In addition to this, Gyumri is also linked with Kutaisi which provides a strong basis for developing the cooperation with Kutaisi city and LDA Georgia, which is located in Kutaisi.

The LDA will work to improve local democracy and involvement of citizens and NGOs in the work of local authorities. It is important to ensure that the LDA is independent of the local authorities in Gyumri and to ensure that it can work on a national level. The LDA will aim to serve as a bridge between Europe and Armenia and will bring Armenian practice to Europe and European experience to Armenia – and at the same time operate as a link between Local Authorities and NGOs in Armenia. Finally the LDA will also work to ensure cross border cooperation in South Caucasus and will work to promote peace and understanding in the South Caucasus region.

The meeting confirmed Region Rhône Alpes as lead partner for the LDA, while Regional Administration of Friuli Venezia Giulia, CISP Italy, Union of Communities of Armenia, Ijevan and Gyumri will be partners of the LDA. There will be a further process during the coming months to involve more international partners and to select national and local Armenian NGOs to be partners of the LDA.

The partners at the meeting confirmed October 27 as the official day for the opening ceremony of LDA Armenia in Gyumri and will work to initiate the selection of a delegate and registration of the LDA as a Foundation before that date.

The LDA will be located in the right wing of the building (see photo) which hosts other public associations and NGOs in Gyumri.

For further information please contact peter.sondergaard@aldaintranet.org

Background document on the LDA in Armenia هنا.


ALDA'S general assembly in Bydgoszcz

ALDA General Assembly 2011 took place in Bydgoszcz (9th July 2011), the day after the
important International Conference on “Volunteering for Democracy”.
ALDA members approved all the documents presented at the end of a challenging year for
the Association.(please find these documents here (http://www.alda-europe.eu/newSite/2-
ass2011.php)).
“After the achievements of the first ten years of existence – stated Mr.Keith Whitmore,

President of the Congress of the Council of Europe in his speech (public/doc/343-Whitmore-
in-Bygdoszcz-ALDA-GA-9 Jul-11.pdf)- the Association has become an important player in

local democracy-building and a genuine driving force behind cross-border co-operation at
both local and regional level – not only in South-East Europe but also increasingly in South
Caucasus and the rest of the Eastern Partnership countries. And let’s not forget the crucial
role played by ALDA in promoting the entry of South-East European countries in the
European Union, and preparing the ground at local level for their future integration”.
ALDA and the Local Democracy Agencies, since their creation, have been actively
promoting democracy and respect for human and minority rights in the countries of South
Eastern Europe and of Southern Caucasus.
Some of these countries are at the threshold of the European Union, though there are a
number of challenges to be tackled before that step will be carried out.
“ALDA and the Local Democracy Agencies – stated Mr. Per Vinther, ALDA President – by
means of helping lo.

ALDA General Assembly 2011 took place in Bydgoszcz (9th July 2011), the day after the
important International Conference on “Volunteering for Democracy”.
ALDA members approved all the documents presented at the end of a challenging year for
the Association.(please find these documents here (http://www.alda-europe.eu/newSite/2-
ass2011.php)).
“After the achievements of the first ten years of existence – stated Mr.Keith Whitmore,

President of the Congress of the Council of Europe in his speech (public/doc/343-Whitmore-
in-Bygdoszcz-ALDA-GA-9 Jul-11.pdf)- the Association has become an important player in

local democracy-building and a genuine driving force behind cross-border co-operation at
both local and regional level – not only in South-East Europe but also increasingly in South
Caucasus and the rest of the Eastern Partnership countries. And let’s not forget the crucial
role played by ALDA in promoting the entry of South-East European countries in the
European Union, and preparing the ground at local level for their future integration”.
ALDA and the Local Democracy Agencies, since their creation, have been actively
promoting democracy and respect for human and minority rights in the countries of South
Eastern Europe and of Southern Caucasus.
Some of these countries are at the threshold of the European Union, though there are a
number of challenges to be tackled before that step will be carried out.
“ALDA and the Local Democracy Agencies – stated Mr. Per Vinther, ALDA President – by
means of helping lo.


ALDA'S GENERAL ASSEMBLY (9TH JULY 2011) IN BYDGOSZCZ, PL

ALDA General Assembly 2011 took place in Bydgoszcz (9th July 2011), the day after the important International Conference on “Volunteering for Democracy”.
ALDA members approved all the documents presented at the end of a challenging year for the Association.(please find these documents here).

“After the achievements of the first ten years of existence – stated Mr.Keith Whitmore, President of the Congress of the Council of Europe in his speech – the Association has become an important player in local democracy-building and a genuine driving force behind cross-border co-operation at both local and regional level – not only in South-East Europe but also increasingly in South Caucasus and the rest of the Eastern Partnership countries. And let’s not  forget the crucial role played by ALDA in promoting the entry  of South-East European countries in the European Union, and preparing the ground at local level for their future integration”.
ALDA and the Local Democracy Agencies, since their creation, have been actively promoting democracy and respect for human and minority rights in the countries of South Eastern Europe and of Southern Caucasus.
Some of these countries are at the threshold of the European Union, though there are a number of challenges to be tackled before that step will be carried out.

“ALDA and the Local Democracy Agencies – stated Mr. Per Vinther, ALDA President – by means of helping lo

ALDA General Assembly 2011 took place in Bydgoszcz (9th July 2011), the day after the important International Conference on “Volunteering for Democracy”.
ALDA members approved all the documents presented at the end of a challenging year for the Association.(please find these documents here).

“After the achievements of the first ten years of existence – stated Mr.Keith Whitmore, President of the Congress of the Council of Europe in his speech – the Association has become an important player in local democracy-building and a genuine driving force behind cross-border co-operation at both local and regional level – not only in South-East Europe but also increasingly in South Caucasus and the rest of the Eastern Partnership countries. And let’s not  forget the crucial role played by ALDA in promoting the entry  of South-East European countries in the European Union, and preparing the ground at local level for their future integration”.
ALDA and the Local Democracy Agencies, since their creation, have been actively promoting democracy and respect for human and minority rights in the countries of South Eastern Europe and of Southern Caucasus.
Some of these countries are at the threshold of the European Union, though there are a number of challenges to be tackled before that step will be carried out.

“ALDA and the Local Democracy Agencies – stated Mr. Per Vinther, ALDA President – by means of helping lo


ALDA'S international conference on “volunteering for democracy” in Bydgoszcz

Volunteering is a fundamental instrument for the growth of democracy. Europe believes in its strengthening and
intends, with the European Year of Volunteering, to promote the involvement and the participation of European
citizens.
At the moment one hundred million of European people areactive in a voluntary service and the main objective of
the year is to develop this part of active citizens. In order to raise the goals the activity of all the European
countries all involved and active to support the volunteering. Is very important.
This is what has come out during the international conference on “Volunteering for Democracy”, organised as
part of the European Year of Volunteering 2011, jointly by ALDA and the Bydgoszcz City Hall, that was held in
Bydgoszcz, Poland (8th of July).
The event, which main aim was the promotion of voluntary services and civil participation, represented the
launching event of the first Polish Presidency of the European Union for Kujavy and Pomerania Region.
It was attended by 150 representatives from civil society groups and local governments from all over Europe.
Keith Whitmore, President of the Congress of the Council of Europe, participated and opened the Conference
with a speach (public/doc/342-Whitmore-in-Bydgoszcz-ALDA-volunteering-Jul-8.pdf).
“What we need today – stated Mr Whitmore – is the practical partnership between local and regional authorities
and the volunteer sector, and a practical framework for their cooperation. The authorities at the grassroots
should support voluntary organisations, help with the training of volunteers and provide guidance in voluntary
project management. They should themselves set a good example by actively participating in voluntary projects.
A particular attention should be paid to involving young people and youth organisations, including setting up
youth councils or assemblies at local and regional levels. Our objective should be to bring together local and
regional authorities and civil society to spread expertise and good practices, raise awareness and encourage
exchanges of experience – in other words, to build partnerships for the benefit of our citizens and the
improvement of local democracy and self-governance”.
John Macdonald, Representative of the European Commission, Head of Task Force European Year of
Volunteering, addressed the audience through a video message underlining the role of volunteering for the
growth of citizen participation and democracy.
“The event of such kind – stated the Mayor of Bydgoszcz, Mr. RafałBruski– is exactly what we need locally and
regionally. A phenomenon of participation is what local community sees as democracy. The visible need to
promote formal and non-formal levels of these activities is both: a task for and ambition of local authorities of

Bydgoszcz. I am sure this experience has shown a path and clear direction for public institutions and non-
governmental organizations”.

ALDA President, Mr. Per Vinther, underlined that wherever people help and support those in need, society gains
in cohesion and democracy. This is why ALDA and its members work to promote the active citizenship and the
civil participation both in Member States and neighboring countries.
The conference included formal and non-formal participation; representatives of several European Ngo’s and
Institutions illustrated the experiences of their organisations and countries inthe field of voluntarism.
The conference was part of a three-year VIT project (Very Important Twinning) – “Europe for Citizens”
programme. The project envisages 20 international events.
Polish EU Presidence (http://pl2011.eu/en/content/international-conference-volunteering-democracy)
COE website (http://www.coe.int/t/congress/default_en.asp)
VIDEOCLIP CITY HALL BYDGOSZCZ (http://youtu.be/u85o0rCS1h8)
CONFERENCE PRESS CLIP (http://public/doc/345-
ALDA_CONFERENCE_VOLUTEERING_FOR_DEMOCRACY_BYGDOSZCZ_08_07_2011_PRESS_CLIP.zip)
CONFERENCE WWW CLIPPING (http://public/doc/344-
ALDA_CONFERENCE_VOLUTEERING_FOR_DEMOCRACY_BYGDOSZCZ_08_07_2011_WWW_CLIPPING.pdf)
Italian Ministry for labour and social policy- DG voluteering
(http://www.destinazioneeuropa.eu/calendario/dettaglio.asp?idevento=168&idambito=1)
Kujawsko-Pomorski Urząd Wojewódzki W Bydgoszcz (http://www.bydgoszcz.uw.gov.pl/)

Kujawsko-Pomorski Urząd Wojewódzki (http://www.kujawsko-
pomorskie2011.pl/index.php/wydarzenia/konferencje/73-wolontariat-dla-demokracji)

http://en.recreatura.com (http://en.recreatura.com)

Photogallery
ALDA CONFERENCE VOLUTEERING FOR DEMOCRACY, BYDGOSZCZ 8 OF JULY 2011
(photogallery_dett.php?id=14)
ALDA CONFERENCE VOLUTEERING FOR DEMOCRACY WORKING GROUP 1 BYDGOSZCZ 8 OF JULY
2011 (photogallery_dett.php?id=15)

Volunteering is a fundamental instrument for the growth of democracy. Europe believes in its strengthening and
intends, with the European Year of Volunteering, to promote the involvement and the participation of European
citizens.
At the moment one hundred million of European people areactive in a voluntary service and the main objective of
the year is to develop this part of active citizens. In order to raise the goals the activity of all the European
countries all involved and active to support the volunteering. Is very important.
This is what has come out during the international conference on “Volunteering for Democracy”, organised as
part of the European Year of Volunteering 2011, jointly by ALDA and the Bydgoszcz City Hall, that was held in
Bydgoszcz, Poland (8th of July).
The event, which main aim was the promotion of voluntary services and civil participation, represented the
launching event of the first Polish Presidency of the European Union for Kujavy and Pomerania Region.
It was attended by 150 representatives from civil society groups and local governments from all over Europe.
Keith Whitmore, President of the Congress of the Council of Europe, participated and opened the Conference
with a speach (public/doc/342-Whitmore-in-Bydgoszcz-ALDA-volunteering-Jul-8.pdf).
“What we need today – stated Mr Whitmore – is the practical partnership between local and regional authorities
and the volunteer sector, and a practical framework for their cooperation. The authorities at the grassroots
should support voluntary organisations, help with the training of volunteers and provide guidance in voluntary
project management. They should themselves set a good example by actively participating in voluntary projects.
A particular attention should be paid to involving young people and youth organisations, including setting up
youth councils or assemblies at local and regional levels. Our objective should be to bring together local and
regional authorities and civil society to spread expertise and good practices, raise awareness and encourage
exchanges of experience – in other words, to build partnerships for the benefit of our citizens and the
improvement of local democracy and self-governance”.
John Macdonald, Representative of the European Commission, Head of Task Force European Year of
Volunteering, addressed the audience through a video message underlining the role of volunteering for the
growth of citizen participation and democracy.
“The event of such kind – stated the Mayor of Bydgoszcz, Mr. RafałBruski– is exactly what we need locally and
regionally. A phenomenon of participation is what local community sees as democracy. The visible need to
promote formal and non-formal levels of these activities is both: a task for and ambition of local authorities of

Bydgoszcz. I am sure this experience has shown a path and clear direction for public institutions and non-
governmental organizations”.

ALDA President, Mr. Per Vinther, underlined that wherever people help and support those in need, society gains
in cohesion and democracy. This is why ALDA and its members work to promote the active citizenship and the
civil participation both in Member States and neighboring countries.
The conference included formal and non-formal participation; representatives of several European Ngo’s and
Institutions illustrated the experiences of their organisations and countries inthe field of voluntarism.
The conference was part of a three-year VIT project (Very Important Twinning) – “Europe for Citizens”
programme. The project envisages 20 international events.
Polish EU Presidence (http://pl2011.eu/en/content/international-conference-volunteering-democracy)
COE website (http://www.coe.int/t/congress/default_en.asp)
VIDEOCLIP CITY HALL BYDGOSZCZ (http://youtu.be/u85o0rCS1h8)
CONFERENCE PRESS CLIP (http://public/doc/345-
ALDA_CONFERENCE_VOLUTEERING_FOR_DEMOCRACY_BYGDOSZCZ_08_07_2011_PRESS_CLIP.zip)
CONFERENCE WWW CLIPPING (http://public/doc/344-
ALDA_CONFERENCE_VOLUTEERING_FOR_DEMOCRACY_BYGDOSZCZ_08_07_2011_WWW_CLIPPING.pdf)
Italian Ministry for labour and social policy- DG voluteering
(http://www.destinazioneeuropa.eu/calendario/dettaglio.asp?idevento=168&idambito=1)
Kujawsko-Pomorski Urząd Wojewódzki W Bydgoszcz (http://www.bydgoszcz.uw.gov.pl/)

Kujawsko-Pomorski Urząd Wojewódzki (http://www.kujawsko-
pomorskie2011.pl/index.php/wydarzenia/konferencje/73-wolontariat-dla-demokracji)

http://en.recreatura.com (http://en.recreatura.com)

Photogallery
ALDA CONFERENCE VOLUTEERING FOR DEMOCRACY, BYDGOSZCZ 8 OF JULY 2011
(photogallery_dett.php?id=14)
ALDA CONFERENCE VOLUTEERING FOR DEMOCRACY WORKING GROUP 1 BYDGOSZCZ 8 OF JULY
2011 (photogallery_dett.php?id=15)


Why a new website of ALDA?

Dear visitors,
Welcome to the webpage of the Association of Local Democracy Agencies, ALDA. The
internet is only one, but certainly a very important, communication tool which we shall
continue to develop and make available in order to inform all the people about our activities
and if possible motivate them to engage in similar worthwhile activities with us or other
partners. Below I have summed up the far-reaching endeavours undertaken by our
Association.

Since 1999 ALDA – and some of the individual Local Democracy Agencies in our network
even longer – have been actively promoting democracy and respect for human and minority
rights in the countries of South Eastern Europe and of Southern Caucasus.
Some of these countries are at the threshold of the European Union, though there are a
number of challenges to be tackled before that threshold can be crossed. ALDA and the
Local Democracy Agencies through helping local communities create a better life for all of
their inhabitants have constantly kept in mind that this effort should also be targeted to help
the countries in question prepare themselves for the “demands” of EU membership.
Recently, involvement in the Civil Society Forum of the Eastern Partnership of the EU, EaP,
has led ALDA to increase attention on the countries of Eastern Europe and intensify its
longer term activities to help strengthen and promote the role of civil society in Belarus and
Georgia as well as engage itself in the other countries of the EaP. To this one might add our
ongoing cooperation with civil society organisations in EU neighbourhood countries on the
southern rim of the Mediterranean.
ALDA enjoys the support of members in most of the countries of Europe, i.e. regional and
local authorities, NGOs and individuals. Based on its commitment to a Europe for All, ALDA
has become a dedicated partner of the EU within the programme Europe for Citizens and
has together with its members been implementing many projects to promote civic
participation in its various forms, including volunteering.
I wish you and interesting and inspiring read, browsing through our site.
Per VINTHER
رئيس

Dear visitors,
Welcome to the webpage of the Association of Local Democracy Agencies, ALDA. The
internet is only one, but certainly a very important, communication tool which we shall
continue to develop and make available in order to inform all the people about our activities
and if possible motivate them to engage in similar worthwhile activities with us or other
partners. Below I have summed up the far-reaching endeavours undertaken by our
Association.

Since 1999 ALDA – and some of the individual Local Democracy Agencies in our network
even longer – have been actively promoting democracy and respect for human and minority
rights in the countries of South Eastern Europe and of Southern Caucasus.
Some of these countries are at the threshold of the European Union, though there are a
number of challenges to be tackled before that threshold can be crossed. ALDA and the
Local Democracy Agencies through helping local communities create a better life for all of
their inhabitants have constantly kept in mind that this effort should also be targeted to help
the countries in question prepare themselves for the “demands” of EU membership.
Recently, involvement in the Civil Society Forum of the Eastern Partnership of the EU, EaP,
has led ALDA to increase attention on the countries of Eastern Europe and intensify its
longer term activities to help strengthen and promote the role of civil society in Belarus and
Georgia as well as engage itself in the other countries of the EaP. To this one might add our
ongoing cooperation with civil society organisations in EU neighbourhood countries on the
southern rim of the Mediterranean.
ALDA enjoys the support of members in most of the countries of Europe, i.e. regional and
local authorities, NGOs and individuals. Based on its commitment to a Europe for All, ALDA
has become a dedicated partner of the EU within the programme Europe for Citizens and
has together with its members been implementing many projects to promote civic
participation in its various forms, including volunteering.
I wish you and interesting and inspiring read, browsing through our site.
Per VINTHER
رئيس


مجموعات عمل ALDA 2010

مجموعات عمل ALDA 2010 - خطة عمل تشاركية لتطوير شبكة ALDA الدولية

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مجموعات عمل ALDA 2010 - خطة عمل تشاركية لتطوير شبكة ALDA الدولية

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EXPLORATORY MISSION FROM LOWER NORMANDY WILL DISCOVER TOURISM POTENTIAL OF SOUTH-WESTERN MACEDONIA (JULY 03 – JULY 08, 2011)

In the four years that have elapsed since the beginning of the creation of the decentralised cooperation between Lower Normandy Region and Macedonia, the cooperation has marked significant number of achieved goals. In the domains of both bilateral and multilateral cooperation, strengthening the development of policies and raising initiatives for cooperation, the decentralised cooperation between Lower Normandy and Macedonia will try to create economic ties between the two territories. Following that idea, the tourism sector has emerged as great opportunity.

Macedonian tourism potential combined with Norman know-how can lead to new goals and activities. Driven by this idea and the tourism diversity of the South-West region in Macedonia, Normand delegation will visit this region on an exploratory mission with actors from Lower Normandy, particularly the Caen region, since the city of Caen and city of Ohrid are twinned in 2009. This study mission starts on July 03 until July 08 and will focus on the city of Ohrid and it’s region.
This mission aims on validating possible areas of cooperation in tourism fields, develop and share experiences with the institutions of the South-West region in Macedonia, as well as establish an inventory of Macedonian tourism infrastructure and identify local partners. This study visit will represent the beginning for cooperation between tourism actors, and great reinforcement in the decentralised cooperation between the Lower Normandy region and Republic of Macedonia so far. For further information please consult the webpage of the Cooperation http://crbn-mk.courriers.info or contact Katica Janeva katica.janeva@aldaintranet.org.
The Project for decentralized cooperation between Republic of Macedonia and the Region of Lower Normandy, France is coordinated by the Association of local democracy agencies (ALDA).

In the four years that have elapsed since the beginning of the creation of the decentralised cooperation between Lower Normandy Region and Macedonia, the cooperation has marked significant number of achieved goals. In the domains of both bilateral and multilateral cooperation, strengthening the development of policies and raising initiatives for cooperation, the decentralised cooperation between Lower Normandy and Macedonia will try to create economic ties between the two territories. Following that idea, the tourism sector has emerged as great opportunity.

Macedonian tourism potential combined with Norman know-how can lead to new goals and activities. Driven by this idea and the tourism diversity of the South-West region in Macedonia, Normand delegation will visit this region on an exploratory mission with actors from Lower Normandy, particularly the Caen region, since the city of Caen and city of Ohrid are twinned in 2009. This study mission starts on July 03 until July 08 and will focus on the city of Ohrid and it’s region.
This mission aims on validating possible areas of cooperation in tourism fields, develop and share experiences with the institutions of the South-West region in Macedonia, as well as establish an inventory of Macedonian tourism infrastructure and identify local partners. This study visit will represent the beginning for cooperation between tourism actors, and great reinforcement in the decentralised cooperation between the Lower Normandy region and Republic of Macedonia so far. For further information please consult the webpage of the Cooperation http://crbn-mk.courriers.info or contact Katica Janeva katica.janeva@aldaintranet.org.
The Project for decentralized cooperation between Republic of Macedonia and the Region of Lower Normandy, France is coordinated by the Association of local democracy agencies (ALDA).