FOURTH YEAR OF THE COOPERATION – STRENGTHENING AND SHARING IDEAS FOR REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND INTERCULTURALISM

The steering committee regarding the cooperation between Normandy and the Republic of Macedonia was held from September 12 to 15 in Ohrid. During this annual meeting of Macedonian and French partners all participants had an opportunity to participate in the workshops, meetings and discussions regarding the past four years of the project and consider future activities.

The components’ tandems analyzed their activities separately and shared their impressions with all stakeholders. The possibilities and opportunities for participation and responding to calls for European projects were also studied, such as networking for lobbying in order to represent the interests of the cooperation at the European institutions. The priorities of the cooperation are support of the regional development and municipalities, development of the cooperation in relation to the Balkans and Caucasus, but also, for the first time, economic development.
The Programme for decentralised cooperation between the Region Lower Normandy and Republic of Macedonia is coordinated by ALDA, the Association of Local Democracy Agencies. For further information please consult the webpage of the Cooperation http://crbn-mk.courriers.info/ or contact Katica Janeva katica.janeva@aldaintranet.org

QUARTO ANNO DELLA COOPERAZIONE – RAFFORZAMENTO E CONDIVISIONE DI IDEE PER LO SVILUPPO REGIONALE E L’INTERCULTURALITÀ

Il comitato direttivo del progetto di cooperazione tra la Regione Bassa Normandia e la Repubblica di Macedonia si è riunito dal 12 al 15 settembre a Ohrid. Durante questo incontro annuale di soci macedoni e francesi tutti i partecipanti hanno avuto l’opportunità di partecipare a workshop, incontri e discussioni in merito negli ultimi quattro anni del progetto e di prendere in considerazione le attività future.

Ciascuno dei componenti ha analizzato la propria attività separatamente e condiviso le proprie impressioni con tutte le parti interessate. Sono state anche studiate le possibilità e le opportunità di partecipazione e risposta alle chiamate dei progetti europei, come il networking per attività di lobbying allo scopo di rappresentare gli interessi della cooperazione presso le istituzioni europee. Le priorità della cooperazione sono: il sostegno dello sviluppo delle regioni e dei comuni, lo sviluppo della cooperazione nei Balcani e nel Caucaso, ma anche, per la prima volta, lo sviluppo economico.
Il Programma di cooperazione decentrata tra la Regione Bassa Normandia a e la Repubblica di Macedonia è coordinato da ALDA. Per ulteriori informazioni consultare la pagina web della Cooperazione http://crbn-mk.courriers.info/ o contattare Katica Janeva katica.janeva@aldaintranet.org

LA QUATRIEME ANNEE DE LA COOPERATION : RENFORCEMENT ET PARTAGE DES IDEES VERS UN DEVELOPPEMENT REGIONAL ET L’INTERCULTURALITE

Le comité de pilotage final de la coopération entre la Basse-Normandie et la République de Macédoine s’est tenu du 12 au 15 septembre à Ohrid. Cette réunion annuelle des partenaires macédoniens et français a été l’occasion de faire un bilan des résultats de l’année quatre du projet et de réfléchir aux activités futures.

Durant ces journées de travail, les partenaires et les coordinateurs ont analysé les activités axe par axe. Ils ont également étudié les possibilités de répondre à des appels aux projets européens et de travailler en réseau pour constituer un lobby pour défendre les intérêts de la coopération auprès des institutions européennes. Les priorités de la coopération sont l’appui au développement régional et aux municipalités, le développement de la coopération en lien avec les pays des Balkans et du Caucase, mais aussi, pour la première fois, le développement économique.

Le Programme de coopération décentralisée entre la Région Basse-Normandie et la République de Macédoine est coordonné par l’Association des agences de la démocratie locale (AADL). Pour plus d’informations, merci de consulter le site web de la Coopération http://crbn-mk.courriers.info/ ou contactez Mlle. Katica Janeva, au courrier katica.janeva@aldaintranet.org.

ЧЕТВЕРТЫЙ ГОД СОТРУДНИЧЕСТВА – УКРЕПЛЕНИЕ И ОБМЕН ИДЕЯМИ ДЛЯ РЕГИОНАЛЬНОГО РАЗВИТИЯ И МЕЖКУЛЬТУРАЛИЗМА

12 – 15 сентября в г. Охрид состоялось заседание организационного комитета о сотрудничестве между Нормандией и Республикой Македония. Во время этого ежегодного заседания македонских и французских партнеров все участники имели возможность принять участие в работе семинаров, собраний и дискуссий, касающихся последних четырех годах проекта, и рассмотреть будущие мероприятия.

Обе стороны отдельно проанализировали свою деятельность и поделились своими впечатлениями со всеми участниками. Были также изучены перспективы и возможности участия в европейских проектах, таких как объединение усилий для лоббирования с целью представления преимуществ сотрудничества в Европейских институтах. Приоритетными направлениями сотрудничества являются поддержка развития регионов и муниципалитетов, развитие сотрудничества в отношении Балкан и Кавказа, и впервые экономическое развитие.
Программа децентрализованного сотрудничества между Нижней Нормандией и Македонией  координируется Ассоциацией агентств местной демократии. За дополнительной информацией обращайтесь к веб-странице о сотрудничестве: http://crbn-mk.courriers.info/, или к г-же Катица Янева (Katica Janeva): katica.janeva@aldaintranet.org

The steering committee regarding the cooperation between Normandy and the Republic of Macedonia was held from September 12 to 15 in Ohrid. During this annual meeting of Macedonian and French partners all participants had an opportunity to participate in the workshops, meetings and discussions regarding the past four years of the project and consider future activities.

The components’ tandems analyzed their activities separately and shared their impressions with all stakeholders. The possibilities and opportunities for participation and responding to calls for European projects were also studied, such as networking for lobbying in order to represent the interests of the cooperation at the European institutions. The priorities of the cooperation are support of the regional development and municipalities, development of the cooperation in relation to the Balkans and Caucasus, but also, for the first time, economic development.
The Programme for decentralised cooperation between the Region Lower Normandy and Republic of Macedonia is coordinated by ALDA, the Association of Local Democracy Agencies. For further information please consult the webpage of the Cooperation http://crbn-mk.courriers.info/ or contact Katica Janeva katica.janeva@aldaintranet.org

QUARTO ANNO DELLA COOPERAZIONE – RAFFORZAMENTO E CONDIVISIONE DI IDEE PER LO SVILUPPO REGIONALE E L’INTERCULTURALITÀ

Il comitato direttivo del progetto di cooperazione tra la Regione Bassa Normandia e la Repubblica di Macedonia si è riunito dal 12 al 15 settembre a Ohrid. Durante questo incontro annuale di soci macedoni e francesi tutti i partecipanti hanno avuto l’opportunità di partecipare a workshop, incontri e discussioni in merito negli ultimi quattro anni del progetto e di prendere in considerazione le attività future.

Ciascuno dei componenti ha analizzato la propria attività separatamente e condiviso le proprie impressioni con tutte le parti interessate. Sono state anche studiate le possibilità e le opportunità di partecipazione e risposta alle chiamate dei progetti europei, come il networking per attività di lobbying allo scopo di rappresentare gli interessi della cooperazione presso le istituzioni europee. Le priorità della cooperazione sono: il sostegno dello sviluppo delle regioni e dei comuni, lo sviluppo della cooperazione nei Balcani e nel Caucaso, ma anche, per la prima volta, lo sviluppo economico.
Il Programma di cooperazione decentrata tra la Regione Bassa Normandia a e la Repubblica di Macedonia è coordinato da ALDA. Per ulteriori informazioni consultare la pagina web della Cooperazione http://crbn-mk.courriers.info/ o contattare Katica Janeva katica.janeva@aldaintranet.org

LA QUATRIEME ANNEE DE LA COOPERATION : RENFORCEMENT ET PARTAGE DES IDEES VERS UN DEVELOPPEMENT REGIONAL ET L’INTERCULTURALITE

Le comité de pilotage final de la coopération entre la Basse-Normandie et la République de Macédoine s’est tenu du 12 au 15 septembre à Ohrid. Cette réunion annuelle des partenaires macédoniens et français a été l’occasion de faire un bilan des résultats de l’année quatre du projet et de réfléchir aux activités futures.

Durant ces journées de travail, les partenaires et les coordinateurs ont analysé les activités axe par axe. Ils ont également étudié les possibilités de répondre à des appels aux projets européens et de travailler en réseau pour constituer un lobby pour défendre les intérêts de la coopération auprès des institutions européennes. Les priorités de la coopération sont l’appui au développement régional et aux municipalités, le développement de la coopération en lien avec les pays des Balkans et du Caucase, mais aussi, pour la première fois, le développement économique.

Le Programme de coopération décentralisée entre la Région Basse-Normandie et la République de Macédoine est coordonné par l’Association des agences de la démocratie locale (AADL). Pour plus d’informations, merci de consulter le site web de la Coopération http://crbn-mk.courriers.info/ ou contactez Mlle. Katica Janeva, au courrier katica.janeva@aldaintranet.org.

ЧЕТВЕРТЫЙ ГОД СОТРУДНИЧЕСТВА – УКРЕПЛЕНИЕ И ОБМЕН ИДЕЯМИ ДЛЯ РЕГИОНАЛЬНОГО РАЗВИТИЯ И МЕЖКУЛЬТУРАЛИЗМА

12 – 15 сентября в г. Охрид состоялось заседание организационного комитета о сотрудничестве между Нормандией и Республикой Македония. Во время этого ежегодного заседания македонских и французских партнеров все участники имели возможность принять участие в работе семинаров, собраний и дискуссий, касающихся последних четырех годах проекта, и рассмотреть будущие мероприятия.

Обе стороны отдельно проанализировали свою деятельность и поделились своими впечатлениями со всеми участниками. Были также изучены перспективы и возможности участия в европейских проектах, таких как объединение усилий для лоббирования с целью представления преимуществ сотрудничества в Европейских институтах. Приоритетными направлениями сотрудничества являются поддержка развития регионов и муниципалитетов, развитие сотрудничества в отношении Балкан и Кавказа, и впервые экономическое развитие.
Программа децентрализованного сотрудничества между Нижней Нормандией и Македонией  координируется Ассоциацией агентств местной демократии. За дополнительной информацией обращайтесь к веб-странице о сотрудничестве: http://crbn-mk.courriers.info/, или к г-же Катица Янева (Katica Janeva): katica.janeva@aldaintranet.org


ALDA PARTICIPATES IN CONFERENCE ON STRENGTHENING COOPERATION BETWEEN LOCAL AUTHORITIES AND THE PUBLIC IN UKRAINE. (Kyiv, 13th of September)

On September 13, the Agency for Legislative Initiatives held the Conference “Strengthening cooperation between the Authorities  and  the  public  at  the  local level: experience of the regions” in Kyiv.
The Conference was the closing event of the Project “Strengthening Cooperation Between the Authorities and the Public at the Local Level for Community Development” implemented by the Agency for Legislative Initiatives.

During the conference participants presented the results of their activities in the project and their experience in cooperating with local and regional authorities in Ukraine. ALDA presented its work to the participants and told about the way ALDA works and ALDA’s experience in facilitating cooperation between local authorities and citizens especially in the Eastern Partnership countries. Furthermore ALDA also told about its project in Belarus which shares a lot of features with the project Agency for Legislative Initiatives implemented in Ukraine and ALDA’s work to raise the attention in EU institutions to the question of local democracy development in Eastern Partnership countries.
During the conference participants also discussed problems and perspectives for cooperation between the authorities and the public at the local level in Ukraine and possibilities for adoption   of progressive models of participatory democracy at the local level in Ukraine.
Agency for Legislative Initiatives recently became member of ALDA and after the conference ideas and possibilities to further strengthen the cooperation with ALDA and ALDA’s work in Ukraine was discussed.

On September 13, the Agency for Legislative Initiatives held the Conference “Strengthening cooperation between the Authorities  and  the  public  at  the  local level: experience of the regions” in Kyiv.
The Conference was the closing event of the Project “Strengthening Cooperation Between the Authorities and the Public at the Local Level for Community Development” implemented by the Agency for Legislative Initiatives.

During the conference participants presented the results of their activities in the project and their experience in cooperating with local and regional authorities in Ukraine. ALDA presented its work to the participants and told about the way ALDA works and ALDA’s experience in facilitating cooperation between local authorities and citizens especially in the Eastern Partnership countries. Furthermore ALDA also told about its project in Belarus which shares a lot of features with the project Agency for Legislative Initiatives implemented in Ukraine and ALDA’s work to raise the attention in EU institutions to the question of local democracy development in Eastern Partnership countries.
During the conference participants also discussed problems and perspectives for cooperation between the authorities and the public at the local level in Ukraine and possibilities for adoption   of progressive models of participatory democracy at the local level in Ukraine.
Agency for Legislative Initiatives recently became member of ALDA and after the conference ideas and possibilities to further strengthen the cooperation with ALDA and ALDA’s work in Ukraine was discussed.


TRAINING AND FIRST STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING OF GOAL PROJECT IN STRASBOURG (8th - 10th MARCH)

To promote citizens’ participation in the construction of a tighter-knit, democratic, world-oriented and united Europe, tackling the challenge of immigration as an “opportunity” to develop active citizenship and sense of ownership of the EU, whilst enhancing tolerance, solidarity and mutual understanding.
These are the objectives of GOAL (Granting Opportunities for Active Learning) – an ALDA project whose first activity is taking place in Strasbourg (8th-10th March).

This activity mainly consists of a Training Course addressed to Citizens’ Panels Activators, those people who will be in charge of setting up the local citizens’ panels on immigration that are the crucial point of the project. During the training, methods and contents of the future panels will be discussed.
The first steering committee meeting of the project also takes place during these days.
Immigration and immigrants’ participation represent vivid issues at the EU level and particularly affect citizen’s daily life in the addressed countries.

The project presents a set of activities that allow citizens the chance to interact � both at the local and at the European level � and offers them the occasion to “work” together towards a common aim.
GOAL specific aim is to further improve the methodology of “citizens’ panels” adding the “component” of immigration.
It represents an unbiased platform where citizens and other stakeholders gather information (with a bottom-up approach), debate, collect individual and collective opinions, formulate their views (duly guided and supported) and draft them in the form of recommendations for policymakers at the European level in the field of “immigration”.

The ACTION foresees 9 steps, having an impact both at the local and at the European level. Following the partnership building phase and the selection of the theme, the process is planned as follows: 1. Training for citizens’ panels activators 2. Set-up of local citizens’ panels 3. Local workshops 4. International meeting of citizens’ panels 5. Open days at the local level 6. Production phase 7. International final workshop 8. Final publication 9. Evaluation and follow-up.

The partners of the project are civil society organizations, local and regional authorities and associations of local authorities coming from 6 different countries, old and new EU Member States and pre-accession countries, where immigration represents one of the most vivid issues on the national and European agenda.

To promote citizens’ participation in the construction of a tighter-knit, democratic, world-oriented and united Europe, tackling the challenge of immigration as an “opportunity” to develop active citizenship and sense of ownership of the EU, whilst enhancing tolerance, solidarity and mutual understanding.
These are the objectives of GOAL (Granting Opportunities for Active Learning) – an ALDA project whose first activity is taking place in Strasbourg (8th-10th March).

 

This activity mainly consists of a Training Course addressed to Citizens’ Panels Activators, those people who will be in charge of setting up the local citizens’ panels on immigration that are the crucial point of the project. During the training, methods and contents of the future panels will be discussed.
The first steering committee meeting of the project also takes place during these days.
Immigration and immigrants’ participation represent vivid issues at the EU level and particularly affect citizen’s daily life in the addressed countries.

The project presents a set of activities that allow citizens the chance to interact � both at the local and at the European level � and offers them the occasion to “work” together towards a common aim.
GOAL specific aim is to further improve the methodology of “citizens’ panels” adding the “component” of immigration.
It represents an unbiased platform where citizens and other stakeholders gather information (with a bottom-up approach), debate, collect individual and collective opinions, formulate their views (duly guided and supported) and draft them in the form of recommendations for policy makers at the European level in the field of “immigration”.

The ACTION foresees 9 steps, having an impact both at the local and at the European level. Following the partnership building phase and the selection of the theme, the process is planned as follows: 1. Training for citizens’ panels activators 2. Set-up of local citizens’ panels 3. Local workshops 4. International meeting of citizens’ panels 5. Open days at the local level 6. Production phase 7. International final workshop 8. Final publication 9. Evaluation and follow-up.

The partners of the project are civil society organizations, local and regional authorities and associations of local authorities coming from 6 different countries, old and new EU Member States and pre-accession countries, where immigration represents one of the most vivid issues on the national and European agenda.


CONTRIBUTION OF THE EAP CIVIL SOCIETY FORUM AND ALDA TO THE FIRST CORLEAP MEETING

Speech of Mrs Antonella Valmorbida, Co- Chair of the Steering Committee of  Civil Society Forum  for Eastern Partnership and Director of the Association of the Local Democracy Agencies at the first session of the CORLEAP conference in Poznan, on 8th September 2011

Dear President Bresso,
Dear Commissioner Fule,
Distinguished participants from Eastern Partnership Countries and from the EU

I would like to thank you on behalf of all my colleagues to have invited the Civil Society Forum for Eastern Partnership to be permanent observer of the just born CORLEAP.  I will today take the floor as Co- chair of the Steering Committee of the Forum and Director of the Association of the Local Democracy Agencies. Together with me is. Mr. George Toklikishvili, from The Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia, who is leading the Sub Group on Administrative Reform of the WG 1 of the CSF for Eastern Partnership. The Sub group produced the document (please download here), which is included in your folders today.  I seize opportunity to wish to this initiative all possible success, because that would mean that also for us, CSF, we would achieve part of our objectives.

The Civil Society Forum for Eastern Partnership – gathering 250 NGOs – was established in 2009 with the aim to involve civil society from Partnership Countries and from the EU in the Eastern Partnership. Our role is to make the Civil Society voice heard but and to produce a change for democracy and good governance in Partnership countries. Despite some – expected – difficulties, the very high commitments and the strength of the NGOs involved, through Working Groups and National Platforms, are now brining results and we prove to BE PRESENT, with a coordinated action in participation, definition of policies, monitoring and implementation.

Let me report now the main elements of the Paper presented to you today.

The CSF welcomes the inclusion of local and regional authorities in the implementation of Eastern Partnership. This initiative will enhance dialogue between all stakeholders participating in the reforms in the countries ensuring that more consistent and consensus-based steps are taken.
Development of the local democracy is both fundamental and difficult for the EaP Countries. The legacy from the past and elements of centralized governance remain dominant. Certainly, traditions of self-government exacerbate the problem, and the lack of public discussions hinders better understanding of the principles of self-governance in wider society.

Which are some of the Challenges and Needs

1. The administrative reforms at regional level are not on the policy agenda in most of the EaP countries and they do not have a strategy for the development of local self-government
2. despite the ratification of the European Charter on Local Self Government, the provisions are – even more the practice – often inconsistent with the Charter
3. in several countries, local executive authorities are not accountable to the elected councils
4. there is an evident issue as for the discrepancy between the competences and the resources of the local governments and a low independence of the local budget from the national level.
5. Underdeveloped property basis of self-government is also a matter o concern
6. Citizens’ participation at the local level, even if mentioned in the legal provisions, is rarely “effective” and “real”.
7. Qualification and continuity in civil servants  service remain problematic
8. Often transborder cooperation has only a declarative character
9. in many countries, the actual power is concentrated in the hands of the executive branch which is mainly accountable to national countries
10. The lack of democratic participation and centralized decision making hinder efficient and transparent allocation of resources
11. The regional and local self-governments present overlapping competencies,  with a consequent overspending of resources

Taking into consideration the recent study findings on the needs of public administration reform in EaP countries, conducted by the PAR subgroup the CSF considers it necessary to evoke recommendations delivered to the various stakeholders in 2009-2010 and present the following points

a) To the Committee of Regions:

Basically, to keep high the topics of the real existence and functioning of local and regional authorities in the agenda of the Eastern Partnership. and to make sure they are included among the criteria of conditionality to progress on the Partnership

To call for clear delineation of functions among various government levels and their provision with adequate resources as required by the principle of subsidiarity;

To ensure monitoring of the implementation of the relevant legislation of member countries through close cooperation with the Council of Europe and in particular the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities in accordance with principles and in the spirit of the European Charter; To encourage the self-governing units to join Innovations and Good Governance Strategy of the Council of Europe .

As for the CoR versus  Civil Society

– To ensure strong political support in the issues of decentralization and the involvement of civil society in the process;
– To encourage launching of common projects for good local administration and active local citizens in support of  CSF and its participant organizations;
– To consider civil society as one of its main partner in consultations while developing policy and opinions;
– To ensure the involvement of civil society organizations as constant CSF observers (and financial support of their participation) at CIVEX commission meetings;

AND :

– To call on Belarus to join the European Charter of Local Self-Government;
– To call on Azerbaijan to grant the status of municipality to the capital city of Baku

B) To Local Governments:

– To be actively engaged in the implementation of Eastern Partnership;
– To take active part in the implementation of public administration reforms going on in their respective countries at local and regional levels;
– To strengthen cooperation with civil organizations in order to ensure implementation of citizen-oriented policies and enhance their independence from national government;
– To join Innovations and Good Governance Strategy of the Council of Europe and the introduction of its principles;

Mrs Bresso, we are certainly – already from now – accepting the active cooperation that you earlier proposed to establish with the Civil Society Forum . We are also working hard to bring an added value in the objectives of the Eastern Partnership rather NOW than in a too long term perspective . Our experience says that it possible to have an immediate impact on the life of citizens through a joint action with local governments, which could be less entangled in national political dynamics and closer to the day to day needs of people.
Let me add another hint after hearing your contribution this morning. You correctly quote the important role of the CoR and the Congress of the Council of Europe as observers of the Local and Regional elections. Would it be possible to think that our role of observers in the Corleap could be extended to participate as well in these observatory missions, as CSF representatives ? Our view certainly would add to the understanding of the situation.

You also referred to the contribution of President Barroso in the Wihite Book on multilevel governance. Let’s remind us all as well that the multilevel governance  – which is certainly a modern answer to many of the political, social, economic and environmental issues of these years – can only exist with a vivid, complex and strong civil society.

Thank you for your attention,

; أنتونلا فالموربيدا
Co- Chair of the Steering Committee of  Civil Society Forum  for Eastern Partnership
Director of the Association of the Local Democracy Agencies

Speech of Mrs Antonella Valmorbida, Co- Chair of the Steering Committee of  Civil Society Forum  for Eastern Partnership and Director of the Association of the Local Democracy Agencies at the first session of the CORLEAP conference in Poznan, on 8th September 2011

Dear President Bresso,
Dear Commissioner Fule,
Distinguished participants from Eastern Partnership Countries and from the EU

I would like to thank you on behalf of all my colleagues to have invited the Civil Society Forum for Eastern Partnership to be permanent observer of the just born CORLEAP.  I will today take the floor as Co- chair of the Steering Committee of the Forum and Director of the Association of the Local Democracy Agencies. Together with me is. Mr. George Toklikishvili, from The Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia, who is leading the Sub Group on Administrative Reform of the WG 1 of the CSF for Eastern Partnership. The Sub group produced the document (please download here), which is included in your folders today.  I seize opportunity to wish to this initiative all possible success, because that would mean that also for us, CSF, we would achieve part of our objectives.

The Civil Society Forum for Eastern Partnership – gathering 250 NGOs – was established in 2009 with the aim to involve civil society from Partnership Countries and from the EU in the Eastern Partnership. Our role is to make the Civil Society voice heard but and to produce a change for democracy and good governance in Partnership countries. Despite some – expected – difficulties, the very high commitments and the strength of the NGOs involved, through Working Groups and National Platforms, are now brining results and we prove to BE PRESENT, with a coordinated action in participation, definition of policies, monitoring and implementation.

Let me report now the main elements of the Paper presented to you today.

The CSF welcomes the inclusion of local and regional authorities in the implementation of Eastern Partnership. This initiative will enhance dialogue between all stakeholders participating in the reforms in the countries ensuring that more consistent and consensus-based steps are taken.
Development of the local democracy is both fundamental and difficult for the EaP Countries. The legacy from the past and elements of centralized governance remain dominant. Certainly, traditions of self-government exacerbate the problem, and the lack of public discussions hinders better understanding of the principles of self-governance in wider society.

Which are some of the Challenges and Needs

1. The administrative reforms at regional level are not on the policy agenda in most of the EaP countries and they do not have a strategy for the development of local self-government
2. despite the ratification of the European Charter on Local Self Government, the provisions are – even more the practice – often inconsistent with the Charter
3. in several countries, local executive authorities are not accountable to the elected councils
4. there is an evident issue as for the discrepancy between the competences and the resources of the local governments and a low independence of the local budget from the national level.
5. Underdeveloped property basis of self-government is also a matter o concern
6. Citizens’ participation at the local level, even if mentioned in the legal provisions, is rarely “effective” and “real”.
7. Qualification and continuity in civil servants  service remain problematic
8. Often transborder cooperation has only a declarative character
9. in many countries, the actual power is concentrated in the hands of the executive branch which is mainly accountable to national countries
10. The lack of democratic participation and centralized decision making hinder efficient and transparent allocation of resources
11. The regional and local self-governments present overlapping competencies,  with a consequent overspending of resources

Taking into consideration the recent study findings on the needs of public administration reform in EaP countries, conducted by the PAR subgroup the CSF considers it necessary to evoke recommendations delivered to the various stakeholders in 2009-2010 and present the following points

a) To the Committee of Regions:

Basically, to keep high the topics of the real existence and functioning of local and regional authorities in the agenda of the Eastern Partnership. and to make sure they are included among the criteria of conditionality to progress on the Partnership

To call for clear delineation of functions among various government levels and their provision with adequate resources as required by the principle of subsidiarity;

To ensure monitoring of the implementation of the relevant legislation of member countries through close cooperation with the Council of Europe and in particular the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities in accordance with principles and in the spirit of the European Charter; To encourage the self-governing units to join Innovations and Good Governance Strategy of the Council of Europe .

As for the CoR versus  Civil Society

– To ensure strong political support in the issues of decentralization and the involvement of civil society in the process;
– To encourage launching of common projects for good local administration and active local citizens in support of  CSF and its participant organizations;
– To consider civil society as one of its main partner in consultations while developing policy and opinions;
– To ensure the involvement of civil society organizations as constant CSF observers (and financial support of their participation) at CIVEX commission meetings;

AND :

– To call on Belarus to join the European Charter of Local Self-Government;
– To call on Azerbaijan to grant the status of municipality to the capital city of Baku

B) To Local Governments:

– To be actively engaged in the implementation of Eastern Partnership;
– To take active part in the implementation of public administration reforms going on in their respective countries at local and regional levels;
– To strengthen cooperation with civil organizations in order to ensure implementation of citizen-oriented policies and enhance their independence from national government;
– To join Innovations and Good Governance Strategy of the Council of Europe and the introduction of its principles;

Mrs Bresso, we are certainly – already from now – accepting the active cooperation that you earlier proposed to establish with the Civil Society Forum . We are also working hard to bring an added value in the objectives of the Eastern Partnership rather NOW than in a too long term perspective . Our experience says that it possible to have an immediate impact on the life of citizens through a joint action with local governments, which could be less entangled in national political dynamics and closer to the day to day needs of people.
Let me add another hint after hearing your contribution this morning. You correctly quote the important role of the CoR and the Congress of the Council of Europe as observers of the Local and Regional elections. Would it be possible to think that our role of observers in the Corleap could be extended to participate as well in these observatory missions, as CSF representatives ? Our view certainly would add to the understanding of the situation.

You also referred to the contribution of President Barroso in the Wihite Book on multilevel governance. Let’s remind us all as well that the multilevel governance  – which is certainly a modern answer to many of the political, social, economic and environmental issues of these years – can only exist with a vivid, complex and strong civil society.

Thank you for your attention,

; أنتونلا فالموربيدا
Co- Chair of the Steering Committee of  Civil Society Forum  for Eastern Partnership
Director of the Association of the Local Democracy Agencies


VOLUNTEERS IN ACTION!

Celebrating the European year of Volunteering, LDA Nis invites you to visit the exhibition “Volunteers in Action”.

The exhibition consists of selected photos chosen on an open call made by South Eastern Europe Youth Network (SEEYN) and supported by the Council of Europe.

30 photographers from different European countries have signed up to this competition with more than 100 photos.

Exhibition in Nis follows the July exhibition in Sarajevo. It will be open to public of Nis from 9th till 16th of September in the Fortress Pavilion, as accompanying event to Nisomnia music festival.
After Nis this exhibition will continue to travel to other cities in the South-Eastern Europe.

For further info please visit Local Democracy Agency  for Central and Southern Serbia LDACSS website.

Celebrating the European year of Volunteering, LDA Nis invites you to visit the exhibition “Volunteers in Action”.

The exhibition consists of selected photos chosen on an open call made by South Eastern Europe Youth Network (SEEYN) and supported by the Council of Europe.

30 photographers from different European countries have signed up to this competition with more than 100 photos.

Exhibition in Nis follows the July exhibition in Sarajevo. It will be open to public of Nis from 9th till 16th of September in the Fortress Pavilion, as accompanying event to Nisomnia music festival.
After Nis this exhibition will continue to travel to other cities in the South-Eastern Europe.

For further info please visit Local Democracy Agency  for Central and Southern Serbia LDACSS website.


Contribution of the EaP civil society forum and ALDA to the first Corleap meeting

Speech of Mrs Antonella Valmorbida, Co- Chair of the Steering Committee of Civil Society
Forum for Eastern Partnership and Director of the Association of the Local Democracy
Agencies at the first session of the CORLEAP conference in Poznan, on 8th September
2011

Dear President Bresso,
Dear Commissioner Fule,
Distinguished participants from Eastern Partnership Countries and from the EU
I would like to thank you on behalf of all my colleagues to have invited the Civil Society
Forum for Eastern Partnership to be permanent observer of the just born CORLEAP. I will
today take the floor as Co- chair of the Steering Committee of the Forum and Director of the
Association of the Local Democracy Agencies. Together with me is. Mr. George Toklikishvili,
from The Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia, who is leading the
Sub Group on Administrative Reform of the WG 1 of the CSF for Eastern Partnership. The

Sub group produced the document (please download here (public/doc/359-Position-Paper-
of-the-EaP-Civil-Society-Forum.pdf)), which is included in your folders today. I seize

opportunity to wish to this initiative all possible success, because that would mean that also
for us, CSF, we would achieve part of our objectives.
The Civil Society Forum for Eastern Partnership – gathering 250 NGOs – was established in
2009 with the aim to involve civil society from Partnership Countries and from the EU in the
Eastern Partnership. Our role is to make the Civil Society voice heard but and to produce a
change for democracy and good governance in Partnership countries. Despite some –
expected – difficulties, the very high commitments and the strength of the NGOs involved,
through Working Groups and National Platforms, are now brining results and we prove to BE
PRESENT, with a coordinated action in participation, definition of policies, monitoring and
implementation.
Let me report now the main elements of the Paper presented to you today.
The CSF welcomes the inclusion of local and regional authorities in the implementation of
Eastern Partnership. This initiative will enhance dialogue between all stakeholders

participating in the reforms in the countries ensuring that more consistent and consensus-
based steps are taken.

Development of the local democracy is both fundamental and difficult for the EaP Countries.
The legacy from the past and elements of centralized governance remain dominant.

Certainly, traditions of self-government exacerbate the problem, and the lack of public
discussions hinders better understanding of the principles of self-governance in wider
society.
Which are some of the Challenges and Needs
1. The administrative reforms at regional level are not on the policy agenda in most of the
EaP countries and they do not have a strategy for the development of local self-government
2. despite the ratification of the European Charter on Local Self Government, the provisions
are – even more the practice – often inconsistent with the Charter
3. in several countries, local executive authorities are not accountable to the elected councils
4. there is an evident issue as for the discrepancy between the competences and the
resources of the local governments and a low independence of the local budget from the
national level.
5. Underdeveloped property basis of self-government is also a matter o concern
6. Citizens’ participation at the local level, even if mentioned in the legal provisions, is rarely
“effective” and “real”.
7. Qualification and continuity in civil servants service remain problematic
8. Often transborder cooperation has only a declarative character
9. in many countries, the actual power is concentrated in the hands of the executive branch
which is mainly accountable to national countries
10. The lack of democratic participation and centralized decision making hinder efficient and
transparent allocation of resources
11. The regional and local self-governments present overlapping competencies, with a
consequent overspending of resources
Taking into consideration the recent study findings on the needs of public administration
reform in EaP countries, conducted by the PAR subgroup the CSF considers it necessary to
evoke recommendations delivered to the various stakeholders in 2009-2010 and present the
following points
a) To the Committee of Regions:
Basically, to keep high the topics of the real existence and functioning of local and regional
authorities in the agenda of the Eastern Partnership. and to make sure they are included
among the criteria of conditionality to progress on the Partnership
To call for clear delineation of functions among various government levels and their provision
with adequate resources as required by the principle of subsidiarity;
To ensure monitoring of the implementation of the relevant legislation of member countries
through close cooperation with the Council of Europe and in particular the Congress of Local
and Regional Authorities in accordance with principles and in the spirit of the European
Charter; To encourage the self-governing units to join Innovations and Good Governance
Strategy of the Council of Europe .
As for the CoR versus Civil Society

– To ensure strong political support in the issues of decentralization and the involvement of
civil society in the process;
– To encourage launching of common projects for good local administration and active local
citizens in support of CSF and its participant organizations;
– To consider civil society as one of its main partner in consultations while developing policy
and opinions;
– To ensure the involvement of civil society organizations as constant CSF observers (and
financial support of their participation) at CIVEX commission meetings;
AND :
– To call on Belarus to join the European Charter of Local Self-Government;
– To call on Azerbaijan to grant the status of municipality to the capital city of Baku
B) To Local Governments:
– To be actively engaged in the implementation of Eastern Partnership;
– To take active part in the implementation of public administration reforms going on in their
respective countries at local and regional levels;
– To strengthen cooperation with civil organizations in order to ensure implementation of
citizen-oriented policies and enhance their independence from national government;
– To join Innovations and Good Governance Strategy of the Council of Europe and the
introduction of its principles;
Mrs Bresso, we are certainly – already from now – accepting the active cooperation that you
earlier proposed to establish with the Civil Society Forum . We are also working hard to bring
an added value in the objectives of the Eastern Partnership rather NOW than in a too long
term perspective . Our experience says that it possible to have an immediate impact on the
life of citizens through a joint action with local governments, which could be less entangled in
national political dynamics and closer to the day to day needs of people.
Let me add another hint after hearing your contribution this morning. You correctly quote the
important role of the CoR and the Congress of the Council of Europe as observers of the
Local and Regional elections. Would it be possible to think that our role of observers in the
Corleap could be extended to participate as well in these observatory missions, as CSF
representatives ? Our view certainly would add to the understanding of the situation.
You also referred to the contribution of President Barroso in the Wihite Book on multilevel
governance. Let’s remind us all as well that the multilevel governance – which is certainly a
modern answer to many of the political, social, economic and environmental issues of these
years – can only exist with a vivid, complex and strong civil society.
Thank you for your attention,
; أنتونلا فالموربيدا
Co- Chair of the Steering Committee of Civil Society Forum for Eastern Partnership
Director of the Association of the Local Democracy Agencies

Speech of Mrs Antonella Valmorbida, Co- Chair of the Steering Committee of Civil Society
Forum for Eastern Partnership and Director of the Association of the Local Democracy
Agencies at the first session of the CORLEAP conference in Poznan, on 8th September
2011

Dear President Bresso,
Dear Commissioner Fule,
Distinguished participants from Eastern Partnership Countries and from the EU
I would like to thank you on behalf of all my colleagues to have invited the Civil Society
Forum for Eastern Partnership to be permanent observer of the just born CORLEAP. I will
today take the floor as Co- chair of the Steering Committee of the Forum and Director of the
Association of the Local Democracy Agencies. Together with me is. Mr. George Toklikishvili,
from The Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia, who is leading the
Sub Group on Administrative Reform of the WG 1 of the CSF for Eastern Partnership. The

Sub group produced the document (please download here (public/doc/359-Position-Paper-
of-the-EaP-Civil-Society-Forum.pdf)), which is included in your folders today. I seize

opportunity to wish to this initiative all possible success, because that would mean that also
for us, CSF, we would achieve part of our objectives.
The Civil Society Forum for Eastern Partnership – gathering 250 NGOs – was established in
2009 with the aim to involve civil society from Partnership Countries and from the EU in the
Eastern Partnership. Our role is to make the Civil Society voice heard but and to produce a
change for democracy and good governance in Partnership countries. Despite some –
expected – difficulties, the very high commitments and the strength of the NGOs involved,
through Working Groups and National Platforms, are now brining results and we prove to BE
PRESENT, with a coordinated action in participation, definition of policies, monitoring and
implementation.
Let me report now the main elements of the Paper presented to you today.
The CSF welcomes the inclusion of local and regional authorities in the implementation of
Eastern Partnership. This initiative will enhance dialogue between all stakeholders

participating in the reforms in the countries ensuring that more consistent and consensus-
based steps are taken.

Development of the local democracy is both fundamental and difficult for the EaP Countries.
The legacy from the past and elements of centralized governance remain dominant.

Certainly, traditions of self-government exacerbate the problem, and the lack of public
discussions hinders better understanding of the principles of self-governance in wider
society.
Which are some of the Challenges and Needs
1. The administrative reforms at regional level are not on the policy agenda in most of the
EaP countries and they do not have a strategy for the development of local self-government
2. despite the ratification of the European Charter on Local Self Government, the provisions
are – even more the practice – often inconsistent with the Charter
3. in several countries, local executive authorities are not accountable to the elected councils
4. there is an evident issue as for the discrepancy between the competences and the
resources of the local governments and a low independence of the local budget from the
national level.
5. Underdeveloped property basis of self-government is also a matter o concern
6. Citizens’ participation at the local level, even if mentioned in the legal provisions, is rarely
“effective” and “real”.
7. Qualification and continuity in civil servants service remain problematic
8. Often transborder cooperation has only a declarative character
9. in many countries, the actual power is concentrated in the hands of the executive branch
which is mainly accountable to national countries
10. The lack of democratic participation and centralized decision making hinder efficient and
transparent allocation of resources
11. The regional and local self-governments present overlapping competencies, with a
consequent overspending of resources
Taking into consideration the recent study findings on the needs of public administration
reform in EaP countries, conducted by the PAR subgroup the CSF considers it necessary to
evoke recommendations delivered to the various stakeholders in 2009-2010 and present the
following points
a) To the Committee of Regions:
Basically, to keep high the topics of the real existence and functioning of local and regional
authorities in the agenda of the Eastern Partnership. and to make sure they are included
among the criteria of conditionality to progress on the Partnership
To call for clear delineation of functions among various government levels and their provision
with adequate resources as required by the principle of subsidiarity;
To ensure monitoring of the implementation of the relevant legislation of member countries
through close cooperation with the Council of Europe and in particular the Congress of Local
and Regional Authorities in accordance with principles and in the spirit of the European
Charter; To encourage the self-governing units to join Innovations and Good Governance
Strategy of the Council of Europe .
As for the CoR versus Civil Society

– To ensure strong political support in the issues of decentralization and the involvement of
civil society in the process;
– To encourage launching of common projects for good local administration and active local
citizens in support of CSF and its participant organizations;
– To consider civil society as one of its main partner in consultations while developing policy
and opinions;
– To ensure the involvement of civil society organizations as constant CSF observers (and
financial support of their participation) at CIVEX commission meetings;
AND :
– To call on Belarus to join the European Charter of Local Self-Government;
– To call on Azerbaijan to grant the status of municipality to the capital city of Baku
B) To Local Governments:
– To be actively engaged in the implementation of Eastern Partnership;
– To take active part in the implementation of public administration reforms going on in their
respective countries at local and regional levels;
– To strengthen cooperation with civil organizations in order to ensure implementation of
citizen-oriented policies and enhance their independence from national government;
– To join Innovations and Good Governance Strategy of the Council of Europe and the
introduction of its principles;
Mrs Bresso, we are certainly – already from now – accepting the active cooperation that you
earlier proposed to establish with the Civil Society Forum . We are also working hard to bring
an added value in the objectives of the Eastern Partnership rather NOW than in a too long
term perspective . Our experience says that it possible to have an immediate impact on the
life of citizens through a joint action with local governments, which could be less entangled in
national political dynamics and closer to the day to day needs of people.
Let me add another hint after hearing your contribution this morning. You correctly quote the
important role of the CoR and the Congress of the Council of Europe as observers of the
Local and Regional elections. Would it be possible to think that our role of observers in the
Corleap could be extended to participate as well in these observatory missions, as CSF
representatives ? Our view certainly would add to the understanding of the situation.
You also referred to the contribution of President Barroso in the Wihite Book on multilevel
governance. Let’s remind us all as well that the multilevel governance – which is certainly a
modern answer to many of the political, social, economic and environmental issues of these
years – can only exist with a vivid, complex and strong civil society.
Thank you for your attention,
; أنتونلا فالموربيدا
Co- Chair of the Steering Committee of Civil Society Forum for Eastern Partnership
Director of the Association of the Local Democracy Agencies


Steering committee in Ohrid

Macedonian and French stakeholders will meet in Ohrid from 12 to 15 September in order to
discuss the programme for decentralised cooperation between the Region Lower Normandy
and Republic of Macedonia. This annual meeting will be an opportunity for all participants to
share their results and experiences regarding the year four of the cooperation and also to
share their ideas about future activities.
During these three working days, the stakeholders and experts in different areas will analyse
all activities per each component in order to identify the opportunities and challenges for the
year 2012. Partners will state their experiences and give new ideas to enter in the fourth
year of cooperation that will be more dynamic and progressive.
Stakeholders will also debate on the priorities of the cooperation such as: regional
development and support for the municipal capacities, networking with other Balkan
countries, but also, inclusion of minorities in the activities in order to encourage equality and
promote the protection of human rights.
The Director of European Affairs and International Relations of the Lower Normandy Region,
Mr. Alexandre FOLLOT, and the Head of Cultural Department and Cooperation of the
Embassy of France in Macedonia, Mr. Jean-Yves LAVOIR, will open this Steering
Committee and share their impressions with the participants.
The Programme for decentralised cooperation between the Region Lower Normandy and
Republic of Macedonia is coordinated by the Association of Local Democracy Agencies

(ALDA). For further information please consult the webpage of the Cooperation http://crbn-
mk.courriers.info/ (http://crbn-mk.courriers.info/) or contact Katica Janeva

katica.janeva@aldaintranet.org (mailto:katica.janeva@aldaintranet.org).

Macedonian and French stakeholders will meet in Ohrid from 12 to 15 September in order to
discuss the programme for decentralised cooperation between the Region Lower Normandy
and Republic of Macedonia. This annual meeting will be an opportunity for all participants to
share their results and experiences regarding the year four of the cooperation and also to
share their ideas about future activities.
During these three working days, the stakeholders and experts in different areas will analyse
all activities per each component in order to identify the opportunities and challenges for the
year 2012. Partners will state their experiences and give new ideas to enter in the fourth
year of cooperation that will be more dynamic and progressive.
Stakeholders will also debate on the priorities of the cooperation such as: regional
development and support for the municipal capacities, networking with other Balkan
countries, but also, inclusion of minorities in the activities in order to encourage equality and
promote the protection of human rights.
The Director of European Affairs and International Relations of the Lower Normandy Region,
Mr. Alexandre FOLLOT, and the Head of Cultural Department and Cooperation of the
Embassy of France in Macedonia, Mr. Jean-Yves LAVOIR, will open this Steering
Committee and share their impressions with the participants.
The Programme for decentralised cooperation between the Region Lower Normandy and
Republic of Macedonia is coordinated by the Association of Local Democracy Agencies

(ALDA). For further information please consult the webpage of the Cooperation http://crbn-
mk.courriers.info/ (http://crbn-mk.courriers.info/) or contact Katica Janeva

katica.janeva@aldaintranet.org (mailto:katica.janeva@aldaintranet.org).


STEERING COMMITTEE IN OHRID (MK), 12 – 15 SEPTEMBER 2011

Macedonian and French stakeholders will meet in Ohrid from 12 to 15 September in order to discuss the programme for decentralised cooperation between the Region Lower Normandy and Republic of Macedonia. This annual meeting will be an opportunity for all participants to share their results and experiences regarding the year four of the cooperation and also to share their ideas about future activities.
During these three working days, the stakeholders and experts in different areas will analyse all activities per each component in order to identify the opportunities and challenges for the year 2012. Partners will state their experiences and give new ideas to enter in the fourth year of cooperation that will be more dynamic and progressive.

Stakeholders will also debate on the priorities of the cooperation such as: regional development and support for the municipal capacities, networking with other Balkan countries, but also, inclusion of minorities in the activities in order to encourage equality and promote the protection of human rights.
The Director of European Affairs and International Relations of the Lower Normandy Region, Mr. Alexandre FOLLOT, and the Head of Cultural Department and Cooperation of the Embassy of France in Macedonia, Mr. Jean-Yves LAVOIR, will open this Steering Committee and share their impressions with the participants.

The Programme for decentralised cooperation between the Region Lower Normandy and Republic of Macedonia is coordinated by the Association of Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA). For further information please consult the webpage of the Cooperation http://crbn-mk.courriers.info/ or contact Katica Janeva katica.janeva@aldaintranet.org.

Macedonian and French stakeholders will meet in Ohrid from 12 to 15 September in order to discuss the programme for decentralised cooperation between the Region Lower Normandy and Republic of Macedonia. This annual meeting will be an opportunity for all participants to share their results and experiences regarding the year four of the cooperation and also to share their ideas about future activities.
During these three working days, the stakeholders and experts in different areas will analyse all activities per each component in order to identify the opportunities and challenges for the year 2012. Partners will state their experiences and give new ideas to enter in the fourth year of cooperation that will be more dynamic and progressive.

Stakeholders will also debate on the priorities of the cooperation such as: regional development and support for the municipal capacities, networking with other Balkan countries, but also, inclusion of minorities in the activities in order to encourage equality and promote the protection of human rights.
The Director of European Affairs and International Relations of the Lower Normandy Region, Mr. Alexandre FOLLOT, and the Head of Cultural Department and Cooperation of the Embassy of France in Macedonia, Mr. Jean-Yves LAVOIR, will open this Steering Committee and share their impressions with the participants.

The Programme for decentralised cooperation between the Region Lower Normandy and Republic of Macedonia is coordinated by the Association of Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA). For further information please consult the webpage of the Cooperation http://crbn-mk.courriers.info/ or contact Katica Janeva katica.janeva@aldaintranet.org.


A regional conference on management of architectural, urban and landscape heritage in Caen

The National Association of Towns and Regions of Art and History and tows with protected
areas in cooperation with the Regional Council of Lower-Normandy, will organise a regional
conference in order to discuss the tools for protection and development of the heritage on
September 6 in Caen.
The conference aims to propose inventory policies for the urban heritage management in
France (and Macedonia) and provide tools for practical working. Participants will also
discuss the implementation of protected areas and governance, and the associated legal
and financial leverage.
The participants will stimulate more ideas and useful insights on the transformation of zones,
towns and regions with protected areas. Macedonian delegation from the Association of
historical and artistic cities of the Republic of Macedonia will be present at this meeting and
give insights on the matter.
This interregional “Training-Reflection” day, organised as a part of the component 3
(Inventory of Cultural Heritage), within the Project for Decentralized Cooperation between
Lower Normandy and Macedonia, will gather elected officials and technicians of local
regions of Lower Normandy, Upper Normandy, Center, Bretagne and Pays de Loire.
The project is coordinated by the Association of Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA). For

further information please consult the webpage of the Cooperation http://crbn-
mk.courriers.info (http://crbn-mk.courriers.info/) or contact Katica Janeva

katica.janeva@aldaintranet.org (mailto:katica.janeva@aldaintranet.org).

The National Association of Towns and Regions of Art and History and tows with protected
areas in cooperation with the Regional Council of Lower-Normandy, will organise a regional
conference in order to discuss the tools for protection and development of the heritage on
September 6 in Caen.
The conference aims to propose inventory policies for the urban heritage management in
France (and Macedonia) and provide tools for practical working. Participants will also
discuss the implementation of protected areas and governance, and the associated legal
and financial leverage.
The participants will stimulate more ideas and useful insights on the transformation of zones,
towns and regions with protected areas. Macedonian delegation from the Association of
historical and artistic cities of the Republic of Macedonia will be present at this meeting and
give insights on the matter.
This interregional “Training-Reflection” day, organised as a part of the component 3
(Inventory of Cultural Heritage), within the Project for Decentralized Cooperation between
Lower Normandy and Macedonia, will gather elected officials and technicians of local
regions of Lower Normandy, Upper Normandy, Center, Bretagne and Pays de Loire.
The project is coordinated by the Association of Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA). For

further information please consult the webpage of the Cooperation http://crbn-
mk.courriers.info (http://crbn-mk.courriers.info/) or contact Katica Janeva

katica.janeva@aldaintranet.org (mailto:katica.janeva@aldaintranet.org).


European priorities and local youth needs: a seminar held in Strumica

The Coalition of Youth Organizations SEGA in cooperation with House of Europe of Caen
(France), in Strumica organized a seminar on “European priorities and local youth needs in
the youth field” on August 19 and 20.
In this seminar the European youth priorities, national youth research needs in R.
Macedonia implemented by the Coalition SEGA, EU documents related to youth and
European programs for funding youth projects were presented.
At the seminar representatives of the municipalities that had previously adopted local youth
strategies (Project of SEGA): Tetovo, Prilep, Stip, Veles, Kavadarci, Strumica, Kisela Voda,
Ilinden, representatives from the Agency for Youth and Sport, Councils of youth from Stip,
Kavadarci, Strumica, Vardar planning region and representatives from Lower Normandy –
France participated.
“At the seminar, participants shown great interest and they identified youth problems, and
gave possible proposals for youth projects that can be financed by the European
Programme for Youth (Youth in action).” – said the executive director of SEGA, Zoran Ilieski.
The seminar contributed towards good cooperation between the participants in exchanging
experiences and acquiring knowledge in the European priorities in the youth field and the
need of the developing youth policies.
This activity of the Coalition SEGA is part of the action “Youth, Education, Local and
European citizenship” under the “Project for decentralized cooperation between Macedonia
and the region of Lower Normandy – France”, managed by the Association for Local
Democracy Agencies (ALDA) and implemented by the Coalition of youth organizations
SEGA and the House of Europe of Caen – France. The project is coordinated by the
Association of local democracy agencies (ALDA). For further information please consult the
webpage of the Cooperation http://crbn-mk.courriers.info/ (http://crbn-mk.courriers.info/) or
contact Katica Janeva katica.janeva@aldaintranet.org
(mailto:katica.janeva@aldaintranet.org).

The Coalition of Youth Organizations SEGA in cooperation with House of Europe of Caen
(France), in Strumica organized a seminar on “European priorities and local youth needs in
the youth field” on August 19 and 20.
In this seminar the European youth priorities, national youth research needs in R.
Macedonia implemented by the Coalition SEGA, EU documents related to youth and
European programs for funding youth projects were presented.
At the seminar representatives of the municipalities that had previously adopted local youth
strategies (Project of SEGA): Tetovo, Prilep, Stip, Veles, Kavadarci, Strumica, Kisela Voda,
Ilinden, representatives from the Agency for Youth and Sport, Councils of youth from Stip,
Kavadarci, Strumica, Vardar planning region and representatives from Lower Normandy –
France participated.
“At the seminar, participants shown great interest and they identified youth problems, and
gave possible proposals for youth projects that can be financed by the European
Programme for Youth (Youth in action).” – said the executive director of SEGA, Zoran Ilieski.
The seminar contributed towards good cooperation between the participants in exchanging
experiences and acquiring knowledge in the European priorities in the youth field and the
need of the developing youth policies.
This activity of the Coalition SEGA is part of the action “Youth, Education, Local and
European citizenship” under the “Project for decentralized cooperation between Macedonia
and the region of Lower Normandy – France”, managed by the Association for Local
Democracy Agencies (ALDA) and implemented by the Coalition of youth organizations
SEGA and the House of Europe of Caen – France. The project is coordinated by the
Association of local democracy agencies (ALDA). For further information please consult the
webpage of the Cooperation http://crbn-mk.courriers.info/ (http://crbn-mk.courriers.info/) or
contact Katica Janeva katica.janeva@aldaintranet.org
(mailto:katica.janeva@aldaintranet.org).