KOSOVO: THE AGENCY OF LOCAL DEMOCRACY WILL BE OPERATIVE BY THE END OF 2011. IN PEJA/PEC THE OPENING OF THE NEW OFFICES (21 and 22 November 2011)

The Local Democracy Agency (LDA) in Kosovo, organized by ALDA, the Association of Local Democracy Agencies, under the auspices of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, in cooperation with its international and local partners, will be operative by the end of 2011.
The ribbon cutting for the new headquarters of the ADL (which will be located at the Shtepia e Kultures, rrEnverHadrip.nPeje/Pec), taking place on November 21, the registration of the ADL as a local NGO in accordance with current legislation in the country and the appointment of the Director, Elbert Krasniqi, who will head the office, will complete the bureaucratic process began last year with the signing of the agreement between the partners, joined in recent months by the diplomatic work done by partners to ensure a good start and effective activity of the LDA.

The LDA Kosovo can count on the support of the network of ALDA and other 12 LDAs currently active in the Balkans and South Caucasus.
“Decentralisation of power and development of administrative capacities at the local level, together with a capable and vivid civil society, represent a fundamental step in the process of democratisation, stability and development of Kosovo”, says ALDA President, Per Vinther.
The LDA Kosovo, like the others, will develop projects which will foster inter-ethnic dialogue, promote international cooperation, encourage civil society to participate actively in the life of the local community, develop the growth of democracy and good local governance, promote the economic development, giving answers to problems and needs of the population.
The international partners of the LDA are actively engaged in Kosovo since several years, as the Lead Partner Association Table Trentino with Kosovo (TCK) – (Italy and Kosovo) for over 10 years working with the Municipality of Peja/Pec and numerous local organizations, AiBi, Friends of the Children (Italy and Kosovo), RTM Reggio Third World (Italy and Kosovo), the Only Equal Rights Association (Italy), ALFA Formation (France), the town of Yalova (Turkey). LDA local partners are the Municipality of Peja/Pec, which is also the host city, and AKM, Association of Municipalities of Kosovo.
The role of the international partners will be to provide core financial support, participate in activities where they have the skills and capacities, to encourage their own partners to participate in the work of the LDA and to promote the work of the LDA in their own community and encourage wider participation.
On occasion of the opening of new offices of the LDA, an international conference will take place on the anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, approved by the UN General Assembly on 20 November 1989, which will end with a series of entertainment activities organized for children and families in Peja/Pec at the Youth Centre.

To the conference will attend, among others, Ali Berisha, Mayor of Peja/Pec, Michele Giffoni, Italian Ambassador to Kosovo, EmilianoBertoldi, Trentino table for Kosovo, Antonella Valmorbida, Director of ALDA, Corkadiu Sabah, Director of Human Rights Department of the Municipality of Peja/Pec, and NaimBerisha, a sociologist and Assistant Director of the Gymnasium.
On 22nd of November will take place a partner meeting to plan activities for 2012, in particular the project Youth in Action “Youth wears Green”, already approved, which will be developed in 2012, and to analyze the proposals for other projects.

The Local Democracy Agency (LDA) in Kosovo, organized by ALDA, the Association of Local Democracy Agencies, under the auspices of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, in cooperation with its international and local partners, will be operative by the end of 2011.
The ribbon cutting for the new headquarters of the ADL (which will be located at the Shtepia e Kultures, rrEnverHadrip.nPeje/Pec), taking place on November 21, the registration of the ADL as a local NGO in accordance with current legislation in the country and the appointment of the Director, Elbert Krasniqi, who will head the office, will complete the bureaucratic process began last year with the signing of the agreement between the partners, joined in recent months by the diplomatic work done by partners to ensure a good start and effective activity of the LDA.

The LDA Kosovo can count on the support of the network of ALDA and other 12 LDAs currently active in the Balkans and South Caucasus.
“Decentralisation of power and development of administrative capacities at the local level, together with a capable and vivid civil society, represent a fundamental step in the process of democratisation, stability and development of Kosovo”, says ALDA President, Per Vinther.
The LDA Kosovo, like the others, will develop projects which will foster inter-ethnic dialogue, promote international cooperation, encourage civil society to participate actively in the life of the local community, develop the growth of democracy and good local governance, promote the economic development, giving answers to problems and needs of the population.
The international partners of the LDA are actively engaged in Kosovo since several years, as the Lead Partner Association Table Trentino with Kosovo (TCK) – (Italy and Kosovo) for over 10 years working with the Municipality of Peja/Pec and numerous local organizations, AiBi, Friends of the Children (Italy and Kosovo), RTM Reggio Third World (Italy and Kosovo), the Only Equal Rights Association (Italy), ALFA Formation (France), the town of Yalova (Turkey). LDA local partners are the Municipality of Peja/Pec, which is also the host city, and AKM, Association of Municipalities of Kosovo.
The role of the international partners will be to provide core financial support, participate in activities where they have the skills and capacities, to encourage their own partners to participate in the work of the LDA and to promote the work of the LDA in their own community and encourage wider participation.
On occasion of the opening of new offices of the LDA, an international conference will take place on the anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, approved by the UN General Assembly on 20 November 1989, which will end with a series of entertainment activities organized for children and families in Peja/Pec at the Youth Centre.

To the conference will attend, among others, Ali Berisha, Mayor of Peja/Pec, Michele Giffoni, Italian Ambassador to Kosovo, EmilianoBertoldi, Trentino table for Kosovo, Antonella Valmorbida, Director of ALDA, Corkadiu Sabah, Director of Human Rights Department of the Municipality of Peja/Pec, and NaimBerisha, a sociologist and Assistant Director of the Gymnasium.
On 22nd of November will take place a partner meeting to plan activities for 2012, in particular the project Youth in Action “Youth wears Green”, already approved, which will be developed in 2012, and to analyze the proposals for other projects.


“DEALING WITH A PAST LEFT UNSAID – CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR INSTITUTIONS AND CIVIL SOCIETY ACTORS”. In Strasbourg the final conference of the ALDA project PEACE (22-23 November 2011)

Restudy the recent history of European countries to strengthen the ideals of peace, tolerance and participation and help the building of an Europe ever more land of cohesion, stability and prosperity.
This is the main aim of the project PEACE, implemented by ALDA, the Association of Local Democracy Agencies which final conference. will take place in Strasbourg the 22nd and 23rd of November (CIARUS, 7 rue Finkmatt).

The main subject of the conference will be active remembrance. It will unite around 100 participants from several European countries, all professionals of historical education and active remembrance (educators, teachers, researchers, memorial curators and peace educators). Through presentations on the treatment of repressed pasts in Europe and exchange between the participants, the conference will bring new insights on how to deal with different pasts.
All participants will be encouraged to actively bring their specific experience in different workshops. Debates will be held on subjects such as remembrance and its relation with active citizenship and a positive attitude towards Human Rights and peace.
One of the aims of the project is to develop efficient activities in this field.
The event will combine different methods such as round tables and working groups in order to promote a wide debate benefiting from both multilateral and specific perspectives.
Informal exchange with other participants will be a central element of the conference and will be encouraged.
Participants will participate also in a visit to “Le Mémorial de l’Alsace-Moselle”.

 

 


«TRAITER AVEC UN PASSE NON DIT – DÉFIS ET OPPORTUNITÉS POUR LES INSTITUTIONS ET LA SOCIETE CIVILE”. A Strasbourg, la conférence finale du projet PAIX de la AADL (22-23 Novembre 2011)

Réétudier l’histoire récente des pays européens afin de renforcer les idéaux de paix, de tolérance et de participation et aider à la construction de l’Europe en tant que, de plus en plus, terre de la cohésion, de la stabilité et de la prospérité.
Tel est l’objectif principal du projet PAIX, mise en œuvre par l’AADL, l’Association des Agences de la Démocratie Locale, dont la dernière conférence aura lieu à Strasbourg les 22 et 23 Novembre (Ciarus, 7 rue Finkmatt).

Le thème principal de la conférence sera la mémoire active. Il rassemblera environ 100 participants venus de différents pays européens, tous les professionnels de la formation historique et de la mémoire (éducateurs, enseignants, chercheurs, éducateurs et conservateurs des monuments pour la paix). Grâce à des présentations sur les systèmes répressifs du passé en Europe et l’échange entre les participants, la conférence va apporter de nouvelles idées sur la façon de traiter avec des passés différents.
Tous les participants seront encouragés à apporter, dans les différents ateliers, leur expérience spécifique.
Les participants pourront ainsi discuter à propos de sujets tels que la mémoire et sa relation à la citoyenneté active et l’ attitude positive envers les droits humains et la paix.
Un des objectifs du projet est celui de développer des actions efficaces dans ce domaine.
L’événement sera réalisé en utilisant plusieurs méthodes, telles que des tables rondes et des groupes de travail afin de promouvoir un large débat qui pourrait ainsi bénéficier d’une perspective aussi bien  multilatérale que spécifique.
Les échanges informels avec les autres participants seront au centre de la conférence et seront encouragés.
Les participants pourront également participer à une visite au « Mémorial de l’Alsace-Moselle”.

Restudy the recent history of European countries to strengthen the ideals of peace, tolerance and participation and help the building of an Europe ever more land of cohesion, stability and prosperity.
This is the main aim of the project PEACE, implemented by ALDA, the Association of Local Democracy Agencies which final conference. will take place in Strasbourg the 22nd and 23rd of November (CIARUS, 7 rue Finkmatt).

The main subject of the conference will be active remembrance. It will unite around 100 participants from several European countries, all professionals of historical education and active remembrance (educators, teachers, researchers, memorial curators and peace educators). Through presentations on the treatment of repressed pasts in Europe and exchange between the participants, the conference will bring new insights on how to deal with different pasts.
All participants will be encouraged to actively bring their specific experience in different workshops. Debates will be held on subjects such as remembrance and its relation with active citizenship and a positive attitude towards Human Rights and peace.
One of the aims of the project is to develop efficient activities in this field.
The event will combine different methods such as round tables and working groups in order to promote a wide debate benefiting from both multilateral and specific perspectives.
Informal exchange with other participants will be a central element of the conference and will be encouraged.
Participants will participate also in a visit to “Le Mémorial de l’Alsace-Moselle”.

 

 


«TRAITER AVEC UN PASSE NON DIT – DÉFIS ET OPPORTUNITÉS POUR LES INSTITUTIONS ET LA SOCIETE CIVILE”. A Strasbourg, la conférence finale du projet PAIX de la AADL (22-23 Novembre 2011)

Réétudier l’histoire récente des pays européens afin de renforcer les idéaux de paix, de tolérance et de participation et aider à la construction de l’Europe en tant que, de plus en plus, terre de la cohésion, de la stabilité et de la prospérité.
Tel est l’objectif principal du projet PAIX, mise en œuvre par l’AADL, l’Association des Agences de la Démocratie Locale, dont la dernière conférence aura lieu à Strasbourg les 22 et 23 Novembre (Ciarus, 7 rue Finkmatt).

Le thème principal de la conférence sera la mémoire active. Il rassemblera environ 100 participants venus de différents pays européens, tous les professionnels de la formation historique et de la mémoire (éducateurs, enseignants, chercheurs, éducateurs et conservateurs des monuments pour la paix). Grâce à des présentations sur les systèmes répressifs du passé en Europe et l’échange entre les participants, la conférence va apporter de nouvelles idées sur la façon de traiter avec des passés différents.
Tous les participants seront encouragés à apporter, dans les différents ateliers, leur expérience spécifique.
Les participants pourront ainsi discuter à propos de sujets tels que la mémoire et sa relation à la citoyenneté active et l’ attitude positive envers les droits humains et la paix.
Un des objectifs du projet est celui de développer des actions efficaces dans ce domaine.
L’événement sera réalisé en utilisant plusieurs méthodes, telles que des tables rondes et des groupes de travail afin de promouvoir un large débat qui pourrait ainsi bénéficier d’une perspective aussi bien  multilatérale que spécifique.
Les échanges informels avec les autres participants seront au centre de la conférence et seront encouragés.
Les participants pourront également participer à une visite au « Mémorial de l’Alsace-Moselle”.


MOBILITY AND VOLUNTEERING IN TOWN TWINNING. STAND.UP PROJECT CONFERENCE IN VENICE (15 and 16 November)

ALDA organized as partner leader of the project STAND.UP, an International Conference on “Mobility and volunteering in town twinning – Exchange of methodologies between Local Authorities and Civil Society” which tooke place in Venice on 15 and 16 November.
The event aimed to promote the concept of mobility and volunteering, strengthening the involvement of civil society organisations, within the framework of European twinning, in order to create a greater cooperation between Local Authorities and Civil Society Organizations.

The conference was part of the activities of the project “STAND.UP: Strengthening Twinning and Networking for Development Agreements. United in Partnership” funded by the European Programme “Europe for Citizens”, implemented by ALDA in partnership with 17 international partners.
STAND.UP aims to promote citizen participation and interaction with local and European institutions, through debates on important issues in the field of town twinning.
During the conference in Venice, after the intervention of senior officials of local and European authorities, were shared examples of good practices on mobility and volunteering by representatives of European and international associations. Participants were divided into three working groups to discuss these issues.

ALDA organized as partner leader of the project STAND.UP, an International Conference on “Mobility and volunteering in town twinning – Exchange of methodologies between Local Authorities and Civil Society” which tooke place in Venice on 15 and 16 November.
The event aimed to promote the concept of mobility and volunteering, strengthening the involvement of civil society organisations, within the framework of European twinning, in order to create a greater cooperation between Local Authorities and Civil Society Organizations.

The conference was part of the activities of the project “STAND.UP: Strengthening Twinning and Networking for Development Agreements. United in Partnership” funded by the European Programme “Europe for Citizens”, implemented by ALDA in partnership with 17 international partners.
STAND.UP aims to promote citizen participation and interaction with local and European institutions, through debates on important issues in the field of town twinning.
During the conference in Venice, after the intervention of senior officials of local and European authorities, were shared examples of good practices on mobility and volunteering by representatives of European and international associations. Participants were divided into three working groups to discuss these issues.


MORE PARTICIPATION IN THE TWINNING PROJETCS: THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION READY TO THEIR REFORM. IN VENICE THE CONFERENCE OF INTACT, AN ALDA PROJECT

More participation of citizens, more countries involved, more debate on the issues and European values.
This is the idea of the European Commission for the reform of twinning in the next program, 2014-2020, confirming the budget of 30 million a year to fund the twinning projects with the intention of making more effective their performance.
It’s what said Anna Cozzoli, Department of Citizenship EACEA, the Executive Agency Education, Audiovisual and Culture of the European Commission, in liaison from Brussels, to the participants at the international conference organized by ALDA in Venice, within the project INTACT.

The central theme of the conference was just the future of twinning in view of their protagonists, municipalities, nonprofit associations, economic groups and companies that, even in the Veneto region, is taking a greater interest in public-private partnership programs, a new variation of twinning, which puts more emphasis on activities that can generate local economic development and prosperity for the population.
In Venice, representatives of these groups from seven countries (France, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Malta, Albania) as well as a large Italian representatives have discussed these issues.
“The Euro Info Veneto collects more and more requests for participation of companies in the European Partnership programs and projects, new opportunities for relationships and potential development tools,” said Gian Angelo Bellati, director of Unioncamere Veneto and Euro Info.
The future of twinning is therefore positive, as indicated in the idea of reform, summed up in less dinners and football games, more partners and more countries involved from any single project, more companies, more meetings where people talk of European issues and ideas of sustainable development, so that the exchange of good ideas and good practices may arise concrete growth opportunities for the territory and for Europe as a whole.
“For the harmonious development of the European territory as a whole and the strengthening of economic, social and territorial cohesion – stressed Antonella Valmorbida, ALDA Director – is therefore necessary to strengthen the transnational territorial cooperation”.
During the two days of the conference the best practices and experiences gained by the partners of the projects were presented and shared during workshops on city diplomacy, technical assistance to the twin cities, private sector involvement.
“The work has revealed the need and the will to the relaunch of twinning – said Massimo Ciullo, lead partner of the ADL Albania – although certainly with new perspectives and content, because every relationship, especially internationally, is also useful to economic development at this particular moment of crisis”.
The meeting in Venice was promoted in cooperation with the Council of Europe and the main economic actors of the Veneto Region, Eurosportello Unioncamere, CIA, Italian Farmers Confederation, represented by the Regional President Daniele Toniolo, CAN, National Confederation of craft, Lega of Cooperative.
The INTACT project, lasting two years, has seen the organization of numerous events and activities in many European countries, as international workshops, local activities, a Summer School on the themes of active citizenship, local economic initiatives and international relations between local authorities.
These activities have strengthened the link between the twenty partners of the project (NGOs and local authorities) from seven countries, particularly involved in the theme of citizen participation, promotion of European values and integration process.

فيديو
Mrs. Antonella Valmorbida, ALDA Director
Mr. Gian Angelo Bellati, Unioncamere Veneto Director
Mr. Roberto D’Alessandro, CoE Office in venezia Director
Mr. Massimo Ciullo, Lead partner LDA Albania

More participation of citizens, more countries involved, more debate on the issues and European values.
This is the idea of the European Commission for the reform of twinning in the next program, 2014-2020, confirming the budget of 30 million a year to fund the twinning projects with the intention of making more effective their performance.
It’s what said Anna Cozzoli, Department of Citizenship EACEA, the Executive Agency Education, Audiovisual and Culture of the European Commission, in liaison from Brussels, to the participants at the international conference organized by ALDA in Venice, within the project INTACT.

The central theme of the conference was just the future of twinning in view of their protagonists, municipalities, nonprofit associations, economic groups and companies that, even in the Veneto region, is taking a greater interest in public-private partnership programs, a new variation of twinning, which puts more emphasis on activities that can generate local economic development and prosperity for the population.
In Venice, representatives of these groups from seven countries (France, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Malta, Albania) as well as a large Italian representatives have discussed these issues.
“The Euro Info Veneto collects more and more requests for participation of companies in the European Partnership programs and projects, new opportunities for relationships and potential development tools,” said Gian Angelo Bellati, director of Unioncamere Veneto and Euro Info.
The future of twinning is therefore positive, as indicated in the idea of reform, summed up in less dinners and football games, more partners and more countries involved from any single project, more companies, more meetings where people talk of European issues and ideas of sustainable development, so that the exchange of good ideas and good practices may arise concrete growth opportunities for the territory and for Europe as a whole.
“For the harmonious development of the European territory as a whole and the strengthening of economic, social and territorial cohesion – stressed Antonella Valmorbida, ALDA Director – is therefore necessary to strengthen the transnational territorial cooperation”.
During the two days of the conference the best practices and experiences gained by the partners of the projects were presented and shared during workshops on city diplomacy, technical assistance to the twin cities, private sector involvement.
“The work has revealed the need and the will to the relaunch of twinning – said Massimo Ciullo, lead partner of the ADL Albania – although certainly with new perspectives and content, because every relationship, especially internationally, is also useful to economic development at this particular moment of crisis”.
The meeting in Venice was promoted in cooperation with the Council of Europe and the main economic actors of the Veneto Region, Eurosportello Unioncamere, CIA, Italian Farmers Confederation, represented by the Regional President Daniele Toniolo, CAN, National Confederation of craft, Lega of Cooperative.
The INTACT project, lasting two years, has seen the organization of numerous events and activities in many European countries, as international workshops, local activities, a Summer School on the themes of active citizenship, local economic initiatives and international relations between local authorities.
These activities have strengthened the link between the twenty partners of the project (NGOs and local authorities) from seven countries, particularly involved in the theme of citizen participation, promotion of European values and integration process.

فيديو
Mrs. Antonella Valmorbida, ALDA Director
Mr. Gian Angelo Bellati, Unioncamere Veneto Director
Mr. Roberto D’Alessandro, CoE Office in venezia Director
Mr. Massimo Ciullo, Lead partner LDA Albania


EXPERT, AN EUROPEAN EVENT IN AIX EN PROVENCE (11-15 November 2011)

The Mission Tourism & Development International (MDTI) of the City of Aix en Provence for the first time has organized the event EXPERT, co-funded by the European Union, from 11 to 15 November 2011.
This project gather six twinned Cities with Aix en Provence and involved in common decentralized cooperation (Bath – United Kingdom, Granada – Spain, Coimbra – Portugal, Perugia – Italy, Tübingen – Germany, Pecs – Hungary) and will focus on three major themes .
ALDA participated at the third and final event, a day of reflection and discussion on volunteering and volunteerism, represented by the Director Mrs. Antonella Valmorbida.

The first action of the event, has seen six chefs of Aix and six chefs of other European country, that shared their culinary arts, combined their talents and skills to offer their customers in each of the participating restaurants, a creation “four hands” (11-12 November).
The second event, (14 November ) was an exchange of experiences on the theme of urban space reserved to elected, officials and technicians of the seven cities to work on common issues.
Finally, to conclude this tour of Europe in five days, at the amphitheater of the IUFM, took place a conference that aimed to reflect and discuss on volunteering and volunteerism, in the presence of key players, both local and European, on these issues.
Several representatives of associations, elected officials, presidents of national and local structures (France Volunteer – Volunteer France – Aix Association, Association of Twin …) and academic partner cities, brought their stories and visions to the debate on possibility of a common European public policy in this sector.

The Mission Tourism & Development International (MDTI) of the City of Aix en Provence for the first time has organized the event EXPERT, co-funded by the European Union, from 11 to 15 November 2011.
This project gather six twinned Cities with Aix en Provence and involved in common decentralized cooperation (Bath – United Kingdom, Granada – Spain, Coimbra – Portugal, Perugia – Italy, Tübingen – Germany, Pecs – Hungary) and will focus on three major themes .
ALDA participated at the third and final event, a day of reflection and discussion on volunteering and volunteerism, represented by the Director Mrs. Antonella Valmorbida.

The first action of the event, has seen six chefs of Aix and six chefs of other European country, that shared their culinary arts, combined their talents and skills to offer their customers in each of the participating restaurants, a creation “four hands” (11-12 November).
The second event, (14 November ) was an exchange of experiences on the theme of urban space reserved to elected, officials and technicians of the seven cities to work on common issues.
Finally, to conclude this tour of Europe in five days, at the amphitheater of the IUFM, took place a conference that aimed to reflect and discuss on volunteering and volunteerism, in the presence of key players, both local and European, on these issues.
Several representatives of associations, elected officials, presidents of national and local structures (France Volunteer – Volunteer France – Aix Association, Association of Twin …) and academic partner cities, brought their stories and visions to the debate on possibility of a common European public policy in this sector.


MIGRANTS IN EUROPE, INTEGRATION AS A PROCESS OF INCLUSION. FINAL WORKSHOP OF THE PROJECT GOAL (Bucharest, RO, 12-13 November)

An international workshop concluded the project GOAL, Granting Opportunities for Active Learning, implemented by ALDA, as lead partner. The event tooke place on 12 and 13 November Bucharest.
The EU’s population, due to decreased fertility rates and longer life expectancy, is ageing, leading to a likely fall in the working population in the 25 states from 303 million to 297 million by 2020. A smaller labour force means less economic growth: economic migration is therefore necessary for sustained the European economic growth.
But migration flows, affecting all Europe, often disregard the need for labour, and arise from the needs of the populations of third world countries to escape poverty and seek welfare and freedom.

What is the situation that migrants find in the European Countries, and how is possible to improve it?
The debate in Europe on the need for a European policy on migration management is open for years and still has not found a solution shared by all member states.
So each state has to deal daily with the problems that this phenomenon leads to social stability, often being connected to the illegality, now aggravated by the severe economic crisis.
To give answer to these questions, ALDA, the Association of Local Democracy Agencies, has managed the European project, GOAL, that aimed at improving the situation of migrants in Europe by giving them the occasion to discuss their own situation and suggesting ways to get better their life.
During the project, groups of citizens in six EU Member States and accession countries (France, Romania, Bulgaria, Albania, Italy and Greece) have met and debated about the situation of migrants in their country and how to improve it.
The members of these citizens’ panels were themselves migrants. Drawing on the panels’ discussions, the partners have drafted recommendations to European policy makers on how to improve the situation of migrants in Europe.
The final workshop of GOAL was the occasion to present the panels’ recommendations to the participants – professionals in migration matters and concerned citizens – and policy makers.
All participants debated about the recommendations in particular and migration matters in general in three workshops on the topics of intercultural dialogue, political participation and access to services and the labour market.

An international workshop concluded the project GOAL, Granting Opportunities for Active Learning, implemented by ALDA, as lead partner. The event tooke place on 12 and 13 November Bucharest.
The EU’s population, due to decreased fertility rates and longer life expectancy, is ageing, leading to a likely fall in the working population in the 25 states from 303 million to 297 million by 2020. A smaller labour force means less economic growth: economic migration is therefore necessary for sustained the European economic growth.
But migration flows, affecting all Europe, often disregard the need for labour, and arise from the needs of the populations of third world countries to escape poverty and seek welfare and freedom.

What is the situation that migrants find in the European Countries, and how is possible to improve it?
The debate in Europe on the need for a European policy on migration management is open for years and still has not found a solution shared by all member states.
So each state has to deal daily with the problems that this phenomenon leads to social stability, often being connected to the illegality, now aggravated by the severe economic crisis.
To give answer to these questions, ALDA, the Association of Local Democracy Agencies, has managed the European project, GOAL, that aimed at improving the situation of migrants in Europe by giving them the occasion to discuss their own situation and suggesting ways to get better their life.
During the project, groups of citizens in six EU Member States and accession countries (France, Romania, Bulgaria, Albania, Italy and Greece) have met and debated about the situation of migrants in their country and how to improve it.
The members of these citizens’ panels were themselves migrants. Drawing on the panels’ discussions, the partners have drafted recommendations to European policy makers on how to improve the situation of migrants in Europe.
The final workshop of GOAL was the occasion to present the panels’ recommendations to the participants – professionals in migration matters and concerned citizens – and policy makers.
All participants debated about the recommendations in particular and migration matters in general in three workshops on the topics of intercultural dialogue, political participation and access to services and the labour market.


MOBILITY AND VOLUNTEERING IN TOWN TWINNING. STAND.UP PROJECT CONFERENCE IN VENICE (15 and 16 November)

ALDA has organized as partner leader of the project STAND.UP, an International Conference on “Mobility and volunteering in town twinning – Exchange of methodologies between Local Authorities and Civil Society” which will take place in Venice on 15 and 16 November (Russott Hotel – Via Orlanda 4 – San Giuliano).
The event aims to promote the concept of mobility and volunteering, strengthening the involvement of civil society organisations, within the framework of European twinning, in order to create a greater cooperation between Local Authorities and Civil Society Organizations.
For more information, download the program.
To register download the form.

The conference is part of the activities of the project “STAND.UP: Strengthening Twinning and Networking for Development Agreements. United in Partnership” funded by the European Programme “Europe for Citizens”, implemented by ALDA in partnership with 17 international partners.
STAND.UP aims to promote citizen participation and interaction with local and European institutions, through debates on important issues in the field of town twinning.
During the conference in Venice, after the intervention of senior officials of local and European authorities, will be shared examples of good practices on mobility and volunteering by representatives of European and international associations. Participants will be divided into three working groups to discuss these issues.
The Conference will take place November 15 from 9:30 to 18:00 and 16 from 9:30 to 12:30 at the Hotel Russott.
Participation is free of charge, and It is planned for both days, the opportunity to take part in the lunch served, with a contribution of 15 euros for lunch.
To register please complete the form in all its parts and send it to Cinzia Spinazzè:
cinzia.spinazze@aldaintranet.org, by 11 November.
For more information contact via email: cinzia.spinazze@aldaintranet.org أو sara.bincoletto@aldaintranet.org, or call +39 0444 540146.

 

 

MOBILITÀ E VOLONTARIATO NEL GEMELLAGGIO FRA CITTÀ. CONFERENZA DEL PROGETTO STUND.UP A VENEZIA (15 E 16 NOVEMBRE)

ALDA ha organizzato, in qualità di partner leader del progetto STAND.UP, una Conferenza Internazionale sul tema “Mobilità e volontariato nel gemellaggio fra città – Scambio di metodologie fra Autorità Locali e Società Civile”, che si terrà a Venezia il 15 e 16 Novembre (Russott Hotel – Via Orlanda, 4 – San Giuliano).
L’evento ha lo scopo di promuovere il concetto di mobilità e di volontariato, rafforzando il coinvolgimento della società civile, nel quadro dei gemellaggi europei, allo scopo di creare una maggiore cooperazione fra Autorità Locali e Organizzazioni della Società Civile.
Per saperne di più scarica il programma.
Per iscriverti scarica il modulo.

La conferenza s’inserisce nel quadro delle attività del progetto “STAND.UP: Strengthening Twinning Agreements and Networking for Development. United in Partnership” finanziato dal programma europeo “Europa per i cittadini” e realizzato da ALDA in partenariato con 17 partner internazionali.
STAND.UP ha lo scopo di favorire la partecipazione dei cittadini e l’interazione con le istituzioni locali e dell’Unione europea attraverso dibattiti su importanti temi europei nel settore del gemellaggio fra città.
Durante la conferenza di Venezia, dopo l’intervento di alti funzionari delle autorità locali ed europee, saranno portati esempi di buone pratiche sul tema della mobilità e del volontariato da parte di rappresentanti di associazioni europee ed internazionali e verranno organizzati gruppi di lavoro per il confronto sulle tematiche proposte.
La Conferenza si svolgerà il 15 novembre dalle 9.30 alle 18.00 e il 16 dalle 9.30 alle 12.30 presso il Russott Hotel.
La partecipazione alla conferenza internazionale è gratuita. E’ invece prevista, per entrambe le giornate, la possibilità di prendere parte al pranzo servito con un contributo di 15 euro.
Per registrarsi è necessario compilare il modulo di partecipazione in tutte le sue parti ed inviarlo a Cinzia Spinazzè all’indirizzo cinzia.spinazze@aldaintranet.org entro l’11 Novembre.
Per ulteriori informazioni contattare via mail: cinzia.spinazze@aldaintranet.org, o sara.bincoletto@aldaintranet.org o telefonare al numero 0444/540146.

ALDA has organized as partner leader of the project STAND.UP, an International Conference on “Mobility and volunteering in town twinning – Exchange of methodologies between Local Authorities and Civil Society” which will take place in Venice on 15 and 16 November (Russott Hotel – Via Orlanda 4 – San Giuliano).
The event aims to promote the concept of mobility and volunteering, strengthening the involvement of civil society organisations, within the framework of European twinning, in order to create a greater cooperation between Local Authorities and Civil Society Organizations.
For more information, download the program.
To register download the form.

The conference is part of the activities of the project “STAND.UP: Strengthening Twinning and Networking for Development Agreements. United in Partnership” funded by the European Programme “Europe for Citizens”, implemented by ALDA in partnership with 17 international partners.
STAND.UP aims to promote citizen participation and interaction with local and European institutions, through debates on important issues in the field of town twinning.
During the conference in Venice, after the intervention of senior officials of local and European authorities, will be shared examples of good practices on mobility and volunteering by representatives of European and international associations. Participants will be divided into three working groups to discuss these issues.
The Conference will take place November 15 from 9:30 to 18:00 and 16 from 9:30 to 12:30 at the Hotel Russott.
Participation is free of charge, and It is planned for both days, the opportunity to take part in the lunch served, with a contribution of 15 euros for lunch.
To register please complete the form in all its parts and send it to Cinzia Spinazzè:
cinzia.spinazze@aldaintranet.org, by 11 November.
For more information contact via email: cinzia.spinazze@aldaintranet.org أو sara.bincoletto@aldaintranet.org, or call +39 0444 540146.

 

 

MOBILITÀ E VOLONTARIATO NEL GEMELLAGGIO FRA CITTÀ. CONFERENZA DEL PROGETTO STUND.UP A VENEZIA (15 E 16 NOVEMBRE)

ALDA ha organizzato, in qualità di partner leader del progetto STAND.UP, una Conferenza Internazionale sul tema “Mobilità e volontariato nel gemellaggio fra città – Scambio di metodologie fra Autorità Locali e Società Civile”, che si terrà a Venezia il 15 e 16 Novembre (Russott Hotel – Via Orlanda, 4 – San Giuliano).
L’evento ha lo scopo di promuovere il concetto di mobilità e di volontariato, rafforzando il coinvolgimento della società civile, nel quadro dei gemellaggi europei, allo scopo di creare una maggiore cooperazione fra Autorità Locali e Organizzazioni della Società Civile.
Per saperne di più scarica il programma.
Per iscriverti scarica il modulo.

La conferenza s’inserisce nel quadro delle attività del progetto “STAND.UP: Strengthening Twinning Agreements and Networking for Development. United in Partnership” finanziato dal programma europeo “Europa per i cittadini” e realizzato da ALDA in partenariato con 17 partner internazionali.
STAND.UP ha lo scopo di favorire la partecipazione dei cittadini e l’interazione con le istituzioni locali e dell’Unione europea attraverso dibattiti su importanti temi europei nel settore del gemellaggio fra città.
Durante la conferenza di Venezia, dopo l’intervento di alti funzionari delle autorità locali ed europee, saranno portati esempi di buone pratiche sul tema della mobilità e del volontariato da parte di rappresentanti di associazioni europee ed internazionali e verranno organizzati gruppi di lavoro per il confronto sulle tematiche proposte.
La Conferenza si svolgerà il 15 novembre dalle 9.30 alle 18.00 e il 16 dalle 9.30 alle 12.30 presso il Russott Hotel.
La partecipazione alla conferenza internazionale è gratuita. E’ invece prevista, per entrambe le giornate, la possibilità di prendere parte al pranzo servito con un contributo di 15 euro.
Per registrarsi è necessario compilare il modulo di partecipazione in tutte le sue parti ed inviarlo a Cinzia Spinazzè all’indirizzo cinzia.spinazze@aldaintranet.org entro l’11 Novembre.
Per ulteriori informazioni contattare via mail: cinzia.spinazze@aldaintranet.org, o sara.bincoletto@aldaintranet.org o telefonare al numero 0444/540146.


THE CONTRIBUTION OF CITY DIPLOMACY TO SOLVE EUROPE'S PROBLEMS. FINAL CONFERENCE PROJECT INTACT. Venice (16-17 November 2011)

Reacting to the economic and governance crisis that is sweeping Europe with negative effects, due to the narrowing of public spending, directly for the citizens, who are losing the necessary social services that local and regional authorities are struggling to provide.
It’s a task that hosts, everywhere in Europe and in the neighbourhood, civil society and local authorities, such as companies and business associations.
On these issues, the project INTACT, “International Network of Towns – Active citizenship and Town Twinning”, promoted by ALDA and funded by the European Commission, has organized  his final policy making meeting, that will take place in Venice (16 and 17 November, Russot Hotel, San Giuliano) bringing together international experts, local officials and civil society associations from seven countries.

Download the conference agenda here

The problem is global and the solutions must be found from the territory, gradually involving the local, national and finally the European institutions.
The harmonious development of the Community as a whole and the strengthening of economic, social and territorial cohesion imply, therefore, the strengthening of transnational territorial cooperation.
The exchange of experiences and good practices and the raising awareness of all stakeholders are targets of several EC programs, primarily the “Europe for Citizens”.
As a part of this programme, the INTACT project, lasting two years, has seen the organization of numerous events and activities in many European countries, as international workshops, local activities, a Summer School on the themes of active citizenship, local economic initiatives and international relations between local authorities.
These activities have strengthened the link between the twenty partners of the project (NGOs and local authorities) from seven countries, particularly involved in the theme of citizen participation, promotion of European values and integration process.
The Venice event is organized in collaboration with the Council of Europe and the main economic actors of the Veneto Region, Eurosportello Unioncamere, CIA, the Italian Confederation of Farmers, CAN, National Confederation of Crafts, Legacoop, the Association of Cooperatives.
During the meeting, the traditional concept of town twinning will be analysed and compared with the new concept of City Diplomacy and the practices of private sector involvement in international relations between local authorities. Workshops will explore these issues, giving to the participants the opportunity to join the discussion.
Representatives of the Education Agency of European Commission, Local Authorities engaged on citizens’ diplomacy and Working Group on Twinning of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions will attend the meeting in Venice, as well as representatives of Italian Regions, Provinces and Municipalities.
The conference will be opened by Andrea Ferrazzi, Municipality of Venice, Department of Education Councillor, Antonella Valmorbida, Director of ALDA, and Anna Cozzoli EACEA (European Commission).
ALDA is a European network that gathers local authorities and civil society organizations engaged in the development of local democracy and citizen participation.

Reacting to the economic and governance crisis that is sweeping Europe with negative effects, due to the narrowing of public spending, directly for the citizens, who are losing the necessary social services that local and regional authorities are struggling to provide.
It’s a task that hosts, everywhere in Europe and in the neighbourhood, civil society and local authorities, such as companies and business associations.
On these issues, the project INTACT, “International Network of Towns – Active citizenship and Town Twinning”, promoted by ALDA and funded by the European Commission, has organized  his final policy making meeting, that will take place in Venice (16 and 17 November, Russot Hotel, San Giuliano) bringing together international experts, local officials and civil society associations from seven countries.

Download the conference agenda here

The problem is global and the solutions must be found from the territory, gradually involving the local, national and finally the European institutions.
The harmonious development of the Community as a whole and the strengthening of economic, social and territorial cohesion imply, therefore, the strengthening of transnational territorial cooperation.
The exchange of experiences and good practices and the raising awareness of all stakeholders are targets of several EC programs, primarily the “Europe for Citizens”.
As a part of this programme, the INTACT project, lasting two years, has seen the organization of numerous events and activities in many European countries, as international workshops, local activities, a Summer School on the themes of active citizenship, local economic initiatives and international relations between local authorities.
These activities have strengthened the link between the twenty partners of the project (NGOs and local authorities) from seven countries, particularly involved in the theme of citizen participation, promotion of European values and integration process.
The Venice event is organized in collaboration with the Council of Europe and the main economic actors of the Veneto Region, Eurosportello Unioncamere, CIA, the Italian Confederation of Farmers, CAN, National Confederation of Crafts, Legacoop, the Association of Cooperatives.
During the meeting, the traditional concept of town twinning will be analysed and compared with the new concept of City Diplomacy and the practices of private sector involvement in international relations between local authorities. Workshops will explore these issues, giving to the participants the opportunity to join the discussion.
Representatives of the Education Agency of European Commission, Local Authorities engaged on citizens’ diplomacy and Working Group on Twinning of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions will attend the meeting in Venice, as well as representatives of Italian Regions, Provinces and Municipalities.
The conference will be opened by Andrea Ferrazzi, Municipality of Venice, Department of Education Councillor, Antonella Valmorbida, Director of ALDA, and Anna Cozzoli EACEA (European Commission).
ALDA is a European network that gathers local authorities and civil society organizations engaged in the development of local democracy and citizen participation.


EASTERN PARTNERSHIP: NATIONAL & EUROPEAN DYNAMICS CONFERENCE IN YEREVAN (11 November 2011)

Yerevan hosted a conference entitled “Eastern Partnership: National & European Dynamics” that has been organized by the International Center for Human Development (Armenia) in cooperation with the EU delegation to Armenia. This is the 7th annual conference on European integration aimed at enhancing the role of civil society and NGOs in policy- and decision-making. Among the participants were delegates from Armenia, Czech Republic, Turkey European and international agencies.
Mrs. Antonella Valmorbida, ALDA Director, attended the Conference, also as Co-Chair of Civil Society Forum of EaP, and intervened with a speech on “The Role of Civil Society in European Integration: What are the formats and mechanisms enhancing its Input?”.

Speaking at the conference Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandyan said that the European direction has always been regarded as one of the imperatives of Armenian foreign policy. He recalled the words of the president that although Armenia does not set the task of joining the EU, it accepts European standards and the European rules of the game.
In general, it was at the conference that Europe will continue to support reforms in Armenia. Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Raul de Lutzenberger noted positive developments in the country.
“In the near future Armenia has an opportunity to distinguish itself in electoral processes during the elections of the parliament and the president. They will become a good indicator to identify progress in Armenia,” said the ambassador. At the same time, he stressed the importance of not so much EU economic as political assistance to Armenia.
Minister Nalbandyan stressed that as part of the Eastern Partnership program European structures provide technical and financial assistance to reforms in Armenia. He welcomed the principle put forward by Europe, which is “more support in exchange of more reforms”.
Nalbandyan pointed out that the text of the EU-Armenia Association Agreement is now being developed and a free trade agreement will become an important part of it. The issue of simplifying the visa regime is also under discussion.
In this regard, German Ambassador to Armenia Hans-Jochen Schmidt emphasized the importance of opening the Armenian-Turkish border as a stimulus for trade development in the context of free trade. He said that economic integration will lead to new developments that should not be shunned.
Mrs. Antonella Valmorbida stressed that the role of NGOs in EaP, is an important tool for EU rapprochement policies in the region and for the national policies in terms of democratisation and development. “ We have to work – she said – on composition and strength of civil society in EaP Countries, format and means of cooperation (networks, geographic and thematic approach) and room and methods from the European Union side”.

Yerevan hosted a conference entitled “Eastern Partnership: National & European Dynamics” that has been organized by the International Center for Human Development (Armenia) in cooperation with the EU delegation to Armenia. This is the 7th annual conference on European integration aimed at enhancing the role of civil society and NGOs in policy- and decision-making. Among the participants were delegates from Armenia, Czech Republic, Turkey European and international agencies.
Mrs. Antonella Valmorbida, ALDA Director, attended the Conference, also as Co-Chair of Civil Society Forum of EaP, and intervened with a speech on “The Role of Civil Society in European Integration: What are the formats and mechanisms enhancing its Input?”.

Speaking at the conference Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandyan said that the European direction has always been regarded as one of the imperatives of Armenian foreign policy. He recalled the words of the president that although Armenia does not set the task of joining the EU, it accepts European standards and the European rules of the game.
In general, it was at the conference that Europe will continue to support reforms in Armenia. Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Raul de Lutzenberger noted positive developments in the country.
“In the near future Armenia has an opportunity to distinguish itself in electoral processes during the elections of the parliament and the president. They will become a good indicator to identify progress in Armenia,” said the ambassador. At the same time, he stressed the importance of not so much EU economic as political assistance to Armenia.
Minister Nalbandyan stressed that as part of the Eastern Partnership program European structures provide technical and financial assistance to reforms in Armenia. He welcomed the principle put forward by Europe, which is “more support in exchange of more reforms”.
Nalbandyan pointed out that the text of the EU-Armenia Association Agreement is now being developed and a free trade agreement will become an important part of it. The issue of simplifying the visa regime is also under discussion.
In this regard, German Ambassador to Armenia Hans-Jochen Schmidt emphasized the importance of opening the Armenian-Turkish border as a stimulus for trade development in the context of free trade. He said that economic integration will lead to new developments that should not be shunned.
Mrs. Antonella Valmorbida stressed that the role of NGOs in EaP, is an important tool for EU rapprochement policies in the region and for the national policies in terms of democratisation and development. “ We have to work – she said – on composition and strength of civil society in EaP Countries, format and means of cooperation (networks, geographic and thematic approach) and room and methods from the European Union side”.