Local solutions for youth unemployment in the spotlight in Sisak

The conference „Nothing about us without us! Youth unemployment – Local solutions for global problem“ will take place on 23 April at 10:00 at the Town all of Sisak, in Rimska 26.

Organised by the Local Democracy Agency – Operational Partner Sisak, the Town of Sisak and the Association of Local Democracy Agencies, the event is part of the project „Active citizens combating youth unemployment“ in which Local Democracy Agency Sisak is the partner of the Carpathi, an Foundation Hungary, and is implementing in 6 European countries (Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, Germany, Czech Republic and Latvia).

We invite all those interested to attend the conference, which will have among the keynote speakers Mrs Paula Razan, Delegate of the LDA – OP Sisak, the President of ALDA Mr Oriano Otocan, and the Croatian Member of the European Parliament Mr Tonino Picula.

A comparative audiovisual research on youth unemployment problem was carried out in all 6 countries during the project, involving unemployed and employed youngsters aged 16-24, public sector, private sector and non-governmental organisations. The research in Croatia was focused on 3 towns (Sisak, Petrinja and Kutina) and it gathered 370 examinees by questionnaires and 26 by video interviews. During this conference we will present main findings of the research and gathered recommendations for each target group.

Youth unemployment affects the whole European Union, therefore it is necessary to involve citizens to tackle the issue. How ordinary citizens can contribute and influence decisions at the European Union level is also a key topic of this conference as well. Electing Croatian representatives in the European Parliament at the elections taking place on the 25 May 2014 is one of the ways. Why it is important to vote at the elections, how can Croatian MEPs influence decisions of the Parliament, and what is the concrete plan of the EU in combating youth unemployment, and how it reflects Croatian citizens, will be discussed by the Croatian MEP Mr. Tonino Picula.

Read more about the project ‘Active citizens combating youth unemployment

The conference „Nothing about us without us! Youth unemployment – Local solutions for global problem“ will take place on 23 April at 10:00 at the Town all of Sisak, in Rimska 26.

Organised by the Local Democracy Agency – Operational Partner Sisak, the Town of Sisak and the Association of Local Democracy Agencies, the event is part of the project „Active citizens combating youth unemployment“ in which Local Democracy Agency Sisak is the partner of the Carpathi, an Foundation Hungary, and is implementing in 6 European countries (Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, Germany, Czech Republic and Latvia).

We invite all those interested to attend the conference, which will have among the keynote speakers Mrs Paula Razan, Delegate of the LDA – OP Sisak, the President of ALDA Mr Oriano Otocan, and the Croatian Member of the European Parliament Mr Tonino Picula.

A comparative audiovisual research on youth unemployment problem was carried out in all 6 countries during the project, involving unemployed and employed youngsters aged 16-24, public sector, private sector and non-governmental organisations. The research in Croatia was focused on 3 towns (Sisak, Petrinja and Kutina) and it gathered 370 examinees by questionnaires and 26 by video interviews. During this conference we will present main findings of the research and gathered recommendations for each target group.

Youth unemployment affects the whole European Union, therefore it is necessary to involve citizens to tackle the issue. How ordinary citizens can contribute and influence decisions at the European Union level is also a key topic of this conference as well. Electing Croatian representatives in the European Parliament at the elections taking place on the 25 May 2014 is one of the ways. Why it is important to vote at the elections, how can Croatian MEPs influence decisions of the Parliament, and what is the concrete plan of the EU in combating youth unemployment, and how it reflects Croatian citizens, will be discussed by the Croatian MEP Mr. Tonino Picula.

Read more about the project ‘Active citizens combating youth unemployment


Corti and Cigarettes - Festival of international short films

The new edition of Corti and Cigarettes 2014 kicks off: the 7th edition of the Capital’s film festival that offers the Italian public a selection of the best short films of the international stage.

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In 2014 the Festival will focus on Naturally Together, the section directed by Guido Orlandini and dedicated to the success stories of immigration.

The exhibition aims through film to support intercultural and interreligious dialogue, to deepen relations between the States bordering on the Mediterranean, creating insights into possible common policies. It ‘s the ideal place for short films that highlight the value and importance of economic relations , past and future policies between the European Union and the countries of the Euro -Mediterranean area, in addition to raising awareness of the territories , the places, the problems of the countries bordering the Mediterranean. The films must not necessarily be unpublished. The theme is free.

You can discover how to participate sending an email to: cortiandcigarettes@gmail.com 

For further information you can visit:

Corti and Cigarettes website

Call for the 2014 edition

Press Release

The new edition of Corti and Cigarettes 2014 kicks off: the 7th edition of the Capital’s film festival that offers the Italian public a selection of the best short films of the international stage.

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In 2014 the Festival will focus on Naturally Together, the section directed by Guido Orlandini and dedicated to the success stories of immigration.

The exhibition aims through film to support intercultural and interreligious dialogue, to deepen relations between the States bordering on the Mediterranean, creating insights into possible common policies. It ‘s the ideal place for short films that highlight the value and importance of economic relations , past and future policies between the European Union and the countries of the Euro -Mediterranean area, in addition to raising awareness of the territories , the places, the problems of the countries bordering the Mediterranean. The films must not necessarily be unpublished. The theme is free.

You can discover how to participate sending an email to: cortiandcigarettes@gmail.com 

For further information you can visit:

Corti and Cigarettes website

Call for the 2014 edition

Press Release


Europe for Citizens programme 2014-2020 officially adopted!

On 15 April, the Council of the European Union has unanimously adopted the Regulation setting up the ‘Europe for Citizens’ programme for the period 2014-2020.

ALDA has been looking forward to the adoption of the programme, as it is a key programme for our projects and activities – and this is why we are part of the Structured Dialogue with the European Commission.

By beginning of May, the programme guide that includes information on funding opportunities, application procedures and a calendar for the submission of applications will be published. The first deadline for submission of applications for town twinning projects, networks of twinned towns and remembrance projects is provisionally set for 4 June 2014; the second deadline for submission of applications for town twinning projects, networks of twinned towns and civil society projects is provisionally set for 1 September 2014.

For all our members interested in starting working on projects within the programme “Europe for Citizens” soon, we are also offering a master class tailored for the needs of local authorities and civil society organisations eager to develop projects on remembrance and civic participation.

More information on the approval of the programme on the website of EACEA

On 15 April, the Council of the European Union has unanimously adopted the Regulation setting up the ‘Europe for Citizens’ programme for the period 2014-2020.

ALDA has been looking forward to the adoption of the programme, as it is a key programme for our projects and activities – and this is why we are part of the Structured Dialogue with the European Commission.

By beginning of May, the programme guide that includes information on funding opportunities, application procedures and a calendar for the submission of applications will be published. The first deadline for submission of applications for town twinning projects, networks of twinned towns and remembrance projects is provisionally set for 4 June 2014; the second deadline for submission of applications for town twinning projects, networks of twinned towns and civil society projects is provisionally set for 1 September 2014.

For all our members interested in starting working on projects within the programme “Europe for Citizens” soon, we are also offering a master class tailored for the needs of local authorities and civil society organisations eager to develop projects on remembrance and civic participation.

More information on the approval of the programme on the website of EACEA


Last two weeks for the scholarship Gianfranco Martini! Apply by 30 April

LDA set up a scholarship in memory of its Honorary President Gianfranco Martini.
University students and researchers can apply by 30 April for the 2014 edition. Focus of their study or project have to be the development of theoretical and practical strategies to promote local democracy, engagement of civil society and/or interethnic dialogue.
The successful candidate will be announced at the annual General Assembly of ALDA in June 2014, where the scholar will present the results of his or her study, which will be widely disseminated.
Gianfranco Martini, who passed away in October 2012, was among the initiators of the concept of Local Democracy Agencies, and became the first President of ALDA when it was founded in 1999. Throughout his active life he passionately promoted local democracy, civic engagement, and interethnic dialogue, especially in Western Balkans.

More information on the scholarship Gianfranco Martini (.pdf)

LDA set up a scholarship in memory of its Honorary President Gianfranco Martini.
University students and researchers can apply by 30 April for the 2014 edition. Focus of their study or project have to be the development of theoretical and practical strategies to promote local democracy, engagement of civil society and/or interethnic dialogue.
The successful candidate will be announced at the annual General Assembly of ALDA in June 2014, where the scholar will present the results of his or her study, which will be widely disseminated.
Gianfranco Martini, who passed away in October 2012, was among the initiators of the concept of Local Democracy Agencies and became the first President of ALDA when it was founded in 1999. Throughout his active life he passionately promoted local democracy, civic engagement, and interethnic dialogue, especially in Western Balkans.

More information on the scholarship Gianfranco Martini (.pdf)


2015 will be the European Year for Development – "Our world, our dignity, our future"

On 14 April, the European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council gave the green light to designate 2015 as the European Year for Development. The motto of the year will be “Our world, our dignity, our future”. ALDA welcomes this achievement.

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The European Year for Development 2015 would be the first designated to a global theme. European years have been designated since 1983. 2015 is the year of expiry of the Millennium Development Goals, with many European Union states falling off track on anti-poverty aid targets.

The 2015 European Year of Development is a CONCORD initiative that was taken up, supported and co-developed by the EESC, the European Parliament and by Mr. Barroso, the president of the European Commission.

Marco Boaria, Responsible of ALDA Resources Unit, is a member of the Steering Committee of CONCORD Taskforce for EYD 2015. ALDA will be particularly involved in bridging 2013, the European Year of Citizen, which is continuing in 2014 with the implementation of the recommendations drafted, to 2015. ALDA’s work to promote citizens’ participation and good local governance is crucial to ensure sustainable development worldwide.

On 14 April, the European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council gave the green light to designate 2015 as the European Year for Development. The motto of the year will be “Our world, our dignity, our future”. ALDA welcomes this achievement.

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The European Year for Development 2015 would be the first designated to a global theme. European years have been designated since 1983. 2015 is the year of expiry of the Millennium Development Goals, with many European Union states falling off track on anti-poverty aid targets.

The 2015 European Year of Development is a CONCORD initiative that was taken up, supported and co-developed by the EESC, the European Parliament and by Mr. Barroso, the president of the European Commission.

Marco Boaria, Responsible of ALDA Resources Unit, is a member of the Steering Committee of CONCORD Taskforce for EYD 2015. ALDA will be particularly involved in bridging 2013, the European Year of Citizen, which is continuing in 2014 with the implementation of the recommendations drafted, to 2015. ALDA’s work to promote citizens’ participation and good local governance is crucial to ensure sustainable development worldwide.


For a creative and inclusive Europe - Training 'Growing Steps'

Two representatives of ALDA participated in the training Growing Steps, to promote the participation of youngsters by improving their capabilities in civil society organisations.

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Participants coming from European and Neighbouring countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Estonia, France, Georgia, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine) exploited the potential of creativity, entrepreneurship by using different techniques in order to strengthen their sense of solidarity, self-confidence and reflexion. Trough a non-formal educational methods, workshops and some group activities participants coming from different countries and ethnic backgrounds met and shared experiences and acquired new competences.

The study visits in Palermo, to the CESIE headquarter and to the association Libera against mafia were particularly interesting. The creative workshops on “How could be the city of your dreams…” and on “How could you create a strong advertisement for your idea” were particularly interactive: participants made videos, prepared poster and acted.

The “Partners’ Café” gave the participants the opportunity to propose thematic open spaces of debate on: social impact of the YiA trainings, ecology and respect of the environment, art as on the most important instruments of communication, the importance to experience other cultures.

Two representatives of ALDA participated in the training Growing Steps, to promote the participation of youngsters by improving their capabilities in civil society organisations.

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Participants coming from European and Neighbouring countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Estonia, France, Georgia, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine) exploited the potential of creativity, entrepreneurship by using different techniques in order to strengthen their sense of solidarity, self-confidence and reflexion. Trough a non-formal educational methods, workshops and some group activities participants coming from different countries and ethnic backgrounds met and shared experiences and acquired new competences.

The study visits in Palermo, to the CESIE headquarter and to the association Libera against mafia were particularly interesting. The creative workshops on “How could be the city of your dreams…” and on “How could you create a strong advertisement for your idea” were particularly interactive: participants made videos, prepared poster and acted.

The “Partners’ Café” gave the participants the opportunity to propose thematic open spaces of debate on: social impact of the YiA trainings, ecology and respect of the environment, art as on the most important instruments of communication, the importance to experience other cultures.


Opening of ALDA new office in Brussels

Our President Oriano Otočan officially opened ALDA new office in Brussels on 10 April, as part of a wider cooperation with the European Project Association – EPA.

The new office of ALDA in Brussels is at the Rue de la Science 14b. The cooperation with EPA, actively promoting project developments with hundreds of stakeholders in Europe, will allow both organizations to share competences and expertise and possible project ideas.

The opening cerimony took part during a three-days international event of the project WTD – Working Together for Development, with the presence of the international partners and associates.

Our staff in Brussels will be happy to welcome you to our new office! Please find below all our contacts:

Phone: +32 2 880 37 28
Email: aldabrussels@aldaintranet.org
Public transport: Metro (lines 1,5) stop ‘Maalbeek’

In the picture: standing – the President of ALDA, Oriano Otočan, and the Secretary General of EPA, Katarina Šipić; on the left, sitting – Doerte Bosse, DG DEVCO, and Moncef Ben Slimane, Lam Echaml

See the website of EPA

See the website of the project WTD

Our President Oriano Otočan officially opened ALDA new office in Brussels on 10 April, as part of a wider cooperation with the European Project Association – EPA.

The new office of ALDA in Brussels is at the Rue de la Science 14b. The cooperation with EPA, actively promoting project developments with hundreds of stakeholders in Europe, will allow both organizations to share competences and expertise and possible project ideas.

The opening cerimony took part during a three-days international event of the project WTD – Working Together for Development, with the presence of the international partners and associates.

Our staff in Brussels will be happy to welcome you to our new office! Please find below all our contacts:

Phone: +32 2 880 37 28
Email: aldabrussels@aldaintranet.org
Public transport: Metro (lines 1,5) stop ‘Maalbeek’

In the picture: standing – the President of ALDA, Oriano Otočan, and the Secretary General of EPA, Katarina Šipić; on the left, sitting – Doerte Bosse, DG DEVCO, and Moncef Ben Slimane, Lam Echaml

See the website of EPA

See the website of the project WTD


حدث WTD في بروكسل

فعالية مشروع العمل معًا من أجل التنمية (WTD) في بروكسل ، أبريل 2014.

اليوم الثاني: التركيز على اللامركزية المالية والتعاون الإقليمي.


Verso le elezioni per il Parlamento Europeo - incontro a Roma, lunedì 14 aprile

Partecipa all’incontro organizzato dal Consiglio Italiano del Movimento Europeo, Democracy International e ALDA per confrontarsi e discutere insieme su come rilanciare un processo costituente in un’Europa vittima di numerosi democratica.

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L’Unione Europea sta cercando faticosamente di affrontare dei percorsi per diminuire il deficit democratico che da sempre la caratterizza. Un deficit che rende le istituzioni europee incapaci di affrontare con prontezza e legittimità le sfide che la storia impone. I Capi di Stato e di Governo sembrano pensare di poter condurre i negoziati per la riforma delle istituzioni europee senza trasparenza, aggravando la mancanza di partecipazione e consenso intorno ai processi decisionali europei, di fatto allontanandosi dai cittadini e dalle loro espressioni associative.

È perciò tempo d’agire. Anche in continuità con le numerose attività portate avanti nel quadro dell’Alliance of the European Year for Citizens 2013, serve una vera e propria campagna di dimensioni europee, già avviata con operazioni di lobby fra un vasto network di organizzazioni, con la messa a punto di piattaforme d’informazione via web e con l’ideazione di specifiche campagne di azioni pubbliche ad alto impatto. Occorrerà mettere in campo uno sforzo cooperativo enorme per generare la pressione capace davvero di incidere sul processo costituente.

L’incontro Democratic Europe Now è l’occasione per partecipare ad un primo incontro nazionale su questi temi, in modo da illustrare quanto da ciascuno già messo in cantiere e discutere su come lavorare insieme ed elaborare idee innovative e strumenti di comunicazione che ci permettano di essere efficaci presso le istituzioni e l’opinione pubblica nella battaglia per il mandato costituente e per la convenzione costituente per rafforzare la democrazia in Europa.

Il primo incontro si terrà a Roma, Lunedì 14 Aprile, dalle ore 10.00 alle ore 13.00, presso Sala Riunioni CSV/SPES Lazio – Via Liberiana, 17.

 Per maggiori informazioni e conferme di partecipazione:
CIME – Piazza della Libertà, 13
Tel. 06 36001742 – e-mail: segreteria@movimentoeuropeo.it

Visita inoltre il sito di Democratic Europe Now

Partecipa all’incontro organizzato dal Consiglio Italiano del Movimento Europeo, Democracy International e ALDA per confrontarsi e discutere insieme su come rilanciare un processo costituente in un’Europa vittima di numerosi democratica.

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L’Unione Europea sta cercando faticosamente di affrontare dei percorsi per diminuire il deficit democratico che da sempre la caratterizza. Un deficit che rende le istituzioni europee incapaci di affrontare con prontezza e legittimità le sfide che la storia impone. I Capi di Stato e di Governo sembrano pensare di poter condurre i negoziati per la riforma delle istituzioni europee senza trasparenza, aggravando la mancanza di partecipazione e consenso intorno ai processi decisionali europei, di fatto allontanandosi dai cittadini e dalle loro espressioni associative.

È perciò tempo d’agire. Anche in continuità con le numerose attività portate avanti nel quadro dell’Alliance of the European Year for Citizens 2013, serve una vera e propria campagna di dimensioni europee, già avviata con operazioni di lobby fra un vasto network di organizzazioni, con la messa a punto di piattaforme d’informazione via web e con l’ideazione di specifiche campagne di azioni pubbliche ad alto impatto. Occorrerà mettere in campo uno sforzo cooperativo enorme per generare la pressione capace davvero di incidere sul processo costituente.

L’incontro Democratic Europe Now è l’occasione per partecipare ad un primo incontro nazionale su questi temi, in modo da illustrare quanto da ciascuno già messo in cantiere e discutere su come lavorare insieme ed elaborare idee innovative e strumenti di comunicazione che ci permettano di essere efficaci presso le istituzioni e l’opinione pubblica nella battaglia per il mandato costituente e per la convenzione costituente per rafforzare la democrazia in Europa.

Il primo incontro si terrà a Roma, Lunedì 14 Aprile, dalle ore 10.00 alle ore 13.00, presso Sala Riunioni CSV/SPES Lazio – Via Liberiana, 17.

 Per maggiori informazioni e conferme di partecipazione:
CIME – Piazza della Libertà, 13
Tel. 06 36001742 – e-mail: segreteria@movimentoeuropeo.it

Visita inoltre il sito di Democratic Europe Now


Nessuno in Europa può vivere senza l'Europa! Evento finale del progetto REACTION

Dal 10 al 12 Aprile si terrà l’evento finale del progetto  REACTION – REsources Anti Crisis: Town Twinning, Innovation, Openness and Networking,  finanziato da Europa per i Cittadini nell’azione rete di città.

L’evento vedrà la partecipazione di tutti i partner internazionali di progetto, che si riuniranno a Sacile, Brugnera e Porcia, partner locali ospitanti la conferenza, al fine di discutere e sensibilizzare sul ruolo dell’Europa come risorsa per lo sviluppo delle sue comunità e per la costruzione di un progetto europeo che non solo superi la crisi globale, ma ponga le basi per uno crescita equa e sostenibile.

L’evento vedrà l’organizzazione di una sessione plenaria dal titolo “Nessuno in Europa può vivere senza l’Europa”, in cui interverrà, tra gli altri, la Direttrice di ALDA, Antonella Valmorbida. La plenaria sarà seguita da seminari tematici mirati ad approfondire aspetti chiave legati all’Unione Europea: nuove opportunità di finanziamento nella programmazione 2014 – 2020, tra cui Europa per i Cittadini e Cultura, e focus sulle elezioni europee e l’importanza del voto.

Visite sul campo a buone pratiche locali in tema di cittadinanza attiva saranno realizzate. L’evento si concluderà con la firma di Protocolli d’Intesa tra i partner di progetto per il proseguo e l’ampliamento della collaborazione in essere, già a sua volta risultato di un’iniziativa congiunta, anch’essa finanziata da Europa per i Cittadini: il progetto WELCOME.

Agenda della sessione plenaria del 10 aprile:

Saluti di benvenuto – Sindaci dei Comuni di Sacile, Brugnera e Porcia
Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia – Consigliere Renzo Liva
Parlamento Europeo – Eurodeputato Antonio Cancian
Membro della delegazione Italiana al Consiglio d’Europa e Presidente AICCRE
Friuli Venezia Giulia – Luca Ciriani
Reaction Project Manager – Arianna Zanini
Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia – rappresentante Direzione centrale Cultura,
sport e solidarietà Emanuele Giassi
Associazione delle Agenzie della Democrazia Locale (ALDA) – Direttrice Antonella Valmorbida

Dal 10 al 12 Aprile si terrà l’evento finale del progetto  REACTION – REsources Anti Crisis: Town Twinning, Innovation, Openness and Networking,  finanziato da Europa per i Cittadini nell’azione rete di città.

L’evento vedrà la partecipazione di tutti i partner internazionali di progetto, che si riuniranno a Sacile, Brugnera e Porcia, partner locali ospitanti la conferenza, al fine di discutere e sensibilizzare sul ruolo dell’Europa come risorsa per lo sviluppo delle sue comunità e per la costruzione di un progetto europeo che non solo superi la crisi globale, ma ponga le basi per uno crescita equa e sostenibile.

L’evento vedrà l’organizzazione di una sessione plenaria dal titolo “Nessuno in Europa può vivere senza l’Europa”, in cui interverrà, tra gli altri, la Direttrice di ALDA, Antonella Valmorbida. La plenaria sarà seguita da seminari tematici mirati ad approfondire aspetti chiave legati all’Unione Europea: nuove opportunità di finanziamento nella programmazione 2014 – 2020, tra cui Europa per i Cittadini e Cultura, e focus sulle elezioni europee e l’importanza del voto.

Visite sul campo a buone pratiche locali in tema di cittadinanza attiva saranno realizzate. L’evento si concluderà con la firma di Protocolli d’Intesa tra i partner di progetto per il proseguo e l’ampliamento della collaborazione in essere, già a sua volta risultato di un’iniziativa congiunta, anch’essa finanziata da Europa per i Cittadini: il progetto WELCOME.

Agenda della sessione plenaria del 10 aprile:

Saluti di benvenuto – Sindaci dei Comuni di Sacile, Brugnera e Porcia
Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia – Consigliere Renzo Liva
Parlamento Europeo – Eurodeputato Antonio Cancian
Membro della delegazione Italiana al Consiglio d’Europa e Presidente AICCRE
Friuli Venezia Giulia – Luca Ciriani
Reaction Project Manager – Arianna Zanini
Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia – rappresentante Direzione centrale Cultura,
sport e solidarietà Emanuele Giassi
Associazione delle Agenzie della Democrazia Locale (ALDA) – Direttrice Antonella Valmorbida