الحوار الفرنسي الألماني: العيش في مناطق الحدود الأوروبية

كانت ALDA حاضرة في المؤتمر الأخير ، الذي عقد في الفترة من 13 إلى 16 سبتمبر ، حول تحديات وفرص المشاركة السياسية في المناطق الحدودية. كان هدفه الأساسي إبراز حقيقة أن الحياة اليومية للمواطنين ونتائج القرارات السياسية لا تتوقف عند الحدود. تم تنظيم هذا الحدث من قبل الأكاديمية الأوروبية (الأكاديمية الأوروبية) ومقرها في أوتزنهاوزن والتي تحتفل بمرور 60 عامًا على تعزيز الوحدة الأوروبية هذا العام وعقدت في هذه المدينة الألمانية الصغيرة بالقرب من فرنسا المجاورة.

وقد أتاح منتدى لتبادل المعلومات والخبرات لـ30 مواطنًا ناشطين سياسيًا في المجتمع المدني ، والذين يتعاملون مع القضايا العابرة للحدود على مستويات مختلفة ويستخدمون أدوات وأدوات مؤسسية وغير رسمية مختلفة للمشاركة السياسية. مثلت ALDA بيلجانا زاسوفا ، منسقة البرامج الأولى في مكتب ALDA في ستراسبورغ والتي قدمت عرضًا تقديميًا عن المنطقة الأوروبية في ستراسبورغ-أورتيناو.

كان الهدف من المؤتمر تنظيم التحديات المتعلقة بالعيش في منطقة حدودية واقتراح الحلول الممكنة على أساس الخبرة العملية ، والتي يمكن أن تؤدي إلى التنمية المشتركة للمشاريع في المستقبل. تم تقديم التحديات والنهج الملموسة للحلول والمشاريع في حدث عام في نهاية ورشة العمل التي استمرت ثلاثة أيام وتمت مناقشتها بشكل نقدي في مائدة مستديرة مع العلماء وصناع القرار وعامة الناس.

علاوة على ذلك ، كان هناك مجموعة واسعة من المتحدثين الضيوف الذين هم خبراء في الموضوعات التي تتم مناقشتها بما في ذلك إنغا واشسمان من مؤسسة تشارلز ليوبولد ماير ، وهي منظمة تجري أبحاثًا تهدف إلى تحسين التنمية الاجتماعية وفريديريك جوريو ، القنصل العام للجمهورية الفرنسية في سارلاند. ، ساربروكن مع العديد من المساهمين الآخرين.

كانت ALDA حاضرة في المؤتمر الأخير ، الذي عقد في الفترة من 13 إلى 16 سبتمبر ، حول تحديات وفرص المشاركة السياسية في المناطق الحدودية. كان هدفه الأساسي إبراز حقيقة أن الحياة اليومية للمواطنين ونتائج القرارات السياسية لا تتوقف عند الحدود. تم تنظيم هذا الحدث من قبل الأكاديمية الأوروبية (الأكاديمية الأوروبية) ومقرها في أوتزنهاوزن والتي تحتفل بمرور 60 عامًا على تعزيز الوحدة الأوروبية هذا العام وعقدت في هذه المدينة الألمانية الصغيرة بالقرب من فرنسا المجاورة.

وقد أتاح منتدى لتبادل المعلومات والخبرات لـ30 مواطنًا ناشطين سياسيًا في المجتمع المدني ، والذين يتعاملون مع القضايا العابرة للحدود على مستويات مختلفة ويستخدمون أدوات وأدوات مؤسسية وغير رسمية مختلفة للمشاركة السياسية. مثلت ALDA بيلجانا زاسوفا ، منسقة البرامج الأولى في مكتب ALDA في ستراسبورغ والتي قدمت عرضًا تقديميًا عن المنطقة الأوروبية في ستراسبورغ-أورتيناو.

كان الهدف من المؤتمر تنظيم التحديات المتعلقة بالعيش في منطقة حدودية واقتراح الحلول الممكنة على أساس الخبرة العملية ، والتي يمكن أن تؤدي إلى التنمية المشتركة للمشاريع في المستقبل. تم تقديم التحديات والنهج الملموسة للحلول والمشاريع في حدث عام في نهاية ورشة العمل التي استمرت ثلاثة أيام وتمت مناقشتها بشكل نقدي في مائدة مستديرة مع العلماء وصناع القرار وعامة الناس.

علاوة على ذلك ، كان هناك مجموعة واسعة من المتحدثين الضيوف الذين هم خبراء في الموضوعات التي تتم مناقشتها بما في ذلك إنغا واشسمان من مؤسسة تشارلز ليوبولد ماير ، وهي منظمة تجري أبحاثًا تهدف إلى تحسين التنمية الاجتماعية وفريديريك جوريو ، القنصل العام للجمهورية الفرنسية في سارلاند. ، ساربروكن مع العديد من المساهمين الآخرين.


EU citizens want to be closer to the institutions - ALDA values and activities still the core of the EU identity

On 12 September, ALDA Secretary General Antonella Valmorbida participated to the conference ‘The promise of the EU’, organised within the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in Rome, Italy.

The recent Eurobarometer survey on the meaning of EU membership and European citizens’ expectations for the future was presented. The survey’s findings make it clear that ALDA and its values are at the very heart of the European identity, and of the citizens concerns.

Peace, human rights, and democracy are the core values identified by the respondents, 350 citizens from the Union. An integrated EU approach is demanded especially concerning free movement, peace, as well as key concerns like immigration, financial regulation, and the job market.

The survey also highlighted the needs of European citizens for more information and interaction with the EU institutions, and the need for better narratives showcasing positive impacts.

All in all, Europeans keep asking a two-ways dialogue with institutions at EU-level. These findings further boost ALDA 15-year work to promote citizen participation and democracy at all levels.

See the programme of the event (.pdf)

On 12 September, ALDA Secretary General Antonella Valmorbida participated to the conference ‘The promise of the EU’, organised within the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in Rome, Italy.

The recent Eurobarometer survey on the meaning of EU membership and European citizens’ expectations for the future was presented. The survey’s findings make it clear that ALDA and its values are at the very heart of the European identity, and of the citizens concerns.

Peace, human rights, and democracy are the core values identified by the respondents, 350 citizens from the Union. An integrated EU approach is demanded especially concerning free movement, peace, as well as key concerns like immigration, financial regulation, and the job market.

The survey also highlighted the needs of European citizens for more information and interaction with the EU institutions, and the need for better narratives showcasing positive impacts.

All in all, Europeans keep asking a two-ways dialogue with institutions at EU-level. These findings further boost ALDA 15-year work to promote citizen participation and democracy at all levels.

See the programme of the event (.pdf)


Volunteers ask questions to young politicians in Mostar

Activity “Speed ​​Date a politician – 36 key issues for young people of Mostar”, implemented in the City Hall of Mostar on 17 September.

The Youth Council of the City of Mostar in cooperation with the Local Democracy Agency, with the support of the Council of Europe and with the financial support of Liechtenstein, realized the project activity called “speed date a politician – 36 key issues for young people in Mostar.”

The project seeks to increase the accountability and participation of young politicians in the political arena of Mostar and increase the motivation of young people to go to the polls in 2014. Young volunteers from Mostar Youth Council have put 36 questions to young politicians who represent the future of Mostar’s political scene and who will fight for a better future in our city.

Most questions focused on the fundamental rights, and many pressing concerns of unemployment, begging, drug abuse, corruption, social welfare, and the incompatibility of the law when it comes to maternity.

The meeting was attended by nine of the 13 invited representatives of offspring political parties operating in the city of Mostar. “Speed ​​Date a politician” was recorded, documented and transcript of answers to 36 key questions addressed by the youth of the city of Mostar will be published on the website of the Youth Council of the City of Mostar (www.vmgm.org) and LDA Mostar.

Activity “Speed ​​Date a politician – 36 key issues for young people of Mostar”, implemented in the City Hall of Mostar on 17 September.

The Youth Council of the City of Mostar in cooperation with the Local Democracy Agency, with the support of the Council of Europe and with the financial support of Liechtenstein, realized the project activity called “speed date a politician – 36 key issues for young people in Mostar.”

The project seeks to increase accountability and participation of young politicians in the political arena of Mostar and increase the motivation of young people to go to the polls in 2014. Young volunteers from Mostar Youth Council have put 36 questions to young politicians who represent the future of Mostar’s political scene and who will fight for a better future in our city.

Most questions focused on the fundamental rights, and many pressing concerns of unemployment, begging, drug abuse, corruption, social welfare, and the incompatibility of the law when it comes to maternity.

The meeting was attended by nine of the 13 invited representatives of offspring political parties operating in the city of Mostar. “Speed ​​Date a politician” was recorded, documented and a transcript of answers to 36 key questions addressed by the youth of the city of Mostar will be published on the website of the Youth Council of the City of Mostar (www.vmgm.org) and LDA Mostar.


New member: Lendinara, the city where Gianfranco Martini was Mayor

It is a great satisfaction for ALDA to be able to count, among its members, the municipality of Lendinara, in the Province of Rovigo, in the Italian Region Veneto. Indeed, this medium seize town had an important place in the life of ALDA’s Honorary President Gianfranco Martini, both for personal and professional reasons. There, he got married and started his family. Later, he initiated his political path by being Mayor from 1951 for more than a decade.

An event in cooperation with Alfredo Martini and all the family was organised on 17 September, to present the recent collection of articles written by Gianfranco. The collection is called “LA STRADA SI FA CAMMINANDO”. It reminds the different steps of Gianfranco’s life and commitment and his constant engagement for peace and intercultural dialogue, based on local communities.

The Mayor of Lendinara, Vivaro Luigi, confirmed the principles and values for which the city is joining ALDA : “To remember and be linked with the memory of Gianfranco Martini, to be able to do something concrete together to promote the values and ideas that we share for a Europe bottom-up, to be able to place our small town in a bigger European context. Europe is here, around us”. The Secretary General of ALDA, Antonella Valmorbida, participated in the debate as well as the Regional Councillor, Diego Bottacin, good friend of Gianfranco Martini.

More information on the website of the Municipality of Lendinara

It is a great satisfaction for ALDA to be able to count, among its members, the municipality of Lendinara, in the Province of Rovigo, in the Italian Region Veneto. Indeed, this medium seize town had an important place in the life of ALDA’s Honorary President Gianfranco Martini, both for personal and professional reasons. There, he got married and started his family. Later, he initiated his political path by being Mayor from 1951 for more than a decade.

An event in cooperation with Alfredo Martini and all the family was organised on 17 September, to present the recent collection of articles written by Gianfranco. The collection is called “LA STRADA SI FA CAMMINANDO”. It reminds the different steps of Gianfranco’s life and commitment and his constant engagement for peace and intercultural dialogue, based on local communities.

The Mayor of Lendinara, Vivaro Luigi, confirmed the principles and values for which the city is joining ALDA : “To remember and be linked with the memory of Gianfranco Martini, to be able to do something concrete together to promote the values and ideas that we share for a Europe bottom-up, to be able to place our small town in a bigger European context. Europe is here, around us”. The Secretary General of ALDA, Antonella Valmorbida, participated in the debate as well as the Regional Councillor, Diego Bottacin, good friend of Gianfranco Martini.

More information on the website of the Municipality of Lendinara


Vox in Box - ALDA training 120 young Tunisian activists on citizen participation

Four trainers of ALDA provided a training on citizen participation and innovative methodologies for young Tunisian activists from 9 to 14 September in Hammamet. The activity is part of the EU-funded project Vox in Box, led by our partner association Lam Echaml, and featuring ALDA and the Macedonian NGO Metamorphosis as partners.
Aim of the trainings organized by the three associations is increasing public awareness on the importance of the upcoming national elections in Tunisia. Over 120 young activists of Lam Echaml participated, representing six regions in the country.
“The week was inspiring and intense” said Anna Ditta, lead trainer for ALDA. “Young activists coming from all over Tunisia shared their enthusiasm and motivation to contribute to the democratic transition of their country, in this historical and complicated moment. Their contagious energy rewarded the work of ALDA, who participated with a training on participative methodologies for engaging citizens in the life of their community, before, during and especially after the vote. Wishing Tunisia a bright future!”

Four trainers of ALDA provided a training on citizen participation and innovative methodologies for young Tunisian activists from 9 to 14 September in Hammamet. The activity is part of the EU-funded project Vox in Box, led by our partner association Lam Echaml, and featuring ALDA and the Macedonian NGO Metamorphosis as partners.
Aim of the trainings organized by the three associations is increasing public awareness on the importance of the upcoming national elections in Tunisia. Over 120 young activists of Lam Echaml participated, representing six regions in the country.
“The week was inspiring and intense” said Anna Ditta, lead trainer for ALDA. “Young activists coming from all over Tunisia shared their enthusiasm and motivation to contribute to the democratic transition of their country, in this historical and complicated moment. Their contagious energy rewarded the work of ALDA, who participated with a training onparticipative methodologies for engaging citizens in the life of their community, before, during and especially after the vote. Wishing Tunisia a bright future!”


SUPPORT TO CONSOLIDATING LOCAL DEMOCRACY IN ARMENIA - Alda and the LDA Gyumri partner of the programme

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe is developing a vast program for supporting the consolidation of Local Democracy in Armenia.

ALDA and the LDA in Gyumri are involved in this initiative, in particular in its Citizens’ participation dimension. In these days, around 200 representatives – Chief of Communities and Councillors – participate in a training and policy-making exercise, under the umbrella of this project. Such a big gathering is already a big achievement since it also the local representatives to know more about the Monitoring report on Local Democracy in Armenia, approved by the Plenary of the Congress in March 2014.

– Local democracy in Armenia: 200 mayors and municipal councillors come together at seminars in Gyumri and Sisian

– Chambre des pouvoirs locaux – 26e SESSION – Strasbourg, 25-27 mars 2014 – CPL(26)2FINAL – 26 mars 2014 – La démocratie locale en Arménie

Local Democracy in Armenia is among the ongoing public administrative reform which seem to be necessary for the development the country. The report and the following Recommendations insist on the role of citizens’ participation that should be based on legislative provisions (already in place, to a certain extend) but on strengthening of practices by local authorities and capacities of citizens. Armenia is indeed one of the few members of the Council of Europe which ratified the Additional Protocol on Citizens participation.
The Secretary-General of ALDA, Mrs. Antonella VALMORBIDA, coordinated – both in Gyumri and in Sisian – the workshop on citizens participation dedicated to raise awareness on the issue and identify possible improvements.

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe is developing a vast program for supporting the consolidation of Local Democracy in Armenia.

ALDA and the LDA in Gyumri are involved in this initiative, in particular in its Citizens’ participation dimension. In these days, around 200 representatives – Chief of Communities and Councillors – participate in a training and policy-making exercise, under the umbrella of this project. Such a big gathering is already a big achievement since it also the local representatives to know more about the Monitoring report on Local Democracy in Armenia, approved by the Plenary of the Congress in March 2014.

– Local democracy in Armenia: 200 mayors and municipal councillors come together at seminars in Gyumri and Sisian

– Chambre des pouvoirs locaux – 26e SESSION – Strasbourg, 25-27 mars 2014 – CPL(26)2FINAL – 26 mars 2014 – La démocratie locale en Arménie

Local Democracy in Armenia is among the ongoing public administrative reform which seem to be necessary for the development the country. The report and the following Recommendations insist on the role of citizens’ participation that should be based on legislative provisions (already in place, to a certain extend) but on strengthening of practices by local authorities and capacities of citizens. Armenia is indeed one of the few members of the Council of Europe which ratified the Additional Protocol on Citizens participation.
The Secretary-General of ALDA, Mrs. Antonella VALMORBIDA, coordinated – both in Gyumri and in Sisian – the workshop on citizens participation dedicated to raise awareness on the issue and identify possible improvements.


Patchwork of narratives - Collage of memories and dreams Workshop 24-26 September 2014

The graduating students from the high schools in Mostar will participate in the workshop titled “The Patchwork of Narratives” – Collage of memories and dreams”, the projects of the New Urban Topologies.

The workshop is organized by the Local democracy agency Mostar in collaboration with the foundation for contemporary art and architecture Färfgfabriken from Stockholm. The project is a part of the program titled “New Urban Topologies” and exhibit: “Mostar-Beirut-Stockholm-the social dimension of urban space”. The workshop in Mostar will be organized in two phases:
– Collection of working material in the form of the documents form historic archives, texts, stories, maps, according to the themes and places which are going to be elaborated on during the workshop.
– The three day workshop “The Patchwork of Narratives” – Collage of memories and dreams”. During this workshop the students will elaborate the selected themes on specific urban sites together with project coordinators. Participants will develop schemes about Mostar they wish to have.
The goal of the workshop, “The Patchwork of narratives – Collage of memories and dreams” is to envision an image of the city in it’s various time and spatial dimensions from perspectives of young people. The result of the workshop is a start of the realization of the exhibit “Mostar-Beirut-Stockholm” that will be opened in November 2014.

The graduating students from the high schools in Mostar will participate in the workshop titled “The Patchwork of Narratives” – Collage of memories and dreams”, the projects of the New Urban Topologies.

The workshop is organized by the Local democracy agency Mostar in collaboration with the foundation for contemporary art and architecture Färfgfabriken from Stockholm. The project is a part of the program titled “New Urban Topologies” and exhibit: “Mostar-Beirut-Stockholm-the social dimension of urban space”. The workshop in Mostar will be organized in two phases:
– Collection of working material in the form of the documents form historic archives, texts, stories, maps, according to the themes and places which are going to be elaborated on during the workshop.
– The three day workshop “The Patchwork of Narratives” – Collage of memories and dreams”. During this workshop the students will elaborate the selected themes on specific urban sites together with project coordinators. Participants will develop schemes about Mostar they wish to have.
The goal of the workshop, “The Patchwork of narratives – Collage of memories and dreams” is to envision an image of the city in it’s various time and spatial dimensions from perspectives of young people. The result of the workshop is a start of the realization of the exhibit “Mostar-Beirut-Stockholm” that will be opened in November 2014.


Transborder cooperation LDA Gyumri - LDA Kutaisi, launching initiatives

The Local Democracy Agency of Kutaisi/Georgia and the Local Democracy Agency Gyumri/Armenia are working together for two days in Gyumri setting the basis for a more intense transborder cooperation.

A delegation from Georgia, composed of a new Delegate of LDA Georgia, Nino Tvaltvadze, a representative from the city of Kutaisi and the local Director fo the GYLA association from Kutaisi visited the office of the LDA Armenia.

They addressed common problems and possibilities of cooperation, in particular within the framework of support to the involvement of women in political life, support to local tourism with the participation of local authorities and civil society and constant exchanges of best practices with the involvement of the international partners.

The Secretary General of ALDA, Mrs. Antonella Valmorbida, attended the event too. “I hope we’ll continue the good practice of cooperation among us. It is very helpful for all of us”, confirmed the delegate of the LDA Armenia, Lusine Aleksandryan.

The transborder cooperation event took place together with a large seminar organised by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities to support Local Democracy in Armenia.

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The Local Democracy Agency of Kutaisi/Georgia and the Local Democracy Agency Gyumri/Armenia are working together for two days in Gyumri setting the basis for a more intense transborder cooperation.

A delegation from Georgia, composed of a new Delegate of LDA Georgia, Nino Tvaltvadze, a representative from the city of Kutaisi and the local Director fo the GYLA association from Kutaisi visited the office of the LDA Armenia.

They addressed common problems and possibilities of cooperation, in particular within the framework of support to the involvement of women in political life, support to local tourism with the participation of local authorities and civil society and constant exchanges of best practices with the involvement of the international partners.

The Secretary General of ALDA, Mrs. Antonella Valmorbida, attended the event too. “I hope we’ll continue the good practice of cooperation among us. It is very helpful for all of us”, confirmed the delegate of the LDA Armenia, Lusine Aleksandryan.

The transborder cooperation event took place together with a large seminar organised by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities to support Local Democracy in Armenia.

See here


ALDA at the European Fair

On Sunday, 7th September 2014, Biljana Zasova, Francesco Coscione and Kevin Cradden from ALDA took part in ‘La Foire Européenne’ or European Fair which is held annually in Strasbourg. The fair boasts over a thousand exhibitors, all attempting to advertise their wares to as big an audience as possible, and attracts many visitors from the city and elsewhere.

Our stand was shared with that of the Région Alsace and we had several members of the Parlement Alsacien des Jeunes (Alsatian Youth Council) which kindly helped with the implementation of our project: Leaders (Local Environments: Active Development of Environmentally Responsible Societies). This is the first local activity of the project following on our meeting in Recoaro Terme (Italy) in June this year.

At the fair, we engaged with the passers-by on the topic of recycling on the most local level: in the home. This was done by means of a handy questionnaire that posed some pertinent questions to people on these important issues. Ten questions appeared on the questionnaire with ‘points’ awarded for good practices; these points could then be added up on order to give a total score ranging from 0-10 with 8-10 being the bracket required in order for the accolade of ‘Eco-Citizen’ to be awarded.

Lower scores translated into other categories such as On the Right Track (5-8 points) and More Effort Needed (0-5 points). Below the questions, people could find some tips on recycling which could be useful especially for those who fall into the latter two categories. Moreover, people’s responses and scores allowed for some fruitful discussion as not everybody agrees on what are the most important practices to be followed.

It was a pleasant, interesting day at the fair and hopefully it made a contribution to changing people’s attitudes towards waste disposal and recycling in the home.

On Sunday, 7th September 2014, Biljana Zasova, Francesco Coscione and Kevin Cradden from ALDA took part in ‘La Foire Européenne’ or European Fair which is held annually in Strasbourg. The fair boasts over a thousand exhibitors, all attempting to advertise their wares to as big an audience as possible, and attracts many visitors from the city and elsewhere.

Our stand was shared with that of the Région Alsace and we had several members of the Parlement Alsacien des Jeunes (Alsatian Youth Council) which kindly helped with the implementation of our project: Leaders (Local Environments: Active Development of Environmentally Responsible Societies). This is the first local activity of the project following on our meeting in Recoaro Terme (Italy) in June this year.

At the fair, we engaged with the passers-by on the topic of recycling on the most local level: in the home. This was done by means of a handy questionnaire that posed some pertinent questions to people on these important issues. Ten questions appeared on the questionnaire with ‘points’ awarded for good practices; these points could then be added up on order to give a total score ranging from 0-10 with 8-10 being the bracket required in order for the accolade of ‘Eco-Citizen’ to be awarded.

Lower scores translated into other categories such as On the Right Track (5-8 points) and More Effort Needed (0-5 points). Below the questions, people could find some tips on recycling which could be useful especially for those who fall into the latter two categories. Moreover, people’s responses and scores allowed for some fruitful discussion as not everybody agrees on what are the most important practices to be followed.

It was a pleasant, interesting day at the fair and hopefully it made a contribution to changing people’s attitudes towards waste disposal and recycling in the home.


EuroBelarus executive board study visit to Vicenza

A study visit of EuroBeralus, a member of ALDA, took place in Vicenza Office from September 1st to September 5th.

The delegation of the EuroBelarus executive board was headed by Chairman  Ulad Vialichka, and composed by Mrs. Tatiana Poshevalova, Program director, Mr. Viatcheslav Tcherniavski, Financial director, and Ms. Oksana Shelest, Executive director.

The training focused on the management and the administration of an international organization: therefore the 3-days study visit was divided into different specific sections, concerning  ALDA internal organization.

In particular, ALDA staff in Vicenza, presented the organizational division of ALDA, the different daily tasks and procedures, the financial management, the fundraising and development projects, the communication strategies and tools. Besides, during the training, participants and speakers promoted an exchange of ideas and best practices about different topics.

Finally, the study visit represented a further opportunity to enhance the

Read more about EuroBelarus on their website.

A study visit of EuroBeralus, a member of ALDA, took place in Vicenza Office from September 1st to September 5th.

The delegation of the EuroBelarus executive board was headed by Chairman  Ulad Vialichka, and composed by Mrs. Tatiana Poshevalova, Program director, Mr. Viatcheslav Tcherniavski, Financial director, and Ms. Oksana Shelest, Executive director.

The training focused on the management and the administration of an international organization: therefore the 3-days study visit was divided into different specific sections, concerning  ALDA internal organization.

In particular, ALDA staff in Vicenza, presented the organizational division of ALDA, the different daily tasks and procedures, the financial management, the fundraising and development projects, the communication strategies and tools. Besides, during the training, participants and speakers promoted an exchange of ideas and best practices about different topics.

Finally, the study visit represented a further opportunity to enhance the

Read more about EuroBelarus on their website.