“Humane, comprehensive and immediate action for Migration”, LADDER consortium in action!

Following recent events affecting Europe and its neighborhoods regarding migration, the LADDER consortium, (namely 46 organisations & networks of LAs and CSOs from 35 EU & non-EU countries) launches an open letter to the EU and Member States for a “Humane, comprehensive and immediate action for Migration”.
The letter stresses the importance of humane treatment of Asylum Seekers, calls for improving the European asylum mechanism و combating illegal migrant smuggling, encourages involvement of Civil Society, and emphasizes the necessity of addressing the root causes of migration.
The letter was written on the occasion of the Extraordinary Council meeting of Home affairs & Justice Ministers of the EU, on the 14th September 2015.

Following recent events affecting Europe and its neighborhoods regarding migration, the LADDER consortium, (namely 46 organisations & networks of LAs and CSOs from 35 EU & non-EU countries) launches an open letter to the EU and Member States for a “Humane, comprehensive and immediate action for Migration”.
The letter stresses the importance of humane treatment of Asylum Seekers, calls for improving the European asylum mechanism و combating illegal migrant smuggling, encourages involvement of Civil Society, and emphasizes the necessity of addressing the root causes of migration.
The letter was written on the occasion of the Extraordinary Council meeting of Home affairs & Justice Ministers of the EU, on the 14th September 2015.


Civil Society Europe call to EU leaders – Refugees welcome!

In the framework of the migration crisis, which is happening now in Europe and its Neighbourhood, on 8th September 2015 in Brussels, Belgium, European Civic Forum, the transnational network of associations and NGOs, launched a call to EU leaders called “Call to EU leaders for refugees welcome”, inviting other organizations to sign the letter and support the initiative.
The civil society organizations in Europe are strongly mobilized to welcome a huge number of refugees arriving to Europe every day. The aim of this call is to further strengthen the action and to provoke a faster reaction from governments and officials. The human rights are fundamental and Europe is based on this approach rejecting all kinds of racism, xenophobia or populism. The call encourages other organizations and associations to join wide network of entities to provide refugees with shelter, food and other basic needs, which they are prevented from in their countries of origin.

In the framework of the migration crisis, which is happening now in Europe and its Neighbourhood, on 8th September 2015 in Brussels, Belgium, European Civic Forum, the transnational network of associations and NGOs, launched a call to EU leaders called “Call to EU leaders for refugees welcome”, inviting other organizations to sign the letter and support the initiative.
The civil society organizations in Europe are strongly mobilized to welcome a huge number of refugees arriving to Europe every day. The aim of this call is to further strengthen the action and to provoke a faster reaction from governments and officials. The human rights are fundamental and Europe is based on this approach rejecting all kinds of racism, xenophobia or populism. The call encourages other organizations and associations to join wide network of entities to provide refugees with shelter, food and other basic needs, which they are prevented from in their countries of origin.


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ALDA and Monfalcone Municipality sign the establishment agreement of GEIE

On 2nd September, in Monfalcone (Italy), the agreement of establishment of GEIE, the European Group of Economic Interest, was signed between the Municipality of Monfalcone and ALDA – the European Association for Local Democracy.

The agreement was signed by Silvia Altran, Mayor of Monfalcone, and Lucio Gregoretti, Head of the International Relations Department of the Municipality, Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General of ALDA, and Marco Boaria, Head of Resources and Development Unit of ALDA and administrator of GEIE.

“This agreement and the establishment of GEIE would allow us to activate an organism that would make us face the EU project development – stated the Mayor, Silvia Altran – it’s an ambitious partnership”. “Monfalcone has always been very active – added Antonella Valmorbida – and we have formed a solid alliance for years. The EU support is fundamental to realise some projects, and now with the GEIE platform it would be even easier”.

GEIE is a legal form proposed by the European Union, which aims at joining capacities and resources of economical actors belonging at least to two EU countries. The goal of GEIE is to find community fund for the implementation of European projects and, in this respect, Monfalcone Municipality has been prominent in the last ten years as leader in the acquisition of European funds, with 28 projects approved.

The Agenda of GEIE for this year already promises to be full: four initiatives for development cooperation, several projects in the framework of Central Europe and Interreg Europe calls for proposal, as well as a project proposal in progress in the framework of Med are in fact expected.

For further information on the event:

On 2nd September, in Monfalcone (Italy), the agreement of establishment of GEIE, the European Group of Economic Interest, was signed between the Municipality of Monfalcone and ALDA – the European Association for Local Democracy.

The agreement was signed by Silvia Altran, Mayor of Monfalcone, and Lucio Gregoretti, Head of the International Relations Department of the Municipality, Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General of ALDA, and Marco Boaria, Head of Resources and Development Unit of ALDA and administrator of GEIE.

“This agreement and the establishment of GEIE would allow us to activate an organism that would make us face the EU project development – stated the Mayor, Silvia Altran – it’s an ambitious partnership”. “Monfalcone has always been very active – added Antonella Valmorbida – and we have formed a solid alliance for years. The EU support is fundamental to realise some projects, and now with the GEIE platform it would be even easier”.

GEIE is a legal form proposed by the European Union, which aims at joining capacities and resources of economical actors belonging at least to two EU countries. The goal of GEIE is to find community fund for the implementation of European projects and, in this respect, Monfalcone Municipality has been prominent in the last ten years as leader in the acquisition of European funds, with 28 projects approved.

The Agenda of GEIE for this year already promises to be full: four initiatives for development cooperation, several projects in the framework of Central Europe and Interreg Europe calls for proposal, as well as a project proposal in progress in the framework of Med are in fact expected.

For further information on the event:


Opportunité de service volontaire européen en Italie

La coopérative sociale استوديو Progetto de Cornedo Vicentino (Vicenza), en Italie, recrute 4 volontaires européens.

Studio Progetto travaille dans plusieurs domaines, tels que la santé physique et mentale, l‘invalidité, l’éducation et l’inclusion sociale des jeunes.

Pour votre volontariat européen, vous pouvez choisir le domaine que vous préférez dans la liste suivante:

– Centre Jeunesse et Bureau d’Information pour Jeunes

– Activités éducatives extrascolaires et camps d’été pour enfants

– Centres de jour « Il Faro » et « La laterna »

– Service « No problem »

L’ALDA sera l’organisation d’envoi. Pour postuler comme volontaire, vous devez être de nationalité française ou résident en France. Le projet sera soumis le 1er octobre 2015.

Si vous êtes intéressés, envoyez votre candidature en anglais, comprenant votre CV (format Europass)lettre de motivation et le formulaire de candidature ci-joint à Studio Progetto progettazione@studioprogetto.org et à Anna Ditta anna.ditta@aldaintranet.org et Aldo Xhani aldo.xhani@aldaintranet.org avant le 14 septembre 2015.

La coopérative sociale استوديو Progetto de Cornedo Vicentino (Vicenza), en Italie, recrute 4 volontaires européens.

Studio Progetto travaille dans plusieurs domaines, tels que la santé physique et mentale, l‘invalidité, l’éducation et l’inclusion sociale des jeunes.

Pour votre volontariat européen, vous pouvez choisir le domaine que vous préférez dans la liste suivante:

– Centre Jeunesse et Bureau d’Information pour Jeunes

– Activités éducatives extrascolaires et camps d’été pour enfants

– Centres de jour « Il Faro » et « La laterna »

– Service « No problem »

L’ALDA sera l’organisation d’envoi. Pour postuler comme volontaire, vous devez être de nationalité française ou résident en France. Le projet sera soumis le 1er octobre 2015.

Si vous êtes intéressés, envoyez votre candidature en anglais, comprenant votre CV (format Europass)lettre de motivation et le formulaire de candidature ci-joint à Studio Progetto progettazione@studioprogetto.org et à Anna Ditta anna.ditta@aldaintranet.org et Aldo Xhani aldo.xhani@aldaintranet.org avant le 14 septembre 2015.


European Year for Development 2015, informing citizens about EU activities in developing countries

After nine months of preparation with all partners, applicants and co-applicants, the project سلم is getting to another phase starting the practical activities. More than a two years are left until the end of the project during which the capacities of Local Authorities, CSOs and citizens are going to be strengthened, the awareness of people about global issues is going to be raised and the cooperation between LAs and CSOs reinforced everything on the base of العزيز concept (Development Education and Awareness Raising).

Since 1983, the European Union dedicates every year to a particular topic informing its citizens about the EU action in the field. This year, for the first time, is dedicated to development. It is a special year since the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals) will be concluded in the end of the year and the international community needs to agree on a new agenda following the values of MDGs with the goal of ending poverty, promoting sustainable development and addressing climate change. The topic of the European Year is proposed by the European Commission and adopted by the European Parliament and EU member governments.
The European Year for Development 2015 (EYD2015), flagship initiative of the EU for 2015, aims at raising the awareness of citizens on development issues, informing them how the taxpayers’ money is spent by the EU with regards to development. It also intends to promote citizens’ engagement for development through several means: by volunteering, by contributing/supporting to NGOs and other actors, taking more reflective actions on a daily basis, becoming more active citizens at local level and many more.
ALDA has joined the European Year for Development too. Our involvement consists in sharing the same values of raising awareness of EU citizens, in monthly news item contribution on EYD official website but also in the implementation of LADDER project which is connected with development education. LADDER is a 3 year project on Development education, namely raising awareness of citizens about development issues. In that sense, it supports the efforts to engage citizens in development, to raise their awareness and provoke critical thinking. ALDA and its LADDER partners are working on that direction, promoting the EYD2015. In addition, a Thematic Path of LADDER is dedicated to the EYD2015, under which the representatives of the co-applicants and associates are working together to promote the EYD2015.

After nine months of preparation with all partners, applicants and co-applicants, the project سلم is getting to another phase starting the practical activities. More than a two years are left until the end of the project during which the capacities of Local Authorities, CSOs and citizens are going to be strengthened, the awareness of people about global issues is going to be raised and the cooperation between LAs and CSOs reinforced everything on the base of العزيز concept (Development Education and Awareness Raising).

Since 1983, the European Union dedicates every year to a particular topic informing its citizens about the EU action in the field. This year, for the first time, is dedicated to development. It is a special year since the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals) will be concluded in the end of the year and the international community needs to agree on a new agenda following the values of MDGs with the goal of ending poverty, promoting sustainable development and addressing climate change. The topic of the European Year is proposed by the European Commission and adopted by the European Parliament and EU member governments.
The European Year for Development 2015 (EYD2015), flagship initiative of the EU for 2015, aims at raising the awareness of citizens on development issues, informing them how the taxpayers’ money is spent by the EU with regards to development. It also intends to promote citizens’ engagement for development through several means: by volunteering, by contributing/supporting to NGOs and other actors, taking more reflective actions on a daily basis, becoming more active citizens at local level and many more.
ALDA has joined the European Year for Development too. Our involvement consists in sharing the same values of raising awareness of EU citizens, in monthly news item contribution on EYD official website but also in the implementation of LADDER project which is connected with development education. LADDER is a 3 year project on Development education, namely raising awareness of citizens about development issues. In that sense, it supports the efforts to engage citizens in development, to raise their awareness and provoke critical thinking. ALDA and its LADDER partners are working on that direction, promoting the EYD2015. In addition, a Thematic Path of LADDER is dedicated to the EYD2015, under which the representatives of the co-applicants and associates are working together to promote the EYD2015.


Europe for Citizens Programme, Project BET ON EU – Third international event held in Subotica

The third international event of the project BET ON EU, gathering 18 partner organisations, was held in Subotica (Serbia) from 31 August – 02 September 2015. The conference brought together participants from 12 countries from the Western Balkans and EU.

The first day the participants were welcomed by Alexander Lovcanski, from LED Project Office of the City of Subotica, and Stanka Parac, ALDA Regional Programme Coordinator, and got introduced to the work program anticipated for the next days.

The introduction was followed by a training session during which the participants worked together in groups in order to discuss and exchange practices about potential follow up actions. The presented ideas and conclusions will serve as a basis for future cooperation among the partners within the created network of towns.

During the second day of the event the participants attended the official session of the City Assembly on occasion of the Day of the City of Subotica, held in the City Hall, which traditionally gathers the representatives of twinned and partner cities of Subotica. The participants were addressed by the Mayor Jene Maglai, President of the City Assembly, Ilija Maravic, and the Serbian Minister for Public Administration and Local Self-Government, Kori Udovicki. Also, a public signpost containing the names of the twinned towns and project partners of BET ON EU was installed on the main square in Subotica.

The afternoon session was organized at the Open University, where Silvia Ceccarelli from Ravenna (Italy) and Martin Dangerfield from Wolverhampton University (UK) presented their activities and experiences from local events organized within the project, which were the introduction to the exchange that followed among the participants.

The areas for future cooperation emerged from the interactive workshops led by Stanka Parac, ALDA Regional Programme Coordinator, where the partners proposed future joint activities in areas worth to bet for the future of the European Union: intercultural dialogue, remembrance, civic participation and dialogue, volunteering. The best four project ideas were chosen and participants agreed to work together on the follow-up plan development, formulating the aims for which they are willing to invest and work for.

During the field visit on the third day, the participants had the opportunity to see the results of EU funded Cross-border Co-operation projects at the ZOO Palic and to visit the Palic lake.

The third international event of the project BET ON EU, gathering 18 partner organisations, was held in Subotica (Serbia) from 31 August – 02 September 2015. The conference brought together participants from 12 countries from the Western Balkans and EU.

The first day the participants were welcomed by Alexander Lovcanski, from LED Project Office of the City of Subotica, and Stanka Parac, ALDA Regional Programme Coordinator, and got introduced to the work program anticipated for the next days.

The introduction was followed by a training session during which the participants worked together in groups in order to discuss and exchange practices about potential follow up actions. The presented ideas and conclusions will serve as a basis for future cooperation among the partners within the created network of towns.

During the second day of the event the participants attended the official session of the City Assembly on occasion of the Day of the City of Subotica, held in the City Hall, which traditionally gathers the representatives of twinned and partner cities of Subotica. The participants were addressed by the Mayor Jene Maglai, President of the City Assembly, Ilija Maravic, and the Serbian Minister for Public Administration and Local Self-Government, Kori Udovicki. Also, a public signpost containing the names of the twinned towns and project partners of BET ON EU was installed on the main square in Subotica.

The afternoon session was organized at the Open University, where Silvia Ceccarelli from Ravenna (Italy) and Martin Dangerfield from Wolverhampton University (UK) presented their activities and experiences from local events organized within the project, which were the introduction to the exchange that followed among the participants.

The areas for future cooperation emerged from the interactive workshops led by Stanka Parac, ALDA Regional Programme Coordinator, where the partners proposed future joint activities in areas worth to bet for the future of the European Union: intercultural dialogue, remembrance, civic participation and dialogue, volunteering. The best four project ideas were chosen and participants agreed to work together on the follow-up plan development, formulating the aims for which they are willing to invest and work for.

During the field visit on the third day, the participants had the opportunity to see the results of EU funded Cross-border Co-operation projects at the ZOO Palic and to visit the Palic lake.


ALDA in mourning for Mauricette Perly’s death

It is with great sadness that we learned that Ms. Mauricette Perly passed away on 1st August 2015.

As Director of the ALDA’s member association ALFA Formation, she was actively supporting our mission and activity for ten years.

We remember her also as a strong and engaged woman too, being directly involved as Vice-Mayor in the public life of the Municipality of Mercey and in the reception of Kosovan refugees.

It is with great sadness that we learned that Ms. Mauricette Perly passed away on 1st August 2015.

As Director of the ALDA’s member association ALFA Formation, she was actively supporting our mission and activity for ten years.

We remember her also as a strong and engaged woman too, being directly involved as Vice-Mayor in the public life of the Municipality of Mercey and in the reception of Kosovan refugees.