Informative weekend course on EU programs 2014-2020 : 16-17 June

الأهداف
The information course on EU programs 2014 – 2020 provides the information and tools necessary to take the first steps and orient themselves in the universe of EU funding programs, in the light of the 2014-2020 programming.
Through the proposed information course, participants will have the opportunity to:

learn about community programs;
Find the necessary information;
identify possible calls of interest

Program
The course develops in particular the following themes:

How to get informed: searching for community information and information tools.
Direct and indirect programs 2014-2020: Community programs and initiatives for the period 2014-2020, with particular reference to the most relevant programs in the educational, cultural, economic, employment, social, environmental, sports, governance, cooperation and research fields.

Addressees
The informational course is aimed at those who want to learn and/or improve their skills in EU funding, in order to increase their ability to use European programs. The course is therefore designed for students, social and cultural operators, associations, local authorities, etc.. A basic knowledge of the English language is recommended. No basic skills are required.

Methodology
All meetings are divided into moments of frontal lesson and practical examples (calls and projects implemented). In addition, the last phase of the course will be devoted to practical work in groups, focusing on: research of calls of interest to participants and simulation of evaluation of projects actually submitted.

Trainers
The trainers will be experts, with a documented and significant experience in the field of European projects. The trainers who will realize the course will be:

Marco Boaria, Head of the Resources and Development Department of ALDA;
Sofia Corsi, Project Manager of ALDA;

Logistical information
The course will be held on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 June, for a total of 16 hours of training. The course will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The choice of the intensive weekend format meets the needs of those who study or work or live far from the course location.
The course will take place at ALDA’s Training Room, Viale Milano 66 in Vicenza. ALDA staff is available to provide logistical support for the booking of travel, transfers and accommodation, should participants need it. All expenses, however, are borne by the participants themselves.

Costs
The training course has a total cost of € 300.00 (VAT included). The cost includes the training materials that will be distributed during the course. ALDA members and participants up to 26 years old can take advantage of a 10% discount, for a total of € 270.00.

Information and registration
For information please contact Anna Ditta. Email: alda@aldaintranet.org Tel. 0444 54 01 46.
Would you like to enroll in our courses? Register online! Registration is open until 8.6.2018.
Want to receive periodic updates on new ALDA courses? Sign up for our informational email! It’s easy and free!

Certificate of Attendance
At the end of the course a certificate of attendance issued by ALDA, strategic partner of the European Commission and the Council of Europe, will be delivered.

الأهداف
The information course on EU programs 2014 – 2020 provides the information and tools necessary to take the first steps and orient themselves in the universe of EU funding programs, in the light of the 2014-2020 programming.
Through the proposed information course, participants will have the opportunity to:

learn about community programs;
Find the necessary information;
identify possible calls of interest

Program
The course develops in particular the following themes:

How to get informed: searching for community information and information tools.
Direct and indirect programs 2014-2020: Community programs and initiatives for the period 2014-2020, with particular reference to the most relevant programs in the educational, cultural, economic, employment, social, environmental, sports, governance, cooperation and research fields.

Addressees
The informational course is aimed at those who want to learn and/or improve their skills in EU funding, in order to increase their ability to use European programs. The course is therefore designed for students, social and cultural operators, associations, local authorities, etc.. A basic knowledge of the English language is recommended. No basic skills are required.

Methodology
All meetings are divided into moments of frontal lesson and practical examples (calls and projects implemented). In addition, the last phase of the course will be devoted to practical work in groups, focusing on: research of calls of interest to participants and simulation of evaluation of projects actually submitted.

Trainers
The trainers will be experts, with a documented and significant experience in the field of European projects. The trainers who will realize the course will be:

Marco Boaria, Head of the Resources and Development Department of ALDA;
Sofia Corsi, Project Manager of ALDA;

Logistical information
The course will be held on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 June, for a total of 16 hours of training. The course will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The choice of the intensive weekend format meets the needs of those who study or work or live far from the course location.
The course will take place at ALDA’s Training Room, Viale Milano 66 in Vicenza. ALDA staff is available to provide logistical support for the booking of travel, transfers and accommodation, should participants need it. All expenses, however, are borne by the participants themselves.

Costs
The training course has a total cost of € 300.00 (VAT included). The cost includes the training materials that will be distributed during the course. ALDA members and participants up to 26 years old can take advantage of a 10% discount, for a total of € 270.00.

Information and registration
For information please contact Anna Ditta. Email: alda@aldaintranet.org Tel. 0444 54 01 46.
Would you like to enroll in our courses? Register online! Registration is open until 8.6.2018.
Want to receive periodic updates on new ALDA courses? Sign up for our informational email! It’s easy and free!

Certificate of Attendance
At the end of the course a certificate of attendance issued by ALDA, strategic partner of the European Commission and the Council of Europe, will be delivered.


Publication sur la coopération décentralisée entre la Normandie et la Macédoine

The publication “Decentralised cooperation between the Region Normandy and the Republic of Macedonia” which is an overview of all the activities implemented in the framework of the cooperation between Normandy and Macedonia from 2006 until 2016 is published.

The publication contains practices, exchange of expertise and mutualised activities from all of the partners from Normandy and Macedonia engaged in the cooperation.

The cooperation between Normandy and Macedonia started in 2006 when the Regional Council of Lower Normandy started a project of cooperation with the Macedonian State on the subject of decentralisation, ALDA acts as coordinator of the cooperation since 2007. Since then, 3 triannual programmes have been implemented with local governance at the heart of its projects through the partnerships of elected officials and stakeholders on both territories and exchange of experiences and practices on the process of decentralisation. This innovative cooperation was for a long time France’s most significant decentralised cooperation in the Balkans exemplified by its stability and its wide reach. Since 2016 the City of Colombelles acts as the lead partner in charge of the cooperation between the partners from Normandy and Macedonia with ALDA as delegate lead partner.

The publication “Decentralised cooperation between the Region Normandy and the Republic of Macedonia” which is an overview of all the activities implemented in the framework of the cooperation between Normandy and Macedonia from 2006 until 2016 is published.

The publication contains practices, exchange of expertise and mutualised activities from all of the partners from Normandy and Macedonia engaged in the cooperation.

The cooperation between Normandy and Macedonia started in 2006 when the Regional Council of Lower Normandy started a project of cooperation with the Macedonian State on the subject of decentralisation, ALDA acts as coordinator of the cooperation since 2007. Since then, 3 triannual programmes have been implemented with local governance at the heart of its projects through the partnerships of elected officials and stakeholders on both territories and exchange of experiences and practices on the process of decentralisation. This innovative cooperation was for a long time France’s most significant decentralised cooperation in the Balkans exemplified by its stability and its wide reach. Since 2016 the City of Colombelles acts as the lead partner in charge of the cooperation between the partners from Normandy and Macedonia with ALDA as delegate lead partner.


ALDA recherche des participants pour une compétition sportive de course ou vélo en Italie

ALDA recherche des participants pour une compétition sportive de course ou vélo en Italie

Occasion à ne pas manquer! Dans la cadre du projet“Diabetics Runners and Cyclists for more sport for all in Europe-SportGiveChance”, nous avons besoin d’identifier 20 personnes françaises ou résidentes en France, malades de diabète ou avec d’autres problèmes d’alimentation.

Ils devront participer à une compétition qui aura lieu à Spoleto, en Italie, du 29 août au 3 septembre. Il s’agit de course à pied ou de course à vélo, mais les participants ne doivent pas forcement être des athlètes professionnels.

Nous recherchons aussi deux experts pour des conférences sur des sujets tels que le sport urbain et la santé (en particulier la prévention du diabète).

Le but principal du projet est de sensibiliser à l’activité sportive et physique, de promouvoir la santé, le bien-être et l’inclusion sociale.

Tous les frais de séjour seront pris en charge par le projet. 275 € seront attribués pour le voyage. Les athlètes devront payer 35 € (ceux à vélos) ou 25,00 € (les coureurs) pour couvrir l’assurance et quelques équipement techniques.

Pour tout complément d’information, merci de nous contacter ici:

E-mail: anna.ditta@aldaintranet.org
Tel: 0039 0444540146
Visit @ALDA.Europe, #ALDAeurope
Instagram: aldaeurope

ALDA recherche des participants pour une compétition sportive de course ou vélo en Italie

Occasion à ne pas manquer! Dans la cadre du projet“Diabetics Runners and Cyclists for more sport for all in Europe-SportGiveChance”, nous avons besoin d’identifier 20 personnes françaises ou résidentes en France, malades de diabète ou avec d’autres problèmes d’alimentation.

Ils devront participer à une compétition qui aura lieu à Spoleto, en Italie, du 29 août au 3 septembre. Il s’agit de course à pied ou de course à vélo, mais les participants ne doivent pas forcement être des athlètes professionnels.

Nous recherchons aussi deux experts pour des conférences sur des sujets tels que le sport urbain et la santé (en particulier la prévention du diabète).

Le but principal du projet est de sensibiliser à l’activité sportive et physique, de promouvoir la santé, le bien-être et l’inclusion sociale.

Tous les frais de séjour seront pris en charge par le projet. 275 € seront attribués pour le voyage. Les athlètes devront payer 35 € (ceux à vélos) ou 25,00 € (les coureurs) pour couvrir l’assurance et quelques équipement techniques.

Pour tout complément d’information, merci de nous contacter ici:

E-mail: anna.ditta@aldaintranet.org
Tel: 0039 0444540146
Visit @ALDA.Europe, #ALDAeurope
Instagram: aldaeurope


Towards the EP elections 2019 - Project WISE lands in Rome

From 19 to 21 March, partners of the project “WISE – While Innovating and Strengthening Europe” met in Rome for two days of hard debate and work, and for the conference “Spring for Europe – Towards European elections”, which gathered also several high school classes. The event was organized by CIME, European Movement Italy.

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Euroscepticism has been raising all over Europe. WISE partners work to promote democratic engagement and active citizenship in policy-making, in order to make citizens aware of the importance of belonging to the EU. Through a number of activities engaging citizens all over the EU and beyond, people will be able to understand concretely how they can make Europe change.

Project partners represent civil society associations, municipalities, and associations of local and regional authorities from Belgium to Portugal, from Montenegro to Albania. They all share the deep feeling that their citizens, especially youth, need to know more, and regain trust in Europe. Otherwise, the very future of the European project is in danger.

The international conference on 21 March, hosted by the Italian National Council of Economy and Labor, focused on the history of the European project and on the importance of the upcoming European Parliament elections 2019. After the welcome speech of the President of CNEL Tiziano Treu, several experts took the floor, moderated by Virgilio Dastoli, President of CIME – European Movement Italy: Eric Jozsef, Journalist from Libération and Le Temps; Paolo Ponzano, European College of Parma; and Roberto Santaniello, DG COMM Italy.

All speakers stressed the fact that the father of Europe, Altiero Spinelli said that the proof of the strength of the EU project is its ability to rebirth from its criticism and losses. And the future will be in the hands of the young generations.

Young people were then at the core of the second panel, organized in an interactive way to make it a dialogue, through quiz about the Union and European citizens’ rights. Through the event, students had the opportunity to dive headfirst into what it really means to be part of Europe, discussing with experts and meeting project partners from the EU and beyond.

 

Useful resources:
More information about the project WISE

From 19 to 21 March, partners of the project “WISE – While Innovating and Strengthening Europe” met in Rome for two days of hard debate and work, and for the conference “Spring for Europe – Towards European elections”, which gathered also several high school classes. The event was organized by CIME, European Movement Italy.

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Euroscepticism has been raising all over Europe. WISE partners work to promote democratic engagement and active citizenship in policy-making, in order to make citizens aware of the importance of belonging to the EU. Through a number of activities engaging citizens all over the EU and beyond, people will be able to understand concretely how they can make Europe change.

Project partners represent civil society associations, municipalities, and associations of local and regional authorities from Belgium to Portugal, from Montenegro to Albania. They all share the deep feeling that their citizens, especially youth, need to know more, and regain trust in Europe. Otherwise, the very future of the European project is in danger.

The international conference on 21 March, hosted by the Italian National Council of Economy and Labor, focused on the history of the European project and on the importance of the upcoming European Parliament elections 2019. After the welcome speech of the President of CNEL Tiziano Treu, several experts took the floor, moderated by Virgilio Dastoli, President of CIME – European Movement Italy: Eric Jozsef, Journalist from Libération and Le Temps; Paolo Ponzano, European College of Parma; and Roberto Santaniello, DG COMM Italy.

All speakers stressed the fact that the father of Europe, Altiero Spinelli said that the proof of the strength of the EU project is its ability to rebirth from its criticism and losses. And the future will be in the hands of the young generations.

Young people were then at the core of the second panel, organized in an interactive way to make it a dialogue, through quiz about the Union and European citizens’ rights. Through the event, students had the opportunity to dive headfirst into what it really means to be part of Europe, discussing with experts and meeting project partners from the EU and beyond.

 

Useful resources:
More information about the project WISE


Youth municipal councils from Ifs and Debar on a study visit in Paris

Ifs and Debar have been working together in the framework of the cooperation between Normandy and Macedonia since 2011 on the topics of youth and European citizenship, culture and regional development. The current activities implemented by the two local authorities are on the subject of youth and European citizenship specifically involving the Youth municipal councils from Ifs and Debar.
A study visit for the young representatives of the Youth municipal councils from Ifs and Debar was organised in Paris from 6 to 10 March 2018. The purpose of this visit was that the youngsters from Macedonia and France meet and exchange opinions and experiences on their respective cities and the function of the Youth municipal council. After the discussion they decided to elaborate a common project which would have as an objective to improve the life of the local population. The common subject on which they chose to work is to emulate the differences and similarities of both local communities through the form of a photo exhibition or video.

The youngsters visited the photo exhibitions at the Museum “Jeu de Paume” in Paris for inspiration for their project. The study visit was finalised with reflections for their future collaboration and the realisation of a common project among the Youth municipal councils from Ifs and Debar on the subject of European citizenship for youth.

 

The biggest motive of the cooperation between Ifs and Debar is to work on projects of decentralised cooperation in order for young people to apprehend their role as active citizens in a European dynamic. These activities are implemented in the framework of the annual programme for decentralised cooperation between partners from Normandy and Macedonia.

Ifs and Debar have been working together in the framework of the cooperation between Normandy and Macedonia since 2011 on the topics of youth and European citizenship, culture and regional development. The current activities implemented by the two local authorities are on the subject of youth and European citizenship specifically involving the Youth municipal councils from Ifs and Debar.
A study visit for the young representatives of the Youth municipal councils from Ifs and Debar was organised in Paris from 6 to 10 March 2018. The purpose of this visit was that the youngsters from Macedonia and France meet and exchange opinions and experiences on their respective cities and the function of the Youth municipal council. After the discussion they decided to elaborate a common project which would have as an objective to improve the life of the local population. The common subject on which they chose to work is to emulate the differences and similarities of both local communities through the form of a photo exhibition or video.

The youngsters visited the photo exhibitions at the Museum “Jeu de Paume” in Paris for inspiration for their project. The study visit was finalised with reflections for their future collaboration and the realisation of a common project among the Youth municipal councils from Ifs and Debar on the subject of European citizenship for youth.

 

The biggest motive of the cooperation between Ifs and Debar is to work on projects of decentralised cooperation in order for young people to apprehend their role as active citizens in a European dynamic. These activities are implemented in the framework of the annual programme for decentralised cooperation between partners from Normandy and Macedonia.


RECOV - Partners have first online steering committee meeting

Rethinking Collaborative Values for Public Services – RECOV started with the implementation this month. Today, the partners had the first steering committee meeting.

The objectives for the online meeting were building the project team, clarifying administrative and financial issues, setting a time-schedule and presenting the topics of the following events, including the international conference to be held in May in Skopje.
The main project aim is to create a network of towns working together on the improvement of local governance through dialogue and participation. The project introduces innovative tools for citizen participation and initiative, thus creating opportunities for learning and sharing new solutions, as well as awareness raising on EU policies.
The 2-year-old project is implemented by a consortium of 10 partners across Europe and it’s implemented by ALDA. The lead partner in the project is Municipality of Centar, Skopje. The project is financed through the Europe for Citizens Programme.
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Rethinking Collaborative Values for Public Services – RECOV started with the implementation this month. Today, the partners had the first steering committee meeting.

The objectives for the online meeting were building the project team, clarifying administrative and financial issues, setting a time-schedule and presenting the topics of the following events, including the international conference to be held in May in Skopje.
The main project aim is to create a network of towns working together on the improvement of local governance through dialogue and participation. The project introduces innovative tools for citizen participation and initiative, thus creating opportunities for learning and sharing new solutions, as well as awareness raising on EU policies.
The 2-year-old project is implemented by a consortium of 10 partners across Europe and it’s implemented by ALDA. The lead partner in the project is Municipality of Centar, Skopje. The project is financed through the Europe for Citizens Programme.
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New appointments during the last Eastern partnership Civil Society Forum Georgian National Platform

On March 6, 2018, Local Democracy Agency Georgia’s (LDA Georgia) Executive Director, Nino Khukhua, was appointed as Coordinator of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) Georgian National Platform at the body’s ninth general meeting. She will lead Working Group Four, also called “Contact between People.” The Working Group focuses on visa facilitation, education, youth issues, and culture.

Natia Kuprashvili, head of the Journalism Resource Center, was selected to lead EaP CSF Georgian National Platform.

During the general meeting, delegates discussed the 2017 activity report as well ways to address the challenges of European Integration in 2018.

On March 6, 2018, Local Democracy Agency Georgia’s (LDA Georgia) Executive Director, Nino Khukhua, was appointed as Coordinator of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) Georgian National Platform at the body’s ninth general meeting. She will lead Working Group Four, also called “Contact between People.” The Working Group focuses on visa facilitation, education, youth issues, and culture.

Natia Kuprashvili, head of the Journalism Resource Center, was selected to lead EaP CSF Georgian National Platform.

During the general meeting, delegates discussed the 2017 activity report as well ways to address the challenges of European Integration in 2018.


Forum Theatre marks the end to micro event of Caravan Next in Skopje

Skopje was the centre of culture from the 14th to the 18th of March. The European Association for Local Democracy organized a micro event within the project Caravan Next, in cooperation with Lokomotiva Skopje and Theatre of Navigator Cvetko from Skopje.

The micro event focused on the “Theatre of the oppressed” of Augusto Boal, using the three theatrical forms: Image theatre, Invisible theatre and Forum theatre. Numerous activities and performances were organized following the practices of Boal. The series of events was wrapped up with a Forum theatre open to the public, which left the floor to the audience to participate in the theatre and express their opinion.
Within the event, two lectures open to the public were held: one by prof. Rita Maria Fabris from the University of Torino and other by prof. Zoja Buzalkovska from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Skopje, who also delivered the workshops for the actors and leaded the performances.
The project Caravan Next has the aim to connect artists to the local community and the citizens through art. The project is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. The micro event in Skopje is the final international event organized by ALDA, following the events in Subotica and Mostar.
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Skopje was the centre of culture from the 14th to the 18th of March. The European Association for Local Democracy organized a micro event within the project Caravan Next, in cooperation with Lokomotiva Skopje and Theatre of Navigator Cvetko from Skopje.

The micro event focused on the “Theatre of the oppressed” of Augusto Boal, using the three theatrical forms: Image theatre, Invisible theatre and Forum theatre. Numerous activities and performances were organized following the practices of Boal. The series of events was wrapped up with a Forum theatre open to the public, which left the floor to the audience to participate in the theatre and express their opinion.
Within the event, two lectures open to the public were held: one by prof. Rita Maria Fabris from the University of Torino and other by prof. Zoja Buzalkovska from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Skopje, who also delivered the workshops for the actors and leaded the performances.
The project Caravan Next has the aim to connect artists to the local community and the citizens through art. The project is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. The micro event in Skopje is the final international event organized by ALDA, following the events in Subotica and Mostar.
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CRISCO project participants break cultural and social barriers to integration

To help communities explore their own local cohesion challenges and develop appropriate integration and cohesion measures, ALDA and its partners are currently implementing CRISCO: CROSSROAD OF REGIONS – FOSTERING INVOLVEMENT OF ALL CITIZENS IN LOCAL LIFE TO IMPROVE SOCIAL COHESION project, focused on improving mutual understanding and intercultural dialogue between communities of different origins living together in European towns.

On 14-16 March, CRISCO project held its first transnational meeting where 50 citizens participated, representatives of civils society and local authorities from 10 different countries. The transnational event was organized and chaired by Bassano del Grappa, with the support of all partners, particularly ALDA and Etterbeek and focused on the theme: “Cultural and social barriers to integration".

During the 3 days, the partner organisations shared local best practices to address socio-cultural barriers to integration at the local level. The plenary session presenting the best practices was attended by over 50 local representatives from Bassano (officials, NGOs, citizens, experts, etc.). The international participants took part also in cross-fertilizing activities to discover each other institutions’ and work, creative workshops such as the Dance Well class and discussed in depth on how to transfer/scale up the good practices presented. Bassano del Grappa showcased existing local integration initiatives and offered the opportunity to the local and international participants to exchange.

During the project lifetime and beyond, ALDA will support CRISCO towns and their citizens to experiment new or consolidate existing integration initiatives and, by doing so, gain empowerment and become long-lasting actors and ’ambassadors’ of an enhanced social cohesion in Europe.

Read more about CRISCO Project

To help communities explore their own local cohesion challenges and develop appropriate integration and cohesion measures, ALDA and its partners are currently implementing CRISCO: CROSSROAD OF REGIONS – FOSTERING INVOLVEMENT OF ALL CITIZENS IN LOCAL LIFE TO IMPROVE SOCIAL COHESION project, focused on improving mutual understanding and intercultural dialogue between communities of different origins living together in European towns.

On 14-16 March, CRISCO project held its first transnational meeting where 50 citizens participated, representatives of civils society and local authorities from 10 different countries. The transnational event was organized and chaired by Bassano del Grappa, with the support of all partners, particularly ALDA and Etterbeek and focused on the theme: “Cultural and social barriers to integration".

During the 3 days, the partner organisations shared local best practices to address socio-cultural barriers to integration at the local level. The plenary session presenting the best practices was attended by over 50 local representatives from Bassano (officials, NGOs, citizens, experts, etc.). The international participants took part also in cross-fertilizing activities to discover each other institutions’ and work, creative workshops such as the Dance Well class and discussed in depth on how to transfer/scale up the good practices presented. Bassano del Grappa showcased existing local integration initiatives and offered the opportunity to the local and international participants to exchange.

During the project lifetime and beyond, ALDA will support CRISCO towns and their citizens to experiment new or consolidate existing integration initiatives and, by doing so, gain empowerment and become long-lasting actors and ’ambassadors’ of an enhanced social cohesion in Europe.

Read more about CRISCO Project


France - Balkans cooperation: an enhanced partnership

The international meeting of the partners in the cooperation between France and the Balkans was held on 16 and 17 March 2018 in Dijon. This event brought together more than 100 people: representatives of local authorities from France and the countries of the Western Balkans, associative representatives but also young people engaged in exchanges and cooperation between the two territories.

On this occasion, the numerous projects and initiatives of the ALDA carried out within the framework of the France – Balkan partnership in areas such as cooperation, culture and solidarity have been highlighted.

The actions to strengthen the links between the two territories and its importance were underlined by taking the example of the cooperation between Normandy and Macedonia: a 10 year cooperation, with nearly 50 established partnerships, a joint funding slide, and different topics.

The Vice-president of ALDA and Head of the Department of International Cooperation and EU projects in Herzeg-Novi Municipality, Mrs Branka Mracevic, emphasized the contribution of ALDA to the development of the links between France and the Balkans and highlighted the role of international organizations and their networks.

The youth aspect and participation of young people in this cooperation was presented by Mr Bozina Stesevic through the experience of the Balkan Regional Platform for youth participation and dialogue during the discussion workshops on the future of youngsters.

Ms Katica Janeva, director of the ALDA office in Skopje, moderated the various sessions and debates at the meeting.

 

The recommendations from this conference included the contribution of external action and community development, the mobility and the inclusion of young people.

The international meeting was organized with the support of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs on the initiative of the AFCCRE and at the invitation of the city of Dijon in the framework of the programme for decentralized cooperation France-Balkans led by the Association of Country of Vichy-Auvergne and coordinated by ALDA.

The network of ALDA contributed to the implementation of the event.

The international meeting of the partners in the cooperation between France and the Balkans was held on 16 and 17 March 2018 in Dijon. This event brought together more than 100 people: representatives of local authorities from France and the countries of the Western Balkans, associative representatives but also young people engaged in exchanges and cooperation between the two territories.

On this occasion, the numerous projects and initiatives of the ALDA carried out within the framework of the France – Balkan partnership in areas such as cooperation, culture and solidarity have been highlighted.

The actions to strengthen the links between the two territories and its importance were underlined by taking the example of the cooperation between Normandy and Macedonia: a 10 year cooperation, with nearly 50 established partnerships, a joint funding slide, and different topics.

The Vice-president of ALDA and Head of the Department of International Cooperation and EU projects in Herzeg-Novi Municipality, Mrs Branka Mracevic, emphasized the contribution of ALDA to the development of the links between France and the Balkans and highlighted the role of international organizations and their networks.

The youth aspect and participation of young people in this cooperation was presented by Mr Bozina Stesevic through the experience of the Balkan Regional Platform for youth participation and dialogue during the discussion workshops on the future of youngsters.

Ms Katica Janeva, director of the ALDA office in Skopje, moderated the various sessions and debates at the meeting.

 

The recommendations from this conference included the contribution of external action and community development, the mobility and the inclusion of young people.

The international meeting was organized with the support of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs on the initiative of the AFCCRE and at the invitation of the city of Dijon in the framework of the programme for decentralized cooperation France-Balkans led by the Association of Country of Vichy-Auvergne and coordinated by ALDA.

The network of ALDA contributed to the implementation of the event.