Junior Logistic Manager (Italy)

ALDA is looking for a Junior Logistic Manager based in Vicenza (Italy) who, reporting directly to the Secretary General, will deal with:

  • The organisation of missions and meetings;
  • IT network support;
  • Day-to-day support for the activities in the office;
  • Providers for services agreements.

Interested candidates in line with the profile described above should send their CV and cover letter in English by June 23rd, 2021 (23.59 CET Time) to job@aldaintranet.org with the following subject line: “Junior Logistic Manager application”.

ALDA is looking for a Junior Logistic Manager based in Vicenza (Italy) who, reporting directly to the Secretary General, will deal with:

  • The organisation of missions and meetings;
  • IT network support;
  • Day-to-day support for the activities in the office;
  • Providers for services agreements.

Interested candidates in line with the profile described above should send their CV and cover letter in English by June 23rd, 2021 (23.59 CET Time) to job@aldaintranet.org with the following subject line: “Junior Logistic Manager application”.


Addressing the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

Antonella Valmorbida – ALDA Secretary General

addressing the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

On the first panel opening the dialogue with Civil Society on elections mechanmism and participation after the Covid 19

 

Excellencies, dear all participants and friends from the panel,

It is a great privilege for ALDA – the European Association for Local Democracy, to take the floor in such a distinguished panel addressing you all those difficult times. I speak on behalf of our 350 members (local authorities and civil society groups) from all over Europe and beyond, committed to the cause of local democracy and citizens participation. We were established by the Councill of Europe 20 years ago and we have structured relationship with the Congress of local and regional authorities and now with the Centre of Expertise for good governance. We implemented so far almost 450 projects, which had an impact on  about 25 millions of people.

Antonella Valmorbida – ALDA Secretary General

addressing the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

On the first panel opening the dialogue with Civil Society on elections mechanmism and participation after the Covid 19

 

Excellencies, dear all participants and friends from the panel,

It is a great privilege for ALDA – the European Association for Local Democracy, to take the floor in such a distinguished panel addressing you all those difficult times. I speak on behalf of our 350 members (local authorities and civil society groups) from all over Europe and beyond, committed to the cause of local democracy and citizens participation. We were established by the Councill of Europe 20 years ago and we have structured relationship with the Congress of local and regional authorities and now with the Centre of Expertise for good governance. We implemented so far almost 450 projects, which had an impact on  about 25 millions of people.


Reconstructing the way forward to EU integration

The Online Regional Thematic Network Forum and the Annual Network Conference organised by the Local Democracy Agency Subotica and the consortium members of the “Regional Youth Compact for Europe” project took place on 25th and 26th of March 2021.

A wide range of speakers and experts coming from the Western Balkans countries presented a snapshot of the ideas that can most inspire and transform our future.

Around 50 participants attended virtual meeting, bringing to each panel discussion different experiences and perspectives, such as: the role of the thematic networks, the democratic culture and the regional EU accession challenges. All conferences were streamed daily on our Facebook page.

We consider regional cooperation as a tool in bringing us closer to the European Union and in contributing to the reconciliation process in the region.

The “Regional Youth Compact for Europe” project has developed different forms engaging young people in the local decision-making process, but also educational training tools in regards to empowering them and help them getting to the political field. These activities are part of our process to both develop the Balkans Network for Local Democracy, and to exchange best practises; while using expertise of other stakeholders and strengthening regional cooperation. We consider regional cooperation as a tool in bringing us closer to the European Union and in contributing to the reconciliation process in the region.

Our messages come from the local level and spread across the region are really important.

Natasa Vuckovic, Executive director of the Centre for Democracy Foundation and ALDA’s Governing Board member stated: “we have focus on several things before: on local democracy on youth organization, and local organizations. We have focused on making young people influent by educating them, training them, empowering them on the topic of rule of law”.

This activity has been organised within “Regional Youth Compact for Europe”, a three-year project implemented by Center for Democracy Foundation and 13 partners. The project is funded by the European Union and co-funded by Balkan Trust for Democracy.

The Online Regional Thematic Network Forum and the Annual Network Conference organised by the Local Democracy Agency Subotica and the consortium members of the “Regional Youth Compact for Europe” project took place on 25th and 26th of March 2021.

A wide range of speakers and experts coming from the Western Balkans countries presented a snapshot of the ideas that can most inspire and transform our future.

Around 50 participants attended virtual meeting, bringing to each panel discussion different experiences and perspectives, such as: the role of the thematic networks, the democratic culture and the regional EU accession challenges. All conferences were streamed daily on our Facebook page.

We consider regional cooperation as a tool in bringing us closer to the European Union and in contributing to the reconciliation process in the region

The “Regional Youth Compact for Europe” project has developed different forms engaging young people in the local decision-making process, but also educational training tools in regards to empowering them and help them getting to the political field. These activities are part of our process to both develop the Balkans Network for Local Democracy, and to exchange best practises; while using expertise of other stakeholders and strengthening regional cooperation. We consider regional cooperation as a tool in bringing us closer to the European Union and in contributing to the reconciliation process in the region.

Our messages come from the local level and spread across the region are really important.

Natasa Vuckovic, Executive director of the Centre for Democracy Foundation and ALDA’s Governing Board member stated: “we have focus on several things before: on local democracy on youth organization, and local organizations. We have focused on making young people influent by educating them, training them, empowering them on the topic of rule of law”.

This activity has been organised within “Regional Youth Compact for Europe”, a three-year project implemented by Center for Democracy Foundation and 13 partners. The project is funded by the European Union and co-funded by Balkan Trust for Democracy.


Great webinars to end on a high note the APProach project

On the 5th, 11th and 25th of March 2021, the European project APProach has hosted 3 webinars and invited great speakers and experts to have interesting and enriching debates on citizenship, the impact of COVID19 on digital tools, new forms of civic participation as e-voting and the place of civic participation in this digital era.

Thank you to all the participants and the panelists: Simon Delakorda, Director – Institute for Electronic Participation; Edoardo Guglielmetti, Adviser urban development – Brussels Commissioner for Europe and International Organizations; Jean-François Maljean, Chef de Projet – Contrat de Quartier Durable – Municipality of Etterbeek (Administration communale Etterbeek); Dr. W. Lewis Johnson, Chairman of the Board, CEO and Co-Founder – Alelo;  Vincent Morel, DSIN /STIN – Municipality of Paris (Ville de Paris); Francesco Pala, Head of the Secretary General Department – European Association for Local Democracy; Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General – European Association for Local Democracy; Daniela Vancic, European Programme Manager – Democracy International; Emanuela Vita, Project coordinator – Municipality of Milan (Comune di Milano)

A 3-day event of great debates and discussions for the final conference of the APProach project

Were you not able to participate in the webinars? Do you want to re-watch the webinars? The webinars will be available online on the  Facebook page of the APProach project and on the Facebook and Youtube account of ALDA.

 

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Starting in April 2018, the APProach project is co-funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) programme, aiming to facilitate the circulation of information towards EU mobile citizens for them to effectively exercise their rights in their welcoming city. The APProach project is working to fill an existing gap that limits the exercises of citizens’ civic rights by co-creating an online platform, the APProach platform. This digital ecosystem was designed with the active participation of EU mobile citizens and our partner cities: Etterbeek (Belgium), Milan (Italy), Nea Smyrni (Greece), Paris (France), Vejle (Denmark), Lisbon (Portugal), Amsterdam (Netherlands) & Warsaw (Poland).

 

For more information about the APProach project

Contact email: approachproject@aldaintranet.org 

On the 5th, 11th and 25th of March 2021, the European project APProach has hosted 3 webinars and invited great speakers and experts to have interesting and enriching debates on citizenship, the impact of COVID19 on digital tools, new forms of civic participation as e-voting and the place of civic participation in this digital era.

Thank you to all the participants and the panelists: Simon Delakorda, Director – Institute for Electronic Participation; Edoardo Guglielmetti, Adviser urban development – Brussels Commissioner for Europe and International Organizations; Jean-François Maljean, Chef de Projet – Contrat de Quartier Durable – Municipality of Etterbeek (Administration communale Etterbeek); Dr. W. Lewis Johnson, Chairman of the Board, CEO and Co-Founder – Alelo;  Vincent Morel, DSIN /STIN – Municipality of Paris (Ville de Paris); Francesco Pala, Head of the Secretary General Department – European Association for Local Democracy; Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General – European Association for Local Democracy; Daniela Vancic, European Programme Manager – Democracy International; Emanuela Vita, Project coordinator – Municipality of Milan (Comune di Milano)

A 3-day event of great debates and discussions for the final conference of the APProach project

Were you not able to participate in the webinars? Do you want to re-watch the webinars? The webinars will be available online on the  Facebook page of the APProach project and on the Facebook and Youtube account of ALDA.

 

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Starting in April 2018, the APProach project is co-funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) programme, aiming to facilitate the circulation of information towards EU mobile citizens for them to effectively exercise their rights in their welcoming city. The APProach project is working to fill an existing gap that limits the exercises of citizens’ civic rights by co-creating an online platform, the APProach platform. This digital ecosystem was designed with the active participation of EU mobile citizens and our partner cities: Etterbeek (Belgium), Milan (Italy), Nea Smyrni (Greece), Paris (France), Vejle (Denmark), Lisbon (Portugal), Amsterdam (Netherlands) & Warsaw (Poland).

 

For more information about the APProach project

Contact email: approachproject@aldaintranet.org 


Reconnecting the European Union to its citizens

In a period of great challenges and new global orders, some of the oldest questions for humanity come back to our mind: “where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?”

Especially the last inquiry is a fundamental one: What is our future going to be? And more specifically, concerning the European Union: how the future of Europe will be, and how to shape it?  

The Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) has a specific and strategic function in answering those questions and in building up our further steps. 

As also recalled in the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council, in light of the impressive number of citizens voting in the 2019 European election (more than 200 million), the message is pretty clear: Europeans are asking for greater participation and want a more active role in shaping the European Union’s future. Thus, the CoFoE has to be the perfect occasion to allow citizens to be part of it, to be – in other words – actively involved. 

So far, the agenda of the Conference is everything but empty, hence is already full of crucial issues such as: fight against climate change, an economy that works for people, promotion of EU values, social fairness, equality and inclusiveness, as well as institutional matters related to the democratic process and the establishment of transnational lists for elections.

In order to reach sustainable, effective and long-lasting  goals, having citizens involved is extremely important

It comes every time clearer that, in order to reach sustainable, effective and long-lasting  goals, having citizens involved is extremely important, and in this sense the Civil Society Convention on the Future of Europe plays a fundamental role. As already mentioned in our previous news (here), ALDA has been not only actively involved since the very beginning, but it has also been an unresting promoter and key actor in joining the Civil Society Convention. Hence, Civil Society Europe, in cooperation with pan-Europeans organisations and associations and ALDA among those, is “working towards regenerating the European project around the shared values of Equality, Solidarity, Inclusiveness and Democracy”,  aiming at making the above-mentioned Convention into “the civil society interlocutor for the EU institutions”. Clearly, this happens at the right moment and it is perfectly responding to the overall intentions of the Commission to encourage a stronger partnership between European policy-makers and European civil society. 

Once again, ALDA is very honoured to be part of this great moment of change, taking actions for the best of Europe’s future, by making its long-lasting expertise at disposal, while being inspired by the European Commission contribution.

In a period of great challenges and new global orders, some of the oldest questions for humanity come back to our mind: “where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?”

Especially the last inquiry is a fundamental one: What is our future going to be? And more specifically, concerning the European Union: how the future of Europe will be, and how to shape it?  

The Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) has a specific and strategic function in answering those questions and in building up our further steps. 

As also recalled in the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council, in light of the impressive number of citizens voting in the 2019 European election (more than 200 million), the message is pretty clear: Europeans are asking for greater participation and want a more active role in shaping the European Union’s future. Thus, the CoFoE has to be the perfect occasion to allow citizens to be part of it, to be – in other words – actively involved. 

So far, the agenda of the Conference is everything but empty, hence is already full of crucial issues such as: fight against climate change, an economy that works for people, promotion of EU values, social fairness, equality and inclusiveness, as well as institutional matters related to the democratic process and the establishment of transnational lists for elections.

In order to reach sustainable, effective and long-lasting  goals, having citizens involved is extremely important

It comes every time clearer that, in order to reach sustainable, effective and long-lasting  goals, having citizens involved is extremely important, and in this sense the Civil Society Convention on the Future of Europe plays a fundamental role. As already mentioned in our previous news (here), ALDA has been not only actively involved since the very beginning, but it has also been an unresting promoter and key actor in joining the Civil Society Convention. Hence, Civil Society Europe, in cooperation with pan-Europeans organisations and associations and ALDA among those, is “working towards regenerating the European project around the shared values of Equality, Solidarity, Inclusiveness and Democracy”,  aiming at making the above-mentioned Convention into “the civil society interlocutor for the EU institutions”. Clearly, this happens at the right moment and it is perfectly responding to the overall intentions of the Commission to encourage a stronger partnership between European policy-makers and European civil society. 

Once again, ALDA is very honoured to be part of this great moment of change, taking actions for the best of Europe’s future, by making its long-lasting expertise at disposal, while being inspired by the European Commission contribution.


Celebrating INTERREG 30 years!

The just-ended year marked the 30th anniversary of the EU cooperation programme “Interreg”, after five programming periods, hundreds of projects implemented and changes in the life of over 170 million European Citizens. But what does it stand for? Well, the whole name would be “European Territorial Co-operation” but among Europeans, everyone calls it “Interreg” and is one of the fundamental instruments that the Union has in order to support cross-border cooperation for tackling common challenges, while working together to find common solutions.

Projects developed within “Interreg” are targeted to promote cooperation in different fields: from sustainable energy and environment to research, health and sport. Going a little bit further in details, “Interreg” has three main types of projects: cross border, transnational and interregional. It also represented one of the two goals of the EU Cohesion Policy for the programming period 2014-2020, and it aims to tackle three main goals for EU research and innovation policy, summarised as Open Innovation, Open Science and Open to the World in the next programming period.

Projects developed within “Interreg” are targeted to promote cooperation in different fields: from sustainable energy and environment to research, health and sport

To celebrate this important anniversary, “Interreg” has focused on three main topics neighbours, green and youth. Especially latter’s ideas have been collected in the Manifesto for Young People by Young People to Shape the European Cooperation Policy. This work illustrates perceptions as well as expectations that young people have when talking about European Territorial Cooperation.  

From a general perspective, young people express five main concerns and will:

  1. Equal opportunities to learn;
  2. fair access to decent employment opportunities;
  3. more digitally attractive access to information;
  4. serious actions on climate change implemented by Local Authorities 
  5. involvement in the decision making processes

Building up on these five key messages, Interreg strategies can be adapted, for example:

  1. Offering intercultural learning opportunities;
  2. Helping in spreading job opportunities across borders;
  3. Using more youth-oriented calls
  4. Prioritizing online meeting to physical ones so that to reduce CO2 emissions 
  5. Financing “people-to-people” projects

If you want to know more about it, check this news weekly! We are going to find out more about them step by step.

 

The just-ended year marked the 30th anniversary of the EU cooperation programme “Interreg”, after five programming periods, hundreds of projects implemented and changes in the life of over 170 million European Citizens. But what does it stand for? Well, the whole name would be “European Territorial Co-operation” but among Europeans, everyone calls it “Interreg” and is one of the fundamental instruments that the Union has in order to support cross-border cooperation for tackling common challenges, while working together to find common solutions.

Projects developed within “Interreg” are targeted to promote cooperation in different fields: from sustainable energy and environment to research, health and sport. Going a little bit further in details, “Interreg” has three main types of projects: cross border, transnational and interregional. It also represented one of the two goals of the EU Cohesion Policy for the programming period 2014-2020, and it aims to tackle three main goals for EU research and innovation policy, summarised as Open Innovation, Open Science and Open to the World in the next programming period.

Projects developed within “Interreg” are targeted to promote cooperation in different fields: from sustainable energy and environment to research, health and sport

To celebrate this important anniversary, “Interreg” has focused on three main topics neighbours, green and youth. Especially latter’s ideas have been collected in the Manifesto for Young People by Young People to Shape the European Cooperation Policy. This work illustrates perceptions as well as expectations that young people have when talking about European Territorial Cooperation.  

From a general perspective, young people express five main concerns and will:

  1. Equal opportunities to learn;
  2. fair access to decent employment opportunities;
  3. more digitally attractive access to information;
  4. serious actions on climate change implemented by Local Authorities 
  5. involvement in the decision making processes

Building up on these five key messages, Interreg strategies can be adapted, for example:

  1. Offering intercultural learning opportunities;
  2. Helping in spreading job opportunities across borders;
  3. Using more youth-oriented calls
  4. Prioritizing online meeting to physical ones so that to reduce CO2 emissions 
  5. Financing “people-to-people” projects

If you want to know more about it, check this news weekly! We are going to find out more about them step by step.

 


Mr. Ioseb Khakhaleishvili elected major of Kutaisi

Great news from Kutaisi “the city of roses”

We are delighted to hear that Mr. Ioseb Khakhaleishvili, who has been our delegate from LDA Georgia, has been elected as major of Kutaisi.

Last week ALDA, together with Governing Board Member Ms. Shorena Khukhua, met Mr. Khakhaleishvili to congratulate him on this great new position.

Sharing stories of success and reciprocity

ALDA has always had a great and long-lasting cooperation with the city of Kutaisi, and we are more than motivated and glad to keep on working together, while sharing stories of success and reciprocity.

We wish him best of luck and we are looking forward for future projects together.

If you are willing to know more about the promotion of local democracy in Georgia, please visit  LDA Georgia

Great news from Kutaisi “the city of roses”

We are delighted to hear that Mr. Ioseb Khakhaleishvili, who has been our delegate from LDA Georgia, has been elected as major of Kutaisi.

Last week ALDA, together with Governing Board Member Ms. Shorena Khukhua, met Mr. Khakhaleishvili to congratulate him on this great new position.

Sharing stories of success and reciprocity

ALDA has always had a great and long-lasting cooperation with the city of Kutaisi, and we are more than motivated and glad to keep on working together, while sharing stories of success and reciprocity.

We wish him best of luck and we are looking forward for future projects together.

If you are willing to know more about the promotion of local democracy in Georgia, please visit  LDA Georgia


IMPACT presents the theatre play “Game” to promote tolerance and cohesion

In February 27, 2021 was Premier of the theatre play “Game”. It was performed by Youth Theatre Mostar (MTM) in cooperation with Local Democracy Agency Mostar within IMPACT project. “Game” is the result of our long-term commitment and effort to depict and demonstrate life stories of migrants from Mostar (Camp Salakovac, Bosnia and Herzegovina). In previous period we’ve successfully organized workshops with local migrants and their families. Our objective was to include them into our local community and promote tolerance and cohesion. Working with migrants was rather emotional and touchy. Actors from MTM have collected migrant’s stories and presented them in the most powerful way, as a unique play emanating universal message of peace, social inclusion, solidarity and sense-of-belonging.

Working with migrants was rather emotional and touchy

Theater play was directed by Mr. Sead Djulic and it was performed by Sara Kljajic, Edina Delalic, Irma Lipovac, Ali Kamer Aksoy, Haris Habibija i Haris Pasic.

  • If you are interested to see and experience its original premiere, you can watch it – Here
  • Also, you can find Photo Album of the Premiere – Here

The project IMPACT is implemented by VIFIN – Videnscenter for Integration in cooperation with ALDA, La Piccionaia – Centre for theatre production, LDA Montenegro, LDA Mostar, Coalition of youth organisations SEGA, Association for Developing Voluntary Work Novo Mesto (DRPDNM) and Urban Development Center supported by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

In February 27, 2021 was Premier of the theatre play “Game”. It was performed by Youth Theatre Mostar (MTM) in cooperation with Local Democracy Agency Mostar within IMPACT project. “Game” is the result of our long-term commitment and effort to depict and demonstrate life stories of migrants from Mostar (Camp Salakovac, Bosnia and Herzegovina). In previous period we’ve successfully organized workshops with local migrants and their families. Our objective was to include them into our local community and promote tolerance and cohesion. Working with migrants was rather emotional and touchy. Actors from MTM have collected migrant’s stories and presented them in the most powerful way, as a unique play emanating universal message of peace, social inclusion, solidarity and sense-of-belonging.

Working with migrants was rather emotional and touchy

Theater play was directed by Mr. Sead Djulic and it was performed by Sara Kljajic, Edina Delalic, Irma Lipovac, Ali Kamer Aksoy, Haris Habibija i Haris Pasic.

  • If you are interested to see and experience its original premiere, you can watch it – Here
  • Also, you can find Photo Album of the Premiere – Here

The project IMPACT is implemented by VIFIN – Videnscenter for Integration in cooperation with ALDA, La Piccionaia – Centre for theatre production, LDA Montenegro, LDA Mostar, Coalition of youth organisations SEGA, Association for Developing Voluntary Work Novo Mesto (DRPDNM) and Urban Development Center supported by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.


LDA Moldova as a key player within the national political framework

On March 1st our colleague Alexandru Coica – on behalf of LDA Moldova – joined the consultation organised by the Moldovan President so that to face the current political crisis. Thus, in order to overcome the latter,  CSOs,  judges and professionals gathered together sharing their expertise as far as – for example – respect for the rule of law and democracy concern. Hence, in these days, Moldova is looking for solutions so that to break the political stalemate, which results from the dichotomy among the corruption-based attitudes of PSRM-Sor parliamentary majority on the one hand; and population will of change and desire of sovereignty on the other.

Moldova has to play the fundamental role of being a stable and mature democracy in Eastern Partnership

Inviting civil society’s representatives at the debate is a positive signal from the national authorities and, as mentioned by Alexandru himself, “large consultations within different society levels are important to ensure that a democratic, legal and representative solution is identified”.

Key and crucial aspects raised during the debate have to be kept in mind: the solution – no matter what it will be – should be focused on citizen’s well-being. Besides it should be taken within a short period of time, for the best of the population. Furthermore, one should not forget the geographical perspective. We are all well aware of the current situations in Belarus, Georgia as well as Armenia and Azerbaijan; therefore, Moldova has to play the fundamental role of being a stable and mature democracy in Eastern Partnership.

Taking part in this crucial debate not only testifies the importance of LDA Moldova as a key strategic partner at political level, but it also spurs all of us to continue our work as a democracy promoters, close to local realties and citizens’ needs.

On March 1st our colleague Alexandru Coica – on behalf of LDA Moldova – joined the consultation organised by the Moldovan President so that to face the current political crisis. Thus, in order to overcome the latter,  CSOs,  judges and professionals gathered together sharing their expertise as far as – for example – respect for the rule of law and democracy concern. Hence, in these days, Moldova is looking for solutions so that to break the political stalemate, which results from the dichotomy among the corruption-based attitudes of PSRM-Sor parliamentary majority on the one hand; and population will of change and desire of sovereignty on the other.

Moldova has to play the fundamental role of being a stable and mature democracy in Eastern Partnership

Inviting civil society’s representatives at the debate is a positive signal from the national authorities and, as mentioned by Alexandru himself, “large consultations within different society levels are important to ensure that a democratic, legal and representative solution is identified”.

Key and crucial aspects raised during the debate have to be kept in mind: the solution – no matter what it will be – should be focused on citizen’s well-being. Besides it should be taken within a short period of time, for the best of the population. Furthermore, one should not forget the geographical perspective. We are all well aware of the current situations in Belarus, Georgia as well as Armenia and Azerbaijan; therefore, Moldova has to play the fundamental role of being a stable and mature democracy in Eastern Partnership.

Taking part in this crucial debate not only testifies the importance of LDA Moldova as a key strategic partner at political level, but it also spurs all of us to continue our work as a democracy promoters, close to local realties and citizens’ needs.