From Lisbon treaty more voice to citizens in Europe in Thiene, a conference organized by Municipality, Urban Center, and ALDA

A more democratic and transparent Europe, strengthening the role of the EU and national
Parliaments, and giving the people more opportunities to make their voices heard.
These are the most expected aspects of the Lisbon Treaty realization.
Its coming into force (December 2009) was only the start of a course of discovery and
implementation that will give concrete results if it will involve, in the years to come, all
European citizens to make them closer to institutions, at present perceived as far away, and
make them active and participatory.
The Municipality of Thiene (IT), the Urban Center and ALDA promoted an info-day about
the Lisbon Treaty and the perspectives it will open on participation.

The event is scheduled for the 10th of February (Meeting hall of the City Library, starting at
9:30).
In the morning Meps Mara Bizzotto and Debora Serracchiani, Mr Matteo Fornara, EC Office
in Milano, Mrs Maria Rita Busetti, Mayor of Thiene and Mrs Antonella Valmorbida, ALDA
Director, moderated by the journalist Antonio Di Lorenzo, will explore the opportunities for
citizens by the Treaty.
In the afternoon two workshops will take place, where participants will discuss about
decision making process and civil society participation, and the role of the local authorities in
Europe after the Treaty.
There are already many ways in which European citizens can find out about and take part in
the political process of the EU. The newest of these is the citizens’ initiative, whereby people
will be able to ask the Commission to present a proposal in any of the EU’s areas of
responsibility. The practical details of this initiative will be worked out once the Treaty of
Lisbon takes effect.
The treaty also recognises the importance of consultation and dialogue with associations,
civil society, workers and employers, churches and other non-denominational organisations.

A more democratic and transparent Europe, strengthening the role of the EU and national
Parliaments, and giving the people more opportunities to make their voices heard.
These are the most expected aspects of the Lisbon Treaty realization.
Its coming into force (December 2009) was only the start of a course of discovery and
implementation that will give concrete results if it will involve, in the years to come, all
European citizens to make them closer to institutions, at present perceived as far away, and
make them active and participatory.
The Municipality of Thiene (IT), the Urban Center and ALDA promoted an info-day about
the Lisbon Treaty and the perspectives it will open on participation.

The event is scheduled for the 10th of February (Meeting hall of the City Library, starting at
9:30).
In the morning Meps Mara Bizzotto and Debora Serracchiani, Mr Matteo Fornara, EC Office
in Milano, Mrs Maria Rita Busetti, Mayor of Thiene and Mrs Antonella Valmorbida, ALDA
Director, moderated by the journalist Antonio Di Lorenzo, will explore the opportunities for
citizens by the Treaty.
In the afternoon two workshops will take place, where participants will discuss about
decision making process and civil society participation, and the role of the local authorities in
Europe after the Treaty.
There are already many ways in which European citizens can find out about and take part in
the political process of the EU. The newest of these is the citizens’ initiative, whereby people
will be able to ask the Commission to present a proposal in any of the EU’s areas of
responsibility. The practical details of this initiative will be worked out once the Treaty of
Lisbon takes effect.
The treaty also recognises the importance of consultation and dialogue with associations,
civil society, workers and employers, churches and other non-denominational organisations.


First steering committee meeting of goal project in Strasbourg

To promote citizens participation in the construction of a tighter-knit, democratic, world-
oriented and united Europe, tackling the challenge of immigration as an “opportunity” to

develop active citizenship and sense of ownership of the EU, whilst enhancing tolerance,
solidarity and mutual understanding.
These are the objectives which GOAL (Granting Opportunities for Active Learning) – an
ALDA project whose Steering Committee Meeting is taking place for the first time in
Strasbourg (2nd- 4th of February) – aims to. In these days also a Training Course will take
place, addressed to Citizens’ Panels Activators, those people who will be in charge of setting
up the local citizens’ panels on immigration that are the crucial point of the project.

Immigration and immigrants’ participation represent vivid issues at the EU level and
particularly affect citizen’s daily life in the addressed countries.
The project presents a set of activities that allow citizens the chance to interact both at
the local and at the European level and offers them the occasion to “work” together
towards a common aim.

GOAL specific aim is to further improve the methodology of “citizens’ panels” adding the
“component” of immigration.
It represents an unbiased platform where citizens and other stakeholders gather information
(with a bottom-up approach), debate, collect individual and collective opinions, formulate
their views (duly guided and supported) and draft them in the form of recommendations for
policy makers at the European level in the field of “immigration”.
The ACTION foresees 9 steps, having an impact both at the local and at the European level.
Following the partnership building phase and the selection of the theme, the process is
planned as follows: 1. Training for citizens’ panels activators 2. Set-up of local citizens’
panels 3. Local workshops 4. International meeting of citizens’ panels 5. Open days at the
local level 6. Production phase 7. International final workshop 8. Final publication 9.
Evaluation and follow-up.
The partners of the project are civil society organizations, local and regional authorities and
associations of local authorities coming from 6 different countries, old and new EU Member
States and pre-accession countries, where immigration represents one of the most vivid
issues on the national and European agenda.

To promote citizens participation in the construction of a tighter-knit, democratic, world-
oriented and united Europe, tackling the challenge of immigration as an “opportunity” to

develop active citizenship and sense of ownership of the EU, whilst enhancing tolerance,
solidarity and mutual understanding.
These are the objectives which GOAL (Granting Opportunities for Active Learning) – an
ALDA project whose Steering Committee Meeting is taking place for the first time in
Strasbourg (2nd- 4th of February) – aims to. In these days also a Training Course will take
place, addressed to Citizens’ Panels Activators, those people who will be in charge of setting
up the local citizens’ panels on immigration that are the crucial point of the project.

Immigration and immigrants’ participation represent vivid issues at the EU level and
particularly affect citizen’s daily life in the addressed countries.
The project presents a set of activities that allow citizens the chance to interact both at
the local and at the European level and offers them the occasion to “work” together
towards a common aim.

GOAL specific aim is to further improve the methodology of “citizens’ panels” adding the
“component” of immigration.
It represents an unbiased platform where citizens and other stakeholders gather information
(with a bottom-up approach), debate, collect individual and collective opinions, formulate
their views (duly guided and supported) and draft them in the form of recommendations for
policy makers at the European level in the field of “immigration”.
The ACTION foresees 9 steps, having an impact both at the local and at the European level.
Following the partnership building phase and the selection of the theme, the process is
planned as follows: 1. Training for citizens’ panels activators 2. Set-up of local citizens’
panels 3. Local workshops 4. International meeting of citizens’ panels 5. Open days at the
local level 6. Production phase 7. International final workshop 8. Final publication 9.
Evaluation and follow-up.
The partners of the project are civil society organizations, local and regional authorities and
associations of local authorities coming from 6 different countries, old and new EU Member
States and pre-accession countries, where immigration represents one of the most vivid
issues on the national and European agenda.


LOCAL GOVERNMENTS IN EUROPE: ALDA AND UNPD STUDY VISIT FOR TURKISH CIVIL SERVANTS IN UK (20th-27th of February)

From the 20th to the 27th of February 2011 ALDA and UNDP are organizing the Study Visit “Local Governments in Europe: responsibilities, competencies and management” in the framework of the project “Support to Further Implementation of Local Administration Reform in Turkey (LAR Phase II)” financed by the European Commission.
The Study Tour (in Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Bristol and London), addressed to a delegation coming from Turkey composed of elected representatives, staff from local authorities and professional managers, will provide the Turkish participants with a view over the local administrative field of European Union countries seeking an interactive approach on the relation between EU local authorities and Turkish ones.

 

The activity represents only one of ALDA’s contributions to LAR Phase II project. As a matter of fact, the Association is also involved in other components of the project through its support and experts, namely in the development of international municipal partnerships between Turkish and European Municipalities and in training activities.

Mrs. Antonella Valmorbida, Director of ALDA, is senior international trainer in the framework of the programme as for the support to build a community of practices and the approach of peer-to-peer learning and assistance.
The aim of the project is to train the Turkish civil servants and engage them into a critic and positive dialogue with several European local authorities and associations of local authorities thus strengthening their capacity to implement the administrative reform and the new legislation adopted in 2003-2005. The specific objective of the project is to develop and strengthen the administrative capacity and co-operation of Turkish local authorities in the task of ensuring effective and full implementation of new policy and legislation on local administration.

The activity designed is that of a study tour to England enabling the participants to gain a first experience of European best practises in local self-government through meetings with their European counterparts and seminars on specific topics. In particular, the study tour is planned to support activities on improvement of land development and planning services in local government and simplification of approval processes of construction and occupancy licences.

The selected Turkish local authorities will increase their capacity and vision in terms of knowledge and good practices through field visits to municipalities (among which we could mention Birmingham and Wolverhampton), to relevant institutions in the field of land planning or construction and occupancy licenses processes (as RTPI- the Royal Town Planning Institute) and on site observations. In addition to this, trainers from different EU member countries (as Sweden, France and Italy) will deliver presentations on their national administrative systems, especially on the topics of building control, strategic planning and process management.
Mrs. Valmorbida, ALDA Director, will hold one of the training sessions.

From the 20th to the 27th of February 2011 ALDA and UNDP are organizing the Study Visit “Local Governments in Europe: responsibilities, competencies and management” in the framework of the project “Support to Further Implementation of Local Administration Reform in Turkey (LAR Phase II)” financed by the European Commission.
The Study Tour (in Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Bristol and London), addressed to a delegation coming from Turkey composed of elected representatives, staff from local authorities and professional managers, will provide the Turkish participants with a view over the local administrative field of European Union countries seeking an interactive approach on the relation between EU local authorities and Turkish ones.

 

The activity represents only one of ALDA’s contributions to LAR Phase II project. As a matter of fact, the Association is also involved in other components of the project through its support and experts, namely in the development of international municipal partnerships between Turkish and European Municipalities and in training activities.

Mrs. Antonella Valmorbida, Director of ALDA, is senior international trainer in the framework of the programme as for the support to build a community of practices and the approach of peer-to-peer learning and assistance.
The aim of the project is to train the Turkish civil servants and engage them into a critic and positive dialogue with several European local authorities and associations of local authorities thus strengthening their capacity to implement the administrative reform and the new legislation adopted in 2003-2005. The specific objective of the project is to develop and strengthen the administrative capacity and co-operation of Turkish local authorities in the task of ensuring effective and full implementation of new policy and legislation on local administration.

The activity designed is that of a study tour to England enabling the participants to gain a first experience of European best practises in local self-government through meetings with their European counterparts and seminars on specific topics. In particular, the study tour is planned to support activities on improvement of land development and planning services in local government and simplification of approval processes of construction and occupancy licences.

The selected Turkish local authorities will increase their capacity and vision in terms of knowledge and good practices through field visits to municipalities (among which we could mention Birmingham and Wolverhampton), to relevant institutions in the field of land planning or construction and occupancy licenses processes (as RTPI- the Royal Town Planning Institute) and on site observations. In addition to this, trainers from different EU member countries (as Sweden, France and Italy) will deliver presentations on their national administrative systems, especially on the topics of building control, strategic planning and process management.
Mrs. Valmorbida, ALDA Director, will hold one of the training sessions.


FIRST STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING OF GOAL PROJECT IN STRASBOURG (2nd- 4th FEBRUARY)

To promote citizens participation in the construction of a tighter-knit, democratic, world-oriented and united Europe, tackling the challenge of immigration as an “opportunity” to develop active citizenship and sense of ownership of the EU, whilst enhancing tolerance, solidarity and mutual understanding.
These are the objectives which GOAL (Granting Opportunities for Active Learning) – an ALDA project whose Steering Committee Meeting is taking place for the first time in Strasbourg (2nd- 4th of February) – aims to. In these days also a Training Course will take place, addressed to Citizens’ Panels Activators, those people who will be in charge of setting up the local citizens’ panels on immigration that are the crucial point of the project.

 

Immigration and immigrants’ participation represent vivid issues at the EU level and particularly affect citizen’s daily life in the addressed countries.
The project presents a set of activities that allow citizens the chance to interact � both at the local and at the European level � and offers them the occasion to “work” together towards a common aim.

GOAL specific aim is to further improve the methodology of “citizens’ panels” adding the “component” of immigration.
It represents an unbiased platform where citizens and other stakeholders gather information (with a bottom-up approach), debate, collect individual and collective opinions, formulate their views (duly guided and supported) and draft them in the form of recommendations for policy makers at the European level in the field of “immigration”.

The ACTION foresees 9 steps, having an impact both at the local and at the European level. Following the partnership building phase and the selection of the theme, the process is planned as follows: 1. Training for citizens’ panels activators 2. Set-up of local citizens’ panels 3. Local workshops 4. International meeting of citizens’ panels 5. Open days at the local level 6. Production phase 7. International final workshop 8. Final publication 9. Evaluation and follow-up.

The partners of the project are civil society organizations, local and regional authorities and associations of local authorities coming from 6 different countries, old and new EU Member States and pre-accession countries, where immigration represents one of the most vivid issues on the national and European agenda.

To promote citizens participation in the construction of a tighter-knit, democratic, world-oriented and united Europe, tackling the challenge of immigration as an “opportunity” to develop active citizenship and sense of ownership of the EU, whilst enhancing tolerance, solidarity and mutual understanding.
These are the objectives which GOAL (Granting Opportunities for Active Learning) – an ALDA project whose Steering Committee Meeting is taking place for the first time in Strasbourg (2nd- 4th of February) – aims to. In these days also a Training Course will take place, addressed to Citizens’ Panels Activators, those people who will be in charge of setting up the local citizens’ panels on immigration that are the crucial point of the project.

 

Immigration and immigrants’ participation represent vivid issues at the EU level and particularly affect citizen’s daily life in the addressed countries.
The project presents a set of activities that allow citizens the chance to interact � both at the local and at the European level � and offers them the occasion to “work” together towards a common aim.

GOAL specific aim is to further improve the methodology of “citizens’ panels” adding the “component” of immigration.
It represents an unbiased platform where citizens and other stakeholders gather information (with a bottom-up approach), debate, collect individual and collective opinions, formulate their views (duly guided and supported) and draft them in the form of recommendations for policy makers at the European level in the field of “immigration”.

The ACTION foresees 9 steps, having an impact both at the local and at the European level. Following the partnership building phase and the selection of the theme, the process is planned as follows: 1. Training for citizens’ panels activators 2. Set-up of local citizens’ panels 3. Local workshops 4. International meeting of citizens’ panels 5. Open days at the local level 6. Production phase 7. International final workshop 8. Final publication 9. Evaluation and follow-up.

The partners of the project are civil society organizations, local and regional authorities and associations of local authorities coming from 6 different countries, old and new EU Member States and pre-accession countries, where immigration represents one of the most vivid issues on the national and European agenda.


New perspectives in cooperation between ALDA and Subotica authorities

New perspectives and possibilities in the field of international and regional cooperation have
emerged from a meeting between ALDA Staff and local authorities in Subotica. This meeting
took place in Subotica City Hall on Friday, 28th of January.
The meeting was attended by City of Subotica representatives: Mr. Sasa Vucinic (Mayor of

Subotica), Mr. Slavko Parac (City Assembly Chairman), Mrs. Erika Kudlik and Melinda Nagy-
Kiseresmiss (representatives of International and regional cooperation department); Mrs.

Antonella Valmobrida (ALDA Director) and Mrs. Stanka Parac (Partnership manager) and
representatives of LDA Subotica and LDA CSS: Sasa Marinkov LDACSS Delegate as well
as Olga Perusic and Milan Bosnjak form LDA Subotica.

City of Subotica is the first city supported establishing a Local Democracy Agency. LDA
Subotica started activities in 1993 and in the beginning of 2000 LDA Subotica and City of
Subotica were first active member and partner of ALDA. As such, City of Subotica enjoys
special treatment in ALDA network. Therefore this meeting was a really good opportunity for
all sides to determine new perspectives and possibilities in the field of international and
regional cooperation. Main aim of the meeting was to enhance and ensure connections and
cooperation between actors involved in the meeting.

New perspectives and possibilities in the field of international and regional cooperation have
emerged from a meeting between ALDA Staff and local authorities in Subotica. This meeting
took place in Subotica City Hall on Friday, 28th of January.
The meeting was attended by City of Subotica representatives: Mr. Sasa Vucinic (Mayor of

Subotica), Mr. Slavko Parac (City Assembly Chairman), Mrs. Erika Kudlik and Melinda Nagy-
Kiseresmiss (representatives of International and regional cooperation department); Mrs.

Antonella Valmobrida (ALDA Director) and Mrs. Stanka Parac (Partnership manager) and
representatives of LDA Subotica and LDA CSS: Sasa Marinkov LDACSS Delegate as well
as Olga Perusic and Milan Bosnjak form LDA Subotica.

City of Subotica is the first city supported establishing a Local Democracy Agency. LDA
Subotica started activities in 1993 and in the beginning of 2000 LDA Subotica and City of
Subotica were first active member and partner of ALDA. As such, City of Subotica enjoys
special treatment in ALDA network. Therefore this meeting was a really good opportunity for
all sides to determine new perspectives and possibilities in the field of international and
regional cooperation. Main aim of the meeting was to enhance and ensure connections and
cooperation between actors involved in the meeting.


ALDA STAFF MEETING 2011 IN SUBOTICA (SRB) (25th-28th of January)

ALDA Staff meeting 2011 took place in Subotica from 25th  28th of January. The meeting was held with a purpose to get the members to meet each other, to exchange their views and opinions in different topics of work, to get to know about the overall project progress in their Association, and improve some skills through training. All ALDA staff members were involved in this meeting.

In a three day working period, staff members conducted several training lessons, discussed about resources and fund raising, practised communication and exchanging of information; besides they discussed issues regarding past ALDA projects or/and difficulties in the project management, as well as activities and options for improvement of their work in years to come.
Trainings, discussions, exchanging views and skills improvement were held separately during the first two days of the meeting by two ALDA project management and implementation experts Biljana Zasova and Marco Boaria.
On the third day, director Antonella Valmorbida presented the past year results, aims, objectives and focus for upcoming 2011 and discussed organizational structure and staff improvement.
After a three days work, general conclusion is that all staff members dealing with different types of tasks within ALDA are showing great responsibility and whole-hearted efforts in their work, but also that there is a place for improvement

ALDA Staff meeting 2011 took place in Subotica from 25th  28th of January. The meeting was held with a purpose to get the members to meet each other, to exchange their views and opinions in different topics of work, to get to know about the overall project progress in their Association, and improve some skills through training. All ALDA staff members were involved in this meeting.

In a three day working period, staff members conducted several training lessons, discussed about resources and fund raising, practised communication and exchanging of information; besides they discussed issues regarding past ALDA projects or/and difficulties in the project management, as well as activities and options for improvement of their work in years to come.
Trainings, discussions, exchanging views and skills improvement were held separately during the first two days of the meeting by two ALDA project management and implementation experts Biljana Zasova and Marco Boaria.
On the third day, director Antonella Valmorbida presented the past year results, aims, objectives and focus for upcoming 2011 and discussed organizational structure and staff improvement.
After a three days work, general conclusion is that all staff members dealing with different types of tasks within ALDA are showing great responsibility and whole-hearted efforts in their work, but also that there is a place for improvement


NEW PERSPECTIVES IN COOPERATION BETWEEN ALDA AND SUBOTICA (SRB) AUTHORITIES

New perspectives and possibilities in the field of international and regional cooperation have emerged from a meeting between ALDA Staff and local authorities in Subotica. This meeting took place in Subotica City Hall on Friday, 28th of January.
The meeting was attended by City of Subotica representatives: Mr. Sasa Vucinic (Mayor of Subotica), Mr. Slavko Parac (City Assembly Chairman), Mrs. Erika Kudlik and Melinda Nagy-Kiseresmiss (representatives of International and regional cooperation department); Mrs. Antonella Valmobrida (ALDA Director) and Mrs. Stanka Parac (Partnership manager) and representatives of LDA Subotica and LDA CSS: Sasa Marinkov LDACSS Delegate as well as Olga Perusic and Milan Bosnjak form LDA Subotica.

 

City of Subotica is the first city supported establishing a Local Democracy Agency. LDA Subotica started activities in 1993 and in the beginning of 2000 LDA Subotica and City of Subotica were first active member and partner of ALDA. As such, City of Subotica enjoys special treatment in ALDA network. Therefore this meeting was a really good opportunity for all sides to determine new perspectives and possibilities in the field of international and regional cooperation. Main aim of the meeting was to enhance and ensure connections and cooperation between actors involved in the meeting.

New perspectives and possibilities in the field of international and regional cooperation have emerged from a meeting between ALDA Staff and local authorities in Subotica. This meeting took place in Subotica City Hall on Friday, 28th of January.
The meeting was attended by City of Subotica representatives: Mr. Sasa Vucinic (Mayor of Subotica), Mr. Slavko Parac (City Assembly Chairman), Mrs. Erika Kudlik and Melinda Nagy-Kiseresmiss (representatives of International and regional cooperation department); Mrs. Antonella Valmobrida (ALDA Director) and Mrs. Stanka Parac (Partnership manager) and representatives of LDA Subotica and LDA CSS: Sasa Marinkov LDACSS Delegate as well as Olga Perusic and Milan Bosnjak form LDA Subotica.

 

City of Subotica is the first city supported establishing a Local Democracy Agency. LDA Subotica started activities in 1993 and in the beginning of 2000 LDA Subotica and City of Subotica were first active member and partner of ALDA. As such, City of Subotica enjoys special treatment in ALDA network. Therefore this meeting was a really good opportunity for all sides to determine new perspectives and possibilities in the field of international and regional cooperation. Main aim of the meeting was to enhance and ensure connections and cooperation between actors involved in the meeting.


ALDA staff meeting 2011 in Subotica

ALDA Staff meeting 2011 took place in Subotica from 25th 28th of January. The meeting
was held with a purpose to get the members to meet each other, to exchange their views
and opinions in different topics of work, to get to know about the overall project progress in
their Association, and improve some skills through training. All ALDA staff members were
involved in this meeting.
In a three day working period, staff members conducted several training lessons, discussed
about resources and fund raising, practised communication and exchanging of information;
besides they discussed issues regarding past ALDA projects or/and difficulties in the project
management, as well as activities and options for improvement of their work in years to
come.
Trainings, discussions, exchanging views and skills improvement were held separately
during the first two days of the meeting by two ALDA project management and
implementation experts Biljana Zasova and Marco Boaria.
On the third day, director Antonella Valmorbida presented the past year results, aims,
objectives and focus for upcoming 2011 and discussed organizational structure and staff
improvement.
After a three days work, general conclusion is that all staff members dealing with different
types of tasks within ALDA are showing great responsibility and whole-hearted efforts in their
work, but also that there is a place for improvement.

ALDA Staff meeting 2011 took place in Subotica from 25th 28th of January. The meeting
was held with a purpose to get the members to meet each other, to exchange their views
and opinions in different topics of work, to get to know about the overall project progress in
their Association, and improve some skills through training. All ALDA staff members were
involved in this meeting.
In a three day working period, staff members conducted several training lessons, discussed
about resources and fund raising, practised communication and exchanging of information;
besides they discussed issues regarding past ALDA projects or/and difficulties in the project
management, as well as activities and options for improvement of their work in years to
come.
Trainings, discussions, exchanging views and skills improvement were held separately
during the first two days of the meeting by two ALDA project management and
implementation experts Biljana Zasova and Marco Boaria.
On the third day, director Antonella Valmorbida presented the past year results, aims,
objectives and focus for upcoming 2011 and discussed organizational structure and staff
improvement.
After a three days work, general conclusion is that all staff members dealing with different
types of tasks within ALDA are showing great responsibility and whole-hearted efforts in their
work, but also that there is a place for improvement.


We need remembrance for a peaceful future

On January 27th, 1945, 66 years ago, the German concentration and extermination camp of Auschwitz‐ Birkenau was liberated by the Russian Army, giving name to the International Holocaust Memorial Day on that date every year.

A new Europe has been built on the ruins of war and hatred, with the conviction that something like the Shoah should never be allowed to happen again.
Against such a back‐ground Local Democracy Agencies were established in the wake of the conflict leading to the break‐up of the former Yugoslavia with the objective of helping to build a society founded on democratic principles, rule of law and respect for human and minority rights.

On January 27th, 1945, 66 years ago, the German concentration and extermination camp of Auschwitz‐ Birkenau was liberated by the Russian Army, giving name to the International Holocaust Memorial Day on that date every year.

A new Europe has been built on the ruins of war and hatred, with the conviction that something like the Shoah should never be allowed to happen again.
Against such a back‐ground Local Democracy Agencies were established in the wake of the conflict leading to the break‐up of the former Yugoslavia with the objective of helping to build a society founded on democratic principles, rule of law and respect for human and minority rights.


WE NEED REMEMBRANCE FOR A PEACEFUL FUTURE By Per Vinther, ALDA President

On January 27th, 1945, 66 years ago, the German concentration and extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated by the Russian Army, giving name to the International Holocaust Memorial Day on that date every year.

 

A new Europe has been built on the ruins of war and hatred, with the conviction that something like the Shoah should never be allowed to happen again.

Against such a back-ground Local Democracy Agencies were established in the wake of the conflict leading to the break-up of the former Yugoslavia with the objective of helping to build a society founded on democratic principles, rule of law and respect for human and minority rights.

Engaging various ethnic groups in this endeavour and at times mediating between them has reconfirmed to the Local Democracy Agencies and their umbrella organisation the Association of Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA) that the past plays an important role in shaping a future based on tolerance and reconciliation.

Together with its partners, ALDA works daily for intercultural understanding and active participation of citizens in its programme on Active Remembrance. The President of ALDA, Per Vinther, stresses that ”one of our goals is to bring people to remember their past and learn from mistakes their ancestors have made! This also has a direct bearing on the appreciation of the benefits of living in a democratic society”

The Association of Local Democracy Agencies, ALDA, is heavily engaged in promoting active citizenship within the EU Programme “Europe for Citizens” and in that vein has embarked also on the project E-For, Education for Remembrance, as a natural element of active citizenship.

Currently, the project PEACE (Peace Education and Active Citizenship in Europe) reunites partners from all over Europe to reflect upon innovative ways of transmitting knowledge of past crimes and injustice to generations having grown up in a peaceful society. New pedagogic methodologies are currently being tested in local events and will be discussed in an international conference uniting experts on historical education as well as local authorities and NGOs interested in implementing projects on active remembrance.

Thus, ALDA is linking its involvement for better local governance with the struggle for active remembrance that is so crucial for the survival of our peaceful and democratic societies.

On January 27th, 1945, 66 years ago, the German concentration and extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated by the Russian Army, giving name to the International Holocaust Memorial Day on that date every year.

 

A new Europe has been built on the ruins of war and hatred, with the conviction that something like the Shoah should never be allowed to happen again.

Against such a back-ground Local Democracy Agencies were established in the wake of the conflict leading to the break-up of the former Yugoslavia with the objective of helping to build a society founded on democratic principles, rule of law and respect for human and minority rights.

Engaging various ethnic groups in this endeavour and at times mediating between them has reconfirmed to the Local Democracy Agencies and their umbrella organisation the Association of Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA) that the past plays an important role in shaping a future based on tolerance and reconciliation.

Together with its partners, ALDA works daily for intercultural understanding and active participation of citizens in its programme on Active Remembrance. The President of ALDA, Per Vinther, stresses that ”one of our goals is to bring people to remember their past and learn from mistakes their ancestors have made! This also has a direct bearing on the appreciation of the benefits of living in a democratic society”

The Association of Local Democracy Agencies, ALDA, is heavily engaged in promoting active citizenship within the EU Programme “Europe for Citizens” and in that vein has embarked also on the project E-For, Education for Remembrance, as a natural element of active citizenship.

Currently, the project PEACE (Peace Education and Active Citizenship in Europe) reunites partners from all over Europe to reflect upon innovative ways of transmitting knowledge of past crimes and injustice to generations having grown up in a peaceful society. New pedagogic methodologies are currently being tested in local events and will be discussed in an international conference uniting experts on historical education as well as local authorities and NGOs interested in implementing projects on active remembrance.

Thus, ALDA is linking its involvement for better local governance with the struggle for active remembrance that is so crucial for the survival of our peaceful and democratic societies.