ALDA at work to build more Europe

Statement by ALDA President Oriano Otočan

 

Today we celebrate Europe and the Schuman declaration signed in 1950. Europe was given birth with the aim to create a community of peace, stability, and prosperity for its citizens. Today, the very same Europe is affected by economic and migration crisis, and is surrounded by wars in its neighbouring areas. But even more important, we are witnessing a crisis of the European values.

We need more solidarity and less selfishness. We need a Europe without borders, offering free movement to people, goods, and ideas, which could meet the needs of its citizens and of people in our Neighbourhood. Europe should also find ways to enlarge faster.

Read the whole statement here

Statement by ALDA President Oriano Otočan

 

Today we celebrate Europe and the Schuman declaration signed in 1950. Europe was given birth with the aim to create a community of peace, stability, and prosperity for its citizens. Today, the very same Europe is affected by economic and migration crisis, and is surrounded by wars in its neighbouring areas. But even more important, we are witnessing a crisis of the European values.

We need more solidarity and less selfishness. We need a Europe without borders, offering free movement to people, goods, and ideas, which could meet the needs of its citizens and of people in our Neighbourhood. Europe should also find ways to enlarge faster.

Read the whole statement here


New Governing Board of ALDA - The sky is the limit!

Statement by ALDA President Oriano Otočan

 

Dear members, dear friends,

I am happy and proud to have been re-elected as the President of ALDA for the next four years. I thank all members of the Governing Board mandate 2012-2016, an incredible group that managed to develop the activities of the Association beyond any possible objectives.

In light of the fantastic results achieved so far, I cannot but express all my joy, hope, and thrill by chairing the new Board, which will lead the work of ALDA until 2020. Its members are a true reflection of the soul of the Association – a balanced mix of representatives of local authorities and civil society, from the EU, enlargement, and neighbouring countries, women and men, of all ages.

Read the whole statement here

Statement by ALDA President Oriano Otočan

 

Dear members, dear friends,

I am happy and proud to have been re-elected as the President of ALDA for the next four years. I thank all members of the Governing Board mandate 2012-2016, an incredible group that managed to develop the activities of the Association beyond any possible objectives.

In light of the fantastic results achieved so far, I cannot but express all my joy, hope, and thrill by chairing the new Board, which will lead the work of ALDA until 2020. Its members are a true reflection of the soul of the Association – a balanced mix of representatives of local authorities and civil society, from the EU, enlargement, and neighbouring countries, women and men, of all ages.

Read the whole statement here


There are no alternatives to the European project

Statement by ALDA President Oriano Otočan and

ALDA Vice President Alessandro Perelli

 

Today is a sad day for the European Union. It marks the start of a period of uncertainty for the EU, as well as for the United Kingdom. After the referendum result deciding that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union, we cannot close our eyes. Very recently and for different reasons, we faced the possibility of the exit of Greece, risk that is still present.

In the EU countries, with few exceptions, we witness growing support to populist and Eurosceptic movements. Those who love Europe, those who believe in Europe, cannot limit their action to a mere technical and economical defence. We have to relaunch the political project of our common destiny. We need to act fast, with the spirit and the values of the founding fathers of the EU – Adenauer, Churchill, De Gasperi, Monnet, Schuman , Spinelli. There are no alternatives to the European project – our citizens need more Europe, our Member States need more unity! The European project has to be relaunched with the creation of the United States of Europe, and the creation of a real, operational government.

Read the whole statement here

Statement by ALDA President Oriano Otočan and

ALDA Vice President Alessandro Perelli

 

Today is a sad day for the European Union. It marks the start of a period of uncertainty for the EU, as well as for the United Kingdom. After the referendum result deciding that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union, we cannot close our eyes. Very recently and for different reasons, we faced the possibility of the exit of Greece, risk that is still present.

In the EU countries, with few exceptions, we witness growing support to populist and Eurosceptic movements. Those who love Europe, those who believe in Europe, cannot limit their action to a mere technical and economical defence. We have to relaunch the political project of our common destiny. We need to act fast, with the spirit and the values of the founding fathers of the EU – Adenauer, Churchill, De Gasperi, Monnet, Schuman , Spinelli. There are no alternatives to the European project – our citizens need more Europe, our Member States need more unity! The European project has to be relaunched with the creation of the United States of Europe, and the creation of a real, operational government.

Read the whole statement here


Factors affecting participation: the challenges and opportunities in Eastern Partnership countries

Citizen participation: an essential tool in local democracy

Chisinau, 16 November

 

Antonella Valmorbida,

Secretary General of ALDA The European Association for Local Democracy

 

1. Rationale

Local Democracy is essentially not a legislative and institutional process. It has its anchorage in local elections, decentralisation processes and public administration reform, of course, but it must be accompanied with a full understanding and involvement of citizens that will experience the laws and these structural process and who will be able to use them and be engaged. Without participative and aware citizens, laws and structure are useless boxes and non-realistic instruments. For this reason, our efforts in building good institutional frameworks, must include, since the very beginning awareness raising and capacities within both the elected bodies and administration and civil society group and citizens. Improvements of local and national situation will be the results of this joint work.

Read the whole statement here

Citizen participation: an essential tool in local democracy

Chisinau, 16 November

 

Antonella Valmorbida,

Secretary General of ALDA The European Association for Local Democracy

 

1. Rationale

Local Democracy is essentially not a legislative and institutional process. It has its anchorage in local elections, decentralisation processes and public administration reform, of course, but it must be accompanied with a full understanding and involvement of citizens that will experience the laws and these structural process and who will be able to use them and be engaged. Without participative and aware citizens, laws and structure are useless boxes and non-realistic instruments. For this reason, our efforts in building good institutional frameworks, must include, since the very beginning awareness raising and capacities within both the elected bodies and administration and civil society group and citizens. Improvements of local and national situation will be the results of this joint work.

Read the whole statement here


Ahead of 2019, democracy support should become a pillar of the EU narrative and action. Let’s be clear and brave.

Statement of Antonella Valmorbida,

Secretary General of ALDA – the European Association for Local Democracy Agency

Chair of the Board of Directors of the European Partnership for Democracy

 

Ahead of 2019, with a new Parliament and Commission coming up, the EU should definitively take a stand and say loud and clear that democracy is part of our essence and raison d’être. Without this clear vision, many other aspects of the EU project could become irrelevant and be challenged by the many illiberal alternatives, which are mushrooming these days. This concerns the EU’s internal rules and the Member States’, and how we operate in external affairs. In a recent high-level meeting at the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, organised by DEMO Finland, the challenges and opportunities where outlined, by looking at the future Finnish Presidency of the EU.

Read the whole statement here

Statement of Antonella Valmorbida,

Secretary General of ALDA – the European Association for Local Democracy Agency

Chair of the Board of Directors of the European Partnership for Democracy

 

Ahead of 2019, with a new Parliament and Commission coming up, the EU should definitively take a stand and say loud and clear that democracy is part of our essence and raison d’être. Without this clear vision, many other aspects of the EU project could become irrelevant and be challenged by the many illiberal alternatives, which are mushrooming these days. This concerns the EU’s internal rules and the Member States’, and how we operate in external affairs. In a recent high-level meeting at the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, organised by DEMO Finland, the challenges and opportunities where outlined, by looking at the future Finnish Presidency of the EU.

Read the whole statement here


The future and potential of migrant entrepreneurship at EMEN's final events

The EMEN – European Migrants Entrepreneurship Network project is coming to its conclusion, and we are happy to share with you an invitation to their last online event taking place on September 24th as part of the web-conference titled Growing Europe. Boosting migrant entrepreneurship networks!

Together with AEIDL, DIESIS, Social Impact, Thuas-Fine, UNITEE, Eurochambres, ETUC, REVES, CECOP-CICOPA, EURADAand KMOP, ALDA is a proud partner of the project, which aims to share approaches and lessons learnt on migrant entrepreneurship across and between public administrations; business development and financial organisations; social enterprises; non-profit organisations; educational institutions; and other public and private organisations in support of migrant entrepreneurship at all institutional levels.

More specificially, EMEN wants to share and support the best practices not only for individual migrant entrepreneurs, but also for social and inclusive enterprises benefiting migrants, so as to develop and promote good schemes that could lead to a more inclusive society in the long term.

Join the last EMEN's online event taking place on September 24th

It is with this in mind that, to mark the conclusion of the project, the EMEN consortium has organized a series of online events together with M-UP and Magnet, which have been taking place during 4 Thursdays of September with a focus on the current and future challenges of migrant entrepreneurship. In the first three events these past few weeks, a number of topics were tackled ranging from the importance of the very existence of migrant entrepreneurs to the development of this phenomena and its trends, passing by insightful discussions on the needs and support of migrant entrepreneurs so as to make being one as inclusive as possible.

We now invite you to take part in the last day of the series, on September 24th, dedicated to the “Future and potential of migrant entrepreneurship”. Visit the EMEN website and choose between three webinars, all held by distinguished experts in the field:

We wish EMEN and all partners a great conclusion of the project!

The EMEN – European Migrants Entrepreneurship Network project is coming to its conclusion, and we are happy to share with you an invitation to their last online event taking place on September 24th as part of the web-conference titled Growing Europe. Boosting migrant entrepreneurship networks!

Together with AEIDL, DIESIS, Social Impact, Thuas-Fine, UNITEE, Eurochambres, ETUC, REVES, CECOP-CICOPA, EURADAand KMOP, ALDA is a proud partner of the project, which aims to share approaches and lessons learnt on migrant entrepreneurship across and between public administrations; business development and financial organisations; social enterprises; non-profit organisations; educational institutions; and other public and private organisations in support of migrant entrepreneurship at all institutional levels.

More specificially, EMEN wants to share and support the best practices not only for individual migrant entrepreneurs, but also for social and inclusive enterprises benefiting migrants, so as to develop and promote good schemes that could lead to a more inclusive society in the long term.

Join the last EMEN's online event taking place on September 24th

It is with this in mind that, to mark the conclusion of the project, the EMEN consortium has organized a series of online events together with M-UP and Magnet, which have been taking place during 4 Thursdays of September with a focus on the current and future challenges of migrant entrepreneurship. In the first three events these past few weeks, a number of topics were tackled ranging from the importance of the very existence of migrant entrepreneurs to the development of this phenomena and its trends, passing by insightful discussions on the needs and support of migrant entrepreneurs so as to make being one as inclusive as possible.

We now invite you to take part in the last day of the series, on September 24th, dedicated to the “Future and potential of migrant entrepreneurship”. Visit the EMEN website and choose between three webinars, all held by distinguished experts in the field:

We wish EMEN and all partners a great conclusion of the project!


Italy fighting against the virus: we will make it!

Statement of Antonella Valmorbida,

Secretary General of ALDA – the European Association for Local Democracy

Chair of the Board of Directors of the European Partnership for Democracy

 

Italy and its 60 million inhabitants are fighting against the Coronavirus. In a week, our life has been transformed and I guess nothing will ever be the same.

With an unprecedented decision, the Prime Minister has suspended activities in all schools in the country in order to avoid movement of people in buses and trains and in schools, of course. All group activities are cancelled (congresses, events, working meetings, private events – even marriages, which need to be organized behind closed doors). We need to avoid contact with others and we are recommended to speak at 1,5 m distance, at least. Students are all studying from home and the schools and universities are soon or already providing classes online, via various platforms, going through a quantum leap in… 7 days.

The consequent immense blow on the economy will come soon: the tourist sector is already hit with 100% cancelation sin die. Arts, theatres, museums and cinemas are also closed. We are deeply suffering from this social and artistic limitations. We will soon need help and support to address a crisis, which will re-discuss a number of priorities.

Read the whole statement here

Statement of Antonella Valmorbida,

Secretary General of ALDA – the European Association for Local Democracy

Chair of the Board of Directors of the European Partnership for Democracy

 

Italy and its 60 million inhabitants are fighting against the Coronavirus. In a week, our life has been transformed and I guess nothing will ever be the same.

With an unprecedented decision, the Prime Minister has suspended activities in all schools in the country in order to avoid movement of people in buses and trains and in schools, of course. All group activities are cancelled (congresses, events, working meetings, private events – even marriages, which need to be organized behind closed doors). We need to avoid contact with others and we are recommended to speak at 1,5 m distance, at least. Students are all studying from home and the schools and universities are soon or already providing classes online, via various platforms, going through a quantum leap in… 7 days.

The consequent immense blow on the economy will come soon: the tourist sector is already hit with 100% cancelation sin die. Arts, theatres, museums and cinemas are also closed. We are deeply suffering from this social and artistic limitations. We will soon need help and support to address a crisis, which will re-discuss a number of priorities.

Read the whole statement here


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Discover the CulTours

On September 22nd and 23rd, 2020, the closing conference of the Monumental 9 project was held in Nikšić, Montenegro officially announcing the end of the project activities.

The outcomes of Monumental 9 included online trainings for young local greeters, vloggers and bloggers as well as, most importantly, the creation of 3 pilot tours to promote memorial tourism – the first in Konjic, Jablanica, Mostar and Nikšić; the second in Brezovica, Kruševo, Niš; and the last in Prijedor, Šid and Užice.

An interactive and friendly website containing audio, visual and written narratives of the nine magnificent WWII monuments in question was also created, giving the possibility to explore the Balkan adventure of the project stakeholders, and can be visited at www.monumental9.org.

The values at the core of the project will now see a follow-up with the new CulTours activities funded by the Western Balkan Fund, which aim to create a mobile application for the promotion and dissemination of local cultural heritage.

The CulTours will carry on and promote Monumental 9's core values

Monumental 9 was supported by the Regional Cooperation Council through the Tourism Development & Promotion Project’s Grant Programme, and funded by European Union. Implemented by the Local Democracy Agency Montenegro as lead partner, its consortium involved LDA Mostar, LDA Kosovo, LDA Zavidovici, LDA Prijedor, LDA Knjazevac, LDA Subotica & ALDA Skopje and drew on the cultural heritage monuments dedicated to WWII in the Western Balkans.

On September 22nd and 23rd, 2020, the closing conference of the Monumental 9 project was held in Nikšić, Montenegro officially announcing the end of the project activities.

The outcomes of Monumental 9 included online trainings for young local greeters, vloggers and bloggers as well as, most importantly, the creation of 3 pilot tours to promote memorial tourism – the first in Konjic, Jablanica, Mostar and Nikšić; the second in Brezovica, Kruševo, Niš; and the last in Prijedor, Šid and Užice.

An interactive and friendly website containing audio, visual and written narratives of the nine magnificent WWII monuments in question was also created, giving the possibility to explore the Balkan adventure of the project stakeholders, and can be visited at www.monumental9.org.

The values at the core of the project will now see a follow-up with the new CulTours activities funded by the Western Balkan Fund, which aim to create a mobile application for the promotion and dissemination of local cultural heritage.

The CulTours will carry on and promote Monumental 9's core values

Monumental 9 was supported by the Regional Cooperation Council through the Tourism Development & Promotion Project’s Grant Programme, and funded by European Union. Implemented by the Local Democracy Agency Montenegro as lead partner, its consortium involved LDA Mostar, LDA Kosovo, LDA Zavidovici, LDA Prijedor, LDA Knjazevac, LDA Subotica & ALDA Skopje and drew on the cultural heritage monuments dedicated to WWII in the Western Balkans.


Register to the General Assembly

The annual ALDA General Assembly is approaching fast! On Friday, October 9th this 20th anniversary edition will be streamed online from 10:00 am from Brussels in the context of the European Week of Regions and Cities: all ALDA members are warmly encouraged to participate to this crucial occasion, which is open for registration until October 4th, 2020.

  Click HERE to register now: it only takes a minute!

Register before October 4th, 2020!

As the Extraordinary Assembly of September 25th did not reach the necessary quorum of 50% + 1 of ALDA’s active members, according to ALDA’s Statute it is convened  again 15 days later without necessary quorum, meaning that the General Assembly of October 9th will also include voting on a series of important Statutory amendments, which will be approved if at least two thirds of the attending members vote in favour without the need of reaching a quorum.

The day will as well be marked by a series of contributions in celebration of ALDA’s 20 years of activity and in recognition of the remarkable achievements of the whole network of members and partners. Even if online, it will be a powerful moment for all members to meet again or to get to know one another for the first time; not to mention the election of the new Governing Board for the next 4-year mandate!

 Discover the complete General Assembly agenda HERE.

Not an ALDA member? Consider becoming one and learn about the other ALDA activities that will take place during the EU Week of Regions and Cities!

The annual ALDA General Assembly is approaching fast! On Friday, October 9th this 20th anniversary edition will be streamed online from 10:00 am from Brussels in the context of the European Week of Regions and Cities: all ALDA members are warmly encouraged to participate to this crucial occasion, which is open for registration until October 4th, 2020.

  Click HERE to register now: it only takes a minute!

Register before October 4th, 2020!

As the Extraordinary Assembly of September 25th did not reach the necessary quorum of 50% + 1 of ALDA’s active members, according to ALDA’s Statute it is convened  again 15 days later without necessary quorum, meaning that the General Assembly of October 9th will also include voting on a series of important Statutory amendments, which will be approved if at least two thirds of the attending members vote in favour without the need of reaching a quorum.

The day will as well be marked by a series of contributions in celebration of ALDA’s 20 years of activity and in recognition of the remarkable achievements of the whole network of members and partners. Even if online, it will be a powerful moment for all members to meet again or to get to know one another for the first time; not to mention the election of the new Governing Board for the next 4-year mandate!

 Discover the complete General Assembly agenda HERE.

Not an ALDA member? Consider becoming one and learn about the other ALDA activities that will take place during the EU Week of Regions and Cities!