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Speech by the Ambassador Mitja Drobnič, Head of the Delegation of the EU to Montenegro, at ALDA’s Conference “Capitalisation and relaunch”

On 9th May the Conference “Capitalisation and relaunch” took place in Podgorica, Montenegro, with the kind participation of Mr. Mitja Drobnič, Head of the Delegation of the EU to Montenegro.


It was a very important occasion to share with ALDA’s members, partners and associates the achievements gathered during 15 years of work on the field, and to discuss the step forwards  to improve the cooperation  between EU and its neighbourhood.

The Ambassador introduced his speech mentioning the 65th anniversary of the “Shuman Declaration”, that marked the beginning of the creation of Europe, and the 15th anniversary of ALDA, which works hard to achieve the same goal driven by the values of democracy and active participation.  

He also underlined the importance of civil society organisations, that foster the cooperation between citizens and authorities, and the significance of programmes like “Europe for Citizens” that gives this  great network the opportunity to be involved in building Europe through exchanges, debates, reflections, learning and many other activities.

The 50 key European organisations, thanks to the help, support and resources provided by the European Commission are now able to cooperate, having also developed a strong and efficient dialogue. ALDA is among them, contributing in particular in developing citizens’ understanding of the EU, its history and diversity, but also fostering citizenship and improving conditions for civic and democratic participation at local, national and European level.

ALDA is grateful to Mr. Mitja Drobnič for his kind participation to the Conference and for his relevant words, hoping to have more opportunities to strengthen the cooperation with Montenegro, which already hosts one of the LDAs.

Please, find here the Speech of the Ambassador Mr. Mitja Drobnič

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