SICILY STARTING POINT FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF LOCAL GOVERNANCE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN AREA

Sicilian Region and ALDA promote the second meeting with the mayors in Sicily on “Active citizenship and participation for local governance in the Mediterranean ” (Catania 1st of July 2011, conference hall of ESA Palace, via Beato Bernardo, 5)
Following the meeting held the 19th of April 2011 in Palermo, the Sicilian Region, the Association of Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA) and several Sicilian Municipalities, have started the elaboration of a series of planning paths for the promotion of a stable partnership in the Mediterranean.

How can local governments to become positive leaders in Sicily of a new concept of local governance in the countries of the Med, which from the bottom, try to give concrete answers to the causes of migration and the problems they bring to their communities?
One possible answer to this question will try to give tomorrow in Catania the Sicily Region, in particular the Department of Foreign Affairs in Brussels, led by Dr. Francesco Attaguile, and ALDA, Association of Local Democracy Agencies, with Director Antonella Valmorbida, who organized a second meeting with the Sicilian municipalities.
Tomorrow (Friday 1st of July 2011, 10.00) at the conference hall of ESA Palace, (via Beato Bernardo, 5) will discuss the theme “Active citizenship and participation for local governance in the Mediterranean”.
The Association of Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA), in collaboration with the Sicilian Region has achieved, among other initiatives, a project for the entrepreneurial and managerial training of citizens of the Maghreb to “capitalize” their ability to develop new activities in their country of origin or to facilitate a full integration in the host countries.
In line with the “Palermo Declaration”, signed by 50 institutions representative of 20 countries in May 2010 during the conference “United by the Mediterranean” organized by the Sicilian Region, ALDA is strongly convinced of the importance of strengthening the euro-Mediterranean partnership for the promotion of human rights and participation of all citizens in the life of local communities in which they live.
Many Sicilian municipalities have joined the meeting, which aims to promote the development of synergies between the activities of ALDA, Sicily Region and Sicilian municipalities interested in promoting local governance and participation of citizens in Europe and in the Mediterranean, sharing experiences and best practices among the actors involved. The ultimate objective of the meeting is to develop local projects, within the project guidelines and funding of the European Community, as an opportunity for stable cooperation for development and peace in the Mediterranean.

Sicilian Region and ALDA promote the second meeting with the mayors in Sicily on “Active citizenship and participation for local governance in the Mediterranean ” (Catania 1st of July 2011, conference hall of ESA Palace, via Beato Bernardo, 5)
Following the meeting held the 19th of April 2011 in Palermo, the Sicilian Region, the Association of Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA) and several Sicilian Municipalities, have started the elaboration of a series of planning paths for the promotion of a stable partnership in the Mediterranean.

How can local governments to become positive leaders in Sicily of a new concept of local governance in the countries of the Med, which from the bottom, try to give concrete answers to the causes of migration and the problems they bring to their communities?
One possible answer to this question will try to give tomorrow in Catania the Sicily Region, in particular the Department of Foreign Affairs in Brussels, led by Dr. Francesco Attaguile, and ALDA, Association of Local Democracy Agencies, with Director Antonella Valmorbida, who organized a second meeting with the Sicilian municipalities.
Tomorrow (Friday 1st of July 2011, 10.00) at the conference hall of ESA Palace, (via Beato Bernardo, 5) will discuss the theme “Active citizenship and participation for local governance in the Mediterranean”.
The Association of Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA), in collaboration with the Sicilian Region has achieved, among other initiatives, a project for the entrepreneurial and managerial training of citizens of the Maghreb to “capitalize” their ability to develop new activities in their country of origin or to facilitate a full integration in the host countries.
In line with the “Palermo Declaration”, signed by 50 institutions representative of 20 countries in May 2010 during the conference “United by the Mediterranean” organized by the Sicilian Region, ALDA is strongly convinced of the importance of strengthening the euro-Mediterranean partnership for the promotion of human rights and participation of all citizens in the life of local communities in which they live.
Many Sicilian municipalities have joined the meeting, which aims to promote the development of synergies between the activities of ALDA, Sicily Region and Sicilian municipalities interested in promoting local governance and participation of citizens in Europe and in the Mediterranean, sharing experiences and best practices among the actors involved. The ultimate objective of the meeting is to develop local projects, within the project guidelines and funding of the European Community, as an opportunity for stable cooperation for development and peace in the Mediterranean.


Decentralization and Local Governance in South Eastern Europe and Southern Caucasus

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THEATRE OF COMMUNITIES IN PLACES OF CRISIS AND REBIRTH. ALDA PARTNER OF THE PROJECT “CARAVAN: ARTISTS ON THE ROAD”

In the next three years ALDA will be in charge to coordinate and organize local public events (including theatre performances) in France, Belgium, Serbia and Croatia within the project “CARAVAN. Artists on the Road”.
It is a project of Community Theatre conducted by a multi-disciplinary partnership that includes 11 cultural organizations from 9 European countries. Partner leader of the project is the CRT Foundation (Turin, Italy), supervisor artistic and methodological of the project will be the Master in Social and Community Theatre of the Faculty of Education – DAMS, University of Turin.

The idea of a traveling theater production that involves the community by making it the protagonist of the show earned to the project the first place in Europe.
In the evaluation conducted by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) for the European Commission, CARAVAN got a score of 99/100, ranking first among the 61 submitted applications for funding across Europe.
It’s the first time that a foundation of banking origin obtained a similar result in a European tender, as leader.

Other partners of the project are Universidade da Coruna (Spain), Teater Spira (Sweden), Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium / Odin Teatret (Denmark), Projekte, Action, Kunst, Theater P.A.K.T.  eingetragener Verein (Germany), Wydzia Sztuk Piknych Projektowych Wyszej Szkole Informatyki (Poland), Movimento delle Associazioni di Volontariato Italiano Onlus (Italy), Association for Culture and Education KIBLA (Slovenja) and Municipal Theatre Vazrajdane (Bulgaria).

The project originates from the economic, social and cultural crisis that in recent years has had a major impact on society throughout Europe. It plans to tackle the theme of “Rebirth of the crisis” through the creation of cultural and artistic performances, based on the methodology of social and community theater, in order to foster the social and cultural empowerment of the communities affected by the crisis in symbolic places.

The central element in the project is the “Theatre Caravan” traveling, a vehicle with multimedia equipment, which will make a tour through Europe. The Caravan will make about 40 stops in 11 countries in Europe, staging more than 50 performances completely free to the public.
The Caravan will travel a total of 13.000 km through Italy, France, Spain, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, returning finally to Italy.

The performances will take place in different contexts, such as, for example, outside of historic houses, squares, schools, hospitals, railway stations, but always in public spaces to engage the local population.
ALDA participated to the launch event in Turin (21st-22nd of June) where will be held, on next September, the second preparatory meeting.

In the next three years ALDA will be in charge to coordinate and organize local public events (including theatre performances) in France, Belgium, Serbia and Croatia within the project “CARAVAN. Artists on the Road”.
It is a project of Community Theatre conducted by a multi-disciplinary partnership that includes 11 cultural organizations from 9 European countries. Partner leader of the project is the CRT Foundation (Turin, Italy), supervisor artistic and methodological of the project will be the Master in Social and Community Theatre of the Faculty of Education – DAMS, University of Turin.

The idea of a traveling theater production that involves the community by making it the protagonist of the show earned to the project the first place in Europe.
In the evaluation conducted by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) for the European Commission, CARAVAN got a score of 99/100, ranking first among the 61 submitted applications for funding across Europe.
It’s the first time that a foundation of banking origin obtained a similar result in a European tender, as leader.

Other partners of the project are Universidade da Coruna (Spain), Teater Spira (Sweden), Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium / Odin Teatret (Denmark), Projekte, Action, Kunst, Theater P.A.K.T.  eingetragener Verein (Germany), Wydzia Sztuk Piknych Projektowych Wyszej Szkole Informatyki (Poland), Movimento delle Associazioni di Volontariato Italiano Onlus (Italy), Association for Culture and Education KIBLA (Slovenja) and Municipal Theatre Vazrajdane (Bulgaria).

The project originates from the economic, social and cultural crisis that in recent years has had a major impact on society throughout Europe. It plans to tackle the theme of “Rebirth of the crisis” through the creation of cultural and artistic performances, based on the methodology of social and community theater, in order to foster the social and cultural empowerment of the communities affected by the crisis in symbolic places.

The central element in the project is the “Theatre Caravan” traveling, a vehicle with multimedia equipment, which will make a tour through Europe. The Caravan will make about 40 stops in 11 countries in Europe, staging more than 50 performances completely free to the public.
The Caravan will travel a total of 13.000 km through Italy, France, Spain, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, returning finally to Italy.

The performances will take place in different contexts, such as, for example, outside of historic houses, squares, schools, hospitals, railway stations, but always in public spaces to engage the local population.
ALDA participated to the launch event in Turin (21st-22nd of June) where will be held, on next September, the second preparatory meeting.


ALDA ACCEPTED AS NEW MEMBER OF CONCORD

The General Assembly of Concord, that took place in Brussels on 21th-22nd of June, with around 120 participants, voted on and approved ALDA’s application to become its associate member. At the General Assembly, the Confederation also accepted three other new members: The Romanian national platform FOND, Islamic Relief Worldwide and Handicap International.

Concord is the European NGO Confederation for Relief and Development. Its 18 international networks and 26 national associations from the European Member States represent more than 1600 European NGOs vis-à-vis the European Institutions.
ALDA is looking forward to being part of Concord and participate actively in its work. ALDA is in particular interested in sharing experience with the Confederation and its members on ALDA’s work in development, such as project under the Non State Actor and Local Authorities programme. ALDA is currently running two projects under this programme, the Working Together for Development project and TANDEM in Belarus.
ALDA believes that the membership of Concord will provide ALDA with the opportunity to bring its expertise and experience in development at the local level to the benefit of Concord and its members and that the work with Concord will provide access to important expertise for ALDA’s work.
More information about Concord can be found at http://www.concordeurope.org

The General Assembly of Concord, that took place in Brussels on 21th-22nd of June, with around 120 participants, voted on and approved ALDA’s application to become its associate member. At the General Assembly, the Confederation also accepted three other new members: The Romanian national platform FOND, Islamic Relief Worldwide and Handicap International.

Concord is the European NGO Confederation for Relief and Development. Its 18 international networks and 26 national associations from the European Member States represent more than 1600 European NGOs vis-à-vis the European Institutions.
ALDA is looking forward to being part of Concord and participate actively in its work. ALDA is in particular interested in sharing experience with the Confederation and its members on ALDA’s work in development, such as project under the Non State Actor and Local Authorities programme. ALDA is currently running two projects under this programme, the Working Together for Development project and TANDEM in Belarus.
ALDA believes that the membership of Concord will provide ALDA with the opportunity to bring its expertise and experience in development at the local level to the benefit of Concord and its members and that the work with Concord will provide access to important expertise for ALDA’s work.
More information about Concord can be found at http://www.concordeurope.org


FRENCH DELEGATION VISITS MACEDONIA WORKING ON DETAILED PLANS FOR CITIES WITH PROTECTED AREAS IN THE MACEDONIAN MUNICIPALITIES

In the framework of the component 3 regarding the protection and inventory of architectural heritage, starting from 25th June until 2nd July, the activities will continue through a study visit to Macedonia.
The French delegation from the The National Association of Towns and Regions of Art and History and tows with protected areas will spend several days working on cities and protected areas with The Association of historical and artistic cities of the Republic of Macedonia.

The two partners will prepare detailed plans for cities and protected areas in the municipalities of Veles, Kumanovo, Berovo, Stip and Kratovo. French experts will go on field and observe the conditions for the protection of architectural heritage, where they will define the priorities in this domain. The first detailed plans for protected areas will serve to plan and prepare the protection of architectural heritage at local level.
This stage of the project includes meetings with institutional representatives following the visit and conference held last February in Veles.
This visit is part of the Project for Decentralized Cooperation between Lower Normandy and Macedonia, in the component 3 – Inventory of Cultural Heritage. The project is coordinated by the Association of local democracy agencies (ALDA). For further information please consult the webpage of the Cooperation http://crbn-mk.courriers.info/ or contact Katica Janeva katica.janeva@aldaintranet.org.

In the framework of the component 3 regarding the protection and inventory of architectural heritage, starting from 25th June until 2nd July, the activities will continue through a study visit to Macedonia.
The French delegation from the The National Association of Towns and Regions of Art and History and tows with protected areas will spend several days working on cities and protected areas with The Association of historical and artistic cities of the Republic of Macedonia.

The two partners will prepare detailed plans for cities and protected areas in the municipalities of Veles, Kumanovo, Berovo, Stip and Kratovo. French experts will go on field and observe the conditions for the protection of architectural heritage, where they will define the priorities in this domain. The first detailed plans for protected areas will serve to plan and prepare the protection of architectural heritage at local level.
This stage of the project includes meetings with institutional representatives following the visit and conference held last February in Veles.
This visit is part of the Project for Decentralized Cooperation between Lower Normandy and Macedonia, in the component 3 – Inventory of Cultural Heritage. The project is coordinated by the Association of local democracy agencies (ALDA). For further information please consult the webpage of the Cooperation http://crbn-mk.courriers.info/ or contact Katica Janeva katica.janeva@aldaintranet.org.


PHOTO EXHIBITION "STRONG WORDS", TO PROMOTE EUROPEAN VALUES. May-June 2011

LDACSS, Center for Civil Resources Development and Media Research Centre Nis in cooperation with the Office for European Affairs of the City of Nis and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) began with preparation of the exhibition entitled “Strong Words” in May 2011.
The exhibition “STRONG WORDS” will be held from 27 June to 1 July 2011. in the European corner and will consist of the selected photos from the call for photographers invited to record examples of the hate speech on the walls of our city.

Photographs will form a whole that will be followed by texts which will point out the ideological sources of graffiti that insult the human rights and human dignity. We want to emphasize the importance of promoting human rights and tolerance but also to draw attention to the terrible consequences that can result by the tolerating of hate speech.
We believe that the results of those kinds of activities can make a significant contribution to guiding the citizens of Serbia to respect human rights as one of three key values underpinning the European Union.

LDACSS, Center for Civil Resources Development and Media Research Centre Nis in cooperation with the Office for European Affairs of the City of Nis and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) began with preparation of the exhibition entitled “Strong Words” in May 2011.
The exhibition “STRONG WORDS” will be held from 27 June to 1 July 2011. in the European corner and will consist of the selected photos from the call for photographers invited to record examples of the hate speech on the walls of our city.

Photographs will form a whole that will be followed by texts which will point out the ideological sources of graffiti that insult the human rights and human dignity. We want to emphasize the importance of promoting human rights and tolerance but also to draw attention to the terrible consequences that can result by the tolerating of hate speech.
We believe that the results of those kinds of activities can make a significant contribution to guiding the citizens of Serbia to respect human rights as one of three key values underpinning the European Union.


FRANCE-BALKANS: NEW PROJECTS ON YOUTH IN THE BALKANS IN PERSPECTIVE

On 17 June, the programme France-Balkans held their workshop on Youth aimed at further discussing the project submitted to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Regional Council of Auvergne.
ALDA was represented by Director Antonella Valmorbida and the project manager in charge of the programme France-Balkans, Biljana Zasova.

The main idea of the project is to organise an itinerary seminar for 40 young journalistes, amateurs or students, disadvantaged youth working in local radios and TV channels coming from all the French and Balkanic partners in the programme. The objective is to reproduce the itineraries of famous journalist, Albert Londres, who investigated about Balkanic politics and social affairs in early 20th century. The youngsters will have the opportunity to realise a web documentary or open a webradio after their trip around the region.  A Youth in Action project will be submitted in support to the present action within France-Balkans.
The Vichy Auvergne county (http://www.paysvichyauvergne.com/1_Accueil.html), a future member of ALDA, will be responsible for the main management and fundraising. ALDA and Courrier des Balkans will implement the project.

On 17 June, the programme France-Balkans held their workshop on Youth aimed at further discussing the project submitted to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Regional Council of Auvergne.
ALDA was represented by Director Antonella Valmorbida and the project manager in charge of the programme France-Balkans, Biljana Zasova.

The main idea of the project is to organise an itinerary seminar for 40 young journalistes, amateurs or students, disadvantaged youth working in local radios and TV channels coming from all the French and Balkanic partners in the programme. The objective is to reproduce the itineraries of famous journalist, Albert Londres, who investigated about Balkanic politics and social affairs in early 20th century. The youngsters will have the opportunity to realise a web documentary or open a webradio after their trip around the region.  A Youth in Action project will be submitted in support to the present action within France-Balkans.
The Vichy Auvergne county (http://www.paysvichyauvergne.com/1_Accueil.html), a future member of ALDA, will be responsible for the main management and fundraising. ALDA and Courrier des Balkans will implement the project.


AGRICULTURE DEVELOPMENT THROUGH STUDY VISITS IN MACEDONIA AND KOSOVO

The exchange of experience through working visits continues this June and August between FFRM and AFDI.
In the framework of their cooperation, the Macedonian delegation is visiting the organization IADK (Initiative for agricultural development of Kosovo) in Kosovo on 10, 11 and 12 June. This study visit and experience sharing will contribute to reinforcing the cooperation between FFRM and IADK, since IADK is AFDI’s Kosovo partner. The neighboring organizations will work on creating new policies and practices in order to improve the agriculture in both countries.

 

The French delegation will visit Macedonia at the end of the summer and will re-visit existing pilot groups in Tetovo, Gostivar, Resen and Berovo, as well as the south-west part of Macedonia. The team will visit the dairy producers, but also other farmers and cooperatives in Macedonia.
This event is part of the Decentralized cooperation programme between the Region Lower Normandy and republic of Macedonia, coordinated by ALDA.
For further information please contact Katica Janeva katica.janeva@aldaintranet.org or visit the webpage of the Cooperation http://crbn-mk.courriers.info/.

The exchange of experience through working visits continues this June and August between FFRM and AFDI.
In the framework of their cooperation, the Macedonian delegation is visiting the organization IADK (Initiative for agricultural development of Kosovo) in Kosovo on 10, 11 and 12 June. This study visit and experience sharing will contribute to reinforcing the cooperation between FFRM and IADK, since IADK is AFDI’s Kosovo partner. The neighboring organizations will work on creating new policies and practices in order to improve the agriculture in both countries.

 

The French delegation will visit Macedonia at the end of the summer and will re-visit existing pilot groups in Tetovo, Gostivar, Resen and Berovo, as well as the south-west part of Macedonia. The team will visit the dairy producers, but also other farmers and cooperatives in Macedonia.
This event is part of the Decentralized cooperation programme between the Region Lower Normandy and republic of Macedonia, coordinated by ALDA.
For further information please contact Katica Janeva katica.janeva@aldaintranet.org or visit the webpage of the Cooperation http://crbn-mk.courriers.info/.


TERRITORIES NETWORKING FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT INTERNATIONAL FORUM. Foligno (IT), 15-17 June 2011

ALDA is attending in Foligno (Italy) the “International Forum on Aid Effectiveness at the Local Level TERRITORIES NETWORKING FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT Innovative Tools and Practices for Decentralised Cooperation” (from 15th to 17th June 2011). The forum is organised by the Fund of Local Entities for Descentralised Cooperation and Sustainable Human Development (FELCOS Umbria) and the United Nations Development Programme’s ART Initiative (UNDP), and it is sponsored by the Umbria Region.

 

Development Cooperation is going through a crucial phase of transformation, with new perspectives and challenges ahead. Among these are the need to combine the implementation of innovative practices and principles related to the management and effectiveness of official development assistance (in the direction defined in the road map from Paris to Busan), even despite the constraints imposed by the global economic crisis. Mindful of the increasing interdependence and complementarity between the local and global realms, one of the new elements in this scenario is the continued and dynamic growth of the role played by the territories as protagonists of local development processes. In the last decade, the decentralised cooperation has gradually increased its role and it is steadily acquiring the profile of “territorial cooperation”, which from the political and institutional role played by local governments, it involves different territorial actors as active and leading players in the context of the territorial approach to development.

The main objective of the Forum is to provide an opportunity to analyze, discuss and debate on the situation and prospects for Territorial Cooperation and its articulation with the regions, national governments, the European Union and international agencies.

ALDA will play an active role in this event presenting the innovative experience of the LDAs and their methodology of multilateral decentralized cooperation. Mr. Alfonso Aliberti, Project Manager of ALDA in charge of the development of the LDAs partnership, will present ALDA’s experiences in this renard.

For more information download the programme of the event (ici
or visit
http://www.forumterritoriinrete.org/presentation-118-2.html

ALDA is attending in Foligno (Italy) the “International Forum on Aid Effectiveness at the Local Level TERRITORIES NETWORKING FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT Innovative Tools and Practices for Decentralised Cooperation” (from 15th to 17th June 2011). The forum is organised by the Fund of Local Entities for Descentralised Cooperation and Sustainable Human Development (FELCOS Umbria) and the United Nations Development Programme’s ART Initiative (UNDP), and it is sponsored by the Umbria Region.

 

Development Cooperation is going through a crucial phase of transformation, with new perspectives and challenges ahead. Among these are the need to combine the implementation of innovative practices and principles related to the management and effectiveness of official development assistance (in the direction defined in the road map from Paris to Busan), even despite the constraints imposed by the global economic crisis. Mindful of the increasing interdependence and complementarity between the local and global realms, one of the new elements in this scenario is the continued and dynamic growth of the role played by the territories as protagonists of local development processes. In the last decade, the decentralised cooperation has gradually increased its role and it is steadily acquiring the profile of “territorial cooperation”, which from the political and institutional role played by local governments, it involves different territorial actors as active and leading players in the context of the territorial approach to development.

The main objective of the Forum is to provide an opportunity to analyze, discuss and debate on the situation and prospects for Territorial Cooperation and its articulation with the regions, national governments, the European Union and international agencies.

ALDA will play an active role in this event presenting the innovative experience of the LDAs and their methodology of multilateral decentralized cooperation. Mr. Alfonso Aliberti, Project Manager of ALDA in charge of the development of the LDAs partnership, will present ALDA’s experiences in this renard.

For more information download the programme of the event (ici
or visit
http://www.forumterritoriinrete.org/presentation-118-2.html


First International meeting of Citizens' Panel of Goal project

In the project GOAL : Granting Opportunities for Active Learning, groups of citizens from six European countries discuss the issue of migration in Europe from the point of view of those directly concerned: migrants. The first international meeting of these “citizens’ panels” will take place this weekend in Kastoria (Greece), in a region particularly concerned by migrational flows, on June 17 – 18- 19, 2011. The representatives of the panels will discuss the interim results of the debates in their groups and current European migration issues. The meeting will be concluded by the drafting of recommendations.

Immigration and immigrants’ participation represent vivid issues at the EU level and particularly affect citizen’s daily life in the addressed countries (Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Macedonia, Romania). The project GOAL (Granting Opportunities for Active Learning) aims at promoting citizens participation and addressing migration as an “opportunity”. Participants will debate in groups of citizens meeting regularly (panels). They can debate, collect individual and collective opinions, formulate their views and draft them in the form of recommendations for policy makers at the European level in the field of migration. These panels will be implemented on local level. In a mid-term and a final international meeting, the panels compare and deepen their discussions. The recommendations elaborated by the participants will be given to policy makers and published.

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

The results of the discussion will soon be available on the website of ALDA.

In the project GOAL : Granting Opportunities for Active Learning, groups of citizens from six European countries discuss the issue of migration in Europe from the point of view of those directly concerned: migrants. The first international meeting of these “citizens’ panels” will take place this weekend in Kastoria (Greece), in a region particularly concerned by migrational flows, on June 17 – 18- 19, 2011. The representatives of the panels will discuss the interim results of the debates in their groups and current European migration issues. The meeting will be concluded by the drafting of recommendations.

Immigration and immigrants’ participation represent vivid issues at the EU level and particularly affect citizen’s daily life in the addressed countries (Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Macedonia, Romania). The project GOAL (Granting Opportunities for Active Learning) aims at promoting citizens participation and addressing migration as an “opportunity”. Participants will debate in groups of citizens meeting regularly (panels). They can debate, collect individual and collective opinions, formulate their views and draft them in the form of recommendations for policy makers at the European level in the field of migration. These panels will be implemented on local level. In a mid-term and a final international meeting, the panels compare and deepen their discussions. The recommendations elaborated by the participants will be given to policy makers and published.

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

The results of the discussion will soon be available on the website of ALDA.