EU COMMISSION PROPOSES TO STRENGTHEN THE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE EUROPEAN NEIGBOURHOOD

On May 26 the European Commission published its communication “A new response to a changing Neighbourhood”. The communication comes partly as a follow up to the crucial changes in Europe’s Southern Neighbourhood. The Commission proposes a new approach to strengthen the partnership between the EU and the countries and societies of the Neighbourhood: to build and consolidate healthy democracies, pursue sustainable economic growth and manage cross-border links – an approach that aims to ensure that EU’s support will promote deep democracy in the Neighbourhood.

 

The new approach proposes a higher level of differentiation, which will allow each partner country to develop its links with the EU as far as its own aspirations, needs and capacities allow. This change in approach will also mean that countries that are moving forward with democratic reform will be rewarded by more support and more integration – using the “more for more” concept. With the approach the EU does not seek to impose a model or a ready-made recipe for political reform, but it will insist that each partner country’s reform process reflect a clear commitment to universal values that form the basis of our renewed approach.

Specifically the Commission’s communication proposes to:

–   establish partnerships in each neighbouring country and make EU support more accessible to civil society organisations through a dedicated Civil Society Facility

–   support the establishment of a European Endowment for Democracy to help political parties, non-registered NGOs and trade unions and other social partners

–   promote media freedom by supporting civil society organisations’ (CSOs’) unhindered access to the internet and the use of electronic communications technologies reinforce human rights dialogues

The European Parliament and Council will discuss this communication and their response to it in the following months and ALDA will follow this discussion and hopes this new proposal and discussion will lead to positive changes and more support from EU to ALDA’s work in the Neighbourhood.

The full communication can be found (ici – and a resume is available (ici.

The individual Neighbourhood country progress reports, which were also published on May 25, are available (ici.

On May 26 the European Commission published its communication “A new response to a changing Neighbourhood”. The communication comes partly as a follow up to the crucial changes in Europe’s Southern Neighbourhood. The Commission proposes a new approach to strengthen the partnership between the EU and the countries and societies of the Neighbourhood: to build and consolidate healthy democracies, pursue sustainable economic growth and manage cross-border links – an approach that aims to ensure that EU’s support will promote deep democracy in the Neighbourhood.

 

The new approach proposes a higher level of differentiation, which will allow each partner country to develop its links with the EU as far as its own aspirations, needs and capacities allow. This change in approach will also mean that countries that are moving forward with democratic reform will be rewarded by more support and more integration – using the “more for more” concept. With the approach the EU does not seek to impose a model or a ready-made recipe for political reform, but it will insist that each partner country’s reform process reflect a clear commitment to universal values that form the basis of our renewed approach.

Specifically the Commission’s communication proposes to:

–   establish partnerships in each neighbouring country and make EU support more accessible to civil society organisations through a dedicated Civil Society Facility

–   support the establishment of a European Endowment for Democracy to help political parties, non-registered NGOs and trade unions and other social partners

–   promote media freedom by supporting civil society organisations’ (CSOs’) unhindered access to the internet and the use of electronic communications technologies reinforce human rights dialogues

The European Parliament and Council will discuss this communication and their response to it in the following months and ALDA will follow this discussion and hopes this new proposal and discussion will lead to positive changes and more support from EU to ALDA’s work in the Neighbourhood.

The full communication can be found (ici – and a resume is available (ici.

The individual Neighbourhood country progress reports, which were also published on May 25, are available (ici.


EVS PROJECT“SHARE YOURSELF”. COOPERATION BETWEENLDA CSS AND A PORTUGUESE NGO. June – July 2011

LDA Central and Southern Serbia, in cooperation with NGO AssociaçãoMaisCidadania from Portugalstarted the new European voluntary service project “Share yourself” in order to promote volunteering experiences with following aims: to promote solidarity and tolerance, to increase social cohesion among European youngsters, to promote active citizenship and contacts between youngsters of different countries and to offer opportunities of non-formal education to 15 youngsters with low opportunities.

Beneficiaries are youngsters with low opportunities coming from different social neighborhoods (suburbs) located in Loures, the north-west city just out of Lisbon.
LDA will host two volunteers, Maria FlorBrandão Vieira and Daniel InácioMourão, for two months to work on citizenship, promotion of participation of youngsters and breaking of social barriers through the promotion of the cultural diversities.

LDA Central and Southern Serbia, in cooperation with NGO AssociaçãoMaisCidadania from Portugalstarted the new European voluntary service project “Share yourself” in order to promote volunteering experiences with following aims: to promote solidarity and tolerance, to increase social cohesion among European youngsters, to promote active citizenship and contacts between youngsters of different countries and to offer opportunities of non-formal education to 15 youngsters with low opportunities.

Beneficiaries are youngsters with low opportunities coming from different social neighborhoods (suburbs) located in Loures, the north-west city just out of Lisbon.
LDA will host two volunteers, Maria FlorBrandão Vieira and Daniel InácioMourão, for two months to work on citizenship, promotion of participation of youngsters and breaking of social barriers through the promotion of the cultural diversities.


LAR II project: meeting in Brindisi, between Turkish institutional representatives and local entrepreneurs.

Within the project “Support to Further Implementation of Local Administration Reform in
Turkey Project (LAR Phase II)”, ALDA’s Cooperation Office of Brindisi involved Brindisi
Municipality as member of a partnership among European towns.

In the same framework, on 15 and 16 June 2011, Brindisi Municipality will host a delegation
of Turkish Municipalities to implement an exchange of best relationships / business practices
and to open the way to possible commercial and industrial relations with the Turkish territory.
ALDA and Brindisi Municipality are operating partners of the project LAR Phase II “Support
to Further Implementation of Local Administration Reform in Turkey” (http://www.lar.org.tr/),
which is sponsored by UNDP-Turkey. It has the general aim of ensuring an effective,
transparent, inclusive and participatory role of Local Government in Turkey (within the
strategic decisions brought forward by the European Union, and specifically through a full
implementation of the new legislation adopted in Turkey during 2003 – 2005).
IT (http://www.alda-europe.eu/public/doc/324-08_06_2011_news_1_brindisi_tuchia_it.pdf)
On June 15-2011 at Palazzo Guerrieri, starting at 09.00 after the Mayor Domenico Mennitti’s
greetings to the delegation of Turkish Municipalities, a number of thematic meetings that will
address the following topics will be performed:
1. Local economic development: concerning ports and management of the shipyards,
fisheries, promotion of trade, urban regeneration and employment, environmental protection,
economic transformation of towns across their transition phase from agriculture to third
sector.
2. Culture and Tourism: promotion of tourism, festivals’ organization, renovation of historical
and cultural sites, youth activities;
3. Social projects: women’s employment, child care, citizen’s participation, cultural and
educational initiatives;
4. Municipal Capacity Building: e-municipality, exchange of visits between municipal staffs,
organization of training programs (for fire brigades, for environmental services and waste
collection, for sewage, for urban planning, for public transports, for municipal police, for local
planners, for GIS’s technologies);
5. EU funds and Project Management;
6. Practices of urban regeneration.

On June 15-2011 at Chamber of Commerce of Brindisi, starting at 15.00, a meeting with
local entrepreneurs will be organized. Sponsored by ALDA and the local International
Cooperation Department, this meeting aims to show Brindisi’s production/business sectors
and excellences to the Turkish operators. The companies will be allowed to show their
products and/or productions.
Participation in the workshop is free of charge and open to all entrepreneurs from Brindisi
district.
June 16-2011 will begin at 9:00 and will be entirely dedicated to visiting some
important/strategic public offices such as the Port Authority, the police headquarters and the
Fire Department’s barracks.
For more information contact ALDA International Cooperation Department (via Guerrieri 7 –
brindisi@aldaintranet.org Tel: 0831/229423 – Fax: 0831/229222) or visit Brindisi
Municipality’s website (http://www.comune.brindisi.it/web/comunicati-stampa/165-

comunicati-stampa/308-progetto-lar-ii-il-15- and-the-16th-June-at-the-town-of-a-toast-
delegation-of-representatives-of-institutional-turkey-will meet-the-business-locali.html

(http://www.comune.brindisi.it/web/comunicati-stampa/165-comunicati-stampa/308-progetto-
lar-ii-il-15-%20and-the-16th-June-at-the-town-of-a-toast-delegation-of-representatives-of-
institutional-turkey-will%20meet-the-business-locali.html)), or visit the websites of the

participating Turkish municipalities: KARADENIZ EREGLI http://www.kdzeregli.bel.tr
(http://www.kdzeregli.bel.tr/) and ZONGULDAK http://www.zonguldak.com
(http://www.zonguldak.com/).
All citizens are invited to attend.

(mailto:?subject=ALDA)

Within the project “Support to Further Implementation of Local Administration Reform in
Turkey Project (LAR Phase II)”, ALDA’s Cooperation Office of Brindisi involved Brindisi
Municipality as member of a partnership among European towns.

In the same framework, on 15 and 16 June 2011, Brindisi Municipality will host a delegation
of Turkish Municipalities to implement an exchange of best relationships / business practices
and to open the way to possible commercial and industrial relations with the Turkish territory.
ALDA and Brindisi Municipality are operating partners of the project LAR Phase II “Support
to Further Implementation of Local Administration Reform in Turkey” (http://www.lar.org.tr/),
which is sponsored by UNDP-Turkey. It has the general aim of ensuring an effective,
transparent, inclusive and participatory role of Local Government in Turkey (within the
strategic decisions brought forward by the European Union, and specifically through a full
implementation of the new legislation adopted in Turkey during 2003 – 2005).
IT (http://www.alda-europe.eu/public/doc/324-08_06_2011_news_1_brindisi_tuchia_it.pdf)
On June 15-2011 at Palazzo Guerrieri, starting at 09.00 after the Mayor Domenico Mennitti’s
greetings to the delegation of Turkish Municipalities, a number of thematic meetings that will
address the following topics will be performed:
1. Local economic development: concerning ports and management of the shipyards,
fisheries, promotion of trade, urban regeneration and employment, environmental protection,
economic transformation of towns across their transition phase from agriculture to third
sector.
2. Culture and Tourism: promotion of tourism, festivals’ organization, renovation of historical
and cultural sites, youth activities;
3. Social projects: women’s employment, child care, citizen’s participation, cultural and
educational initiatives;
4. Municipal Capacity Building: e-municipality, exchange of visits between municipal staffs,
organization of training programs (for fire brigades, for environmental services and waste
collection, for sewage, for urban planning, for public transports, for municipal police, for local
planners, for GIS’s technologies);
5. EU funds and Project Management;
6. Practices of urban regeneration.

On June 15-2011 at Chamber of Commerce of Brindisi, starting at 15.00, a meeting with
local entrepreneurs will be organized. Sponsored by ALDA and the local International
Cooperation Department, this meeting aims to show Brindisi’s production/business sectors
and excellences to the Turkish operators. The companies will be allowed to show their
products and/or productions.
Participation in the workshop is free of charge and open to all entrepreneurs from Brindisi
district.
June 16-2011 will begin at 9:00 and will be entirely dedicated to visiting some
important/strategic public offices such as the Port Authority, the police headquarters and the
Fire Department’s barracks.
For more information contact ALDA International Cooperation Department (via Guerrieri 7 –
brindisi@aldaintranet.org Tel: 0831/229423 – Fax: 0831/229222) or visit Brindisi
Municipality’s website (http://www.comune.brindisi.it/web/comunicati-stampa/165-

comunicati-stampa/308-progetto-lar-ii-il-15- and-the-16th-June-at-the-town-of-a-toast-
delegation-of-representatives-of-institutional-turkey-will meet-the-business-locali.html

(http://www.comune.brindisi.it/web/comunicati-stampa/165-comunicati-stampa/308-progetto-
lar-ii-il-15-%20and-the-16th-June-at-the-town-of-a-toast-delegation-of-representatives-of-
institutional-turkey-will%20meet-the-business-locali.html)), or visit the websites of the

participating Turkish municipalities: KARADENIZ EREGLI http://www.kdzeregli.bel.tr
(http://www.kdzeregli.bel.tr/) and ZONGULDAK http://www.zonguldak.com
(http://www.zonguldak.com/).
All citizens are invited to attend.

(mailto:?subject=ALDA)


ECONOMY AND MANAGEMENT FOR NGO. A DIPLOMA CEREMONY CLOSED THE PROJECT

Closing conference and  Diploma Ceremony  marked  the end of year and a half long project Economy & Management for NGOs in Serbia, funded by SLOVAKIAD and realised in partnership with Education Center for Non-Profit Organization – CVNO, BanskaBystrica, Slovakia, the Faculty of Economy ”MatejBel” in BanskaBystrica and the Faculty of Economy in Nis.

The project aimed at raising the capacities of Serbian NGOs to deal with their own management and financial resources. Representatives of 10 NGOs from the southern part of Serbia took part in 6 on line courses led by the professors from the Faculty of Economy Nis: Management of NGO, Marketing of NGO, Global economy, Human resources, Finances of NGO and New trends in NGO. These on-line courses will now serve as a module for possible future accredited master’s programmes on one of the universities in Serbia.
We are also pleased to say that, through this project, LDA initiated cooperation between faculties of economy in BanskaBystrica and Nis.

Closing conference and  Diploma Ceremony  marked  the end of year and a half long project Economy & Management for NGOs in Serbia, funded by SLOVAKIAD and realised in partnership with Education Center for Non-Profit Organization – CVNO, BanskaBystrica, Slovakia, the Faculty of Economy ”MatejBel” in BanskaBystrica and the Faculty of Economy in Nis.

The project aimed at raising the capacities of Serbian NGOs to deal with their own management and financial resources. Representatives of 10 NGOs from the southern part of Serbia took part in 6 on line courses led by the professors from the Faculty of Economy Nis: Management of NGO, Marketing of NGO, Global economy, Human resources, Finances of NGO and New trends in NGO. These on-line courses will now serve as a module for possible future accredited master’s programmes on one of the universities in Serbia.
We are also pleased to say that, through this project, LDA initiated cooperation between faculties of economy in BanskaBystrica and Nis.


LAR II PROJECT: MEETING IN BRINDISI, BETWEEN TURKISH INSTITUTIONAL REPRESENTATIVES AND LOCAL ENTREPRENEURS. 15th – 16th of JUNE

Within the project “Support to Further Implementation of Local Administration Reform in Turkey Project (LAR Phase II)”, ALDA’s Cooperation Office of Brindisi involved Brindisi Municipality as member of a partnership among European towns.

 

In the same framework, on 15 and 16 June 2011, Brindisi Municipality will host a delegation of Turkish Municipalities to implement an exchange of best relationships / business practices and to open the way to possible commercial and industrial relations with the Turkish territory.

ALDA and Brindisi Municipality are operating partners of the project LAR Phase II “Support to Further Implementation of Local Administration Reform in Turkey” (http://www.lar.org.tr/), which is sponsored by UNDP-Turkey. It has the general aim of ensuring an effective, transparent, inclusive and participatory role of Local Government in Turkey (within the strategic decisions brought forward by the European Union, and specifically through a full implementation of the new legislation adopted in Turkey during 2003 – 2005).

 

 

IT

On June 15-2011 at Palazzo Guerrieri, starting at 09.00 after the Mayor Domenico Mennitti’s greetings to the delegation of Turkish Municipalities, a number of thematic meetings that will address the following topics will be performed:

1. Local economic development: concerning ports and management of the shipyards, fisheries, promotion of trade, urban regeneration and employment, environmental protection, economic transformation of towns across their transition phase from agriculture to third sector.

2. Culture and Tourism: promotion of tourism, festivals’ organization, renovation of historical and cultural sites, youth activities;

3. Social projects: women’s employment, child care, citizen’s participation, cultural and educational initiatives;

4. Municipal Capacity Building: e-municipality, exchange of visits between municipal staffs, organization of training programs (for fire brigades, for environmental services and waste collection, for sewage, for urban planning, for public transports, for municipal police, for local planners, for GIS’s technologies);

5. EU funds and Project Management;

6. Practices of urban regeneration.

On June 15-2011 at Chamber of Commerce of Brindisi, starting at 15.00, a meeting with local entrepreneurs will be organized. Sponsored by ALDA and the local International Cooperation Department, this meeting aims to show Brindisi’s production/business sectors and excellences to the Turkish operators. The companies will be allowed to show their products and/or productions.

Participation in the workshop is free of charge and open to all entrepreneurs from Brindisi district.

June 16-2011 will begin at 9:00 and will be entirely dedicated to visiting some important/strategic public offices such as the Port Authority, the police headquarters and the Fire Department’s barracks.

For more information contact ALDA International Cooperation Department (via Guerrieri 7 – brindisi@aldaintranet.org Tel: 0831/229423 – Fax: 0831/229222) or visit Brindisi Municipality’s website, or visit the websites of the participating Turkish municipalities: KARADENIZ EREGLI http://www.kdzeregli.bel.tr and ZONGULDAK http://www.zonguldak.com.

All citizens are invited to attend.

Within the project “Support to Further Implementation of Local Administration Reform in Turkey Project (LAR Phase II)”, ALDA’s Cooperation Office of Brindisi involved Brindisi Municipality as member of a partnership among European towns.

 

In the same framework, on 15 and 16 June 2011, Brindisi Municipality will host a delegation of Turkish Municipalities to implement an exchange of best relationships / business practices and to open the way to possible commercial and industrial relations with the Turkish territory.

ALDA and Brindisi Municipality are operating partners of the project LAR Phase II “Support to Further Implementation of Local Administration Reform in Turkey” (http://www.lar.org.tr/), which is sponsored by UNDP-Turkey. It has the general aim of ensuring an effective, transparent, inclusive and participatory role of Local Government in Turkey (within the strategic decisions brought forward by the European Union, and specifically through a full implementation of the new legislation adopted in Turkey during 2003 – 2005).

 

 

IT

On June 15-2011 at Palazzo Guerrieri, starting at 09.00 after the Mayor Domenico Mennitti’s greetings to the delegation of Turkish Municipalities, a number of thematic meetings that will address the following topics will be performed:

1. Local economic development: concerning ports and management of the shipyards, fisheries, promotion of trade, urban regeneration and employment, environmental protection, economic transformation of towns across their transition phase from agriculture to third sector.

2. Culture and Tourism: promotion of tourism, festivals’ organization, renovation of historical and cultural sites, youth activities;

3. Social projects: women’s employment, child care, citizen’s participation, cultural and educational initiatives;

4. Municipal Capacity Building: e-municipality, exchange of visits between municipal staffs, organization of training programs (for fire brigades, for environmental services and waste collection, for sewage, for urban planning, for public transports, for municipal police, for local planners, for GIS’s technologies);

5. EU funds and Project Management;

6. Practices of urban regeneration.

On June 15-2011 at Chamber of Commerce of Brindisi, starting at 15.00, a meeting with local entrepreneurs will be organized. Sponsored by ALDA and the local International Cooperation Department, this meeting aims to show Brindisi’s production/business sectors and excellences to the Turkish operators. The companies will be allowed to show their products and/or productions.

Participation in the workshop is free of charge and open to all entrepreneurs from Brindisi district.

June 16-2011 will begin at 9:00 and will be entirely dedicated to visiting some important/strategic public offices such as the Port Authority, the police headquarters and the Fire Department’s barracks.

For more information contact ALDA International Cooperation Department (via Guerrieri 7 – brindisi@aldaintranet.org Tel: 0831/229423 – Fax: 0831/229222) or visit Brindisi Municipality’s website, or visit the websites of the participating Turkish municipalities: KARADENIZ EREGLI http://www.kdzeregli.bel.tr and ZONGULDAK http://www.zonguldak.com.

All citizens are invited to attend.


A VIEW INTO DENMARK: DISPLAY OF DANISH MOVIES

LDACSS and the City of Aarhus Office in Nis, in cooperation with the Office for European Affairs of the City of Nis and with the support from the Royal Danish Embassy in Belgrade, are organizing a special film program with the purpose of giving the Nis audience a better sense of Danish society, culture and mentality in general.

Having young people in Nis as main target audience, the movies are selected accordingly. The whole program will portray the living conditions of young people in Denmark and the problems experienced by Danish youths in the course of their daily life.
The movies are a mixture of documentaries, dramas and comedies and will be showed once a week during June.

LDACSS and the City of Aarhus Office in Nis, in cooperation with the Office for European Affairs of the City of Nis and with the support from the Royal Danish Embassy in Belgrade, are organizing a special film program with the purpose of giving the Nis audience a better sense of Danish society, culture and mentality in general.

Having young people in Nis as main target audience, the movies are selected accordingly. The whole program will portray the living conditions of young people in Denmark and the problems experienced by Danish youths in the course of their daily life.
The movies are a mixture of documentaries, dramas and comedies and will be showed once a week during June.


A view into Denmark: display of Danish movies

LDACSS and the City of Aarhus Office in Nis, in cooperation with the Office for European
Affairs of the City of Nis and with the support from the Royal Danish Embassy in Belgrade,
are organizing a special film program with the purpose of giving the Nis audience a better
sense of Danish society, culture and mentality in general.
Having young people in Nis as main target audience, the movies are selected accordingly.
The whole program will portray the living conditions of young people in Denmark and the
problems experienced by Danish youths in the course of their daily life.
The movies are a mixture of documentaries, dramas and comedies and will be showed once
a week during June.

LDACSS and the City of Aarhus Office in Nis, in cooperation with the Office for European
Affairs of the City of Nis and with the support from the Royal Danish Embassy in Belgrade,
are organizing a special film program with the purpose of giving the Nis audience a better
sense of Danish society, culture and mentality in general.
Having young people in Nis as main target audience, the movies are selected accordingly.
The whole program will portray the living conditions of young people in Denmark and the
problems experienced by Danish youths in the course of their daily life.
The movies are a mixture of documentaries, dramas and comedies and will be showed once
a week during June.


ALDA'S international conference “Volunteering for Democracy” and General Assembly in Bydgoszcz, Poland

The General Assembly 2011 of ALDA will take place in Bydgoszcz (Poland) on the 9th of
July 2011.
“This meeting is essential to the life of our organisation and to discuss our future plans”
stated Mrs Antonella Valmorbida, Director of ALDA.
During the Assembly will be revise and discuss the vision of ALDA’s Members on the role
and objectives of the Association for the year 2020, in the future European perspective.
“We are very happy stated Mr Per Vinther, ALDA President- to accept the invitation of the
City of Bydgoszcz, active member of the Association and in the Governing Board, to host the
event. It gives us a special motivation since we are also matching the event with the launch
of the Polish Presidency of the European Union”.
The general assembly will be preceded, the 8th of July, by an international conference on
“Volunteering for Democracy” to be attended by about 150 representatives from civil society
groups and local governments from all over Europe.

Members of ALDA and other experts and activists will identify the best practices and the
methodologies to increase the democratic standards of our communities, also through the
active involvement of volunteers. The issue is included in the Annual Priority of the
European Union and of the Programme Europe for Citizens, thanks to which the Association

of the Local Democracy is organising the event. The event will include formal and non-formal
participation, with the possibility to express a plan for the future engagement of civil society
in Europe in the field of voluntarism. Several projects will be presented as best practices and
analysed as possible facilitators of democratic and participative processes. The polish civil
society will be closely associated to the event.

The General Assembly 2011 of ALDA will take place in Bydgoszcz (Poland) on the 9th of
July 2011.
“This meeting is essential to the life of our organisation and to discuss our future plans”
stated Mrs Antonella Valmorbida, Director of ALDA.
During the Assembly will be revise and discuss the vision of ALDA’s Members on the role
and objectives of the Association for the year 2020, in the future European perspective.
“We are very happy stated Mr Per Vinther, ALDA President- to accept the invitation of the
City of Bydgoszcz, active member of the Association and in the Governing Board, to host the
event. It gives us a special motivation since we are also matching the event with the launch
of the Polish Presidency of the European Union”.
The general assembly will be preceded, the 8th of July, by an international conference on
“Volunteering for Democracy” to be attended by about 150 representatives from civil society
groups and local governments from all over Europe.

Members of ALDA and other experts and activists will identify the best practices and the
methodologies to increase the democratic standards of our communities, also through the
active involvement of volunteers. The issue is included in the Annual Priority of the
European Union and of the Programme Europe for Citizens, thanks to which the Association

of the Local Democracy is organising the event. The event will include formal and non-formal
participation, with the possibility to express a plan for the future engagement of civil society
in Europe in the field of voluntarism. Several projects will be presented as best practices and
analysed as possible facilitators of democratic and participative processes. The polish civil
society will be closely associated to the event.