ALDA IS SEARCHING FOR 3 VOLUNTEERS (FRENCH OR RESIDENTS IN FRANCE)

The Association of Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA) is preparing a proposal for the “Youth in Action. Action 2 – European Voluntary Service” whose deadline is the 1st of September. The proposal (entitled “VOICE”) consists of group exchanges of volunteers between several European Structures and South Eastern Europe organizations.
ALDA holds an accreditation as Coordinating and Sending organization inside the European Voluntary service (EVS). It will coordinate “VOICE” and send volunteers towards three of the project’s partners.

ALDA’s staff would like to select 3 volunteers that will be sent as EVS:
– one in Bosnia and Herzegovina (city of Mostar) for a period of 9 months
– one in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (city of Prilep) for a period of 9 months
– one in Bosnia and Herzegovina (city of Kljuc) for a period of 6 months
The starting period of the exchange should be May 2012.
Eligibility of candidates:
– French citizens or legal residents in France
– Aged between 18 and 30
– Interested in abroad experiences and cultural exchanges
– Motivated to be inserted in multi-cultural, multi-linguistic environments
– Intersected in European Cooperation, Local Development, Balkan culture and languages, History, Political Sciences or International Relations
– Dynamic and well-organized; Capable of working in group as well as individually
– Responsible and enthusiastic about comprehending less-developed European countries
– World-oriented; tolerant towards other cultures, religions and social groups than those of its origin
– Good level of English; Bosnian or Macedonian are an extra-point but not compulsory

If you are interested in this experience, contact as soon as possible (to the e-mail: elia.meurisse@aldaintranet.org) attaching a CV with photo and letter of motivation. The letter should contain any relevant information as qualities, qualifications and interests that will help us comprehend candidates’ profile. It should not exceed 3 pages.
For any other requests of information, you could contact Elia Meurisse at elia.meurisse@aldaintranet.org or +39 0444 540 146

The Association of Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA) is preparing a proposal for the “Youth in Action. Action 2 – European Voluntary Service” whose deadline is the 1st of September. The proposal (entitled “VOICE”) consists of group exchanges of volunteers between several European Structures and South Eastern Europe organizations.
ALDA holds an accreditation as Coordinating and Sending organization inside the European Voluntary service (EVS). It will coordinate “VOICE” and send volunteers towards three of the project’s partners.

ALDA’s staff would like to select 3 volunteers that will be sent as EVS:
– one in Bosnia and Herzegovina (city of Mostar) for a period of 9 months
– one in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (city of Prilep) for a period of 9 months
– one in Bosnia and Herzegovina (city of Kljuc) for a period of 6 months
The starting period of the exchange should be May 2012.
Eligibility of candidates:
– French citizens or legal residents in France
– Aged between 18 and 30
– Interested in abroad experiences and cultural exchanges
– Motivated to be inserted in multi-cultural, multi-linguistic environments
– Intersected in European Cooperation, Local Development, Balkan culture and languages, History, Political Sciences or International Relations
– Dynamic and well-organized; Capable of working in group as well as individually
– Responsible and enthusiastic about comprehending less-developed European countries
– World-oriented; tolerant towards other cultures, religions and social groups than those of its origin
– Good level of English; Bosnian or Macedonian are an extra-point but not compulsory

If you are interested in this experience, contact as soon as possible (to the e-mail: elia.meurisse@aldaintranet.org) attaching a CV with photo and letter of motivation. The letter should contain any relevant information as qualities, qualifications and interests that will help us comprehend candidates’ profile. It should not exceed 3 pages.
For any other requests of information, you could contact Elia Meurisse at elia.meurisse@aldaintranet.org or +39 0444 540 146


INTACT PROJECT: NEW KNOWLEDGE, NEW MOTIVATION

Young participants from Croatia, France, Italy, Malta, the Republic of Macedonia and Romania took part in the summer school “Get involved. Participate for Europe and your Town”. After presentations, workshops and visits to different institutions, they left Strasbourg for their hometowns on Saturday – spreading the message of European cooperation to their communities.
The summer school was part of ALDA’s project INTACT. It familiarized the participants with the concepts of youth involvement and democracy on local and European level. Moreover, it also gave them the opportunity to learn about project management and creating youth participation projects themselves.Participants were actively involved in activities and discussions andit was their contribution that made the event a success.

Activities included presentations given by representatives of the Municipality of Strasbourg, the Council of Europe and the Director of the Association of Local Democracy Agencies. Working groups on European values and democratic principles were organised. The summer school was animportant occasion to deepen these topics and share opinions.Although each participant expressed his or her own ideas, there was a common feeling about the most important values for the whole group. This agreement on basic principles can be considered a first achievement of building European identity.
A simulation of European Parliament work was also organized to make participants more familiar with EU institutions and to put into practice the knowledge gained in the workshop on EU institutions.
To top the programme off, two visits were organized. The first one led the participants to the European Parliament,where the MEP Rainer Wieland received them warmly. They thenand one at the Council of Europe where François Friederich held a lesson about democratic principles and a presentation of the role that the Council has in this field.
The Summer School concluded with a workshop about Project Management.This was a useful opportunity for participants to learn how create their own projects. They also developed ideas about how to improve active citizenship and encourage young people to become more active both locally and at EU level.
The project INTACT is co-funded by the European Commission in the framework of the “Europe for Citizens” programme. ALDA wishes to thank the Municipality of Strasbourg and the CréditMutuel for their generous support.

Young participants from Croatia, France, Italy, Malta, the Republic of Macedonia and Romania took part in the summer school “Get involved. Participate for Europe and your Town”. After presentations, workshops and visits to different institutions, they left Strasbourg for their hometowns on Saturday – spreading the message of European cooperation to their communities.
The summer school was part of ALDA’s project INTACT. It familiarized the participants with the concepts of youth involvement and democracy on local and European level. Moreover, it also gave them the opportunity to learn about project management and creating youth participation projects themselves.Participants were actively involved in activities and discussions andit was their contribution that made the event a success.

Activities included presentations given by representatives of the Municipality of Strasbourg, the Council of Europe and the Director of the Association of Local Democracy Agencies. Working groups on European values and democratic principles were organised. The summer school was animportant occasion to deepen these topics and share opinions.Although each participant expressed his or her own ideas, there was a common feeling about the most important values for the whole group. This agreement on basic principles can be considered a first achievement of building European identity.
A simulation of European Parliament work was also organized to make participants more familiar with EU institutions and to put into practice the knowledge gained in the workshop on EU institutions.
To top the programme off, two visits were organized. The first one led the participants to the European Parliament,where the MEP Rainer Wieland received them warmly. They thenand one at the Council of Europe where François Friederich held a lesson about democratic principles and a presentation of the role that the Council has in this field.
The Summer School concluded with a workshop about Project Management.This was a useful opportunity for participants to learn how create their own projects. They also developed ideas about how to improve active citizenship and encourage young people to become more active both locally and at EU level.
The project INTACT is co-funded by the European Commission in the framework of the “Europe for Citizens” programme. ALDA wishes to thank the Municipality of Strasbourg and the CréditMutuel for their generous support.


INTACT PROJECT SUMMER SCHOOL

“Get involved. Participate for Europe and your Town” is the claim of INTACT Project Summer School that will take place in Strasbourg from Wednesday 20th to Saturday 23rd, 2011. Young participants from five European countries will meet at the Summer School of ALDA’s project INTACT. The Summer School will treat the issues of youth involvement and democracy on local and European level.

This event has a double aim: on the one hand to improve the knowledge and to boost the discussion of the participants about issues like European values and political participation. On the other hand, they will develop ideas and activities to bridge the democratic gap and think about how to encourage young people to become more active both locally and at the EU level.
It will bring together citizens from local communities across Europe in order to promote mutual understanding, learning about other cultures in Europe and the emergence of European identity to complement local and regional ones. The programme includes working groups to deepen these topics and a simulation of the European Parliament to make participants familiar with EU institutions. An added value of the Summer School will be given by the participation of representatives of the Municipality of Strasbourg, the Council of Europe and the director of the Association of Local Democracy Agencies. Moreover, the participants will visit the European Parliament, where MEP Rainer Wieland will welcome them. Participants will thus learn about the main aspects of the Summer School as democratic principles, active citizenship and local democracy.

The Summer School is part of a European project setting up a network of towns on town twinning and active citizenship (INTACT). This project is led by the Association of Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA) and unites partners from seven European countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Italy, Malta, Republic of Macedonia and Romania). One of its aims is to create and strengthen the links between participating towns, particularly involved in citizen participation issues and the promotion of EU values in the process of EU integration.
The Summer School is financially supported by the European Commission in the framework of the “Europe for Citizens” programme, the Municipality of Strasbourg and the Crédit Mutuel.

“Get involved. Participate for Europe and your Town” is the claim of INTACT Project Summer School that will take place in Strasbourg from Wednesday 20th to Saturday 23rd, 2011. Young participants from five European countries will meet at the Summer School of ALDA’s project INTACT. The Summer School will treat the issues of youth involvement and democracy on local and European level.

This event has a double aim: on the one hand to improve the knowledge and to boost the discussion of the participants about issues like European values and political participation. On the other hand, they will develop ideas and activities to bridge the democratic gap and think about how to encourage young people to become more active both locally and at the EU level.
It will bring together citizens from local communities across Europe in order to promote mutual understanding, learning about other cultures in Europe and the emergence of European identity to complement local and regional ones. The programme includes working groups to deepen these topics and a simulation of the European Parliament to make participants familiar with EU institutions. An added value of the Summer School will be given by the participation of representatives of the Municipality of Strasbourg, the Council of Europe and the director of the Association of Local Democracy Agencies. Moreover, the participants will visit the European Parliament, where MEP Rainer Wieland will welcome them. Participants will thus learn about the main aspects of the Summer School as democratic principles, active citizenship and local democracy.

The Summer School is part of a European project setting up a network of towns on town twinning and active citizenship (INTACT). This project is led by the Association of Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA) and unites partners from seven European countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Italy, Malta, Republic of Macedonia and Romania). One of its aims is to create and strengthen the links between participating towns, particularly involved in citizen participation issues and the promotion of EU values in the process of EU integration.
The Summer School is financially supported by the European Commission in the framework of the “Europe for Citizens” programme, the Municipality of Strasbourg and the Crédit Mutuel.


LOCAL DEMOCRACY AGENCY ARMENIA TO OPEN IN GYUMRI, ARMENIA IN OCTOBER 2011

On July 13 and 14 a preparatory partner meeting for LDA Armenia took place in Yerevan to discuss the establishment of an LDA in Armenia. The participants in the meeting were among others Region Rhône Alpes, Regional Administration of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Union of Communities of Armenia, Urban Foundation for sustainable development and CISP Italy. Furthermore Mr. Nersisyan mayor of Ijevan, Mr. Manukyan, Vice Mayor of Gyumri, Ministry of Territorial Administration in Armenia, Counterpart International and GIZ also participated in the meeting.

The future partners of the LDA decided that LDA Armenia will be hosted by Gyumri municipality with a satellite office in Ijevan. Gyumri is the second largest city in Armenia and was selected since it will provide a good basis to allow the LDA to work on a national level. Furthermore the vibrant civil society in Gyumri and the possibilities to improve the situation for cooperation between civil society and local authorities were stressed as important factors. In addition to this, Gyumri is also linked with Kutaisi which provides a strong basis for developing the cooperation with Kutaisi city and LDA Georgia, which is located in Kutaisi.

The LDA will work to improve local democracy and involvement of citizens and NGOs in the work of local authorities. It is important to ensure that the LDA is independent of the local authorities in Gyumri and to ensure that it can work on a national level. The LDA will aim to serve as a bridge between Europe and Armenia and will bring Armenian practice to Europe and European experience to Armenia – and at the same time operate as a link between Local Authorities and NGOs in Armenia. Finally the LDA will also work to ensure cross border cooperation in South Caucasus and will work to promote peace and understanding in the South Caucasus region.

The meeting confirmed Region Rhône Alpes as lead partner for the LDA, while Regional Administration of Friuli Venezia Giulia, CISP Italy, Union of Communities of Armenia, Ijevan and Gyumri will be partners of the LDA. There will be a further process during the coming months to involve more international partners and to select national and local Armenian NGOs to be partners of the LDA.

The partners at the meeting confirmed October 27 as the official day for the opening ceremony of LDA Armenia in Gyumri and will work to initiate the selection of a delegate and registration of the LDA as a Foundation before that date.

The LDA will be located in the right wing of the building (see photo) which hosts other public associations and NGOs in Gyumri.

For further information please contact peter.sondergaard@aldaintranet.org

Background document on the LDA in Armenia (ici).

On July 13 and 14 a preparatory partner meeting for LDA Armenia took place in Yerevan to discuss the establishment of an LDA in Armenia. The participants in the meeting were among others Region Rhône Alpes, Regional Administration of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Union of Communities of Armenia, Urban Foundation for sustainable development and CISP Italy. Furthermore Mr. Nersisyan mayor of Ijevan, Mr. Manukyan, Vice Mayor of Gyumri, Ministry of Territorial Administration in Armenia, Counterpart International and GIZ also participated in the meeting.

The future partners of the LDA decided that LDA Armenia will be hosted by Gyumri municipality with a satellite office in Ijevan. Gyumri is the second largest city in Armenia and was selected since it will provide a good basis to allow the LDA to work on a national level. Furthermore the vibrant civil society in Gyumri and the possibilities to improve the situation for cooperation between civil society and local authorities were stressed as important factors. In addition to this, Gyumri is also linked with Kutaisi which provides a strong basis for developing the cooperation with Kutaisi city and LDA Georgia, which is located in Kutaisi.

The LDA will work to improve local democracy and involvement of citizens and NGOs in the work of local authorities. It is important to ensure that the LDA is independent of the local authorities in Gyumri and to ensure that it can work on a national level. The LDA will aim to serve as a bridge between Europe and Armenia and will bring Armenian practice to Europe and European experience to Armenia – and at the same time operate as a link between Local Authorities and NGOs in Armenia. Finally the LDA will also work to ensure cross border cooperation in South Caucasus and will work to promote peace and understanding in the South Caucasus region.

The meeting confirmed Region Rhône Alpes as lead partner for the LDA, while Regional Administration of Friuli Venezia Giulia, CISP Italy, Union of Communities of Armenia, Ijevan and Gyumri will be partners of the LDA. There will be a further process during the coming months to involve more international partners and to select national and local Armenian NGOs to be partners of the LDA.

The partners at the meeting confirmed October 27 as the official day for the opening ceremony of LDA Armenia in Gyumri and will work to initiate the selection of a delegate and registration of the LDA as a Foundation before that date.

The LDA will be located in the right wing of the building (see photo) which hosts other public associations and NGOs in Gyumri.

For further information please contact peter.sondergaard@aldaintranet.org

Background document on the LDA in Armenia (ici).


WOMEN TAKE THE FLOOR THANKS TO THE EUROPEAN CITIZENS' INITIATIVE!

ALDA is glad to share the information about the “Women for Europe and the Citizens’ Initiative”. In 2011, with the support of the European Commission and in partnership with the Konstantinos Karamanlis Institute for Democracy and the Polish Robert Schuman Foundation, the Robert Schuman Foundation has launched an awareness raising campaign amongst women in Europe. “Women for Europe and the Citizens’ Initiative” aims to raise women’s awareness of this new tool – the European Citizens’ Initiative. The partners are organising a conference on Wednesday 21st September 2011 at the European Parliament entitled “Women for Europe and the Citizens’ Initiative”.

Knowledge about the beginning and the background to the ECI, appreciating its scope, its limits and what is at stake, understanding European women’s expectations thanks to an exclusive study on key issues which affect them, debating the link between the ECI and fostering the women’s cause, notably via parity: its aim is to create real links between the European Citizens’ Initiative and parity.
More information on the project:
on the website: www.femmes-europe.eu
on Facebook : Femmes Initiative Citoyenne
on Twitter : @femmeseurope
More information on the conference on 21st September 2011
Programme of the conference
Registration form

ALDA is glad to share the information about the “Women for Europe and the Citizens’ Initiative”. In 2011, with the support of the European Commission and in partnership with the Konstantinos Karamanlis Institute for Democracy and the Polish Robert Schuman Foundation, the Robert Schuman Foundation has launched an awareness raising campaign amongst women in Europe. “Women for Europe and the Citizens’ Initiative” aims to raise women’s awareness of this new tool – the European Citizens’ Initiative. The partners are organising a conference on Wednesday 21st September 2011 at the European Parliament entitled “Women for Europe and the Citizens’ Initiative”.

Knowledge about the beginning and the background to the ECI, appreciating its scope, its limits and what is at stake, understanding European women’s expectations thanks to an exclusive study on key issues which affect them, debating the link between the ECI and fostering the women’s cause, notably via parity: its aim is to create real links between the European Citizens’ Initiative and parity.
More information on the project:
on the website: www.femmes-europe.eu
on Facebook : Femmes Initiative Citoyenne
on Twitter : @femmeseurope
More information on the conference on 21st September 2011
Programme of the conference
Registration form


CIVIL SOCIETY FORUM FOR EASTERN PARTNERHIP’S MEETING

The Steering Committee of the Civil Society Forum for Eastern Partnership met in Brussels on the 14th and 15th of July 2011 and had also ameeting with Commissioner Stefan Fuele (Enlargement and Neighbouring Policy Commissioner) to decide about further steps for cooperation. ALDA was represented by the Director, Antonella Valmorbida, elected co-chair of the Steering Committee in February 2011.

The 17 members of the Steering Committee also finalized the short list for the participants of the next Forum, which will be held on the 28th and 29th of November 2011, in Poznan.  The NGOs selected are 250 and they come from the six Eastern Partnership Countries and from the European Union. The selection is the result of a call for interest launch this year and the shortlist proposed by the National Platforms and by the Working groups.

The SC members met on the 15th the Commissioner Fuele in order to decide about the further steps of the Civil Society Forum for Eastern Partnership, which is now widely recognised as one of the very active tools of the EaP multilateral track.  The Commissioner Fuele confirmed his support to the work of civil society and the interest in establishing a permanent Secretariat of the CSF in order to increase its impact. A strong emphasis has been given to the role of the National Platforms, which could became a channel of information and cooperation for the EU policy in the EaP countries. To this respect, the European Commission could launch and support consultation meetings between civil society National Platform, the national institutions and the EC Delegation in the second part of the year.

Several meetings were organised these days, in particular with the Member of the Parliament, Mr. Werner Schulz, who has been actively promoting the cause of the Civil Society Forum for Eastern Partnership at the European Parliament.  The members of the SC met also Mr. Sandy Boyle, President of the External Relations of the European Economic and Social Committee and Mr. Adrian Klecynsk, of the Polish Delegation to the European Union, in the context of the Polish Presidency of the European Union.

The Steering Committee also discussed the steps to be undertaken to finalize the new Concept Paper for the upcoming Civil Society Forum for Eastern Partnership as well a as a Position Paper for the future Summit of the Heads of States, which will take place in Warsaw at the end of September. During these days, a side event for Civil Society will be organised with the cooperation of the CSF (see programme attached).
At the centre of the photo M. UladVialichka, co chair of the Civil Society Form for Eastern Partnership

The Steering Committee of the Civil Society Forum for Eastern Partnership met in Brussels on the 14th and 15th of July 2011 and had also ameeting with Commissioner Stefan Fuele (Enlargement and Neighbouring Policy Commissioner) to decide about further steps for cooperation. ALDA was represented by the Director, Antonella Valmorbida, elected co-chair of the Steering Committee in February 2011.

The 17 members of the Steering Committee also finalized the short list for the participants of the next Forum, which will be held on the 28th and 29th of November 2011, in Poznan.  The NGOs selected are 250 and they come from the six Eastern Partnership Countries and from the European Union. The selection is the result of a call for interest launch this year and the shortlist proposed by the National Platforms and by the Working groups.

The SC members met on the 15th the Commissioner Fuele in order to decide about the further steps of the Civil Society Forum for Eastern Partnership, which is now widely recognised as one of the very active tools of the EaP multilateral track.  The Commissioner Fuele confirmed his support to the work of civil society and the interest in establishing a permanent Secretariat of the CSF in order to increase its impact. A strong emphasis has been given to the role of the National Platforms, which could became a channel of information and cooperation for the EU policy in the EaP countries. To this respect, the European Commission could launch and support consultation meetings between civil society National Platform, the national institutions and the EC Delegation in the second part of the year.

Several meetings were organised these days, in particular with the Member of the Parliament, Mr. Werner Schulz, who has been actively promoting the cause of the Civil Society Forum for Eastern Partnership at the European Parliament.  The members of the SC met also Mr. Sandy Boyle, President of the External Relations of the European Economic and Social Committee and Mr. Adrian Klecynsk, of the Polish Delegation to the European Union, in the context of the Polish Presidency of the European Union.

The Steering Committee also discussed the steps to be undertaken to finalize the new Concept Paper for the upcoming Civil Society Forum for Eastern Partnership as well a as a Position Paper for the future Summit of the Heads of States, which will take place in Warsaw at the end of September. During these days, a side event for Civil Society will be organised with the cooperation of the CSF (see programme attached).
At the centre of the photo M. UladVialichka, co chair of the Civil Society Form for Eastern Partnership


DAYS OF PORTUGAL IN NIS

LDACSS in partnership with the Embassy of Portugal in Belgrade, the Office for European Affairs in Nis, Film Institute in Lisbon, City Municipality Mediana and Student Cultural Centre (SKC) in Nis is organizing cultural event entitled “Days of Portugal in Nis”.

Between 18th and 27thof July we will present the colorful program of cultural events at various locations in Niš. Activities have been prepared by LDA volunteers from Portugal involved in the project of international cooperation between Serbia and Portugal under the title “Share Yourself” which is supported by the European Commission through the Youth in Action programme – European Voluntary Service.

LDACSS in partnership with the Embassy of Portugal in Belgrade, the Office for European Affairs in Nis, Film Institute in Lisbon, City Municipality Mediana and Student Cultural Centre (SKC) in Nis is organizing cultural event entitled “Days of Portugal in Nis”.

Between 18th and 27thof July we will present the colorful program of cultural events at various locations in Niš. Activities have been prepared by LDA volunteers from Portugal involved in the project of international cooperation between Serbia and Portugal under the title “Share Yourself” which is supported by the European Commission through the Youth in Action programme – European Voluntary Service.


MUNICIPALITY OF MEDIJANA AND LDA NIS: TOGETHER TOWARD EU

Municipality of Medijana, central and biggest municipality in the City of Nis, started the process of developing a ten-year Local Sustainable Development Strategy, 2011 – 2021. This document will be developed with the support from the Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities of Serbia and Delegation of the European Union in Serbia through the “Exchange 3” programme.

As proved partner of Mediajna municipality, LDACSS, Nis, is actively involved with this process and will be facilitating a working group on EU integrations and active citizenship. First workshop with relevant stakeholders took place on 12th of July. SWOT analysis, vision, priorities, strategic and specific goals have been defined.
Local Sustainable Development Strategy of the Municipality of Medijana will identify priorities for local community in the areas of environmental protection and infrastructure, economic and social development, involving as many local stakeholders and citizens as possible. It will include a ten-year period but will be flexible and will allow all necessary adjustments throughout the period of its implementation.

Municipality of Medijana, central and biggest municipality in the City of Nis, started the process of developing a ten-year Local Sustainable Development Strategy, 2011 – 2021. This document will be developed with the support from the Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities of Serbia and Delegation of the European Union in Serbia through the “Exchange 3” programme.

As proved partner of Mediajna municipality, LDACSS, Nis, is actively involved with this process and will be facilitating a working group on EU integrations and active citizenship. First workshop with relevant stakeholders took place on 12th of July. SWOT analysis, vision, priorities, strategic and specific goals have been defined.
Local Sustainable Development Strategy of the Municipality of Medijana will identify priorities for local community in the areas of environmental protection and infrastructure, economic and social development, involving as many local stakeholders and citizens as possible. It will include a ten-year period but will be flexible and will allow all necessary adjustments throughout the period of its implementation.


CIVIL SOCIETY IN ACTION FOR PARTNERSHIP AND DIALOGUE.FIRST STEERING GROUP MEETING OF IPA2009BOSNIA PROJECT.MOSTAR, 5TH OF JULY 2011

The first Steering Group Meeting of the Project Civil Society in Action for Partnership and Dialogue was held in Mostar on 5th July and hosted by the partner organisation Local Democracy Agency Mostar. Introductory information on the project background and preparatory phase was prepared by Stanka Parac, ALDA Southeast Regional Programme Coordinator, DzenanaDedic Delegate of LDA Mostar and MajaVejzovic, LDA Mostar Project Coordinator.

Eight NGO – partner organisations included from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia were present to discuss the activity plan proposed, the contents of the local awareness raising actions, the capacity building programme envisaged in the year one and to design the thematic framework of the opening conference scheduled for the beginning of October in Tuzla considering the recent developments and surveys conducted as regards the municipal co-operation agreements with civil society organisations. The conference coordinated by the partner organisation Citizens’ Forum Tuzla will serve as the launch event of the two year project aiming to reinforce the role of civil society organisations in building partnerships with public sector with particular focus on the areas of local development strategies, antidiscrimination policies, gender equality, youth and environment protection. Further to this, the conference will help determine the modality and methods of local awareness raising actions and CSO-s capacity building in support to increased citizen participation at local level which will be organised in cities of Tuzla, Zavidovici and Prijedor during the first year of the project.
In order to achieve the objectives set with particular regard to strengthening the issue based networking at local level, it was decided to establish two working groups which will become operational after the launching conference for CSO and LA capacity building and for monitoring the adoption/implementation of the municipal co-operation agreements whose members will be proposed/recruited by the partner organisations.
Partners in the action also agreed on establishing the communication procedures and close collaboration in information dissemination through existing CSO networks. Necessary administrative decisions were adopted in order to fulfil the requirements of the contracting procedures of the action taking place in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
During the next four weeks, the project first visibility and promotion products will be designed (logo and leaflet) and the preparatory activities for the launching conference in Tuzla initiated.
Partners in the project with substantial expertise in CSO networking and promoting citizen participation:  LDA Mostar, LDA Zavidovici, Citizens’ Forum Tuzla, DON Prijedor, Democratic Centre Bihac, Centre for local development Breza, LDA Osijek and LDA Subotica.

The first Steering Group Meeting of the Project Civil Society in Action for Partnership and Dialogue was held in Mostar on 5th July and hosted by the partner organisation Local Democracy Agency Mostar. Introductory information on the project background and preparatory phase was prepared by Stanka Parac, ALDA Southeast Regional Programme Coordinator, DzenanaDedic Delegate of LDA Mostar and MajaVejzovic, LDA Mostar Project Coordinator.

Eight NGO – partner organisations included from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia were present to discuss the activity plan proposed, the contents of the local awareness raising actions, the capacity building programme envisaged in the year one and to design the thematic framework of the opening conference scheduled for the beginning of October in Tuzla considering the recent developments and surveys conducted as regards the municipal co-operation agreements with civil society organisations. The conference coordinated by the partner organisation Citizens’ Forum Tuzla will serve as the launch event of the two year project aiming to reinforce the role of civil society organisations in building partnerships with public sector with particular focus on the areas of local development strategies, antidiscrimination policies, gender equality, youth and environment protection. Further to this, the conference will help determine the modality and methods of local awareness raising actions and CSO-s capacity building in support to increased citizen participation at local level which will be organised in cities of Tuzla, Zavidovici and Prijedor during the first year of the project.
In order to achieve the objectives set with particular regard to strengthening the issue based networking at local level, it was decided to establish two working groups which will become operational after the launching conference for CSO and LA capacity building and for monitoring the adoption/implementation of the municipal co-operation agreements whose members will be proposed/recruited by the partner organisations.
Partners in the action also agreed on establishing the communication procedures and close collaboration in information dissemination through existing CSO networks. Necessary administrative decisions were adopted in order to fulfil the requirements of the contracting procedures of the action taking place in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
During the next four weeks, the project first visibility and promotion products will be designed (logo and leaflet) and the preparatory activities for the launching conference in Tuzla initiated.
Partners in the project with substantial expertise in CSO networking and promoting citizen participation:  LDA Mostar, LDA Zavidovici, Citizens’ Forum Tuzla, DON Prijedor, Democratic Centre Bihac, Centre for local development Breza, LDA Osijek and LDA Subotica.


BUSINESS FORUM - "DOING BUSINESS TOGETHER". Kutaisi 28th of May 2011

Within the framework of the project “Georgian Diaspora for Development in Kutaisi”, in order to support local entrepreneurship and promote locally produced goods, Business Forum “Doing Business Together” has been held in Kutaisi on 28 May, 2011.
The forum was arranged by Georgian Foundation / Georgian Diaspora in the Netherlands and Local Democracy Agency (LDA) Georgia in partnership with Kutaisi Local Self-Government (LSG) and Kutaisi Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

In scope of the forum two events were successfully organized. Presentation of permanent exhibition hall “Expo-Imereti” with exhibition and sales of locally produced goods, and Business conference with workshops on important business issues.
The business forum was officially opened by the Metropolitan Kalistrate, Mayor of Kutaisi Mr. Giorgi Tevdoradze and executive director of Georgian Foundation / Georgian Diaspora in the Netherlands Mrs. Marekhi Togonidze.
The participants of the exhibition and the conference were greeted with a warm welcome speech by: Ioseb Khakhaleishvili, executive director of LDA Georgia, Malkhaz Chrelashvil, head of the Economic Policy and Strategy Development office in Kutaisi City Hall, Emzar Gvinianidze, the executive director of Kutaisi Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The interesting presentations were provided by the international experts of Dutch consulting companies and Jan Koenraad Veenstra (Brainport Development) and Rob van de Gevel (ECORYS).
Up to 100 representatives of SMEs, commercial banks, Governmental sector and NGOs from Imereti region were participated in the event.

Within the framework of the project “Georgian Diaspora for Development in Kutaisi”, in order to support local entrepreneurship and promote locally produced goods, Business Forum “Doing Business Together” has been held in Kutaisi on 28 May, 2011.
The forum was arranged by Georgian Foundation / Georgian Diaspora in the Netherlands and Local Democracy Agency (LDA) Georgia in partnership with Kutaisi Local Self-Government (LSG) and Kutaisi Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

In scope of the forum two events were successfully organized. Presentation of permanent exhibition hall “Expo-Imereti” with exhibition and sales of locally produced goods, and Business conference with workshops on important business issues.
The business forum was officially opened by the Metropolitan Kalistrate, Mayor of Kutaisi Mr. Giorgi Tevdoradze and executive director of Georgian Foundation / Georgian Diaspora in the Netherlands Mrs. Marekhi Togonidze.
The participants of the exhibition and the conference were greeted with a warm welcome speech by: Ioseb Khakhaleishvili, executive director of LDA Georgia, Malkhaz Chrelashvil, head of the Economic Policy and Strategy Development office in Kutaisi City Hall, Emzar Gvinianidze, the executive director of Kutaisi Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The interesting presentations were provided by the international experts of Dutch consulting companies and Jan Koenraad Veenstra (Brainport Development) and Rob van de Gevel (ECORYS).
Up to 100 representatives of SMEs, commercial banks, Governmental sector and NGOs from Imereti region were participated in the event.