NEW ENTREPRENEURS WAYS. ALDA AND STUDIO PROGETTO SEMINAR IN ARZIGNANO (I). 11-16 June 2012

ALDA is now implementing in the city of Arzignan and the seminar “NEW”, first phase of the one-year project “New Entrepreneurs Ways”. The topic of the project, developed in the framework of the Youth in Action Program and led by the Municipality of Arzignano, is youth entrepreneurship.

The second step of “New Entrepreneurs Ways” will consist of six National Youth Initiatives (one for each partner country), that will make young people be directly and actively involved in activities managed by themselves for developing their initiatives, entrepreneurial spirit and creativity.
The third phase of the project will consist of a trans-national Youth Exchange in Pelhrimov, Czech Republic: through “discovery visits”, workshops, debates and role playing activities it will provide the participants with a concrete experience about the situation of work, employment and entrepreneurship in Europe. At the end of the project, a publication will be produced to promote its tangible results and outcomes.
The seminar, organized by ALDA and Cooperativa Studio Progetto, is seeing the participation of young people from Czech Republic, France, Greece, Italy and Malta. The participants are being involved in debating about entrepreneurship and youth employment with a creative and international approach.
The active collaboration of the local economic fabric has allowed the development of some strongly formative activities, such as the round table “NEW entrepreneurship today: utopia or reality?”, In which various local entrepreneurs and experts on company start-up were involved: Andrew Arduini from Editrice Millennium, Alessandro Fracasso from Italian Power Company, FilippoStorti from Manostorti, PatriziaBernardini from Veneto Productivity Center, Massimo Avantaggiato from UNISCO and professor Roberto Ricciuti from the University of Verona. The round table was organized by Marco Boaria from ALDA and Andrea Rilievo and Lara Lupo from Cooperativa Studio Progetto, and was centered around the meaning of being an entrepreneur today and the role of politics in supporting new entrepreneurship.
For more information about the activity please contact Alfonso Aliberti, Project Manager of ALDA, at  alfonso.aliberti@aldaintranet.org .

ALDA is now implementing in the city of Arzignan and the seminar “NEW”, first phase of the one-year project “New Entrepreneurs Ways”. The topic of the project, developed in the framework of the Youth in Action Program and led by the Municipality of Arzignano, is youth entrepreneurship.

The second step of “New Entrepreneurs Ways” will consist of six National Youth Initiatives (one for each partner country), that will make young people be directly and actively involved in activities managed by themselves for developing their initiatives, entrepreneurial spirit and creativity.
The third phase of the project will consist of a trans-national Youth Exchange in Pelhrimov, Czech Republic: through “discovery visits”, workshops, debates and role playing activities it will provide the participants with a concrete experience about the situation of work, employment and entrepreneurship in Europe. At the end of the project, a publication will be produced to promote its tangible results and outcomes.
The seminar, organized by ALDA and Cooperativa Studio Progetto, is seeing the participation of young people from Czech Republic, France, Greece, Italy and Malta. The participants are being involved in debating about entrepreneurship and youth employment with a creative and international approach.
The active collaboration of the local economic fabric has allowed the development of some strongly formative activities, such as the round table “NEW entrepreneurship today: utopia or reality?”, In which various local entrepreneurs and experts on company start-up were involved: Andrew Arduini from Editrice Millennium, Alessandro Fracasso from Italian Power Company, FilippoStorti from Manostorti, PatriziaBernardini from Veneto Productivity Center, Massimo Avantaggiato from UNISCO and professor Roberto Ricciuti from the University of Verona. The round table was organized by Marco Boaria from ALDA and Andrea Rilievo and Lara Lupo from Cooperativa Studio Progetto, and was centered around the meaning of being an entrepreneur today and the role of politics in supporting new entrepreneurship.
For more information about the activity please contact Alfonso Aliberti, Project Manager of ALDA, at  alfonso.aliberti@aldaintranet.org .


PRESS CONFERENCE IN PARIS ON THE TRAVELLING SEMINAR “ON ALBERT LONDRES’ FOOTSTEPS” (5-24 Aug.2012) WITHIN THE PROGRAMME FRANCE BALKANS

A press conference on the travelling seminar “On Albert Londres’ footsteps” organised in Balkans this summer within the multilateral decentralised cooperation Programme France Balkans took place on 12th July in the Headquarters of the Regional Council Ile de France in Paris.
Around twenty persons (among them the Macedonian Ambassador in France, a representative of the French Ministery of Foreign Affairs, partners of the network France-Balkans, journalists, bloggueurs, etc) attented the press conference, which aimed at presenting the travelling seminar “On Albert Londres’ footsteps” to a wide public.

Jean Claude Mairal, who was representing the Pays Vichy Auvergne, presented the multilateral decentralised cooperation programme France-Balkans, its objectives and activities. He reminded that Pays Vichy Auvergne is leader of the Programme gathering twenty local authorities and organisations from France and Balkans countries and underlined the specific role of the Association of Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA), which is both partner and coordinator of the programme.

Then he gave more details on the project “On Albert Londres’ footsteps”, which consists on a travelling seminar in Balkans countries dedicated to promote reporting journalism among dispriviledged youth from France and Balkan countries in August 2012 (from 5th to 24th). The main objective of this project is to revive Albert Londres’ (1884-1932) experience, born in Vichy, father of modern journalism and reporting, during his numerous investigation trips in the Balkans at the beginning of the 20th century. His story is aimed at stimulating the taste of adventure, curiosity and openness to other cultures among young people with talent for reporting but who do not have the opportunity to travel much and put their knowledge in reporting.

This seminar will involve around 30 young people coming from France and Balkans countries interested in journalism with more or less professional experience in this field and will be accompanied by professional journalists from France Television.

The idea is to realize a web docu of 26 or 52 minutes on main issues tackled in Balkans countries to be relayed by French and Balkans TV and to feed everyday the website of the project with pictures, short movies, written articles, etc

For more information and to follow adventures of the bus this summer, please visit the website of the project www.sur-les-pas-d-albert-londres.fr.

A press conference on the travelling seminar “On Albert Londres’ footsteps” organised in Balkans this summer within the multilateral decentralised cooperation Programme France Balkans took place on 12th July in the Headquarters of the Regional Council Ile de France in Paris.
Around twenty persons (among them the Macedonian Ambassador in France, a representative of the French Ministery of Foreign Affairs, partners of the network France-Balkans, journalists, bloggueurs, etc) attented the press conference, which aimed at presenting the travelling seminar “On Albert Londres’ footsteps” to a wide public.

Jean Claude Mairal, who was representing the Pays Vichy Auvergne, presented the multilateral decentralised cooperation programme France-Balkans, its objectives and activities. He reminded that Pays Vichy Auvergne is leader of the Programme gathering twenty local authorities and organisations from France and Balkans countries and underlined the specific role of the Association of Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA), which is both partner and coordinator of the programme.

Then he gave more details on the project “On Albert Londres’ footsteps”, which consists on a travelling seminar in Balkans countries dedicated to promote reporting journalism among dispriviledged youth from France and Balkan countries in August 2012 (from 5th to 24th). The main objective of this project is to revive Albert Londres’ (1884-1932) experience, born in Vichy, father of modern journalism and reporting, during his numerous investigation trips in the Balkans at the beginning of the 20th century. His story is aimed at stimulating the taste of adventure, curiosity and openness to other cultures among young people with talent for reporting but who do not have the opportunity to travel much and put their knowledge in reporting.

This seminar will involve around 30 young people coming from France and Balkans countries interested in journalism with more or less professional experience in this field and will be accompanied by professional journalists from France Television.

The idea is to realize a web docu of 26 or 52 minutes on main issues tackled in Balkans countries to be relayed by French and Balkans TV and to feed everyday the website of the project with pictures, short movies, written articles, etc

For more information and to follow adventures of the bus this summer, please visit the website of the project www.sur-les-pas-d-albert-londres.fr.


"RELEASE THE WILL POWER", A LOCAL EVENT IN SLOVENIA OF ALDA VIT PROJECT.(Novo mesto, 15 - 16 June 2012)

The Association for Developing Voluntary Work Novo mesto organised an international workshop,within the project VIT-Very Important Twinning, Volunteering in Town. The event entitled “Release the will power” tooke place in Novo mesto on 15-16 June.

This project aims at promoting volunteering in towns, addressing this issue from a participatory perspective. In particular, the project VIT wishes to create a platform involving different types of stakeholders that will encourage and revitalize twinning as a tool for long-lasting cooperation by promoting the EU values as democracy, volunteering and citizen participation.
The event in Slovenia entitled “Release the will power” aimed at presenting examples of a good practice in the field of minorities integration and at emphasising the role of voluntary work as a tool for gaining intercultural competences.
Le program addressed the following topics: “How citizens, through volunteering, may contribute to the enhancement of the governance of the communities in the enlarged Europe”, How “citizens volunteers” may successfully contribute to town-twinning, and “The European Year for Active Ageing and International Solidarity”.
For more information, please contact Marine Henry, ALDA’s project manager (marine.henry@aldaintranet.org).

“COMUNICA LA FORZA DI VOLONTA’”, EVENTO LOCALE IN SLOVENIA DEL PROGETTO VIT DI ALDA.(Novo mesto, 15 – 16 giugno 2012)

L’Associazione per lo sviluppo del lavoro volontario Novo mesto ha organizzato un workshop internazionale, nell’ambito del progetto di ALDA VIT-Very Important Twinning, Volunteering in Town. L’evento intitolato “Release the will power” si è svolto a Novo mesto il 15 e16 giugno.
Questo progetto mira a promuovere il volontariato nelle città, sotto l’aspetto di una prospettiva di partecipazione. In particolare, il progetto VIT desidera creare una piattaforma che coinvolga differenti tipi di portatori di interessi che incoraggino e rivitalizzino i gemellaggi come strumenti di una cooperazione di lungo termine promuovendo i valori europei e la democrazia, il volontarismo e la partecipazione dei cittadini.
L’evento Sloveno, intitolato “Comunica la forza di volontà” aveva l’obiettivo di presentare esempi di buone pratiche nel campo dell’integrazione delle minoranze, enfatizzando il ruolo del lavoro volontario, quale strumento per guadagnare competenze multiculturali.
Il programma era indirizzato sui seguenti contenuti: “come I cittadini, mediante il volontariato, possono contribuire alla crescita della governabilità delle comunità locali in un’Europa allargata”, “come cittadini volontari possono contribuire con successo ai gemellaggi tra città” e “L’anno europeo per la vecchiaia attiva e la solidarietà internazionale”. Per maggiori informazioni contattate Marine Henry, project manager di ALDA (marine.henry@aldaintranet.org).


«LIBEREZ LA VOLONTE », UN EVENEMENT LOCAL EN SLOVENIR DANS LE CADRE DU PROJET VIT DE L’AADL. (Novo mesto, 15-16 juin 2012)

L’association pour le Développement du Volontariat Novo mesto a organisé un atelier international dans le cadre du projet VIT-Very Important Twinning, Volunteering in Town (Très Important Jumelage, le Volontariat en Ville). L’évènement organisé, et intitulé « Libérez la volonté » (Release the will power), s’est déroulé à Novo mesto, en Slovénie, les 15 et 16 juin.
Sous une forme participative, ce projet a pour objectif de promouvoir le volontariat dans les villes. VIT souhaite particulièrement créer une plateforme où les parties prenantes participeraient à encourager et revitaliser le jumelage. Le jumelage, considéré comme un outil de coopération à long-terme, promouvrait ainsi les valeurs de démocratie de l’UE, le volontariat et la participation citoyenne.
« Libérez la volonté » visait à mettre en avant des bonnes pratiques quant à l’intégration des minorités, en soulignant le rôle du volontariat en tant qu’outil œuvrant au gain de compétences interculturelles.
Le programme était composé des thématiques suivantes : « Au travers du volontariat, comment les citoyens peuvent contribuer à améliorer la gouvernance des communautés dans une Europe élargie », « Comment la contribution des citoyens peut participer au succès du jumelage » et « l’Année européenne du vieillissement actif et de la solidarité internationale ».

Pour de plus amples informations, veuillez contacter Marine Henry, chef de projets à l’ALDA (marine.henry@aldaintranet.org).


«ОСВОБОДИ СИЛУ ВОЛИ», МЕСТНОЕ МЕРОПРИЯТИЕ В СЛОВЕНИИ В РАМКАХ ПРОЕКТА VITАССОЦИАЦИИ ALDA.(Ново-Место, 15 – 16 июня 2012)

Ассоциация развития добровольной работы из г. Ново-Место организовала международный семинар в рамках проекта VIT (Very Important Twinning, Volunteering in Town (Очень важное побратимство, волонтерство в городе)). Мероприятие под названием «Освободи силу воли» прошло в г. Ново-Место 15-16 июня.
Цель этого проекта – содействие волонтерству в городах, изучение этой проблемы с позиции участия. В частности, проект VIT хочет создать платформу, включающую участников разного рода, которые будут поощрять и возрождать побратимство как инструмент длительного сотрудничества путем продвижения ценностей ЕС, таких как демократия, волонтерство и гражданское участие.
Мероприятие в Словении под названием «Освободи силу воли» ставило своей целью показать примеры надлежащей практики в сфере интеграции меньшинств и подчеркнуть роль добровольной работы как инструмента в достижении межкультурных знаний и навыков.
Программа рассматривала следующие темы: «Как граждане через волонтерство могут способствовать улучшению управления сообществами в расширенной Европе», «Как «гражданские волонтеры» могут успешно содействовать побратимству городов» и «Европейский год активной старости и международной солидарности».
За дополнительной информацией обращайтесь к Марин Хенри (Marine Henry), менеджеру проекта Ассоциации ALDA (marine.henry@aldaintranet.org).

The Association for Developing Voluntary Work Novo mesto organised an international workshop,within the project VIT-Very Important Twinning, Volunteering in Town. The event entitled “Release the will power” tooke place in Novo mesto on 15-16 June.

This project aims at promoting volunteering in towns, addressing this issue from a participatory perspective. In particular, the project VIT wishes to create a platform involving different types of stakeholders that will encourage and revitalize twinning as a tool for long-lasting cooperation by promoting the EU values as democracy, volunteering and citizen participation.
The event in Slovenia entitled “Release the will power” aimed at presenting examples of a good practice in the field of minorities integration and at emphasising the role of voluntary work as a tool for gaining intercultural competences.
Le program addressed the following topics: “How citizens, through volunteering, may contribute to the enhancement of the governance of the communities in the enlarged Europe”, How “citizens volunteers” may successfully contribute to town-twinning, and “The European Year for Active Ageing and International Solidarity”.
For more information, please contact Marine Henry, ALDA’s project manager (marine.henry@aldaintranet.org).

“COMUNICA LA FORZA DI VOLONTA’”, EVENTO LOCALE IN SLOVENIA DEL PROGETTO VIT DI ALDA.(Novo mesto, 15 – 16 giugno 2012)

L’Associazione per lo sviluppo del lavoro volontario Novo mesto ha organizzato un workshop internazionale, nell’ambito del progetto di ALDA VIT-Very Important Twinning, Volunteering in Town. L’evento intitolato “Release the will power” si è svolto a Novo mesto il 15 e16 giugno.
Questo progetto mira a promuovere il volontariato nelle città, sotto l’aspetto di una prospettiva di partecipazione. In particolare, il progetto VIT desidera creare una piattaforma che coinvolga differenti tipi di portatori di interessi che incoraggino e rivitalizzino i gemellaggi come strumenti di una cooperazione di lungo termine promuovendo i valori europei e la democrazia, il volontarismo e la partecipazione dei cittadini.
L’evento Sloveno, intitolato “Comunica la forza di volontà” aveva l’obiettivo di presentare esempi di buone pratiche nel campo dell’integrazione delle minoranze, enfatizzando il ruolo del lavoro volontario, quale strumento per guadagnare competenze multiculturali.
Il programma era indirizzato sui seguenti contenuti: “come I cittadini, mediante il volontariato, possono contribuire alla crescita della governabilità delle comunità locali in un’Europa allargata”, “come cittadini volontari possono contribuire con successo ai gemellaggi tra città” e “L’anno europeo per la vecchiaia attiva e la solidarietà internazionale”. Per maggiori informazioni contattate Marine Henry, project manager di ALDA (marine.henry@aldaintranet.org).


«LIBEREZ LA VOLONTE », UN EVENEMENT LOCAL EN SLOVENIR DANS LE CADRE DU PROJET VIT DE L’AADL. (Novo mesto, 15-16 juin 2012)

L’association pour le Développement du Volontariat Novo mesto a organisé un atelier international dans le cadre du projet VIT-Very Important Twinning, Volunteering in Town (Très Important Jumelage, le Volontariat en Ville). L’évènement organisé, et intitulé « Libérez la volonté » (Release the will power), s’est déroulé à Novo mesto, en Slovénie, les 15 et 16 juin.
Sous une forme participative, ce projet a pour objectif de promouvoir le volontariat dans les villes. VIT souhaite particulièrement créer une plateforme où les parties prenantes participeraient à encourager et revitaliser le jumelage. Le jumelage, considéré comme un outil de coopération à long-terme, promouvrait ainsi les valeurs de démocratie de l’UE, le volontariat et la participation citoyenne.
« Libérez la volonté » visait à mettre en avant des bonnes pratiques quant à l’intégration des minorités, en soulignant le rôle du volontariat en tant qu’outil œuvrant au gain de compétences interculturelles.
Le programme était composé des thématiques suivantes : « Au travers du volontariat, comment les citoyens peuvent contribuer à améliorer la gouvernance des communautés dans une Europe élargie », « Comment la contribution des citoyens peut participer au succès du jumelage » et « l’Année européenne du vieillissement actif et de la solidarité internationale ».

Pour de plus amples informations, veuillez contacter Marine Henry, chef de projets à l’ALDA (marine.henry@aldaintranet.org).


«ОСВОБОДИ СИЛУ ВОЛИ», МЕСТНОЕ МЕРОПРИЯТИЕ В СЛОВЕНИИ В РАМКАХ ПРОЕКТА VITАССОЦИАЦИИ ALDA.(Ново-Место, 15 – 16 июня 2012)

Ассоциация развития добровольной работы из г. Ново-Место организовала международный семинар в рамках проекта VIT (Very Important Twinning, Volunteering in Town (Очень важное побратимство, волонтерство в городе)). Мероприятие под названием «Освободи силу воли» прошло в г. Ново-Место 15-16 июня.
Цель этого проекта – содействие волонтерству в городах, изучение этой проблемы с позиции участия. В частности, проект VIT хочет создать платформу, включающую участников разного рода, которые будут поощрять и возрождать побратимство как инструмент длительного сотрудничества путем продвижения ценностей ЕС, таких как демократия, волонтерство и гражданское участие.
Мероприятие в Словении под названием «Освободи силу воли» ставило своей целью показать примеры надлежащей практики в сфере интеграции меньшинств и подчеркнуть роль добровольной работы как инструмента в достижении межкультурных знаний и навыков.
Программа рассматривала следующие темы: «Как граждане через волонтерство могут способствовать улучшению управления сообществами в расширенной Европе», «Как «гражданские волонтеры» могут успешно содействовать побратимству городов» и «Европейский год активной старости и международной солидарности».
За дополнительной информацией обращайтесь к Марин Хенри (Marine Henry), менеджеру проекта Ассоциации ALDA (marine.henry@aldaintranet.org).


“LOCAL PARTICIPATORY ACTION AND SUSTAINABLE URBAN DEVELOPMENT”. A POST GRADUATE COURSE AT IUAV UNIVERSITY OF VENEZIA (Academic year 2012-2013)

It’s possible to subscribe (until July 12) to the twelfth edition of the post-graduate specialization course on “Local participatory action and sustainable urban development”.
The course is organised by the University IUAV of Venice, which will host the didactic activities, in collaboration with the Department of Architecture and Planning at the Politecnico of Milan and with the sponsorship of Italian Local Agenda 21.

Le training project aims to deepen the new skills and knowledge required for professionals who plan and design interventions for local or urban development, and local administrators and technicians who work within a strategic, intersectoral and participatory action. The course trains professionals to be able to activate and manage paths on participatory urban, environmental and social issues. It is particularly aimed at engineers, managers and officials of governments or private companies, third sector professionals and recent graduates who wish to enrich their knowledge on methods and techniques for listening and being involved on the construction of shared strategies and choices, on participation in planning policies, programs and projects.
The course is reserved to graduates with at least a three years bachelor degree, or equivalent European title. Additional informations are available at www.azionelocale.net.
Informations on terms and forms are available at: http://www.iuav.it/master/.
Participants have the opportunity to gain academic credits and an to participate to an internship.

AZIONE LOCALE PARTECIPATA E SVILUPPO URBANO SOSTENIBILE. CORSO POST LAUREA ALL’UNIVERSITA’ IUAV DI VENEZIA (anno accademico 2012-2013)

Sono aperte (fino al 12 luglio) le iscrizioni alla dodicesima edizione (anno accademico 2012-2013) del corso di perfezionamento post-lauream su Azione locale partecipata e sviluppo urbano sostenibile.
Il corso è promosso dall’Università IUAV di Venezia, sede dell’attività didattica, in collaborazione con il Dipartimento di architettura e pianificazione del Politecnico di Milano e con il patrocinio del
Coordinamento Agende 21 Locali Italiane.
Il progetto formativo mira all’approfondimento delle nuove competenze e conoscenze che occorrono ai professionisti che pianificano e progettano interventi di sviluppo locale o di sviluppo urbano e a tecnici e amministratori locali chiamati a lavorare in un’ottica  di azione strategica, intersettoriale e partecipata.
Il corso forma figure professionali in grado di attivare e gestire percorsi partecipati su questioni urbane, ambientali e sociali. È rivolto in particolare a tecnici, funzionari e dirigenti delle pubbliche amministrazioni o di società private e del terzo settore, a professionisti e neo-laureati, che desiderino arricchire le proprie conoscenze sui metodi e le tecniche per l’ascolto e il coinvolgimento, per la costruzione di strategie e scelte condivise, e per la progettazione partecipata di politiche, programmi e progetti.
Possono iscriversi al corso i laureati in possesso almeno di laurea triennale, o di equivalente titolo europeo.
Ulteriori informazioni sono disponibili nel sito www.azionelocale.net . Informazioni sul bando e la modulistica sono pubblicate alla pagina Iuav dedicata al Corso: http://www.iuav.it/master/.
I partecipanti hanno la possibilità di acquisire crediti formativi universitari e di effettuare uno stage.

COUR POUR DIPLOMES A L’UNIVERSITE IUAV DE VENISE : « L’ACTION PARTICIPATIVE LOCALE ET LE DEVELOPPEMENT DURABLE URBAIN » (Année académique 2012-2013)

Il est désormais possible de s’inscrire à la douzième édition du cours de spécialisation pour diplômés sur « L’action participative locale et le développement durable urbain ».
Le cours est organisé par l’Université IUAV de Venise qui accueillera les activités didactiques, en collaboration avec le département d’Architecture et de Planification du Politecnico de Milan, et avec le sponsorat de l’Agenda 21 Local Italien.
La formation a pour but d’apporter aux professionnels en charge de la conception des plans d’intervention de développement local ou urbain, et des administrateurs et techniciens concernés par l’action stratégique, intersectorielle et participative, les nouvelles compétences et connaissances qui leur sont demandées. Le cours forme ainsi les professionnels à entreprendre et gérer des projets en lien avec la participation urbaine, les questions environnementales et sociales.
Ce cours s’adresse en particuliers aux ingénieurs, aux gestionnaires et aux représentants de gouvernements ou d’entreprises privées, aux professionnels du secteur tertiaire et aux jeunes diplômés, qui souhaiteraient enrichir leurs connaissances sur les méthodes et les techniques d’écoute et d’implication à la construction de stratégies partagées et de choix, ainsi que sur la participation à la planification des politiques, des programmes et des projets.
Le cours est réservé aux diplômés possédant au moins une licence ou une équivalence européenne. D’autres informations sont disponibles sur www.azionelocale.net (en italien).
Les informations sur les conditions de participation et les formulaires sont disponibles sur http://www.iuav.it/master/ (en italien).
Les participants auront l’opportunité d’obtenir des crédits universitaire et de participer à un stage.

«СОВМЕСТНЫЕ ДЕЙСТВИЯ НА МЕСТНОМ УРОВНЕ И УСТОЙЧИВОЕ ГОРОДСКОЕ РАЗВИТИЕ». АСПИРАНТУРАВУНИВЕРСИТЕТЕIUAV ВЕНЕЦИИ(академический год 2012-2013)

Есть возможность подписаться (до 12 июля) на двенадцатое издание специализированного курса аспирантуры по теме «Совместные действия на местном уровне и устойчивое городское развитие».
Курс организован в Университете IUAV Венеции, где будут проходить дидактические занятия, совместно с кафедрой архитектуры и планирования технического университета Politecnico Милана при спонсорстве со стороны Italian Local Agenda 21.
Целью обучающего проекта является углубление новых умений и знаний, необходимых профессионалам, которые планируют и намечают вмешательство в местное или городское развитие, и местным администраторам и специалистам, работающим в рамках стратегических, межотраслевых и совместных действий. На курсе обучают профессионалов, чтобы они могли активизировать и руководить направлениями по общим городским, экологическим и социальным вопросам. Данный курс, в частности, предназначен для инженеров, менеджеров и управленцев государственных органов или частных компаний, специалистов третьего сектора и недавних выпускников, желающих пополнить свои знания о методах и способах слушать и быть вовлеченным в создание общих стратегий и альтернатив, в участие при планировании политики, программ и проектов.
Курс предназначен для выпускников, имеющих, по меньшей мере, степень бакалавра после трех лет обучения или эквивалентный европейский диплом. Дополнительную информацию можно найти на веб-сайте: www.azionelocale.net.
Информация об условиях и бланках имеется по адресу: http://www.iuav.it/master/.
Участники имеют возможность получить академические зачеты и участвовать в интернатуре.

It’s possible to subscribe (until July 12) to the twelfth edition of the post-graduate specialization course on “Local participatory action and sustainable urban development”.
The course is organised by the University IUAV of Venice, which will host the didactic activities, in collaboration with the Department of Architecture and Planning at the Politecnico of Milan and with the sponsorship of Italian Local Agenda 21.

Le training project aims to deepen the new skills and knowledge required for professionals who plan and design interventions for local or urban development, and local administrators and technicians who work within a strategic, intersectoral and participatory action. The course trains professionals to be able to activate and manage paths on participatory urban, environmental and social issues. It is particularly aimed at engineers, managers and officials of governments or private companies, third sector professionals and recent graduates who wish to enrich their knowledge on methods and techniques for listening and being involved on the construction of shared strategies and choices, on participation in planning policies, programs and projects.
The course is reserved to graduates with at least a three years bachelor degree, or equivalent European title. Additional informations are available at www.azionelocale.net.
Informations on terms and forms are available at: http://www.iuav.it/master/.
Participants have the opportunity to gain academic credits and an to participate to an internship.

AZIONE LOCALE PARTECIPATA E SVILUPPO URBANO SOSTENIBILE. CORSO POST LAUREA ALL’UNIVERSITA’ IUAV DI VENEZIA (anno accademico 2012-2013)

Sono aperte (fino al 12 luglio) le iscrizioni alla dodicesima edizione (anno accademico 2012-2013) del corso di perfezionamento post-lauream su Azione locale partecipata e sviluppo urbano sostenibile.
Il corso è promosso dall’Università IUAV di Venezia, sede dell’attività didattica, in collaborazione con il Dipartimento di architettura e pianificazione del Politecnico di Milano e con il patrocinio del
Coordinamento Agende 21 Locali Italiane.
Il progetto formativo mira all’approfondimento delle nuove competenze e conoscenze che occorrono ai professionisti che pianificano e progettano interventi di sviluppo locale o di sviluppo urbano e a tecnici e amministratori locali chiamati a lavorare in un’ottica  di azione strategica, intersettoriale e partecipata.
Il corso forma figure professionali in grado di attivare e gestire percorsi partecipati su questioni urbane, ambientali e sociali. È rivolto in particolare a tecnici, funzionari e dirigenti delle pubbliche amministrazioni o di società private e del terzo settore, a professionisti e neo-laureati, che desiderino arricchire le proprie conoscenze sui metodi e le tecniche per l’ascolto e il coinvolgimento, per la costruzione di strategie e scelte condivise, e per la progettazione partecipata di politiche, programmi e progetti.
Possono iscriversi al corso i laureati in possesso almeno di laurea triennale, o di equivalente titolo europeo.
Ulteriori informazioni sono disponibili nel sito www.azionelocale.net . Informazioni sul bando e la modulistica sono pubblicate alla pagina Iuav dedicata al Corso: http://www.iuav.it/master/.
I partecipanti hanno la possibilità di acquisire crediti formativi universitari e di effettuare uno stage.

COUR POUR DIPLOMES A L’UNIVERSITE IUAV DE VENISE : « L’ACTION PARTICIPATIVE LOCALE ET LE DEVELOPPEMENT DURABLE URBAIN » (Année académique 2012-2013)

Il est désormais possible de s’inscrire à la douzième édition du cours de spécialisation pour diplômés sur « L’action participative locale et le développement durable urbain ».
Le cours est organisé par l’Université IUAV de Venise qui accueillera les activités didactiques, en collaboration avec le département d’Architecture et de Planification du Politecnico de Milan, et avec le sponsorat de l’Agenda 21 Local Italien.
La formation a pour but d’apporter aux professionnels en charge de la conception des plans d’intervention de développement local ou urbain, et des administrateurs et techniciens concernés par l’action stratégique, intersectorielle et participative, les nouvelles compétences et connaissances qui leur sont demandées. Le cours forme ainsi les professionnels à entreprendre et gérer des projets en lien avec la participation urbaine, les questions environnementales et sociales.
Ce cours s’adresse en particuliers aux ingénieurs, aux gestionnaires et aux représentants de gouvernements ou d’entreprises privées, aux professionnels du secteur tertiaire et aux jeunes diplômés, qui souhaiteraient enrichir leurs connaissances sur les méthodes et les techniques d’écoute et d’implication à la construction de stratégies partagées et de choix, ainsi que sur la participation à la planification des politiques, des programmes et des projets.
Le cours est réservé aux diplômés possédant au moins une licence ou une équivalence européenne. D’autres informations sont disponibles sur www.azionelocale.net (en italien).
Les informations sur les conditions de participation et les formulaires sont disponibles sur http://www.iuav.it/master/ (en italien).
Les participants auront l’opportunité d’obtenir des crédits universitaire et de participer à un stage.

«СОВМЕСТНЫЕ ДЕЙСТВИЯ НА МЕСТНОМ УРОВНЕ И УСТОЙЧИВОЕ ГОРОДСКОЕ РАЗВИТИЕ». АСПИРАНТУРАВУНИВЕРСИТЕТЕIUAV ВЕНЕЦИИ(академический год 2012-2013)

Есть возможность подписаться (до 12 июля) на двенадцатое издание специализированного курса аспирантуры по теме «Совместные действия на местном уровне и устойчивое городское развитие».
Курс организован в Университете IUAV Венеции, где будут проходить дидактические занятия, совместно с кафедрой архитектуры и планирования технического университета Politecnico Милана при спонсорстве со стороны Italian Local Agenda 21.
Целью обучающего проекта является углубление новых умений и знаний, необходимых профессионалам, которые планируют и намечают вмешательство в местное или городское развитие, и местным администраторам и специалистам, работающим в рамках стратегических, межотраслевых и совместных действий. На курсе обучают профессионалов, чтобы они могли активизировать и руководить направлениями по общим городским, экологическим и социальным вопросам. Данный курс, в частности, предназначен для инженеров, менеджеров и управленцев государственных органов или частных компаний, специалистов третьего сектора и недавних выпускников, желающих пополнить свои знания о методах и способах слушать и быть вовлеченным в создание общих стратегий и альтернатив, в участие при планировании политики, программ и проектов.
Курс предназначен для выпускников, имеющих, по меньшей мере, степень бакалавра после трех лет обучения или эквивалентный европейский диплом. Дополнительную информацию можно найти на веб-сайте: www.azionelocale.net.
Информация об условиях и бланках имеется по адресу: http://www.iuav.it/master/.
Участники имеют возможность получить академические зачеты и участвовать в интернатуре.


TWO EUROPE FOR CITIZENS PROGRAMME’S INFO-DAY AND TIC-TAC PROJECT EVENTS IN GAZI BABA AND VALANDOVO, MK. (12 AND 14 JUNE 2012)

Center for Institutional Development-CIRa organised two info days for presenting Citizens for Europe Program and Active Citizenship to citizens of Macedonian municipalities within the ALDA project TIC-TAC (Training, Information, Cooperation – Towards Active Citizenship).

The first “Info Day” has been organized in Skopje (hotel Kontinental) on 12 June 2012, in partnership with the Municipality of Gazi Baba, one of the Municipalities in the city of Skopje, capital of Macedonia.
The second “Info Day” has been organized on 14 June 2012 in the Municipality of Valandovo (restaurant Klaringo), located on south part of Macedonia.
Mayor of Valandovo, together with the Executive Director of CIRa, had an introduction speech to the participants, about importance of the active citizenship concept as well as possibilitiesfor participation in the Citizens for Europe Program.
The goal of those two sessions was to present the best practices of the model of Active Citizenship to citizens, and to present the Citizens for Europe Program, in order to enable them to practice and use this opportunity for public participation in solving the community problems.
This two events were organized as joint events together with on-going Community Forum Program process for fostering citizen participation implemented by CIRa in those two municipalities.

Center for Institutional Development-CIRa organised two info days for presenting Citizens for Europe Program and Active Citizenship to citizens of Macedonian municipalities within the ALDA project TIC-TAC (Training, Information, Cooperation – Towards Active Citizenship).

The first “Info Day” has been organized in Skopje (hotel Kontinental) on 12 June 2012, in partnership with the Municipality of Gazi Baba, one of the Municipalities in the city of Skopje, capital of Macedonia.
The second “Info Day” has been organized on 14 June 2012 in the Municipality of Valandovo (restaurant Klaringo), located on south part of Macedonia.
Mayor of Valandovo, together with the Executive Director of CIRa, had an introduction speech to the participants, about importance of the active citizenship concept as well as possibilitiesfor participation in the Citizens for Europe Program.
The goal of those two sessions was to present the best practices of the model of Active Citizenship to citizens, and to present the Citizens for Europe Program, in order to enable them to practice and use this opportunity for public participation in solving the community problems.
This two events were organized as joint events together with on-going Community Forum Program process for fostering citizen participation implemented by CIRa in those two municipalities.


ACTIVE ELDERLY ARE A BIG RESOURCE FOR THE SOCIETY. VIT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN UDINE (I). 8 June 2012

Making elderly active in the society is a fundamental tool to fight against their isolations and give to the community the opportunity of not losing a big resource. This is one of the main indications emerged by the international conference organised by ALDA within the project VIT on 8th June in Udine (Italy).
Around 150 people from all Europe and neighbouring countries attended the conference with title “Active Ageing and Local Governance: How to involve elderly as active citizens in their local communities”.

Per Vinther, as former President of ALDA, opened the conference with a detailed presentation of the project VIT and an introduction to the conference.
He stressed the importance of town twinning for the construction of an open-minded and peaceful Europe and the strong necessity to support active citizenship and European values in the enlarged Europe. He explained that the project VIT has the ambition to match with the priorities of the European Union and European Years during the last of the project. Therefore in 2012 in Udine, one of the two international conferences organised within the project VIT focused on the field of Active Ageingreferring to the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations.  More precisely, the conference aimed at speaking about Active Ageing in the prism of town-twinning and local governance with special focus on the importance of volunteering and citizens’ participation from younger to older at local level for good local governance and an inclusive society. Franco Iacop, Vice President of the V Permanent Commission of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Regional Council, moderated this conference and explained that, as public administrator, he has been dealing with these issues for a long time and knows the crucial importance to make elderly active in the society and to fight against their isolations.
After a short presentation of the agenda, speakers entered in the body of the subject and Marco Boaria, Resource and Development Unit Coordinator from the Association of Local Democracy Agencies, started with a presentation of the Europe for Citizens Programme stressing the fact that this programme contribute to make elderly active as well as all citizens whatever their ages. Marco Boaria made this presentation instead and on behalf of Mrs Leila Giuseppina Nista, from Europe for Citizens Point Italy, who cannot attend the conference due to other commitments.
Then Alice Sinigaglia, coordinator of the coalition and campaign of the 2012 European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, presented to participants the platform, its goal and work as well as the European Year 2012. For Mrs Sinigaglia, the European Year aims at raising the awareness on demographic change and to see it as an opportunity and not a challenge. She explained that the Platform aims at creating age-friendly environnements, which play a crucial role in enabling older people to remain healthy and actively involved in their communities. In particular, the platform is a Coalition of more than 50 stakeholders working together to promote a society for all ages. The European Year 2012 campaign is based on two central points: the joint Manifesto for an Age-Friendly EU by 2020 calling for a Covenant of Mayors on demographic change and a EU Network on Age-Friendly Environments and the joint Roadmap with concrete actions to be implemented in 2012.
The moderator Franco Iacop insisted on the crucial importance of solidarity between generations as glue for the society.
After these general and introductory presentations, the public had the chance to assist to a concert of a choir called “Coro Danito Dobrina”, nationally recognised since they sang for the Pope at the occasion of the birthday of Roma. They interpreted four songs and finished with the Anthem of Europe, the “Ode to Joy” based on the final movement of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.
After this emotional moment, Professor Furio Honsell, Mayor of Udine took the floor to present to the public, in a very interesting and interactive way, the experience and vision of the City of Udine on senior policies. He started by stressing on the importance of the equality and the consequences of inequality in our societies in term of health notably. He showed that the City of Udine is very involved in helping elderly to stay active in the society and to fight against their isolation. He precised that the City of Udine is member of covenant of Mayors and of the Healthy Cities European Networks, which is a project of the World Health Organisation. He finally presented numerous activities organised by the City of Udine for increasing active citizenship among all generations and for facilitating the exchange between generations.
The second part of the conference was dedicated to good practices from VIT international partners and local actors from the Region Friuli Venezia Giulia on the ways to involve elderly in their communities. A large space was given to partners of the VIT project to make them able to share with participants the results of the local event they have already organised within the above-mentioned project. Firstly, Dorothee Fischer from the Spanish association RECREATURA presented  the results of the event on “Volunteering in times of crisis” the association organised within the project VIT in Valencia on March 2012.Then Agnieszka Dybowska from the Municipality of Bydgoszcz (Poland) exposed the good practices of the Municipality of Bydgoszcz on the field of seniors’ policies and the ways and means to use the town twinnings, in which the Municipality of Bydgoszcz is involved, as a tool for active ageing. Mrs Dybowska talked particularly about the town twinning her Municipality developed with German Cities. Thirdly, Mirela Muca from the Association of Albanian Municipalities gave the conclusions and recommendations developed during the conference on “The Role of the Local Government Authorities Units in Offering Social Services – Ageing” organised in Tirana on 9th-10th May 2012 within the project VIT. Mrs Muca sayed that this conference had an important echo and aroused a strong interest of public and private organisations in Albania since it was the first event organised on these tackled issues.She also presented good practices on senior policies in two Albanian municipalities: Tirana and Kamza. Finally, Kristine Kulite, specialist of foreign affairs in Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments, and Dianela Stanculescu, from the Association of Romanian Municipalities, shared good practices of Latvian and Romanian Municipalities respectively to enhance active ageing and fight against senior’s isolation through different kind of activities and public policies.
The last part of the conference was dedicated to local good practices on active ageing.  Mr Ugo Lupatelli, President of the University of Third Age of Trieste, took the floor to introduce his organisation created in 1982 and aiming at maintaining elderly active in their communities through numerous and diversified activities. Then Mattia Vinzi, President of the association Exist, showed a short video on the project “Together we grow”, granted by the Europe for Citizens Programme under the action 4-Remembrance, and which gathered people of all ages around the idea to keep together people, facts and memories from the Cross Border Regions of the Eastern Border and to reflect about the everyday life on the borders facing with the crimes of Nazism and Stalinism.
Finally Antonella Valmorbida, Director of the Association of Local Democracy Agencies, concluded and sayed that the need of exchange of good practices and experiences is very pregnant especially on the field of active ageing, that is the project VIT is so much important. Several attending person took the microphone to express their gratitude to organisers for having chosen this subject and stressed again the important role of Local Authorities and Civil Society Organisations in making elderly active in their local communities.

 

 


GLI ANZIANI ATTIVI SONO UNA GRANDE RISORSA PER LA SOCIETA’. UNA CONFERENZA INTERNAZIONALE DEL PROGETTO VIT A UDINE. 8 giugno 2012

Rendere attivi gli anziani nella società è uno strumento fondamentale per combattere contro il loro isolamento e dare alla comunità la possibilità di non perdere una grande risorsa. Questa è una delle principali indicazioni emerse dalla conferenza internazionale organizzata da ALDA nell’ambito del progetto VIT l’8 giugno a Udine.
Circa 150 persone provenienti da tutta Europa e dai paesi di vicinato hanno partecipato alla conferenza dal titolo “Invecchiamento attivo e governance locale: come coinvolgere gli anziani da cittadini attivi nelle loro comunità”. Per Vinther, in qualità di ex presidente di ALDA, ha aperto la conferenza con una presentazione dettagliata del progetto VIT. Ha sottolineato l’importanza del gemellaggio tra città per la costruzione di una mentalità aperta e pacifica in Europa e la forte necessità di sostenere la cittadinanza attiva ed i valori europei nell’Europa allargata. Ha spiegato che il progetto VIT ha l’ambizione di corrispondere con le priorità dell’Unione europea e dell’Anno Europeo, nell’ultimo periodo del progetto. Pertanto a Udine, una delle due conferenze internazionali organizzate nell’ambito del progetto VIT si è concentrata sul campo dell’invecchiamento attivo, in riferimento all’Anno europeo dell’invecchiamento attivo e della solidarietà tra le generazioni. Più precisamente, la conferenza ha mirato a discutere di invecchiamento attivo nel quadro di gemellaggi tra città e governo locale, con particolare attenzione sull’importanza del volontariato e della partecipazione dei cittadini dal più giovane al più vecchio a livello locale per la buona governance e per una società inclusiva.
Franco Iacop, Vice Presidente della V Commissione Permanente del Consiglio regionale del Friuli Venezia Giulia, moderando questa conferenza ha spiegato che, come amministratore pubblico che si occupa di questi temi da molto tempo, conosce l’importanza cruciale del rendere gli anziani attivi nella società e del combattere contro i loro isolamento. Dopo una breve presentazione dell’ordine del giorno, i relatori sono entrati nel vivo dell’argomento e Marco Boaria, Coordinatore dell’Unità risorse e sviluppo di ALDA, ha presentato il programma Europa per i cittadini, sottolineando il fatto che esso contribuisce a rendere gli anziani attivi così come tutti i cittadini, qualunque sia la loro età. Boaria ha poi illustrato la presentazione della signora Leila Giuseppina Nista, dell’Europa per i cittadini Point Italia, che non ha potuto partecipare alla conferenza a causa di altri impegni.
Poi Alice Sinigaglia, coordinatore della coalizione e la campagna del 2012 anno europeo dell’invecchiamento attivo e della solidarietà tra le generazioni, ha presentato ai partecipanti la piattaforma, il suo obiettivo e il lavoro, nonché l’Anno europeo 2012. Per la signora Sinigaglia, l’Anno europeo mira a sensibilizzare sul cambiamento demografico e a vederlo come un’opportunità e non una sfida. Ha spiegato che la piattaforma mira a creare un ambiente favorevole all’età, elemento cruciale nel consentire agli anziani di rimanere in buona salute e attivamente coinvolti nella loro comunità. In particolare, la piattaforma è una coalizione di oltre 50 soggetti che lavorano insieme per promuovere una società per tutte le età. La campagna dell’Anno europeo 2012 si basa su due punti centrali: il Manifesto comune per un’Unione Europea “Age-Friendly” entro il 2020 chiedendo un Patto dei sindaci sui cambiamenti demografici e una rete dell’UE in materia di ambiente “Age-Friendly” ed una congiunta tabella di marcia con azioni concrete da realizzare nel 2012.
Il moderatore Franco Iacop ha insistito sull’importanza cruciale della solidarietà tra le generazioni come collante per la società. Dopo queste presentazioni generali e introduttive, il pubblico ha avuto la possibilità di assistere ad un concerto di un “Coro Danito Dobrina”, riconosciuto a livello nazionale avendo cantato per il Papa in occasione del suo compleanno a Roma. Hanno interpretato quattro canzoni e concluso con l’Inno d’Europa, l’”Ode alla gioia”, basata sul movimento finale della nona Sinfonia di Beethoven.
Dopo questo momento emozionante, il professor Furio Honsell, sindaco di Udine hanno preso la parola per presentare al pubblico, in un modo molto interessante e interattivo, l’esperienza e la visione della città di Udine sulle politiche per gli anziani. Ha iniziato sottolineando l’importanza della parità e le conseguenze delle disuguaglianze nelle nostre società con particolare riferimento alla salute. Egli ha di mostrato che la città di Udine è molto coinvolta nell’aiutare gli anziani a rimanere attivi nella società e a lottare contro il loro isolamento. Ha precisato che la città di Udine è membro del patto dei sindaci e della rete europea delle  Città Sane, che è un progetto dell’Organizzazione Mondiale della Sanità. Alla fine ha presentato numerose attività organizzate dal Comune di Udine per aumentare la cittadinanza attiva tra tutte le generazioni e per facilitare lo scambio tra le generazioni.
La seconda parte del convegno è stata dedicata alla buone pratiche presentate da partner internazionali del progetto VIT e dagli attori locali della Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia, sui modi per coinvolgere gli anziani nelle loro comunità. Un ampio spazio è stato dato ai partner del progetto VIT per renderli in grado di condividere con i partecipanti i risultati della manifestazioni locale, che hanno già organizzato nell’ambito del progetto. In primo luogo Dorothee Fischer dell’associazione spagnola Recreatura ha presentato i risultati della manifestazione sul tema “Volontariato in tempi di crisi”, che l’associazione ha organizzato nell’ambito del progetto VIT a Valencia marzo 2012.
Dopo Agnieszka Dybowska del Comune di Bydgoszcz (Polonia) ha esposto le buone pratiche del Comune di Bydgoszcz nel campo delle politiche per anziani e i modi ei mezzi per utilizzare i gemellaggi tra città, in cui è coinvolto il Comune polacco, come uno strumento per l’invecchiamento attivo. Dybowska ha parlato in particolare sui gemellaggi sviluppati dal suo con città tedesche. In terzo luogo, Mirela Muca dall’Associazione dei Comuni albanesi ha esposto le conclusioni e le raccomandazioni sviluppate nel corso del convegno sul tema “Il ruolo delle Autorità locali nell’offerta di servizi sociali sull’invecchiamento”, organizzato a Tirana il 9-10 Maggio 2012 nell’ambito del progetto VIT. La signora Muca ha detto che questa conferenza ha avuto un’eco importante e ha suscitato un forte interesse di organizzazioni pubbliche e private in Albania, poiché era il primo evento organizzato su queste tematiche. Ella ha presentato anche le buone pratiche in materia di politiche per gli anziani di due comuni albanesi: Tirana e Kamza. Infine, Kristine Kulite, specialista degli affari esteri dell’Associazione lettone dei governi locali e regionali, e Dianela Stanculescu, dall’Associazione dei Comuni rumeni, hanno condiviso le buone prassi maturate nei loro paesi per migliorare l’invecchiamento attivo e la lotta contro l’isolamento dell’anziano, attraverso diversi tipi delle attività e delle politiche pubbliche.
L’ultima parte della conferenza è stata dedicata alla buone pratiche locali in materia di invecchiamento attivo. Il signor Ugo Lupatelli, presidente dell’Università della terza età di Trieste, ha presentato la sua organizzazione creata nel 1982 e finalizzata a mantenere attivi gli anziani nelle loro comunità attraverso numerose e diversificate attività. Poi Mattia Vinzi, presidente della associazione “Esisto”, ha mostrato un breve video sul progetto “Insieme si cresce”, finanziato dal programma Europa per i cittadini nella misura 4-Memoria, e che ha riunito persone di ogni età intorno l’idea di tenere insieme persone, fatti e ricordi da parte delle Regioni transfrontaliere del confine orientale e per riflettere sulla vita quotidiana di confine di fronte con i crimini del nazismo e dello stalinismo.
Infine, Antonella Valmorbida, Direttore di ALDA, ha concluso affermando che la necessità di scambio di buone pratiche e di esperienze è molto opportuna soprattutto nel campo dell’invecchiamento attivo, e che il progetto VIT è molto importante. Molte persone presenti hanno preso il microfono per esprimere la loro gratitudine agli organizzatori per aver scelto questo argomento e hanno nuovamente sottolineato l’importante ruolo degli enti locali e delle organizzazioni della società civile per rendere attivi gli anziani nelle loro comunità locali.

 


LES PERSONNES AGEES ACTIVES SONT UNE RESSOURCE IMPORTANTE DANS LA SOCIETE. LA CONFERENCE INTERNATIONALE DE VIT A UDINE LE 8 JUIN 2012

Permettre aux personnes âgées d’être actives dans la société constitue un outil fondamental pour lutter contre leur isolement et pour donner à la communauté l’opportunité de ne pas perdre une ressource importante. Ceci a été l’une des principales indications faites pendant la conférence internationale organisée par ALDA au sein du projet VIT le 8 juin à Udine (Italie).
Environ 150 personnes de toute l’Europe et des pays voisins ont assisté à cette conférence dont le titre était: “Vieillissement actif et gouvernance locale: comment impliquer les personnes âgées en tant que citoyens actifs dans leur communauté”.
Per Vinther, ancien Président de l’ALDA, a ouvert la conférence avec une présentation détaillée du projet VIT et a introduit le thème de la conférence. Il a souligné l’importance des jumelages des villes pour la construction d’une Europe ouverte et pacifique et l’importante nécessité de soutenir la citoyenneté active et les valeurs européennes dans l’Europe élargie. Il a expliqué que le projet VIT avait l’ambition de coller avec les priorités de l’Union Européenne et des années européennes pendant toute sa durée. Ainsi, en 2012, l’une des deux conférences organisées dans le cadre du projet VIT, touchait au thème du vieillissement actif en référence à l’année européenne 2012 du vieillissement actif et de la solidarité intergénérationnelle. Plus précisément, la conférence visait à parler du vieillissemnt actif dans le prisme du jumelage des villes et de la gouvernance au niveau local en insistant sur l’importance du volontariat et de la participation citoyenne des plus jeunes au moins jeunes au niveau local pour une bonne gouvernance et une société inclusive. Franco Iacop, Président de la Vème commission du Conseil Régional Frioul Vénétie Julienne, a moderé cette conférence et a expliqué que, en tant qu’administrateur public, il travaillait sur ces enjeux depuis un long moment et qu’il connait l’importance cruciale de permettre aux personnes agées d’être active dans la société et de lutter contre leur isolement.
Après une rapide présentation de l’agenda, les intervenants sont entrés dans le cœur du sujet. Marco Boaria, coordinateur de l’unité ressource et développement de l’Association des Agences de la démocratie locale, a commencé par une présentation du Programme Europe pour les Citoyens en insistant sur le fait que le programme contribuait à rendre les citoyens actifs, quelque soit leur âge. Marco Boaria a fait cette présentation au nom de Mrs Leila Giuseppina Nista, de l’Antenne Europe pour les Citoyens en Italie qui n’a pas pu participer à la conférence à cause d’autres engagements.
Puis Alice Sinigaglia, coordinatrice de la coalition et de la campagne de l’Année européenne 2012 sur le vieillissement actif et la solidarité intergénérationnelle, a présenté aux participants la plateforme AGE, son but et son travail ainsi que l’année. Pour Mme Sinigaglia, l’année européenne vise à accroitre l’ouverture des personnes sur le changement démographique qui doit être vu plus comme une opportunité que comme un défi. Elle a expliqué que la Plateforme visait à créer des environnements favorables aux personnes âgées, environnements qui jouent un rôle crucial pour permettre aux personnes âgées d’être actives dans leurs communautés. En particulier, la plateforme est une coalition de plus de 50 parties prenantes travaillant ensemble pour promouvoir une société pour tous les âges.  La campagne de l’année européenne 2012 est basée sur deux points centraux: le manifeste commun pour une Union Européenne favorable à tous les âges pour 2020 appelant à un engagement des Maires sur le changement démographique et une carte de route commune prévoyant les actions concrètes à implémenter en 2012. Le modérateur Franco Iacop a insisté sur l’importance de la solidarité entre les générations en tant que ciment de la société.
Après ces présentations générales et introductives, le public a eu la chance d’assister à un concert d’un Chœur appelé “Coro Danito Dobrina”, reconnue nationalement depuis qu’il a chanté devant le Pape à l’occasion de l’anniversaire de Rome. Ils ont interprété quatre chansons et ont fini par l’hymne de l’Europe, l’Ode à la Joie, basée sur le mouvement final de la 9ème symphonie de Beethoven.
Après ce moment émouvant, le professeur Furio Honsell, Maire de Udine a pris la parole pour présenter au public, de manière très intéressante et interactive, l’expérience et la vision de la Ville de Udine concernant les politiques des seniors. Il a commencé par rappeler l’importance de l’égalité et des conséquences de l’inégalité dans nos sociétés en terme de santé notamment. Il a montré que la Ville de Udine est très impliquée dans l’aide aux personnes âgées pour leur permettre de rester actives dans la société et de lutter contre leur isolement. Il a précisé que la Ville de Udine est membre de l’engagement des Maires et du réseau européen des villes en bonne santé qui est un projet de l’Organisation mondiale de la santé. Enfin Mr Honsell a présenté de nombreuses activités organisées par la Ville de Udine visant à stimuler la participation citoyenne au sein de toutes les générations et à faciliter l’échange entre les générations.
La seconde partie de la conférence a été consacrée aux bonnes pratiques des partenaires du projet VIT et des acteurs locaux de la région Frioul Vénétie Julienne sur les moyens d’impliquer les personnes âgées dans leurs communautés. Un large espace a été donné aux partenaires du projet VIT afin de leur permettre de partager, avec les participants, les résultats des évènements locaux qu’ils ont organisé dans le cadre du projet susmentionné. Tout d’abord, Dorothée Fischer, de l’association espagnole RECREATURA a présenté les résultats de l’évènement “le bénévolat en période de crise” organisé, dans le cadre du projet VIT, à Valence en mars 2012. Ensuite Agnieszka Dybowska de la municipalité de Bydgoszcz (Pologne) a exposé les bonnes pratiques de la Municipalité en matière de politiques publiques en faveur des personnes âgées et sur les moyens d’utiliser les jumelages de ville comme un outil permettant d’impliquer les personnes âgées au niveau local. Mrs Dybowska a, en particulier, parlé des jumelages de villes développés par sa Municipalité avec des villes allemandes. Dans un troisième temps, Mirela Muca, de l’association des municipalités albanaises, a partagé les conclusions et recommandations issues de la conférence “le rôle des autorités et gouvernements locaux dans l’offre de services sociaux” organisée à Tirana les 9 et 10 mai 2012 au sein du projet VIT. Mme Muca a expliqué que cette conférence a eu un écho important et a suscité un intérêt très fort parmi les organisations privées et publiques en Albanie, d’autant que c’était la première fois qu’un évènement sur ce sujet était organisé. Elle a également présenté les bonnes pratiques sur les politiques en faveur des seniors de deux municipalités albanaises: Tirana et Kamza. Enfin, Kristine Kulite, spécialiste des affaires étrangères de l’association latvienne des gouvernements locaux et régionaux, et Daniela Stanculescu de l’association des municipalités roumaines, ont partagé les bonnes pratiques des municipalités de leurs pays respectifs pour encourager le vieillissement actif et lutter contre l’isolement des personnes âgées à travers différentes activités et politiques publiques.
La dernière partie de la conférence a été consacrée aux bonnes pratiques sur le vieillissement actif développées au niveau local dans la région Frioul Vénétie Julienne. Monsieur Ugo Lupatelli, Président de l’université du troisième âge de Trieste, a pris la parole pour présenter son organisation créée en 1982 et visant à maintenir les personnes âgées actives dans leur communauté grâce à de nombreuses et diverses activités. Puis Mattia Vinzi, Président de l’association Exist, a montré une courte vidéo sur le projet “Ensemble, nous grandissons”, soutenu par le programme Europe pour les Citoyens sous l’action 4 Mémoire. Ce projet a rassemblé des personnes de tout âge autour de faits et de souvenirs liés aux régions frontalières de la frontière de l’Est et visait à réflechir sur des aspects de la vie quotidienne de ces frontières qui ont fait face aux crimes du nazisme et du stalinisme.
Antonella Valmorbida, Directrice de l’Association des Agences de la Démocratie Locale, a conclu en rappelant l’importance du projet VIT qui permet de satisfaire au besoin prégnant d’échange de bonnes pratiques et d’expériences sur le thème du vieillissement actif entre les acteurs concernés. Plusieurs participants à la conférence ont pris la parole pour exprimer leur gratitude aux organisateurs pour avoir choisi ce thème et ont insisté sur l’importance du rôle des autorités locales et des organisations de la société civile pour permettre aux personnes âgées d’être actives dans leurs communautés locales.


АКТИВНЫЕ ПОЖИЛЫЕ ЛЮДИ – БОЛЬШОЙ РЕСУРС ОБЩЕСТВА. МЕЖДУНАРОДНАЯ КОНФЕРЕНЦИЯ VITВ Г. УДИНЕ (I). 8 июня 2012

Повышение активности пожилых людей в обществе – важнейший инструмент в процессе борьбы с их изоляцией и в предоставлении сообществу возможности не потерять этот большой ресурс. Это один из главных факторов, выясненных международной конференцией, организованной Ассоциацией ALDA, в рамках проекта VIT 8 июня в г. Удине (Италия).
Конференцию под названием «Активная старость и местное управление: как сделать пожилых людей активными гражданами их местных сообществ» посетило около 150 человек со всей Европы и соседних стран.
Пер Винтер как бывший Президент Ассоциации ALDA открыл конференцию с подробной презентацией проекта VIT и введением в конференцию.
Он подчеркнул важность побратимства городов для строительства объективной и мирной Европы и растущую необходимость поддержать активную гражданскую позицию и европейские ценности в расширенной Европе. Он пояснил, что целью проекта VIT является соответствие приоритетам Европейского Союза и европейских годов в конце проекта. Поэтому, в 2012 году в г. Удине одна из двух международных конференций, организованная в рамках проекта VIT, сфокусирована на проблеме активной старости, обсуждаемой во время Европейского года активной старости и солидарности между поколениями. Точнее говоря, целью конференции был разговор об активной старости в свете побратимства городов и местного управления с особым вниманием к вопросу важности волонтерства и участия граждан, от молодежи до пожилых людей, для достижения надлежащего управления на местном уровне и вовлечения в общество. На этой конференции председательствовал Франко Якоп (Franco Iacop), Вице-президент V Постоянной комиссии Совета области Фриули-Венеция-Джулия, он объяснил, что, будучи государственный администратором, он имел дело со всеми этими проблемами в течение длительного времени, и он знает принципиальную важность превращения пожилых людей в активных членов общества и борьбы с их изоляцией.
После короткого представления повестки дня докладчики приступили к теме, и Марко Боариа (Marco Boaria), координатор секции по ресурсам и развитию из Ассоциации агентств местной демократии, выступил с презентацией программы «Европа для граждан», подчеркнув тот факт, что данная программа внесла свой вклад в дело превращения пожилых людей, а также всех граждан независимо от их возраста в активных членов общества. Марко Боариа сделал вот эту презентацию вместо и по поручению г-жи Лейлы Джузеппины Ниста (Leila Giuseppina Nista), из программы «Европа для граждан: место – Италия», которая не смогла посетить конференцию из-за других обязательств.
Затем Алис Синигалья (Alice Sinigaglia), координатор коалиции и кампании «2012 – Европейский год активной старости и солидарности между поколениями», представила участникам Платформу, ее цель и мероприятия, а также Европейский год 2012. Со слов г-жи Синигалья  целью Европейского года является повышение осведомленности о демократических изменениях и видение этих демократических изменениях в качестве возможности, а не вызова. Она пояснила, что цель Платформы – создание благоприятных условий для стареющего населения, играющих важную роль в предоставлении пожилым людям возможности оставаться здоровыми и активно вовлеченными в жизнь своих сообществ. В частности, платформа является коалицией, объединяющей свыше 50 участников, работающих вместе, чтобы содействовать обществу всех возрастов. Кампания Европейского года 2012 основана на двух основных моментах: совместном Манифесте о создании благоприятных условий для стареющего населения ЕС к 2020 году, призывающем   мэров заключать соглашения о демографических изменениях, и сеть благоприятных условий для стареющего населения ЕС, а также Дорожная карта с указанием конкретных мероприятий, которые должны быть осуществлены в 2012 году.
Председатель Франко Якоп настаивал на принципиальной важности солидарности между поколениями как связующего элемента общества.
После этих общих и вводных презентаций у аудитории был шанс помочь выступлению всенародно признанного хора под названием “Coro Danito Dobrina”, поскольку участники хора пели для Папы Римского по случаю дня рождения Рима. Они исполнили четыре песни и завершили гимном Европы – «Одой к радости» – основанным на финале девятой симфонии Бетховена.
После этого эмоционального момента профессор Фурио Хонселл (Furio Honsell), Мэр г. Удине, взял слово, чтобы представить публике очень интересным и интерактивным способом опыт и видение города Удине по вопросам политики по отношению к пожилым людям. Он начал, подчеркнув важность равенства и последствий неравенства в наших обществах с точки зрения здоровья. Он показал, что город Удине участвует в содействии пожилым людям оставаться активными членами общества и борется против их изоляции. Он уточнил, что город Удине является членом соглашения мэров и Европейской сети «Здоровые города», представляющей собой проект Всемирной организации здравоохранения. Он, наконец, представил многочисленные мероприятия, организованные городом Удине, для укрепления активной гражданской позиции среди всех поколений и для содействия разговору между поколениями.
Вторая часть конференции была посвящена надлежащим практическим методам международных партнеров VIT и местных участников из области Фриули-Венеция-Джулия о способах вовлечения пожилых людей в жизнь их сообществ. Много времени было дано партнерам по проекту VIT, чтобы они могли поделиться с участниками результатами местных мероприятий, уже организованными в рамках вышеуказанного проекта. Сначала Доротея Фишер (Dorothee Fischer) из испанской Ассоциации RECREATURA представила результаты мероприятия «Волонтерство во времена кризиса», организованное ассоциацией в рамках проекта VIT в Валенсии в марте 2012 года. Затем Агнешка Дыбовска (Agnieszka Dybowska) из Муниципалитета г. Быдгощ (Польша) раскрыла надлежащие практические методы Муниципалитета г. Быдгощ в области политики в отношении пожилых людей, а также способы и средства использовать побратимство городов, в котором принимает участие  Муниципалитет г. Быдгощ, как инструмент активной старости. Г-жа Дыбовска говорила, в частности, о побратимстве городов, которое развил ее Муниципалитет и городами Германии. В-третьих, Мирела Муча (Mirela Muca) из Ассоциации албанских муниципалитетов сделала выводы и дала рекомендации, разработанные во время конференции «Роль органов местного самоуправления в деле предложения социальных услуг пожилым людям», организованной в Тиране 9 – 10 мая 2012 года в рамках проекта VIT. Г-жа Муча сказала (qui link al pdf: Albania -good practices ALDA_8 June 2012), что эта конференция имела важный отголосок и пробудило большой интерес общественности и частных организаций в Албании, так как она была первым событием, организованным по этим проблемам. Она также представила надлежащие практические методы в области политики в отношении пожилых людей в двух албанских муниципалитетах: г. Тирана и г. Камза. Наконец, Кристин Кулите (Kristine Kulite), специалист по иностранным делам в Латвийской ассоциации местных и региональных правительств, и Дианела Станкулеску (Dianela Stanculescu) из Ассоциации румынских  муниципалитетов поделились надлежащей практикой латвийских и румынских  муниципалитетов, соответственно, по увеличению численности активных пожилых людей и борьбе против их изоляции посредством разного рода мероприятий и общественного мнения.
Последняя часть конференции была посвящена местным надлежащим практическим методам по проблеме активной старости. Г-н Уго Лупателли (Ugo Lupatelli), Президент Университета третьего возраста в г. Триест, взял слово, чтобы представить свою организацию, созданную в 1982 году с целью поддержки пожилых людей активными в их сообществах посредством многочисленных и разнообразных мероприятий. Затем Маттиа Винци (Mattia Vinzi), Президент Ассоциации Exist, показал короткий видеоролик по проекту «Вместе мы растем», предоставленный программой «Европа для граждан» в рамках мероприятия «Чтобы помнили», и который собрал людей всех возрастов вокруг идеи не разлучать людей, факты и воспоминания из регионов, прилегающих к восточным границам, и подумать о повседневной жизни на приграничных территориях, столкнувшихся с преступлениями нацизма и сталинизма.
Наконец, Антонелла Вальморбида, Директор Ассоциации агентств местной демократии, завершила конференцию, сказав, что необходимость обмена надлежащими практическими методами и опытом давно назрела, особенно, в области активной старости, именно поэтому проект VIT так важен. Несколько присутствующих взяли микрофон, чтобы выразить свою благодарность организаторам за выбор этой темы, и подчеркнули еще раз важную роль органов местного самоуправления и организаций гражданского общества в превращении пожилых людей в активных членов местных сообществ.

Making elderly active in the society is a fundamental tool to fight against their isolations and give to the community the opportunity of not losing a big resource. This is one of the main indications emerged by the international conference organised by ALDA within the project VIT on 8th June in Udine (Italy).
Around 150 people from all Europe and neighbouring countries attended the conference with title “Active Ageing and Local Governance: How to involve elderly as active citizens in their local communities”.

Per Vinther, as former President of ALDA, opened the conference with a detailed presentation of the project VIT and an introduction to the conference.
He stressed the importance of town twinning for the construction of an open-minded and peaceful Europe and the strong necessity to support active citizenship and European values in the enlarged Europe. He explained that the project VIT has the ambition to match with the priorities of the European Union and European Years during the last of the project. Therefore in 2012 in Udine, one of the two international conferences organised within the project VIT focused on the field of Active Ageingreferring to the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations.  More precisely, the conference aimed at speaking about Active Ageing in the prism of town-twinning and local governance with special focus on the importance of volunteering and citizens’ participation from younger to older at local level for good local governance and an inclusive society. Franco Iacop, Vice President of the V Permanent Commission of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Regional Council, moderated this conference and explained that, as public administrator, he has been dealing with these issues for a long time and knows the crucial importance to make elderly active in the society and to fight against their isolations.
After a short presentation of the agenda, speakers entered in the body of the subject and Marco Boaria, Resource and Development Unit Coordinator from the Association of Local Democracy Agencies, started with a presentation of the Europe for Citizens Programme stressing the fact that this programme contribute to make elderly active as well as all citizens whatever their ages. Marco Boaria made this presentation instead and on behalf of Mrs Leila Giuseppina Nista, from Europe for Citizens Point Italy, who cannot attend the conference due to other commitments.
Then Alice Sinigaglia, coordinator of the coalition and campaign of the 2012 European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, presented to participants the platform, its goal and work as well as the European Year 2012. For Mrs Sinigaglia, the European Year aims at raising the awareness on demographic change and to see it as an opportunity and not a challenge. She explained that the Platform aims at creating age-friendly environnements, which play a crucial role in enabling older people to remain healthy and actively involved in their communities. In particular, the platform is a Coalition of more than 50 stakeholders working together to promote a society for all ages. The European Year 2012 campaign is based on two central points: the joint Manifesto for an Age-Friendly EU by 2020 calling for a Covenant of Mayors on demographic change and a EU Network on Age-Friendly Environments and the joint Roadmap with concrete actions to be implemented in 2012.
The moderator Franco Iacop insisted on the crucial importance of solidarity between generations as glue for the society.
After these general and introductory presentations, the public had the chance to assist to a concert of a choir called “Coro Danito Dobrina”, nationally recognised since they sang for the Pope at the occasion of the birthday of Roma. They interpreted four songs and finished with the Anthem of Europe, the “Ode to Joy” based on the final movement of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.
After this emotional moment, Professor Furio Honsell, Mayor of Udine took the floor to present to the public, in a very interesting and interactive way, the experience and vision of the City of Udine on senior policies. He started by stressing on the importance of the equality and the consequences of inequality in our societies in term of health notably. He showed that the City of Udine is very involved in helping elderly to stay active in the society and to fight against their isolation. He precised that the City of Udine is member of covenant of Mayors and of the Healthy Cities European Networks, which is a project of the World Health Organisation. He finally presented numerous activities organised by the City of Udine for increasing active citizenship among all generations and for facilitating the exchange between generations.
The second part of the conference was dedicated to good practices from VIT international partners and local actors from the Region Friuli Venezia Giulia on the ways to involve elderly in their communities. A large space was given to partners of the VIT project to make them able to share with participants the results of the local event they have already organised within the above-mentioned project. Firstly, Dorothee Fischer from the Spanish association RECREATURA presented  the results of the event on “Volunteering in times of crisis” the association organised within the project VIT in Valencia on March 2012.Then Agnieszka Dybowska from the Municipality of Bydgoszcz (Poland) exposed the good practices of the Municipality of Bydgoszcz on the field of seniors’ policies and the ways and means to use the town twinnings, in which the Municipality of Bydgoszcz is involved, as a tool for active ageing. Mrs Dybowska talked particularly about the town twinning her Municipality developed with German Cities. Thirdly, Mirela Muca from the Association of Albanian Municipalities gave the conclusions and recommendations developed during the conference on “The Role of the Local Government Authorities Units in Offering Social Services – Ageing” organised in Tirana on 9th-10th May 2012 within the project VIT. Mrs Muca sayed that this conference had an important echo and aroused a strong interest of public and private organisations in Albania since it was the first event organised on these tackled issues.She also presented good practices on senior policies in two Albanian municipalities: Tirana and Kamza. Finally, Kristine Kulite, specialist of foreign affairs in Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments, and Dianela Stanculescu, from the Association of Romanian Municipalities, shared good practices of Latvian and Romanian Municipalities respectively to enhance active ageing and fight against senior’s isolation through different kind of activities and public policies.
The last part of the conference was dedicated to local good practices on active ageing.  Mr Ugo Lupatelli, President of the University of Third Age of Trieste, took the floor to introduce his organisation created in 1982 and aiming at maintaining elderly active in their communities through numerous and diversified activities. Then Mattia Vinzi, President of the association Exist, showed a short video on the project “Together we grow”, granted by the Europe for Citizens Programme under the action 4-Remembrance, and which gathered people of all ages around the idea to keep together people, facts and memories from the Cross Border Regions of the Eastern Border and to reflect about the everyday life on the borders facing with the crimes of Nazism and Stalinism.
Finally Antonella Valmorbida, Director of the Association of Local Democracy Agencies, concluded and sayed that the need of exchange of good practices and experiences is very pregnant especially on the field of active ageing, that is the project VIT is so much important. Several attending person took the microphone to express their gratitude to organisers for having chosen this subject and stressed again the important role of Local Authorities and Civil Society Organisations in making elderly active in their local communities.

 

 


GLI ANZIANI ATTIVI SONO UNA GRANDE RISORSA PER LA SOCIETA’. UNA CONFERENZA INTERNAZIONALE DEL PROGETTO VIT A UDINE. 8 giugno 2012

Rendere attivi gli anziani nella società è uno strumento fondamentale per combattere contro il loro isolamento e dare alla comunità la possibilità di non perdere una grande risorsa. Questa è una delle principali indicazioni emerse dalla conferenza internazionale organizzata da ALDA nell’ambito del progetto VIT l’8 giugno a Udine.
Circa 150 persone provenienti da tutta Europa e dai paesi di vicinato hanno partecipato alla conferenza dal titolo “Invecchiamento attivo e governance locale: come coinvolgere gli anziani da cittadini attivi nelle loro comunità”. Per Vinther, in qualità di ex presidente di ALDA, ha aperto la conferenza con una presentazione dettagliata del progetto VIT. Ha sottolineato l’importanza del gemellaggio tra città per la costruzione di una mentalità aperta e pacifica in Europa e la forte necessità di sostenere la cittadinanza attiva ed i valori europei nell’Europa allargata. Ha spiegato che il progetto VIT ha l’ambizione di corrispondere con le priorità dell’Unione europea e dell’Anno Europeo, nell’ultimo periodo del progetto. Pertanto a Udine, una delle due conferenze internazionali organizzate nell’ambito del progetto VIT si è concentrata sul campo dell’invecchiamento attivo, in riferimento all’Anno europeo dell’invecchiamento attivo e della solidarietà tra le generazioni. Più precisamente, la conferenza ha mirato a discutere di invecchiamento attivo nel quadro di gemellaggi tra città e governo locale, con particolare attenzione sull’importanza del volontariato e della partecipazione dei cittadini dal più giovane al più vecchio a livello locale per la buona governance e per una società inclusiva.
Franco Iacop, Vice Presidente della V Commissione Permanente del Consiglio regionale del Friuli Venezia Giulia, moderando questa conferenza ha spiegato che, come amministratore pubblico che si occupa di questi temi da molto tempo, conosce l’importanza cruciale del rendere gli anziani attivi nella società e del combattere contro i loro isolamento. Dopo una breve presentazione dell’ordine del giorno, i relatori sono entrati nel vivo dell’argomento e Marco Boaria, Coordinatore dell’Unità risorse e sviluppo di ALDA, ha presentato il programma Europa per i cittadini, sottolineando il fatto che esso contribuisce a rendere gli anziani attivi così come tutti i cittadini, qualunque sia la loro età. Boaria ha poi illustrato la presentazione della signora Leila Giuseppina Nista, dell’Europa per i cittadini Point Italia, che non ha potuto partecipare alla conferenza a causa di altri impegni.
Poi Alice Sinigaglia, coordinatore della coalizione e la campagna del 2012 anno europeo dell’invecchiamento attivo e della solidarietà tra le generazioni, ha presentato ai partecipanti la piattaforma, il suo obiettivo e il lavoro, nonché l’Anno europeo 2012. Per la signora Sinigaglia, l’Anno europeo mira a sensibilizzare sul cambiamento demografico e a vederlo come un’opportunità e non una sfida. Ha spiegato che la piattaforma mira a creare un ambiente favorevole all’età, elemento cruciale nel consentire agli anziani di rimanere in buona salute e attivamente coinvolti nella loro comunità. In particolare, la piattaforma è una coalizione di oltre 50 soggetti che lavorano insieme per promuovere una società per tutte le età. La campagna dell’Anno europeo 2012 si basa su due punti centrali: il Manifesto comune per un’Unione Europea “Age-Friendly” entro il 2020 chiedendo un Patto dei sindaci sui cambiamenti demografici e una rete dell’UE in materia di ambiente “Age-Friendly” ed una congiunta tabella di marcia con azioni concrete da realizzare nel 2012.
Il moderatore Franco Iacop ha insistito sull’importanza cruciale della solidarietà tra le generazioni come collante per la società. Dopo queste presentazioni generali e introduttive, il pubblico ha avuto la possibilità di assistere ad un concerto di un “Coro Danito Dobrina”, riconosciuto a livello nazionale avendo cantato per il Papa in occasione del suo compleanno a Roma. Hanno interpretato quattro canzoni e concluso con l’Inno d’Europa, l’”Ode alla gioia”, basata sul movimento finale della nona Sinfonia di Beethoven.
Dopo questo momento emozionante, il professor Furio Honsell, sindaco di Udine hanno preso la parola per presentare al pubblico, in un modo molto interessante e interattivo, l’esperienza e la visione della città di Udine sulle politiche per gli anziani. Ha iniziato sottolineando l’importanza della parità e le conseguenze delle disuguaglianze nelle nostre società con particolare riferimento alla salute. Egli ha di mostrato che la città di Udine è molto coinvolta nell’aiutare gli anziani a rimanere attivi nella società e a lottare contro il loro isolamento. Ha precisato che la città di Udine è membro del patto dei sindaci e della rete europea delle  Città Sane, che è un progetto dell’Organizzazione Mondiale della Sanità. Alla fine ha presentato numerose attività organizzate dal Comune di Udine per aumentare la cittadinanza attiva tra tutte le generazioni e per facilitare lo scambio tra le generazioni.
La seconda parte del convegno è stata dedicata alla buone pratiche presentate da partner internazionali del progetto VIT e dagli attori locali della Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia, sui modi per coinvolgere gli anziani nelle loro comunità. Un ampio spazio è stato dato ai partner del progetto VIT per renderli in grado di condividere con i partecipanti i risultati della manifestazioni locale, che hanno già organizzato nell’ambito del progetto. In primo luogo Dorothee Fischer dell’associazione spagnola Recreatura ha presentato i risultati della manifestazione sul tema “Volontariato in tempi di crisi”, che l’associazione ha organizzato nell’ambito del progetto VIT a Valencia marzo 2012.
Dopo Agnieszka Dybowska del Comune di Bydgoszcz (Polonia) ha esposto le buone pratiche del Comune di Bydgoszcz nel campo delle politiche per anziani e i modi ei mezzi per utilizzare i gemellaggi tra città, in cui è coinvolto il Comune polacco, come uno strumento per l’invecchiamento attivo. Dybowska ha parlato in particolare sui gemellaggi sviluppati dal suo con città tedesche. In terzo luogo, Mirela Muca dall’Associazione dei Comuni albanesi ha esposto le conclusioni e le raccomandazioni sviluppate nel corso del convegno sul tema “Il ruolo delle Autorità locali nell’offerta di servizi sociali sull’invecchiamento”, organizzato a Tirana il 9-10 Maggio 2012 nell’ambito del progetto VIT. La signora Muca ha detto che questa conferenza ha avuto un’eco importante e ha suscitato un forte interesse di organizzazioni pubbliche e private in Albania, poiché era il primo evento organizzato su queste tematiche. Ella ha presentato anche le buone pratiche in materia di politiche per gli anziani di due comuni albanesi: Tirana e Kamza. Infine, Kristine Kulite, specialista degli affari esteri dell’Associazione lettone dei governi locali e regionali, e Dianela Stanculescu, dall’Associazione dei Comuni rumeni, hanno condiviso le buone prassi maturate nei loro paesi per migliorare l’invecchiamento attivo e la lotta contro l’isolamento dell’anziano, attraverso diversi tipi delle attività e delle politiche pubbliche.
L’ultima parte della conferenza è stata dedicata alla buone pratiche locali in materia di invecchiamento attivo. Il signor Ugo Lupatelli, presidente dell’Università della terza età di Trieste, ha presentato la sua organizzazione creata nel 1982 e finalizzata a mantenere attivi gli anziani nelle loro comunità attraverso numerose e diversificate attività. Poi Mattia Vinzi, presidente della associazione “Esisto”, ha mostrato un breve video sul progetto “Insieme si cresce”, finanziato dal programma Europa per i cittadini nella misura 4-Memoria, e che ha riunito persone di ogni età intorno l’idea di tenere insieme persone, fatti e ricordi da parte delle Regioni transfrontaliere del confine orientale e per riflettere sulla vita quotidiana di confine di fronte con i crimini del nazismo e dello stalinismo.
Infine, Antonella Valmorbida, Direttore di ALDA, ha concluso affermando che la necessità di scambio di buone pratiche e di esperienze è molto opportuna soprattutto nel campo dell’invecchiamento attivo, e che il progetto VIT è molto importante. Molte persone presenti hanno preso il microfono per esprimere la loro gratitudine agli organizzatori per aver scelto questo argomento e hanno nuovamente sottolineato l’importante ruolo degli enti locali e delle organizzazioni della società civile per rendere attivi gli anziani nelle loro comunità locali.

 


LES PERSONNES AGEES ACTIVES SONT UNE RESSOURCE IMPORTANTE DANS LA SOCIETE. LA CONFERENCE INTERNATIONALE DE VIT A UDINE LE 8 JUIN 2012

Permettre aux personnes âgées d’être actives dans la société constitue un outil fondamental pour lutter contre leur isolement et pour donner à la communauté l’opportunité de ne pas perdre une ressource importante. Ceci a été l’une des principales indications faites pendant la conférence internationale organisée par ALDA au sein du projet VIT le 8 juin à Udine (Italie).
Environ 150 personnes de toute l’Europe et des pays voisins ont assisté à cette conférence dont le titre était: “Vieillissement actif et gouvernance locale: comment impliquer les personnes âgées en tant que citoyens actifs dans leur communauté”.
Per Vinther, ancien Président de l’ALDA, a ouvert la conférence avec une présentation détaillée du projet VIT et a introduit le thème de la conférence. Il a souligné l’importance des jumelages des villes pour la construction d’une Europe ouverte et pacifique et l’importante nécessité de soutenir la citoyenneté active et les valeurs européennes dans l’Europe élargie. Il a expliqué que le projet VIT avait l’ambition de coller avec les priorités de l’Union Européenne et des années européennes pendant toute sa durée. Ainsi, en 2012, l’une des deux conférences organisées dans le cadre du projet VIT, touchait au thème du vieillissement actif en référence à l’année européenne 2012 du vieillissement actif et de la solidarité intergénérationnelle. Plus précisément, la conférence visait à parler du vieillissemnt actif dans le prisme du jumelage des villes et de la gouvernance au niveau local en insistant sur l’importance du volontariat et de la participation citoyenne des plus jeunes au moins jeunes au niveau local pour une bonne gouvernance et une société inclusive. Franco Iacop, Président de la Vème commission du Conseil Régional Frioul Vénétie Julienne, a moderé cette conférence et a expliqué que, en tant qu’administrateur public, il travaillait sur ces enjeux depuis un long moment et qu’il connait l’importance cruciale de permettre aux personnes agées d’être active dans la société et de lutter contre leur isolement.
Après une rapide présentation de l’agenda, les intervenants sont entrés dans le cœur du sujet. Marco Boaria, coordinateur de l’unité ressource et développement de l’Association des Agences de la démocratie locale, a commencé par une présentation du Programme Europe pour les Citoyens en insistant sur le fait que le programme contribuait à rendre les citoyens actifs, quelque soit leur âge. Marco Boaria a fait cette présentation au nom de Mrs Leila Giuseppina Nista, de l’Antenne Europe pour les Citoyens en Italie qui n’a pas pu participer à la conférence à cause d’autres engagements.
Puis Alice Sinigaglia, coordinatrice de la coalition et de la campagne de l’Année européenne 2012 sur le vieillissement actif et la solidarité intergénérationnelle, a présenté aux participants la plateforme AGE, son but et son travail ainsi que l’année. Pour Mme Sinigaglia, l’année européenne vise à accroitre l’ouverture des personnes sur le changement démographique qui doit être vu plus comme une opportunité que comme un défi. Elle a expliqué que la Plateforme visait à créer des environnements favorables aux personnes âgées, environnements qui jouent un rôle crucial pour permettre aux personnes âgées d’être actives dans leurs communautés. En particulier, la plateforme est une coalition de plus de 50 parties prenantes travaillant ensemble pour promouvoir une société pour tous les âges.  La campagne de l’année européenne 2012 est basée sur deux points centraux: le manifeste commun pour une Union Européenne favorable à tous les âges pour 2020 appelant à un engagement des Maires sur le changement démographique et une carte de route commune prévoyant les actions concrètes à implémenter en 2012. Le modérateur Franco Iacop a insisté sur l’importance de la solidarité entre les générations en tant que ciment de la société.
Après ces présentations générales et introductives, le public a eu la chance d’assister à un concert d’un Chœur appelé “Coro Danito Dobrina”, reconnue nationalement depuis qu’il a chanté devant le Pape à l’occasion de l’anniversaire de Rome. Ils ont interprété quatre chansons et ont fini par l’hymne de l’Europe, l’Ode à la Joie, basée sur le mouvement final de la 9ème symphonie de Beethoven.
Après ce moment émouvant, le professeur Furio Honsell, Maire de Udine a pris la parole pour présenter au public, de manière très intéressante et interactive, l’expérience et la vision de la Ville de Udine concernant les politiques des seniors. Il a commencé par rappeler l’importance de l’égalité et des conséquences de l’inégalité dans nos sociétés en terme de santé notamment. Il a montré que la Ville de Udine est très impliquée dans l’aide aux personnes âgées pour leur permettre de rester actives dans la société et de lutter contre leur isolement. Il a précisé que la Ville de Udine est membre de l’engagement des Maires et du réseau européen des villes en bonne santé qui est un projet de l’Organisation mondiale de la santé. Enfin Mr Honsell a présenté de nombreuses activités organisées par la Ville de Udine visant à stimuler la participation citoyenne au sein de toutes les générations et à faciliter l’échange entre les générations.
La seconde partie de la conférence a été consacrée aux bonnes pratiques des partenaires du projet VIT et des acteurs locaux de la région Frioul Vénétie Julienne sur les moyens d’impliquer les personnes âgées dans leurs communautés. Un large espace a été donné aux partenaires du projet VIT afin de leur permettre de partager, avec les participants, les résultats des évènements locaux qu’ils ont organisé dans le cadre du projet susmentionné. Tout d’abord, Dorothée Fischer, de l’association espagnole RECREATURA a présenté les résultats de l’évènement “le bénévolat en période de crise” organisé, dans le cadre du projet VIT, à Valence en mars 2012. Ensuite Agnieszka Dybowska de la municipalité de Bydgoszcz (Pologne) a exposé les bonnes pratiques de la Municipalité en matière de politiques publiques en faveur des personnes âgées et sur les moyens d’utiliser les jumelages de ville comme un outil permettant d’impliquer les personnes âgées au niveau local. Mrs Dybowska a, en particulier, parlé des jumelages de villes développés par sa Municipalité avec des villes allemandes. Dans un troisième temps, Mirela Muca, de l’association des municipalités albanaises, a partagé les conclusions et recommandations issues de la conférence “le rôle des autorités et gouvernements locaux dans l’offre de services sociaux” organisée à Tirana les 9 et 10 mai 2012 au sein du projet VIT. Mme Muca a expliqué que cette conférence a eu un écho important et a suscité un intérêt très fort parmi les organisations privées et publiques en Albanie, d’autant que c’était la première fois qu’un évènement sur ce sujet était organisé. Elle a également présenté les bonnes pratiques sur les politiques en faveur des seniors de deux municipalités albanaises: Tirana et Kamza. Enfin, Kristine Kulite, spécialiste des affaires étrangères de l’association latvienne des gouvernements locaux et régionaux, et Daniela Stanculescu de l’association des municipalités roumaines, ont partagé les bonnes pratiques des municipalités de leurs pays respectifs pour encourager le vieillissement actif et lutter contre l’isolement des personnes âgées à travers différentes activités et politiques publiques.
La dernière partie de la conférence a été consacrée aux bonnes pratiques sur le vieillissement actif développées au niveau local dans la région Frioul Vénétie Julienne. Monsieur Ugo Lupatelli, Président de l’université du troisième âge de Trieste, a pris la parole pour présenter son organisation créée en 1982 et visant à maintenir les personnes âgées actives dans leur communauté grâce à de nombreuses et diverses activités. Puis Mattia Vinzi, Président de l’association Exist, a montré une courte vidéo sur le projet “Ensemble, nous grandissons”, soutenu par le programme Europe pour les Citoyens sous l’action 4 Mémoire. Ce projet a rassemblé des personnes de tout âge autour de faits et de souvenirs liés aux régions frontalières de la frontière de l’Est et visait à réflechir sur des aspects de la vie quotidienne de ces frontières qui ont fait face aux crimes du nazisme et du stalinisme.
Antonella Valmorbida, Directrice de l’Association des Agences de la Démocratie Locale, a conclu en rappelant l’importance du projet VIT qui permet de satisfaire au besoin prégnant d’échange de bonnes pratiques et d’expériences sur le thème du vieillissement actif entre les acteurs concernés. Plusieurs participants à la conférence ont pris la parole pour exprimer leur gratitude aux organisateurs pour avoir choisi ce thème et ont insisté sur l’importance du rôle des autorités locales et des organisations de la société civile pour permettre aux personnes âgées d’être actives dans leurs communautés locales.


АКТИВНЫЕ ПОЖИЛЫЕ ЛЮДИ – БОЛЬШОЙ РЕСУРС ОБЩЕСТВА. МЕЖДУНАРОДНАЯ КОНФЕРЕНЦИЯ VITВ Г. УДИНЕ (I). 8 июня 2012

Повышение активности пожилых людей в обществе – важнейший инструмент в процессе борьбы с их изоляцией и в предоставлении сообществу возможности не потерять этот большой ресурс. Это один из главных факторов, выясненных международной конференцией, организованной Ассоциацией ALDA, в рамках проекта VIT 8 июня в г. Удине (Италия).
Конференцию под названием «Активная старость и местное управление: как сделать пожилых людей активными гражданами их местных сообществ» посетило около 150 человек со всей Европы и соседних стран.
Пер Винтер как бывший Президент Ассоциации ALDA открыл конференцию с подробной презентацией проекта VIT и введением в конференцию.
Он подчеркнул важность побратимства городов для строительства объективной и мирной Европы и растущую необходимость поддержать активную гражданскую позицию и европейские ценности в расширенной Европе. Он пояснил, что целью проекта VIT является соответствие приоритетам Европейского Союза и европейских годов в конце проекта. Поэтому, в 2012 году в г. Удине одна из двух международных конференций, организованная в рамках проекта VIT, сфокусирована на проблеме активной старости, обсуждаемой во время Европейского года активной старости и солидарности между поколениями. Точнее говоря, целью конференции был разговор об активной старости в свете побратимства городов и местного управления с особым вниманием к вопросу важности волонтерства и участия граждан, от молодежи до пожилых людей, для достижения надлежащего управления на местном уровне и вовлечения в общество. На этой конференции председательствовал Франко Якоп (Franco Iacop), Вице-президент V Постоянной комиссии Совета области Фриули-Венеция-Джулия, он объяснил, что, будучи государственный администратором, он имел дело со всеми этими проблемами в течение длительного времени, и он знает принципиальную важность превращения пожилых людей в активных членов общества и борьбы с их изоляцией.
После короткого представления повестки дня докладчики приступили к теме, и Марко Боариа (Marco Boaria), координатор секции по ресурсам и развитию из Ассоциации агентств местной демократии, выступил с презентацией программы «Европа для граждан», подчеркнув тот факт, что данная программа внесла свой вклад в дело превращения пожилых людей, а также всех граждан независимо от их возраста в активных членов общества. Марко Боариа сделал вот эту презентацию вместо и по поручению г-жи Лейлы Джузеппины Ниста (Leila Giuseppina Nista), из программы «Европа для граждан: место – Италия», которая не смогла посетить конференцию из-за других обязательств.
Затем Алис Синигалья (Alice Sinigaglia), координатор коалиции и кампании «2012 – Европейский год активной старости и солидарности между поколениями», представила участникам Платформу, ее цель и мероприятия, а также Европейский год 2012. Со слов г-жи Синигалья  целью Европейского года является повышение осведомленности о демократических изменениях и видение этих демократических изменениях в качестве возможности, а не вызова. Она пояснила, что цель Платформы – создание благоприятных условий для стареющего населения, играющих важную роль в предоставлении пожилым людям возможности оставаться здоровыми и активно вовлеченными в жизнь своих сообществ. В частности, платформа является коалицией, объединяющей свыше 50 участников, работающих вместе, чтобы содействовать обществу всех возрастов. Кампания Европейского года 2012 основана на двух основных моментах: совместном Манифесте о создании благоприятных условий для стареющего населения ЕС к 2020 году, призывающем   мэров заключать соглашения о демографических изменениях, и сеть благоприятных условий для стареющего населения ЕС, а также Дорожная карта с указанием конкретных мероприятий, которые должны быть осуществлены в 2012 году.
Председатель Франко Якоп настаивал на принципиальной важности солидарности между поколениями как связующего элемента общества.
После этих общих и вводных презентаций у аудитории был шанс помочь выступлению всенародно признанного хора под названием “Coro Danito Dobrina”, поскольку участники хора пели для Папы Римского по случаю дня рождения Рима. Они исполнили четыре песни и завершили гимном Европы – «Одой к радости» – основанным на финале девятой симфонии Бетховена.
После этого эмоционального момента профессор Фурио Хонселл (Furio Honsell), Мэр г. Удине, взял слово, чтобы представить публике очень интересным и интерактивным способом опыт и видение города Удине по вопросам политики по отношению к пожилым людям. Он начал, подчеркнув важность равенства и последствий неравенства в наших обществах с точки зрения здоровья. Он показал, что город Удине участвует в содействии пожилым людям оставаться активными членами общества и борется против их изоляции. Он уточнил, что город Удине является членом соглашения мэров и Европейской сети «Здоровые города», представляющей собой проект Всемирной организации здравоохранения. Он, наконец, представил многочисленные мероприятия, организованные городом Удине, для укрепления активной гражданской позиции среди всех поколений и для содействия разговору между поколениями.
Вторая часть конференции была посвящена надлежащим практическим методам международных партнеров VIT и местных участников из области Фриули-Венеция-Джулия о способах вовлечения пожилых людей в жизнь их сообществ. Много времени было дано партнерам по проекту VIT, чтобы они могли поделиться с участниками результатами местных мероприятий, уже организованными в рамках вышеуказанного проекта. Сначала Доротея Фишер (Dorothee Fischer) из испанской Ассоциации RECREATURA представила результаты мероприятия «Волонтерство во времена кризиса», организованное ассоциацией в рамках проекта VIT в Валенсии в марте 2012 года. Затем Агнешка Дыбовска (Agnieszka Dybowska) из Муниципалитета г. Быдгощ (Польша) раскрыла надлежащие практические методы Муниципалитета г. Быдгощ в области политики в отношении пожилых людей, а также способы и средства использовать побратимство городов, в котором принимает участие  Муниципалитет г. Быдгощ, как инструмент активной старости. Г-жа Дыбовска говорила, в частности, о побратимстве городов, которое развил ее Муниципалитет и городами Германии. В-третьих, Мирела Муча (Mirela Muca) из Ассоциации албанских муниципалитетов сделала выводы и дала рекомендации, разработанные во время конференции «Роль органов местного самоуправления в деле предложения социальных услуг пожилым людям», организованной в Тиране 9 – 10 мая 2012 года в рамках проекта VIT. Г-жа Муча сказала (qui link al pdf: Albania -good practices ALDA_8 June 2012), что эта конференция имела важный отголосок и пробудило большой интерес общественности и частных организаций в Албании, так как она была первым событием, организованным по этим проблемам. Она также представила надлежащие практические методы в области политики в отношении пожилых людей в двух албанских муниципалитетах: г. Тирана и г. Камза. Наконец, Кристин Кулите (Kristine Kulite), специалист по иностранным делам в Латвийской ассоциации местных и региональных правительств, и Дианела Станкулеску (Dianela Stanculescu) из Ассоциации румынских  муниципалитетов поделились надлежащей практикой латвийских и румынских  муниципалитетов, соответственно, по увеличению численности активных пожилых людей и борьбе против их изоляции посредством разного рода мероприятий и общественного мнения.
Последняя часть конференции была посвящена местным надлежащим практическим методам по проблеме активной старости. Г-н Уго Лупателли (Ugo Lupatelli), Президент Университета третьего возраста в г. Триест, взял слово, чтобы представить свою организацию, созданную в 1982 году с целью поддержки пожилых людей активными в их сообществах посредством многочисленных и разнообразных мероприятий. Затем Маттиа Винци (Mattia Vinzi), Президент Ассоциации Exist, показал короткий видеоролик по проекту «Вместе мы растем», предоставленный программой «Европа для граждан» в рамках мероприятия «Чтобы помнили», и который собрал людей всех возрастов вокруг идеи не разлучать людей, факты и воспоминания из регионов, прилегающих к восточным границам, и подумать о повседневной жизни на приграничных территориях, столкнувшихся с преступлениями нацизма и сталинизма.
Наконец, Антонелла Вальморбида, Директор Ассоциации агентств местной демократии, завершила конференцию, сказав, что необходимость обмена надлежащими практическими методами и опытом давно назрела, особенно, в области активной старости, именно поэтому проект VIT так важен. Несколько присутствующих взяли микрофон, чтобы выразить свою благодарность организаторам за выбор этой темы, и подчеркнули еще раз важную роль органов местного самоуправления и организаций гражданского общества в превращении пожилых людей в активных членов местных сообществ.


ORIANO OTOČAN, ISTRIA REGION, ELECTED NEW PRESIDENT OF ALDA

Oriano Otočan is the new President of ALDA, the Association  of Local Democracy Agencies. He represents The Istria Region, Croatia, where he served first as a Member of the Regional Government, and afterwards as Director of Department in charge of international cooperation and European integration.
He has been elected by the Governing Board of ALDA, that has been renewed by the General Assembly the of the Association.
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In the Bureau, with Otočan, has been elected also Imislawa Gorska, Principal of the International School of Bydgoszcz, Poland, Vicepresident, Alessandro Perelli, Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, Italy, Vicepresident, Paula Rauzan, Delegate of the local Democracy Agency of Sisak, Croatia, Secretary, and Roger Lawrence, Municipality of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom, Treasurer.
Other elected members of the Governing Board will be for the next four years also Per Vinther, past President, Alain Tourret, Vicepresident of Lower Normandy Region, Mircea Cosma, President of Prahova County, Romania, Valery Deschamps, President of the Association “Maison de l’Europe”, Caen, France, Dobrica Milovanovic, Deputy Mayor of the City of Kragujevac, Serbia, Ruggiero Mennea, Councillor of Apulia Region, Italy, and Lucio Gregoretti, Municipality of Monfalcone, Italy.
“It is important to continue the ALDA activities in the countries of South East Europe – stated Oriano Otočan, new ALDA President – because, if it is true that Croatia will be soon an EU member, is also true that other countries are still too much centralized, and have in front other steps toward the EU integration. ALDA can be surely an actor in this path and can be helpful to provide and support these countries in achieving the necessary requesits.
Also thanks to its experiences in Croatia, ALDA will work to guarantee a stronger citizen participation, the strengthening of local authorities and a development that meets the needs of citizens”.

Oriano Otočan is the new President of ALDA, the Association  of Local Democracy Agencies. He represents The Istria Region, Croatia, where he served first as a Member of the Regional Government, and afterwards as Director of Department in charge of international cooperation and European integration.
He has been elected by the Governing Board of ALDA, that has been renewed by the General Assembly the of the Association.
Press clipping

In the Bureau, with Otočan, has been elected also Imislawa Gorska, Principal of the International School of Bydgoszcz, Poland, Vicepresident, Alessandro Perelli, Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, Italy, Vicepresident, Paula Rauzan, Delegate of the local Democracy Agency of Sisak, Croatia, Secretary, and Roger Lawrence, Municipality of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom, Treasurer.
Other elected members of the Governing Board will be for the next four years also Per Vinther, past President, Alain Tourret, Vicepresident of Lower Normandy Region, Mircea Cosma, President of Prahova County, Romania, Valery Deschamps, President of the Association “Maison de l’Europe”, Caen, France, Dobrica Milovanovic, Deputy Mayor of the City of Kragujevac, Serbia, Ruggiero Mennea, Councillor of Apulia Region, Italy, and Lucio Gregoretti, Municipality of Monfalcone, Italy.
“It is important to continue the ALDA activities in the countries of South East Europe – stated Oriano Otočan, new ALDA President – because, if it is true that Croatia will be soon an EU member, is also true that other countries are still too much centralized, and have in front other steps toward the EU integration. ALDA can be surely an actor in this path and can be helpful to provide and support these countries in achieving the necessary requesits.
Also thanks to its experiences in Croatia, ALDA will work to guarantee a stronger citizen participation, the strengthening of local authorities and a development that meets the needs of citizens”.


A GREATER ROLE OF NGOs AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES IN ENHANCING LOCAL DEMOCRACY IN NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES IS NEEDED

After Slovenia, Croatia will  join the EU in the next year, having achieved the requirements for access. In particular, those related to democracy and decentralization, real pillars, in addition to economic aspects, in belonging to the great European family.
This result comes after a path that started twenty years ago, following the conflict in former Yugoslavia.
ALDA was one of the actors of this path, with the support of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, and with its network, made by the eleven Local Democracy Agencies active in the Balkan countries, and hundreds of partners, particularly local authorities, NGOs and civil society.

A special role in these years has been played by the Region Friuli Venezia Giulia, that hosted (June 7 and 8) in Udine, besides the annual general meeting 2012 of ALDA, also the international conference on “Strengthening the role of citizens and local governance in the neighbouring countries”, whose objective was to evaluate whether the experiences gained with success in South East Europe can be used and replicated in other countries which now live a transition to democratic regimes.
ALDA is already doing it in the South Caucasus, where two Agencies are now active in Georgia (Kutaisi) and Armenia (Gyumri ) and is working for the opening of a new Agency in Azerbaijan.
The need for Europe is to complete the path in the Balkans, a region that needs the political and economic stability that would result from further enlargement, but also to  give practical support to the “Arab spring”, the revolution that in the last year has reversed in some countries, and is still trying to do so in others, authoritarian regimes and dictatorships to give birth to new democracies.
“In moments of crisis should be promoted even more strongly the processes of participatory democracy, strengthening information networks, exchange of knowledge and opportunities, especially for young people and social groups that need it most: it is why I think that the commitment of ALDA is important and especially of the volunteers in all our communities in supporting the  growth of people in disadvantage situation” said the President of Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, Renzo Tondo,  opening of the General Assembly of ALDA.
“The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe has started with Morocco and Tunisia, at the request of these countries, some projects that aim to enhance the role of active citizenship and civil society,” said Keith Whitmore, President of the Congress. “The civil society plays a crucial role, not least as a source of a new political class which is being formed in those countries, and its involvement in democracy-building is certainly a sign of greater democratic maturity of the society”, said also Mr. Whitmore.
“Europe cannot have a black hole inside her where human rights and minority rights are not respected, and therefore the path of democratization completed successfully in Croatia has to be completed also in the other countries of South Eastern Europe, from Bosnia to Serbia, from Albania to Montenegro, “said Ivan Jakovcic, President of the Istria region, that considers that the Croatian experience, although not being a model, is important and can show a way and proves that a country cannot be called democratic if there is no democracy at local level.
During the conference many experiences have been illustrated, from those of the Committee of Regions and of NGOs operating both in countries of South East Europe and Med Region, which show a strong need for support to civil society and local authorities , whose role is crucial to the democratisation of the neighboring countries.
In particular, Monsef Ben Slimane, President of Lam Echaml network (which in Tunisian means stay together in Tunisia), which illustrates the path started in his country for the training of citizens to the exercise of voting rights, has launched a strong appeal to Europe, to give support to many organizations of civil society that in some Arab countries, as Egypt, Libya and Jordan, are struggling fighting to assert democratic values, addressing the resistance of the old regimes, but also in those countries such as Morocco and Tunisia where the democratic process has already started but needs to be strengthened.
The transition to democracy, said Ben Slimane using a metaphor, cannot be done with a “copy paste”, but needs new applications that well match with the different local realities.
Avi Rabinovitch, an expert on local development in the Med Region, has told the difficulties of developing cooperation between local authorities and civil society in the Middle East, particularly between Israelis and Palestinians, where there are many funds available that often are not used owing to these difficulties.
“The intervention of third parties would be useful to facilitate the dialogue”, said Mr. Rabinovitch.
Azay Guliyev, Member of the Azerbaijan’s Parliament and Chairman of the Council for State Support to NGOs in his country, said that since 2008 11 million of US dollars have been allocated by the Government  to finance projects of NGOs that are more than 3,600, with half a million volunteers and nearly two million beneficiaries. A tissue for which to share experiences and best practices  with NGOs of other countries could be of great interest.
Antonella Valmorbida, Director of ALDA, closing the conference has anticipated the contents of a final document that expresses the recommendations of the conference, indicating the need to continue the work in the neighboring countries to create a stable democracy and respect for rights human, as an indispensable instrument for their stabilisation and as an element of peace and prosperity for the whole Europe.

After Slovenia, Croatia will  join the EU in the next year, having achieved the requirements for access. In particular, those related to democracy and decentralization, real pillars, in addition to economic aspects, in belonging to the great European family.
This result comes after a path that started twenty years ago, following the conflict in former Yugoslavia.
ALDA was one of the actors of this path, with the support of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, and with its network, made by the eleven Local Democracy Agencies active in the Balkan countries, and hundreds of partners, particularly local authorities, NGOs and civil society.

A special role in these years has been played by the Region Friuli Venezia Giulia, that hosted (June 7 and 8) in Udine, besides the annual general meeting 2012 of ALDA, also the international conference on “Strengthening the role of citizens and local governance in the neighbouring countries”, whose objective was to evaluate whether the experiences gained with success in South East Europe can be used and replicated in other countries which now live a transition to democratic regimes.
ALDA is already doing it in the South Caucasus, where two Agencies are now active in Georgia (Kutaisi) and Armenia (Gyumri ) and is working for the opening of a new Agency in Azerbaijan.
The need for Europe is to complete the path in the Balkans, a region that needs the political and economic stability that would result from further enlargement, but also to  give practical support to the “Arab spring”, the revolution that in the last year has reversed in some countries, and is still trying to do so in others, authoritarian regimes and dictatorships to give birth to new democracies.
“In moments of crisis should be promoted even more strongly the processes of participatory democracy, strengthening information networks, exchange of knowledge and opportunities, especially for young people and social groups that need it most: it is why I think that the commitment of ALDA is important and especially of the volunteers in all our communities in supporting the  growth of people in disadvantage situation” said the President of Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, Renzo Tondo,  opening of the General Assembly of ALDA.
“The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe has started with Morocco and Tunisia, at the request of these countries, some projects that aim to enhance the role of active citizenship and civil society,” said Keith Whitmore, President of the Congress. “The civil society plays a crucial role, not least as a source of a new political class which is being formed in those countries, and its involvement in democracy-building is certainly a sign of greater democratic maturity of the society”, said also Mr. Whitmore.
“Europe cannot have a black hole inside her where human rights and minority rights are not respected, and therefore the path of democratization completed successfully in Croatia has to be completed also in the other countries of South Eastern Europe, from Bosnia to Serbia, from Albania to Montenegro, “said Ivan Jakovcic, President of the Istria region, that considers that the Croatian experience, although not being a model, is important and can show a way and proves that a country cannot be called democratic if there is no democracy at local level.
During the conference many experiences have been illustrated, from those of the Committee of Regions and of NGOs operating both in countries of South East Europe and Med Region, which show a strong need for support to civil society and local authorities , whose role is crucial to the democratisation of the neighboring countries.
In particular, Monsef Ben Slimane, President of Lam Echaml network (which in Tunisian means stay together in Tunisia), which illustrates the path started in his country for the training of citizens to the exercise of voting rights, has launched a strong appeal to Europe, to give support to many organizations of civil society that in some Arab countries, as Egypt, Libya and Jordan, are struggling fighting to assert democratic values, addressing the resistance of the old regimes, but also in those countries such as Morocco and Tunisia where the democratic process has already started but needs to be strengthened.
The transition to democracy, said Ben Slimane using a metaphor, cannot be done with a “copy paste”, but needs new applications that well match with the different local realities.
Avi Rabinovitch, an expert on local development in the Med Region, has told the difficulties of developing cooperation between local authorities and civil society in the Middle East, particularly between Israelis and Palestinians, where there are many funds available that often are not used owing to these difficulties.
“The intervention of third parties would be useful to facilitate the dialogue”, said Mr. Rabinovitch.
Azay Guliyev, Member of the Azerbaijan’s Parliament and Chairman of the Council for State Support to NGOs in his country, said that since 2008 11 million of US dollars have been allocated by the Government  to finance projects of NGOs that are more than 3,600, with half a million volunteers and nearly two million beneficiaries. A tissue for which to share experiences and best practices  with NGOs of other countries could be of great interest.
Antonella Valmorbida, Director of ALDA, closing the conference has anticipated the contents of a final document that expresses the recommendations of the conference, indicating the need to continue the work in the neighboring countries to create a stable democracy and respect for rights human, as an indispensable instrument for their stabilisation and as an element of peace and prosperity for the whole Europe.


ALDA GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES IN UDINE (I), 7-8 June 2012

Strengthening citizens’ and local authorities’ role in the good local governance of all the European and neighbouring countries and facilitate cooperation between local authorities and civil society.
These will be the objectives of ALDA’s activity also for the next years. ALDA members are discussing the future strategies and programmes of the Association in the General Assembly that is taking place in Udine (Italy), hosted by Friuli Venezia Giulia Region and Udine Municipality.

ALDA members have elected the new Governing Board that will lead the Association for the next four years.
The new Governing Board will be presented tomorrow, during the second session of the General Assembly.
Members have also debated and approved the balance and the activity programme for 2012.
Tomorrow (8 June), the General Assembly will discuss ALDA strategy 2020 and multiannual programmes.

Strengthening citizens’ and local authorities’ role in the good local governance of all the European and neighbouring countries and facilitate cooperation between local authorities and civil society.
These will be the objectives of ALDA’s activity also for the next years. ALDA members are discussing the future strategies and programmes of the Association in the General Assembly that is taking place in Udine (Italy), hosted by Friuli Venezia Giulia Region and Udine Municipality.

ALDA members have elected the new Governing Board that will lead the Association for the next four years.
The new Governing Board will be presented tomorrow, during the second session of the General Assembly.
Members have also debated and approved the balance and the activity programme for 2012.
Tomorrow (8 June), the General Assembly will discuss ALDA strategy 2020 and multiannual programmes.


14TH EDITION OF MED' EDUC AND GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE FRENCH NETWORK OF ANNA LINDH FOUNDATION. 30 May 2012,Marseille (F)

The 14th edition of Med’Educ organised by the association U’Marinu took place on the ship of SNCM, Danielle Casanova, in Marseille (France) on 30th of May and was followed by the General Assembly of the French network of the Anna Lindh Foundation.
Marine Henry, ALDA’ project manager, attended this edition of Med Educ as well as the General Assembly of the French network of Anna Lindh Foundation.

Med’ Educ is an annual event organised around three main pillars: education, sustainable development and Mediterranean.
The theme chosen in 2012 was “Volunteering and Culture for sustainable development in Mediterranean: opportunities for civil society to be involved”. During the morning session it was discussed about the heritage of the Mediterranean area and challenges to be faced. As Tunisia was the invited country this year, a Tunisian Deputy, Mrs Nadia Chabaane, made an overview of the political situation in her country in an interview made by a French journalist, Mr Ahmed Jemai (Act Media). Then numerous representatives of Mediterranean networks of civil society presented their action to about 200 participants, who were attending this session. The afternoon was more focused on the field of volunteering as a tool for intercultural dialogue among “Mediterranean citizens”.
The Anna Lindh Foundation, launched in 2005, is the main network working with and for civil society in the Mediterranean area. Its purpose is to bring people together from across the Mediterranean to improve mutual respect between cultures and to support action across fields impacting on mutual perceptions among people of different cultures and beliefs. Anna Lindh Foundation (ALF) is developing a region-wide Network of over 3000 civil society organisations around 43 national networks.
The General Assembly of the French network was the occasion for Andreu Claret, General Director of ALF to present the new strategy of the foundation and to launch the Forum 2013 of ALF which will be held in Marseille from 4th to 7th April 2013 and will gather all FAL’ national networks and more than 1000 Mediterranean civil society organisations.

The 14th edition of Med’Educ organised by the association U’Marinu took place on the ship of SNCM, Danielle Casanova, in Marseille (France) on 30th of May and was followed by the General Assembly of the French network of the Anna Lindh Foundation.
Marine Henry, ALDA’ project manager, attended this edition of Med Educ as well as the General Assembly of the French network of Anna Lindh Foundation.

Med’ Educ is an annual event organised around three main pillars: education, sustainable development and Mediterranean.
The theme chosen in 2012 was “Volunteering and Culture for sustainable development in Mediterranean: opportunities for civil society to be involved”. During the morning session it was discussed about the heritage of the Mediterranean area and challenges to be faced. As Tunisia was the invited country this year, a Tunisian Deputy, Mrs Nadia Chabaane, made an overview of the political situation in her country in an interview made by a French journalist, Mr Ahmed Jemai (Act Media). Then numerous representatives of Mediterranean networks of civil society presented their action to about 200 participants, who were attending this session. The afternoon was more focused on the field of volunteering as a tool for intercultural dialogue among “Mediterranean citizens”.
The Anna Lindh Foundation, launched in 2005, is the main network working with and for civil society in the Mediterranean area. Its purpose is to bring people together from across the Mediterranean to improve mutual respect between cultures and to support action across fields impacting on mutual perceptions among people of different cultures and beliefs. Anna Lindh Foundation (ALF) is developing a region-wide Network of over 3000 civil society organisations around 43 national networks.
The General Assembly of the French network was the occasion for Andreu Claret, General Director of ALF to present the new strategy of the foundation and to launch the Forum 2013 of ALF which will be held in Marseille from 4th to 7th April 2013 and will gather all FAL’ national networks and more than 1000 Mediterranean civil society organisations.