ALDA new office in Vicenza

ALDA has moved to a new office in Vicenza. Our new office is very close to the train station and has a wide meeting room, which will be used for trainings and other events.

In September the premises will be officially inaugurated, inviting ALDA’s friends, representatives of local authorities, and civil society organisations.

Please update your records with our new address, and do not hesitate to visit us should you be in Vicenza:

ALDA, Viale Milano 66, 36100 Vicenza – ITALY

ALDA has moved to a new office in Vicenza. Our new office is very close to the train station and has a wide meeting room, which will be used for trainings and other events.

In September the premises will be officially inaugurated, inviting ALDA’s friends, representatives of local authorities, and civil society organisations.

Please update your records with our new address, and do not hesitate to visit us should you be in Vicenza:

ALDA, Viale Milano 66, 36100 Vicenza – ITALY


The Euro ten years after: meeting with Giovanni Moro

Next Friday 12th July, Giovanni Moro will present his book ‘The currency of contention. The Euro ten years after’ and discuss it with Antonella Valmorbida, Director of ALDA, and Franco Frigo, Member of the European Parliament.
The programme includes a dinner at Hotel Da Porto, in Viale del Sole, Vicenza, at 19:30. At 20:30 the debate will start with Mr Moro.
Giovanni Moro is the son of Aldo Moro and President of FONDACA, a Euorpean think tank based in Rome. Moro teaches political sociology, and is involved in European citizenship and new forms of governance. He also coordinated the programme ‘The other side of the coin’ on the impact of the Euro in different EU countries.
The event is organised by the European Federalist Movement, ALDA and Forgiareidee. The cost is 20 euros per person (10 euros for under 30 years old). To book, please call Ms Alessia Duso: +39 333 6416739

Next Friday 12th July, Giovanni Moro will present his book ‘The currency of contention. The Euro ten years after’ and discuss it with Antonella Valmorbida, Director of ALDA, and Franco Frigo, Member of the European Parliament.
The programme includes a dinner at Hotel Da Porto, in Viale del Sole, Vicenza, at 19:30. At 20:30 the debate will start with Mr Moro.
Giovanni Moro is the son of Aldo Moro and President of FONDACA, a Euorpean think tank based in Rome. Moro teaches political sociology, and is involved in European citizenship and new forms of governance. He also coordinated the programme ‘The other side of the coin’ on the impact of the Euro in different EU countries.
The event is organised by the European Federalist Movement, ALDA and Forgiareidee. The cost is 20 euros per person (10 euros for under 30 years old). To book, please call Ms Alessia Duso: +39 333 6416739


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Italian Alliance for the Year of Citizens in the spotlight at the Committee of the Regions

On 3rd July, the Italian Delegation met at the Committee of the Region (CoR), in Brussels. The President of the Delegation Gian Mario Spacca was present, together with the Italian Ambassador Stefano Sannino, Italy’s permanent representative to the European Union, previously European Commission’s director-general for enlargement.
Mattia Brazzale represented ALDA and the Italian Alliance for the Year of Citizens 2013 discussing the proposal of adhesion of local authorities to the Alliance. The Italian Delegation supports this motion and invites local authorities to adhere.
During his speech, Sannino highlighted that the successes of the Italian Presidency to the EU will be successes for the whole country, and will allow to focus more attention on the south of the continent. Furthermore, we have to move Italy forward to a federal model and fight eurosceptisism. The CoR was created 20 years ago, and this period is crucial also to further reflect on the next strategy, Europa 2014-2020.
Mercedes Bresso, Vice Presidnet of the CoR and President of the Region Piemonte, stressed that in the new programming phase, further efforts will be needed from local authorities. In relation to the Adriatic-Ionian macro-region, she pointed out that the EU enlargement could represent an opportunity to strenghten relations between Italy and south-east European countries.

On 3rd July, the Italian Delegation met at the Committee of the Region (CoR), in Brussels. The President of the Delegation Gian Mario Spacca was present, together with the Italian Ambassador Stefano Sannino, Italy’s permanent representative to the European Union, previously European Commission’s director-general for enlargement.
Mattia Brazzale represented ALDA and the Italian Alliance for the Year of Citizens 2013 discussing the proposal of adhesion of local authorities to the Alliance. The Italian Delegation supports this motion and invites local authorities to adhere.
During his speech, Sannino highlighted that the successes of the Italian Presidency to the EU will be successes for the whole country, and will allow to focus more attention on the south of the continent. Furthermore, we have to move Italy forward to a federal model and fight eurosceptisism. The CoR was created 20 years ago, and this period is crucial also to further reflect on the next strategy, Europa 2014-2020.
Mercedes Bresso, Vice Presidnet of the CoR and President of the Region Piemonte, stressed that in the new programming phase, further efforts will be needed from local authorities. In relation to the Adriatic-Ionian macro-region, she pointed out that the EU enlargement could represent an opportunity to strenghten relations between Italy and south-east European countries.


A step forward the Local Democracy Agency in Dniepropetrovsk

The Vice President of ALDA, Imislava Gorska, and the Director of ALDA, Antonella Valmorbida, met the International team of the Region Lower Silesia in Poland to further agree on the establishment of the future LDA in Ukraine, in Dnipropetrovsk. The meeting, in Wroclaw on 4 July, set the ground for identification of partnership, actions and future steps.
The LDA in Dnipropetrovsk would be the first one in Ukraine and is expected to open in early 2014. ALDA delegation was received by the Head of International Department of Lower Silesia, Mr. Bartolomiej Ostrowski.

“The LDAs in Eastern Partnership countries are a very important part of our strategy since they aim at consolidating a democratic approach and decentralisation in these countries. The role of local and regional authorities working with civil society is a fundamental approach for ALDA. The engagement of an important region like Lower Silesia is extremely important to increase our partners and members for our work in Poland”, confirmed Mrs. Gorska, Vice President of ALDA.
A study visit to a well established LDA (in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina) is expected in early September, and a preparatory partner meeting will be organised in Ukraine in October.

En savoir plus

ALDA at the Assembly of European Regions’ Eastern Partnership conference in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine – 30 April 2013

Meeting at the Council of Europe to prepare the establishment of a Local Democracy Agency in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine – 26 March 2013

ALDA’s strategy and activities in the Eastern Partnerships


Une marche en avant pour l’Agence de la Démocratie Locale à Dnipropetrovsk

La Vice-Présidente de l’ALDA, Imislava Gorska et la directrice de l’ALDA, Antonella Valmorbida, ont rencontré l’équipe internationale de la région de Basse-Silésie en Pologne pour s’accorder davantage sur la mise en place de la future ADL en Ukraine, à Dnipropetrovsk. La réunion, à Wroclaw, le 4 juillet, a préparé le terrain pour l’identification du partenariat, les actions et les futures mesures à prendre.
L’ADL à Dnipropetrovsk sera la première en Ukraine et devrait ouvrir ses portes au début de l’année 2014. La délégation d’ALDA a été reçue par la chef du Département International de Basse-Silésie, M Bartolomiej Ostrowski.
« Les ADL dans les pays du Partenariat Oriental sont une partie très importante de notre stratégie car ils visent à consolider une approche démocratique et la décentralisation dans ces pays. Le rôle des autorités locales et régionales travaillant avec la société civile est une approche fondamentale pour ALDA. L’engagement d’une importante région comme la Basse-Silésie est extrêmement important afin d’augmenter nos partenaires et membres pour notre travail en Pologne”, a confirmé Mme Gorska, Vice-Présidente de l’ALDA.
Une visite d’étude dans une ADL bien établie (à Mostar, en Bosnie-Herzégovine) est prévue au début du mois de Septembre, et une réunion préparatoire entre partenaires sera organisée en Ukraine en Octobre.


Un passo verso l’Agenzia della Democrazia Locale a Dniepropetrovsk

La Vicepresidente di ALDA, Imislava Gorska, e la Direttrice di ALDA, Antonella Valmorbida, hanno incontrato il team internazionale della regione Bassa Slesia In Polonia per discutere sull’istituzione della futura Agenzia della Democrazia Locale (ADL) in Ucraina, a Dnipropetrovsk. L’incontro, a Wroclaw il 4 luglio, ha prepara il terreno per l’identificazione dei partner e sulle azioni da intraprendere.
L’ADL a Dnipropetrovsk sarà la prima in Ucraina, e la sua apertura è prevista per l’inizio del 2014. La delegazione ALDA è stata ricevuta dalla Responsabile del Dipartimento Internazionale della Bassa Slesia, Sig. Bartolomiej Ostrowski.
“Le ADL dei paesi del partenariato orientale sono una parte molto importante della nostra strategia, poiché mirano a consolidare un approccio democratico e la decentralizzazione in questi paesi. Il ruolo delle autorità locali e regionali che lavorano con la società civile, è fondamentale per ALDA. L’impegno di una regione importante come la Bassa Slesia è estremamente importante per aumentare i nostri partner e i nostri soci per il nostro lavoro in Polonia”, ha confermato la Sig.ra Gorska.
Una visita di studio presso un’ADL attiva da tempo (a Mostar, in Bosnia Eerzegovina) è prevista all’inizio di settembre, e un meeting preparatorio per i partner verrà organizzato in Ucraina nel mese di ottobre.


683 шаг к Агентству местной демократии в Днепропетровске

Вице-президент ALDA, Имислава Горска и директор ALDA, Антонелла Вальморбида встретились с международной группой региона Нижней Силезии в Польше, чтобы обсудить учреждение будущего Агентства местной демократии (ADL) в Украине, в Днепропетровске. Встреча во Вроцлаве 4 июля подготавливает почву для определения партнеров и предпринимаемых действий.
ADL в Днепропетровске будет первой в Украине, и её открытие планируется в начале 2014 года. Делегацию ALDA принял руководитель международного отдела Нижней Силезии, господин Бартоломей Островски.
“ADL стран восточного сотрудничества – очень важная часть нашей стратегии, поскольку они стремятся укреплять демократический подход и децентрализацию в этих странах. Роль местных и региональных властей, которые работают с гражданским обществом, является для ALDA основной. Усилия такого важного региона как Нижняя Силезия крайне важны для увеличения числа наших партнеров и наших членов для нашей работы в Польше”, подтвердила госпожа Горска.
Визит изучающего характера в давно действующую ADL (в Mостар, в Боснии и Герцеговине) предусматривается в начале сентября, а подготовительный митинг для партнеров будет организован в Украине в октябре.

The Vice President of ALDA, Imislava Gorska, and the Director of ALDA, Antonella Valmorbida, met the International team of the Region Lower Silesia in Poland to further agree on the establishment of the future LDA in Ukraine, in Dnipropetrovsk. The meeting, in Wroclaw on 4 July, set the ground for identification of partnership, actions and future steps.
The LDA in Dnipropetrovsk would be the first one in Ukraine and is expected to open in early 2014. ALDA delegation was received by the Head of International Department of Lower Silesia, Mr. Bartolomiej Ostrowski.

“The LDAs in Eastern Partnership countries are a very important part of our strategy since they aim at consolidating a democratic approach and decentralisation in these countries. The role of local and regional authorities working with civil society is a fundamental approach for ALDA. The engagement of an important region like Lower Silesia is extremely important to increase our partners and members for our work in Poland”, confirmed Mrs. Gorska, Vice President of ALDA.
A study visit to a well established LDA (in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina) is expected in early September, and a preparatory partner meeting will be organised in Ukraine in October.

En savoir plus

ALDA at the Assembly of European Regions’ Eastern Partnership conference in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine – 30 April 2013

Meeting at the Council of Europe to prepare the establishment of a Local Democracy Agency in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine – 26 March 2013

ALDA’s strategy and activities in the Eastern Partnerships


Une marche en avant pour l’Agence de la Démocratie Locale à Dnipropetrovsk

La Vice-Présidente de l’ALDA, Imislava Gorska et la directrice de l’ALDA, Antonella Valmorbida, ont rencontré l’équipe internationale de la région de Basse-Silésie en Pologne pour s’accorder davantage sur la mise en place de la future ADL en Ukraine, à Dnipropetrovsk. La réunion, à Wroclaw, le 4 juillet, a préparé le terrain pour l’identification du partenariat, les actions et les futures mesures à prendre.
L’ADL à Dnipropetrovsk sera la première en Ukraine et devrait ouvrir ses portes au début de l’année 2014. La délégation d’ALDA a été reçue par la chef du Département International de Basse-Silésie, M Bartolomiej Ostrowski.
« Les ADL dans les pays du Partenariat Oriental sont une partie très importante de notre stratégie car ils visent à consolider une approche démocratique et la décentralisation dans ces pays. Le rôle des autorités locales et régionales travaillant avec la société civile est une approche fondamentale pour ALDA. L’engagement d’une importante région comme la Basse-Silésie est extrêmement important afin d’augmenter nos partenaires et membres pour notre travail en Pologne”, a confirmé Mme Gorska, Vice-Présidente de l’ALDA.
Une visite d’étude dans une ADL bien établie (à Mostar, en Bosnie-Herzégovine) est prévue au début du mois de Septembre, et une réunion préparatoire entre partenaires sera organisée en Ukraine en Octobre.


Un passo verso l’Agenzia della Democrazia Locale a Dniepropetrovsk

La Vicepresidente di ALDA, Imislava Gorska, e la Direttrice di ALDA, Antonella Valmorbida, hanno incontrato il team internazionale della regione Bassa Slesia In Polonia per discutere sull’istituzione della futura Agenzia della Democrazia Locale (ADL) in Ucraina, a Dnipropetrovsk. L’incontro, a Wroclaw il 4 luglio, ha prepara il terreno per l’identificazione dei partner e sulle azioni da intraprendere.
L’ADL a Dnipropetrovsk sarà la prima in Ucraina, e la sua apertura è prevista per l’inizio del 2014. La delegazione ALDA è stata ricevuta dalla Responsabile del Dipartimento Internazionale della Bassa Slesia, Sig. Bartolomiej Ostrowski.
“Le ADL dei paesi del partenariato orientale sono una parte molto importante della nostra strategia, poiché mirano a consolidare un approccio democratico e la decentralizzazione in questi paesi. Il ruolo delle autorità locali e regionali che lavorano con la società civile, è fondamentale per ALDA. L’impegno di una regione importante come la Bassa Slesia è estremamente importante per aumentare i nostri partner e i nostri soci per il nostro lavoro in Polonia”, ha confermato la Sig.ra Gorska.
Una visita di studio presso un’ADL attiva da tempo (a Mostar, in Bosnia Eerzegovina) è prevista all’inizio di settembre, e un meeting preparatorio per i partner verrà organizzato in Ucraina nel mese di ottobre.


683 шаг к Агентству местной демократии в Днепропетровске

Вице-президент ALDA, Имислава Горска и директор ALDA, Антонелла Вальморбида встретились с международной группой региона Нижней Силезии в Польше, чтобы обсудить учреждение будущего Агентства местной демократии (ADL) в Украине, в Днепропетровске. Встреча во Вроцлаве 4 июля подготавливает почву для определения партнеров и предпринимаемых действий.
ADL в Днепропетровске будет первой в Украине, и её открытие планируется в начале 2014 года. Делегацию ALDA принял руководитель международного отдела Нижней Силезии, господин Бартоломей Островски.
“ADL стран восточного сотрудничества – очень важная часть нашей стратегии, поскольку они стремятся укреплять демократический подход и децентрализацию в этих странах. Роль местных и региональных властей, которые работают с гражданским обществом, является для ALDA основной. Усилия такого важного региона как Нижняя Силезия крайне важны для увеличения числа наших партнеров и наших членов для нашей работы в Польше”, подтвердила госпожа Горска.
Визит изучающего характера в давно действующую ADL (в Mостар, в Боснии и Герцеговине) предусматривается в начале сентября, а подготовительный митинг для партнеров будет организован в Украине в октябре.


Outsourcing practices – seminar in Simitli, Bulgaria

From 27 to 29 June a seminar was held in Simitli, Bulgaria, within the European project ‘Outsourcing practices’, which involved the Italian municipalities of Monfalcone, in Friuli Venezia Giulia, and the Bulgarian municipality of Simitli, located at around 120 km south of Sofia.

Alessandro Perelli, Vicepresident of ALDA, and Lucio Gregoretti, member of the Governing Board, attended the event. During the seminar, the administrative mechanisms of externalization used and the best practices in the administrative activities were analysed. Perelli and Gregoretti also visited a centre for people with disabilities built using European funds.

During a friendly meeting with the mayor of Simitli, ALDA’s Vicepresident Perelli highlighted “the work carried on by ALDA for the promotion of democratic values, equal opportunities, support of minorities, and its focus on active citizenship, transforming citizens into key actors participating to administrative decisions”.

From 27 to 29 June a seminar was held in Simitli, Bulgaria, within the European project ‘Outsourcing practices’, which involved the Italian municipalities of Monfalcone, in Friuli Venezia Giulia, and the Bulgarian municipality of Simitli, located at around 120 km south of Sofia.

Alessandro Perelli, Vicepresident of ALDA, and Lucio Gregoretti, member of the Governing Board, attended the event. During the seminar, the administrative mechanisms of externalization used and the best practices in the administrative activities were analysed. Perelli and Gregoretti also visited a centre for people with disabilities built using European funds.

During a friendly meeting with the mayor of Simitli, ALDA’s Vicepresident Perelli highlighted “the work carried on by ALDA for the promotion of democratic values, equal opportunities, support of minorities, and its focus on active citizenship, transforming citizens into key actors participating to administrative decisions”.


ALDA President Statement on the accession of Croatia to the EU

The accession of Croatia to the EU marks a turning point for my country, torn by conflict only two decades ago. I think that Croatia is now a stable democracy, capable of taking on the obligations of EU membership and eager to help other acceding countries during their process. Ahead of us we have a challenging time and we need to be able to grasp as good as possible the opportunities offered in this period, both political and economical. This is a chance that comes only once!

The work carried out by the Association of Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA) in Croatia during the past years has strongly supported the integration of the country in Europe. The activities of ALDA and of the three Local Democracy Agencies, based in Verteneglio/Brtonigla, Sisak and Osijek, were important to build trust, promote citizen participation and European values, and strengthen local authorities. They will become now Operational Partners of the Association of the Local Democracy Agencies and fundamental parts of our activities in South Eastern Europe.

The main values of Istria, my region, have always been multiculturalism, multiethnicity, tolerance and antifascism, and since the 1990s it has been particularly active in promoting the integration of Croatia in the EU. I am therefore confident that my country and region will concretely reinvigorate the democratic spirit of the European Union.

Oriano Otočan
President of the Association of Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA)
Head of Department for International Cooperation and European Integration, Region Istria

The accession of Croatia to the EU marks a turning point for my country, torn by conflict only two decades ago. I think that Croatia is now a stable democracy, capable of taking on the obligations of EU membership and eager to help other acceding countries during their process. Ahead of us we have a challenging time and we need to be able to grasp as good as possible the opportunities offered in this period, both political and economical. This is a chance that comes only once!

The work carried out by the Association of Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA) in Croatia during the past years has strongly supported the integration of the country in Europe. The activities of ALDA and of the three Local Democracy Agencies, based in Verteneglio/Brtonigla, Sisak and Osijek, were important to build trust, promote citizen participation and European values, and strengthen local authorities. They will become now Operational Partners of the Association of the Local Democracy Agencies and fundamental parts of our activities in South Eastern Europe.

The main values of Istria, my region, have always been multiculturalism, multiethnicity, tolerance and antifascism, and since the 1990s it has been particularly active in promoting the integration of Croatia in the EU. I am therefore confident that my country and region will concretely reinvigorate the democratic spirit of the European Union.

Oriano Otočan
President of the Association of Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA)
Head of Department for International Cooperation and European Integration, Region Istria


The Vice-President of the Lower Normandy Region met the institutional partners from the Decentralised cooperation Lower Normandy/ Macedonia

Ms. Annie Anne, Vice-President of the French Region Lower Normandy, in charge of International Relations, visited Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, from 24 to 27 June 2013, to meet the institutional actors of the Decentralised cooperation which started since 2006.

Ms. Annie Anne, accompanied by Mr. Alexander Follot, Director of European Affairs and International Relations, and Miss Audrey Paulmier in charge of the program for the Region, presented to Macedonian institutions the new guidelines of the programme, planned for the period 2013-2015. The project is supported by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Regional Council of Lower Normandy and the Ministry of Local Self-Government of Macedonia.

The delegation met with Mr. Tahir Hani, newly appointed Minister of Local Self-Government, which confirmed his desire to strengthen institutional ties with the region of Lower Normandy, and to support, through joint actions, local and regional development of Macedonia, contributing to its integration into the European Union process.

During her mission, Ms. Annie Anne was able to discuss with Mr. Fatmir Besimi, Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs, Mr. Koce Trajanovski, Skopje Mayor and President of the Association of the units of local self-government of the Republic of Macedonia (ZELS) and Mr. Nikola Popovski, Minister of Foreign Affairs. The delegations exchanged on different topics, important both for the Lower Normandy Region and for Macedonia. The discussed on shared objectives, such as: local development, supporting decentralisation, European integration,democracy and citizen participation.

Ms. Laurence Auer, Ambassador of France in Macedonia, officially received the delegation and reaffirmed the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the program. Ms. Anne also opened the sixth edition of the French Film Festival in Macedonia, organised by the French Institute of Skopje and supported by the Region Lower Normandy.

The Decentralised cooperation between Lower Normandy and Macedonia is a rich program with vast diversity of actors and projects that can be networked. It contributes to European framework in both territories, and confirms the major role of local governments in international cooperation.

The Programme for Decentralised cooperation is coordinated by ALDA, the Association of Local Democracy Agencies. For further information please consult the website of the Cooperation programme www.bn-mk.org, or contact Ivana Dimitrovska (ivana.dimitrovska@aldaintranet.org).

Ms. Annie Anne, Vice-President of the French Region Lower Normandy, in charge of International Relations, visited Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, from 24 to 27 June 2013, to meet the institutional actors of the Decentralised cooperation which started since 2006.

Ms. Annie Anne, accompanied by Mr. Alexander Follot, Director of European Affairs and International Relations, and Miss Audrey Paulmier in charge of the program for the Region, presented to Macedonian institutions the new guidelines of the programme, planned for the period 2013-2015. The project is supported by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Regional Council of Lower Normandy and the Ministry of Local Self-Government of Macedonia.

The delegation met with Mr. Tahir Hani, newly appointed Minister of Local Self-Government, which confirmed his desire to strengthen institutional ties with the region of Lower Normandy, and to support, through joint actions, local and regional development of Macedonia, contributing to its integration into the European Union process.

During her mission, Ms. Annie Anne was able to discuss with Mr. Fatmir Besimi, Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs, Mr. Koce Trajanovski, Skopje Mayor and President of the Association of the units of local self-government of the Republic of Macedonia (ZELS) and Mr. Nikola Popovski, Minister of Foreign Affairs. The delegations exchanged on different topics, important both for the Lower Normandy Region and for Macedonia. The discussed on shared objectives, such as: local development, supporting decentralisation, European integration,democracy and citizen participation.

Ms. Laurence Auer, Ambassador of France in Macedonia, officially received the delegation and reaffirmed the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the program. Ms. Anne also opened the sixth edition of the French Film Festival in Macedonia, organised by the French Institute of Skopje and supported by the Region Lower Normandy.

The Decentralised cooperation between Lower Normandy and Macedonia is a rich program with vast diversity of actors and projects that can be networked. It contributes to European framework in both territories, and confirms the major role of local governments in international cooperation.

The Programme for Decentralised cooperation is coordinated by ALDA, the Association of Local Democracy Agencies. For further information please consult the website of the Cooperation programme www.bn-mk.org, or contact Ivana Dimitrovska (ivana.dimitrovska@aldaintranet.org).


Youth and Politics – MY EUROPE event in Strasbourg

From 25th to 27th June 2013, ALDA organised three days of activities in Strasbourg on the topic “Youth and politics”, within the project MY EUROPE and in cooperation with the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe (International Non Governmental Organisations).

MY EUROPE is a ‘Europe for Citizens’ project, led by the Local Councils’ Association of Malta and gathering 14 partners from Albania, Bulgaria, France, Italy, Macedonia, and Malta. It aims at empowering citizens to play a part in the democratic life, with specific reference to active participation in political life of disadvantaged target groups: women, youngsters and immigrants.

“Youth and Politics” was the second international event organised within the project. Its main objective was to give a chance to youngsters to express their needs and interests to local and European policy makers, and to fight against their exclusion from the participation to political life.

These three days of activities were the occasion to discuss youth opportunities and tools for active participation in the decision making process, to exchange good practices and to make recommendations to improve youth participation, which were presented during the plenary of the INGO Conference hold on 27th June.

The Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe welcomed the text of recommendations and agreed to continue to work with young people.

The next event within the project will be organised in November in Macedonia and will focus on women.

From 25th to 27th June 2013, ALDA organised three days of activities in Strasbourg on the topic “Youth and politics”, within the project MY EUROPE and in cooperation with the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe (International Non Governmental Organisations).

MY EUROPE is a ‘Europe for Citizens’ project, led by the Local Councils’ Association of Malta and gathering 14 partners from Albania, Bulgaria, France, Italy, Macedonia, and Malta. It aims at empowering citizens to play a part in the democratic life, with specific reference to active participation in political life of disadvantaged target groups: women, youngsters and immigrants.

“Youth and Politics” was the second international event organised within the project. Its main objective was to give a chance to youngsters to express their needs and interests to local and European policy makers, and to fight against their exclusion from the participation to political life.

These three days of activities were the occasion to discuss youth opportunities and tools for active participation in the decision making process, to exchange good practices and to make recommendations to improve youth participation, which were presented during the plenary of the INGO Conference hold on 27th June.

The Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe welcomed the text of recommendations and agreed to continue to work with young people.

The next event within the project will be organised in November in Macedonia and will focus on women.


ALDA President Statement 1st July 2013 – Croatia joins the European Union

Le accession of Croatia to the EU marks a turning point for my country, torn by conflict only two decades ago. I think that Croatia is now a stable democracy, capable of taking on the obligations of EU membership and eager to help other acceding countries during their process. Ahead of us we have a challenging time and we need to be able to grasp as good as possible the opportunities offered in this period, both political and economical. This is a chance that comes only once!

Le accession of Croatia to the EU marks a turning point for my country, torn by conflict only two decades ago. I think that Croatia is now a stable democracy, capable of taking on the obligations of EU membership and eager to help other acceding countries during their process. Ahead of us we have a challenging time and we need to be able to grasp as good as possible the opportunities offered in this period, both political and economical. This is a chance that comes only once!