Ancona, October 24: you are invited to the Policy Dialogue event with the European Commission

“Civil society participation in the Western Balkans and its role in the EU Enlargement process”: this is the title of the event organized by Transeuropa Balkans and Caucasus Observatory in collaboration with Marche Region and the European Commission – Directorate General for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations. The Policy Dialogue in question will be held in Ancona on Monday 24 October from 10.00 to 13.00.

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Civil society organizations have a central role in facilitating the Enlargement policy in their respective countries, in explaining the European integration process to a local audience and in monitoring the implementation of reforms. EU institutions have put in place important programs to help accelerate the process, particularly – though not exclusively – through the Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA).

The meeting intends to offer a place of confrontation to discuss the role of civil society in the process of accession to the EU of the Western Balkans.

The working language will be Italian. About 40 places are available. Please send confirmation of participation by filling out the registration form

Useful resources:

Registration form

Balkans and Caucasus Observatory website

 

For further information, please write to eventi@osservatoriobalcani.org.

“Civil society participation in the Western Balkans and its role in the EU Enlargement process”: this is the title of the event organized by Transeuropa Balkans and Caucasus Observatory in collaboration with Marche Region and the European Commission – Directorate General for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations. The Policy Dialogue in question will be held in Ancona on Monday 24 October from 10.00 to 13.00.

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Civil society organizations have a central role in facilitating the Enlargement policy in their respective countries, in explaining the European integration process to a local audience and in monitoring the implementation of reforms. EU institutions have put in place important programs to help accelerate the process, particularly – though not exclusively – through the Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA).

The meeting intends to offer a place of confrontation to discuss the role of civil society in the process of accession to the EU of the Western Balkans.

The working language will be Italian. About 40 places are available. Please send confirmation of participation by filling out the registration form

Useful resources:

Registration form

Balkans and Caucasus Observatory website

 

For further information, please write to eventi@osservatoriobalcani.org.


Double international event in Tunisia: focus on circular migration and local democracy in the Mediterranean

From 19 to 21 October 2016, ALDA held a double international event in Tunis, closely organized with its international and local partners.

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The 3-days event began with the joint conference ALDA & ARLEM – the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (Committee of the Regions), with title “Local and Regional authorities exchanging experiences on circular migration”, tackling the issue of circular migration. Mr. Hani Abdelmasih Al Hayek, ARLEM co-chair, and Mr. Alessandro Perelli, Vice-President of ALDA, opened the conference with inspiring speeches.

Then, high-level speakers from various institutions and organisations (among them: the Delegation of the European Union to Tunisia, the International Organization for Migration, the Jordanian Ministry of Municipal Affairs, etc.) exchanged their expertise and points of view and replied to the numerous questions and comments from the audience. In this framework, Ms. Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General of ALDA, shared her point of view and underlined the importance of seeing migrations as a possibility for creating opportunities and synergies between local authorities.

The exchange of opinions pointed out that a more flexible, larger and above all positive vision on the phenomenon of circular migration is required in order to develop an effective integration model, involving both birth and host countries. Tolerance and intercultural dialogue were also highlighted as key elements by the participants.

This joint conference was followed by the Special Initiative of the LADDER Med Path, with title “Local democracy in the two shores of the Mediterranean”, organised by the Tunisian association Lam Echaml with the cooperation of COPPEM (the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership of Regional and Local Authorities) and ALDA. During three days, participants shared their standpoints and expertise on the subject of local democracy, also addressing specific challenges such as citizen participation and engagement. More than 70 people from both shores of the Mediterranean attended the event.

Furthermore, with regard to ALDA active presence and involvement in Tunisia, another step forward has been made towards the opening of the upcoming first Local Democracy Agency in Tunisia. A meeting with Tunisian partners from the civil society supporting the opening of the LDA was held in Kairouan on 18 October. The meeting saw the participation of Mr. Alessandro Perelli, Vice-President of ALDA, Mrs. Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General, and Ms. Anne-Laure Joedicke, Coordinator for the Mediterranean area.


Double événement international en Tunisie: un accent sur la migration circulaire et la démocratie locale dans la région méditerranéenne

Du 19 au 21 Octobre 2016, ALDA a organisé un double événement international à Tunis, en collaboration avec ses partenaires locaux et internationaux.

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L’événement de 3 jours a commencé avec la conférence conjointe de l’ALDA et l’ARLEM – L’Assemblée régionale et locale euro-méditerranéenne (le Comité des régions), intitulée « Les autorités locales et régionales échangent des expériences sur la migration circulaire » abordant la question de la migration circulaire. M. Hani Abdelmasih Al Hayek, le co-président de l’ARLEM, et M. Alessandro Perelli, Vice-Président de l’ALDA, ont ouvert la conférence avec ses discours inspirants.

Ensuite, des intervenants de haut niveau issus de diverses institutions et organisations (la délégation de l’Union européenne en Tunisie, l’Organisation internationale pour les migrations, le Ministère jordanien des Affaires municipales, etc.) ont partagé leur expertise et leurs points de vue et ont répondu aux nombreuses questions et commentaires de l’auditoire. Dans ce cadre, Mme Antonella Valmorbida, la Secrétaire générale de l’ALDA, a partagé son point de vue et a souligné l’importance de voir les migrations comme une possibilité de créer des opportunités et des synergies entre les autorités locales.

L’échange d’opinions a souligné qu’une vision plus flexible, plus large et surtout positive sur le phénomène de la migration circulaire est nécessaire afin de développer un modèle d’intégration efficace, impliquant les pays de naissance et d’accueil. La tolérance et le dialogue interculturel ont également été soulignés comme des éléments clés par les participants.

Cette conférence conjointe a été suivie par l’Initiative spéciale du LADDER Med «Path, intitulé « La démocratie locale sur les deux rives de la Méditerranée », organisée par l’association tunisienne Lam Echaml en coopération avec COPPEM (le Partenariat Euro-méditerranéen des Pouvoirs Locaux et Régionaux) et l’ALDA. Pendant trois jours, les participants ont partagé leurs points de vue et de leur expertise sur le sujet de la démocratie locale, et ont également relevé les défis spécifiques tels que la participation des citoyens et de l’engagement. Plus de 70 personnes des deux rives de la Méditerranée ont participé à l’événement.

Par ailleurs, concernant la présence active et l’implication de l’ALDA en Tunisie, un autre pas a été fait vers l’ouverture de la première Agence de la démocratie locale en Tunisie. Une rencontre avec des partenaires tunisiens de la société civile soutenant l’ouverture de l’ADL a eu lieu à Kairouan le 18 Octobre. M. Alessandro Perelli, le Vice-Président de l’ALDA, Mme Antonella Valmorbida, la Secrétaire générale, et Mme Anne-Laure Joedicke, coordonnatrice pour la région méditerranéenne ont participé à la réunion.


Doppio evento internazionale in Tunisia: focus su migrazione circolare e democrazia locale nel Mediterraneo

Dal 19 al 21 ottobre, ALDA ha coordinato un doppio evento a Tunisi, organizzato con partner locali e internazionali.

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L’evento è iniziato con la conferenza congiunta ALDA / ARLEM (Assemblea Locale e Regionale Euro-Mediterranea del Comitato delle Regioni), dal titolo “Gli enti locali e regionali scambiano esperienze sulla migrazione circolare”. La conferenza è stata aperta dalle parole ispiratrici di Hani Abdelmasih Al Hayek, co-Direttore di ARLEM, e di Alessandro Perelli, Vice Presidente di ALDA.

Speaker di alto livello da diverse istituzioni e organizzazioni (tra cui la Delegazione dell’Unione Europea in Tunisia, l’Organizzazione Mondiale per la Migrazione, il Ministero degli Affari Municipali della Giordania, ecc.) hanno scambiato le proprie esperienze e punti di vista, e risposto alle numerose domande dei partecipanti. Antonella Valmorbida, Segretario Generale di ALDA, ha condiviso la propria opinione sottolineando l’importanza di vedere la migrazione come una possibilità per creare sinergie e collaborazioni tra enti locali.

Il dibattito ha messo in evidenza il bisogno di una visione più flessibile, allargata e positiva del fenomeno della migrazione circolare per poter sviluppare un modello efficace di integrazione, che coinvolga sia il paese di nascita che quello ospitante. La tolleranza e il dialogo interculturale sono inoltre emersi come elementi cruciali in questo contesto.

La conferenza è stata seguita dall’Iniziativa Speciale del gruppo di lavoro “Med” del progetto LADDER, dal titolo “Democrazia locale sulle due rive del Mediterraneo”, organizzato dall’associazione tunisina Lam Echaml in cooperazione con COPPEM (Comitato Permanente per il Partenariato Euromediterraneo delle Autorità Locali e delle Regioni) e ALDA. Nel corso di tre giornate, i partecipanti hanno condiviso la loro visione ed esperienza sul tema della democrazia locale, in particolare in merito a sfide specifiche quali la partecipazione e il coinvolgimento dei cittadini. Oltre 70 persone da entrambe le rive del Mediterraneo hanno partecipato.
Inoltre, la presenza e l’azione di ALDA in Tunisia ha visto un ulteriore e fondamentale passo in avanti verso l’apertura della prima Agenzia della Democrazia Locale (ADL) nel paese. Un incontro con i partner della società civile tunisina a sostegno dell’apertura dell’ADL si è tenuto a Kairouan il 18 ottobre. All’incontro hanno partecipato Alessandro Perelli, Vice Presidente di ALDA, Antonella Valmorbida, Segretario Generale, e Anne-Laure Joedicke, Coordinatrice delle attività nell’area Euromediterranea.


Двойное международное событие в Тунисе: акцент на круговой миграции и местной демократии в Средиземноморье

С 19 по 21 октября 2016 года, ALDA провела двойное международное мероприятие в Тунисе, тесно организованное с международными и местными партнерами.

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3-дневное мероприятие началось с совместной конференции ALDA & ARLEM – Европейско-Средиземноморской региональной и местной ассамблеи (Комитета регионов) под названием «Местные и региональные органы делятся опытом по круговой миграции». Г-н Хани Абдельмасих Аль Хайек, сопредседатель ARLEM, и г-н Алессандро Перелли, вице-президент ALDA, открыли конференцию вдохновляющими речами.

Затем, спикеры высокого уровня из различных учреждений и организаций (среди них: делегация Европейского союза в Тунисе, Международная организация по миграции, Министерство муниципальных дел Иордании и т.д.) обменялись опытом и точками зрения, а также ответили на многочисленные вопросы и комментарии из зала. В этом контексте г-жа Антонелла Вальморбида, генеральный секретарь ALDA, подчеркнула важность рассмотрения миграции как инструмента для создания возможностей и взаимодействия между местными органами власти.

Во время обмена мнениями определили более гибкое, масштабное и, прежде всего, позитивное видение круговой миграции, что требуется, чтобы разработать эффективную модель интеграции, включая как страну, где человек родился, так и принимающие страны. Толерантность и развитие межкультурного диалога были также выделены в качестве ключевых элементов.

За этой совместной конференцией последовало Специальное заседание в рамках LADDER Med Path с таким заголовком: «Местная демократия на двух берегах Средиземного моря», организованное тунисской Ассоциацией Lam Echaml при содействии COPPEM (Европейско-Средиземноморское партнерство региональных и местных органов власти), а также ALDA. В течение трех дней участники делились опытом и точками зрения по вопросу местной демократии, а также решениями конкретных проблем, таких как участие и вовлечение граждан. Более 70 человек с обоих берегов Средиземного моря приняли участие в этом мероприятии.

Кроме того, благодаря активному участию ALDA в Тунисе, был сделан еще один шаг вперед в направлении открытия предстоящего первого Агентства местной демократии. Встреча с тунисскими партнерами от гражданского общества, поддерживающими открытие LDA состоялась в Кайруане 18 октября. Во встрече приняли участие г-н Алессандро Перелли, вице-президент ALDA, г-жа Антонелла Вальморбида, Генеральный секретарь, и г-жа Анн-Лор Жодик, координатор средиземноморского региона.


Dva međunarodna događaja u Tunisu: fokus na kružnu migraciju i lokalnu demokratiju na Mediteranu

Od 19-21 oktobra, ALDA je organizovala dva međunarodna događaja u Tunisus, u sradanji sa svojim međunarodnim i lokalnim partnerima.

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Trodnevni događaj počeo je zajedničkom konferencijom ALDA i ARLEM – Euro-mediteranska regionalna i lokalna skupština (Komitet regiona), pod nazivom “Razmena iskustva lokalnih i regionalnih vlasti o kružnoj migraciji”. G. Hani Abdelmasih Al Haiek, ARLEM kopredsednik, i Alessandro Perelli, potpredsednik ALDA, otvorili su konferenciju svojim inspirativnim govorima.

Zatim su, zvaničnici iz različitih institucija i organizacija (među njima: Delegacija Evropske unije u Tunisu, Međunarodna organizacija za migracije, Ministarstvo za komunalne poslove Jordana, i mnogi drugi) razmenili svoja iskustva i tačke gledišta i odgovarali na brojna pitanja i komentare iz publike. U tom okviru, Antonella Valmorbida, generalni sekretar ALDA, istakla je potrebu da se migracije vide kao mogućnost za stvaranje prilika i sinergija između lokalnih vlasti.

Iz razmene mišljenja je proisteklo da je potrebna fleksibilnija i pre svega pozitivna vizija o fenomenu kružne migracije kako bi se razvio efikasan model integracije, uključujući zemlje rođenja i zemje domaćine. Tolerancija i interkulturalnog dijaloga su takođe istaknuti kao ključni elementi od strane učesnika.

Nakon ove zajedničke konferencije usledila je Posebna inicijativa LADDER MED grupe, pod nazivom “Lokalna demokratija na dve obale Mediterana”, u organizaciji Udruženja lam Echaml iz Tunisa, u saradnji sa COPPEM (Evro-mediteransko partnerstvo regionalnih i lokalnih vlasti) i ALDA. Tokom tri dana, učesnici su imali mogućnost da razmene svoje stavove i ekspertizu na temu lokalne demokratije, uz bavljenje specifičnim izazovima kao što su učešće građana i njihovo angažovanje. Više od 70 ljudi sa obe obale Mediterana su prisustvovali događaju.

Osim toga, s obzirom na ALDA aktivno prisustvo i učešće u Tunisu, još jedan korak napred je učinjen prema otvaranju predstojeće prve Agencije lokalne demokratije u Tunisu. U Kairouanu je 18. oktobra održan  sastanak sa partnerskim organizacijama civilnog društva iz Tunisa koje podržavaju otvaranje LDA. Na sastanku su učestvovali Alessandro Perelli, potpredsednik ALDA, Antonella Valmorbida, generalni sekretar i Anne-Laure Joedicke, koordinator za oblast Mediterana.

 

تظاهرة دولية مزدوجة في تونس: التركيز على الهجرة الدائرية والديمقراطية المحلية في المتوسط.

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نظمت ألدا, خلال الفترة 19-21 أكتوبر (تشرين الأول), 2016, تظاهرة دولية مزدوجة بتونس, وذلك بالتعاون الوثيق مع شركائها المحليين والدوليي

انطلقت هذه التظاهرة, التي امتدت على مدى ثلاثة أيام, بمؤتمر نظم بالشراكة بين ألدا والجمعية الإقليمية والمحلية الأورومتوسطية (ARLEM) لجنة المناطق), وذلك تحت عنوان “تبادل التجارب بين السلطات المحلية والإقليمية حول الهجرة الدائرية”, وقد مثل هذا المؤتمر فرصة سانحة للتطرق إلى مسألة الهجرة الدائرية. وخلال الجلسة الإفتتاحية لهذا المؤتمر, تناول الكلمة كل من السيد هاني عبدالمسيح الحايك, الرئيس المساعد للجمعية الإقليمية والمحلية الأورومتوسطية (ARLEM) والسيد ألساندرو بيرلي, نائب رئيس ألدا, لتقديم محاضرتين ثريتين ومثيرتين.

ثم أعطيت الكلمة لمحاضرين رفيعي المستوى من مختلف المؤسسات والمنظمات (من بينهم مفوضية الاتحاد الأوروبي بتونس والمنظمة الدولية للهجرة ووزارة الشؤون البلدية بالمملكة الأردنية الهاشمية, إلخ) لتبادل الخبرات وتقديم وجهات النظر والإجابة على الأسئلة والملاحظات العديدة التي أثارها الحاضرون في هذا المؤتمر. وفي ذات السياق, تناولت الكلمة السيدة أنتونلا فلمربيدا, الأمينة العامة لألدا, لتقاسم أفكارها مع الحضور والتأكيد على أهمية مسائل الهجرة باعتبارها إمكانية لخلق الفرص وتسهيل مهام السلطات المحلية فيما بينها.

وقد مكن تبادل وجهات النظر هذا من الإدراك أن الرؤية السلسة والأوسع, وخاصة الإيجابية, حول ظاهرة الهجرة الدائرية, تبقى مطلوبة لتطوير نموذج الهجرة الفاعلة, بالنسبة لبلد المنشئ أو الاستقبال على حد السواء. كما استغل المشاركون فرصة هذا اللقاء للتأكيد على محوري التسامح والحوار بين الثقافات بصفتهما عنصرين أساسيين لبلوغ كافة الأهداف المنشودة في هذا الإطار.

وتلت هذا المؤتمر المبادرة الخاصة المقدمة من قبل LADDER Med Path, وذلك تحت عنوان “الديمقراطية المحلية على ضفتي البحر الأبيض المتوسط”, والتي نظمت بالشراكة بين الجمعية التونسية لم الشمل والشراكة الأورومتوسطية للسلطات الإقليمية والمحلية (COPPEM) وألدا.

ومكنت هذه التظاهرة, التي امتدت على مدى ثلاثة أيام, المشاركين من تبادل آرائهم وتقاسم خبراتهم حول محور الديمقراطية المحلية وكذلك من تدارس التحديات الخاصة التي يتعين رفعها على غرار مشاركة المواطن واستيعابه. شهدت هذه التظاهرة حضور ما لا يقل عن 70 مشارك يمثلون ضفتي البحر الأبيض المتوسط.

إضافة إلى ذلك, وفيما يخص حضور ألدا الفاعل البلاد التونسية واندماجها في العديد من الأنشطة هناك, تم قطع خطوة أخرى نحو فتح فرع, كما هو مرتقب, للديمقراطية المحلية في تونس. ,في ذات السياق, نظم لقاء مع الشركاء التونسيين, الممثلين للمنظمات المجتمع المدني الداعمين لفكرة فتح فرع لألدا في تونس, في مدينة القيروان يوم 18 أكتوبر (تشرين الأول). كما شهد هذا اللقاء مشاركة السيد ألساندرو بيرالي, نائب رئيس ألدا والسيدة  أنتونلا فلموربيدا, الأمينة العامة, والسيدة آن لور يوديكو, المنسقة المسؤولة عن المنطقة الأورومتوسطية.

From 19 to 21 October 2016, ALDA held a double international event in Tunis, closely organized with its international and local partners.

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The 3-days event began with the joint conference ALDA & ARLEM – the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (Committee of the Regions), with title “Local and Regional authorities exchanging experiences on circular migration”, tackling the issue of circular migration. Mr. Hani Abdelmasih Al Hayek, ARLEM co-chair, and Mr. Alessandro Perelli, Vice-President of ALDA, opened the conference with inspiring speeches.

Then, high-level speakers from various institutions and organisations (among them: the Delegation of the European Union to Tunisia, the International Organization for Migration, the Jordanian Ministry of Municipal Affairs, etc.) exchanged their expertise and points of view and replied to the numerous questions and comments from the audience. In this framework, Ms. Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General of ALDA, shared her point of view and underlined the importance of seeing migrations as a possibility for creating opportunities and synergies between local authorities.

The exchange of opinions pointed out that a more flexible, larger and above all positive vision on the phenomenon of circular migration is required in order to develop an effective integration model, involving both birth and host countries. Tolerance and intercultural dialogue were also highlighted as key elements by the participants.

This joint conference was followed by the Special Initiative of the LADDER Med Path, with title “Local democracy in the two shores of the Mediterranean”, organised by the Tunisian association Lam Echaml with the cooperation of COPPEM (the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership of Regional and Local Authorities) and ALDA. During three days, participants shared their standpoints and expertise on the subject of local democracy, also addressing specific challenges such as citizen participation and engagement. More than 70 people from both shores of the Mediterranean attended the event.

Furthermore, with regard to ALDA active presence and involvement in Tunisia, another step forward has been made towards the opening of the upcoming first Local Democracy Agency in Tunisia. A meeting with Tunisian partners from the civil society supporting the opening of the LDA was held in Kairouan on 18 October. The meeting saw the participation of Mr. Alessandro Perelli, Vice-President of ALDA, Mrs. Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General, and Ms. Anne-Laure Joedicke, Coordinator for the Mediterranean area.


Double événement international en Tunisie: un accent sur la migration circulaire et la démocratie locale dans la région méditerranéenne

Du 19 au 21 Octobre 2016, ALDA a organisé un double événement international à Tunis, en collaboration avec ses partenaires locaux et internationaux.

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L’événement de 3 jours a commencé avec la conférence conjointe de l’ALDA et l’ARLEM – L’Assemblée régionale et locale euro-méditerranéenne (le Comité des régions), intitulée « Les autorités locales et régionales échangent des expériences sur la migration circulaire » abordant la question de la migration circulaire. M. Hani Abdelmasih Al Hayek, le co-président de l’ARLEM, et M. Alessandro Perelli, Vice-Président de l’ALDA, ont ouvert la conférence avec ses discours inspirants.

Ensuite, des intervenants de haut niveau issus de diverses institutions et organisations (la délégation de l’Union européenne en Tunisie, l’Organisation internationale pour les migrations, le Ministère jordanien des Affaires municipales, etc.) ont partagé leur expertise et leurs points de vue et ont répondu aux nombreuses questions et commentaires de l’auditoire. Dans ce cadre, Mme Antonella Valmorbida, la Secrétaire générale de l’ALDA, a partagé son point de vue et a souligné l’importance de voir les migrations comme une possibilité de créer des opportunités et des synergies entre les autorités locales.

L’échange d’opinions a souligné qu’une vision plus flexible, plus large et surtout positive sur le phénomène de la migration circulaire est nécessaire afin de développer un modèle d’intégration efficace, impliquant les pays de naissance et d’accueil. La tolérance et le dialogue interculturel ont également été soulignés comme des éléments clés par les participants.

Cette conférence conjointe a été suivie par l’Initiative spéciale du LADDER Med «Path, intitulé « La démocratie locale sur les deux rives de la Méditerranée », organisée par l’association tunisienne Lam Echaml en coopération avec COPPEM (le Partenariat Euro-méditerranéen des Pouvoirs Locaux et Régionaux) et l’ALDA. Pendant trois jours, les participants ont partagé leurs points de vue et de leur expertise sur le sujet de la démocratie locale, et ont également relevé les défis spécifiques tels que la participation des citoyens et de l’engagement. Plus de 70 personnes des deux rives de la Méditerranée ont participé à l’événement.

Par ailleurs, concernant la présence active et l’implication de l’ALDA en Tunisie, un autre pas a été fait vers l’ouverture de la première Agence de la démocratie locale en Tunisie. Une rencontre avec des partenaires tunisiens de la société civile soutenant l’ouverture de l’ADL a eu lieu à Kairouan le 18 Octobre. M. Alessandro Perelli, le Vice-Président de l’ALDA, Mme Antonella Valmorbida, la Secrétaire générale, et Mme Anne-Laure Joedicke, coordonnatrice pour la région méditerranéenne ont participé à la réunion.


Doppio evento internazionale in Tunisia: focus su migrazione circolare e democrazia locale nel Mediterraneo

Dal 19 al 21 ottobre, ALDA ha coordinato un doppio evento a Tunisi, organizzato con partner locali e internazionali.

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L’evento è iniziato con la conferenza congiunta ALDA / ARLEM (Assemblea Locale e Regionale Euro-Mediterranea del Comitato delle Regioni), dal titolo “Gli enti locali e regionali scambiano esperienze sulla migrazione circolare”. La conferenza è stata aperta dalle parole ispiratrici di Hani Abdelmasih Al Hayek, co-Direttore di ARLEM, e di Alessandro Perelli, Vice Presidente di ALDA.

Speaker di alto livello da diverse istituzioni e organizzazioni (tra cui la Delegazione dell’Unione Europea in Tunisia, l’Organizzazione Mondiale per la Migrazione, il Ministero degli Affari Municipali della Giordania, ecc.) hanno scambiato le proprie esperienze e punti di vista, e risposto alle numerose domande dei partecipanti. Antonella Valmorbida, Segretario Generale di ALDA, ha condiviso la propria opinione sottolineando l’importanza di vedere la migrazione come una possibilità per creare sinergie e collaborazioni tra enti locali.

Il dibattito ha messo in evidenza il bisogno di una visione più flessibile, allargata e positiva del fenomeno della migrazione circolare per poter sviluppare un modello efficace di integrazione, che coinvolga sia il paese di nascita che quello ospitante. La tolleranza e il dialogo interculturale sono inoltre emersi come elementi cruciali in questo contesto.

La conferenza è stata seguita dall’Iniziativa Speciale del gruppo di lavoro “Med” del progetto LADDER, dal titolo “Democrazia locale sulle due rive del Mediterraneo”, organizzato dall’associazione tunisina Lam Echaml in cooperazione con COPPEM (Comitato Permanente per il Partenariato Euromediterraneo delle Autorità Locali e delle Regioni) e ALDA. Nel corso di tre giornate, i partecipanti hanno condiviso la loro visione ed esperienza sul tema della democrazia locale, in particolare in merito a sfide specifiche quali la partecipazione e il coinvolgimento dei cittadini. Oltre 70 persone da entrambe le rive del Mediterraneo hanno partecipato.
Inoltre, la presenza e l’azione di ALDA in Tunisia ha visto un ulteriore e fondamentale passo in avanti verso l’apertura della prima Agenzia della Democrazia Locale (ADL) nel paese. Un incontro con i partner della società civile tunisina a sostegno dell’apertura dell’ADL si è tenuto a Kairouan il 18 ottobre. All’incontro hanno partecipato Alessandro Perelli, Vice Presidente di ALDA, Antonella Valmorbida, Segretario Generale, e Anne-Laure Joedicke, Coordinatrice delle attività nell’area Euromediterranea.


Двойное международное событие в Тунисе: акцент на круговой миграции и местной демократии в Средиземноморье

С 19 по 21 октября 2016 года, ALDA провела двойное международное мероприятие в Тунисе, тесно организованное с международными и местными партнерами.

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3-дневное мероприятие началось с совместной конференции ALDA & ARLEM – Европейско-Средиземноморской региональной и местной ассамблеи (Комитета регионов) под названием «Местные и региональные органы делятся опытом по круговой миграции». Г-н Хани Абдельмасих Аль Хайек, сопредседатель ARLEM, и г-н Алессандро Перелли, вице-президент ALDA, открыли конференцию вдохновляющими речами.

Затем, спикеры высокого уровня из различных учреждений и организаций (среди них: делегация Европейского союза в Тунисе, Международная организация по миграции, Министерство муниципальных дел Иордании и т.д.) обменялись опытом и точками зрения, а также ответили на многочисленные вопросы и комментарии из зала. В этом контексте г-жа Антонелла Вальморбида, генеральный секретарь ALDA, подчеркнула важность рассмотрения миграции как инструмента для создания возможностей и взаимодействия между местными органами власти.

Во время обмена мнениями определили более гибкое, масштабное и, прежде всего, позитивное видение круговой миграции, что требуется, чтобы разработать эффективную модель интеграции, включая как страну, где человек родился, так и принимающие страны. Толерантность и развитие межкультурного диалога были также выделены в качестве ключевых элементов.

За этой совместной конференцией последовало Специальное заседание в рамках LADDER Med Path с таким заголовком: «Местная демократия на двух берегах Средиземного моря», организованное тунисской Ассоциацией Lam Echaml при содействии COPPEM (Европейско-Средиземноморское партнерство региональных и местных органов власти), а также ALDA. В течение трех дней участники делились опытом и точками зрения по вопросу местной демократии, а также решениями конкретных проблем, таких как участие и вовлечение граждан. Более 70 человек с обоих берегов Средиземного моря приняли участие в этом мероприятии.

Кроме того, благодаря активному участию ALDA в Тунисе, был сделан еще один шаг вперед в направлении открытия предстоящего первого Агентства местной демократии. Встреча с тунисскими партнерами от гражданского общества, поддерживающими открытие LDA состоялась в Кайруане 18 октября. Во встрече приняли участие г-н Алессандро Перелли, вице-президент ALDA, г-жа Антонелла Вальморбида, Генеральный секретарь, и г-жа Анн-Лор Жодик, координатор средиземноморского региона.


Dva međunarodna događaja u Tunisu: fokus na kružnu migraciju i lokalnu demokratiju na Mediteranu

Od 19-21 oktobra, ALDA je organizovala dva međunarodna događaja u Tunisus, u sradanji sa svojim međunarodnim i lokalnim partnerima.

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Trodnevni događaj počeo je zajedničkom konferencijom ALDA i ARLEM – Euro-mediteranska regionalna i lokalna skupština (Komitet regiona), pod nazivom “Razmena iskustva lokalnih i regionalnih vlasti o kružnoj migraciji”. G. Hani Abdelmasih Al Haiek, ARLEM kopredsednik, i Alessandro Perelli, potpredsednik ALDA, otvorili su konferenciju svojim inspirativnim govorima.

Zatim su, zvaničnici iz različitih institucija i organizacija (među njima: Delegacija Evropske unije u Tunisu, Međunarodna organizacija za migracije, Ministarstvo za komunalne poslove Jordana, i mnogi drugi) razmenili svoja iskustva i tačke gledišta i odgovarali na brojna pitanja i komentare iz publike. U tom okviru, Antonella Valmorbida, generalni sekretar ALDA, istakla je potrebu da se migracije vide kao mogućnost za stvaranje prilika i sinergija između lokalnih vlasti.

Iz razmene mišljenja je proisteklo da je potrebna fleksibilnija i pre svega pozitivna vizija o fenomenu kružne migracije kako bi se razvio efikasan model integracije, uključujući zemlje rođenja i zemje domaćine. Tolerancija i interkulturalnog dijaloga su takođe istaknuti kao ključni elementi od strane učesnika.

Nakon ove zajedničke konferencije usledila je Posebna inicijativa LADDER MED grupe, pod nazivom “Lokalna demokratija na dve obale Mediterana”, u organizaciji Udruženja lam Echaml iz Tunisa, u saradnji sa COPPEM (Evro-mediteransko partnerstvo regionalnih i lokalnih vlasti) i ALDA. Tokom tri dana, učesnici su imali mogućnost da razmene svoje stavove i ekspertizu na temu lokalne demokratije, uz bavljenje specifičnim izazovima kao što su učešće građana i njihovo angažovanje. Više od 70 ljudi sa obe obale Mediterana su prisustvovali događaju.

Osim toga, s obzirom na ALDA aktivno prisustvo i učešće u Tunisu, još jedan korak napred je učinjen prema otvaranju predstojeće prve Agencije lokalne demokratije u Tunisu. U Kairouanu je 18. oktobra održan  sastanak sa partnerskim organizacijama civilnog društva iz Tunisa koje podržavaju otvaranje LDA. Na sastanku su učestvovali Alessandro Perelli, potpredsednik ALDA, Antonella Valmorbida, generalni sekretar i Anne-Laure Joedicke, koordinator za oblast Mediterana.

 

تظاهرة دولية مزدوجة في تونس: التركيز على الهجرة الدائرية والديمقراطية المحلية في المتوسط.

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نظمت ألدا, خلال الفترة 19-21 أكتوبر (تشرين الأول), 2016, تظاهرة دولية مزدوجة بتونس, وذلك بالتعاون الوثيق مع شركائها المحليين والدوليي

انطلقت هذه التظاهرة, التي امتدت على مدى ثلاثة أيام, بمؤتمر نظم بالشراكة بين ألدا والجمعية الإقليمية والمحلية الأورومتوسطية (ARLEM) لجنة المناطق), وذلك تحت عنوان “تبادل التجارب بين السلطات المحلية والإقليمية حول الهجرة الدائرية”, وقد مثل هذا المؤتمر فرصة سانحة للتطرق إلى مسألة الهجرة الدائرية. وخلال الجلسة الإفتتاحية لهذا المؤتمر, تناول الكلمة كل من السيد هاني عبدالمسيح الحايك, الرئيس المساعد للجمعية الإقليمية والمحلية الأورومتوسطية (ARLEM) والسيد ألساندرو بيرلي, نائب رئيس ألدا, لتقديم محاضرتين ثريتين ومثيرتين.

ثم أعطيت الكلمة لمحاضرين رفيعي المستوى من مختلف المؤسسات والمنظمات (من بينهم مفوضية الاتحاد الأوروبي بتونس والمنظمة الدولية للهجرة ووزارة الشؤون البلدية بالمملكة الأردنية الهاشمية, إلخ) لتبادل الخبرات وتقديم وجهات النظر والإجابة على الأسئلة والملاحظات العديدة التي أثارها الحاضرون في هذا المؤتمر. وفي ذات السياق, تناولت الكلمة السيدة أنتونلا فلمربيدا, الأمينة العامة لألدا, لتقاسم أفكارها مع الحضور والتأكيد على أهمية مسائل الهجرة باعتبارها إمكانية لخلق الفرص وتسهيل مهام السلطات المحلية فيما بينها.

وقد مكن تبادل وجهات النظر هذا من الإدراك أن الرؤية السلسة والأوسع, وخاصة الإيجابية, حول ظاهرة الهجرة الدائرية, تبقى مطلوبة لتطوير نموذج الهجرة الفاعلة, بالنسبة لبلد المنشئ أو الاستقبال على حد السواء. كما استغل المشاركون فرصة هذا اللقاء للتأكيد على محوري التسامح والحوار بين الثقافات بصفتهما عنصرين أساسيين لبلوغ كافة الأهداف المنشودة في هذا الإطار.

وتلت هذا المؤتمر المبادرة الخاصة المقدمة من قبل LADDER Med Path, وذلك تحت عنوان “الديمقراطية المحلية على ضفتي البحر الأبيض المتوسط”, والتي نظمت بالشراكة بين الجمعية التونسية لم الشمل والشراكة الأورومتوسطية للسلطات الإقليمية والمحلية (COPPEM) وألدا.

ومكنت هذه التظاهرة, التي امتدت على مدى ثلاثة أيام, المشاركين من تبادل آرائهم وتقاسم خبراتهم حول محور الديمقراطية المحلية وكذلك من تدارس التحديات الخاصة التي يتعين رفعها على غرار مشاركة المواطن واستيعابه. شهدت هذه التظاهرة حضور ما لا يقل عن 70 مشارك يمثلون ضفتي البحر الأبيض المتوسط.

إضافة إلى ذلك, وفيما يخص حضور ألدا الفاعل البلاد التونسية واندماجها في العديد من الأنشطة هناك, تم قطع خطوة أخرى نحو فتح فرع, كما هو مرتقب, للديمقراطية المحلية في تونس. ,في ذات السياق, نظم لقاء مع الشركاء التونسيين, الممثلين للمنظمات المجتمع المدني الداعمين لفكرة فتح فرع لألدا في تونس, في مدينة القيروان يوم 18 أكتوبر (تشرين الأول). كما شهد هذا اللقاء مشاركة السيد ألساندرو بيرالي, نائب رئيس ألدا والسيدة  أنتونلا فلموربيدا, الأمينة العامة, والسيدة آن لور يوديكو, المنسقة المسؤولة عن المنطقة الأورومتوسطية.


Improving participatory process in developing and implementing sustainable energy policies: the challenge of the H2020 project ENLARGE

The kick-off meeting of the project ENLARGE – Energies for Local Administration: Renovate Governance in Europe – funded by the Horizon2020 Research programme of the EU, was held last 17 October in Milan. The event was an occasion to raise awareness on how to reinforce governance models in Europe, with specific focus on sustainable energy policies.

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The two-year project aims at exploring existing models of participatory governance in the field of sustainable energy and, in particular, their legitimacy, effectiveness, sustainability and success mechanisms, by drawing together theoretical knowledge and on-the-ground experiences. The key outcome will be the production of an interactive knowledge tool for raising awareness among public administrators about different alternative participatory approaches, methodologies and tools and the potential consequences of these alternative scenarios based on concrete experiences and pragmatic examples.

The Milan event was also an opportunity to create synergies with other key H2020 funded research initiatives. Partners exchanged and analysed possibilities of joining forces with “Sharing Cities” (project led by the Municipality of Milan) and “Condomini Intelligenti” (led by the Metropolitan City of Genoa).

 

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ALDA’s dedicated ENLARGE webpage

The kick-off meeting of the project ENLARGE – Energies for Local Administration: Renovate Governance in Europe – funded by the Horizon2020 Research programme of the EU, was held last 17 October in Milan. The event was an occasion to raise awareness on how to reinforce governance models in Europe, with specific focus on sustainable energy policies.

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The two-year project aims at exploring existing models of participatory governance in the field of sustainable energy and, in particular, their legitimacy, effectiveness, sustainability and success mechanisms, by drawing together theoretical knowledge and on-the-ground experiences. The key outcome will be the production of an interactive knowledge tool for raising awareness among public administrators about different alternative participatory approaches, methodologies and tools and the potential consequences of these alternative scenarios based on concrete experiences and pragmatic examples.

The Milan event was also an opportunity to create synergies with other key H2020 funded research initiatives. Partners exchanged and analysed possibilities of joining forces with “Sharing Cities” (project led by the Municipality of Milan) and “Condomini Intelligenti” (led by the Metropolitan City of Genoa).

 

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ALDA’s dedicated ENLARGE webpage


ALDA and Energy Cities join forces for sustainable towns and cities

ALDA is glad to announce our crossed membership with Energy Cities, the European Association of local authorities in energy transition.

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Energy Cities represents more than 1,000 towns and cities in 30 countries. It is a unique organisation that aims to accelerate the energy transition in European towns and cities based on new models of governance, using innovative approaches and ground-breaking practices.

In light of the mission of ALDA, focused on activities facilitating cooperation between local authorities and civil society, as well as of the increasing importance of innovative actions in the field of energy and environment, we cherish this crucial step towards good local governance.

“Energy Cities’ vision for the energy transition is centred around a political agenda in “3Ds” towards the Decentralisation, Divestment and Democratization of our energy system. In that spirit, what better ally than ALDA to promote improved forms of governance across European territories. I look forward to seeing representatives from both associations join forces along those lines and more generally towards a sound implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals” states Prof. Dr. Eckart Würzner, Mayor of Heidelberg and President of Energy Cities.

“The Governing Board of ALDA warmly welcomed the crossed membership with Energy Cities” stated ALDA President Oriano Otočan. “Our members and the citizens they represent in the enlarged Europe need key stakeholders promoting sustainable and smart cities to join forces. I believe this is the beginning of extremely fruitful cooperation”.

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L’ALDA et Energy Cities s’associent pour les villes durables

L’ALDA est heureuse d’annoncer notre mandat croisé avec Energy Cities, l’Association européenne des autorités locales dans la transition énergétique.

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Energy Cities représente plus de 1000 villes dans 30 pays. Il s’agit d’une organisation unique qui vise à accélérer la transition énergétique des villes en fonction de nouveaux modèles de gouvernance européens, en utilisant des approches et pratiques novatrices.
Compte tenu de la mission de l’ALDA, avec l’accent sur les activités facilitant la coopération entre les autorités locales et la société civile, ainsi que de l’importance croissante des actions innovantes dans le domaine de l’énergie et de l’environnement, nous sommes fiers de cette étape cruciale vers la bonne gouvernance locale.

«La vision d’Energy Cities pour la transition énergétique est centrée sur un agenda politique de « 3D » vers la Décentralisation, Désinvestissement et Démocratisation de notre système énergétique. Dans cet esprit, l’ALDA est le meilleur allié pour promouvoir des formes améliorées de gouvernance sur le territoire de l’Europe. Je me réjouis de voir des représentants des deux associations unissent leurs forces sur ces lignes et plus généralement vers une bonne mise en œuvre des objectifs de développement durable», a déclaré le Professeur Eckart Würzner, Maire d’Heidelberg et le Président d’Energy Cities.

« Le Conseil d’administration de l’ALDA a accueilli chaleureusement le mandat croisé avec Energy Cities » a déclaré Oriano Otočan, le président de l’ALDA. «Nos membres et les citoyens qu’ils représentent dans l’Europe élargie ont besoin des intervenants clés unis pour la promotion des villes durables et intelligentes. Je crois que c’est le début d’une coopération extrêmement fructueuse ».

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ALDA ed Energy Cities uniscono le forze per paesi e città sostenibili

ALDA è lieta di annunciare di aver stretto un accordo di adesione incrociata con Energy Cities, l’Associazione europea per gli enti locali in transizione energetica.

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Energy Cities rappresenta oltre 1000 città e paesi in 30 paesi. È un’organizzazione unica che mira ad accelerare la transizione energetica nelle città europee utilizzando nuovi modelli di governance, approcci innovativi e pratiche all’avanguardia.
Tenuto conto della mission di ALDA, fondata sul sostenere attività che facilitino la cooperazione tra enti locali e società civile, e dell’importanza crescente di azioni pionieristiche nel campo energetico e ambientale, siamo felici di questo passo importante per rafforzare il buon governo locale.

“La visione di Energy Cities per la transizione energetica si fonda su un’agenda politica a “3D” che mira al Decentramento, Disinvestimento e Democratizzazione del nostro sistema energetico. Con questo spirito, quale migliore alleato di ALDA per promuovere forme migliori di governance sul territorio europeo. Sono impaziente di vedere i rappresentanti di entrambe le associazioni lavorare assieme su questi assi, e più in generale, verso un’implementazione efficace degli Obiettivi di Sviluppo Sostenibile” ha dichiarato il Prof. Dr. Eckart Würzner, Sindaco di Heidelberg e Presidente di Energy Cities.

“Il Consiglio Direttivo di ALDA ha accolto con fervore la proposta di adesione incrociata con Energy Cities” ha detto il Presidente di ALDA Oriano Otočan. “I nostri soci e i cittadini che rappresentano nell’Europa allargata hanno bisogno che tutti i soggetti che promuovono città sostenibili e innovative uniscano le proprie forze. Credo fermamente che questo sia l’inizio di una cooperazione estremamente importante”.

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ALDA и Energy Cities объединяют усилия для устойчивого развития городов

ALDA рада объявить о нашем кросс-членстве в Energy Cities, Европейской ассоциации местных органов власти по переходу энергетики.

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Energy Cities объединяет более 1000 городов в 30 странах. Это уникальная организация, которая ставит своей целью ускорить переход энергетики в европейских и других городах на основе новых моделей управления, с использованием инновационных подходов и лучших практик.

В свете миссии ALDA, сосредоточенной на деятельности, способствующей сотрудничеству между местными органами власти и гражданским обществом, а также растущего значения инновационных действий в области энергетики и защите окружающей среды, мы ценим этот важный шаг на пути к эффективному местному управления.

«Видение Energy Cities для энергетического перехода сосредоточено вокруг политической программы в «3D» в децентрализации и демократизации нашей энергетической системы. ALDA в этом – лучший союзник, способствуя улучшению форм управления по всей Европе. Я с нетерпением жду встречи представителей обеих ассоциаций, чтоб объединить усилия по этим направлениям, и создать надежную основу для реализации целей устойчивого развития», – утверждает Проф. Докт. Эккарта Вюрцнер, мэр Гейдельберга и президент Energy Cities.

«Совет управляющих ALDA тепло приветствовал кросс-членство в Energy Cities», – заявил президент ALDA Ориано Оточан. «Наши члены и граждане, которых они представляют в Европе, являются ключевыми заинтересованными сторонами в устойчивом развитии интеллектуальных городов, объединяя свои усилия. Я считаю, что это начало чрезвычайно плодотворного сотрудничества».

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ALDA i Energetski gradovi udružuju snage za održive gradove i opštine

ALDA sa zadovoljstvom najavljuje naše udruženo članstvo sa Energetskim gradovima, Evropskom asocijacijom lokalnih vlasti u energetskoj tranziciji.

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Energetski gradovi predstavljajuju više od 1000 gradova i opština iz 30 zemalja. To je jedinstvena organizacija koja ima za cilj da ubrza energetsku tranziciju evropskih gradova  i opština, na osnovu novih modela upravljanja, koristeći inovativne pristupe i prakse.ground-breaking practices.

U svetlu misije ALDA, koja je usmerena na aktivnosti koje olakšavaju saradnju između lokalnih vlasti i civilnog društva, i imajući u vidu sve veći značaj inovativnih aktivnosti u oblasti energetike i zaštite životne sredine, pozdravljamo ovaj ključni korak ka dobroj lokalnoj upravi.

“Vizija Energetskih gradova za energetsku tranziciju se fokusira oko političke agende u “3D” prema decentralizaciji, deinvestiranju i demokratizaciji našeg energetskog sistema. U tom svetlu, ALDA je odličan saveznik u promovisanju unapređenih oblika upravljanja u EU. Radujem što će predstavnici oba udruženja udružiti snage u ovom smislu i uopšte prema uspešnoj implementaciji ciljeva održivog razvoja “, izjavio je dr Eckart Wurzner, gradonačelnik Hajdelberga i predsednik Energetskih gradova.

“Upravni odbor ALDA je toplo pozdravio udruženo članstvo sa Energetskim gradovima”, izjavio je predsednik ALDA Oriano Otočan. “Naši članovi i građani koje oni predstavljaju u proširenoj Evropi trebaju udružene ključne aktere u promovisanju održivih i pametnih gradova. Verujem da je ovo početak veoma plodne saradnje”.

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ألدا وأنرجي سيتيز تتعاونان على توفير منظومة مستدامة لفائدة البلدات والمدن

ألدا سعيدة بإعلان عضويتنا المشتركة مع أنرجي سيتيز, الجمعية الأوروبية للسلطات المحلية في انتقال طاقي

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تمثل أنرجي سيتيز Energy Cities أكثر من 1000 بلدة ومدينة موزعة على 30 بلد. وهي المنظمة الفريدة من نوعها التي تهدف إلى الإسراع بتأمين الانتقال الطاقي, في المدن والبلدات الأوروبية, على أساس نماذج جديدة من الحوكمة, وباستعمال مقاربات مجددة وممارسات رائدة.

وعلى ضوء المهمة التي تضطلع بها ألدا, التي تركز على جملة من الأنشطة تهدف إلى تسهيل التعاون بين السلطات المحلية ومنظمات المجتمع المدني, وكذلك على الأهمية المتزايدة للأنشطة المجددة في مجال الطاقة والبيئة, نحن نثمن عاليا هذه الخطوة المهمة للسير نحو تحقيق منظومة حوكمة محلية جيدة.

” تتمحور رؤية أنرجي سيتيز للإنتقال الطاقي  حول أجندا سياسي يتميز بأحرف “الدال الثلاثة (بالرجوع إلى اللغة الانجلية “3Ds “, ) والتي تدعونا إلى اعتماد اللامركزية وسحب الاستثمارات والدمقرطة الخاصة بمنظومتنا الطاقية. و السؤال الذي يطرح نفسه في هذا الإطار هو: من هو أفضل من ألدا لتعزيز الأشكال المحسنة من الحوكمة في كافة البلدان الأوروبية. أنا أتطلع لمشاهدة ممثلين, من كلتا الجمعيتين, للتعاون معا في هذه المجالات, وخصوصا للتدرج نحو تنفيذ سلس لأهداف التنمية المستدامة, كما يذكر الأستاذ الدكتور إيكارت فورتزنار, رئيس بلدية مدينة هايدلبرغ ورئيس أنرجي سيتيز.

رحب مجلس إدارة ألدا بحرارة العضوية المشتركة مع أنرجي سيتيز”, كما صرح رئيس ألدا أوريانو أوتاشان. “ما يحتاجه أعضاؤنا والمواطنون الذين يمثلونهم, في أوروبا الموسعة, هو الأطراف الفاعلة لتعزيز الاستدامة والمدن الذكية للتعاون مع بعضهم البعض. أعتقد أن هذه المرحلة تشير إلى انطلاق عملية تعاون مثمرة جدا”.

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ALDA is glad to announce our crossed membership with Energy Cities, the European Association of local authorities in energy transition.

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Energy Cities represents more than 1,000 towns and cities in 30 countries. It is a unique organisation that aims to accelerate the energy transition in European towns and cities based on new models of governance, using innovative approaches and ground-breaking practices.

In light of the mission of ALDA, focused on activities facilitating cooperation between local authorities and civil society, as well as of the increasing importance of innovative actions in the field of energy and environment, we cherish this crucial step towards good local governance.

“Energy Cities’ vision for the energy transition is centred around a political agenda in “3Ds” towards the Decentralisation, Divestment and Democratization of our energy system. In that spirit, what better ally than ALDA to promote improved forms of governance across European territories. I look forward to seeing representatives from both associations join forces along those lines and more generally towards a sound implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals” states Prof. Dr. Eckart Würzner, Mayor of Heidelberg and President of Energy Cities.

“The Governing Board of ALDA warmly welcomed the crossed membership with Energy Cities” stated ALDA President Oriano Otočan. “Our members and the citizens they represent in the enlarged Europe need key stakeholders promoting sustainable and smart cities to join forces. I believe this is the beginning of extremely fruitful cooperation”.

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L’ALDA et Energy Cities s’associent pour les villes durables

L’ALDA est heureuse d’annoncer notre mandat croisé avec Energy Cities, l’Association européenne des autorités locales dans la transition énergétique.

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Energy Cities représente plus de 1000 villes dans 30 pays. Il s’agit d’une organisation unique qui vise à accélérer la transition énergétique des villes en fonction de nouveaux modèles de gouvernance européens, en utilisant des approches et pratiques novatrices.
Compte tenu de la mission de l’ALDA, avec l’accent sur les activités facilitant la coopération entre les autorités locales et la société civile, ainsi que de l’importance croissante des actions innovantes dans le domaine de l’énergie et de l’environnement, nous sommes fiers de cette étape cruciale vers la bonne gouvernance locale.

«La vision d’Energy Cities pour la transition énergétique est centrée sur un agenda politique de « 3D » vers la Décentralisation, Désinvestissement et Démocratisation de notre système énergétique. Dans cet esprit, l’ALDA est le meilleur allié pour promouvoir des formes améliorées de gouvernance sur le territoire de l’Europe. Je me réjouis de voir des représentants des deux associations unissent leurs forces sur ces lignes et plus généralement vers une bonne mise en œuvre des objectifs de développement durable», a déclaré le Professeur Eckart Würzner, Maire d’Heidelberg et le Président d’Energy Cities.

« Le Conseil d’administration de l’ALDA a accueilli chaleureusement le mandat croisé avec Energy Cities » a déclaré Oriano Otočan, le président de l’ALDA. «Nos membres et les citoyens qu’ils représentent dans l’Europe élargie ont besoin des intervenants clés unis pour la promotion des villes durables et intelligentes. Je crois que c’est le début d’une coopération extrêmement fructueuse ».

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ALDA ed Energy Cities uniscono le forze per paesi e città sostenibili

ALDA è lieta di annunciare di aver stretto un accordo di adesione incrociata con Energy Cities, l’Associazione europea per gli enti locali in transizione energetica.

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Energy Cities rappresenta oltre 1000 città e paesi in 30 paesi. È un’organizzazione unica che mira ad accelerare la transizione energetica nelle città europee utilizzando nuovi modelli di governance, approcci innovativi e pratiche all’avanguardia.
Tenuto conto della mission di ALDA, fondata sul sostenere attività che facilitino la cooperazione tra enti locali e società civile, e dell’importanza crescente di azioni pionieristiche nel campo energetico e ambientale, siamo felici di questo passo importante per rafforzare il buon governo locale.

“La visione di Energy Cities per la transizione energetica si fonda su un’agenda politica a “3D” che mira al Decentramento, Disinvestimento e Democratizzazione del nostro sistema energetico. Con questo spirito, quale migliore alleato di ALDA per promuovere forme migliori di governance sul territorio europeo. Sono impaziente di vedere i rappresentanti di entrambe le associazioni lavorare assieme su questi assi, e più in generale, verso un’implementazione efficace degli Obiettivi di Sviluppo Sostenibile” ha dichiarato il Prof. Dr. Eckart Würzner, Sindaco di Heidelberg e Presidente di Energy Cities.

“Il Consiglio Direttivo di ALDA ha accolto con fervore la proposta di adesione incrociata con Energy Cities” ha detto il Presidente di ALDA Oriano Otočan. “I nostri soci e i cittadini che rappresentano nell’Europa allargata hanno bisogno che tutti i soggetti che promuovono città sostenibili e innovative uniscano le proprie forze. Credo fermamente che questo sia l’inizio di una cooperazione estremamente importante”.

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ALDA и Energy Cities объединяют усилия для устойчивого развития городов

ALDA рада объявить о нашем кросс-членстве в Energy Cities, Европейской ассоциации местных органов власти по переходу энергетики.

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Energy Cities объединяет более 1000 городов в 30 странах. Это уникальная организация, которая ставит своей целью ускорить переход энергетики в европейских и других городах на основе новых моделей управления, с использованием инновационных подходов и лучших практик.

В свете миссии ALDA, сосредоточенной на деятельности, способствующей сотрудничеству между местными органами власти и гражданским обществом, а также растущего значения инновационных действий в области энергетики и защите окружающей среды, мы ценим этот важный шаг на пути к эффективному местному управления.

«Видение Energy Cities для энергетического перехода сосредоточено вокруг политической программы в «3D» в децентрализации и демократизации нашей энергетической системы. ALDA в этом – лучший союзник, способствуя улучшению форм управления по всей Европе. Я с нетерпением жду встречи представителей обеих ассоциаций, чтоб объединить усилия по этим направлениям, и создать надежную основу для реализации целей устойчивого развития», – утверждает Проф. Докт. Эккарта Вюрцнер, мэр Гейдельберга и президент Energy Cities.

«Совет управляющих ALDA тепло приветствовал кросс-членство в Energy Cities», – заявил президент ALDA Ориано Оточан. «Наши члены и граждане, которых они представляют в Европе, являются ключевыми заинтересованными сторонами в устойчивом развитии интеллектуальных городов, объединяя свои усилия. Я считаю, что это начало чрезвычайно плодотворного сотрудничества».

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ALDA i Energetski gradovi udružuju snage za održive gradove i opštine

ALDA sa zadovoljstvom najavljuje naše udruženo članstvo sa Energetskim gradovima, Evropskom asocijacijom lokalnih vlasti u energetskoj tranziciji.

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Energetski gradovi predstavljajuju više od 1000 gradova i opština iz 30 zemalja. To je jedinstvena organizacija koja ima za cilj da ubrza energetsku tranziciju evropskih gradova  i opština, na osnovu novih modela upravljanja, koristeći inovativne pristupe i prakse.ground-breaking practices.

U svetlu misije ALDA, koja je usmerena na aktivnosti koje olakšavaju saradnju između lokalnih vlasti i civilnog društva, i imajući u vidu sve veći značaj inovativnih aktivnosti u oblasti energetike i zaštite životne sredine, pozdravljamo ovaj ključni korak ka dobroj lokalnoj upravi.

“Vizija Energetskih gradova za energetsku tranziciju se fokusira oko političke agende u “3D” prema decentralizaciji, deinvestiranju i demokratizaciji našeg energetskog sistema. U tom svetlu, ALDA je odličan saveznik u promovisanju unapređenih oblika upravljanja u EU. Radujem što će predstavnici oba udruženja udružiti snage u ovom smislu i uopšte prema uspešnoj implementaciji ciljeva održivog razvoja “, izjavio je dr Eckart Wurzner, gradonačelnik Hajdelberga i predsednik Energetskih gradova.

“Upravni odbor ALDA je toplo pozdravio udruženo članstvo sa Energetskim gradovima”, izjavio je predsednik ALDA Oriano Otočan. “Naši članovi i građani koje oni predstavljaju u proširenoj Evropi trebaju udružene ključne aktere u promovisanju održivih i pametnih gradova. Verujem da je ovo početak veoma plodne saradnje”.

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ألدا وأنرجي سيتيز تتعاونان على توفير منظومة مستدامة لفائدة البلدات والمدن

ألدا سعيدة بإعلان عضويتنا المشتركة مع أنرجي سيتيز, الجمعية الأوروبية للسلطات المحلية في انتقال طاقي

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تمثل أنرجي سيتيز Energy Cities أكثر من 1000 بلدة ومدينة موزعة على 30 بلد. وهي المنظمة الفريدة من نوعها التي تهدف إلى الإسراع بتأمين الانتقال الطاقي, في المدن والبلدات الأوروبية, على أساس نماذج جديدة من الحوكمة, وباستعمال مقاربات مجددة وممارسات رائدة.

وعلى ضوء المهمة التي تضطلع بها ألدا, التي تركز على جملة من الأنشطة تهدف إلى تسهيل التعاون بين السلطات المحلية ومنظمات المجتمع المدني, وكذلك على الأهمية المتزايدة للأنشطة المجددة في مجال الطاقة والبيئة, نحن نثمن عاليا هذه الخطوة المهمة للسير نحو تحقيق منظومة حوكمة محلية جيدة.

” تتمحور رؤية أنرجي سيتيز للإنتقال الطاقي  حول أجندا سياسي يتميز بأحرف “الدال الثلاثة (بالرجوع إلى اللغة الانجلية “3Ds “, ) والتي تدعونا إلى اعتماد اللامركزية وسحب الاستثمارات والدمقرطة الخاصة بمنظومتنا الطاقية. و السؤال الذي يطرح نفسه في هذا الإطار هو: من هو أفضل من ألدا لتعزيز الأشكال المحسنة من الحوكمة في كافة البلدان الأوروبية. أنا أتطلع لمشاهدة ممثلين, من كلتا الجمعيتين, للتعاون معا في هذه المجالات, وخصوصا للتدرج نحو تنفيذ سلس لأهداف التنمية المستدامة, كما يذكر الأستاذ الدكتور إيكارت فورتزنار, رئيس بلدية مدينة هايدلبرغ ورئيس أنرجي سيتيز.

رحب مجلس إدارة ألدا بحرارة العضوية المشتركة مع أنرجي سيتيز”, كما صرح رئيس ألدا أوريانو أوتاشان. “ما يحتاجه أعضاؤنا والمواطنون الذين يمثلونهم, في أوروبا الموسعة, هو الأطراف الفاعلة لتعزيز الاستدامة والمدن الذكية للتعاون مع بعضهم البعض. أعتقد أن هذه المرحلة تشير إلى انطلاق عملية تعاون مثمرة جدا”.

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The experience from a volunteer’s point of view: European Voluntary Service is a perfect opportunity to develop young people’s skills

ALDA Skopje hosted two volunteers from France in the period from June 2015 to July 2016. Raphael Galvez and Nathalie Bargues are two French youngsters who did an EVS in the office of ALDA in Skopje. They were engaged within the project “Volunteers for European remembrance”, supported by the National agency for European Educational Programmes and Mobility.

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The two EVS volunteers were hosted by ALDA Skopje as part of the “Erasmus +” programme, which is funded by the European commission.

1. You spent a year volunteering at ALDA Skopje as part of the project “Volunteers for European remembrance”. What was the main focus of the project?

Nathalie: This project was focused mainly on Youth mobility in Europe and on the remembrance of the Eastern Front of the First World War in Macedonia. Both subjects were really relevant since young people in Macedonia are lacking counselling and information on their mobility opportunities. Moreover, working on projects to promote the cultural heritage of the Eastern Front is important to foster reconciliation in the Balkans region.

Raphael: The main focus of the project for me was to promote the feelings of union and European citizenship, with a more specific focus on Macedonia and the countries of the Western Balkan region, by gathering youngsters from all over Europe around common activities encouraging tolerance and intercultural understanding.

2. Could you briefly tell us what have you gained from the past 12 months as an EVS volunteer at ALDA Skopje?

Nathalie: During this rewarding experience, I learned how to adapt myself, how to implement workshops and international conferences, how to write projects proposals, and I had the opportunity to develop my skills in organisation and in communication. Discovering a new culture and new perspectives, I became more confident and curious, and finally I will use this international experience to develop my professional project.

Raphael: The intercultural aspect of the project allowed me to be even more aware of the diversity of Europe, and to better deal with the differences between people’s ways of thinking on a professional point of view. I also gained insurance in the field of project management at European level, which is a real strength in a world becoming more and more global.

3. What were your activities and objectives for work during your volunteer service?

Nathalie: In order to reinforce Youth participation in the Balkans and so as to develop the remembrance of the First World War in the region, I participated in projects related to these fields, through for example research work, and event organisation tasks. In addition, I was helping in the organization of youth exchanges and conferences, facilitating workshops on French culture, helping to write project proposals, finding partners, and analysing EU funds in Macedonia.

Raphael: During my volunteer service, I was working on youth projects at local and regional levels in the Western Balkan region. I helped to elaborate and coordinate the activities of the Balkan Regional Platform for Youth Participation and Dialogue, one of the main youth projects of ALDA aiming at encouraging youth activism in the society and youth participation in decision-making processes in the region. At local level, I also helped to promote French culture and possibilities of youth exchanges with France for youngsters interested in discovering a new culture and a new approach of education and work.

My objectives were clearly to raise the attention of the youngsters in the possibilities they have to improve themselves and the society they live in, in order not to be just the passive observers of what is happening around them.

4. Would you recommend the Erasmus + programme, specifically the opportunities for EVS, to other youngsters? Why?

Nathalie: The European Voluntary Service is a perfect opportunity to develop young people’s skills and to build a generation of young European citizens, open minded and active at local and European level. This programme is great and unique. It permits to meet really interesting persons coming from different backgrounds, to understand a new culture and to discover the NGO environment and new fields.

Raphael: I would definitely recommend the EVS experience to all youngsters from 18 to 30 years for three main reasons:

– It is first a way for them to explore new centers of interest that may have an impact in their future professional lives.

– The EVS experience is also a chance for youth to get inspired by new culture, but also by new ways of dealing with topics and thus to improve their skills. On the other side, they will inspire people they are working with, underlying an important aspect of the EVS programme: the exchange between people.

– The EVS is finally a way for youngsters to expand their personal network, by meeting people, making new European friends that will be part of their future lives, as well as their professional network, by being in contact and working with organizations and institutions at European level during one year.

ALDA Skopje hosted two volunteers from France in the period from June 2015 to July 2016. Raphael Galvez and Nathalie Bargues are two French youngsters who did an EVS in the office of ALDA in Skopje. They were engaged within the project “Volunteers for European remembrance”, supported by the National agency for European Educational Programmes and Mobility.

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The two EVS volunteers were hosted by ALDA Skopje as part of the “Erasmus +” programme, which is funded by the European commission.

1. You spent a year volunteering at ALDA Skopje as part of the project “Volunteers for European remembrance”. What was the main focus of the project?

Nathalie: This project was focused mainly on Youth mobility in Europe and on the remembrance of the Eastern Front of the First World War in Macedonia. Both subjects were really relevant since young people in Macedonia are lacking counselling and information on their mobility opportunities. Moreover, working on projects to promote the cultural heritage of the Eastern Front is important to foster reconciliation in the Balkans region.

Raphael: The main focus of the project for me was to promote the feelings of union and European citizenship, with a more specific focus on Macedonia and the countries of the Western Balkan region, by gathering youngsters from all over Europe around common activities encouraging tolerance and intercultural understanding.

2. Could you briefly tell us what have you gained from the past 12 months as an EVS volunteer at ALDA Skopje?

Nathalie: During this rewarding experience, I learned how to adapt myself, how to implement workshops and international conferences, how to write projects proposals, and I had the opportunity to develop my skills in organisation and in communication. Discovering a new culture and new perspectives, I became more confident and curious, and finally I will use this international experience to develop my professional project.

Raphael: The intercultural aspect of the project allowed me to be even more aware of the diversity of Europe, and to better deal with the differences between people’s ways of thinking on a professional point of view. I also gained insurance in the field of project management at European level, which is a real strength in a world becoming more and more global.

3. What were your activities and objectives for work during your volunteer service?

Nathalie: In order to reinforce Youth participation in the Balkans and so as to develop the remembrance of the First World War in the region, I participated in projects related to these fields, through for example research work, and event organisation tasks. In addition, I was helping in the organization of youth exchanges and conferences, facilitating workshops on French culture, helping to write project proposals, finding partners, and analysing EU funds in Macedonia.

Raphael: During my volunteer service, I was working on youth projects at local and regional levels in the Western Balkan region. I helped to elaborate and coordinate the activities of the Balkan Regional Platform for Youth Participation and Dialogue, one of the main youth projects of ALDA aiming at encouraging youth activism in the society and youth participation in decision-making processes in the region. At local level, I also helped to promote French culture and possibilities of youth exchanges with France for youngsters interested in discovering a new culture and a new approach of education and work.

My objectives were clearly to raise the attention of the youngsters in the possibilities they have to improve themselves and the society they live in, in order not to be just the passive observers of what is happening around them.

4. Would you recommend the Erasmus + programme, specifically the opportunities for EVS, to other youngsters? Why?

Nathalie: The European Voluntary Service is a perfect opportunity to develop young people’s skills and to build a generation of young European citizens, open minded and active at local and European level. This programme is great and unique. It permits to meet really interesting persons coming from different backgrounds, to understand a new culture and to discover the NGO environment and new fields.

Raphael: I would definitely recommend the EVS experience to all youngsters from 18 to 30 years for three main reasons:

– It is first a way for them to explore new centers of interest that may have an impact in their future professional lives.

– The EVS experience is also a chance for youth to get inspired by new culture, but also by new ways of dealing with topics and thus to improve their skills. On the other side, they will inspire people they are working with, underlying an important aspect of the EVS programme: the exchange between people.

– The EVS is finally a way for youngsters to expand their personal network, by meeting people, making new European friends that will be part of their future lives, as well as their professional network, by being in contact and working with organizations and institutions at European level during one year.


LADDER Project: the job shadowing activity starts to bear fruit

As part of the LADDER project, Mateja Kvar from CAC – Croatian Association of Counties (Croatia) completed her job shadowing activity in Strasbourg, within ALDA office, and we gathered her feelings and achievements.

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The project “LADDER – Local Authorities as Drivers for Development Education and Raising awareness” aims to develop and increase the action of Local Agencies in EU Development & Awareness Raising policies. It covers a range of activities and one of the dimensions is capacity building and peer-to-peer education. In order to achieve this goal, the project foresees a job shadowing involving all co-applicants of the consortium. The objective is to promote cooperation, to facilitate peer-to-peer learning, to increase and promote intercultural exchanges and learning.

The peer-to-peer learning mission has the intent of giving the opportunity to experts, civil servants, trainers, LAs staff and CSOs representatives of the consortium to participate in an exchange mission on DEAR-related issues, working with other “colleagues” in the field of development education.

“I am very satisfied with my choice to participate in LADDER activity. The main reason is that everyone in this office was making a great effort to organise some useful and interesting activities for me” Mateja declares in her final interview, saying that her Strasbourg colleagues made this short exchange extremely fruitful. In four days, she attended several meetings, including a “Training for teachers in the field of education for democracy” and the Monitoring plenary sessions in European Parliament, where local and national issues were discussed on a higher European level. She highlights that there were great opportunities to learn about the tools and techniques that can be used for development education and awareness raising in Croatia, where she works as coordinator for LADDER project activities within CAC. And she adds “I am ready to incorporate those approaches and tips, I received, on the operational level in my organisations”.

LADDER project is funded by EuropeAid, co-funded by the EU and includes 27 partners & 19 associates, coming from 18 EU and 17 non EU-countries.  Its major challenge is to contribute into Development Education and Awareness Raising (DEAR) programme.

 

Liens utiles:
LADDER project website
CAC – Croatian Association of Counties website

As part of the LADDER project, Mateja Kvar from CAC – Croatian Association of Counties (Croatia) completed her job shadowing activity in Strasbourg, within ALDA office, and we gathered her feelings and achievements.

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The project “LADDER – Local Authorities as Drivers for Development Education and Raising awareness” aims to develop and increase the action of Local Agencies in EU Development & Awareness Raising policies. It covers a range of activities and one of the dimensions is capacity building and peer-to-peer education. In order to achieve this goal, the project foresees a job shadowing involving all co-applicants of the consortium. The objective is to promote cooperation, to facilitate peer-to-peer learning, to increase and promote intercultural exchanges and learning.

The peer-to-peer learning mission has the intent of giving the opportunity to experts, civil servants, trainers, LAs staff and CSOs representatives of the consortium to participate in an exchange mission on DEAR-related issues, working with other “colleagues” in the field of development education.

“I am very satisfied with my choice to participate in LADDER activity. The main reason is that everyone in this office was making a great effort to organise some useful and interesting activities for me” Mateja declares in her final interview, saying that her Strasbourg colleagues made this short exchange extremely fruitful. In four days, she attended several meetings, including a “Training for teachers in the field of education for democracy” and the Monitoring plenary sessions in European Parliament, where local and national issues were discussed on a higher European level. She highlights that there were great opportunities to learn about the tools and techniques that can be used for development education and awareness raising in Croatia, where she works as coordinator for LADDER project activities within CAC. And she adds “I am ready to incorporate those approaches and tips, I received, on the operational level in my organisations”.

LADDER project is funded by EuropeAid, co-funded by the EU and includes 27 partners & 19 associates, coming from 18 EU and 17 non EU-countries.  Its major challenge is to contribute into Development Education and Awareness Raising (DEAR) programme.

 

Liens utiles:
LADDER project website
CAC – Croatian Association of Counties website


Oriano Otočan, President of ALDA, and the LADDER project at the SDG Watch Europe launch

On 13 October 2016, the SDG Watch Europe was launched in Brussels! SDG Watch Europe is a new EU-level alliance of 75 CSOs from development, environment, social, human rights and other sectors. Its goal is to hold governments to account for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs).

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ALDA and the LADDER Project are members of this alliance since its early beginnings, supporting and actively involved in all the actions with the aim to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) achievement and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Oriano Otočan, ALDA’s President, & Nikos Gamouras, PM of LADDER, participated in the event.

SDGs Watch Europe works on 4 different work strands:
Strand 1: Joint high level advocacy and policy coordination for ambitious and integrated EU SDGs implementation;
Strand 2: Monitoring, accountability and review of European SDGs implementation across all sectors;
Strand 3: Engaging CSOs and citizens – at local, national and EU level;
Strand 4: Innovating, reflecting, experimenting and learning together.

The European Commission First Vice-President, Mr Frans Timmermans, was present. He highlighted that SDGs need to be a unique opportunity for Europe in order to influence the worldwide changes which are taking place nowadays. The EC First Vice-President stated that “the fight we’re fighting is more than the SDGs, it’s a fight for our future” and marked the importance of SDG Watch Europe saying “we need you, SDGs Watch, to follow us carefully and to help us to focus and to be consistent in order to reach the SDGs”. In particular, Mr. Timmermans underlined three main concepts: the importance of addressing each SDG with concrete, comprehensive, specific & consistent measures in order to foster its implementation within Europe and beyond, the relevance of having a cross-sectoral and crosscutting approach to the 17-SDGs, and the value of creating synergies, adopting a multi-stakeholders approach, including not only the public sector in the achievement of the Agenda 2030 but also the private one, civil society & academia.

Then several SDG Watch Europe members from different associations such as WWF, Solidar, Action for Sustainable Development Global CSO Alliance, CONCORD, GCAP, WECF, World Vision took the floor. The launch event highlighted the importance of working together for SDGs in order to reach a fair, inclusive, and sustainable development for Europe and beyond. This aspect was perfectly summed up by Genevieve Pons-Deladriere (WWF) who stated “we need to have a radical change, and the SDGs offer us the recipe to get it right”.

Liens utiles:
Photo gallery
SDG Watch Europe launch Agenda
SDGs Watch Europe video
SDGs Watch Europe website
SDGs Watch Europe facebook page

On 13 October 2016, the SDG Watch Europe was launched in Brussels! SDG Watch Europe is a new EU-level alliance of 75 CSOs from development, environment, social, human rights and other sectors. Its goal is to hold governments to account for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs).

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ALDA and the LADDER Project are members of this alliance since its early beginnings, supporting and actively involved in all the actions with the aim to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) achievement and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Oriano Otočan, ALDA’s President, & Nikos Gamouras, PM of LADDER, participated in the event.

SDGs Watch Europe works on 4 different work strands:
Strand 1: Joint high level advocacy and policy coordination for ambitious and integrated EU SDGs implementation;
Strand 2: Monitoring, accountability and review of European SDGs implementation across all sectors;
Strand 3: Engaging CSOs and citizens – at local, national and EU level;
Strand 4: Innovating, reflecting, experimenting and learning together.

The European Commission First Vice-President, Mr Frans Timmermans, was present. He highlighted that SDGs need to be a unique opportunity for Europe in order to influence the worldwide changes which are taking place nowadays. The EC First Vice-President stated that “the fight we’re fighting is more than the SDGs, it’s a fight for our future” and marked the importance of SDG Watch Europe saying “we need you, SDGs Watch, to follow us carefully and to help us to focus and to be consistent in order to reach the SDGs”. In particular, Mr. Timmermans underlined three main concepts: the importance of addressing each SDG with concrete, comprehensive, specific & consistent measures in order to foster its implementation within Europe and beyond, the relevance of having a cross-sectoral and crosscutting approach to the 17-SDGs, and the value of creating synergies, adopting a multi-stakeholders approach, including not only the public sector in the achievement of the Agenda 2030 but also the private one, civil society & academia.

Then several SDG Watch Europe members from different associations such as WWF, Solidar, Action for Sustainable Development Global CSO Alliance, CONCORD, GCAP, WECF, World Vision took the floor. The launch event highlighted the importance of working together for SDGs in order to reach a fair, inclusive, and sustainable development for Europe and beyond. This aspect was perfectly summed up by Genevieve Pons-Deladriere (WWF) who stated “we need to have a radical change, and the SDGs offer us the recipe to get it right”.

Liens utiles:
Photo gallery
SDG Watch Europe launch Agenda
SDGs Watch Europe video
SDGs Watch Europe website
SDGs Watch Europe facebook page


European Local Democracy Week - ALDA and its members celebrating it everywhere

During the month of October, the ELDW 2016 took place, with main topic “Living together in culturally diverse societies: respect, dialogue, interaction”. ALDA, in cooperation with its members and partners, renews its commitment towards promotion and fostering of democratic participation at grassroots level with a number of initiatives.

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The ELDW is an annual European event co-ordinated by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, aiming at further disseminating the Council of Europe universal values, such as democracy and human rights, but also offers the participants the opportunity to join a European network engaged for the promotion of citizen participation at the local level by organising public events that foster good governance and democratic participation with a bottom-up approach.

Within this week, ALDA took part in three important events together with its members.

On 6-7 October a seminar on decentralised cooperation between local authorities, with focus on development and attractiveness of territories, took place in Cimişlia, Moldova. The event, co-organised by ALDA, CALM (congress of Local Authorities from Moldova), ISAM (Institute of Administrative Sciences of Moldova) and the French Embassy in Moldova, together with the support of UNDP, Ministry of Regional Development and Construction, ANVPAH (National Association of Cities and Countries of Art and History). The seminar saw the participation of Nino Tvaltvadze, EaP Coordinator and Project Manager of ALDA, and aimed at developing structuring projects in the framework of decentralised cooperation, in compliance with local and national development strategies. A particular accent was put on the share of French experience in the field of intercommunal cooperation and governance. Furthermore, the event was an important occasion to discuss the development of structuring projects with diaspora communities, and the development of the attractiveness of territories through heritage tourism.

On 7-8 October the 2nd Forum on “Intercultural Dialogue & Refugees” was organised by ALDA’s member Patras Municipality in Patras, Greece. The Forum was attended by representatives from the educational sector, Academia, Local Authorities and networks. Developed using the Delphi methodology, it was an occasion to discuss about the situation of refugees in Greece & Europe (including refugee flows) & the role and challenges of local stakeholders, dealing with the situation on a daily basis, and the educational challenges (school attendance for refugee children, education of adults, inclusion in society, exchange and mutual understanding with local societies) of the refugee situation & the notion of “other”. Nikos Gamouras, Project Manager of ALDA within the LADDER project, attended the forum among speakers, stressing the challenges as well as the opportunities that Local Authorities and CSOs have in global trends such as the refugee crisis. The importance of the awareness raising dimension was in particular stressed, being crucial to inform citizens and engage them in such contexts.

On 14 October ALDA was invited to take part to a seminar in Valongo, Portugal, organised by its member Valongo Municipality. Title of the seminar was “Transparency: participative community is a more enlightened community”. The event saw the participation of key actors and representatives of Portuguese local authorities, such as Mr. José Luís Carneiro, Secretary of State for the Portuguese Communities, Mr. José Manuel Ribeiro, Mayor of Valongo, Mr. João Paulo Batalha, Executive Director of the civic association TIAC, Mr. Carlos Carreiras, Chair of the Network of Participatory Local Authorities, and Mr. Neslon Dias, Chair of the Board of the IN LOCO Association, while ALDA was represented by Elena Debonis. Transparency of budget, good governance, citizens’ participation at local level were the main topics discussed, and the role of ALDA as strategic partner for the opening of Valongo Municipality to the European dimension was confirmed. Valongo Municipality is in fact in an advanced phase of inclusion of citizens in public life and decision making process, and the exchange of good practices with other Local Authorities and Civil Society Organisations would represent an added value that is particularly needed. The seminar was an occasion to further discuss about the lack of trust towards institutions, the fight against corruption and the importance of having a representative democracy and a participative one working together to achieve better results on local level.

During the month of October, the ELDW 2016 took place, with main topic “Living together in culturally diverse societies: respect, dialogue, interaction”. ALDA, in cooperation with its members and partners, renews its commitment towards promotion and fostering of democratic participation at grassroots level with a number of initiatives.

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The ELDW is an annual European event co-ordinated by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, aiming at further disseminating the Council of Europe universal values, such as democracy and human rights, but also offers the participants the opportunity to join a European network engaged for the promotion of citizen participation at the local level by organising public events that foster good governance and democratic participation with a bottom-up approach.

Within this week, ALDA took part in three important events together with its members.

On 6-7 October a seminar on decentralised cooperation between local authorities, with focus on development and attractiveness of territories, took place in Cimişlia, Moldova. The event, co-organised by ALDA, CALM (congress of Local Authorities from Moldova), ISAM (Institute of Administrative Sciences of Moldova) and the French Embassy in Moldova, together with the support of UNDP, Ministry of Regional Development and Construction, ANVPAH (National Association of Cities and Countries of Art and History). The seminar saw the participation of Nino Tvaltvadze, EaP Coordinator and Project Manager of ALDA, and aimed at developing structuring projects in the framework of decentralised cooperation, in compliance with local and national development strategies. A particular accent was put on the share of French experience in the field of intercommunal cooperation and governance. Furthermore, the event was an important occasion to discuss the development of structuring projects with diaspora communities, and the development of the attractiveness of territories through heritage tourism.

On 7-8 October the 2nd Forum on “Intercultural Dialogue & Refugees” was organised by ALDA’s member Patras Municipality in Patras, Greece. The Forum was attended by representatives from the educational sector, Academia, Local Authorities and networks. Developed using the Delphi methodology, it was an occasion to discuss about the situation of refugees in Greece & Europe (including refugee flows) & the role and challenges of local stakeholders, dealing with the situation on a daily basis, and the educational challenges (school attendance for refugee children, education of adults, inclusion in society, exchange and mutual understanding with local societies) of the refugee situation & the notion of “other”. Nikos Gamouras, Project Manager of ALDA within the LADDER project, attended the forum among speakers, stressing the challenges as well as the opportunities that Local Authorities and CSOs have in global trends such as the refugee crisis. The importance of the awareness raising dimension was in particular stressed, being crucial to inform citizens and engage them in such contexts.

On 14 October ALDA was invited to take part to a seminar in Valongo, Portugal, organised by its member Valongo Municipality. Title of the seminar was “Transparency: participative community is a more enlightened community”. The event saw the participation of key actors and representatives of Portuguese local authorities, such as Mr. José Luís Carneiro, Secretary of State for the Portuguese Communities, Mr. José Manuel Ribeiro, Mayor of Valongo, Mr. João Paulo Batalha, Executive Director of the civic association TIAC, Mr. Carlos Carreiras, Chair of the Network of Participatory Local Authorities, and Mr. Neslon Dias, Chair of the Board of the IN LOCO Association, while ALDA was represented by Elena Debonis. Transparency of budget, good governance, citizens’ participation at local level were the main topics discussed, and the role of ALDA as strategic partner for the opening of Valongo Municipality to the European dimension was confirmed. Valongo Municipality is in fact in an advanced phase of inclusion of citizens in public life and decision making process, and the exchange of good practices with other Local Authorities and Civil Society Organisations would represent an added value that is particularly needed. The seminar was an occasion to further discuss about the lack of trust towards institutions, the fight against corruption and the importance of having a representative democracy and a participative one working together to achieve better results on local level.


Transparency and participative community: ALDA at the ELDW organised by Valongo Municipality

On 14 October 2016, within the framework of the European Local Democracy Week (ELDW), Valongo Municipality, member of ALDA, organised a public seminar on “Trasparency: a participative community is a more enlightened community” aiming at fostering citizens’ active participation at local level in Valongo, Portugal. ALDA participated to the event.

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The session was opened by Mr. José Luís Carneiro, Secretary of State for Portuguese Communities, and Mr. José Manuel Ribeiro, Mayor of Valongo Municipality, who delivered information about the full week of cultural activities, workshops and conferences organised within the European Local Democracy Week by the Municipality, and the importance of the involvement of citizens in the local democratic life, with particular attention to the involvement of youngsters.

The debate, moderated by Mr. João Paulo Batalha, Executive Director of the civic association – TIAC, gathered a high level panel of actors active at local level on good governance and citizens’ participation, such as Mr. Carlo Carreiras, Chair of the network of participatory local authorities, Mr. Nelson Dias, Chair of the Board of IN LOCO association, and Elena Debonis, Communication Officer of ALDA.

Transparency of budget, good governance, citizens’ participation at local level were the main topics discussed, and the role of ALDA as strategic partner for the opening of Valongo Municipality to the European dimension was confirmed. Valongo Municipality is in fact in an advanced phase of inclusion of citizens in public life and decision making process, and the exchange of good practices with other Local Authorities and Civil Society Organisations would represent an added value that is particularly needed. The seminar was an occasion to further discuss about the lack of trust towards institutions, the fight against corruption and the importance of having a representative democracy and a participative one working together to achieve better results on local level.

The session was followed by an open debate with citizens attending the seminar, who actively participated asking questions and more information.

The day of activity was closed by the theatre play “Gisberta” focusing on the topic of tolerance and discrimination, introducing the theme of homosexuality and violence.

On 14 October 2016, within the framework of the European Local Democracy Week (ELDW), Valongo Municipality, member of ALDA, organised a public seminar on “Trasparency: a participative community is a more enlightened community” aiming at fostering citizens’ active participation at local level in Valongo, Portugal. ALDA participated to the event.

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The session was opened by Mr. José Luís Carneiro, Secretary of State for Portuguese Communities, and Mr. José Manuel Ribeiro, Mayor of Valongo Municipality, who delivered information about the full week of cultural activities, workshops and conferences organised within the European Local Democracy Week by the Municipality, and the importance of the involvement of citizens in the local democratic life, with particular attention to the involvement of youngsters.

The debate, moderated by Mr. João Paulo Batalha, Executive Director of the civic association – TIAC, gathered a high level panel of actors active at local level on good governance and citizens’ participation, such as Mr. Carlo Carreiras, Chair of the network of participatory local authorities, Mr. Nelson Dias, Chair of the Board of IN LOCO association, and Elena Debonis, Communication Officer of ALDA.

Transparency of budget, good governance, citizens’ participation at local level were the main topics discussed, and the role of ALDA as strategic partner for the opening of Valongo Municipality to the European dimension was confirmed. Valongo Municipality is in fact in an advanced phase of inclusion of citizens in public life and decision making process, and the exchange of good practices with other Local Authorities and Civil Society Organisations would represent an added value that is particularly needed. The seminar was an occasion to further discuss about the lack of trust towards institutions, the fight against corruption and the importance of having a representative democracy and a participative one working together to achieve better results on local level.

The session was followed by an open debate with citizens attending the seminar, who actively participated asking questions and more information.

The day of activity was closed by the theatre play “Gisberta” focusing on the topic of tolerance and discrimination, introducing the theme of homosexuality and violence.


ALDA becomes a Covenant Supporter to the “world’s biggest urban climate and energy initiative”

ALDA is now officially a Covenant Supporter! Heralded as the “world’s biggest urban climate and energy initiative” by Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete, the Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy brings together thousands of local and regional authorities voluntarily committed to implementing EU climate and energy objectives on their territory.

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ALDA and its members see the urge to support the covenant members in fighting climate change and achieving the EU’s 20% CO2 reduction and 40% by 2030. Currently there are around 400 signatories who joined the initiative, working on the basis of the three pillars – mitigation, adaptation, and secure, sustainable and affordable energy and nearly 7000 supporters around the world.

“We commit ourselves to get the Covenant objectives and messages on the ground, among local authorities and civil society” said Oriano Otocan, President of ALDA. “This new role further expands the opportunities enjoyed by our vast network members, providing them with fresh challenges for development and education”.

The Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy is an initiative by the European Commission.

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For more information about the Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, please visit:
Website
Leaflet
Vidéo 

ALDA is now officially a Covenant Supporter! Heralded as the “world’s biggest urban climate and energy initiative” by Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete, the Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy brings together thousands of local and regional authorities voluntarily committed to implementing EU climate and energy objectives on their territory.

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ALDA and its members see the urge to support the covenant members in fighting climate change and achieving the EU’s 20% CO2 reduction and 40% by 2030. Currently there are around 400 signatories who joined the initiative, working on the basis of the three pillars – mitigation, adaptation, and secure, sustainable and affordable energy and nearly 7000 supporters around the world.

“We commit ourselves to get the Covenant objectives and messages on the ground, among local authorities and civil society” said Oriano Otocan, President of ALDA. “This new role further expands the opportunities enjoyed by our vast network members, providing them with fresh challenges for development and education”.

The Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy is an initiative by the European Commission.

Liens utiles:
For more information about the Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, please visit:
Website
Leaflet
Vidéo