Join us at the Regional Youth Forum in Prishtina

The Local Democracy Agency (LDA) of Kosovo is organizing a Network Training Workshop et Regional Youth Forum in Prishtina between the 4th and the 7th of November 2019. This training and youth forum are part of the project “Regional Youth Compact for Europe”, its main topic is: Youth in the region: Seeking strategic responses to meet the challenges of demography and labor market trends 2019. The goal of the training is to deepen the common understanding of the accession negotiation process with particular focus on the Chapter 19: Social Policy and Employment.

The topics of the training are: Labor Market Reforms; Decent work standards and Social Cohesion; Employment opportunities and regional mobility. The Network Training Workshop and Regional Youth Forum are expected to be attended by 70 participants, including members of the Project Management Team, Members of the Regional Youth Working Group, CSOs and youth organizations from the World Bank countries (prominent in the areas of youth policy design, youth inclusion and participation in the stakeholders’ structured dialogue frameworks), local regional policy/decision makers, local authorities, experts, NGO practitioners and media.

The training will be facilitated by experts from the World Bank, International Labour Organization (ILO), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and other organizations, working throughout the region.

The project “Regional Youth Compact for Europe” is implemented by the Center for Democracy Foundation, European ALDA network and the ALDA – Western Balkans Network for Local Democracy, CRTA, Youth Act and Sodem. This project is funded by the European Union and the Balkan Trust for Democracy, a project of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

The Local Democracy Agency (LDA) of Kosovo is organizing a Network Training Workshop et Regional Youth Forum in Prishtina between the 4th and the 7th of November 2019. This training and youth forum are part of the project “Regional Youth Compact for Europe”, its main topic is: Youth in the region: Seeking strategic responses to meet the challenges of demography and labor market trends 2019. The goal of the training is to deepen the common understanding of the accession negotiation process with particular focus on the Chapter 19: Social Policy and Employment.

The topics of the training are: Labor Market Reforms; Decent work standards and Social Cohesion; Employment opportunities and regional mobility. The Network Training Workshop and Regional Youth Forum are expected to be attended by 70 participants, including members of the Project Management Team, Members of the Regional Youth Working Group, CSOs and youth organizations from the World Bank countries (prominent in the areas of youth policy design, youth inclusion and participation in the stakeholders’ structured dialogue frameworks), local regional policy/decision makers, local authorities, experts, NGO practitioners and media.

The training will be facilitated by experts from the World Bank, International Labour Organization (ILO), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and other organizations, working throughout the region.

The project “Regional Youth Compact for Europe” is implemented by the Center for Democracy Foundation, European ALDA network and the ALDA – Western Balkans Network for Local Democracy, CRTA, Youth Act and Sodem. This project is funded by the European Union and the Balkan Trust for Democracy, a project of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.


Re-imagining the European Union: the role of citizenship

In a time when nationalistic policies have been thriving, the value to be a Union may appear antiquated. The session “Let’s unite! Reconciling Europe with its citizens to build a more democratic and closer Europe”, which took place on 8th October from 11.30 to 13.30, proves this belief to be wrong.

During this session, stakeholders from academia and civil society explained the beneficial impact of creating new synergies within the European Union; these connections involved universities, local authorities, and NGOs, but first and foremost, European citizens. Indeed, European citizens represent the very backbone of the Union: their distrust undermines its credibility and their diffidence weakens the integration process.
To address these issues, several projects have been recently launched in different European States. In the academic field, the RECONNECT project stands out. As Prof. Dr. Jan Wouters pointed out during the session, RECONNECT is an academic project, launched in 2018 by the University of Leuven and other 17 European institutions, that aims to carry a close study on the implementation of EU core values. For instance, RECONNECT partners investigated how to foster a greater discussion and awareness on European issues between citizens, like the regional disparity between Western and Eastern Europe, or the rule-of-law backsliding in Hungary and Poland.
In the field of civil society, representatives from TIPS4EU (Tools for an Inclusive, Sustainable, Participative European Union), ALDA (European Association for Local Democracy) and Urban Lab provided examples on how the European Union can be undergirded by the citizens’ engagement. In the case of TIPS4EU, the focus was on promoting EU citizenship as a condition for boosting civic and democratic participation. For instance, TIPS4EU engaged with disadvantaged young people from rural communities in Bulgaria: they trained them to organize political and civic initiatives in their territory, therefore incentivizing the creation of local networks that highlighted the opportunities offered by the EU.
In the case of ALDA and URBAN LAB, they focused on the social and urban equality goals of urban communities, whose sustainability represents a key goal in the EU plan Horizon 2020. From the point of view of Sofia Caiolo, ALDA’s project manager, the livability of modern cities depends on their capacity to deal with cultural integration and social engagement: both elements are particularly important in the case of newly arrived migrants and young people. In the Danish city of Vejle, for example, ALDA promoted a project aimed to address the cultural barrier between local residents and migrants through the organization of social dinners.
If ALDA focuses on the social aspect of urban living, URBAN LAB explores the process underlying the very definition of urban space. According to Chiara Lucchini, URBAN LAB’s regional development manager for the Italian region of Piedmont, the definition of urban space is subject to an ongoing process of transformation. Its challenges can be addressed only through the creation of connections between citizens and political stakeholders, whose views on the city space may diverge only because they live in different districts in the same metropolitan area.
The commitment of academia, civil society, and local authorities can generate a more cohesive Europe, whose fundamental pillar is the engagement of citizenship in a closer and more democratic Europe.

In a time when nationalistic policies have been thriving, the value to be a Union may appear antiquated. The session “Let’s unite! Reconciling Europe with its citizens to build a more democratic and closer Europe”, which took place on 8th October from 11.30 to 13.30, proves this belief to be wrong.

During this session, stakeholders from academia and civil society explained the beneficial impact of creating new synergies within the European Union; these connections involved universities, local authorities, and NGOs, but first and foremost, European citizens. Indeed, European citizens represent the very backbone of the Union: their distrust undermines its credibility and their diffidence weakens the integration process.
To address these issues, several projects have been recently launched in different European States. In the academic field, the RECONNECT project stands out. As Prof. Dr. Jan Wouters pointed out during the session, RECONNECT is an academic project, launched in 2018 by the University of Leuven and other 17 European institutions, that aims to carry a close study on the implementation of EU core values. For instance, RECONNECT partners investigated how to foster a greater discussion and awareness on European issues between citizens, like the regional disparity between Western and Eastern Europe, or the rule-of-law backsliding in Hungary and Poland.
In the field of civil society, representatives from TIPS4EU (Tools for an Inclusive, Sustainable, Participative European Union), ALDA (European Association for Local Democracy) and Urban Lab provided examples on how the European Union can be undergirded by the citizens’ engagement. In the case of TIPS4EU, the focus was on promoting EU citizenship as a condition for boosting civic and democratic participation. For instance, TIPS4EU engaged with disadvantaged young people from rural communities in Bulgaria: they trained them to organize political and civic initiatives in their territory, therefore incentivizing the creation of local networks that highlighted the opportunities offered by the EU.
In the case of ALDA and URBAN LAB, they focused on the social and urban equality goals of urban communities, whose sustainability represents a key goal in the EU plan Horizon 2020. From the point of view of Sofia Caiolo, ALDA’s project manager, the livability of modern cities depends on their capacity to deal with cultural integration and social engagement: both elements are particularly important in the case of newly arrived migrants and young people. In the Danish city of Vejle, for example, ALDA promoted a project aimed to address the cultural barrier between local residents and migrants through the organization of social dinners.
If ALDA focuses on the social aspect of urban living, URBAN LAB explores the process underlying the very definition of urban space. According to Chiara Lucchini, URBAN LAB’s regional development manager for the Italian region of Piedmont, the definition of urban space is subject to an ongoing process of transformation. Its challenges can be addressed only through the creation of connections between citizens and political stakeholders, whose views on the city space may diverge only because they live in different districts in the same metropolitan area.
The commitment of academia, civil society, and local authorities can generate a more cohesive Europe, whose fundamental pillar is the engagement of citizenship in a closer and more democratic Europe.


Conférence internationale en Russie

Conférence internationale «Conférence internationale« Solutions pour l'autonomie locale et la démocratie participative » dans le cadre du projet "Démocratie ouverte: un échange européen - russe“.

La conférence a été organisée avec Open Saint Petersburg (OSP) et a eu lieu à Moscou le 30 octobre 2019 et à Saint-Pétersbourg le 31 octobre 2019.

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Innovative financing boosts local development

A successful international conference on the topic of “Innovative and sustainable financial instruments for local governments” was organized from the 21st to 23rd of October 2019 in Lisbon. This 3rd international event was part of the project “RECOV – REthinking Collaborative Values for public services». 

Different approaches to Innovative Financing for Sustainable Local Development were presented during the public event which gathered around 100 participants representing local authorities and civil society organizations. A field trip on the topic was organized in order to present a concrete case study on public financing. Public financing remains vital for local sustainable development, especially to meet the needs of the of vulnerable population.

Innovative finance tools require efficient institutions and financial expertise as well as networking among international partners.

The project partners had the opportunity to share their experience presenting their one innovative financial instruments, and to discuss innovative ideas regarding future common projects.

The Conference was organized by the Clube Intercultural Europeu, Amadora – Portugal. RECOV: Rethinking collaborative values for public services is a 2-year-long project coordinated by European Association for Local Democracy – ALDA. The lead partner of the project is Municipality of Centar. The project is supported by Europe for Citizens Programme. 

A successful international conference on the topic of “Innovative and sustainable financial instruments for local governments” was organized from the 21st to 23rd of October 2019 in Lisbon. This 3rd international event was part of the project “RECOV – REthinking Collaborative Values for public services”. 

Different approaches to Innovative Financing for Sustainable Local Development were presented during the public event which gathered around 100 participants representing local authorities and civil society organizations. A field trip on the topic was organized in order to present a concrete case study on public financing. Public financing remains vital for local sustainable development, especially to meet the needs of the of vulnerable population.

Innovative finance tools require efficient institutions and financial expertise as well as networking among international partners.

The project partners had the opportunity to share their experience presenting their one innovative financial instruments, and to discuss innovative ideas regarding future common projects.

The Conference was organized by the Clube Intercultural Europeu, Amadora – Portugal. RECOV: Rethinking collaborative values for public services is a 2-year-long project coordinated by European Association for Local Democracy – ALDA. The lead partner of the project is Municipality of Centar. The project is supported by Europe for Citizens Programme. 


Madrid, 21st-22nd October: the First Coordination Meeting of the LIME project has successfully taken place!

The seven partners of the LIME project (Labour Integration for Migrants Employment) from Italy, France and Spain met in Madrid on 21st and 22nd October for their First Coordination Meeting to review together the main points of the project, discuss the results obtained so far and the future steps.

The LIME project aims to promote the rapid integration of young third country nationals (TCNs) between 18 and 29 years old into the labour market, by fostering the application of the Migrants Economic Integration Cluster (MEIC) methodology throughout Europe. The MEIC is an innovative and participatory approach based on the creation of a partnership of socio-economic multi-stakeholders, including public and private actors.Through the definition and implementation of the MEIC model, we intend to create a long-term strategy to strengthen policies and tools for the integration of young migrants into the labour market in the territories of intervention, adapting them to their needs.

During the first day of the meeting in Madrid, each partner presented the results that have been achieved so far in the implementation of the first phase of the project, exposing the problems encountered and analysing the results of the first training courses carried out.

On the second day, the participants were divided into two groups: researchers and project managers from LUMSA, CIES and Pinardi analysed the cluster networks in Italy and Spain, while the financial and administrative managers discussed the financial instruments to be used and the distribution of the budget.

Finally, the meeting ended with the illustration of the action plan for the next few steps of the project, and the development of two pilot actions in Italy and Spain. All partners have hence now returned to work to realise the following actions for the LIME project:
– Workshops, programmes and materials for self-employment;
– The continuation of L2 language courses and professionalizing courses;
– Creation of customised integration plans and reports on the progress of Third Country Nationals in the labour market;
– Support for the definition of a cooperative business plan.

The Second Coordination Meeting will be held in Rome in early 2020 – stay posted! Subscribe to the LIME newsletter and follow us on our website and social media channels (@LIMEproject2019) to keep up to date.

The seven partners of the LIME project (Labour Integration for Migrants Employment) from Italy, France and Spain met in Madrid on 21st and 22nd October for their First Coordination Meeting to review together the main points of the project, discuss the results obtained so far and the future steps.

The LIME project aims to promote the rapid integration of young third country nationals (TCNs) between 18 and 29 years old into the labour market, by fostering the application of the Migrants Economic Integration Cluster (MEIC) methodology throughout Europe. The MEIC is an innovative and participatory approach based on the creation of a partnership of socio-economic multi-stakeholders, including public and private actors.Through the definition and implementation of the MEIC model, we intend to create a long-term strategy to strengthen policies and tools for the integration of young migrants into the labour market in the territories of intervention, adapting them to their needs.

During the first day of the meeting in Madrid, each partner presented the results that have been achieved so far in the implementation of the first phase of the project, exposing the problems encountered and analysing the results of the first training courses carried out.

On the second day, the participants were divided into two groups: researchers and project managers from LUMSA, CIES and Pinardi analysed the cluster networks in Italy and Spain, while the financial and administrative managers discussed the financial instruments to be used and the distribution of the budget.

Finally, the meeting ended with the illustration of the action plan for the next few steps of the project, and the development of two pilot actions in Italy and Spain. All partners have hence now returned to work to realise the following actions for the LIME project:
– Workshops, programmes and materials for self-employment;
– The continuation of L2 language courses and professionalizing courses;
– Creation of customised integration plans and reports on the progress of Third Country Nationals in the labour market;
– Support for the definition of a cooperative business plan.

The Second Coordination Meeting will be held in Rome in early 2020 – stay posted! Subscribe to the LIME newsletter and follow us on our website and social media channels (@LIMEproject2019) to keep up to date.


ALDA and AFCCRE together for a more concerted action in the Euro-Med partnership

Le Association française du Conseil des communes et régions d'Europe (AFCCRE), a member of ALDA, organized the 5th European University in Antibes Juan-les-Pins, in southeastern France, on October 17th and 18th, 2019. This 2-day event was structured in a series of debates, conferences, roundtables and workshops designed specifically to stimulate the exchange of ideas, foster dialogue and facilitate the comprehension of European issues having a tangible impact on local communities. While during the first-day topics like equality, the socio-occupational integration of youths, investments and public services, the following day the attention was drawn to the relations between French territories and the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership.

Within this context, our Secretary-General Antonella Valmorbida presented the work of ALDA in the Mediterranean area, ever more widespread, with several projects and micro-projects ongoing, and the presence of two Local Democracy Agencies, in Tunisia and Morocco. All the speakers which contributed to the session agreed that the Mediterranean area and the Neighboring countries are essential partners for both France and the Union, especially in view of the current geopolitical framework, which reinforces the attention that EU leaders give to the said area.

Last but not least, this conference established the partnership between AFCCRE and ALDA, whose convention will be officially signed by the Presidents of both parties next January 2020.

Le Association française du Conseil des communes et régions d'Europe (AFCCRE), a member of ALDA, organized the 5th European University in Antibes Juan-les-Pins, in southeastern France, on October 17th and 18th, 2019. This 2-day event was structured in a series of debates, conferences, roundtables and workshops designed specifically to stimulate the exchange of ideas, foster dialogue and facilitate the comprehension of European issues having a tangible impact on local communities. While during the first-day topics like equality, the socio-occupational integration of youths, investments and public services, the following day the attention was drawn to the relations between French territories and the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership.

Within this context, our Secretary-General Antonella Valmorbida presented the work of ALDA in the Mediterranean area, ever more widespread, with several projects and micro-projects ongoing, and the presence of two Local Democracy Agencies, in Tunisia and Morocco. All the speakers which contributed to the session agreed that the Mediterranean area and the Neighboring countries are essential partners for both France and the Union, especially in view of the current geopolitical framework, which reinforces the attention that EU leaders give to the said area.

Last but not least, this conference established the partnership between AFCCRE and ALDA, whose convention will be officially signed by the Presidents of both parties next January 2020.


Multilingualism and family: workshops with migrant and refugee women

Wouldn’t it be great if migrant and refugee women could become protagonists of the communities they live in, while acting as multipliers within their families and social circles?

In the framework of the WEMIN project, ALDA and other WEMIN partners have worked on the development of innovative digital learning material with this aim in mind, and the ALDA team has designed a presentation on “Multilingualism and family” which will be made available on WEMIN’s website for its interested public alongside all other material created.

ALDA then adapted this digital resource and delivered two workshops on Tuesday, September 24th and Thursday, September 26th in Strasbourg. The workshops were held on the premises of the local organisation Plurielles, and attended by migrant and refugee women. It was a safe environment suitable for discussion, which encouraged proactive participation on the part of the women despite their difficulties with the French language.

The exchange that ensued was very enriching and allowed participants to share and understand how each family organizes around the notion of multilingualism. The women realized that speaking several languages is an asset, not a weakness. They agreed that learning the language of their host country is essential for successful integration and for their autonomy: for a doctor’s appointment, for parent-teacher appointments without the need for a translator, etc. However, this session awoke their awareness of the importance of keeping their native language alive as well, and of multiculturalism as a richness; and they concluded that they should continue to speak their own language at home, too, in order to keep this connection with their children.

The participants were also extremely interested in attending a creative workshop about upcycling organized by ALDA as part of the WEMIN project, thanks to which migrant and refugee women can meet women from the local community in a fun and creative environment.

WEMIN is a two-year project aimed at the integration and empowerment of migrant and refugee women funded by the European Union’s AMIF (Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund) program. The consortium is composed by 9 partners, and ALDA is the coordinator of the communication and dissemination activities. In the framework of WEMIN, ALDA has implemented as well other local activities for migrant and refugee women such as empowerment and mentoring sessions or language and culture courses.

Wouldn’t it be great if migrant and refugee women could become protagonists of the communities they live in, while acting as multipliers within their families and social circles?

In the framework of the WEMIN project, ALDA and other WEMIN partners have worked on the development of innovative digital learning material with this aim in mind, and the ALDA team has designed a presentation on “Multilingualism and family” which will be made available on WEMIN’s website for its interested public alongside all other material created.

ALDA then adapted this digital resource and delivered two workshops on Tuesday, September 24th and Thursday, September 26th in Strasbourg. The workshops were held on the premises of the local organisation Plurielles, and attended by migrant and refugee women. It was a safe environment suitable for discussion, which encouraged proactive participation on the part of the women despite their difficulties with the French language.

The exchange that ensued was very enriching and allowed participants to share and understand how each family organizes around the notion of multilingualism. The women realized that speaking several languages is an asset, not a weakness. They agreed that learning the language of their host country is essential for successful integration and for their autonomy: for a doctor’s appointment, for parent-teacher appointments without the need for a translator, etc. However, this session awoke their awareness of the importance of keeping their native language alive as well, and of multiculturalism as a richness; and they concluded that they should continue to speak their own language at home, too, in order to keep this connection with their children.

The participants were also extremely interested in attending a creative workshop about upcycling organized by ALDA as part of the WEMIN project, thanks to which migrant and refugee women can meet women from the local community in a fun and creative environment.

WEMIN is a two-year project aimed at the integration and empowerment of migrant and refugee women funded by the European Union’s AMIF (Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund) program. The consortium is composed by 9 partners, and ALDA is the coordinator of the communication and dissemination activities. In the framework of WEMIN, ALDA has implemented as well other local activities for migrant and refugee women such as empowerment and mentoring sessions or language and culture courses.


ALDA in the spotlight at the EU Week of Regions and Cities 2019

Le Semaine européenne des régions et des villes is an annual four-day event during which cities and regions showcase their capacity to create growth and jobs, implement the cohesion policy foreseen by the Union and prove the importance of good governance in Europe both at the local and regional level. This year it took place in Brussels from October 7th to 10th and proved once again to be a must-join event for all stakeholders involved in local development and cooperation.

As ALDA, this edition has been particularly remarkable, since we were directly involved in the workshop titled “Let’s Unite! Reconciling Europe with its citizens to build a more democratic and closer Europe”. The session was moderated by ALDA Secretary-General Antonella Valmorbida, while our colleague Sofia Caiolo, project manager, presented relevant projects related to the social aspect of urban living in Europe, inclusion and integration, namely CRISCO, URGENT and Cross-Over projects. While the latter was aimed at increasing citizens’ participation to the European Parliament Elections, CRISCO and URGENT focused on increasing participation and reduce Euroscepticism by improving social inclusion with the support of local municipalities’ initiatives and the regeneration of urban public spaces. The workshop also included experiences of beneficiaries from Europe for Citizens and Horizon 2020 Programme, with representatives from TIPS4EU (Tools for an Inclusive Sustainable Participative European Union) and Urban Lab.
All in all, “the livability of modern cities – as stated Sofia Caiolo – depends on their capacity to deal with cultural integration and social engagement”, reason why an active involvement and commitment of academia, civil society and local authorities are fundamental for the achievement of a more cohese and democratic Europe.

Le Semaine européenne des régions et des villes is an annual four-day event during which cities and regions showcase their capacity to create growth and jobs, implement the cohesion policy foreseen by the Union and prove the importance of good governance in Europe both at the local and regional level. This year it took place in Brussels from October 7th to 10th and proved once again to be a must-join event for all stakeholders involved in local development and cooperation.

As ALDA, this edition has been particularly remarkable, since we were directly involved in the workshop titled “Let’s Unite! Reconciling Europe with its citizens to build a more democratic and closer Europe”. The session was moderated by ALDA Secretary-General Antonella Valmorbida, while our colleague Sofia Caiolo, project manager, presented relevant projects related to the social aspect of urban living in Europe, inclusion and integration, namely CRISCO, URGENT and Cross-Over projects. While the latter was aimed at increasing citizens’ participation to the European Parliament Elections, CRISCO and URGENT focused on increasing participation and reduce Euroscepticism by improving social inclusion with the support of local municipalities’ initiatives and the regeneration of urban public spaces. The workshop also included experiences of beneficiaries from Europe for Citizens and Horizon 2020 Programme, with representatives from TIPS4EU (Tools for an Inclusive Sustainable Participative European Union) and Urban Lab.
All in all, “the livability of modern cities – as stated Sofia Caiolo – depends on their capacity to deal with cultural integration and social engagement”, reason why an active involvement and commitment of academia, civil society and local authorities are fundamental for the achievement of a more cohese and democratic Europe.


IN YOUR SHOES - A theatre workshop for an inclusive community

Let’s think about our needs in daily life from the point of view of an EU citizen and a migrant person: going to work, taking the children to school, learning French/Dutch, cleaning home, assembling furniture, mowing the lawn, learning a foreign language, understanding the bureaucratic procedures, finding a house and so on.

How would our life change if somebody from our community helped us with the necessities of our daily life and if we helped them with their needs?

This is the main challenge to which ALDA, partner of the Project FromMEtoEU, will try to respond during the second of a series of Local Workshops that will be held at La Serre on Saturday, 16th November 2019 from 3pm to 6pm.
The event will see the participation of Caroline Donnelly, a professional actress and trainer, who will guide participants in a unique workshop aimed to identify the needs of EU citizens and migrants in Brussels and to suggest in which ways local people can collaborate and help one another.

Le theatre training will be organized in three phases:

  1. Ice-breaking game and theatre exercises: let’s get to know one another!
  2. Fiction time: acting and interpreting another identity – let’s improvise!
  3. I need (E)U, (E)U needs me: what will change if we help each other.
    We are looking forward to seeing you on Saturday, 16th November for this unique opportunity to learn theatre exercises in order to act better in our daily life.

This event is free of charge.
Registration through the online form is recommended; check out the Facebook event!

Let’s think about our needs in daily life from the point of view of an EU citizen and a migrant person: going to work, taking the children to school, learning French/Dutch, cleaning home, assembling furniture, mowing the lawn, learning a foreign language, understanding the bureaucratic procedures, finding a house and so on.

How would our life change if somebody from our community helped us with the necessities of our daily life and if we helped them with their needs?

This is the main challenge to which ALDA, partner of the Project FromMEtoEU, will try to respond during the second of a series of Local Workshops that will be held at La Serre on Saturday, 16th November 2019 from 3pm to 6pm.
The event will see the participation of Caroline Donnelly, a professional actress and trainer, who will guide participants in a unique workshop aimed to identify the needs of EU citizens and migrants in Brussels and to suggest in which ways local people can collaborate and help one another.

Le theatre training will be organized in three phases:

  1. Ice-breaking game and theatre exercises: let’s get to know one another!
  2. Fiction time: acting and interpreting another identity – let’s improvise!
  3. I need (E)U, (E)U needs me: what will change if we help each other.
    We are looking forward to seeing you on Saturday, 16th November for this unique opportunity to learn theatre exercises in order to act better in our daily life.

This event is free of charge.
Registration through the online form is recommended; check out the Facebook event!


Take part in the European Week for Waste Reduction from 16 to 24 November

Back again this year the European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR), the biggest awareness-raising campaign on waste reduction in Europe, which will take place from 16 to 24 November 2019.

During one single week, people from all over Europe will organise thousands of initiatives aimed at raising awareness on waste prevention, focusing on the “3Rs”: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. This initiative creates synergies between citizens, public authorities, educational establishments, associations, and companies, who are invited to join all together the struggle against waste pollution at local level. “Waste Education and Communication” is in the spotlight this year. With the slogan “Change your ways, reduce your waste”, the campaign puts emphasis on behavioral change and challenges you to teach others about waste prevention by staging inspiring communication and education activities. Do not underestimate the power of little actions, the change starts also from a bottom-up revolution of our daily habits.

Do you also believe that the amount of waste produced in your community is way too much and that we need to change our habits to reduce it at the source? No matter where you live or who you are, if you have fresh ideas on what could make a positive change, you can make the difference. Everybody can organise an initiative for the EWWR 2019, spreading awareness in their community, and awakening the consciences of neighbors and peers.

Taking part is very simple, in few steps you can register your action on the EWWR website, get access to all the EWWR Communication tools and start planning your action (prizes are foreseen!). Registrations are open until 8 November. All kinds of actions are welcome: workshops, conferences, contests, games, exhibitions, information campaigns…the more the merrier!

Follow the EWWR on Facebook et Twitter and use the hashtag #EWWR2019 and #ReduceYourWaste to spread the word!
For further information visit EWWR website or contact the EWWR Secretariat.

Back again this year the European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR), the biggest awareness-raising campaign on waste reduction in Europe, which will take place from 16 to 24 November 2019.

During one single week, people from all over Europe will organise thousands of initiatives aimed at raising awareness on waste prevention, focusing on the “3Rs”: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. This initiative creates synergies between citizens, public authorities, educational establishments, associations, and companies, who are invited to join all together the struggle against waste pollution at local level. “Waste Education and Communication” is in the spotlight this year. With the slogan “Change your ways, reduce your waste”, the campaign puts emphasis on behavioral change and challenges you to teach others about waste prevention by staging inspiring communication and education activities. Do not underestimate the power of little actions, the change starts also from a bottom-up revolution of our daily habits.

Do you also believe that the amount of waste produced in your community is way too much and that we need to change our habits to reduce it at the source? No matter where you live or who you are, if you have fresh ideas on what could make a positive change, you can make the difference. Everybody can organise an initiative for the EWWR 2019, spreading awareness in their community, and awakening the consciences of neighbors and peers.

Taking part is very simple, in few steps you can register your action on the EWWR website, get access to all the EWWR Communication tools and start planning your action (prizes are foreseen!). Registrations are open until 8 November. All kinds of actions are welcome: workshops, conferences, contests, games, exhibitions, information campaigns…the more the merrier!

Follow the EWWR on Facebook et Twitter and use the hashtag #EWWR2019 and #ReduceYourWaste to spread the word!
For further information visit EWWR website or contact the EWWR Secretariat.