An inspiring conversation with Mr. Kiefer

ALDA interviewed the Secretary General of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe

 

ALDA interviewed Mr. Andreas Kiefer – Secretary General of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe – earlier this week. It goes without saying that this online exchange was of great interest, and inspired us to pursue our mission and daily commitment in supporting citizens’ participation and local democracies.

Those more familiar with our world will notice, by reading this interview, how many common key aspects and guidelines there are between the work of the Congress and the one of ALDA. Not surprisingly, given that ALDA is an emanation of the Council of Europe (CoE) itself, and its mission in supporting citizens’ initiatives and local authorities can be anything but far from CoE’s activities and consequentially also from Congress’ commitments.

At the outset of the conversation, Mr. Kiefer gave us a general overview on the role of the Congress. The latter is based on five main pillars: from being a forum of exchange and discussion among members; to having a consultative and advisory role for the Committee of Ministers and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Furthermore, the  Congress has  a monitoring function for the implementation of the European Charter of Local Self-Government in the 47 member states, including citizens’ participation and  observation of local and regional elections. On a more practical side, the Congress acts as an operational secretariat on the ground, implementing concrete projects: a shared aspect with ALDA’s work. Finally, the Congress contributes to the distribution of Council of Europe policies and campaigns, like on gender equality, preventing corruption, and promoting ethical behaviours, among others.

Going deeper into the Congress’ strategic plan for 2021, Mr. Kiefer explained five further areas to be discussed later this year. All of them have a key word in common: society. In fact, the latter has been tackled from different angles so that to respond to its complexity and multiple dimensions. Beginning with resilient societies, the will is to define concrete and effective responses to the current crisis, while also drawing lessons for the future. In addition, the present situation has – to some extent – made inequalities come to the surface, highlighting how essential is the need of creating more cohesive societies. Moreover, the Congress has noticed how, in order to have a higher impact in facing inequality, local authorises have to be included into the policy-making process: from analysis, to drafting and implantation.

The Congress is working in order to safeguard the “quality of representative democracy and citizens participation”, spurring also for a further development of an education to democratic citizenship

Moving towards another facet of society; during the last couple of years especially, underlined Mr Kiefer, we have been experiencing an increased awareness of environmental issues. In this way the Congress – within a multilateral approach of CoE – is also working towards the constitution of sustainable societies, encouraging people to take responsibilities, while working together to make an impact in this realm. In addition, considering the era of technology in which we are, the Congress is addressing its commitment to digital societies, proposing itself as a platform of exchange and support of local authorities within this sector, without forgetting to focus on the meaning that digitalisation has for the citizens as well. Mentioning citizens leads us to the fifth aspect: democratic societies. On that feature, the Congress is working in order to safeguard the “quality of representative democracy and citizens participation”, spurring also for a further development of an education to democratic citizenship.

Listening to Mr. Kiefer’s words one will easily notice how many common and recurring words there are also within the work of ALDA – be they democracy, resilience or citizens’ participation – guiding us daily, and linking us to the European level perspective.

Discussions about Europe go hand in hand with the ones concerning the European Neighbourhood. Thus, in the wake of the recent opening of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities in Ukraine, a country where we both are very active, Mr Kiefer cherished ALDA’s active role on the field and the Local Democracy Agencies’ grassroot actions in supporting local authorities and organisations in the decentralisation process.

Talking about the LDAs, and in line with ALDA’s plan to develop the network, we highly appreciated Mr Kiefer’s words saying that he, and the Congress “hope there will be future ones, [wishing] to extend our existing cooperation in the framework of what the Congress does, trying to get jeunes on board, trying to get femmes on board, trying to further involve the population”.

Finally, in the light of the new ALDA strategic views – which focus on achieving a full empowerment of local resilient communities in a long-lasting sustainable and inclusive way in the whole Europe and beyond, by strengthening the capacity of local authorities and the level of citizens participation – we asked the Secretary General about the Congress’ expectations and main plans for the involvement of the civil society in a sustainable development of communities.

First of all, Mr. Kiefer recalled the importance of the European Local Democracy Week as a forum of participatory democracy, while suggesting how “including citizens in taking responsibilities for their own activities but also to demand to put democratic pressure on those who have the responsibilities to decide” is fundamental. Then he illustrated the Congress’ plan to increase a proactive role of young generations in their initiatives, for example through the establishment of “Youth Delegates”, who participate in all  47 national delegations. In addition, special attention is given to children. The Congress is thus preparing a “handbook for children on how they can take their future into their hands and contribute to the discussion on sustainable development”. Last but not least, together with other actors within the Council of Europe, the Congress is working on a digital platform on which NGOs, regions and cities interested in participatory process can find useful information and inspiring good practices. As mentioned by Mr. Kiefer: “we think no theoretical concept can be as convincing as a good project that has been implemented with all the good and bad experiences made. […] This inclusive and concrete hands-on approach”, he further explained, “complements our political work”.

Thankful to Mr Kiefer and the whole Congress’ availability, ALDA is more motivated than ever to take up the challenges and proposals to increase our cooperation in Europe and its neighbourhood, strong of our shared values and also motivated by Mr. Kiefer’s final remarks: “the message was clear: yes, we are complementary; yes, we can work together. […] We are looking forward to continuing a very good cooperation”.

ALDA interviewed the Secretary General of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe

 

ALDA interviewed Mr. Andreas Kiefer – Secretary General of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe – earlier this week. It goes without saying that this online exchange was of great interest, and inspired us to pursue our mission and daily commitment in supporting citizens’ participation and local democracies.

Those more familiar with our world will notice, by reading this interview, how many common key aspects and guidelines there are between the work of the Congress and the one of ALDA. Not surprisingly, given that ALDA is an emanation of the Council of Europe (CoE) itself, and its mission in supporting citizens’ initiatives and local authorities can be anything but far from CoE’s activities and consequentially also from Congress’ commitments.

At the outset of the conversation, Mr. Kiefer gave us a general overview on the role of the Congress. The latter is based on five main pillars: from being a forum of exchange and discussion among members; to having a consultative and advisory role for the Committee of Ministers and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Furthermore, the  Congress has  a monitoring function for the implementation of the European Charter of Local Self-Government in the 47 member states, including citizens’ participation and  observation of local and regional elections. On a more practical side, the Congress acts as an operational secretariat on the ground, implementing concrete projects: a shared aspect with ALDA’s work. Finally, the Congress contributes to the distribution of Council of Europe policies and campaigns, like on gender equality, preventing corruption, and promoting ethical behaviours, among others.

Going deeper into the Congress’ strategic plan for 2021, Mr. Kiefer explained five further areas to be discussed later this year. All of them have a key word in common: society. In fact, the latter has been tackled from different angles so that to respond to its complexity and multiple dimensions. Beginning with resilient societies, the will is to define concrete and effective responses to the current crisis, while also drawing lessons for the future. In addition, the present situation has – to some extent – made inequalities come to the surface, highlighting how essential is the need of creating more cohesive societies. Moreover, the Congress has noticed how, in order to have a higher impact in facing inequality, local authorises have to be included into the policy-making process: from analysis, to drafting and implantation.

The Congress is working in order to safeguard the “quality of representative democracy and citizens participation”, spurring also for a further development of an education to democratic citizenship

Moving towards another facet of society; during the last couple of years especially, underlined Mr Kiefer, we have been experiencing an increased awareness of environmental issues. In this way the Congress – within a multilateral approach of CoE – is also working towards the constitution of sustainable societies, encouraging people to take responsibilities, while working together to make an impact in this realm. In addition, considering the era of technology in which we are, the Congress is addressing its commitment to digital societies, proposing itself as a platform of exchange and support of local authorities within this sector, without forgetting to focus on the meaning that digitalisation has for the citizens as well. Mentioning citizens leads us to the fifth aspect: democratic societies. On that feature, the Congress is working in order to safeguard the “quality of representative democracy and citizens participation”, spurring also for a further development of an education to democratic citizenship.

Listening to Mr. Kiefer’s words one will easily notice how many common and recurring words there are also within the work of ALDA – be they democracy, resilience or citizens’ participation – guiding us daily, and linking us to the European level perspective.

Discussions about Europe go hand in hand with the ones concerning the European Neighbourhood. Thus, in the wake of the recent opening of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities in Ukraine, a country where we both are very active, Mr Kiefer cherished ALDA’s active role on the field and the Local Democracy Agencies’ grassroot actions in supporting local authorities and organisations in the decentralisation process.

Talking about the LDAs, and in line with ALDA’s plan to develop the network, we highly appreciated Mr Kiefer’s words saying that he, and the Congress “hope there will be future ones, [wishing] to extend our existing cooperation in the framework of what the Congress does, trying to get jeunes on board, trying to get femmes on board, trying to further involve the population”.

Finally, in the light of the new ALDA strategic views – which focus on achieving a full empowerment of local resilient communities in a long-lasting sustainable and inclusive way in the whole Europe and beyond, by strengthening the capacity of local authorities and the level of citizens participation – we asked the Secretary General about the Congress’ expectations and main plans for the involvement of the civil society in a sustainable development of communities.

First of all, Mr. Kiefer recalled the importance of the European Local Democracy Week as a forum of participatory democracy, while suggesting how “including citizens in taking responsibilities for their own activities but also to demand to put democratic pressure on those who have the responsibilities to decide” is fundamental. Then he illustrated the Congress’ plan to increase a proactive role of young generations in their initiatives, for example through the establishment of “Youth Delegates”, who participate in all  47 national delegations. In addition, special attention is given to children. The Congress is thus preparing a “handbook for children on how they can take their future into their hands and contribute to the discussion on sustainable development”. Last but not least, together with other actors within the Council of Europe, the Congress is working on a digital platform on which NGOs, regions and cities interested in participatory process can find useful information and inspiring good practices. As mentioned by Mr. Kiefer: “we think no theoretical concept can be as convincing as a good project that has been implemented with all the good and bad experiences made. […] This inclusive and concrete hands-on approach”, he further explained, “complements our political work”.

Thankful to Mr Kiefer and the whole Congress’ availability, ALDA is more motivated than ever to take up the challenges and proposals to increase our cooperation in Europe and its neighbourhood, strong of our shared values and also motivated by Mr. Kiefer’s final remarks: “the message was clear: yes, we are complementary; yes, we can work together. […] We are looking forward to continuing a very good cooperation”.


BNLD is starting new project on strengthening civil society in the region

Le le Réseau balkanique pour la démocratie locale – BNLD is launching its new project entitled “CSOs networking for better local democracy in the Balkans”. The 10 months project is designed to address the current status and development perspectives of local democracy in the Western Balkans countries. How to reach this am? By exchanging experience on evidence-based advocacy and monitoring EU integration and reform agenda involving 5 countries from North Macedonia, to Bosnia and Herzegovina; from Serbia to Albania, and from Kosovo* to Montenegro.

The idea is to set local and regional capacity building, awareness raising and networking actions

The project action aims to create regional cooperation among CSOs and to acquire knowledge for advancing active citizenship at a local level. Moreover, the idea is both to set local and regional capacity building, and to raise awareness, while spurring networking actions aiming to address the main challenges of the civil society in our region. The activities will include research and comparative analysis of present state legal framework, as far as citizens’ participation in policy and decision making at local level concerns. Furthermore, there will be also Regional Best Practice Fair as well as social media campaign and e- newsletter.

The main target groups of the project are BNLD members and its network partners in all Western Balkan countries, other regional CSO networks and CSOs promoting democratic governance and inclusive participation at local level.

This project “CSOs networking for better local democracy in the Balkans” is implemented within the Project “Protecting Civic Space – Regional Civil Society Development Hub” financed by SIDA and implemented by BCSDN.

Le le Réseau balkanique pour la démocratie locale – BNLD is launching its new project entitled “CSOs networking for better local democracy in the Balkans”. The 10 months project is designed to address the current status and development perspectives of local democracy in the Western Balkans countries. How to reach this am? By exchanging experience on evidence-based advocacy and monitoring EU integration and reform agenda involving 5 countries from North Macedonia, to Bosnia and Herzegovina; from Serbia to Albania, and from Kosovo* to Montenegro.

The idea is to set local and regional capacity building, awareness raising and networking actions

The project action aims to create regional cooperation among CSOs and to acquire knowledge for advancing active citizenship at a local level. Moreover, the idea is both to set local and regional capacity building, and to raise awareness, while spurring networking actions aiming to address the main challenges of the civil society in our region. The activities will include research and comparative analysis of present state legal framework, as far as citizens’ participation in policy and decision making at local level concerns. Furthermore, there will be also Regional Best Practice Fair as well as social media campaign and e- newsletter.

The main target groups of the project are BNLD members and its network partners in all Western Balkan countries, other regional CSO networks and CSOs promoting democratic governance and inclusive participation at local level.

This project “CSOs networking for better local democracy in the Balkans” is implemented within the Project “Protecting Civic Space – Regional Civil Society Development Hub” financed by SIDA and implemented by BCSDN.


Une série de formations pour une démocratie locale plus forte en Tunisie

Dans le cadre du projet Project “Youth Empowerment for Local Democracy in Tunisia” (Autonomisation de la jeunesse pour construire une Démocratie locale en Tunisie) une série de trois formations ont été organisées dans différentes villes de Tunisie.

La première a eu lieu du 8 au 12 février à Tabarka, dans le gouvernorat de Jendouba, et la seconde du 15 au 19 février à Hammamet. Dans les deux cas, deux groupes de 20 personnes se sont réunis pour participer aux activités, et spécifiquement pour celle de Hammamet, les participants venaient des villes d'Ezzahra et de Bardo. L'idée était de les aider à se familiariser avec différents outils tels que le design thinking , le développement de projets, la mobilisation citoyenne et les techniques de plaidoyer. Enfin, le troisième a été organisé à Mehdia, du 22 au 26 février.

Les enjeux de la participation des jeunes citoyens au niveau local sont nombreux

L'ALDA a joué un rôle de soutien dans l'organisation de ces formations, tout en partageant ses connaissances techniques et son expertise, notamment à la lumière de l'objectif 11 des Nations Unies sur les "villes et communautés durables". Enfin, des formations ont été organisées avec le chef de projetTamkeen For Development", une association qui œuvre pour l'établissement d'une société civile où les jeunes et les femmes pourront se libérer financièrement et participer activement au cycle économique.

 

D'un point de vue général, l'objectif du projet est de stimuler le renforcement des capacités des jeunes afin que les jeunes générations puissent prendre part aux processus de décision au niveau local. En effet, les enjeux de la participation des jeunes citoyens au niveau local sont nombreux. Il s'agit notamment de l'implication des jeunes citoyens dans le développement de leur cadre de vie et dans la gestion durable des communautés locales.

Ainsi, trois résultats principaux sont attendus de ce projet. En commençant par l'identification des besoins des communautés, à l'analyse des budgets participatifs des municipalités sous la forme d'un audit social. Enfin, les participants seront en mesure d'être plus réactifs aux besoins des communautés grâce à l'unité d'innovation sociale créée dans chaque municipalité et de diffuser les principes de transparence, de responsabilité et de redevabilité.

Dans le cadre du projet Project “Youth Empowerment for Local Democracy in Tunisia” (Autonomisation de la jeunesse pour construire une Démocratie locale en Tunisie) une série de trois formations ont été organisées dans différentes villes de Tunisie.

La première a eu lieu du 8 au 12 février à Tabarka, dans le gouvernorat de Jendouba, et la seconde du 15 au 19 février à Hammamet. Dans les deux cas, deux groupes de 20 personnes se sont réunis pour participer aux activités, et spécifiquement pour celle de Hammamet, les participants venaient des villes d'Ezzahra et de Bardo. L'idée était de les aider à se familiariser avec différents outils tels que le design thinking , le développement de projets, la mobilisation citoyenne et les techniques de plaidoyer. Enfin, le troisième a été organisé à Mehdia, du 22 au 26 février.

Les enjeux de la participation des jeunes citoyens au niveau local sont nombreux

L'ALDA a joué un rôle de soutien dans l'organisation de ces formations, tout en partageant ses connaissances techniques et son expertise, notamment à la lumière de l'objectif 11 des Nations Unies sur les "villes et communautés durables". Enfin, des formations ont été organisées avec le chef de projetTamkeen For Development", une association qui œuvre pour l'établissement d'une société civile où les jeunes et les femmes pourront se libérer financièrement et participer activement au cycle économique.

 

D'un point de vue général, l'objectif du projet est de stimuler le renforcement des capacités des jeunes afin que les jeunes générations puissent prendre part aux processus de décision au niveau local. En effet, les enjeux de la participation des jeunes citoyens au niveau local sont nombreux. Il s'agit notamment de l'implication des jeunes citoyens dans le développement de leur cadre de vie et dans la gestion durable des communautés locales.

Ainsi, trois résultats principaux sont attendus de ce projet. En commençant par l'identification des besoins des communautés, à l'analyse des budgets participatifs des municipalités sous la forme d'un audit social. Enfin, les participants seront en mesure d'être plus réactifs aux besoins des communautés grâce à l'unité d'innovation sociale créée dans chaque municipalité et de diffuser les principes de transparence, de responsabilité et de redevabilité.


Call for experts

For the purpose of implementation of the project: CSOs Networking for Better Local Democracy in the Balkans, financed by Balkan Civli Society Development Network, Grant Contract No.: 09–164/8- 2020., Balkan Network for Local Democracy, North Macedonia announces: call for experts

Comparative analysis of the national legal frameworks in North Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo*, Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina for cooperation between local public authorities and civil society, citizens’ participation in policy and decision making processes and education for active citizenship.

Read the call (ici

Budget available

The available budget for the action is 4.500,00 EUR. Candidates are expected to provide an offer for their service, inclusive of all the elements mentioned in the terms of reference. The selected applicants will be paid after completion of the expected tasks and delivering of all the expected outputs.

Submission of application

The application should be sent to the following e mail address: ldasubotica@aldaintranet.org (subject: application for BNLD research) by 26/03/2021 before 23.59

For the purpose of implementation of the project: CSOs Networking for Better Local Democracy in the Balkans, financed by Balkan Civli Society Development Network, Grant Contract No.: 09–164/8- 2020., Balkan Network for Local Democracy, North Macedonia announces: call for experts

Comparative analysis of the national legal frameworks in North Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo*, Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina for cooperation between local public authorities and civil society, citizens’ participation in policy and decision making processes and education for active citizenship.

Read the call (ici

Budget available

The available budget for the action is 4.500,00 EUR. Candidates are expected to provide an offer for their service, inclusive of all the elements mentioned in the terms of reference. The selected applicants will be paid after completion of the expected tasks and delivering of all the expected outputs.

Submission of application

The application should be sent to the following e mail address: ldasubotica@aldaintranet.org (subject: application for BNLD research) by 26/03/2021 before 23.59


PART-Y: towards a more inclusive placemaking for youth

On the 2nd of March 2021, the kick off meeting of the Project PART-Y: Participation and Youth: Lab for Equal Cities took place online, followed by the first project activity on March 3rd!

The project, which is funded by the ERASMUS + Programme of the European Commission, is led by the Italian association Kallipolis, and it sees the participation of 7 project partners from France, Spain, Slovenia, Italy, Ireland and Sweden.

The project aims to trigger the participation in civic life of young people (13-20 years) by fostering their inclusion in the policy decision-making process and promoting the concept of “generation equality” introduced by the United Nations agency UN Women for equal opportunities among the youngest. The project intends to focus the attention of girls, boys and educators on the common spaces of the city as fundamental places of gathering and democracy, essential elements in their growth process.

The project intends to focus the attention of girls, boys and educators on the common spaces of the city as fundamental places of gathering and democracy, essential elements in their growth process

After the presentation of the project’s goals and activities and outputs, the participants to the event were able to take part in a virtual tour of two youth centres of Trieste and Koper, which will be at the core of the project’s activities.

Moreover, the 3rd of March the first project activity took place: the first Short Joint Staff Training! The participants had the opportunity to learn more about innovative communication with the expert Federica Manaigo. Last but not least, the partners shared their experiences and reflected on the concept of “placemaking” with the support of the international expert Cynthia Nikitin, directly connected from New York City.

The PART-Y Project is then off to a great start! Keep following it to know more about the next steps and activities!

On the 2nd of March 2021, the kick off meeting of the Project PART-Y: Participation and Youth: Lab for Equal Cities took place online, followed by the first project activity on March 3rd!

The project, which is funded by the ERASMUS + Programme of the European Commission, is led by the Italian association Kallipolis, and it sees the participation of 7 project partners from France, Spain, Slovenia, Italy, Ireland and Sweden.

The project aims to trigger the participation in civic life of young people (13-20 years) by fostering their inclusion in the policy decision-making process and promoting the concept of “generation equality” introduced by the United Nations agency UN Women for equal opportunities among the youngest. The project intends to focus the attention of girls, boys and educators on the common spaces of the city as fundamental places of gathering and democracy, essential elements in their growth process.

The project intends to focus the attention of girls, boys and educators on the common spaces of the city as fundamental places of gathering and democracy, essential elements in their growth process

After the presentation of the project’s goals and activities and outputs, the participants to the event were able to take part in a virtual tour of two youth centres of Trieste and Koper, which will be at the core of the project’s activities.

Moreover, the 3rd of March the first project activity took place: the first Short Joint Staff Training! The participants had the opportunity to learn more about innovative communication with the expert Federica Manaigo. Last but not least, the partners shared their experiences and reflected on the concept of “placemaking” with the support of the international expert Cynthia Nikitin, directly connected from New York City.

The PART-Y Project is then off to a great start! Keep following it to know more about the next steps and activities!


Un livre blanc sur la politique migratoire "Vers l'intégration des migrants grâce aux TIC"

ALDA est l'un des partenaires du projet MIICT- ICT Enabled Services for Migration, qui a récemment publié le livre blanc conjoint sur la politique migratoire"Towards ICT-Enabled Integration of Migrants""Le document, récemment publié, a été rédigé par six projets financés par l'UE: MIICT, REBUILD, NADINE, MICADO, EASYRIGHTS et WELCOME qui visent à mieux intégrer les migrants et les réfugiés dans les sociétés européennes en développant des solutions et des boîtes à outils basées sur les TIC dans la mise en œuvre de politiques d'inclusion des administrations publiques et la société civile.

Ce document est le résultat des tables rondes conjointes sur les politiques migratoires, organisées entre les six projets, qui ont eu lieu du 14 au 16 octobre 2021. L'idée de la table ronde était de réfléchir et d’agir sur la manière de mieux intégrer les migrants dans les sociétés européennes en utilisant les TIC comme solution.

Les outils TIC et la numérisation des services publics liés au secteur de la migration pourraient faciliter l'intégration des migrants dans leurs sociétés d'accueil.

Par conséquent, ce document identifie plusieurs priorités et définit des recommandations spécifiques concernant la co-création et la conception participative, la collaboration multipartite et les TIC et services numériques pour soutenir l'intégration.

La Commission européenne considère le Livre blanc sur la politique migratoire commune comme une contribution stratégique importante pour améliorer l'intégration des migrants et des réfugiés. En effet, les TIC et la numérisation des services publics liés au secteur de la migration pourraient faciliter l'intégration des migrants dans leur société d'accueil.

Quelles sont les prochaines étapes ? La Commission européenne tiendra compte des recommandations du document d'orientation conjoint sur les migrations dans le processus d'élaboration de la politique gouvernementale numérique de l'UE dans le domaine des migrations. En effet, dans le plan d'action sur l'intégration et l'inclusion 2021-2027, la Commission européenne a annoncé qu'elle travaillerait sur un plan d'action européen inclusif online, promouvant des services publics numériques centrés sur l'humain pour les citoyens, y compris les migrants.

L'implication dans le projet MIICT souligne l'engagement de l'ALDA dans la promotion de l'inclusion sociale tout en œuvrant pour la diminution de la discrimination.

ALDA est l'un des partenaires du projet MIICT- ICT Enabled Services for Migration, qui a récemment publié le livre blanc conjoint sur la politique migratoire"Towards ICT-Enabled Integration of Migrants"". The paper – recently published has been written by six EU-funded projects MIICT, REBUILD, NADINE, MICADO, EASYRIGHTS et WELCOME qui visent à mieux intégrer les migrants et les réfugiés dans les sociétés européennes en développant des solutions et des boîtes à outils basées sur les TIC dans la mise en œuvre de politiques d'inclusion des administrations publiques et la société civile.

Ce document est le résultat des tables rondes conjointes sur les politiques migratoires, organisées entre les six projets, qui ont eu lieu du 14 au 16 octobre 2021. L'idée de la table ronde était de réfléchir et d’agir sur la manière de mieux intégrer les migrants dans les sociétés européennes en utilisant les TIC comme solution.

Les outils TIC et la numérisation des services publics liés au secteur de la migration pourraient faciliter l'intégration des migrants dans leurs sociétés d'accueil.

Par conséquent, ce document identifie plusieurs priorités et définit des recommandations spécifiques concernant la co-création et la conception participative, la collaboration multipartite et les TIC et services numériques pour soutenir l'intégration.

La Commission européenne considère le Livre blanc sur la politique migratoire commune comme une contribution stratégique importante pour améliorer l'intégration des migrants et des réfugiés. En effet, les TIC et la numérisation des services publics liés au secteur de la migration pourraient faciliter l'intégration des migrants dans leur société d'accueil.

Quelles sont les prochaines étapes ? La Commission européenne tiendra compte des recommandations du document d'orientation conjoint sur les migrations dans le processus d'élaboration de la politique gouvernementale numérique de l'UE dans le domaine des migrations. En effet, dans le plan d'action sur l'intégration et l'inclusion 2021-2027, la Commission européenne a annoncé qu'elle travaillerait sur un plan d'action européen inclusif online, promouvant des services publics numériques centrés sur l'humain pour les citoyens, y compris les migrants.

L'implication dans le projet MIICT souligne l'engagement de l'ALDA dans la promotion de l'inclusion sociale tout en œuvrant pour la diminution de la discrimination.


ALDA confirmed beneficiary of the “Europe for Citizens” Operating Grant 2021

For several years now, ALDA has been one of the beneficiaries of the operating grant of the “Europe for Citizens” programme of the EACEA – Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Union. Thus, we are thrilled to announce that, again this year, ALDA has been confirmed beneficiary of such an important funding, proving the effectiveness of ALDA’s actions for the promotion of democracy and citizens participation in Europe.

Attention towards those organisations which are working on citizens' participation in the democratic life of the EU

Indeed, the Europe for Citizens Programme is targeted to contribute to citizens’ understanding of the EU, as well as its history and diversity and to encourage the democratic participation of citizens at EU level. Specifically, ALDA mission is perfectly in line with the second strand of this programme, which is: Democratic engagement and civic participation.

More in depth, this second element of the programme drives the attention towards those organisations which are working on citizens’ participation in the democratic life of the EU, both from local democracy and to a more European level. It comes with itself that ALDA’s mission and daily commitment are exactly to support local citizens, CSOs and more broadly international stakeholder in succeeding their goals as far – for example – European integration, decentralisation, social inclusion, sustainable development, civic initiatives concern.

Being awarded with this grant is a great success, giving ALDA positive energy to continue in its work. In addition, it testifies once again the strategic role of ALDA within the European framework as a change promoter actor.

Attention towards those organisations which are working on citizens’ participation in the democratic life of the EU

"Seules les organisations de la société civile peuvent rendre les institutions de l'UE et les gouvernements nationaux responsables de la tenue d'une conférence pleinement participative et démocratique."

Indeed, the Europe for Citizens Programme is targeted to contribute to citizens’ understanding of the EU, as well as its history and diversity and to encourage the democratic participation of citizens at EU level. Specifically, ALDA mission is perfectly in line with the second strand of this programme, which is: Democratic engagement and civic participation.

More in depth, this second element of the programme drives the attention towards those organisations which are working on citizens’ participation in the democratic life of the EU, both from local democracy and to a more European level. It comes with itself that ALDA’s mission and daily commitment are exactly to support local citizens, CSOs and more broadly international stakeholder in succeeding their goals as far – for example – European integration, decentralisation, social inclusion, sustainable development, civic initiatives concern.

Being awarded with this grant is a great success, giving ALDA positive energy to continue in its work. In addition, it testifies once again the strategic role of ALDA within the European framework as a change promoter actor.


Antonella Valmorbida et ALDA, membre du Comité de Pilotage de la Convention de la Société Civile

Alors que la Conférence sur l'avenir de l'Europe approche, le 4 mars a eu lieu la première réunion de la Convention de la société civile sur l'avenir de l'Europe. Parmi les résultats, nous sommes fiers d’annoncer que la Convention a élu - avec six autres représentants - notre Secrétaire Générale Antonella Valmorbida comme membre du Comité Directeur, qui sera chargée de diriger les groupes thématiques. Ces derniers se focaliseront sur les questions environnementales, ainsi que sur l'égalité sociale et les domaines politiques identifiés dans la déclaration commune - pour n'en citer que quelques-uns.

L'objectif de cette réunion était de définir à la fois un calendrier et un programme de travail tout en discutant de la gouvernance de la Convention. Dans l'ensemble, la Convention de la société civile sur l'avenir de l'Europe est destinée à servir de lien entre les OSC et les institutions, afin de s'assurer que les propositions et les préoccupations des citoyens soient entendues, tout en cherchant des solutions efficaces afin de relever les défis d'aujourd'hui et de demain.

"Seules les organisations de la société civile peuvent rendre les institutions de l'UE et les gouvernements nationaux responsables de la tenue d'une conférence pleinement participative et démocratique."

En outre, la Convention également à travers la déclaration commune, qui a été approuvée par 72 organisations impliquées au niveau paneuropéen, participera avec deux représentants à la plénière inter-institutionnelle de la Conférence sur l'avenir de l'Europe. Ainsi, comme le dit Jean Marc Roirant, Président de Civil Society Europe, dans un article publié sur le site de Civil Society Europe : "seules les organisations de la société civile peuvent rendre les institutions de l'UE et les gouvernements nationaux responsables d'une conférence pleinement participative et démocratique, mais aussi de son suivi par le biais d'un changement de politique, de législation et, si nécessaire, de traité".

Enfin, lors de l'événement du 4 mars, deux co-présidents ont également été élus: Alexandrina Najmowicz, secrétaire générale du Forum civique européen et Milosh Ristovski, secrétaire général de JEF Europe, les Jeunes fédéralistes européens. Leur rôle sera de représenter la Convention auprès du Bureau exécutif de la Conférence sur l'avenir de l'Europe, tout en supervisant l’organisation générale.

 

Le fait d'être activement impliqué dans une réalité paneuropéenne aussi fructueuse et dynamique ne peut qu'être une excellente occasion pour l'ALDA d'accroître et de renforcer son réseau, tout en réaffirmant sa position de partenaire stratégique en matière de démocratie et de participation des citoyens.

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Alors que la Conférence sur l'avenir de l'Europe approche, le 4 mars a eu lieu la première réunion de la Convention de la société civile sur l'avenir de l'Europe. Parmi les résultats, nous sommes fiers d’annoncer que la Convention a élu - avec six autres représentants - notre Secrétaire Générale Antonella Valmorbida comme membre du Comité Directeur, qui sera chargée de diriger les groupes thématiques. Ces derniers se focaliseront sur les questions environnementales, ainsi que sur l'égalité sociale et les domaines politiques identifiés dans la déclaration commune - pour n'en citer que quelques-uns.

L'objectif de cette réunion était de définir à la fois un calendrier et un programme de travail tout en discutant de la gouvernance de la Convention. Dans l'ensemble, la Convention de la société civile sur l'avenir de l'Europe est destinée à servir de lien entre les OSC et les institutions, afin de s'assurer que les propositions et les préoccupations des citoyens soient entendues, tout en cherchant des solutions efficaces afin de relever les défis d'aujourd'hui et de demain.

"Seules les organisations de la société civile peuvent rendre les institutions de l'UE et les gouvernements nationaux responsables de la tenue d'une conférence pleinement participative et démocratique."

En outre, la Convention également à travers la déclaration commune, qui a été approuvée par 72 organisations impliquées au niveau paneuropéen, participera avec deux représentants à la plénière inter-institutionnelle de la Conférence sur l'avenir de l'Europe. Ainsi, comme le dit Jean Marc Roirant, Président de Civil Society Europe, dans un article publié sur le site de Civil Society Europe : "seules les organisations de la société civile peuvent rendre les institutions de l'UE et les gouvernements nationaux responsables d'une conférence pleinement participative et démocratique, mais aussi de son suivi par le biais d'un changement de politique, de législation et, si nécessaire, de traité".

Enfin, lors de l'événement du 4 mars, deux co-présidents ont également été élus: Alexandrina Najmowicz, secrétaire générale du Forum civique européen et Milosh Ristovski, secrétaire général de JEF Europe, les Jeunes fédéralistes européens. Leur rôle sera de représenter la Convention auprès du Bureau exécutif de la Conférence sur l'avenir de l'Europe, tout en supervisant l’organisation générale.

Le fait d'être activement impliqué dans une réalité paneuropéenne aussi fructueuse et dynamique ne peut qu'être une excellente occasion pour l'ALDA d'accroître et de renforcer son réseau, tout en réaffirmant sa position de partenaire stratégique en matière de démocratie et de participation des citoyens.

Liens utiles:


Interview with Professor Arena - LABSUS

During the previous weeks, our colleague Eva met Gregorio Arena, Professor of Administrative Law at the University of Trento from 1985 to 2015, and President of LabsusLaboratorio per la Sussidiarietà. Guided by his words we will get to know more about this initiative, and we will understand together how our realities are complementary in their activities. But let’s start from the birth of Labsus itself.

Labsus’ activity officially started in December 2005, but it really began on 11 May 2006 with the presentation of the website www.labsus.it, an online magazine promoted by the Laboratory for Subsidiarity, ‘a cultural association founded on the idea that the principle of subsidiarity could radically change the relationship between citizens and institutions‘, as the Professor began. It seems a long time ago, but as we will see, the association’s activities and commitment have been growing ever since, and have now reached a number of different Italian realities. The launch of the website is a key point in this story and in the history of Labsus itself, since it contains, in a specific section, ‘all the experiences of active citizenship that [we] knew about. The turning point,” continues the Professor, “was eight years later, in 2014, with the presentation of the first Regulation for the Shared Administration of Common Goods“, an important milestone for the association that has made the motto ‘Act locally, think globally’ one of its principles.

"Imagining that in Europe one day there will be hundreds of thousands of citizens taking care of their villages and neighbourhoods is certainly a very ambitious project, but surely a beautiful project!"

How can this be put into practice? How can we approach local authorities and citizens in order to involve them, allowing them to become active participants in promoting change? The key to this is subsidiarity and what comes with it. Since 2001, the principle of subsidiarity has been included in the Constitution and despite some periods of difficulty in applying it – especially from a regulatory point of view -, in 2014 came to the aid “this tool called the Regulation for the shared administration of common goods. Adopted by 235 Italian municipalities, it has produced thousands of collaboration pacts”. The later, together with regulations are the tools used by Labsus to promote active citizenship, and – as Arena pointed out – ‘they are factors of social and administrative innovation’, which, however, sometimes clash with an administrative culture that is still tied to the mechanisms of the past: ‘an administrative culture that lacks accountability‘.

Despite this, Labsus’ initiatives have not stopped.I In fact, ‘there are about 800,000 active citizens in Italy today and each of these people is usually a leader in his or her community. It is a person who talks to at least 10 other people“. The bonds created, the “social cohesion and sense of belonging” are essential for people to take care of the common good. Examples of this are some of the projects carried out by Labsus, such as: Luoghicomuni in Milan and the Schools of Citizenship in Rome.

Those who know ALDA, and who have been following us, by reading these words of Professor Arena cannot but find common points with our work. “The word participation” – answers Labsus President to the question posed by Eva on what convinced them to join our network – “can be declined in many different ways, and I think there is an absolute complementarity between the concept you promote (participation in decision-making processes) and the one we promote, i.e. participation in problem solving”. As the professor noted, the work of our two organisations is complementary and, with contagious energy, he concluded saying that ‘the hope is to reach countries together that we would never reach alone. Imagining that in Europe one day there will be hundreds of thousands of les citoyens taking care of their villages et neighbourhoods, strengthening the ties that hold their communities together while they do so, is certainly a very ambitious project, but surely a beautiful project!”.

To read the full interview (Italian only) click here

Follow the developments of the collaboration between ALDA and Labsus! There will be some surprises!

During the previous weeks, our colleague Eva met Gregorio Arena, Professor of Administrative Law at the University of Trento from 1985 to 2015, and President of LabsusLaboratorio per la Sussidiarietà. Guided by his words we will get to know more about this initiative, and we will understand together how our realities are complementary in their activities. But let’s start from the birth of Labsus itself.

Labsus’ activity officially started in December 2005, but it really began on 11 May 2006 with the presentation of the website www.labsus.it, an online magazine promoted by the Laboratory for Subsidiarity, ‘a cultural association founded on the idea that the principle of subsidiarity could radically change the relationship between citizens and institutions‘, as the Professor began. It seems a long time ago, but as we will see, the association’s activities and commitment have been growing ever since, and have now reached a number of different Italian realities. The launch of the website is a key point in this story and in the history of Labsus itself, since it contains, in a specific section, ‘all the experiences of active citizenship that [we] knew about. The turning point,” continues the Professor, “was eight years later, in 2014, with the presentation of the first Regulation for the Shared Administration of Common Goods“, an important milestone for the association that has made the motto ‘Act locally, think globally’ one of its principles.

"Imagining that in Europe one day there will be hundreds of thousands of citizens taking care of their villages and neighbourhoods is certainly a very ambitious project, but surely a beautiful project!"

How can this be put into practice? How can we approach local authorities and citizens in order to involve them, allowing them to become active participants in promoting change? The key to this is subsidiarity and what comes with it. Since 2001, the principle of subsidiarity has been included in the Constitution and despite some periods of difficulty in applying it – especially from a regulatory point of view -, in 2014 came to the aid “this tool called the Regulation for the shared administration of common goods. Adopted by 235 Italian municipalities, it has produced thousands of collaboration pacts”. The later, together with regulations are the tools used by Labsus to promote active citizenship, and – as Arena pointed out – ‘they are factors of social and administrative innovation’, which, however, sometimes clash with an administrative culture that is still tied to the mechanisms of the past: ‘an administrative culture that lacks accountability‘.

Despite this, Labsus’ initiatives have not stopped.I In fact, ‘there are about 800,000 active citizens in Italy today and each of these people is usually a leader in his or her community. It is a person who talks to at least 10 other people“. The bonds created, the “social cohesion and sense of belonging” are essential for people to take care of the common good. Examples of this are some of the projects carried out by Labsus, such as: Luoghicomuni in Milan and the Schools of Citizenship in Rome.

Those who know ALDA, and who have been following us, by reading these words of Professor Arena cannot but find common points with our work. “The word participation” – answers Labsus President to the question posed by Eva on what convinced them to join our network – “can be declined in many different ways, and I think there is an absolute complementarity between the concept you promote (participation in decision-making processes) and the one we promote, i.e. participation in problem solving”. As the professor noted, the work of our two organisations is complementary and, with contagious energy, he concluded saying that ‘the hope is to reach countries together that we would never reach alone. Imagining that in Europe one day there will be hundreds of thousands of les citoyens taking care of their villages et neighbourhoods, strengthening the ties that hold their communities together while they do so, is certainly a very ambitious project, but surely a beautiful project!”.

To read the full interview (Italian only) click here

Follow the developments of the collaboration between ALDA and Labsus! There will be some surprises!


Mme Alina Tatarenko, au nom du Secrétaire Général du Conseil de l'Europe, membre renouvelé du Conseil d'Administration

ALDA est très honorée d'annoncer officiellement que Mme Alina Tatarenko, Chef du Centre d'Expertise pour la Bonne Gouvernance, au sein de la Direction Générale de la Démocratie du Conseil de l'Europe (CoE), a été officiellement confirmée par le Secrétaire Général du Conseil comme membre du Comité Directeur de l'ALDA pour les 4 prochaines années.

ALDA étant le fruit d’une émanation du Conseil de l'Europe et dans le cadre de l'approche engagée et proactive dont elle a toujours fait preuve au cours des dernières années, ALDA est vraiment heureuse de continuer à travailler avec Mme Tatarenko pour la promotion des principes démocratiques et de la participation citoyenne en Europe et au-delà.

"Je suis impatiente de contribuer à son action, d'aider à promouvoir la démocratie locale en Europe et au-delà"."

" Faire partie du comité directeur de ALDA est un grand honneur, et je suis impatiente de contribuer à son action, d'aider à promouvoir la démocratie locale à travers l'Europe et au-delà " a déclaré Mme Tatarenko suite à sa reconduction.

En ce qui concerne le travail au sein du conseil de direction, et compte tenu de la crise actuelle, elle estime que"la pandémie est bien sûr un grand défi, mais aussi une opportunité pour les autorités locales ded'améliorer leurs services et leur gouvernance, d'engager la société civile et d'accélérer la transition vers l'utilisation des technologies modernes et le télétravail. Le Centre d'Expertise pour la Bonne Gouvernance du Conseil de l'Europe a développé des outils pertinents pour aider à aborder ces questions, et nous espérons travailler ensemble avec ALDA pour encourager la mise en œuvre de ces outils modernes. Plus précisément, cette année,- poursuit Mme Alina Tatarenko - nous coopérerons à la mise en œuvre de ELoGE - Label européen d'excellence en matière de gouvernance - qui permet aux autorités locales d'évaluer leur conformité aux 12 principes de bonne gouvernance démocratique, et d'améliorer leurs performances en conséquence. Je crois qu'à travers des projets comme celui-ci, nos organisations peuvent ensemble apporter une aide précieuse aux autorités locales qui en ont besoin".».

L'ALDA se réjouit de ces quatre années, certaine que sa relation avec le CoE ne pourra que se renforcer et devenir encore plus stratégique.

ALDA est très honorée d'annoncer officiellement que Mme Alina Tatarenko, Chef du Centre d'Expertise pour la Bonne Gouvernance, au sein de la Direction Générale de la Démocratie du Conseil de l'Europe (CoE), a été officiellement confirmée par le Secrétaire Général du Conseil comme membre du Comité Directeur de l'ALDA pour les 4 prochaines années.

ALDA étant le fruit d’une émanation du Conseil de l'Europe et dans le cadre de l'approche engagée et proactive dont elle a toujours fait preuve au cours des dernières années, ALDA est vraiment heureuse de continuer à travailler avec Mme Tatarenko pour la promotion des principes démocratiques et de la participation citoyenne en Europe et au-delà.

"Je suis impatiente de contribuer à son action, d'aider à promouvoir la démocratie locale en Europe et au-delà"."

" Faire partie du comité directeur de ALDA est un grand honneur, et je suis impatiente de contribuer à son action, d'aider à promouvoir la démocratie locale à travers l'Europe et au-delà " a déclaré Mme Tatarenko suite à sa reconduction.

En ce qui concerne le travail au sein du conseil de direction, et compte tenu de la crise actuelle, elle estime que"la pandémie est bien sûr un grand défi, mais aussi une opportunité pour les autorités locales ded'améliorer leurs services et leur gouvernance, d'engager la société civile et d'accélérer la transition vers l'utilisation des technologies modernes et le télétravail. Le Centre d'Expertise pour la Bonne Gouvernance du Conseil de l'Europe a développé des outils pertinents pour aider à aborder ces questions, et nous espérons travailler ensemble avec ALDA pour encourager la mise en œuvre de ces outils modernes. Plus précisément, cette année,- poursuit Mme Alina Tatarenko - nous coopérerons à la mise en œuvre de ELoGE - Label européen d'excellence en matière de gouvernance - qui permet aux autorités locales d'évaluer leur conformité aux 12 principes de bonne gouvernance démocratique, et d'améliorer leurs performances en conséquence. Je crois qu'à travers des projets comme celui-ci, nos organisations peuvent ensemble apporter une aide précieuse aux autorités locales qui en ont besoin".».

L'ALDA se réjouit de ces quatre années, certaine que sa relation avec le CoE ne pourra que se renforcer et devenir encore plus stratégique.