ALDA Towards 2030 - Localising the SDGs: Good practices from Europe and the Neighbourhood areas

From the adoption of the Agenda 2030 and its 17 SDGs, ALDA has included this fundamental component in its long-term strategy. Indeed, the new Agenda differentiates from the one of the MDGs for some key aspects which did not allow to leave it apart and not take it into account in our daily work and mission. In other words, the achievement of the Agenda 2030 appears to be possible only by applying different principles which are totally in line with our geographical scope, vision and operational actions.

Learn what ALDA is doing to localise the SDGs and learn all the best practices elaborated in the last 20 years!

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From the adoption of the Agenda 2030 and its 17 SDGs, ALDA has included this fundamental component in its long-term strategy. Indeed, the new Agenda differentiates from the one of the MDGs for some key aspects which did not allow to leave it apart and not take it into account in our daily work and mission. In other words, the achievement of the Agenda 2030 appears to be possible only by applying different principles which are totally in line with our geographical scope, vision and operational actions.

Learn what ALDA is doing to localise the SDGs and learn all the best practices elaborated in the last 20 years!

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LDAs Activity Report 2020

The Local Democracy Agencies (LDAs) report of activities and projects implemented in 2020.

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The Local Democracy Agencies (LDAs) report of activities and projects implemented in 2020.

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ALDA Activity Report 2020

ALDA’s report of activities, projects and members for the year 2020.

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ALDA’s report of activities, projects and members for the year 2020.

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The VALID Project in Larissa - An Online Cultural Exchange

VALID project is taking us to Larissa – Greece! Among the 11 participants that virtually gathered together on June 9, 2021, there were members of the Municipality of Larissa;; various other cultural entities such as NGOs, museums and associations. As many already knows, the VALID project – Enacting Common Values of Solidarity and Intercultural Dialogue – is designed to reinforce the integration of intercultural and social perspectives into a wide range of public policies. Hence, within this context the above-mentioned meeting has to be understood

This meeting served as a good cultural exchange experience for those involved, while paving the way for future meetings and moments of share

This meeting was hosted in order for participants to present their organisations and activities, while showing them the  details and specifics of “VALID” project. More into depth, several presentations, various activities, and ideas-sharing were among the different tolls used in order to present the project. After that, attendees discussed the “Mill of Pappas” Culture Hub; and, at the same time, they also explored possible mutual collaborative activities and partnerships after September of 2021.

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 restrictions, according to which no more than 7 people were allowed in the municipal hall, the meeting was held online in order to allow anyone to join the event. Despite that, this meeting served as a good cultural exchange experience for those involved, while paving the way for future meetings and moments of share.

 

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The event was co-funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union

VALID project is taking us to Larissa – Greece! Among the 11 participants that virtually gathered together on June 9, 2021, there were members of the Municipality of Larissa; various other cultural entities such as NGOs, museums and associations. As many already knows, the VALID project – Enacting Common Values of Solidarity and Intercultural Dialogue – is designed to reinforce the integration of intercultural and social perspectives into a wide range of public policies. Hence, within this context the above-mentioned meeting has to be understood

This meeting served as a good cultural exchange experience for those involved, while paving the way for future meetings and moments of share

This meeting was hosted in order for participants to present their organisations and activities, while showing them the  details and specifics of “VALID” project. More into depth, several presentations, various activities, and ideas-sharing were among the different tolls used in order to present the project. After that, attendees discussed the “Mill of Pappas” Culture Hub; and, at the same time, they also explored possible mutual collaborative activities and partnerships after September of 2021.

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 restrictions, according to which no more than 7 people were allowed in the municipal hall, the meeting was held online in order to allow anyone to join the event. Despite that, this meeting served as a good cultural exchange experience for those involved, while paving the way for future meetings and moments of share.

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The event was co-funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union


It’s time to share your desk! Co-working in Brussels

Our office in Brussels is happy to announce that our co-working space is now open, and ready to be booked. Find yourself a spot at the core of the European quarter, and be surrounded by the European spirit. ALDA is more than glad to share its space with everyone, who is looking for a place to work, study and carry out activities.

How do you book your place? You can choose among 3 different options:


4 desks (whole room) →  600,00€ per month including:

  • the use of the whole room with 4 desks/workstations
  • internet without limits
  • use of the office phone
  • access to the printer
  • weekly cleaning service
  • access to the office kitchenette

2 desks → 350,00€ per month including:

  • the use of 2 desks/workstations in a 4-desks room
  • internet without limits
  • use of the office phone
  • access to the printer
  • weekly cleaning service
  • access to the office kitchenette

1 desk180,00€ per month or  50,00€ per week including:

  • the use of  1 desks/workstations in a 4-desks room
  • internet without limits
  • use of the office phone
  • access to the printer
  • weekly cleaning service
  • access to the office kitchenette


The working space is located in Rue Belliard 20, 1040 – Brussels.
Please email us: aldabrussels@alda-europe.eu

ALDA staff in Brussels is looking forward to meet you!


ALDA and Les Têtes de l’Art: new co-heads of the French Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation

On June 15th at the General Assembly of the French Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation in Marseille, ALDA et Les Têtes de l’Art were confirmed as co-heads of the network, following the election that took place in the previous days.

For the next two years, our two organisations will animate a network of more than 150 French member associations working on intercultural dialogue and related topics. Bringing together our expertise, we will support the development of the members by organising training sessions and activities ranging from exchanges, workshops and advocacy campaigns. ALDA, based in Strasbourg, will contribute with its experience in EU project development and management, as well as coordinating activities aimed to enhance citizens participation, good governance and local democracy. Les Têtes de l’Art, based in Marseille, has developed a strong knowledge of participatory arts practices, informal education, social and solidarity-based economy as well as youth participation and the use of media. ALDA and Les Têtes de l’Art have been collaborating in the last 2 years in various activities promoted by the French Network, previously led by Forum Femmes Méditerranée.

ALDA et Les Têtes de l’Art were confirmed as co-heads of the network

With this mandate, ALDA and Les Têtes de l’Art will join the other 41 Heads of National Networks of the Anna Lindh foundation (list available (ici), favouring international exchange and reinforcing the dialogue both with Anna Lindh Foundation and the European Union as the main donor of the Foundation.

Reflecting fully the Euro-Mediterranean dimension and the great potential of the French Network, we are both extremely motivated to accept this mandate and the stimulating challenge of reinforcing intercultural dialogue at the local, national and international level.

ALDA looks for this great collaboration, and it is motivated to work closely together for the best of this initiatives.

On June 15th at the General Assembly of the French Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation in Marseille, ALDA et Les Têtes de l’Art were confirmed as co-heads of the network, following the election that took place in the previous days.

For the next two years, our two organisations will animate a network of more than 150 French member associations working on intercultural dialogue and related topics. Bringing together our expertise, we will support the development of the members by organising training sessions and activities ranging from exchanges, workshops and advocacy campaigns. ALDA, based in Strasbourg, will contribute with its experience in EU project development and management, as well as coordinating activities aimed to enhance citizens participation, good governance and local democracy. Les Têtes de l’Art, based in Marseille, has developed a strong knowledge of participatory arts practices, informal education, social and solidarity-based economy as well as youth participation and the use of media. ALDA and Les Têtes de l’Art have been collaborating in the last 2 years in various activities promoted by the French Network, previously led by Forum Femmes Méditerranée.

ALDA et Les Têtes de l’Art were confirmed as co-heads of the network

With this mandate, ALDA and Les Têtes de l’Art will join the other 41 Heads of National Networks of the Anna Lindh foundation (list available (ici), favouring international exchange and reinforcing the dialogue both with Anna Lindh Foundation and the European Union as the main donor of the Foundation.

Reflecting fully the Euro-Mediterranean dimension and the great potential of the French Network, we are both extremely motivated to accept this mandate and the stimulating challenge of reinforcing intercultural dialogue at the local, national and international level.

ALDA looks for this great collaboration, and it is motivated to work closely together for the best of this initiatives.


Assemblée Générale de l'ALDA 2021 : Un grand réseau réuni pour la Conférence sur l'avenir de l'Europe

Dans le cadre de ses principaux objectifs, la Conférence sur l'avenir de l'Europe (CoFoE) cherche à renforcer le lien entre les citoyens et l'Union européenne en leur donnant une voix dans l'élaboration des politiques et des ambitions de l'Union européenne et en améliorant la résilience de l'Union face aux crises. 

En gardant cela à l'esprit, la semaine de l'Assemblée Générale de l'ALDA 2021 a été conçue pour servir d'occasion pour ses membres de se rencontrer, et pour rassembler de nombreuses parties prenantes clés, y compris des individus, des OSC, des gouvernements locaux et des associations pour une série d'événements en ligne et hors ligne pour discuter de certains sujets spécifiques qui sont liés au contexte européen global. Par exemple, les membres de l'ALDA ont eu la possibilité de participer à différents événements en ligne et/ou en présence, tels que les deux conférences sur les projets LIME et DIGITAL. En outre, ils ont également participé à l'Assemblée Générale elle-même à la fin de la semaine.

Malgré la distance, la bonne ambiance parmi les participants était palpable ; soulignant ainsi comment cet événement est une partie essentielle de l'ALDA.

Le 25 juin, l'Assemblée Générale de l'ALDA a eu lieu en ligne avec les discours d'ouverture de M. Oriano Otočan, Président de l'ALDA et M. Leen Verbeek, Président du Congrès des Pouvoirs Locaux et Régionaux du Conseil de l'Europe, et elle a été présidée par Alessandro Distante, Président de l'ISBE, membre historique de l'ALDA. Malgré la distance, la bonne ambiance parmi les participants était palpable ; soulignant ainsi comment cet événement est une partie essentielle de l'ALDA. Comme les années précédentes, l'Assemblée Générale 2021 a également été très suivie, surtout si l'on considère que c'est la première Assemblée du Conseil d'Administration nouvellement élu.

L'Assemblée Générale s'est concentrée sur plusieurs aspects clés, ouvrant la voie aux actions et activités futures de l'association. Outre l'analyse des documents techniques, certains aspects clés ont été discutés au cours de la réunion : Le rapport d'activité et le compte de l'ALDA pour 2020 ainsi que le programme et le budget prometteurs pour 2021, le rapport des Agences de la Démocratie Locale (ADL) ; le rapport sur les ODD et le rôle de l'ALDA au sein de la Conférence sur l'avenir de l'Europe. Le premier sujet, une fois de plus, a été l'occasion de souligner la pertinence et l'importance du rôle des ADL en tant qu'agences locales pour encourager la participation et l'engagement des citoyens. Le second sujet à l'ordre du jour a mis en évidence combien le travail de l'ALDA est ainsi lié à l'échelle mondiale, comme la réalisation des Objectifs de Développement Durable.

Enfin, compte tenu de la mission globale de l'ALDA, en tant qu'association qui favorise la création d'un espace démocratique et l'engagement des citoyens, l'Assemblée Générale 2021 a contribué à augmenter la participation des personnes, le rassemblement des membres, tout en amenant les questions discutées au niveau local au niveau européen.

Enfin, pour les personnes intéressées, les événements de l'ALDA sont également disponibles sur la plateforme du CoFoE.

 

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En savoir plus sur la semaine de l'Assemblée Générale:

Programme de la semaine de l'AG

Le "BUK Festival" à Modène

Lancement des groupes de travail

Réunion du Conseil d'administration

Projet LIME - conférence 

Projet DIGITAL - conférence

Dans le cadre de ses principaux objectifs, la Conférence sur l'avenir de l'Europe (CoFoE) cherche à renforcer le lien entre les citoyens et l'Union européenne en leur donnant une voix dans l'élaboration des politiques et des ambitions de l'Union européenne et en améliorant la résilience de l'Union face aux crises. 

En gardant cela à l'esprit, la semaine de l'Assemblée Générale de l'ALDA 2021 a été conçue pour servir d'occasion pour ses membres de se rencontrer, et pour rassembler de nombreuses parties prenantes clés, y compris des individus, des OSC, des gouvernements locaux et des associations pour une série d'événements en ligne et hors ligne pour discuter de certains sujets spécifiques qui sont liés au contexte européen global. Par exemple, les membres de l'ALDA ont eu la possibilité de participer à différents événements en ligne et/ou en présence, tels que les deux conférences sur les projets LIME et DIGITAL. En outre, ils ont également participé à l'Assemblée Générale elle-même à la fin de la semaine.

Malgré la distance, la bonne ambiance parmi les participants était palpable ; soulignant ainsi comment cet événement est une partie essentielle de l'ALDA.

Le 25 juin, l'Assemblée Générale de l'ALDA a eu lieu en ligne avec les discours d'ouverture de M. Oriano Otočan, Président de l'ALDA et M. Leen Verbeek, Président du Congrès des Pouvoirs Locaux et Régionaux du Conseil de l'Europe, et elle a été présidée par Alessandro Distante, Président de l'ISBE, membre historique de l'ALDA. Malgré la distance, la bonne ambiance parmi les participants était palpable ; soulignant ainsi comment cet événement est une partie essentielle de l'ALDA. Comme les années précédentes, l'Assemblée Générale 2021 a également été très suivie, surtout si l'on considère que c'est la première Assemblée du Conseil d'Administration nouvellement élu.

L'Assemblée Générale s'est concentrée sur plusieurs aspects clés, ouvrant la voie aux actions et activités futures de l'association. Outre l'analyse des documents techniques, certains aspects clés ont été discutés au cours de la réunion : Le rapport d'activité et le compte de l'ALDA pour 2020 ainsi que le programme et le budget prometteurs pour 2021, le rapport des Agences de la Démocratie Locale (ADL) ; le rapport sur les ODD et le rôle de l'ALDA au sein de la Conférence sur l'avenir de l'Europe. Le premier sujet, une fois de plus, a été l'occasion de souligner la pertinence et l'importance du rôle des ADL en tant qu'agences locales pour encourager la participation et l'engagement des citoyens. Le second sujet à l'ordre du jour a mis en évidence combien le travail de l'ALDA est ainsi lié à l'échelle mondiale, comme la réalisation des Objectifs de Développement Durable.

Enfin, compte tenu de la mission globale de l'ALDA, en tant qu'association qui favorise la création d'un espace démocratique et l'engagement des citoyens, l'Assemblée Générale 2021 a contribué à augmenter la participation des personnes, le rassemblement des membres, tout en amenant les questions discutées au niveau local au niveau européen.

Enfin, pour les personnes intéressées, les événements de l'ALDA sont également disponibles sur la plateforme du CoFoE.

 

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En savoir plus sur la semaine de l'Assemblée Générale:

Programme de la semaine de l'AG

Le "BUK Festival" à Modène

Lancement des groupes de travail

Réunion du Conseil d'administration

Projet LIME - conférence 

Projet DIGITAL - conférence


A key Governing Board meeting on the eve of ALDA General Assembly

The 15 members of ALDA Governing Board, including our President, Mr Oriano Otočan, gathered for their annual meeting on the eve of the ALDA General Assembly, in the afternoon of Thursday June 24.

As often, this period of the year is the occasion to make the point on ALDA’s activities and to disclose and discuss key documents for the democratic life of the Association, passing towards the review and approval of the Governing Board.

The members of the Governing Board had then the opportunity and duty to discuss about core documents such as ALDA and ALDA+ accounts for 2020 and budget and program for 2021, which have been approved unanimously by all participants. Indeed, despite the challenging year that we leave behind us, the Association’s balance sheet showed an overall positive and promising situation.

Following all the Governing Board members started planning the preparation of the ALDA General Assembly

Following all the Governing Board members started planning the preparation of the ALDA General Assembly with a series of crucial decisions for the smooth progress of the Assembly, being the core event of the whole week.

All of them, along with the ALDA secretariat went through the documents and decisions to be discussed with our members on the following day, assuring a clear and detailed presentation of ALDA’s activities, going also through the internal reports drafted by the President, the Treasurer, and the Auditor of ALDA. Thereafter, the Governing Board members had the chance to enjoy the preview of both ALDA’s and the LDA’s Activity Reports.

The third and last part of the meeting was more centred on strategical and political issues, with the approval of the revised strategies for ALDA Going Global, general updates on the Local Democracy Agencies, on the members and on the upcoming events involving the Association.

Key decisions and discussion which paved the way to the awaited ALDA Ordinary General Assembly!

The 15 members of ALDA Governing Board, including our President, Mr Oriano Otočan, gathered for their annual meeting on the eve of the ALDA General Assembly, in the afternoon of Thursday June 24.

As often, this period of the year is the occasion to make the point on ALDA’s activities and to disclose and discuss key documents for the democratic life of the Association, passing towards the review and approval of the Governing Board.

The members of the Governing Board had then the opportunity and duty to discuss about core documents such as ALDA and ALDA+ accounts for 2020 and budget and program for 2021, which have been approved unanimously by all participants. Indeed, despite the challenging year that we leave behind us, the Association’s balance sheet showed an overall positive and promising situation.

Following all the Governing Board members started planning the preparation of the ALDA General Assembly

Following all the Governing Board members started planning the preparation of the ALDA General Assembly with a series of crucial decisions for the smooth progress of the Assembly, being the core event of the whole week.

All of them, along with the ALDA secretariat went through the documents and decisions to be discussed with our members on the following day, assuring a clear and detailed presentation of ALDA’s activities, going also through the internal reports drafted by the President, the Treasurer, and the Auditor of ALDA. Thereafter, the Governing Board members had the chance to enjoy the preview of both ALDA’s and the LDA’s Activity Reports.

The third and last part of the meeting was more centred on strategical and political issues, with the approval of the revised strategies for ALDA Going Global, general updates on the Local Democracy Agencies, on the members and on the upcoming events involving the Association.

Key decisions and discussion which paved the way to the awaited ALDA Ordinary General Assembly!


Appreciating the Culture of Ravenna: The Local Path Coffee House Meeting

With the occasion of 700 anniversary of the death of the epic poet Dante, within VALID project a meeting has been organised, in this Italian city of Ravenna, on June the 14 of 2021, were the poet is now resting in peace. During the event, the deputy councilor for Culture and representatives of Teatro delle Albe were invited. They were also joined by the citizens who attended the “CHIAMATA PUBBLICA" (Public call) initiatives of 2017 and 2019, to turn the words of the poet into arts, specifically as far as the “Hell” and “Purgatory “respectively concerns.

15 participants took part in various activities involving brainstorming and ideas-sharing. Specifically, two questions were given be they: “based on your personal experience which were the strengths for inclusion and dialogue?” and “please give some ideas and suggestions for the up-coming future”. Participants were also engaged with the creation of word clouds on different topics such as: connection between theatre and inclusion.

Artists and citizens involved with the project partners to further promote culture

People of various ages participating at the meeting, had the opportunity to both learn about the cultural contributions of the municipality; and to increase the feeling of belonging to a community, no matter the background. Dante’s work as a tool to stimulate dialogue and sharing among citizens and participants.

A third international meeting is scheduled for next September, also in Ravenna, and it will bring in artists and citizens involved with the project partners, all in order to further promote the culture of the municipality and the community.

ALDA is very much glad to travel around the cities of VALID, in fostering dialogue and social inclusion.

With the occasion of 700 anniversary of the death of the epic poet Dante, within VALID project a meeting has been organised, in this Italian city of Ravenna, on June the 14 of 2021, were the poet is now resting in peace. During the event, the deputy councilor for Culture and representatives of Teatro delle Albe were invited. They were also joined by the citizens who attended the “CHIAMATA PUBBLICA" (Public call) initiatives of 2017 and 2019, to turn the words of the poet into arts, specifically as far as the “Hell” and “Purgatory “respectively concerns.

15 participants took part in various activities involving brainstorming and ideas-sharing. Specifically, two questions were given be they: “based on your personal experience which were the strengths for inclusion and dialogue?” and “please give some ideas and suggestions for the up-coming future”. Participants were also engaged with the creation of word clouds on different topics such as: connection between theatre and inclusion.

Artists and citizens involved with the project partners to further promote culture

People of various ages participating at the meeting, had the opportunity to both learn about the cultural contributions of the municipality; and to increase the feeling of belonging to a community, no matter the background. Dante’s work as a tool to stimulate dialogue and sharing among citizens and participants.

A third international meeting is scheduled for next September, also in Ravenna, and it will bring in artists and citizens involved with the project partners, all in order to further promote the culture of the municipality and the community.

ALDA is very much glad to travel around the cities of VALID, in fostering dialogue and social inclusion.


Formations pour renforcer les capacités des organisations de la société civile en France et en Tunisie

L'ALDA est extrêmement fière de participer au Marathon virtuel Anna Lindh pour le dialogue avec le projet "Coopération transfrontalière pour renforcer le processus de décentralisation en réponse à la crise de Covid-19".

En effet, tout au long du mois de juin, l'ALDA et ses formateurs se sont engagés à dispenser des formations et à renforcer les capacités sur les techniques de plaidoyer et les outils de communication aux organisations de la société civile françaises et tunisiennes.

Les formations ont été dispensées respectivement par Antonella Valmorbida, secrétaire générale de l'AADL, et Elisabetta Uroni, responsable du département communication de l'ALDA.

Soutenir la Tunisie dans la résolution des problèmes rencontrés lors de son processus de décentralisation.

Alors que l'objectif général du projet était de mettre en lumière les différents rôles des parties prenantes dans la décentralisation, en accordant une attention particulière au rôle joué par l'Etat dans ce type de processus, les formations visaient à fournir aux organisations locales des outils et des connaissances pour promouvoir la décentralisation et les principes démocratiques dans leur contexte local.

En conséquence, les associations impliquées devront lancer une campagne de plaidoyer à travers de courtes pilules vidéo promouvant la démocratie, l'état de droit, la résolution des conflits et la culture de la paix.

Comme indiqué, la raison de cette action était de soutenir la Tunisie dans la résolution des problèmes rencontrés lors de son processus de décentralisation. L'une des priorités, en effet, est de clarifier le rôle de l'État dans l'ensemble du processus de décentralisation, car de nombreuses municipalités ont abandonné le processus en raison de conflits politiques et d'un manque d'intérêt et d'implication.

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En savoir plus sur la Fondation Anna Lindh, consultez le site web

L'ALDA est extrêmement fière de participer au Marathon virtuel Anna Lindh pour le dialogue avec le projet "Coopération transfrontalière pour renforcer le processus de décentralisation en réponse à la crise de Covid-19".

En effet, tout au long du mois de juin, l'ALDA et ses formateurs se sont engagés à dispenser des formations et à renforcer les capacités sur les techniques de plaidoyer et les outils de communication aux organisations de la société civile françaises et tunisiennes.

Les formations ont été dispensées respectivement par Antonella Valmorbida, secrétaire générale de l'AADL, et Elisabetta Uroni, responsable du département communication de l'ALDA.

Soutenir la Tunisie dans la résolution des problèmes rencontrés lors de son processus de décentralisation.

Alors que l'objectif général du projet était de mettre en lumière les différents rôles des parties prenantes dans la décentralisation, en accordant une attention particulière au rôle joué par l'Etat dans ce type de processus, les formations visaient à fournir aux organisations locales des outils et des connaissances pour promouvoir la décentralisation et les principes démocratiques dans leur contexte local.

En conséquence, les associations impliquées devront lancer une campagne de plaidoyer à travers de courtes pilules vidéo promouvant la démocratie, l'état de droit, la résolution des conflits et la culture de la paix.

Comme indiqué, la raison de cette action était de soutenir la Tunisie dans la résolution des problèmes rencontrés lors de son processus de décentralisation. L'une des priorités, en effet, est de clarifier le rôle de l'État dans l'ensemble du processus de décentralisation, car de nombreuses municipalités ont abandonné le processus en raison de conflits politiques et d'un manque d'intérêt et d'implication.

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En savoir plus sur la Fondation Anna Lindh, consultez le site web