IMPACT - Final Conference

The final conference of IMPACT – Inclusion Matters! using Performing Arts towards Cohesion and Tolerance is here!

This event will be the occasion to discuss challenges and opportunities when seeking to build a common narrative for social integration of migrants, refugees and local citizens in the European Union and the Balkan Region.

More in depth, panellists will both present  the results achieved by the project in terms of development of an innovative pedagogy – such as  art strategies – and highlight significant good practices.

Moreover, the conference will gather representatives of civil society organisations, theatre and other institutions involved in the project area.

Among keynote speakers:

  • Ib Jespersgaard – Municipality of Vejle
  • Elizabeth Gregersen – Project coordinator
  • Antonella Valmorbida – ALDA Secretary General;

And many other experts from LDA Montenegro, LDA Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina); Videnscenter for Integration (Denmark); Coalition SEGA (North Macedonia); Urban Development Center (Serbia); La Piccionaia Centre for Theatre Production (Italy) and DRDPNM (Slovenia)

Useful information:

  • The online event will be held on May, 20 at 13.00 (CET) and it will be in English
  • To join the event, register at the following link: https://bit.ly/3ocETLG
  • Take a look at the agenda

The final conference of IMPACT – Inclusion Matters! using Performing Arts towards Cohesion and Tolerance is here!

This event will be the occasion to discuss challenges and opportunities when seeking to build a common narrative for social integration of migrants, refugees and local citizens in the European Union and the Balkan Region.

More in depth, panellists will both present  the results achieved by the project in terms of development of an innovative pedagogy – such as  art strategies – and highlight significant good practices.

Moreover, the conference will gather representatives of civil society organisations, theatre and other institutions involved in the project area.

Among keynote speakers:

  • Ib Jespersgaard – Municipality of Vejle
  • Elizabeth Gregersen – Project coordinator
  • Antonella Valmorbida, ALDA Secretary General;

And many other experts from LDA Montenegro, LDA Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina); Videnscenter for Integration (Denmark); Coalition SEGA (North Macedonia); Urban Development Center (Serbia); La Piccionaia Centre for Theatre Production (Italy) and DRDPNM (Slovenia)

Useful information:

  • The online event will be held on May, 20 at 13.00 (CET) and it will be in English
  • To join the event, register at the following link: https://bit.ly/3ocETLG
  • Take a look at the agenda


Municipality of Lavarone: ALDA and ALDA+ new office, and home for the first workshop with young students!

The partnership between ALDA+ and the Municipality of Lavarone – a town up in the mountains of Trentino –  has always been positive and of mutual growth. Successful projects such as Le réveil brutal – a multimedia journey in the footsteps of the everyday life of frontline soldiers – or the more recent one called “ENVIE" – focusing on the Schuman Declaration – are two clear examples of this great collaboration. Yet, we are now delighted to inform everyone that this partnership is now taking a step forward.

Besides Vicenza and Lipari (Region Sicily), from now ALDA+ has its third office in Italy in Lavarone. Following this great initiative, ALDA+ – together with the Mayor – has developed a full agenda of services for the citizens and the community. On May 12th 2021, right after the celebration of “Europe Day” Marco Boaria, ALDA+ CEO; together with Anna Ditta, ALDA+ Senior Trainer, met young kids from Lavarone for the first workshop on the “European Union and the Charter of Fundamental Rights». 

The partnership has always been positive and of mutual growth

The excitement for this new adventure was tangible, and young participants really enjoyed the workshop, losing themselves in all the activities! Through drawings, brainstorming and much more they had the opportunity to know more about the European Union, its values and principles.

In addition, four workshops, open to the whole community – and specifically to students, businessman and associations – will be delivered on, for example:

  • The EU functioning and the EU Institutions
  • The new Multi-annual Financial Framework
  • Direct and Indirect Funds
  • Project Cycle Management

Furthermore, a dedicated “info point” will provide information, once a month,  on exchange programmes for youth, on European funding programmes, while helping citizens and enterprises to access regional funds.

 And this is not everything. ALDA+ together with the Municipality of Lavarone is also planning to organise further events during the year, aiming to facilitate citizens’ participation at local level. Last but not least, the involvement within the CLUB UNESCO will be a further spur to continuing in developing projects and trainings encouraging citizens’ involvement especially as far as UNESCO mission concerns, such as cultural diversity, sustainable development.

ALDA+ together with all the ALDA staff is looking forward to other workshops and events, while cheering for this great collaboration: a window towards the European Union and citizens participation surrounded by snowy peaks.  

 

More info:

The partnership between ALDA+ and the Municipality of Lavarone – a town up in the mountains of Trentino –  has always been positive and of mutual growth. Successful projects such as Le réveil brutal – a multimedia journey in the footsteps of the everyday life of frontline soldiers – or the more recent one called “ENVIE" – focusing on the Schuman Declaration – are two clear examples of this great collaboration. Yet, we are now delighted to inform everyone that this partnership is now taking a step forward.

Besides Vicenza and Lipari (Region Sicily), from now ALDA+ has its third office in Italy in Lavarone. Following this great initiative, ALDA+ – together with the Mayor – has developed a full agenda of services for the citizens and the community. On May 12th 2021, right after the celebration of “Europe Day” Marco Boaria, ALDA+ CEO; together with Anna Ditta, ALDA+ Senior Trainer, met young kids from Lavarone for the first workshop on the “European Union and the Charter of Fundamental Rights». 

The partnership has always been positive and of mutual growth

The excitement for this new adventure was tangible, and young participants really enjoyed the workshop, losing themselves in all the activities! Through drawings, brainstorming and much more they had the opportunity to know more about the European Union, its values and principles.

In addition, four workshops, open to the whole community – and specifically to students, businessman and associations – will be delivered on, for example:

  • The EU functioning and the EU Institutions
  • The new Multi-annual Financial Framework
  • Direct and Indirect Funds
  • Project Cycle Management

Furthermore, a dedicated “info point” will provide information, once a month,  on exchange programmes for youth, on European funding programmes, while helping citizens and enterprises to access regional funds.

 And this is not everything. ALDA+ together with the Municipality of Lavarone is also planning to organise further events during the year, aiming to facilitate citizens’ participation at local level. Last but not least, the involvement within the CLUB UNESCO will be a further spur to continuing in developing projects and trainings encouraging citizens’ involvement especially as far as UNESCO mission concerns, such as cultural diversity, sustainable development.

ALDA+ together with all the ALDA staff is looking forward to other workshops and events, while cheering for this great collaboration: a window towards the European Union and citizens participation surrounded by snowy peaks.  

 

More info:


Third capacity building workshop of the LIME project: join us!

On May 19th 2021 at 9.30 PM CET, ALDA will host the 3rd workshop of the LIME project – Labour Integration for Migrants Employment. This workshop entitled “Migrants’ labour inclusion : Activation of network and cluster” will focus this time on the Italian case study.

After the great success of the two previous workshops on France and Spain, this online event aims to discuss the existing networks of multi stakeholders in the field of labour market, as well as the needs and interventions in Italy. Therefore, the Migrants’s Economic Integration Cluster will be presented in light of the LIME pilot project in Rome, giving concrete examples of this methodology.

This event aims to discuss the existing networks of multi stakeholders in the field of labour market, as well as the needs and interventions in Italy

Several Italian and international experts will also attend, be they professionals from the institutional field as well as the private sector.  Hence, the will is to widen the discussion, while taking into consideration the point of view of different actors, as far as the inclusion of migrants into the labour market concerns.

ALDA will facilitate the workshop and welcome the following valuable panellists:

  • Elisabetta Bianca Melandri, President of CIES Onlus
  • Angelique Petrits, Policy officer of the EU Commission
  • Anna Saluzzi, Project coordinator of the LIME project
  • Folco Cimagalli, Full professor of Sociology of Migrations at LUMSA University
  • Monia Dardi, Diversity and Inclusion expert at Adecco Foundation
  • E. Roberta Petrillo, Senior Migration expert from CIES Onlus
  • Cristiana di Pietro, Researcher at LUMSA University
  • Marco Mastrodascio, Researcher at LUMSA University

The workshop is open to everyone: employers’ associations, vocational training providers, employment services, protection systems for asylum seekers and refugees, local authorities, enterprises, CoCs, municipalities, universities and research institutes and other civil society organisations, etc.

The event will be held on Zoom in ENGLISH, but translation in ITALIAN and SPANISH will be available.

Do not forget to register (ici, and have a look at our facebook event! 

On May 19th 2021 at 9.30 PM CET, ALDA will host the 3rd workshop of the LIME project – Labour Integration for Migrants Employment. This workshop entitled “Migrants’ labour inclusion : Activation of network and cluster” will focus this time on the Italian case study.

After the great success of the two previous workshops on France and Spain, this online event aims to discuss the existing networks of multi stakeholders in the field of labour market, as well as the needs and interventions in Italy. Therefore, the Migrants’s Economic Integration Cluster will be presented in light of the LIME pilot project in Rome, giving concrete examples of this methodology.

This event aims to discuss the existing networks of multi stakeholders in the field of labour market, as well as the needs and interventions in Italy

Several Italian and international experts will also attend, be they professionals from the institutional field as well as the private sector.  Hence, the will is to widen the discussion, while taking into consideration the point of view of different actors, as far as the inclusion of migrants into the labour market concerns.

ALDA will facilitate the workshop and welcome the following valuable panellists:

  • Elisabetta Bianca Melandri, President of CIES Onlus
  • Angelique Petrits, Policy officer of the EU Commission
  • Anna Saluzzi, Project coordinator of the LIME project
  • Folco Cimagalli, Full professor of Sociology of Migrations at LUMSA University
  • Monia Dardi, Diversity and Inclusion expert at Adecco Foundation
  • E. Roberta Petrillo, Senior Migration expert from CIES Onlus
  • Cristiana di Pietro, Researcher at LUMSA University
  • Marco Mastrodascio, Researcher at LUMSA University

The workshop is open to everyone: employers’ associations, vocational training providers, employment services, protection systems for asylum seekers and refugees, local authorities, enterprises, CoCs, municipalities, universities and research institutes and other civil society organisations.

The event will be held on Zoom in ENGLISH, but translation in ITALIAN and SPANISH will be available.

Do not forget to register (ici, and have a look at our facebook event! 


Innovative Solutions for an Inclusive World

In the framework of the Mind Inclusion final event, 3 European projects gathered during one webinar to highlight the need of inclusion and to promote innovation. Thus, on May 6 2021,  Inclusion de l'esprit, MIICT, et projet hosted the 4th MI20 Webinar, inviting great speakers and experts to have an interesting discussion titled: “Façonner des sociétés inclusives : la voie prometteuse de l'innovation.».

When fighting for inclusion, the need to “leave no one behind” becomes stronger every day.

Thus, this event was meant to re-affirm the above-mentioned concept, to reflect on the role of innovation, having the latter as the focal point of the discussion.

Three experts lead the webinar, providing inspiring food for thoughts, and making the events of great interests:

  • Michela Saretta, Psychologist, Cooperativa Margherita
  • Kurt Abela, Service Coordinator, kellimni.com
  • Florian Huber, Chef de projet, SYNYO GmbH

The importance of finding new opportunities through inclusive technology for those that are unheard is as essential as needed

The three speakers have shed light not only on the opportunities, but also the risks, of using innovative tools to promote a sustainable and inclusive society. Benefitting from their professional experiences, guests speakers provided examples of innovative tools and strategies in support of people with disabilities, migrants, and youth.

Hence, the importance of finding new opportunities through inclusive technology for those that are unheard is as essential as needed. Indeed, as these people are less considered and not included within the society, digital tools could really improve integration, and provide them with devices that could allow them to interact and enjoy the benefits of technology in a safe way.

Finally, organisers would like to thank all the participants who participated in the discussion on inclusion and innovation.

If you are interested to know more on the projects, do not hesitate to follow them on social media and visit their website:

 

About the projects:

Started in November 2018 and funded by the Erasmus+ program of the European Commission, the Mind Inclusion 2.0 project aims to find sustainable and inclusive solutions that help caregivers improve their skills, on one hand, and allow disabled individuals to participate in the social life on the other hand. The APP that the project is developing wishes to help People with Disabilities to have access to public spaces and to exercise their rights. The project consortium gathers lead partner Margherita: Società Cooperativa Onlus (Italy) together with Polibienestar Research Institute, INTRAS Foundation (Spain), Social IT Software & Consulting Srl (Italy), Lietuvos sutrikusio intelekto zmoniu globos bendrija «Viltis» (Lithuania) and ALDA (France).

 

MIICT – ICT Enabled Public Services for Migration is a project funded by the European Commission through the Horizon 2020 program and addressing the challenge of migration integration through ICT-enabled solutions. Through a co-design approach with multidisciplinary stakeholders, MIICT project aims to provide migrants and refugees access to key public services, public agencies and NGOs with ICT enabled services and the necessary agency to take advantage of those services; as well as to promote inclusion and to reduce the potential for discrimination and bias. More information: https://www.miict.eu/

 

The FACE project is a project funded by the European Commission through the ERASMUS+ program. Based on the recognition that there is a lack of knowledge and tools on how to handle the increasing phenomenon of cyberbullying amongst teens and children the project aims at developing guidelines, materials, networks and innovative methodologies combining multidisciplinary artistic approaches to tackle this important issue. FACE is designed to involve the following different target groups (youth workers, students, parents, local authorities and other stakeholders) to design together tools to prevent and fight cyberbullying among youth. More information: https://face.oonion.eu/

In the framework of the Mind Inclusion final event, 3 European projects gathered during one webinar to highlight the need of inclusion and to promote innovation. Thus, on May 6 2021,  Inclusion de l'esprit, MIICT, et projet hosted the 4th MI20 Webinar, inviting great speakers and experts to have an interesting discussion titled: “Façonner des sociétés inclusives : la voie prometteuse de l'innovation.».

When fighting for inclusion, the need to “leave no one behind” becomes stronger every day.

Thus, this event was meant to re-affirm the above-mentioned concept, to reflect on the role of innovation, having the latter as the focal point of the discussion.

Three experts lead the webinar, providing inspiring food for thoughts, and making the events of great interests:

  • Michela Saretta, Psychologist, Cooperativa Margherita
  • Kurt Abela, Service Coordinator, kellimni.com
  • Florian Huber, Chef de projet, SYNYO GmbH

The importance of finding new opportunities through inclusive technology for those that are unheard is as essential as needed

The three speakers have shed light not only on the opportunities, but also the risks, of using innovative tools to promote a sustainable and inclusive society. Benefitting from their professional experiences, guests speakers provided examples of innovative tools and strategies in support of people with disabilities, migrants, and youth.

Hence, the importance of finding new opportunities through inclusive technology for those that are unheard is as essential as needed. Indeed, as these people are less considered and not included within the society, digital tools could really improve integration, and provide them with devices that could allow them to interact and enjoy the benefits of technology in a safe way.

Finally, organisers would like to thank all the participants who participated in the discussion on inclusion and innovation.

If you are interested to know more on the projects, do not hesitate to follow them on social media and visit their website:

 

About the projects:

Started in November 2018 and funded by the Erasmus+ program of the European Commission, the Mind Inclusion 2.0 project aims to find sustainable and inclusive solutions that help caregivers improve their skills, on one hand, and allow disabled individuals to participate in the social life on the other hand. The APP that the project is developing wishes to help People with Disabilities to have access to public spaces and to exercise their rights. The project consortium gathers lead partner Margherita: Società Cooperativa Onlus (Italy) together with Polibienestar Research Institute, INTRAS Foundation (Spain), Social IT Software & Consulting Srl (Italy), Lietuvos sutrikusio intelekto zmoniu globos bendrija «Viltis» (Lithuania) and ALDA (France).

 

MIICT – ICT Enabled Public Services for Migration is a project funded by the European Commission through the Horizon 2020 program and addressing the challenge of migration integration through ICT-enabled solutions. Through a co-design approach with multidisciplinary stakeholders, MIICT project aims to provide migrants and refugees access to key public services, public agencies and NGOs with ICT enabled services and the necessary agency to take advantage of those services; as well as to promote inclusion and to reduce the potential for discrimination and bias. More information: https://www.miict.eu/

 

The FACE project is a project funded by the European Commission through the ERASMUS+ program. Based on the recognition that there is a lack of knowledge and tools on how to handle the increasing phenomenon of cyberbullying amongst teens and children the project aims at developing guidelines, materials, networks and innovative methodologies combining multidisciplinary artistic approaches to tackle this important issue. FACE is designed to involve the following different target groups (youth workers, students, parents, local authorities and other stakeholders) to design together tools to prevent and fight cyberbullying among youth. More information: https://face.oonion.eu/


EU Grants: CERV Programme launches great opportunities

When it comes to concretely support and fund citizens’ engagement, as well as the implementation of rights and European values, a key tool to bear in mind is the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values programme – also known as CERVThe latter will tackle those areas, previously targeted by both the “Europe for Citizens” programme and the “Rights, Equality and Citizenship ” one. Yet, for the seven upcoming years, projects will all merge under this single programme –  CERV.


More into details, CERV has to be understood as a programme targeted to protect and promote both rights and values, which are enshrined in the Treaties, as well as in the Charte des droits fondamentaux. Furthermore, it is intended to support CSOs and stakeholders actively involved in promoting democracy and citizens’ engagement at different levels: from local to international.

Support CSOs and stakeholders actively involved in promoting democracy and citizens’ engagement

Besides, the programme is divided into four pillars, each of which is focusing on a specific area: 

  1. Union values: to protect, promote and raise awareness on rights. Within this pillar, financial support is given to CSOs working in this sector, and active in the strengthening of the democratic  framework;
  2. Equality, Rights and Gender Equality: to promote rights, non-discrimination, equality, including gender equality. Projects supported by this pillar are targeted to – for example – fight discrimination, protect rights of the child and prople with disabilities;
  3. Citizens’ engagement and participation: to encourage citizens’ involvement in the democratic life of the Union. This pillar is also designed to foster exchanges among Member States, and to raise awareness on the European history;
  4. Daphne: to support and promote the victims of violence. Projects under this pillar are aimed to prevent and fight all forms of gender-based violence, of violence against children or other groups at risk

Concerning the budgetary aspect, the latter amounts to over 1.55 billion euros. Hence, CERV programme is included within the Cohesion, Resilience and Value heading, which is one of the seven ones listed within the Multiannual Financial Framework.  

In addition, CERV opens up to CSOs, stakeholders and any interested parties to join the CERV – Civil Dialogue Week 2021 taking place from May 25th to May 28th 2021.

As project developers, democracy and citizens’ participation promoter, ALDA is glad to learn that not only the final budget allocated has doubled, but also that great support has been given to these programmes, and to each player engaged in this sector. Thus, ALDA has always been committed to concretely turned values and principles of these programmes into concrete actions. For example, when it comes to “promote Unione Values” (pillar 1), one can think of the recently implemented DESIRE Project; focusing on the Schuman Declaration; or the successfully concluded GET UP project, when tackling “Equality, Rights and Gender Equality” (pillar 2). Last but not least, since day one ALDA has been a strategic partner to the European Commission, a relationship strengthened by worthwhile and constant “structural dialogue”, which has positively impacted on a wide number of communities in the EU and beyond.

Liens utiles:

When it comes to concretely support and fund citizens’ engagement, as well as the implementation of rights and European values, a key tool to bear in mind is the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values programme – also known as CERVThe latter will tackle those areas, previously targeted by both the “Europe for Citizens” programme and the “Rights, Equality and Citizenship ” one. Yet, for the seven upcoming years, projects will all merge under this single programme –  CERV.


More into details, CERV has to be understood as a programme targeted to protect and promote both rights and values, which are enshrined in the Treaties, as well as in the Charte des droits fondamentaux. Furthermore, it is intended to support CSOs and stakeholders actively involved in promoting democracy and citizens’ engagement at different levels: from local to international.

Support CSOs and stakeholders actively involved in promoting democracy and citizens’ engagement

Besides, the programme is divided into four pillars, each of which is focusing on a specific area: 

  1. Union values: to protect, promote and raise awareness on rights. Within this pillar, financial support is given to CSOs working in this sector, and active in the strengthening of the democratic  framework;
  2. Equality, Rights and Gender Equality: to promote rights, non-discrimination, equality, including gender equality. Projects supported by this pillar are targeted to – for example – fight discrimination, protect rights of the child and prople with disabilities;
  3. Citizens’ engagement and participation: to encourage citizens’ involvement in the democratic life of the Union. This pillar is also designed to foster exchanges among Member States, and to raise awareness on the European history;
  4. Daphne: to support and promote the victims of violence. Projects under this pillar are aimed to prevent and fight all forms of gender-based violence, of violence against children or other groups at risk

Concerning the budgetary aspect, the latter amounts to over 1.55 billion euros. Hence, CERV programme is included within the Cohesion, Resilience and Value heading, which is one of the seven ones listed within the Multiannual Financial Framework.  

In addition, CERV opens up to CSOs, stakeholders and any interested parties to join the CERV – Civil Dialogue Week 2021 taking place from May 25th to May 28th 2021.

As project developers, democracy and citizens’ participation promoter, ALDA is glad to learn that not only the final budget allocated has doubled, but also that great support has been given to these programmes, and to each player engaged in this sector. Thus, ALDA has always been committed to concretely turned values and principles of these programmes into concrete actions. For example, when it comes to “promote Unione Values” (pillar 1), one can think of the recently implemented DESIRE Project; focusing on the Schuman Declaration; or the successfully concluded GET UP project, when tackling “Equality, Rights and Gender Equality” (pillar 2). Last but not least, since day one ALDA has been a strategic partner to the European Commission, a relationship strengthened by worthwhile and constant “structural dialogue”, which has positively impacted on a wide number of communities in the EU and beyond.

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“Europe Day” as a starting point to shape the “Future of Europe”

This year, on May 9th not only will people celebrate the “Europe Day”, but it will also mark the beginning of the Conference on the Future of Europe (COFOE), held – in hybrid format – at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.  Yet, what is the Conference on the Future of Europe? At least once in a while, each of us asked him/herself this question. Well, the Conference (COFOE) represents the opportunity for European citizens to discuss and debate on both challenges, priorities; and on the future path that Europe should follow. Thus, the idea behind it is that all three institutions – be they European Parliament; Council and Commission – will listen to European citizens, their ideas and proposals as far as the future of Europe concerns.

Still one question still remains: “How can people actively join the Conference?” 

Based on a bottom-up et citizens-oriented approach, citizens can both take part in several conferences and events, divided into topics. Starting from the multilingual digital platform citizens will have the possibility to share their ideas; organise events while joining some of them already available at the participatory space online. Furthermore, also from the institutional side, organise European citizens’ panels, which should both be representatives in terms of citizens’ age, socioeconomic background, gender and origins; and provide inputs to the Conference Plenary.

"The Presidents of the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission aim to give citizens a say on what matters to them"

The latter will make sure that recommendations, resulting from panels and debates, will be taken into account at future meetings, scheduled at least every six months. More technically, representatives from the Parliament; the Council; the Commission; as well as representatives from national parliaments will constitute the Conference Plenary. Besides, exponents from the Committee of the Regions and the Economic and Social Committee, together with Social Partners and Civil Society will also be represented. The final outcome of the Conference will be delivered to the  Joint Presidency, resulting from the authority of all the three institutions. 

As one can read in the COFOE déclaration commune, “the Presidents of the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission aim to give citizens a say on what matters to them”. Having that in mind, for those who have been following ALDA and its work, soon they will recognise the importance that this occasion has,  when it comes to bringing people’s voice at the institutional level. Thus,  in this regard, our Secretary General – Antonella Valmorbida – has been recently elected in the Steering Committee of the Civil Society Convention, holding a key position as far as promoting citizens’ ideas, wishes and need concerns. Within this framework, ALDA, together with other CSOs, has always been consistent, concrete and proactive in stimulating citizens engagements and dialogue among people and institutions. 

ALDA looks forward to the Conference on the Future of Europe, as a concrete occasion to restar, to improve and to strengthen Europe together with its citizens!

Join other citizens, and take part in the “Europe Day activities”:

This year, on May 9th not only will people celebrate the “Europe Day”, but it will also mark the beginning of the Conference on the Future of Europe (COFOE), held – in hybrid format – at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.  Yet, what is the Conference on the Future of Europe? At least once in a while, each of us asked him/herself this question. Well, the Conference (COFOE) represents the opportunity for European citizens to discuss and debate on both challenges, priorities; and on the future path that Europe should follow. Thus, the idea behind it is that all three institutions – be they European Parliament; Council and Commission – will listen to European citizens, their ideas and proposals as far as the future of Europe concerns.

Still one question still remains: “How can people actively join the Conference?” 

Based on a bottom-up et citizens-oriented approach, citizens can both take part in several conferences and events, divided into topics. Starting from the multilingual digital platform citizens will have the possibility to share their ideas; organise events while joining some of them already available at the participatory space online. Furthermore, also from the institutional side, organise European citizens’ panels, which should both be representatives in terms of citizens’ age, socioeconomic background, gender and origins; and provide inputs to the Conference Plenary.

"The Presidents of the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission aim to give citizens a say on what matters to them"

The latter will make sure that recommendations, resulting from panels and debates, will be taken into account at future meetings, scheduled at least every six months. More technically, representatives from the Parliament; the Council; the Commission; as well as representatives from national parliaments will constitute the Conference Plenary. Besides, exponents from the Committee of the Regions and the Economic and Social Committee, together with Social Partners and Civil Society will also be represented. The final outcome of the Conference will be delivered to the  Joint Presidency, resulting from the authority of all the three institutions. 

As one can read in the COFOE déclaration commune, “the Presidents of the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission aim to give citizens a say on what matters to them”. Having that in mind, for those who have been following ALDA and its work, soon they will recognise the importance that this occasion has,  when it comes to bringing people’s voice at the institutional level. Thus,  in this regard, our Secretary General – Antonella Valmorbida – has been recently elected in the Steering Committee of the Civil Society Convention, holding a key position as far as promoting citizens’ ideas, wishes and need concerns. Within this framework, ALDA, together with other CSOs, has always been consistent, concrete and proactive in stimulating citizens engagements and dialogue among people and institutions. 

ALDA looks forward to the Conference on the Future of Europe, as a concrete occasion to restar, to improve and to strengthen Europe together with its citizens!

Join other citizens, and take part in the “Europe Day activities”:


POLITEIA: engaging young people in social and political processes!

The “POLITEIA Western Balkans School for Youth Participation” event will reunite experts, researchers, representatives from associations and institutions from around Europe to discuss youth participation in the political process within POLITEIA School, that this year has turned digital!  ALDA is glad to be actively involved in this great experience, making its knowledge available to the participants

From a general perspective,  POLITEIA School is a successful project,  which started already in 1997, when, in a period of civic and students protests, people started to turn the attention and deepen their knowledge as far as the democratic and European values concerned.

An opportunity to discuss education, youth and the Balkans future

This year, young people will join lectures and workshops from May 7th until 29th.
ALDA’s Secretary General, Antonella Valmorbida, will be among the keynote speakers at the opening panel, entitled: “Youth in the Western Balkans – Agents of Change”, which will launch this year edition!

Among the main topics on the planning there will be:

– The importance of European Integration
– Youth participation and engagement
– Perspectives on the Western Balkans future
– The challenges of democracy at local level
– Gender, policies and economy

Academics and activists from Serbia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Kosovo and Turkey will be attending the event.

ALDA is glad to be part of this great occasion of knowledge sharing and youth engagement!

Read more about it on:

The “POLITEIA Western Balkans School for Youth Participation” event will reunite experts, researchers, representatives from associations and institutions from around Europe to discuss youth participation in the political process within POLITEIA School, that this year has turned digital!  ALDA is glad to be actively involved in this great experience, making its knowledge available to the participants

From a general perspective,  POLITEIA School is a successful project,  which started already in 1997, when, in a period of civic and students protests, people started to turn the attention and deepen their knowledge as far as the democratic and European values concerned.

An opportunity to discuss education, youth and the Balkans future

This year, young people will join lectures and workshops from May 7th until 29th.
ALDA’s Secretary General, Antonella Valmorbida, will be among the keynote speakers at the opening panel, entitled: “Youth in the Western Balkans – Agents of Change”, which will launch this year edition!

Among the main topics on the planning there will be:

– The importance of European Integration
– Youth participation and engagement
– Perspectives on the Western Balkans future
– The challenges of democracy at local level
– Gender, policies and economy

Academics and activists from Serbia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Kosovo and Turkey will be attending the event.

ALDA is glad to be part of this great occasion of knowledge sharing and youth engagement!

Read more about it on:


RECRUIT: time to start! First national event

"Social Economy as a tool for territorial development and inclusion” is the tile of the first National event of the project RECRUIT that will take place online on May 6 under the coordination of the Metropolitan City of Bari and the support of Impact Hub and ALDA.

RECRUIT – REshaping CRUcial strategies to fIghT unemployment through Social Economy –  is a transnational project funded by the EU Programme COSME, started in February 2021 and lasting one year. The aim of the project is to foster the collaboration of local and regional authorities in using social economy tools and instrument to fight against unemployment.

Foster the collaboration of local and regional authorities in using social economy tools and instrument to fight against unemployment

The first national event is addressing citizens, with a focus on relevant stakeholders working in the field of social economy and social entrepreneurship. Besides presenting the RECRUIT project, the aim of the event is that to stimulate connections among relevant local and national stakeholders; while creating synergies and giving birth to a Social Economy Community. The latter will be involved, for example, in other international activities. In addition, participants, through interactive methodologies, will introduce themselves and will exchange experiences and knowledge on good practices at national level.
Finally, the Metropolitan City of Bari will illustrate two ongoing virtuous projects Porta Futuro Bari et Agriculture carried on at local level.

Last but not least, a news on the event has been also published on the Italian Agency for Press website (ANSA)! Here you can have a look at it

Useful information:

  • If you are interested in participating in the event, fill in the registration form
  • Please note: the event will be held in italien
  • For more information on the project and our future international events contact: projects@aldaintranet.org

"Social Economy as a tool for territorial development and inclusion” is the tile of the first National event of the project RECRUIT that will take place online on May 6 under the coordination of the Metropolitan City of Bari and the support of Impact Hub and ALDA.

RECRUIT – REshaping CRUcial strategies to fIghT unemployment through Social Economy –  is a transnational project funded by the EU Programme COSME, started in February 2021 and lasting one year. The aim of the project is to foster the collaboration of local and regional authorities in using social economy tools and instrument to fight against unemployment.

Foster the collaboration of local and regional authorities in using social economy tools and instrument to fight against unemployment

The first national event is addressing citizens, with a focus on relevant stakeholders working in the field of social economy and social entrepreneurship. Besides presenting the RECRUIT project, the aim of the event is that to stimulate connections among relevant local and national stakeholders; while creating synergies and giving birth to a Social Economy Community. The latter will be involved, for example, in other international activities. In addition, participants, through interactive methodologies, will introduce themselves and will exchange experiences and knowledge on good practices at national level.
Finally, the Metropolitan City of Bari will illustrate two ongoing virtuous projects Porta Futuro Bari et Agriculture carried on at local level.

Last but not least, a news on the event has been also published on the Italian Agency for Press website (ANSA)! Here you can have a look at it

Useful information:

  • If you are interested in participating in the event, fill in the registration form
  • Please note: the event will be held in italien
  • For more information on the project and our future international events contact: projects@aldaintranet.org


Public consultation as a tool of participative democracy – an insights on Ukraine

During its 20 years of life, ALDA has been more and more engaged in the Eastern Partnership, especially in Ukraine, when it comes to democracy promotion, support to local authorities and civil society, and development of good governance.

Thus, on April the 20th 2021, ALDA was invited to join the “Public consultations as a tool of participatory democracy. World practises and standards”. The event, promoted by the Ukrainian Parliamentary Committee on State Building, Local Governance, Regional and Urban Development, saw the participation of ALDA Secretary General Antonella Valmorbida, also in the capacity of expert of the Council of Europe (CoE).

Support of decentralisation processes and in the promotion of public administration reforms in Ukraine

The online conference followed an agenda structured into two parts: a first panel discussion focusing on the “Current state of public consultations in Ukraine and presentation of the legislative initiative regarding its improvement”. The discussion involved ministers, members of the Parliament, experts and associations’ representatives from Ukraine discussing and sharing their perspectives and insights as far as the topic of the panel concerned.

"An international experience in conducting public consultation. Lessons from Ukraine” was the theme of the second panel, which saw the participation of ALDA Secretary General, as keynote speaker, together with delegates from European and international institutions. The latter served as a platform to reflect, debate and share knowledge when it comes to democracy promotion, processus de décentralisation et good governance. Moreover, within this framework, ALDA’s contribution was particularly relevant in light of its proven experience in the support of decentralisation processes and in the promotion of public administration reforms in Ukraine.

The video conference was held in cooperation with:

During its 20 years of life, ALDA has been more and more engaged in the Eastern Partnership, especially in Ukraine, when it comes to democracy promotion, support to local authorities and civil society, and development of good governance.

Thus, on April the 20th 2021, ALDA was invited to join the “Public consultations as a tool of participatory democracy. World practises and standards”. The event, promoted by the Ukrainian Parliamentary Committee on State Building, Local Governance, Regional and Urban Development, saw the participation of ALDA Secretary General Antonella Valmorbida, also in the capacity of expert of the Council of Europe (CoE).

Support of decentralisation processes and in the promotion of public administration reforms in Ukraine

The online conference followed an agenda structured into two parts: a first panel discussion focusing on the “Current state of public consultations in Ukraine and presentation of the legislative initiative regarding its improvement”. The discussion involved ministers, members of the Parliament, experts and associations’ representatives from Ukraine discussing and sharing their perspectives and insights as far as the topic of the panel concerned.

"An international experience in conducting public consultation. Lessons from Ukraine” was the theme of the second panel, which saw the participation of ALDA Secretary General, as keynote speaker, together with delegates from European and international institutions. The latter served as a platform to reflect, debate and share knowledge when it comes to democracy promotion, processus de décentralisation et good governance. Moreover, within this framework, ALDA’s contribution was particularly relevant in light of its proven experience in the support of decentralisation processes and in the promotion of public administration reforms in Ukraine.

The video conference was held in cooperation with:


Learning and discovering RADEX project

Mobilising Against Extremist through Countering and Diverting Radicalisation of Young people” RADEX, is an Erasmus+ funded project on the span of two years. The project targets young people, youth workers, social workers, youth   organisations and equip them with the tools needed to identify patterns, methods, and different processes of youth violent radicalisation.

Le project objectives are:

  • Designing and implementing a methodological framework and to collect data on youth radicalisation in Europe, then a report will be drafted with the findings.
  • Preventing and diverting young people’s radicalisation, through supporting the building of the capacity to identify and understand the different types of online youth radicalisation, by providing real data in the form of relevant educational materials. Which will act as an alert for the target group against online and offline radicalisation processes.

A learning experience which includes real life examples and patterns

Eventually the project aims at creating a safe space for the target group to enjoy a learning experience which includes real life examples and patterns.

Restorative Justice for All (UK) takes the lead of the RADEX project, supported by five different partners; Synthesis Center for Research and Education (Cyprus), Club for UNESCO for Education, Science & Culture (Greece), Ingenious Knowledge (Germany), Inclusive Europe (Belgium) and ALDA – European Association for Local Democracy (France).

Consecutive meetings have been held between the partners in January, March and April, to insure an efficient planning phase. The first transitional project meeting of RADEX is planned to take place on June 3 2021 in Brussels.

Mobilising Against Extremist through Countering and Diverting Radicalisation of Young people” RADEX, is an Erasmus+ funded project on the span of two years. The project targets young people, youth workers, social workers, youth   organisations and equip them with the tools needed to identify patterns, methods, and different processes of youth violent radicalisation.

Le project objectives are:

  • Designing and implementing a methodological framework and to collect data on youth radicalisation in Europe, then a report will be drafted with the findings.
  • Preventing and diverting young people’s radicalisation, through supporting the building of the capacity to identify and understand the different types of online youth radicalisation, by providing real data in the form of relevant educational materials. Which will act as an alert for the target group against online and offline radicalisation processes.

A learning experience which includes real life examples and patterns

Eventually the project aims at creating a safe space for the target group to enjoy a learning experience which includes real life examples and patterns.

Restorative Justice for All (UK) takes the lead of the RADEX project, supported by five different partners; Synthesis Center for Research and Education (Cyprus), Club for UNESCO for Education, Science & Culture (Greece), Ingenious Knowledge (Germany), Inclusive Europe (Belgium) and ALDA – European Association for Local Democracy (France).

Consecutive meetings have been held between the partners in January, March and April, to insure an efficient planning phase. The first transitional project meeting of RADEX is planned to take place on June 3 2021 in Brussels.