EGAL 2 project: Final Report 2021

Starting in January 2021, the EGAL 2 project (Egalité de Genre dans l’Action Locale /Gender Equality in Local Action) is aimed at  enhancing the living conditions of women in the Tétouan province in Morocco. This report focuses especially on the three events entitled: “Gender inclusive participatory activities”; “GRB a tool for equality in local public action” and “Coaching in female leadership”. From a general perspective, this project,  based on the results achieved by “EGAL” project, pursued the path towards a greater inclusion of the gender dimension in local policies, empowering local elected women in leadership skills and gender-sensitive budgeting

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The Publication is in French

Publication

Starting in January 2021, the EGAL 2 project (Egalité de Genre dans l’Action Locale /Gender Equality in Local Action) is aimed at  enhancing the living conditions of women in the Tétouan province in Morocco. This report focuses especially on the three events entitled: “Gender inclusive participatory activities”; “GRB a tool for equality in local public action” and “Coaching in female leadership”. From a general perspective, this project,  based on the results achieved by “EGAL” project, pursued the path towards a greater inclusion of the gender dimension in local policies, empowering local elected women in leadership skills and gender-sensitive budgeting

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The Publication is in French

Publication

New course on “Project Cycle Management - the development of the project idea"

After the training on European Funding, it’s now time to better understand the project cycle management!

Starting in October 2021 the course will focus on “development of the project idea”. The course will be delivered online and in Italian. During the 4 days course attendees will be provided with concrete examples and professional insights on how to developed a project. Take a look at the course agenda and infopack here.

WHY OUR COURSES?

Based on its long lasting experience, being actively operating within the sector of European democracy support and project development for more than 20 years, ALDA + is able to provide valuable and professional courses on several topics, mostly related to European funding, Policy Analysis and Project Development.

WHAT WILL PARTICIPANTS GET?

By joining the course participants will get:

  • Practical knowledge to be able to understand and recognised the differences among the European funding programmes
  • Writing and Reporting Workshop during which participants will see how to write a project and manage its budget
  • Teaching materials will be provided during course, providing concrete examples of projects implemented
  • Support after the training is available! Our staff will answers questions and doubts also after the course
  • Certificate of attendance will be given at the end of the course
  • Professional Trainers will guide participants through the course


TRAINERS

Marco Boaria is the Head of ALDA’s Resources and Development Unit, since 2004. With more than 15 years of experience, he has developed projects in different areas, based on different programs of the European Union (and beyond), interacting with different DGs of the European Commission. He has worked as project coordinator, with particular focus on issues such as democracy, participation, youth and has assumed the role of external supervisor in European projects developed by public and private entities. His specialization as a trainer mainly concerns the following topics/areas: project cycle management, European funds, participatory methods, non-formal education, youth.

Anna Ditta has 10 years of experience in the field of project development and implementation, particularly with reference to European Union funding programs. She holds a degree in International Political Science from the University of Padua and a Master in European Studies and Project Management from Brussels. She worked for several years for the Veneto Region, Brussels Directorate, dealing specifically with cooperation with the Balkans. At ALDA she deals with fundraising and project development, focusing on active citizenship, youth, cooperation with third countries in the field of participatory democracy and good local governance.


USEFUL INFORMATION

TIMETABLE:
22 October 2021 15.00-18.00
29 October 2021 15.00-18.00
5 November 2021 15.00-18.00
12 November 2021 15.00-18.00

COSTS:
300 euro (10% discount for ALDA members and students under 26 years old)
 Register BY 15 SEPTEMBER 2021 and get 10% OFF. (270€ standard, 240€ (10+10%) ALDA members and students under 26 years old)

REGISTRATION:
Please register at the following link

CONTACT:
Please email Eleonora Bertin for any further question or call +39 0444 54 01 46

OUR REALITY

Attendees will be involved within a reality that has more than 20 year of experiences, established in 1999 at the initiative of the Conseil de l'Europe to coordinate and support the network of Local Democracy Agencies (LDAs), which are self- sustainable, locally registered NGOs acting as promoters of good governance and local self-government, with which ALDA collaborates in many activities. Our history and activities in a glance:

2500 Partners 

350 Members

450 Projects

43 Million euro budget


New course on “European Funding: new programming and new opportunities”

After the summer break it is time to start courses and trainings again! 

Starting in September 2021 the online course will focus on “European Funding: new programming and new opportunities”- Italian version. During the course attendees will be provided with experience-based, good tips and insights useful to know when approaching this topic (course infopack here).

WHY OUR COURSES?

Based on ALDA’s long lasting experience, being actively operating within the sector of European democracy support and project development for more than 20 years, ALDA + is able to provide valuable and professional courses on several topics, mostly related to European funding, Policy Analysis and Project Development.

WHAT WILL PARTICIPANTS GET?

By joining the course participants will get:

  • Practical knowledge to be able to understand and recognised the differences among the European funding programmes
  • Teaching materials will be distributed during course, providing concrete examples of projects implemented
  • Support after the training is available! Our staff will answers questions and doubts also after the course
  • Certificate of attendance will be given at the end of the course
  • Professional Trainers will guide participants through the course


TRAINERS

Marco Boaria is the Head of ALDA’s Resources and Development Unit, since 2004. With more than 15 years of experience, he has developed projects in different areas, based on a variety of programs of the European Union (and beyond), interacting with different DGs of the European Commission. He has worked as project coordinator, with particular focus on issues such as democracy, participation, youth and has assumed the role of external supervisor in European projects developed by public and private entities. His specialization as a trainer mainly concerns the following topics/areas: project cycle management, European funds, participatory methods, non-formal education, youth.

Anna Ditta has 10 years of experience in the field of project development and implementation, particularly with reference to European Union funding programs. She holds a degree in International Political Science from the University of Padua and a Master in European Studies and Project Management from Brussels. She worked for several years for the Veneto Region, Brussels Directorate, dealing specifically with cooperation with the Balkans. At ALDA she deals with fundraising and project development, focusing on active citizenship, youth, cooperation with third countries in the field of participatory democracy and good local governance.

Lavinia Traina works in the Programmes and Development Department of ALDA and she is in charge of the development of projects funded by the European Union. Interested in the issues of good governance, human rights, social inclusion, active citizenship, youth, environment and sustainable development, she is involved in the drafting of projects within the ERASMUS+, Europe for Citizens, LIFE, IMCAP and Creative Europe programs of the European Union. She has worked in the management of projects dealing with human rights, with particular attention to the defense of vulnerable people such as women, indigenous peoples, migrants and homeless with experiences in Italy and abroad.


USEFUL INFORMATION

ONLINE TIMETABLE:
23 September 2021 17.00-19.00
30 September 2021 17.00-19.00
7 October 2021 17.00-19.00
14 October 2021 17.00-19.00

COSTS:
200 euro (10% discount for ALDA members and students under 26 years old)

AGENDA & REGISTRATION:
Please register at the following link
Read the agenda here

INFORMATION:
Please contact Eleonora Bertin for further information


OUR REALITY

Attendees will be involved within a reality that has more than 20 year of experiences, established in 1999 at the initiative of the Conseil de l'Europe to coordinate and support the network of Local Democracy Agencies (LDAs), which are self- sustainable, locally registered NGOs acting as promoters of good governance and local self-government, with which ALDA collaborates in many activities. Our history and activities in a glance:

2500 Partners 

350 Members

450 Projects

43 Million euro budget


On 25 July the Republic Day in Tunisia: The Democratic Process And The People’s Well-being

On the night of July 25, 2021, the Tunisian citizens spontaneously took to the streets celebrating the president’s exceptional decisions of freezing the parliament for 30 days- and voicing their wide support.

Before the president held an emergency meeting and announced his decisions, riots took place on 25 July despite the strict measures to prevent demonstrations and the fears of the rampant spread of COVID19.

The Tunisians wanted to express their deep dissatisfaction with the status quo. There was a shared feeling that representatives did not live up to the expectations and that they let down their electors.
The deteriorating purchase power, degenerated public facilities, widened inequality gap between the haves and the have nots, and the unprecedented levels of the budget deficit and public debt stirred social unrest.


Local Democracy Agency Tunisia is committed in its turn to reinforce democratic principles and values at local level


Hence, the revolutionary decisions reflect people’s will and demonstrations against both the government and parliament members. The Tunisians are now hopeful that the newly taken measures would lead to vital reforms. They consider it auspicious to reinforce accountability for those who misused their positions and contributed to the economic breakdown.

What about the democratic process?

10 Years ago, Tunisia ousted dictatorship and embarked on a promising yet challenging ongoing process to democratic transition. Today, civil society organizations and media outlets need to play a significant role to raise people’s awareness to actively participate, observe, and evaluate what is happening to ensure transparency, promotion of good governance, rights, and freedoms, especially freedom of expression.

Agence de la démocratie locale Tunisie is committed in its turn to reinforce democratic principles and values at local level through encouraging dialogue and civic engagement, and also through creating a synergy among all elements of the society.

During this fragile period of transition, it is crucial to create a clear roadmap to maintain democracy and guarantee justice and separation of powers.

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Article written by Afaf Zaddem from Local Democracy Agency Tunisia.
The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in the text belong solely to the author, and not necessarily to the author’s employer, organization, committee or other group or individual.


ALDA’s statement on the situation in Tunisia

Statement by ALDA Vice President Mr Alessandro Perelli

Ce qui se passe en Tunisie - dit le Vice-Président Alessandro Perelli - est suivi avec beaucoup d'attention par Alda, qui a ouvert une Agences de Démocratie Locale à Kairouan, la première en Afrique, et dispose d'un bureau à Tunis. Cette agence, suivie plus tard par celle du Maroc, a été souhaitée par le président Oriano Otocan et le conseil d'administration et a marqué un tournant historique pour notre association et ses activités.

Cela a été rendu possible par la détermination du peuple tunisien qui, avec la Révolution des Jasmins, a partagé les valeurs européennes que sous-tendent l'ALDA. Les jeunes institutions tunisiennes traversent un moment particulièrement délicat, causé par un malaise économique et social général, par une corruption généralisée, qui a entraîné des divisions et des tensions qui ont pris forme dans les événements récents.

Les attentes d'un peuple qui a courageusement choisi la voie démocratique doivent être préservées. Il est essentiel de poursuivre la politique de coopération et de proximité avec l'Union européenne. La liberté et les règles démocratiques sont indispensables à la croissance et au développement, elles doivent être défendues et protégées.

ALDA fera sa part en renouvelant son engagement en faveur de la participation des citoyens à la vie administrative, de l'égalité des chances, de la citoyenneté active, de tous ces principes et valeurs qui ont donné naissance à l'Union Européenne.

Statement by ALDA Vice President Mr Alessandro Perelli

Ce qui se passe en Tunisie - dit le Vice-Président Alessandro Perelli - est suivi avec beaucoup d'attention par Alda, qui a ouvert une Agences de Démocratie Locale à Kairouan, la première en Afrique, et dispose d'un bureau à Tunis. Cette agence, suivie plus tard par celle du Maroc, a été souhaitée par le président Oriano Otocan et le conseil d'administration et a marqué un tournant historique pour notre association et ses activités.

Cela a été rendu possible par la détermination du peuple tunisien qui, avec la Révolution des Jasmins, a partagé les valeurs européennes que sous-tendent l'ALDA. Les jeunes institutions tunisiennes traversent un moment particulièrement délicat, causé par un malaise économique et social général, par une corruption généralisée, qui a entraîné des divisions et des tensions qui ont pris forme dans les événements récents.

Les attentes d'un peuple qui a courageusement choisi la voie démocratique doivent être préservées. Il est essentiel de poursuivre la politique de coopération et de proximité avec l'Union européenne. La liberté et les règles démocratiques sont indispensables à la croissance et au développement, elles doivent être défendues et protégées.

ALDA fera sa part en renouvelant son engagement en faveur de la participation des citoyens à la vie administrative, de l'égalité des chances, de la citoyenneté active, de tous ces principes et valeurs qui ont donné naissance à l'Union Européenne.


SAVE THE DATES! All4Climate-Italy 2021: Life Metro Adapt shares the great results achieved by the project!

All4Climate – Italy 2021 brings together all the events dedicated to the fight against climate change that will take place in Italy this year. The aim is to make 2021 a fundamental year for climate ambition. Launched by the Italian Ministry of Ecological Transition in collaboration with the World Bank Group’s Connect4Climate and with the participation of the Lombardy Region and the Municipality of Milan, All4Climate aims to promote an active and constructive dialogue on the challenges of the climate crisis and encourage the achievement of the objectives of the Paris Agreement. All4Climate represents an opportunity for all those involved in the fight against climate change to make a concrete contribution to the debate ahead of the Pre-COP26 hosted in Milan in September and the COP26 hosted by the UK in November.

The LIFE METRO ADAPT project will participate in the debate from the 21st to the 28th of September 2021 with the multi-days event entitled:

 “Climate change adaptation strategies and measures in the Metropolitan City of Milan”.

The event is the result of the project Metro Adapt – Strategies and Measures for Climate Change Adaptation in the Metropolitan City of Milan, which aims to promote the creation of a solid governance on climate change that is common to all local authorities and to produce the tools that allow them to implement efficient adaptation measures. It will alternate knowledge exchange initiatives with national and international experts with moments of entertainment and guided visits around the territory of the project implementation, with the final objective of bringing the topic of climate change and climate change adaptation strategies closer to public decision makers, technicians, municipalities, citizens, young people and students.


All4Climate - Italy 2021 brings together all the events dedicated to the fight against climate change


Below are the main scheduled meetings:

21st SEPTEMBER 2021:

  • 9.00-10.45 (CEST): International workshop (online): “Climate change adaptation strategies in European metropolitan areas”(EN): The workshop is addressed to national and international local and regional authorities and, specifically, to European metropolitan areas, with the aim of creating a space of dialogue and exchange of good practices of urban climate change adaptation. Furthermore, starting from the climate change adaptation strategy designed by LIFE Metro Adapt, it will boost a co-creation process leading to the co-design of a sustainability plan and to the creation of synergies and future collaboration opportunities among the participants. The meeting will be held online in English. Registration required at this link.
  • 11:00-13:00: Exchange meeting with the Climate Knowledge Network (IT). The objective of this interesting meeting is to share the Nature-Based Solutions monitoring tool created by the LIFE Metro Adapt Project and to stimulate the creation of synergies among the participants. The event will be held at Cascina Cuccagna, Via Cuccagna 2/4 ang. Via Muratori, Milan, in compliance with the health regulations and the Covid-19 social distancing and individual protection measures in force. Registration is required at this link
  • 14.30-18.30: Nature Based Solution Walking tour (IT). Participants will be guided through some of the most significant Nature Based Solutions in the Milan metropolitan area. Live guided tours will take place with a limited number of participants and upon registration, in compliance with the Covid-19 health and social distancing and individual protection measures in force. Places are limited and registration is compulsory at this link.

24th SEPTEMBER 2021:

  • 20:30: Theatre show PALE BLUE DOT – PALLIDO PALLINO BLU (IT): A Jet Propulsion Theatre show by the Arditodesio Theatre Company. An incredible story of hope, wonder, and beauty, by and with Andrea Brunello, directed by Christian Di Domenico, music by Enrico Merlin. The evening will be introduced by the Metropolitan City of Milan and Legambiente Lombardia. After the show, participants will have the opportunity to dialogue with Andrea Brunello and the Project Team. The location is yet to be defined (Milan). Places are limited and registration is required at this link.

28 SEPTEMBER 2021:

  • 9:30-16:30: Final Conference of the Life Metro Adapt project (IT): The project partners will present the achieved results and the sustainability plan of the project, in order to give continuity to the process started, through the adoption of climate change adaptation measures and strategies in the metropolitan area of Milan. Afterwards, participants will be invited to share their knowledge and experience in three focus groups: i) Knowing the climate; ii) Climate change adaptation; iii) Communicating the climate. The focus groups will be followed by a moment of restitution of the results of the work in plenary session. The event will be held at Cascina Cuccagna, Via Cuccagna 2/4 ang. Via Muratori, Milan. It will be possible to follow the plenary sessions online, through the Go To Meeting platform. Registration is required at this link. 
  • 17:00: Photo contest awarding event (IT). Award ceremony for the winners of the photo contest PhotoAdapt – The impacts of climate change in the Metropolitan City of Milan.  The contest participants and their companions (maximum 2 per person) will be invited to an aperitif at Cascina Cuccagna, Via Cuccagna 2/4 ang. Via Muratori, Milan. Registration is required at this link. The event will be streamed on the Metro Adapt Facebook Page.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Webinaires SMART: trois jours pour soutenir le secteur touristique et culturel

SMART project hosted three educational webinars – on 12, 18 and 26 May 2021 –  designed for cultural and tourist operators, as well as associations, students and citizens working in these two sectors. 

Bien que cette année ait été particulièrement difficile pour les secteurs de la culture et du tourisme, l'équipe du projet SMART est encore plus déterminée à soutenir ce secteur, tant au niveau local qu'international, et à renforcer la résilience des organisations et des communautés. Ainsi, l'objectif des événements était d'accroître leurs connaissances et leurs compétences, tout en les rendant acteurs de la revitalisation de la culture et des musées européens!


L'équipe du projet SMART est encore plus déterminée à soutenir ce secteur, tant au niveau local qu'international, et à renforcer la résilience des organisations et des communautés


Des conférenciers et des experts des organisations partenaires de SMART ont été invités pour des discussions intéressantes et enrichissantes sur les trois défis clés définis dans le cadre du projet:

  • l'accessibilité du Web
    • par Federico Poda, développeur Web chez Independent L., qui a présenté les concepts clés de l'accessibilité numérique, ses normes et ses règles, tout en nous montrant des exemples précieux de sites Web et de graphiques accessibles;
  • La numérisation des musées
    • par Lukas Grundner, chercheur junior au MA\ et Stefanie Wallinger, maître de conférences à l'Université de Salzbourg, qui ont partagé des méthodes innovantes et utiles pour améliorer les expériences des utilisateurs et construire ....museums;
  • De nouvelles pratiques pour promouvoir le patrimoine culturel et la participation civique
    • par Carlo Presotto et Paola Rossi de La Piccionaia, ainsi que Stefania Zardini Lacedelli de Dolom.it, qui ont souligné l'importance d'impliquer les membres de la communauté dans la promotion du patrimoine culturel et naturel et ont présenté l'outil Silent Play.

The webinars were structured as a combination of theoretical sessions and participatory discussions, where participants had the opportunity to share their thoughts and reflections. In addition, they were broadcast in Italian, English and German and a translation into English sign language was also available.

Merci à tous les participants qui ont rejoint les webinaires, venus de différents pays européens comme la France, l'Italie, le Portugal, l'Allemagne, la Roumanie et aussi de l'extérieur comme la Tunisie et le Maroc !

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Vous n'avez pas pu assister aux webinaires ? Vous voulez revoir les webinaires ? Les webinaires sont disponibles en ligne ! Retrouvez-les sur la page Facebook du projet SMART et sur
le compte Youtube de ALDA..

Pour en savoir plus sur le projet, veuillez consulter le site de ALDA


Games without Borders: Vicenza edition

On July 31st, “Gruppo Scintilla – Vivere meglio adesso” family and kids from Vicenza gathered at “Pampas – Il giardino inclusivo” for an afternoon dedicated to sharing and playing.

Following the successful event, entitled “Les pigafetta’s Mandala", which took place earlier in July, children were involved in several games, and activities. The aim: stimulating inclusiveness through interactions and reciprocity.


By building a network of local citizens, Gruppo Scintilla is intended to re-generate the urban spaces


From “Pampas – Il giardino inclusivo” terrace, kids’ giggles and laughs flooded the streets of Vicenza, nearby Viale Milano (Milano Street), urban heart of the project itself. ALDA Project Manager, Nadia di Iulio, together with Francesca Manfron – school teacher, lead the event. Children were divided into teams, each of which had a specific symbol, identifying the group. Games and activities were meant to stimulate young participants to know each other better to communicate, and to share. Thus, social inclusiveness is among the aims of projects.

At the same time, this event was the perfect opportunity to encourage dialogue among kids’ parents. By building a network of local citizens, Gruppo Scintilla is intended to re-generate the urban spaces around the railway station and Viale Milano. Having that in mind, it comes with itself that exactly these types of events are essential to encourage citizens’ participation within the life of the city and its neighbourhood. 

As many parents said, afternoons like the one organised within the project  are very much needed. ALDA is glad to be actively part of this group, and invites you to join the upcoming events!

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To know more about the “Gruppo Scintilla” project, please visitez le site web
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Grande conclusion pour le projet EGAL II

L'année 2021 a marqué la conclusion d' EGAL II Egalité de Genre dans l'Action Locale/Gender Equality in Local Action), un projet réussi qui visait à mettre en place des activités participatives en faveur du genre au Maroc.

 Benefitting from several activities, the Local Democracy Agency Norther Morocco (LDA Norther Morocco) leader of the project, was able to promote and support the capacity of actors to launch pro-gender initiatives in their communities while conveying strong messages on the importance of including rural women in public affairs. More in depth, activities targeted the activation of the role of equity, equal opportunities and gender bodies.


EGAL II : un nouveau voyage vers des municipalités inclusives et durables au Maroc ! (équipe LDA du Nord du Maroc)


En outre, le cycle d'apprentissage s'est concentré sur les mécanismes de participation des citoyens, les instruments de politique publique, le leadership, fournissant aux acteurs des mécanismes pour enrichir la vie publique locale. D'un point de vue général, les acteurs d'EGAL - qu'ils soient élus, gestionnaires municipaux, associations - ont tous exprimé leur souhait de renforcer leurs synergies, afin d'améliorer leur dynamique intercommunale. Parmi leurs recommandations fortes, on peut rappeler la création d'un projet collectif de tourisme écologique et durable.

Finally, actors involved within the project expressed their willingness to deepen their knowledge on the subjects tackled by EGAL II. As mentioned by the ADL NM team: “Today we are proud to have contributed to build a positive dynamic for social change, which has given rise to new collective and inter-communal project ideas. The latter aim to improve the socio-economic and environmental rights of the local population. This is only the beginning of a new journey towards inclusive and sustainable municipalities!” (ADL Northern Morocco team)

ALDA est très heureuse d'avoir collaboré une fois de plus avec les réalités locales au Maroc, en promouvant la participation des citoyens, en s'engageant auprès des organes administratifs, tout en stimulant un changement positif et démocratique.

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Lire la EGAL newsletter here 


Une nouvelle agence de la démocratie locale en Turquie - Appel à partenaires

L'engagement de ALDA envers le développement de la démocratie locale et la promotion de la bonne gouvernance locale a été au cœur de sa mission depuis le tout début. En même temps, l'association ne cesse de se développer, en encourageant la création d'Agences de la Démocratie Locale (ADL), dont le rôle est d'impliquer la participation des citoyens, d'encourager la création de réseaux locaux, et de servir de lien entre la population et l'administration. Ainsi, jusqu'à présent, ALDA est heureuse d'avoir été activement impliquée dans la création de 15 LDA dans plusieurs pays.

ALDA travaille actuellement à l'ouverture d'une nouvelle Agence de la Démocratie Locale en Turquie, dans la municipalité d'Edremit. Ainsi, compte tenu de la richesse et de la diversité culturelles de ce pays méditerranéen, et de son rôle de "carrefour des deux mondes" - l'Europe d'un côté, l'Asie de l'autre - ALDA recherche maintenant des partenaires intéressés (autorités locales/régionales et associations). Ces derniers seront impliqués dans le lancement de ALDA, ayant la possibilité de partager leur expérience et de rejoindre le groupe des acteurs internationaux.



More in depth, this LDA will have the mission to promote good local governance, citizens’ participation and sustainable development; while ensuring mediation between the civil society and the local authorities. In addition, the Agency will be in charge of:

  • Soutenir l'approche participative dans le processus de prise de décision au niveau local, 
  • Aider les autorités locales à travailler de manière ouverte. 

Similarly, it will take care of strengthening the information exchange and the development of the network among actors in Turkey, as well as other LDAs, Countries and European actors. Few events and meeting are already planned, such as future partners’ meeting is scheduled for September; and the opening of the LDA in October.

ALDA se réjouit de ce grand moment de croissance, non seulement pour l'association elle-même, mais aussi pour l'amélioration et le développement global de la démocratie en Europe et au-delà.

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Si vous êtes intéressé par cet appel, veuillez contacter

Mme Giulia Sostero à M. Francesco Pala à l'adresse
M. Francesco Pala à l'adresse francesco.pala@alda-europe.eu