ALDA staff meeting 2011 in Subotica

ALDA Staff meeting 2011 took place in Subotica from 25th 28th of January. The meeting
was held with a purpose to get the members to meet each other, to exchange their views
and opinions in different topics of work, to get to know about the overall project progress in
their Association, and improve some skills through training. All ALDA staff members were
involved in this meeting.
In a three day working period, staff members conducted several training lessons, discussed
about resources and fund raising, practised communication and exchanging of information;
besides they discussed issues regarding past ALDA projects or/and difficulties in the project
management, as well as activities and options for improvement of their work in years to
come.
Trainings, discussions, exchanging views and skills improvement were held separately
during the first two days of the meeting by two ALDA project management and
implementation experts Biljana Zasova and Marco Boaria.
On the third day, director Antonella Valmorbida presented the past year results, aims,
objectives and focus for upcoming 2011 and discussed organizational structure and staff
improvement.
After a three days work, general conclusion is that all staff members dealing with different
types of tasks within ALDA are showing great responsibility and whole-hearted efforts in their
work, but also that there is a place for improvement.

ALDA Staff meeting 2011 took place in Subotica from 25th 28th of January. The meeting
was held with a purpose to get the members to meet each other, to exchange their views
and opinions in different topics of work, to get to know about the overall project progress in
their Association, and improve some skills through training. All ALDA staff members were
involved in this meeting.
In a three day working period, staff members conducted several training lessons, discussed
about resources and fund raising, practised communication and exchanging of information;
besides they discussed issues regarding past ALDA projects or/and difficulties in the project
management, as well as activities and options for improvement of their work in years to
come.
Trainings, discussions, exchanging views and skills improvement were held separately
during the first two days of the meeting by two ALDA project management and
implementation experts Biljana Zasova and Marco Boaria.
On the third day, director Antonella Valmorbida presented the past year results, aims,
objectives and focus for upcoming 2011 and discussed organizational structure and staff
improvement.
After a three days work, general conclusion is that all staff members dealing with different
types of tasks within ALDA are showing great responsibility and whole-hearted efforts in their
work, but also that there is a place for improvement.


We need remembrance for a peaceful future

On January 27th, 1945, 66 years ago, the German concentration and extermination camp of Auschwitz‐ Birkenau was liberated by the Russian Army, giving name to the International Holocaust Memorial Day on that date every year.

A new Europe has been built on the ruins of war and hatred, with the conviction that something like the Shoah should never be allowed to happen again.
Against such a back‐ground Local Democracy Agencies were established in the wake of the conflict leading to the break‐up of the former Yugoslavia with the objective of helping to build a society founded on democratic principles, rule of law and respect for human and minority rights.

On January 27th, 1945, 66 years ago, the German concentration and extermination camp of Auschwitz‐ Birkenau was liberated by the Russian Army, giving name to the International Holocaust Memorial Day on that date every year.

A new Europe has been built on the ruins of war and hatred, with the conviction that something like the Shoah should never be allowed to happen again.
Against such a back‐ground Local Democracy Agencies were established in the wake of the conflict leading to the break‐up of the former Yugoslavia with the objective of helping to build a society founded on democratic principles, rule of law and respect for human and minority rights.


ALDA IS SEARCHING FOR 2 VOLUNTEERS (FRENCH OR RESIDENTS IN FRANCE)

ALDA is preparing a proposal for the “Youth in Action. Action 2 – European Voluntary Service” whose deadline is the 1st of February. The proposal (entitled “VOICE”) consists of group exchanges of volunteers between several European Structures and South Eastern Europe organizations.

 

ALDA holds an accreditation as Coordinating and Sending organization inside the European Voluntary service (EVS). It will coordinate “VOICE” and send volunteers towards two of the project’s partners.

ALDA’s staff would like to select 2 volunteers that will be sent as EVS, one in Serbia (city of Nis) for a period of 6 months, one in the Republic of Macedonia (city of Prilep) for a period of 9 months.

 

The starting period of the exchange should be beginning 2012.

ALDA is preparing a proposal for the “Youth in Action. Action 2 – European Voluntary Service” whose deadline is the 1st of February. The proposal (entitled “VOICE”) consists of group exchanges of volunteers between several European Structures and South Eastern Europe organizations.

 

ALDA holds an accreditation as Coordinating and Sending organization inside the European Voluntary service (EVS). It will coordinate “VOICE” and send volunteers towards two of the project’s partners.

ALDA’s staff would like to select 2 volunteers that will be sent as EVS, one in Serbia (city of Nis) for a period of 6 months, one in the Republic of Macedonia (city of Prilep) for a period of 9 months.

 

The starting period of the exchange should be beginning 2012.


Workshops for volunteers promoted by LDA CSS

Continuing the efforts to maintain and improve the work of our Volunteers’ Center, LDACSS
is realising a programme of workshops for the staff and our volunteers, PRO:
VOLUNTEERS. Workshops take place every second Saturday in the LDACSS’ offices and
are facilitated by MsJelenaDjordjevic – Maksimovic, a psychologist with extensive
experience.

Continuing the efforts to maintain and improve the work of our Volunteers’ Center, LDACSS
is realising a programme of workshops for the staff and our volunteers, PRO:
VOLUNTEERS. Workshops take place every second Saturday in the LDACSS’ offices and
are facilitated by MsJelenaDjordjevic – Maksimovic, a psychologist with extensive
experience.


In Peja/Pec signature of a pre-agreement for the opening of the new LDA Kosovo, promoted by ALDA LDA Kosovo, a bridge towards Europe

A bridge towards Europe and an important instrument to ensure a smooth and stable
transition towards democracy and European integration, with an emphasis on promoting
tolerant and trust-based relationships within local communities.
The signature of a pre agreement for the opening of the new LDA Kosovo (the Local
Democracy Agency) promoted by ALDA (the Association of Local Democracy Agency)
supported by the Council of Europe, will be an important instrument to foster the process of
dialogue between majority and minority for the benefit of all communities.
Meaningful is the role of ALDA and the launch of the new LDA Kosovo in the framework of
the ruling recently delivered by the International Court of Justice about the 2008 declaration
of independence of Kosovo.
“ALDA recognizes the UN’s highest court ruling – recently states Mr. Per Vinther, President
of ALDA – and will put its work in the medium term perspective of European integration of all
the countries of the region and the support of the equal rights of all minorities. “
Among the partners taking part in the signature of the agreement for the opening of the LDA
Kosovo was Municipality of Peja/Pec (Kosovo), municipality of Yalova (Turkey) and the
Association of Municipalities of Kosovo – AMK (Kosovo) as local authorities; as far as the
NGOs are concerned, Tavolo Trentino con il Kosovo / Province of Trento, that will be initially
the new LDA partner leader, Reggio Terzo Mondo (Kosovo and Italy), AIBI, amici dei bambini
(Kosovo and Italy) and Alfa Formation (France) participated. As far as the Region Istria
(Croatia) is concerned, the signature is planned to follow straight away, whereas Canton of
Neuchatel (Switzerland) is evaluating to become a signature partner.
The Association of the Local Democracy Agencies was represented by M. Lucio Gregoretti,
from the Municipality of Monfalcone (IT), member of the Governing Board and by the ALDA
Director, Antonella Valmorbida.
The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe was represented
by Mr. Günther Krug, (Germany), Vice-President of the Chamber of Regions of Congress
and member of the Bureau of the Congress, that had an important meeting with the local
authorities representatives from Kosovo and from the partners’ town.
“The Congress is fully committed to working with Local democracy Agency in order to
develop and strengthen democratic stability in this region” stated Mr Krug, speaking on
behalf of the President of the Congress Ian Micallef.

“The fruitful experience of on-going cooperation between ALDA and the Congress –stated
also Mr Krug- should inspire future initiatives and actions to make the best use of limited
resources at our disposal. The Congress stand ready to examine new projects and initiatives
to be proposed by ALDA and to be jointly implemented by the Congress in the years to
come”.
The meeting was held in the premises of the Municipality on the occasion of the
10th Anniversary of Tavolo Trentino con il Kosovo in Peja/Pec, and it was part of the
activities scheduled for the celebration of its Anniversary.
“We are here to confirm our full involvement in the new LDA Kosovo –stated Alberto Pacher,
Vice-Presidente of the Trento Province (Italy)- and the commitment of the Province of
Trento, in the process of democratization and development of Kosovo”.
A key contribution for the opening process of the LDA Kosovo was given, during 2009, by
the Council of Europe, through the funding of project “Youth Empowerment in Kosovo”, and,
during 2010, by the Swiss Cooperation office‐Kosovo through the funding of the project
“Local Democracy Agency Kosovo: New Challenges and Prospectives”. The implementation
of both projects allowed ALDA to carry out a coherent set of activities that led to the
settlement of a large and committed partnership. Thanks to the different and useful activities
envisaged in the projects it was possible to select the Municipality of Peja/Pec as the host
city of the LDA. The Municipality authorities are enthusiastic of hosting the office of the LDA,
and they have caught all the potentiality of having a LDA as a tool for promoting the peaceful
coexistence of the local communities.
The opening of the LDA Kosovo represents a further step in that direction, and will include a
coherent set of activities contributing at the local development and at the peaceful
coexistence of the local population belonging to different ethnic background. Practically, the
LDA Kosovo will act as an effective tool for local democracy building at the disposal both of
the international community and the local stakeholders. Conscious of the importance that the
opening of the LDA Kosovo will have in the region, ALDA shared with its members the last
steps of that process and wanted to involve them as operative actors.
The objective of LDA Kosovo is to bring together local authorities and civil society
organizations, in this way providing the necessary assistance to help ensure a smooth and
stable transition towards democracy and European integration, with an emphasis on
promoting tolerant and trust-based relationships within local communities.
Bearing in mind the multi-ethnic nature of Kosovo one of the priorities of the new LDA will be
to work towards the strengthening of the cooperation among its communities and the
promotion of their economic and social integration.
“I would like to stress the importance of promoting local democracy and human rights in
Kosovo through the LDA – states Mrs. Antonella Valmorbida, Director of ALDA – Kosovo is
still facing many internal and international challenges, and the action of the LDA could help
the local communities to respond in a positive manner to those challenges.”

A bridge towards Europe and an important instrument to ensure a smooth and stable
transition towards democracy and European integration, with an emphasis on promoting
tolerant and trust-based relationships within local communities.
The signature of a pre agreement for the opening of the new LDA Kosovo (the Local
Democracy Agency) promoted by ALDA (the Association of Local Democracy Agency)
supported by the Council of Europe, will be an important instrument to foster the process of
dialogue between majority and minority for the benefit of all communities.
Meaningful is the role of ALDA and the launch of the new LDA Kosovo in the framework of
the ruling recently delivered by the International Court of Justice about the 2008 declaration
of independence of Kosovo.
“ALDA recognizes the UN’s highest court ruling – recently states Mr. Per Vinther, President
of ALDA – and will put its work in the medium term perspective of European integration of all
the countries of the region and the support of the equal rights of all minorities. “
Among the partners taking part in the signature of the agreement for the opening of the LDA
Kosovo was Municipality of Peja/Pec (Kosovo), municipality of Yalova (Turkey) and the
Association of Municipalities of Kosovo – AMK (Kosovo) as local authorities; as far as the
NGOs are concerned, Tavolo Trentino con il Kosovo / Province of Trento, that will be initially
the new LDA partner leader, Reggio Terzo Mondo (Kosovo and Italy), AIBI, amici dei bambini
(Kosovo and Italy) and Alfa Formation (France) participated. As far as the Region Istria
(Croatia) is concerned, the signature is planned to follow straight away, whereas Canton of
Neuchatel (Switzerland) is evaluating to become a signature partner.
The Association of the Local Democracy Agencies was represented by M. Lucio Gregoretti,
from the Municipality of Monfalcone (IT), member of the Governing Board and by the ALDA
Director, Antonella Valmorbida.
The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe was represented
by Mr. Günther Krug, (Germany), Vice-President of the Chamber of Regions of Congress
and member of the Bureau of the Congress, that had an important meeting with the local
authorities representatives from Kosovo and from the partners’ town.
“The Congress is fully committed to working with Local democracy Agency in order to
develop and strengthen democratic stability in this region” stated Mr Krug, speaking on
behalf of the President of the Congress Ian Micallef.

“The fruitful experience of on-going cooperation between ALDA and the Congress –stated
also Mr Krug- should inspire future initiatives and actions to make the best use of limited
resources at our disposal. The Congress stand ready to examine new projects and initiatives
to be proposed by ALDA and to be jointly implemented by the Congress in the years to
come”.
The meeting was held in the premises of the Municipality on the occasion of the
10th Anniversary of Tavolo Trentino con il Kosovo in Peja/Pec, and it was part of the
activities scheduled for the celebration of its Anniversary.
“We are here to confirm our full involvement in the new LDA Kosovo –stated Alberto Pacher,
Vice-Presidente of the Trento Province (Italy)- and the commitment of the Province of
Trento, in the process of democratization and development of Kosovo”.
A key contribution for the opening process of the LDA Kosovo was given, during 2009, by
the Council of Europe, through the funding of project “Youth Empowerment in Kosovo”, and,
during 2010, by the Swiss Cooperation office‐Kosovo through the funding of the project
“Local Democracy Agency Kosovo: New Challenges and Prospectives”. The implementation
of both projects allowed ALDA to carry out a coherent set of activities that led to the
settlement of a large and committed partnership. Thanks to the different and useful activities
envisaged in the projects it was possible to select the Municipality of Peja/Pec as the host
city of the LDA. The Municipality authorities are enthusiastic of hosting the office of the LDA,
and they have caught all the potentiality of having a LDA as a tool for promoting the peaceful
coexistence of the local communities.
The opening of the LDA Kosovo represents a further step in that direction, and will include a
coherent set of activities contributing at the local development and at the peaceful
coexistence of the local population belonging to different ethnic background. Practically, the
LDA Kosovo will act as an effective tool for local democracy building at the disposal both of
the international community and the local stakeholders. Conscious of the importance that the
opening of the LDA Kosovo will have in the region, ALDA shared with its members the last
steps of that process and wanted to involve them as operative actors.
The objective of LDA Kosovo is to bring together local authorities and civil society
organizations, in this way providing the necessary assistance to help ensure a smooth and
stable transition towards democracy and European integration, with an emphasis on
promoting tolerant and trust-based relationships within local communities.
Bearing in mind the multi-ethnic nature of Kosovo one of the priorities of the new LDA will be
to work towards the strengthening of the cooperation among its communities and the
promotion of their economic and social integration.
“I would like to stress the importance of promoting local democracy and human rights in
Kosovo through the LDA – states Mrs. Antonella Valmorbida, Director of ALDA – Kosovo is
still facing many internal and international challenges, and the action of the LDA could help
the local communities to respond in a positive manner to those challenges.”


Réunion des partenaires de la LDA Kosovo

Réunion des partenaires de LDA Kosovo à Peja, en août 2010.