GEM IN National Stakeholder Advisory Committee

Within the GEM IN, a stakeholder advisory committee was established in France by ALDA in 2022 to provide advice during the piloting and further adaptation of the GEM IN educational programme in formal and non-formal educational environments. The Committee France included 3 members (1 educational stakeholder, 1 non-formal education stakeholder and 1 stakeholder in the field of policy-making) and had for objective to provide inputs and feedbacks on whether the project is reaching its objectives and results and contribute to the development of future exploitation opportunities of the GEM IN educational programme through their direct experience and knowledge.

The first meeting on 8, of February was held online and counted with the participation of representatives from several French actors in the field of cultural and non-formal education. This meeting allowed members to get acquainted with the project and the tools developed, especially the educational framework and the game to be used as an educational resource by all interested parties. An explanation of all the steps that were taken to create the game and its contents, keeping in mind the values and the methodology, was presented in addition to the rules of the game.

Stakeholder advisory committee: established  to provide advice during the piloting and further adaptation of the GEM IN educational programme

During the second meeting on 25th of April 2022, members discussed the results of the piloting phase organised in the five other countries of the project. Following this presentation and the general conclusions from the piloting, a reflection on the method “learning by playing” including example used by ALDA and the members of the Committee was conducted. This resulted in a discussion on the recommendations that were drafted in the operational pack and comments from the members of the Committee, receiving positive feedback, indicating that there was a clear understanding of the current situation of intercultural education and the lack of resources for teachers and educators.

The meeting was concluded by inviting members to attend and participate actively in the Final Conference in Strasbourg on the 5th of May 2022.

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Climate of Change: join the sub-granting call (focus: Belgium)

Are you a Belgian youth association who is sensitive to raising awareness on the effects of climate change and understanding the links with migration?

Nous sommes à votre recherche ! Menez le changement et participez à notre appel à subvention avec votre idée de projet !

Le Climate of Change - cofinancé par l'UE dans le cadre du Programme d'éducation au développement et de sensibilisation (DEAR) et dirigé par l'ONG italienne WeWorld-GVC avec 16 partenaires de projet dans 13 pays, including ALDA – will support grass-root initiatives in the field of raising awareness on youth role in fighting climate change and involve smaller youth organizations based in France interested in joining the action but lacking the necessary means to do so.

Quel est l'objectif principal de l'appel à subvention ?

The project will support actions developed by youth organisations in Belgium committed in the field of environmental awareness raising, especially climate change induced migration, and targeting young people (15-35 years old).

Quel est l'objectif principal de l'appel à subvention ?

Toute proposition soumise doit être d'un montant maximum de 5.000 EUR. Chaque demandeur bénéficiera d'un financement de 70% du total de l'action jusqu'à un maximum de 3.500 Eur. Les 30% restants de l'action (un minimum de 1.500 Eur) seront fournis par chaque demandeur en tant que cofinancement. Le pourcentage de financement et de cofinancement reste toujours le même, même si le coût total de l'action proposée est inférieur à 5.000 EUR. L'action générale menée par le demandeur peut être supérieure à 5 000 EUR, mais dans ce cas, le budget restant du coût global de la proposition sera couvert par les ressources financières propres du demandeur.

Sub-granting call will be open until 19 June 2022

Quel est l'axe thématique ?

Chaque action proposée doit aborder le lien entre le changement climatique et la migration induite ! Différents types d'activités peuvent être éligibles pour la subvention : activités de communication, activités de promotion et de diffusion, activités de sensibilisation, activités de formation et d'apprentissage par la pratique, projets et initiatives artistiques, etc.

Une activité sera obligatoire, à savoir la promotion de la pétition "Climate of Change" dans toutes les activités organisées par le demandeur jusqu'à la fin du mois d'octobre 2022 (fin de la période de la pétition).

Où le projet peut-il être mis en œuvre?

Activities must take place in Belgium.

Comment postuler ?

Read the full call for proposals to have more information about the call and how to apply! The call will be open from May 19th,2022 to June 19th,2022.


All the questions related to the present call for proposals and the participation modalities have to be addressed to the project manger Célia C.




Appel à propositions

Annex A – Application form

Annex B – Budget proposal

Annex C – Frequently asked questions

Annex D – Human economy report (English only)

Annex E – Campaign guide #ClimateOfChange (English only)


PART-Y at the New European Bauhaus Festival

The Part-Y project has been selected to be part of the FAIR Mobile Exhibition fleet for the New European Bauhaus Festival and we could not be more excited! Come and meet us on the stand to exchange with us on placemaking, urban planning and discover our handbook to support young people in placemaking activities! 


About the Festival

The festival will take place from the 9th to 12th of June and it will spread its activities all over the EU. The Part-Y project will participate in the heart of the festival, in Brussels, where we will share our spot with over 30 artistic & cultural performances, more than 100 projects and prototypes and 55 side events.

The Part-Y project will participate in the heart of the New European Bauhaus Festival, in Brussels

The New European Bauhaus is a cultural, human-centered, positive and tangible experience for everyone, promoting the transformation and adaptation of our cities all around Europe. The Festival’s main themes are beauty, sustainability and inclusiveness. It will feature debates, great speakers, artistic performances, exhibitions and networking opportunities. It aims to build connections between different activities and individuals, bridging the worlds of research, science and technology, to those of education and civil engagement, and of art, culture and architecture.

The event will be divided into two main phases: there will be the Fest, which will include performances and the exchange of ideas across Brussels and it is where you will find us, and the Forum, which consists of a series of the debates on the Green deal, education, regional development and other key issues. 

Comment adhérer?

You can join the event both online and onsite, so don’t miss out and register ICI.

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Sremski Karlovci

Sremski Karlovci welcomed the partners of the project DESIRE!

From the 8th to the 11th of May, Danube 1245 and the beautiful city of Sremski Karlovci welcomed European partners of the project DESIRE.

At the occasion of the Europe Day, the partner of the DESIRE project gathered for the first time face-to-face after the start of the project at the end of 2020, during the COVID19 pandemic. This international event was the opportunity to present the work and activities done by each partner. All the partners came out with creative and innovative ideas in order to talk about the European Union, its value and especially the Schuman Declaration. The objective was to actively involve youth in approaching history in a proactive way.

Sremski Karlovci welcomed European partners of the project DESIRE

Through the co-creation of artistic tools, as videos, theatre, games, audio narratives, partners accompanied groups of youth citizens in re-discovering history and in debating on EU values as intercultural dialogue, peace and solidarity.

Although we are leaving in different countries, we are sharing a common heritage and values. Discover the work done by the partners in the DESIRE website and on the DESIRE youtube channel. Have a look and get inspired!


À propos du projet DESIRE (ENVIE)

DEclaration of Schuman: Initiative for Revitalizing Europe (DESIRE) is a Europe for Citizens funded project. The project aims to raise people and especially youth’s awareness on the historical importance and the meaning of the Declaration of Schuman for the EU. The consortium is leading by Municipalité de Lavarone (Italie) et composé de la Fondazione Belvedere-Gschwent (Italie), de l' Union des autorités locales bulgares de la mer Noire (Bulgarie), du Municipalité de Valongo (Portugal), Danube 1245 (Serbie), Zdruzenie Institut za razvoj na zaednicata (Ancienne République Yougoslave de Macédoine) Administration Communale de Grez-Doiceau (Belgique), Fundacio de la Comunitat Valencia de Patrimoni Insdustrial i (Espagne), Kulturni centar Osijek (Croatie) ALDA (France).


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Supporting Local Democracy Agencies programme and support Local Democracy Agencies in Ukraine

Acting locally, establishing connections with citizens, listening to people’s needs has always been at the heart of ALDA’s commitment to implement democracy, change and participation.

Living in a period of uncertainty, in which the protection of Human Rights and State sovereignty are at stake, while the democratic international asset is under pressure, the Association is ready to further invest its energy and to stress its commitment in order to ensure the safeguard of rights and freedoms.

The current war in Ukraine is urging institutions, CSOs and international players to take concrete actions: ALDA is doing its part. Hence, within the framework of its Assemblée générale, which took place in Strasbourg on 6 May 2022, the Association has approved the document entitled “Local Democracy Agencies: A powerful instrument for supporting communities affected by crises and by the war"

"Local Democracy Agencies: A powerful instrument for supporting communities affected by crises and by the war"

Thus, ALDA not only strongly believes in the power of acting locally; but also it is based on the daily relations with the Agences de Démocratie Locale. The latter, specifically, were created, as a programme, by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, already in 1993 to support the community of their own Countries.

More in concrete, starting from this document, ALDA calls for the entire community to support the Local Democracy Agencies as an instrument of local Democracy, Peace and Resilience; especially those in Mariupol and Dnipro by involving them in projects and activities so that to, as a spillover effect, help and support people in the Country. At the same time, the Association supports the possibility to open other LDAs in Odessa et Vinnitza or other areas of Ukraine.

What is the next step? ALDA has already organised a conference to gather support for our LDAs on 22nd June to meet together and to further turn what has been approved into facts, and support people, colleagues and friends in Ukraine.


Participatory Democracy in Algeria – A specialised training for Administrative Units

ALDA’s action in Algeria goes on: after the successful past experiences in delivering training-courses on good governance and citizens involvement, ALDA Secretary General is back to the country.

Welcomed as specialised professional in delivering capacity building activities for Local Authorities on participative democracy, Ms. Antonella Valmorbida – ALDA Secretary General – has been selected by SOFRECO, a worldwide leading company in consultancy with a mandate from the Algerian Ministry of Interiors, to deliver these technical trainings.

From 14 until 27 of May 2022, Ms. Valmorbida will be in charge of providing in-depth assistance, while illustrating the different tools that are necessary in terms of developing and spurring participative democracy at local level.

Starting from the head of Daïra, the administrative units in Algeria similar to what in English may be known as a “district”, ALDA Secretary General, together with Mohamed Sakri and Moufida Oueslati, will engage with more than 200 people, attending the trainings up until September 2022. The cities involved in this first round of activities are Constantine, Algiers and Djelfa; while representatives from Oran and Tlemcen will participate at the June session.

Back on the field to train Algerian administrative units on participatory democracy

From a broader perspective, participative democracy and good governance are among the priorities of the Association, together with citizens’ participation and sustainable development. Thus, already in 2017 and in 2019, Ms. Valmorbida was appointed to train more than 100 civil servants in Algeria, testifying the role of ALDA as a reliable and specialised partners not only in Europe but also in the Mediterranean area.

Being responsible for this year edition of capacity building activities, based on a mandate from the Algerian Ministry of Interiors, it is a further confirm not only that ALDA is a strategic player in the region, but also that changes and the path undertaken years ago is now become systematic, providing positive results.


ALDA General Assembly 2022: Institutions, Local Authorities, members and delegates all united for peace, democracy and resilience

A sunny Strasbourg welcomed the Governing Board members, the delegates of the Local Democracy Agencies (LDAs), members and colleagues of ALDA for the Association’s most important event of the year, ALDA General Assembly 2022, and related events.


Indeed, from May 5th to 7th, the network of ALDA gathered together, for the first in-presence Assembly since 2019, for 3 days of conferences, trainings and round-tables, culminating on 6 May 2022 with the ALDA General Assembly, entitled  “Soutenir la démocratie locale, soutenir la paix et la résilience». 

Moreover, this 3-day occurrence took place within the framework of the Sommet de Strasbourg, underlying ALDA’s involvement and commitment in the Conference of the Future of Europe and its follow-ups.


No words can explain the thrilling and enthusiastic atmosphere of the moment, smiling faces and happy chats all over the hall of Region Grand-Est Headquarters, main venue of the Assembly. The conclusion of the Conférence sur l'avenir de l'Europe and the current war in Ukraine were not only at the centre of the Assembly, but also among colleagues, friends and delegates’ topics of discussion. 

Gathered all together in the Hemicycle room, M. Oriano Otočan, President of ALDA, posed a question to the whole audience: “who would have said that a city in Ukraine, where ALDA established the Local Democracy Agency, would become a symbol of resistance to terror?” Nobody could answer. Nobody has an answer to it. Nonetheless, President Otočan recalled that “the first Local democracy agencies were established in the former Yugoslavia following the war period as a support of the Council of Europe for the establishment of peace, tolerance, and the democratic development of the society at the local level”. There is, in other words, a peaceful answer to war times as demonstrated by the history of ALDA itself.

As recalled by President Otočan there is  a peaceful answer to war times as demonstrated by the history of ALDA itself, in its path towards democracy and resilience

The necessity of peace, and support to civilians in Ukraine was expressed by  Mr. Christian Debève, Regional Councillor and President of the Cross-Border Outreach, Europe and International Relations Commission, Region Grand Est; while Gilles Pelayo, Head of Unit of the programme Europe for Citizens Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), stressed how “ALDA is a strategic partner in working with the civil society and for its participation” especially in these hard times.

De même, le Mme. Martine Dieschburg-Nickels, Vice-President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, underlined how the commitment and work of the Congress and that of ALDA are both directed to provide solutions and answers to overcome this crucial period “characterised by multiple crises on the European continent and worldwide”. Among them the one of the environment is definitely a crucial one as well. Thus, Mr. Thibaut Guignard, Mayor of Ploeuc-l’Hermitage, President of Leader France, by mentioning the “Climate of Change” project as a positive initiative, further called for the necessity of coherent and united actions within this framework.

Environment, democracy, human rights were at the heart of the initiatives that ALDA has developed within the Conférence sur l'avenir de l'Europe platform in order to animate it, involving youths and people to join this bottom-up exercise, while sending clear messages to the institutions. Thanks to this effort, as well as the role of Ms. Antonella Valmorbida, in the Convention de la societé civile sur la Conférence sur l'avenir de l'Europe, ALDA during the 2021 has always worked in order to make people’s voices heard, calling for a Europe closer to its citizens.

Coherently with its mission in promoting democracy, and protecting human rights, while considering the deep and strong bond that ALDA has with its LDAs, and considering its commitment in providing assistance to Ukraine, Ms. Tetiana Lomakina, delegate from LDA Mariupol, has been appointed as Chair of the 2022 Assembly. This decision brought the audience to its feet, for a moment of profound emotion. Being closer to people, showing support to Ukraine can be understood and carried out in several ways. Appointing Ms. Lomakina as Chair definitely stressed the will of the Association to further work closely and hand in hand with colleagues from the LDAs and friends in Ukraine: together calling for a peace.

Listening to inspiring speeches, learning from the experiences and expertise of other institutions and Local Authorities marked an occasion for the audience, and guests to gain a broader knowledge on the surrounding realities as well as possible and potential solutions.

As previously mentioned, the ALDA General Assembly, as is customary, includes a series of related events, this year focusing on the environment, within the Climate of Change project, and on Solidarity with Ukraine, together with EPIC project partners, JEF Europe and within the Strasbourg Summit.



Events related to the General Assembly

La capitale européenne de la démocratie : Posez votre candidature et faites de votre ville un ambassadeur de la démocratie !

Et si la démocratie avait un foyer ? Un lieu visible où les citoyens se réunissent pour partager leurs expériences, apprendre et s'amuser sous la bannière des valeurs démocratiques, de la liberté et de la paix ?

C'est en effet la vision du tout nouveau projet de "Capitale européenne de la démocratie" : une initiative qui désignera chaque année, à partir de 2022, une ville en Europe représentant et renforçant la démocratie.

Soutenant pleinement cette initiative, et certaine de sa valeur ajoutée pour favoriser le développement démocratique, promouvoir l'innovation et l'échange social et politique, l'ALDA est fière d'annoncer que sa Secrétaire Générale, Antonella Valmorbida, a été nommée membre du Jury d'Experts. Ainsi, elle fera partie des quelques experts et praticiens qui examineront toutes les candidatures et présélectionneront les 5 villes nominées qui seront ensuite votées par les citoyens européens.

En fait, toutes les villes (de plus de 100 000 habitants) des États membres du Conseil de l'Europe peuvent se porter candidates à l'élection de la première capitale européenne de la démocratie !
La ville lauréate accueillera pendant un an un programme d'événements, de festivals et d'activités passionnants destinés à améliorer et à renforcer la démocratie, qui place la participation des citoyens au cœur de celle-ci.

Compte tenu de sa mission et de son expertise, l'ALDA est fière de faire partie du jury d'experts qui a présélectionné les 5 villes nominées


  • Une grande visibilité en tant que phare des meilleures pratiques démocratiques européennes
  • Les citoyens développeront activement de nouvelles formes de politique démocratique
  • Inspirer les hommes politiques et les innovateurs de toute l'Europe pour susciter le changement grâce aux nouvelles idées, activités et réseaux de la ville


  • Les villes postulent pour le titre, en présentant un portfolio de leurs meilleures pratiques démocratiques et de leurs nouvelles idées de projets
  • Un jury d'experts évalue les projets et établit une liste restreinte de trois à cinq villes
  • Un jury composé de 10 000 citoyens européens vote pour que la ville devienne la capitale européenne de la démocratie



Veuillez trouver plus de détails sur le document d'appel de la Capitale européenne de la démocratie (ECoD) et les informations complémentaires :


Solidarité avec l'Ukraine : Témoignages de guerre

Des drapeaux ukrainiens, des poupées de chiffon portant des vêtements traditionnels, des photos de villes ukrainiennes : c'est l'image que chacun des participants a eu en entrant dans la salle "Aubette" - Place Klebert, à Strasbourg, le vendredi 6 mai 2022 à l'occasion de l' Assemblée générale de l'ALDA.

Des dizaines de personnes étaient là pour une seule et unique raison : la paix. Des jeunes, des enfants, des vieilles dames et des hommes ont dissimulé la douleur et la souffrance derrière des sourires et des salutations. Personne n'aurait jamais pu imaginer une réalité aussi terrible pour le pays de Kiev. Personne.

Discuter, partager et montrer un soutien concret aux citoyens ukrainiens est un engagement quotidien pour l'ALDA, qui, avec le Jeune Fédéraliste Européen (JEF) et dans le cadre du Sommet de Strasbourg, a organisé l'événement "Solidarité avec l'Ukraine : Témoignages de guerre".

"Solidarité avec l'Ukraine : Témoignages de guerre" pour inciter les institutions, les autres organisations, les simples citoyens à appeler à la paix immédiate et à la fin de la guerre

À la veille de la clôture de la Conférence sur l'avenir de l'Europe et de la Journée de l'Europe, les deux organisations ont exhorté les institutions, les autres organisations et les citoyens à appeler à une paix immédiate et à la fin de la guerre. 

Les témoignages provenaient de réalités différentes, mais visaient tous le même objectif : Tetiana Lomakina, de la LDA Mariupol , a prononcé son discours d'ouverture, montrant une situation brutale malheureusement bien connue dans son pays, dans laquelle les gens souffrent, mais sont très engagés à défendre leurs libertés dans sa ville et dans toute l'Ukraine. Mariupol, l'une des régions les plus attaquées, comme l'a rappelé Antonella Valmorbida, était, et est toujours, la ville natale de l'une des deux agences de démocratie locale, qui est un lieu de démocratie, un lieu de changement positif, un lieu qui est aujourd'hui confronté à une guerre injuste.

Marta Siciarek, de la région de Gdansk et partenaire du projet EPIC, a souligné les actions de solidarité exprimées par la Pologne envers l'Ukraine : le pays rouge et blanc accueille ainsi des centaines de centaines de réfugiés. De même, Christelle Savall, vice-présidente de JEF Europe, a souligné la nécessité d'accueillir l'Ukraine en tant que pays candidat à l'adhésion à l'Union.

Les espoirs futurs, les besoins et les actions à entreprendre pour soutenir le pays du ciel bleu au-dessus du champ de blé jaune, comme l'a exprimé Andriy Sadovyi, maire de Lviv. Dans le même temps Iryna Orel, de Promote Ukriane, a souligné la nécessité de concevoir un espace d'information de qualité montrant les événements réels qui se déroulent en Ukraine. De même, d'une voix douce et puissante Inna Volkova, du Conseil régional d'Odessa, après avoir montré des images de bombardements, accrochant le drapeau démoli de l'Ukraine, elle a appelé à "Slava Ukrainii".


Conférence sur l'avenir de l'Europe : quelle suite ?

Près d'un an après le lancement de la conférence sur l'avenir de l'Europe et de la plateforme en ligne qui s'y rapporte, cette expérience ambitieuse est officiellement arrivée à son terme, de manière somme toute réussie et satisfaisante.

Le lundi 9 mai, 2022, Antonella Valmorbida, Secrétaire Générale de l'ALDA, ainsi que ses collègues du Bureau de Strasbourg ont eu le plaisir d'être invités à la cérémonie de clôture de la Conférence sur l'avenir de l'Europe.

En effet, l'ALDA, en la personne de Mme Valmorbida et de nombreux autres collègues, a activement participé à cette approche ascendante, en s'engageant pleinement dans la Convention de la societé civile sur la Conférence sur l'avenir de l'Europe, à la fois en tant que membre du Comité directeur et en tant que président du Cluster Démocratie.

D'une manière générale, au cours des 12 derniers mois, des citoyens européens sélectionnés au hasard ont été invités à donner leur avis sur l'avenir de l'Union européenne, à discuter de l'amélioration et des problèmes que l'UE devra affronter dans les années à venir.

Mme Valmorbida et de nombreux autres collègues ont activement rejoint cette approche ascendante pour assurer la participation des citoyens, réduire l’écart entre les institutions et les personnes pour l’Europe de demain

Ce débat et cette collaboration entre citoyens et responsables politiques ont abouti à un rapport centré sur 49 propositions comprenant des objectifs concrets et plus de 320 recommandations à suivre par les institutions de l'UE, selon neuf thèmes : le changement climatique et l'environnement ; la santé ; une économie plus forte, la justice sociale et l'emploi ; l'UE dans le monde ; les valeurs et les droits, l'État de droit, la sécurité, la transformation numérique, la démocratie européenne, la migration, l'éducation, la culture, la jeunesse et le sport.

Lors d'une cérémonie de clôture, la présidente du Parlement européen Roberta Metsola, le président Emmanuel Macron au nom de la présidence du Conseil et la présidente de la Commission européenne Ursula von der Leyen ont reçu le rapport susmentionné.

Pourtant, une question demeure : comment les institutions vont-elles désormais assurer un suivi efficace de ces propositions, chacune dans son domaine de compétence et conformément aux traités ? Les premières réponses et les premiers retours d'expérience seront livrés lors d'un événement dédié, qui aura lieu pour mettre à jour les citoyens à l'automne 2022.

L'ALDA, avec d'autres organisations de la société civile et des partenaires européens, maintiendra son engagement à suivre de près le processus, désireux d'assurer la participation des citoyens, tout en réduisant le fossé entre les institutions et les gens.