ALDA at the European Parliament to Fight Hate Crime

On 28 and 29 September 2022, ALDA team was part of the event on combating hate crime and hate speech at the European Parliament 

The event took place in the framework of STAND-UP project that aims at countering and standing-up against hate in the EU; its goal is to create a comprehensive counter-hate crime framework covering all components of the counter-hate process, reporting-investigating-prosecution-prevention (RIPP), embedded within a framework of victim support. The project targets France, Greece, Italy, and Spain. 

‘Defining Hate Crime: Towards a Common European Definition’ is already the second project event hosted by the Public Prosecutor’s Office at the Ordinary Court of Trento (leader). Previously, the consortium met in Granada for the kick-off held by Fundacion Euroárabe de altos estudios (FUNDEA). 

The two-day event in Brussels began with the panel discussion by the experts representing multiple national and international agencies involved in the development and implementation of policy regulations on hate speech and crime – CoE, DG Justice, OSCE and others. 

Giovanni Gasparini, deputy Public Prosecutor of Venice (VEJudPol), opened the session with a general overview of the STAND-UP project and its objectives. He defined the concept of ‘hate crime’ as a criminal offence committed with a bias motive as a distinctive element’, and introduced  the challenges related to prosecuting it. Followed by Viktoer Kundrak, Hate Crime Officer at OSCE, summarised the OSCE way of legislating against hate crime.

Menno Ettema, Programme manager & Co-Secretary to the former Committee of Experts on Combating Hate Speech at the Council of Europe, spoke about the Recommendation on combating hate speech, which is the main legal and policy framework reference to prevent and combat this situation . Mr Ettema, however, stressed on the non-binding nature of the Recommendation, which results in its arbitrary application by the member states.      

Opening the second panel, Viviana Gullo, Junior Project Manager at AGENFOR, presented the case of Austrian doctor Lisa-Maria Kellermeyer, a victim of hate speech and cyber bulling  by the anti-vaxxers. For months, she reported attacks on social media and threatening letters from people writing they wanted to “slaughter” her and her staff, which was neither acknowledged as a crime nor properly investigated by law enforcement. The case ended with the doctor committing suicide, prompting more attention to the legal regulation of hate speech. This example served to prove how the STAND-UP blueprint would define a model to tackle hate phenomena and prevent them. 

In his discourse about standing up in education, Alberto Izquierdo Montero, from UNED MADRID,  talked about  visualise the mechanisms of hate speech to critically read the world. He focused on the importance of education in addressing hate speech, presenting a participatory research on adolescents facing this issue, to identify scenarios, agents and coping strategies.

The last session focused on the civil society role in tackling hate crimes was opened by Professor Vasiliki Artinopoulou, European Public Law Organisation (EPLO) and Member of SPT UN. Prof. Artinopoulou highlighted the importance of coordinated responses to tackle these phenomena, in particular the added value of having a joint system between the justice system and the CSOs to share information and collaborate. “We live in an era of conflicts, austerity, recession and insecurity, and thus there are only a few non-negotiable values, such as human dignity, respect and justice, remarked the Professor.  

The importance of education in addressing hate speech

During the second day, Alessandra Brigo, Project Manager and Coordinator of ALDA’s  Gender, Inclusion and Human rights HUB, presented the findings of the focus groups held between May and July 2022 in Italy, Spain, and Greece. One of the most striking research results revealed the bias in law enforcement and the police departments on what concerns racism, victim blaming and others. ALDA colleague suggested that the STAND-UP project presents a unique opportunity to tackle these bias, and urged to pay particular attention to it, to make a real impact on the systems in the targeted countries. 

In the discussion about the best practices to counter hate speech/crime, Giovanni Gasparini pointed out that the existing national legislation in Italy is poor, less effective and non inclusive and that the legal provisions are not in line with the cultural evolution of society. 

Garyfallia Anastasopolou, Lucía García del Moral, et Sergio Bianchi, discussed in a round table on coordinated responses to tackle hate crimes and the role of Civil Society Organisations.
A contribution about the technology to prevent hate speech was made by Luigi Ranzato et Nicola Cordeschi from the judicial police of the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Trento. 

Cristina Rodríguez Reche from the universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, talked about the importance of a gender and intersectional perspective in the context of Islamophobia in Europe.
Concluding the session Carmelo Ruberto, former Public Prosecutor’s Office of Rovigo, talked about the Sinti ethnic group in the hate context, presenting a real case of the murder of C.E, and ethnic Sinti, by his minor son and his moral accomplice. The case was relevant because the accomplice showed a strong racist attitude, but this aggravating circumstance was not taken into consideration.

The event was a good opportunity to discuss this phenomena, in order to see what has been done and what needs to be tackled in the next phase of the project. 

First face-to-face Transnational Meeting for the P-CUBE project partners!

On September 19&20 2022, the partners of the P-CUBE project met in Milan (Italy) for their first face-to-face Transnational Meeting.

After more than two years of online collaboration, this in-presence event marked a milestone for the project, both for the in-depth and passionate discussions on the project itself and for the personal binding that developed among the partners. 

Surrounded by the beautiful location of Politecnico di Milano et Fondazione Politecnico di Milano, the meeting started with an ice-breaking game to allow the P-CUBE partners to know each other better. It was followed by a discussion on the achievements of the project and on a debate on its future directions. 

After more than two years of online collaboration, this in-presence event marked a milestone for the P-CUBE project

During the meeting, the partners had the opportunity to play all together the P-CUBE educational digital game. This moment was characterised by an exchange of  feedback and thoughts on the game and by the formulation of several suggestions on possible future improvements. 

Less than one year to the official end of the P-CUBE project, the consortium concluded the Transnational Meeting by sharing ideas on how to develop the project beyond its formal deadline, with the hope that students, public officials, decision makers and more will continue playing public policy in the future.


P-CUBE is a project financed by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union, and it involves the development of an educational digital game aimed at teaching students, professionals and public officials the theory and practice of public policy.

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IDEA International: the democratic agenda and the future of EaP region

Tbilisi hosted, on 29 September 2022, the IDEA International meeting focusing on the upcoming Swedish Presidency of the European Council and the related democratic agenda.

This occasion was the perfect opportunity to discuss with high level representatives, among them H.E. Petr Mikyska, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic to Georgia; and  H.E. Ulrik Tideström, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Sweden to Georgia, several challenges now urging the Union as well as its neighbouring countries.

“How can democracy be fostered in the Eastern European countries”, and “to what extent can Europe support this process” were among the questions posed, symbolising the bulk of the entire event. Hence, the latter was exactly meant to scrutinise and discuss with experts and professionals the current situation of the entire EaP region, from security and defence, to enlargement.

IDEA International: to discuss the scenario in the EaP region and the future of democracy 

It comes without saying that, considering the ongoing war in Ukraine, great attention has been given to the possible scenarios that may occur,  both in terms of the EU’s external democracy policy, and as a game changer for the entire region.

As stressed by ALDA colleague and EaP, Russia & Central Asia Coordinator, Alexandru Coica, who joined the  IDEA Meeting at the afternoon panel: “this invasion generated a shift from slow political integration and democratisation, to a new political mindset of taking fast radical political decisions».

Hence, in the aftermath of the Russian invasion, different European actors and institutions had to reconsider and re-adjust their measures not only towards the Country, but also towards the related area. ALDA, for example, has been stressing its presence in Ukraine, by becoming an ever more strategic partner, thus designing specific projects and initiatives to support people and civilians. 

ALDA will always support positive and meaningful debates, at all institutional levels, especially when it comes to increasing democratic reality and citizens’ participation.


2nd calls for proposal to the Climate of Change subgrants. Focuses: France and Belgium


Are you a Belgian or a Franch youth association who is sensitive to raising awareness on the effects of climate change and understanding the links with migration? We are looking for you! Lead the change and participate in our calls for proposals (one for Belgium and one for France) with your project idea!

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

The project will support actions developed by youth organisations in Belgium or in France committed in the field of environmental awareness raising, especially climate change induced migration, and targeting young people (16-35 years old).

What is the main objective of each call of proposal?

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.

Climate of Change: sub-granting calls (one for Belgium and one for France) will be open until 14 October 2022

Quel est l'axe thématique ?

Each proposed action needs to address the nexus between climate change and induced migration! Different types of activities can be eligible for the sub grant: communication activities, promotion and dissemination activities, awareness raising activities, training and learning-by-doing activities, art projects and initiatives, 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 (for the Belgian call) or in France (for the French call)

Comment postuler ?

Read the full call for proposals (one for Belgium and one for France) to have more information about the call and how to apply! The call will be open until 14 October 2022.

🇫🇷 Read the call for France

🇧🇪 Read the call for Belgium

🇧🇪 Annex A – Formulaire for Belgium

🇧🇪 Annex B – Budget Template for Belgium


Infos: All the questions related to the present call for proposals and the participation modalities must be addressed to the project manager Carine A.



In Amadora to develop a structural approach of reception and integration


Ideas, next steps, and the upcoming duties at the core of the EPIC project steering committee in Amadora (Portugal).

On Tuesday 27 September 2022, the Portuguese Municipality warmly welcomed the EPIC project partners, not only for the above-mentioned meeting, but also for field visits. The latter took place during the afternoon, and were targeted to illustrate two specific initiatives. Starting from “Project 12-15” which is addressing early school leaving. Specifically, this initiative is willing to decrease absenteeism among students aged between 11 and 16, thus fighting school dropout.

Similarly, partners had the opportunity to visit Pedro Arrupe Centre, directed by the Jesuits Refugee Service in Portugal, and aimed at easing migrants and homeless’ entrance into professional life. Partners were lucky enough to be able to dialogue and exchange impressions and ideas with those involved at the centre.

On the next day, Wednesday 28 September, the meeting evolved into the open event aimed at scrutinising how to develop a structural approach of reception and integration. Convicted as an international networking path (INP), it marked the occasion for partners and external stakeholders to discuss policy harmonisation, project integration and local-to-local cooperation. 

Amadora hosted the international networking path to investigate how to develop a structural approach of reception and integration

Hence, the idea behind this INP was to contribute to provide a fruitful environment, allowing different stakeholders to reflect on European migrant issues and challenges with the possibility to take common positions and political statements addressed to the European Institutions. 

Ms. Carla Tavares, Mayor of Amadora gave her opening speech, welcoming both guests and speakers while emphasising the municipality’s efforts and adopting mechanisms in terms of migrants’ structured integration.

De même, Mme Antonella Valmorbida, ALDA Secretary General, provided an overview of the commitment of the Association within the field, after having summarised the initiatives undertaken within the project. 

The meeting saw also the presence of Ms. Birgit Luus, Policy Officer DG HOME, European Commission and Ms. Jasmijn Slootjes, Migration Policy Institute Europe, who provided an overview on the legal aspects and the increasing role and recognition of cities as essential in creating resilient and ‘emergency-proof’ migrant integration systems; respectively.

As also expressed by many participants, listening to the testimonies of three people from Syria, Ukraine and Afghanistan symbolised one of the most intense moments of the international meeting.

In the afternoon, a roundtable discussion with several stakeholders took place. The aim was to exchange on how to improve the reception system and how to strengthen the social cohesion of the migrant’s community through action both at national and local levels.

Overall, the international networking path in Amadora  was an opportunity to also further discuss and analyse the objective of the meeting, starting by the different experiences  participants had on inclusion/integration policies and practices; or by discussing the different faces of  a multicultural society.


Zero Hunger: Register to the IV Oru Fogar World Summit


Together to implement Sustainable Development Goal number two: zero hunger!

This is the aim of the IV World Summit of Regions on Food Security and Sovereignty, organised by Oru Fogar on 27 and 28 October 2022 in Chile.

With the idea of facilitating the representation of the regions in global forums, while working to create a network among them, Oru Fogar is committed to empower regions and enable them to become an active part in the decision making process on education, education, health and the construction of social infrastructures.

The centrality of regions is also crucial for this IV World Summit. Yet, before going into depth let’s take a step back to the previous editions. 2010 marked the beginning: Dakar (Senegal) hosted the Summit, during which an action programme for food and nutrition was launched. The Region of Lower Normandy was elected chair, while the Centre Region of Burkina Faso got the role of vice presidency.

Furthermore, more than 1400 participants, representing nearly 30 countries, gathered in Colombia, in 2012 for the II Summit; while Ecuador hosted the III one in 2018, thus stressing the great interest around the topic of food safety practices.

Specifically, the Côre Group of Food Sovereignty, born from an agreement between Oru Fogar and FAO back in 2008, is directed to  promote regions’ capacity in terms of  food security policy in its own territory; while increasing cooperation among regions.

In light of this, the IV Summit has to be understood as a further occasion to underline the necessity to concretely implement the SDG number two, and to work together to fight hunger.


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ALDA signed the Magna Charta of the Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy

Signing ceremony of the Magna Charta for an International League of Democracy Cities

On September the 24, 2022, ALDA Secretary General, Antonella Valmorbida, took part in the Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy, in the city of Lucerne, Switzerland. Being the largest gathering devoted to direct democracy worldwide, the forum welcomed  participants from academic, political and civil society perspectives. 

From a general standpoint, the goal of the initiative is to bring together people with different experiences and backgrounds, so as to give activists and organisations the opportunity to share their insights and connect with others working on the same issues. Thus, this forum stems from the fact that democracy is challenged on all political levels today, in the world as much as in the host country of this year’s Global Forum, Switzerland.

The Forum was  coordinated by an international consortium under the leadership of the Swiss Democracy Foundation, chaired by Adrian Schmid, and Democracy International, where Global Manager for PR & Community Building Caroline Vernaillen brings together the threads from all over the world.

Within this context, ALDA Secretary General took the floor during the Concluding Plenary Panel on how to save Democracy, presented by SwissInfo ChannelThe focus of this panel was on the big challenges and crises that democracy is facing in this era, such as authoritarianism, fake news, pandemics and war; particular relevance has been put on the need for deep inclusion, resilience and a just democracy.

As each year’s forum, also the GFMDD 22 ended with a final declaration drawn up and adopted by the participants, summarising the content of the conference and defining proposals for further cooperation.

Ms. Valmorbida signed the Magna Charta of the Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy on behalf of ALDA, with the mandate from the Governing Board

The first draft of the document was developed and agreed upon at the 2018 Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy in Rome, with the strong support of that city’s parliament and of representatives of cities across the globe. Since then, it has been the subject of extensive global discussion. In its current version, the Magna Charta identifies 20 different democracy dimensions at the local level — so that citizens and urban institutions can formulate an idea of where their own cities rank in terms of democracy development.

During the last day of the Forum, the signing ceremony of the Magna Charta for an International League of Democracy Cities took place. The Charter commits the signatories to implement policies on citizens engagement at the local level.


Apart from ALDA signing the Magna Charta, also representatives from 6 cities joined, namely Valongo (PT), Nancy (F), Lausanne (CH), León (ES), Amsterdam (NL), Bucharest (RO) and as well as from network organisations and projects like the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), and the European Capital of Democracy (ECoD), where
Ms. Valmorbida is Chairwoman of the Experts’ Jury


Position de la présidence tchèque au Conseil européen

La présidence tchèque, comme l'ont fait précédemment les autres pays, a fixé ses lignes directrices à réaliser au cours de son mandat, pour le second semestre 2022.

Suivant les "trois R" de sa devise : "L'Europe en tant que tâche : Rethink, Rebuild, Repower", les priorités peuvent se décliner comme suit :

  1. Gestion de la crise des réfugiés et reconstruction de l’Ukraine dans l’après-guerre
  2. Sécurité énergétique
  3. Renforcer les capacités de défense de l’Europe et la sécurité du cyberespace
  4. Résilience stratégique de l’économie européenne
  5. Résilience des institutions démocratiques 
Ces cinq piliers sont également respectés et poursuivis par l'ALDA dans son engagement à responsabiliser les citoyens européens et à favoriser le rôle de l'Europe en tant qu'acteur stratégique régional et international.

Les stratégies de l'ALDA répondent aux priorités de la présidence tchèque 

En partant de la première priorité, le rétablissement de l'Ukraine après la guerre, depuis le tout début, en février 2022, l'ALDA a non seulement lancé une série d'initiatives, mais elle a aussi contribué concrètement à apporter un soutien tangible aux communautés locales. L”'appel à l'ouverture de nouvelles ADL” est parmi les plus récentes.

Les éléments susmentionnés ne sont que quelques exemples du travail effectué par l'ALDA. Pour plus d'informations, lisez le "Document sur le programme tchèque pour la présidence de l'Union européenne".

The above-mentioned are just few examples of the work done by ALDA. For further information please read the “Paper on Czech program for the Presidency of the European


Participez à l'appel: soutenez les Agences pour la Démocratie Locale en Ukraine

Participez à l'appel : devenez un partenaire des Agences de la Démocratie Locale en Ukraine, soutenez la démocratie et l'engagement communautaire maintenant et dans les mois et années à venir !

L'Ukraine subit une invasion injuste et inhumaine des troupes russes depuis février 2022. Pourtant, la résistance et la résilience du peuple ukrainien sont héroïques et sans précédent. C'est pour ces personnes qui vivent aujourd'hui sous la guerre, que l'Association a fortement œuvré, comme le démontre également la campagne #ALDAforUkraine.

Depuis le tout début, l'ALDA est active en Ukraine, ses membres et partenaires développant une série d'initiatives visant à améliorer la vie des gens. Ainsi, grâce à l'Agence de la Démocratie Locale Dnipro, établie en 2014 avec le soutien de la Basse Silésie - Pologne ; et l' Agence de la Démocratie Mariupol (financée en 2017 avec le soutien de Gdansk - Pologne), l'Association est un acteur stratégique dans le pays. Plus précisément, les deux ADL susmentionnées, sur la base du mécanisme de coopération décentralisé, travaillent ensemble avec la société civile pour soutenir la paix et le développement communautaire.

Depuis près de 10 ans, l'ALDA a ainsi travaillé et construit des relations fortes avec les acteurs locaux, et les communautés. C'est pourquoi elle est aujourd'hui en première ligne pour apporter son aide aux citoyens ukrainiens, comme l'a également marqué la "Conférence des donateurs", l'un des événements les plus récents, organisé dans ce cadre.

Dans ce contexte, l'association souhaite encourager davantage son réseau, ses partenaires et ses amis à prendre part à cet engagement en faveur des personnes en Ukraine. Comment ?

  1. En demandant plus d'informations sur le travail global de l'ALDA et des ADL en Ukraine.
  2. En participant à l'appel et en devenant partenaire de l'ADL Odessa et de l'ADL Vinnytsia, qui seront bientôt ouverts (postulez avant le 30 octobre 2022).

Travaillons ensemble pour l'Ukraine et son peuple !

Pour plus d'informations, vous pouvez envoyer un courriel à l'unité ALDA4Ukraine

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Membership Days: from the ALDATalk to trainings and funding possibilities

Membership Days: 26 September; 3-6 October 2022

Members are a vital part of the Association. That is why ALDA is now presenting a five-day event specifically dedicated to its network!

From a general perspective, through this tailor-made meeting, ALDA is willing  to provide participants with the latest news and updates not only on the activities of ALDA, but also to further illustrate the possibilities and benefits of joining the network. Furthermore, the event will be the perfect occasion to gain necessary knowledge and learn new tools necessary when operating within the field of citizens’ participation and EU Project Development. 

Membership Days: to further engage the network, and to build stronger relations

Therefore, the agenda has been structured as follows:

  • 26th September: ALDATalk on the elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina with ALDA Governing Board Member and Secretary General of the "Fondation du Centre pour la démocratie". Nataša Vučković
  • 3rd October: Meeting the new Members
  • 4th October: Working Groups meeting – plan and debate about the topics and proposals that the WGs could work on
  • 5th October: From European to local level – Training on local events and citizens’ engagement, with European Programme Manager of “Democracy International” Daniela Vancic 
  • 6th October: Training on EU funding and Project Cycle Management

Those attending will receive a certificate awarded by ALDA, strategic partner of the European Commission and of the Council of Europe!

Overall, since its first day, ALDA is stimulating and fostering exchange with its network, willing to promote and improve the exchange of best practices in the field of local governance and citizens’ active participation. Thanks to the variety of origins and the different field of actions of each member, the network is a multicultural professional group that enriches not only the Association, but the participants themselves.

For further information please email the Membership Officer through this link