Take a look at the INFO template of the ACHIEVE – Awareness of Common History for Identifying and Extending the Values of Europe project.


At the General Assembly 2022 in Strasbourg the Activity Report 2021 has been presented, collecting all the projects and activities done in 2021. Take a look!


Book your free training on citizens participation and EU funds!

ALDA, with the support of the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values Programme of the European Union, has just launched a one-of-its-kind training opportunity for ALDA members only, to get to know more about European projects promoting citizens participation and engagement, and to learn how to get the right information about European fundings.

The call gives ALDA members the chance to get a 2-day free training course on citizens’ participation and EU fundings, anywhere in Europe.

Indeed, the training course aims at providing participants with the necessary information and tools to make the first steps in the field of Citizens’ participation, European Project Development & European funds, in relation with the current programming period 2021-2027.

Book your 2-day free training course on citizens’ participation and EU fundings,anywhere in Europe!

Through attending the course, participants will:

  • learn more information about key priorities of the EU and how to develop them at the local level, including the localisation of the SDGs
  • get to know citizens’ participation principles, methods and tools
  • get to know the EU programmes
  • learn how to develop a project proposal, and implement a project

Participants will then receive a certificate of attendance awarded by ALDA, strategic partner of the European Commission and of the Council of Europe.

 The training will have to take place by the end of December 2022.

Read the info pack ICI to get detailed information about the course’s programme and organisational requirements.

Please note that the training will have to take place by the end of December 2022.

If you are interested, please register ICI until 26th August 2022.

Courses will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.


Festival Theatre Nomades: Join ALDA and its team


ALDA has been invited to take part in the Festival Théâtres Nomades and we could not be more excited! The event will take place from August 18 to 21, 2022 in Brussels at Bois de la Cambre and it is dedicated to street arts and theatre. Nonetheless, it is also an eclectic moment open to NGOs and associations that will share their missions and projects in a recreational way. 

This original free event offers to spectators a program of shows adapted to all audiences. It takes place every summer for 4 days and it is organised by the Compagnie des Nouveaux Disparus. Each year, thanks to its sustainable approach and varied program, it gathers a large audience from Brussels and other parts of Belgium with diverse socio-cultural backgrounds.

ALDA will be present at Festival Théâtres Nomades with a stand dedicated to the projects Climate of Change et PART-Y

ALDA has been invited by Fondation Anna Lindh, within which the Association represents a key actor for networking activities. From a general perspective, ALDA colleagues will be present with a stand dedicated to the projects Climate of Change and PART-Y. The first one focuses on finding sustainable solutions while spurring for policy change to preserve the planet for future generations, as well as to share the responsibility for the protection of the Earth fairly. In the framework of the festival, ALDA aims to help the signature collection of the petition “End Climate Change, Start Climate of Change".

Concerning the second initiative, the objective of promoting the PART-Y project during the event is to trigger the participation in civic life of young people (13-20 years) by fostering their inclusion in the policies decision-making process. 

Overall, the festival appears to be a unique opportunity for ALDA to raise awareness and promote its mission through these projects. Do not miss the opportunity to join, enjoying art and exhibitions in a wonderful bucolic setting in Brussels.

[Picture from Festival Theatres Nomades]


Il Giardino di Alice, the family theatre review is back in Vicenza!


The family theatre review Il Giardino di Alice, organised by the Vicenza-based company “exvUoto teatro” with the support of the Municipality of Vicenza, returns to Vicenza. This year the review will be divided into 10 appointments: the usual 6 Sundays at the Giardini Salvi in the morning at 9.45 a.m. will be united under the title of “Storie da Mangiare” (Stories to Eat) and, from this year, 4 free events will be held in neighbourhood playgrounds outside the city centre under the title of “Storie di fuoco di acqua di terra e di vento” (Stories of fire water earth and wind).

“We want to bring our proposal of community theatre also to the neighbourhoods, to involve the population that with more difficulty could reach the centre,” say Tommaso Franchin et Andrea Dellai of exvUoto teatro, organisers of the review.

Il Giardino di Alice: "to involve the population that with more difficulty could reach the centre"

We believe that theatre can really change places and the perception of them, and this can only be done with the support of the entire community,’ they continue. For this reason, the festival uses a well-established public-private partnership formula, and numerous companies have decided to get involved alongside the company in its realisation. Each partner has been involved in the creation of the playful workshops on the theme of food sustainability that follow the shows. Cereal Docks, Centro Ortodontico Vicentino and Birrificio Ofelia will thus take care of the creation of engaging workshops for children, but also for their parents. ALDA Europe will co-curate the 18 August event at the playground in Via Roma.

This year there is also a wonderful novelty: thanks to the support of the Culture Department and the Historic Parks Office, the Loggia Valmarana will be open to the public for the first time in years, welcoming spectators after the shows or in the event of rain.

“It is a real pleasure to open the garden and the Loggia Valmarana to families,” says the Vicenza Culture Councillor Simona Siotto, “a place that was created to host moments of culture and that is preparing to welcome spectators and to be a possible stage for the theatrical performances of the review. I also stress that teaching our children the importance of food sustainability is a fundamental educational activity, especially in this period of great climate change in which we are called upon to adopt environmentally friendly behaviour from an early age’.

ALDA is very much glad to be among the main partners of “Il Giardino di Alice” local event, engaging families, kids, citizens, authorities and everyone in Vicenza!

Upcoming events:

  1. Sunday 7 August 9:45 a.m. - Giardini Salvi - THE THREE LITTLE PIGS OF PIAN DEL PORCO - Rocking Theatre - Workshop by centro ortodontico vicentino
  2. Thursday 18 August at 18:00 - Via Roma playground - STORIES OF EARTH with Andrea Dellai and Tommaso Franchin
  3. Sunday 21 August 9:45 a.m. - Giardini Salvi - GRANDMOTHER! LIVE - TASTE STORIES - Theatre 19 - Workshop by craft brewery ofelia
  4. Saturday 27 August at 18:00 - Via Giuriato playground - San Pio X - STORIES OF WIND with Martina Pittarello and Gabriele Grotto


Food Wave supports 16 project ideas led by Municipalities and targets Young People, all over Europe!

Call for proposal, networking 

16 Projects were selected for the Food Wave Call for proposals directed to Municipalities and Cities! 

Le Food Wave – Empowering Urban Youth for Climate Action is a project co-funded by the European Commission under the Development Education and Awareness Raising Programme and promoted by the Municipality of Milan together with 29 partners across 17 countries. It aims to create awareness of sustainable ways to consume and produce food for climate change mitigation. 

Le Vague alimentaire Appel à propositions is coordinated by ALDA with the collaboration of the project partners and in synergy with the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP) and aims to involve smaller youth organizations and local authorities in realizing actions promoting climate-friendly food consumption behaviors. It will fund the selected proposals up to 3.750 Euro, directly involving young people – between 15 and 35 years old – in nine EU countries. 

The main themes that the funded proposals will address are: sustainable diets to reduce the impact on the planet and protect human rights, fight against food waste, sustainable food education and knowledge sharing/dissemination, local alternative food systems, local producer and territorial market, fight against climate change and equal access to healthy, sustainable and fair food. 

The main activities that the municipalities will implement include, among others, communication, promotion of good practices, cooking workshops, thematic visits, flash mobs, awareness-raising public events, initiatives in schools, art contests, and initiatives against food waste.

16 Projects were selected for the Food Wave Call for proposals directed to Municipalities and Cities!

This year, the Food Wave call for proposals took place in two rounds

The first one was held in March and saw the selection of ten projects in five EU countries (Belgium, Italy, Slovenia, Hungary and The Netherlands), particularly related to sustainable diets, food waste, sustainable food education and equal opportunities for access to healthy and fair food. 

The second one was held in June and saw the selection of six projects in six EU countries (Italy, France, Greece, Hungary, Portugal and Spain), mainly focused on promoting sustainable practices, local alternative food systems, and knowledge sharing.

The activities carried out by the municipalities will involve a large number of stakeholders – from Universities and local schools to associations and local CSOs, effectively mobilizing and engaging more than 8.000 young people in their local communities.

Through the territorial actions promoted by the selected applicants, the project is contributing to the SDGs localization and the implementation of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda, with a specific focus on fighting hunger (SDG 2), contributing to economic growth and decent work opportunities (SDG 8), promoting responsible consumption and production patterns (SDG 12), building sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11) and contributing to the climate action starting from the territorial level (SDG 13). 

The Cities chosen for the first wave of this year’s call are: 


Country and territory where the project would be implemented
City of SchaerbeekBelgium – Schaerbeek
City of TrentoItaly – Trento
City of PurmerendNetherlands – Purmerend
Municipality of 7th District of BudapestHungary – Budapest area
City of SzobHungary – Szob
City of BenediktSlovenia – Benedikt
City of RazkrižjeSlovenia – Razkrižje
City of EtterbeekBelgium – Etterbeek
City of KungotaSlovenia – Kungota
City of HajdinaSlovenia – Hajdina


The Cities chosen for the second wave of this year’s call are:

City of VimianzoSpain – Vimianzo
City of Óbuda-Békásmegyer, Budapest District IIIHungary – Budapest area
City of PollicaItaly – Pollica
City of CampolidePortugal – Campolide
City of Palaio FaliroGreece – Palaio Faliro
City of Ploeuc L’HermitageFrance – Ploeuc L’Hermitage



3rd ALDATalk to exchange ideas on Urban Migration

On 22nd of August ALDA held the 3rd #ALDATalk dedicated to exchange ideas on Urban Migration.

Thank to the expertise of some Members and speakers, this third webinar has been the perfect occasion to further develop knowledge on the strict bond which stands among migration and urbanism: Hence, as already testified by the experience of EPIC -European Platform of Integrating Cities – Project, these two aspects do have lot in common and a holistic approach need to be pursue in order to boost integration.

More in concrete, among the keynote speakers, joining the event:

  • Ms Burcuhan ŞENER, Migration Policy Center Director from Union des municipalités de Marmara (MMU), presented the current migration context in Turkey and specifically in Istanbul and Marmara Region.
  • Ms. Cloé Saint-Nom, Coordinator of the Rights and Justice Unit and Cristina Idone Befecadu shared their best practices in the migration and integration policies and projects based on examples of work of CESIE on the inclusion of migrant women survivors of trafficking

Third ALDATalk: on Urban Migration!

Thus, benefitting from their insights and comments, the audience had the opportunity to learn from the best practices presented; while having the chance to reflect on what should be done in the future to improve the migration and integration policies.

Finally, ALDA would like to thank the members who participated, and looks forward the upcoming Talk!


How to talk about the Schuman declaration? Discover the DESIRE project!

Discover the various and innovative activities on “Schuman Declaration” done by the DESIRE project partners in Italy, Bulgaria, Portugal, Serbia, North Macedonia, Belgium, Slovenia and Croatia

After many events, meetings, the publication of the e-book and many other activities, DESIRE partners are now sharing another key documents, which collects together a great number of information on the different initiatives implemented within the project.

Willing to know more on “European Remembrance” for example?  Check it here as strand one of the project!

À propos du projet DESIRE

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 objective is to actively involve youth in approaching history in a proactive way. Through the co-creation of artistic tools, as videos, theatre, games, audio narratives, partners will accompany groups of youth citizens in re-discovering history and in debating on EU values as intercultural dialogue, peace and solidarity. The consortium is leading by Comune di Lavarone (Italy) and composed by Fondazione Belvedere-Gschwent (Italy), Union of bulgarian black sea local authorities (Bulgaria), Municipio de Valongo (Portugal), Danube 1245 (Serbia), Zdruzenie Institut za razvoj na zaednicata (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), Administration Communale de Grez-Doiceau (Belgium), The Boter Institute (Slovenia), Kulturni centar Osijek (Croatia), ALDA (France).


ALDA à l'événement de lancement du Plan Istanbul Vision 2050: répondre aux défis de la mondialisation avec des politiques concrètes

Ce mois-ci, ALDA a été invitée par la Métropole d'Istanbul et l'Agence de planification d'Istanbul à l'événement de lancement du plan Istanbul Vision 2050 et à l'ouverture du Campus IPA.

Istanbul 2050 est le nouveau plan stratégique et politique envisagé par la ville d'Istanbul pour l'année 2050 afin d'être plus durable, inclusive et résiliente. Il est le résultat d'un processus participatif, interdisciplinaire et scientifique de plus de deux ans mené en coopération avec les citoyens et diverses parties prenantes locales, nationales et internationales.

S'appuyant sur les différents instruments, tendances et approches internationaux en matière de développement durable et adapté aux questions prioritaires, aux objectifs et aux problèmes potentiels d'Istanbul, le plan se concentre sur 7 piliers principaux qui sont:

  1. Le climat et l'environnement
  2. L'économie transformatrice et résiliente
  3. Les aménagements urbains accessibles et équitables pour tous
  4. Les espaces vivants et sensibles assurant le bien vivre pour tous
  5. La mobilité efficace et inclusive
  6. Les systèmes d'infrastructure intégrés et intelligents
  7. La société égale et libre

ALDA a été invitée par la Métropole d'Istanbul à l'événement de lancement du Plan Istanbul Vision 2050

Cet événement était donc une étape importante, étant la première occasion de présenter le plan aux citoyens et à la communauté internationale, introduit par tous les acteurs qui y ont travaillé et par le maire d'Istanbul, M. Ekrem İmamoğlu. Organisé les 5 et 6 Juillet dans le Campus Florya de l'Agence de planification d'Istanbul, récemment inauguré, l'événement a réuni des centaines d'experts nationaux et internationaux, de nombreux ateliers, conférences, activités et événements parallèles et a rassemblé un nombre considérable de participants.

Ce cadre élaboré par Istanbul fournit un exemple précieux et concret pour d'autres villes sur la façon de s'adapter aux défis actuels de la mondialisation par des politiques efficaces au niveau local. ALDA est reconnaissante à la Métropole pour l’avoir associée à la réflexion sur ce plan, et adresse ses encouragements à toutes les parties prenantes d'Istanbul impliquées dans son développement et sa mise en œuvre.

Ce cadre élaboré par Istanbul fournit un exemple précieux et concret pour d'autres villes sur la façon de s'adapter aux défis actuels de la mondialisation par des politiques efficaces au niveau local. ALDA est reconnaissante à la Métropole pour l’avoir associée à la réflexion sur ce plan, et adresse ses encouragements à toutes les parties prenantes d'Istanbul impliquées dans son développement et sa mise en œuvre.

En savoir plus sur le plan Istanbul Vision 2050



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Villa Angaran accueille les volontaires du Service Civil Universel

It has started! With much enthusiasm ALDA team welcomed, in Villa Angaran, the selected Lighting Europe Democracy (LED) volunteers, who will join the Association for the next upcoming months.

A partir du Lundi 11 Juillet 2022, neuf jeunes étudiants fraîchement diplômés ont suivi une formation approfondie de deux semaines, abordant la plupart des différentes activités, et rencontrant ainsi plusieurs collègues de ALDA.

D'un point de vue général, le projet de cette année, développé conjointement avec la Municipalité de Cremonadans le cadre du programme Italien "Service civil universel", se concentre sur la promotion de la paix entre les personnes et la coopération. Les volontaires suivront donc comment l'objectif général du projet est traduit en actions quotidiennes au sein de ALDA.

Villa Angaran accueille maintenant des formations approfondies pour les volontaires du Service Civil de cette année

Dans cet esprit, les formations qui se déroulent actuellement dans le cadre paisible et magnifique de la  Villa Angaran à Bassano del Grappa (Italie), permettent aux participants d'en savoir plus sur:

  • Les processus participatifs
  • Comment développer un projet
  • Comment communiquer et diffuser
  • L'aspect logistique de l'organisation des réunions de projets
  • La gestion financière

Répartis en petits groupes de travail, les volontaires LED ont participé activement aux formations, en rédigeant - par exemple - un plan de communication ou le budget d'un événement.

Les activités se poursuivront pendant une semaine encore, puis les participants au LED rejoindront les bureaux de ALDA à Bruxelles, Strasbourg et Skopje. L'équipe de ALDA vous souhaite le meilleur et attend les prochaines nouvelles et mises à jour!


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Gdansk welcomes CAMELOT: urban and metropolitan EU cohesion policies

On the 4th and 5th of July, CAMELOT partners gathered in Gdansk (Poland) for the Steering committee and the international conference at the European Solidarity Centre (ESC).

On the first day, the meeting was structured as a roundtable where all the partners shared their experience on urban and metropolitan EU cohesion policies, mainly by talking about the actions undertaken to tackle climate change and its consequences. 

The following day, CAMELOT partners joined the 3rd Pomeranian Climate Solidarity Forum in the ESC. The forum was  devoted to energy transition, environmental issues, renewable energy sources and adaptation to climate change. The forum began by talking of the current war in Ukraine and its implication in the energy sector.

In Gdansk to experience on urban and metropolitan EU cohesion policies

In the introduction, the Secretary General of ALDA, Ms. Antonella Valmorbida, took part in the panel discussion alongside the Mayor of Gdansk, Ms. Aleksandra Dulkiewicz. Valmorbida talked about the role of Local Democracy Agencies in Ukraine and the importance of European solidarity to the country, then she explained how ALDA and its network are bringing EU funded projects to Ukraine and how to keep fostering the alliance. The forum continued with 3 debates on:

  • winter energy, 
  • climate change in metropolitan areas (in which the CAMELOT project described its outcome) and 
  • climate impact on agriculture.

Overall, the meeting was a successful moment of mutual exchange among partners on how to localise at metropolitan level the cohesion policy.