Le Association française du Conseil des communes et régions d'Europe (AFCCRE), a member of ALDA, organized the 5th European University in Antibes Juan-les-Pins, in southeastern France, on October 17th and 18th, 2019. This 2-day event was structured in a series of debates, conferences, roundtables and workshops designed specifically to stimulate the exchange of ideas, foster dialogue and facilitate the comprehension of European issues having a tangible impact on local communities. While during the first-day topics like equality, the socio-occupational integration of youths, investments and public services, the following day the attention was drawn to the relations between French territories and the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership.

Within this context, our Secretary-General Antonella Valmorbida presented the work of ALDA in the Mediterranean area, ever more widespread, with several projects and micro-projects ongoing, and the presence of two Local Democracy Agencies, in Tunisia and Morocco. All the speakers which contributed to the session agreed that the Mediterranean area and the Neighboring countries are essential partners for both France and the Union, especially in view of the current geopolitical framework, which reinforces the attention that EU leaders give to the said area.

Last but not least, this conference established the partnership between AFCCRE and ALDA, whose convention will be officially signed by the Presidents of both parties next January 2020.

Le Association française du Conseil des communes et régions d'Europe (AFCCRE), a member of ALDA, organized the 5th European University in Antibes Juan-les-Pins, in southeastern France, on October 17th and 18th, 2019. This 2-day event was structured in a series of debates, conferences, roundtables and workshops designed specifically to stimulate the exchange of ideas, foster dialogue and facilitate the comprehension of European issues having a tangible impact on local communities. While during the first-day topics like equality, the socio-occupational integration of youths, investments and public services, the following day the attention was drawn to the relations between French territories and the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership.

Within this context, our Secretary-General Antonella Valmorbida presented the work of ALDA in the Mediterranean area, ever more widespread, with several projects and micro-projects ongoing, and the presence of two Local Democracy Agencies, in Tunisia and Morocco. All the speakers which contributed to the session agreed that the Mediterranean area and the Neighboring countries are essential partners for both France and the Union, especially in view of the current geopolitical framework, which reinforces the attention that EU leaders give to the said area.

Last but not least, this conference established the partnership between AFCCRE and ALDA, whose convention will be officially signed by the Presidents of both parties next January 2020.