On 4-5 July took place in Paris the official launch of the two-year project, APProach, carried out by ALDA and its partners, dedicated to improving the integration and participation of European Mobile Citizens (EUMC) in their welcoming cities.
The aim of the Consortium was to define the project’s issues and the next key steps in order to ensure successful results. Consultations involved different municipalities – Etterbeek (Belgium), Lisbon (Portugal), Milan (Italy), Nea Smyrni (Greece), Paris (France) and Vejle (Denmark), as well as Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Warsaw (Poland) as associate partners.

The objective of APProach is the creation of a digital platform and/or application, where citizens and municipalities, without any hierarchy among users, can be able to share information regarding three specific areas identified as crucial for a better integration of the EUMC: access to voting, school enrolment and active participation in local life. The development of this digital ecosystem will be accompanied by various awareness-raising activities on Europe mobility rights and citizenship, such as exchanges of the best practices among municipalities, the organization of working groups, language training, and community events dissemination.

The event culminated in the public lunching conference held in the beautiful framework of the wedding hall of the City Hall in the 3rd arrondissement in Paris. Mr. Hermano Sanches Ruivo, Delegate Adviser in charge of European Affairs to the Mayor of the City of Paris and Ms. Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General of ALDA, shared with the participants their vision of local democracy and the importance of working together to facilitate the inclusion of EUMC in their respective welcoming cities. Many local partners attended the event, among which local authorities, embassies and consulates, cultural centers, representatives of civil society and expatriate associations. Their probable involvement throughout the process of co-construction of the application will certainly be important.

On 4-5 July took place in Paris the official launch of the two-year project, APProach, carried out by ALDA and its partners, dedicated to improving the integration and participation of European Mobile Citizens (EUMC) in their welcoming cities.
The aim of the Consortium was to define the project’s issues and the next key steps in order to ensure successful results. Consultations involved different municipalities – Etterbeek (Belgium), Lisbon (Portugal), Milan (Italy), Nea Smyrni (Greece), Paris (France) and Vejle (Denmark), as well as Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Warsaw (Poland) as associate partners.

The objective of APProach is the creation of a digital platform and/or application, where citizens and municipalities, without any hierarchy among users, can be able to share information regarding three specific areas identified as crucial for a better integration of the EUMC: access to voting, school enrolment and active participation in local life. The development of this digital ecosystem will be accompanied by various awareness-raising activities on Europe mobility rights and citizenship, such as exchanges of the best practices among municipalities, the organization of working groups, language training, and community events dissemination.

The event culminated in the public lunching conference held in the beautiful framework of the wedding hall of the City Hall in the 3rd arrondissement in Paris. Mr. Hermano Sanches Ruivo, Delegate Adviser in charge of European Affairs to the Mayor of the City of Paris and Ms. Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General of ALDA, shared with the participants their vision of local democracy and the importance of working together to facilitate the inclusion of EUMC in their respective welcoming cities. Many local partners attended the event, among which local authorities, embassies and consulates, cultural centers, representatives of civil society and expatriate associations. Their probable involvement throughout the process of co-construction of the application will certainly be important.