From 1st to 4th December 2015, the second Special Initiative of LADDER project with focus on the Eastern Partnership was held in Georgia. The event was organised by NALAG in cooperation with ALDA and UBBSLA, and it was structured in 3 phases.

In the first phase all partners and other participants met in Tbilisi for a one-day conference, which represented the occasion to present the project of LADDER. The opening ceremony was delivered by Mr Stephan Stork – Head of Operations of EU Delegation to Georgia, Mr David Melua – Director of NALAG, and Mrs Imislawa Gorska – Vice-President of ALDA.

Mrs Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General of ALDA, presented the LADDER approach, the goals and the global dimension of the project. “LADDER is not just a project – she stated – but a family, and each one of us has a specific role to play, in order to achieve results locally and globally”. This session was also animated by some representatives of LADDER partnership, namely Mrs Mariana Ivanova from UBBSLA – the Bulgarian Black Sea Local Authorities, Mrs Natalia Shovkoplias from UTCS –the Union of Towns and Cities of Slovakia, Mr Dmitriy Sokol from Lev Sapieha Foundation of Belarus, and Mr David Melua, Director of NALAG.

The first-day conference also included a meeting of the Eastern Partnership Working Group, where challenges and solutions related to the eastern area were discussed, and an intensive plenary session with three panels focusing on: the role of Local Authorities in promoting Development Education and Awareness Raising; Development Education in EaP countries and role of the civil sector; and summing up of the plenary.

In the second phase of the Special Initiative, the participants were split in thematic groups and different locations. The climate and energy efficiency was held in Borjomi, migration issues in Kutaisi and sustainable agriculture in Telavi.

Coordinated by Mrs Natalia Shovkoplias from UTCS, the team in Borjomi discussed best practices from the municipalities of Slovakia and Georgia in terms of good management of resources with a respectful approach to nature, energy efficiency and sustainability were presented. The two days of intensive work were concluded by a brainstorming session and the drafting of recommendations.

The thematic group “Migration and Mobility – a challenge or an opportunity for local development” took place in Kutaisi, and was coordinated by Mrs Nino Tvaltvadze, Delegate of the LDA Georgia. Representatives of Georgian Local Authorities contributed to the debate and addressed migration and mobility from the Georgian perspective with a particular attention on how to raise awareness on these topics. The group also visited a Migrants information centre, learning how migration is addressed at the local level.

The workshops working on “Sustainable Agriculture – success models for rural municipalities” in Telavi, was coordinated by Mr David Melua, Director of NALAG. The activities focused on good practices of municipalities from rural areas of Belarus and Georgia about sustainable agriculture, with a site visit to the “Cooperative Shuman vine” that produces local Georgian wine.

The third phase of the Special Initiative regathered together all participants in Tbilisi, on the fourth and last day of activities. During the last session all thematic groups shared findings and conclusions with the rest of the participants and discussed the next steps of the EaP Path.

Liens utiles:

LADDER project website
Agenda of the Special Initiative

From 1st to 4th December 2015, the second Special Initiative of LADDER project with focus on the Eastern Partnership was held in Georgia. The event was organised by NALAG in cooperation with ALDA and UBBSLA, and it was structured in 3 phases.

In the first phase all partners and other participants met in Tbilisi for a one-day conference, which represented the occasion to present the project of LADDER. The opening ceremony was delivered by Mr Stephan Stork – Head of Operations of EU Delegation to Georgia, Mr David Melua – Director of NALAG, and Mrs Imislawa Gorska – Vice-President of ALDA.

Mrs Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General of ALDA, presented the LADDER approach, the goals and the global dimension of the project. “LADDER is not just a project – she stated – but a family, and each one of us has a specific role to play, in order to achieve results locally and globally”. This session was also animated by some representatives of LADDER partnership, namely Mrs Mariana Ivanova from UBBSLA – the Bulgarian Black Sea Local Authorities, Mrs Natalia Shovkoplias from UTCS –the Union of Towns and Cities of Slovakia, Mr Dmitriy Sokol from Lev Sapieha Foundation of Belarus, and Mr David Melua, Director of NALAG.

The first-day conference also included a meeting of the Eastern Partnership Working Group, where challenges and solutions related to the eastern area were discussed, and an intensive plenary session with three panels focusing on: the role of Local Authorities in promoting Development Education and Awareness Raising; Development Education in EaP countries and role of the civil sector; and summing up of the plenary.

In the second phase of the Special Initiative, the participants were split in thematic groups and different locations. The climate and energy efficiency was held in Borjomi, migration issues in Kutaisi and sustainable agriculture in Telavi.

Coordinated by Mrs Natalia Shovkoplias from UTCS, the team in Borjomi discussed best practices from the municipalities of Slovakia and Georgia in terms of good management of resources with a respectful approach to nature, energy efficiency and sustainability were presented. The two days of intensive work were concluded by a brainstorming session and the drafting of recommendations.

The thematic group “Migration and Mobility – a challenge or an opportunity for local development” took place in Kutaisi, and was coordinated by Mrs Nino Tvaltvadze, Delegate of the LDA Georgia. Representatives of Georgian Local Authorities contributed to the debate and addressed migration and mobility from the Georgian perspective with a particular attention on how to raise awareness on these topics. The group also visited a Migrants information centre, learning how migration is addressed at the local level.

The workshops working on “Sustainable Agriculture – success models for rural municipalities” in Telavi, was coordinated by Mr David Melua, Director of NALAG. The activities focused on good practices of municipalities from rural areas of Belarus and Georgia about sustainable agriculture, with a site visit to the “Cooperative Shuman vine” that produces local Georgian wine.

The third phase of the Special Initiative regathered together all participants in Tbilisi, on the fourth and last day of activities. During the last session all thematic groups shared findings and conclusions with the rest of the participants and discussed the next steps of the EaP Path.

Liens utiles:

LADDER project website
Agenda of the Special Initiative