LDA NIKSIC: MONTENEGRO ADOPT INTERNATIONAL PEFC FOREST CERTIFICATION STANDARD

The training on PEFC international forest certification standard was held in Podgorica last March. This event was organized within the international cooperation project „Mountain areas – values and cooperation: Carnia, Italy and Rozaje, Montenegro“, funded by Autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia.
„Mountain areas“ project is being implemented in partnership between „Cramars“ cooperative and Euroleader from Italy, Forestry Institute, Local Business Center Rožaje, Municipality of Rozaje and LDA Local Democracy Agency, of Nikšić, based upon the „Cooperation agreement“ signed in September 2010.

The project aims to the construction of economic and technological relations in the field of development and to the strengthening of Montenegrin capacities to adopt European standards in order to contribute to the productive and export potentials.
The project is consisted of two axes: PEFC certification standard adoption and human capacity development for Montenegrin relative institutions and local economic development operators strengthening through capacity building and exchanges with Italian companies.
The first segment of the PEFC training was conducted by PEFC Italy secretary Antonio Brunori and Nenad Bužanin, regional expert from „Eko Zona – Šipovo“ – Bosnia and Herzegovina’s NGO.

The training on PEFC international forest certification standard was held in Podgorica last March. This event was organized within the international cooperation project „Mountain areas – values and cooperation: Carnia, Italy and Rozaje, Montenegro“, funded by Autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia.
„Mountain areas“ project is being implemented in partnership between „Cramars“ cooperative and Euroleader from Italy, Forestry Institute, Local Business Center Rožaje, Municipality of Rozaje and LDA Local Democracy Agency, of Nikšić, based upon the „Cooperation agreement“ signed in September 2010.

The project aims to the construction of economic and technological relations in the field of development and to the strengthening of Montenegrin capacities to adopt European standards in order to contribute to the productive and export potentials.
The project is consisted of two axes: PEFC certification standard adoption and human capacity development for Montenegrin relative institutions and local economic development operators strengthening through capacity building and exchanges with Italian companies.
The first segment of the PEFC training was conducted by PEFC Italy secretary Antonio Brunori and Nenad Bužanin, regional expert from „Eko Zona – Šipovo“ – Bosnia and Herzegovina’s NGO.


VOLUNTEERS - EU PROMOTERS IN COMMUNITY - THE YOUTH TRAINING STARTED BY THE LECTURE OF CROATIAN MP ON THE EUROPEAN UNION

On Saturday 14th April 2012 the first training session for young volunteers who want to become EU promoters in their community took place in the premises of the Local Democracy Agency in Osijek. The session is a part of the project which is financially supported by the City of Osijek and which aims at capacity building of young people who would like to volunteer in civil and public sector on the implementation of activities related to EU topics.

The introductory lecture entitled “EU basics” was held by Mr. Domagoj Hajdukovic, Member of the Croatian Parliament and a member of the Parliamentary Committee for Family, Youth and Sports. The lecture included a chronological history and development of the European Union, its enlargement process as well as its institutions and bodies.
In direct contact with the Croatian MP the young people had an opportunity to hear more about the political parties in the EU, about its common market, the EU integration programs and about challenges the EU is facing today.
In the informal discussion that followed the lecture the young participants were interested to find out more about “eurocrats”, Switzerland and Norway, which are not formal EU members as well as about the prospects of employment in the EU after the Croatian accession to full EU membership.

On Saturday 14th April 2012 the first training session for young volunteers who want to become EU promoters in their community took place in the premises of the Local Democracy Agency in Osijek. The session is a part of the project which is financially supported by the City of Osijek and which aims at capacity building of young people who would like to volunteer in civil and public sector on the implementation of activities related to EU topics.

The introductory lecture entitled “EU basics” was held by Mr. Domagoj Hajdukovic, Member of the Croatian Parliament and a member of the Parliamentary Committee for Family, Youth and Sports. The lecture included a chronological history and development of the European Union, its enlargement process as well as its institutions and bodies.
In direct contact with the Croatian MP the young people had an opportunity to hear more about the political parties in the EU, about its common market, the EU integration programs and about challenges the EU is facing today.
In the informal discussion that followed the lecture the young participants were interested to find out more about “eurocrats”, Switzerland and Norway, which are not formal EU members as well as about the prospects of employment in the EU after the Croatian accession to full EU membership.


LDA GEORGIA PARTNER MEETING IN STRASBOURG. 19 April 2012

The partner meeting of LDA Georgia will take place in Strasbourg on 19th of April 2012. The meeting will be held by the Municipality of Strasbourg, lead partner of the LDA. Its main objectives  will be the updating of LDA Georgia’s statute, the analysis of the situation regarding LDA partner’s network and the Action plan for 2012 – 2013.
The meeting will be opened by the  welcome speech of Mrs. Nawel Rafik-Elmrini, Vice Mayor of Strasbourg, Mrs. Antonella Valmorbida, ALDA Director and Mr. Ioseb Khakhaleishvili, Executive Director of LDA Georgia.

The partner meeting of LDA Georgia will take place in Strasbourg on 19th of April 2012. The meeting will be held by the Municipality of Strasbourg, lead partner of the LDA. Its main objectives  will be the updating of LDA Georgia’s statute, the analysis of the situation regarding LDA partner’s network and the Action plan for 2012 – 2013.
The meeting will be opened by the  welcome speech of Mrs. Nawel Rafik-Elmrini, Vice Mayor of Strasbourg, Mrs. Antonella Valmorbida, ALDA Director and Mr. Ioseb Khakhaleishvili, Executive Director of LDA Georgia.


EESC HEARING ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE LISBON TREATY. (Brussels, 17 April 2012)

Mrs. Antonella Valmorbida, Alda Director, will attend the hearing on the implementation of articles 11 and 12 of the Lisbon Treaty promoted by EESC, the European Economic and Social Committee (Brussels, 17 April 2012).
Mrs. Antonella Valmorbida is Responsible for the Code of Good Practices for Civil Participation in the Decision Making Process, Democracy, Social Cohesion and Global Challenges Committee, Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe.

The Treaty on European Union (TEU), which entered into force in December 2009, gives formal recognition to the role of participatory democracy (civil dialogue, consultation, European citizens’ initiative). Article 11 builds on and bolsters the central institution of representative democracy (Articles 10 and 12), thus signifying an innovative European model of democracy.
The task is now to work for a tangible implementation of Article 11, which lays down a general framework.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is a consultative body that gives representatives of Europe’s socio-occupational interest groups, and others, a formal platform to express their points of views on EU issues. Its opinions are forwarded to the larger institutions – the Council, the Commission and the European Parliament. It thus has a key role to play in the Union’s decision-making process.

Mrs. Antonella Valmorbida, Alda Director, will attend the hearing on the implementation of articles 11 and 12 of the Lisbon Treaty promoted by EESC, the European Economic and Social Committee (Brussels, 17 April 2012).
Mrs. Antonella Valmorbida is Responsible for the Code of Good Practices for Civil Participation in the Decision Making Process, Democracy, Social Cohesion and Global Challenges Committee, Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe.

The Treaty on European Union (TEU), which entered into force in December 2009, gives formal recognition to the role of participatory democracy (civil dialogue, consultation, European citizens’ initiative). Article 11 builds on and bolsters the central institution of representative democracy (Articles 10 and 12), thus signifying an innovative European model of democracy.
The task is now to work for a tangible implementation of Article 11, which lays down a general framework.
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is a consultative body that gives representatives of Europe’s socio-occupational interest groups, and others, a formal platform to express their points of views on EU issues. Its opinions are forwarded to the larger institutions – the Council, the Commission and the European Parliament. It thus has a key role to play in the Union’s decision-making process.


LDA NIS WILL JOIN SILBA, DANISH NGO, IN OBSERVING ELECTIONS IN SERBIA

LDA Nis will join SILBA (Support Initiative for Liberty and Democracy), Danish NGO, during the process of observing the upcoming Serbian elections in May. Mixed teams, consisting of Danish and Serbian observes, will follow the elections in Nis. LDA Nis will provide members for the Serbian team, host a training that will be realized by the Danish experts from SILBA and provide all other logistical support for successful accomplishment of the observation of elections.

LDA Nis will join SILBA (Support Initiative for Liberty and Democracy), Danish NGO, during the process of observing the upcoming Serbian elections in May. Mixed teams, consisting of Danish and Serbian observes, will follow the elections in Nis. LDA Nis will provide members for the Serbian team, host a training that will be realized by the Danish experts from SILBA and provide all other logistical support for successful accomplishment of the observation of elections.


LDA NIS AND CITY MUNICIPALITY MEDIJANA IN THE SECOND PHASE OF A REGIONAL PROJECT FOR GENDER EQUALITY

LDA Nis and City Municipality Medijana, Nis, are successfully entering the second phase of implementation of a regional project for equality of women and men in a local life, Towns for equality.
The Municipal Council of the City Municipality Medijana, Nis, adopted a decision on signing the European Charter for Gender Equality and initiating the work on developing local action plan (LAP) for achieving gender equality. The Council also appointed members of the Coordination team that will be responsible for producing the LAP for the territory of Medijana.

LDA Nis and City Municipality Medijana, Nis, are successfully entering the second phase of implementation of a regional project for equality of women and men in a local life, Towns for equality.
The Municipal Council of the City Municipality Medijana, Nis, adopted a decision on signing the European Charter for Gender Equality and initiating the work on developing local action plan (LAP) for achieving gender equality. The Council also appointed members of the Coordination team that will be responsible for producing the LAP for the territory of Medijana.


EXCHANGE OF BEST PRACTICES BETWEEN THIENE (I) AND IJEVAN (AM) MUNICIPALITIES (10-13 April 2012)

Within the cooperation project between the Municipalities of Thiene (I) and Ijevan (AM), a study visit of a delegation of the Armenian City will be held in Thiene (10-13 April 2012).
Waste management, culture, territorial management, will be the areas of exchange of good practices among administrators and officials of the two municipalities.
(In the photo: First meeting between Thiene and Ijevan in Ijevan, October 2011).

The Armenian delegation will arrive today in Italy for an intensive session of work within the project launched by the Municipality of Thiene with the Municipality of Ijevan, in collaboration with ALDA, with the financial support of the Veneto Region in the context of decentralized cooperation for development programme.
During the visit there will be many opportunities to deeper the mutual knowledge between administrators and officials of the two municipalities, to share the decision making processes of the two Cities and their way to promote and support the good governance and the citizens’ participation.

Within the cooperation project between the Municipalities of Thiene (I) and Ijevan (AM), a study visit of a delegation of the Armenian City will be held in Thiene (10-13 April 2012).
Waste management, culture, territorial management, will be the areas of exchange of good practices among administrators and officials of the two municipalities.
(In the photo: First meeting between Thiene and Ijevan in Ijevan, October 2011).

The Armenian delegation will arrive today in Italy for an intensive session of work within the project launched by the Municipality of Thiene with the Municipality of Ijevan, in collaboration with ALDA, with the financial support of the Veneto Region in the context of decentralized cooperation for development programme.
During the visit there will be many opportunities to deeper the mutual knowledge between administrators and officials of the two municipalities, to share the decision making processes of the two Cities and their way to promote and support the good governance and the citizens’ participation.


«HUMAN RIGHTS MAKE FOR MORE INCLUSIVE COMMUNITIES» IS THE LEADING THEME OF THE ELDW 2012 (15-21 October)

The updated information for the 2012 Edition of European Local Democracy Week (ELDW) is now available on the Council of Europe’s website. The 2012 edition ELDW will focus on “Human rights make for more inclusive communities”.
ELDW 2012 will officially take place between 15-21 October. More information can be found (ovdje).

The updated information for the 2012 Edition of European Local Democracy Week (ELDW) is now available on the Council of Europe’s website. The 2012 edition ELDW will focus on “Human rights make for more inclusive communities”.
ELDW 2012 will officially take place between 15-21 October. More information can be found (ovdje).


PARTNER MEETING OF LDA ARMENIA IN LYON. (4-5 April 2012)

On April 4-5 the partners of LDA Armenia held meeting at the Region of Rhone Alpes in Lyon. They met to discuss how to organise the future work of the LDA and its strategic and action plan. Furthermore the partners discussed the finalisation of the charter for the LDA, which is necessary to register the LDA in Armenia.

Seven out of the LDA’s eight partners listed below participated in the meeting.
It was stressed that the agency won’t operate as an ordinary NGO but will have a different focus especially through the international element it brings to its work, on the European level through ALDA and the international partners, and at the South Caucasus regional level through the close cooperation with LDA Georgia and other ALDA partner and member organisations.
Mrs. Véronique Moreira, The Vice-President of the Region Rhône-Alpes, Responsible for cooperation solidarity, also participated in the discussion of the work of the LDA as well as several cities and other organisations from Rhone Alpes who are working actively in Armenia.
Counterpart International supported the participation of Armenian partners to the meeting.
The LDA in Armenia was opened in October 2011. Partners of the LDA come from three countries: Region Rhône-Alpes (France), Region Friuli Venezia Giulia, (Italy), the Union of Communities of Armenia, the Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development (Armenia), the Journalists’ Club Asparez (Armenia), the Municipality of Gyumri (the host city in Armenia), Shirak Centre (Armenia) and International Center for Human Development (Armenia).
Gyumri is the second largest city in Armenia, situated in the North of the country and has been selected as host since it will provide a good basis to allow the LDA to work on a national level.

On April 4-5 the partners of LDA Armenia held meeting at the Region of Rhone Alpes in Lyon. They met to discuss how to organise the future work of the LDA and its strategic and action plan. Furthermore the partners discussed the finalisation of the charter for the LDA, which is necessary to register the LDA in Armenia.

Seven out of the LDA’s eight partners listed below participated in the meeting.
It was stressed that the agency won’t operate as an ordinary NGO but will have a different focus especially through the international element it brings to its work, on the European level through ALDA and the international partners, and at the South Caucasus regional level through the close cooperation with LDA Georgia and other ALDA partner and member organisations.
Mrs. Véronique Moreira, The Vice-President of the Region Rhône-Alpes, Responsible for cooperation solidarity, also participated in the discussion of the work of the LDA as well as several cities and other organisations from Rhone Alpes who are working actively in Armenia.
Counterpart International supported the participation of Armenian partners to the meeting.
The LDA in Armenia was opened in October 2011. Partners of the LDA come from three countries: Region Rhône-Alpes (France), Region Friuli Venezia Giulia, (Italy), the Union of Communities of Armenia, the Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development (Armenia), the Journalists’ Club Asparez (Armenia), the Municipality of Gyumri (the host city in Armenia), Shirak Centre (Armenia) and International Center for Human Development (Armenia).
Gyumri is the second largest city in Armenia, situated in the North of the country and has been selected as host since it will provide a good basis to allow the LDA to work on a national level.


Sastanak partnera LDA Armenija

Sastanak partnera LDA Armenija u Lyonu (Francuska), 4-5. Travnja 2012.