ALDA – PLATFORMA CONSULTATION FOR EaP AND PRE-ACCESSION COUNTRIES LOCAL AUTHORITIES (Paris, 11 December 2012)

In cooperation with PLATFORMA and the EC, ALDA gathered on the 11th December in Paris the main representatives of Associations of Local Authorities and Local Authorities representatives from the EaP and Western Balkan countries in order to address the main concerns regarding development policies of those actors directly to the EC.

The Consultation was attended by 30 participants, among them Mr Dorin Chirtoacă, Mayor of Chisinau – Moldova, Emin Yeritsyan, President of the President of Communities Association of Armenia, Mamuka Abuladze, President of National Association of Local Authorities of Georgia, Avdullah Hoti, Deputy Mayor of the City of Pristina – Kosovo and Mr. Ljubo Beslic, Mayor of the City of Mostar. In order to give to the discussion a broader dimension, representatives of relevant CSOs acting in the regions took part in the Consultation process.
The Consultation has been organized within the framework of the WTD – Working Together for Development programme, which aims at exploring the opportunities Local Authorities and Civil Society Organizations have in working together to promote more sustainable global development achievements.
The organization of the Consultation is the result of ALDA advocacy work to ensure the voice of Local and Regional Authorities coming from the EaP and Balkan countries towards the relevant European Institutions.
For more information please contact Mr Alfonso Aliberti, Project Manager of ALDA, at alfonso.aliberti@aldaintranet.org.

In cooperation with PLATFORMA and the EC, ALDA gathered on the 11th December in Paris the main representatives of Associations of Local Authorities and Local Authorities representatives from the EaP and Western Balkan countries in order to address the main concerns regarding development policies of those actors directly to the EC.

The Consultation was attended by 30 participants, among them Mr Dorin Chirtoacă, Mayor of Chisinau – Moldova, Emin Yeritsyan, President of the President of Communities Association of Armenia, Mamuka Abuladze, President of National Association of Local Authorities of Georgia, Avdullah Hoti, Deputy Mayor of the City of Pristina – Kosovo and Mr. Ljubo Beslic, Mayor of the City of Mostar. In order to give to the discussion a broader dimension, representatives of relevant CSOs acting in the regions took part in the Consultation process.
The Consultation has been organized within the framework of the WTD – Working Together for Development programme, which aims at exploring the opportunities Local Authorities and Civil Society Organizations have in working together to promote more sustainable global development achievements.
The organization of the Consultation is the result of ALDA advocacy work to ensure the voice of Local and Regional Authorities coming from the EaP and Balkan countries towards the relevant European Institutions.
For more information please contact Mr Alfonso Aliberti, Project Manager of ALDA, at alfonso.aliberti@aldaintranet.org.


WTD CONFERENCE ON “HUMAN RIGHTS AND INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUE IN DEVELOPMENT”. (Paris, 10 December 2012)

ALDA celebrated the Human Rights Day last 10th December in Paris with the International Conference “Human Rights and Intercultural Dialogue in Development”. The Conference was attended by 60 participants representing Local Authorities and CSOs coming from the enlarged Europe. The conference has been organized within the framework of the WTD – Working Together for Development programme.

The discussion focused on the linkages between Human Rights and global development which aimed at having a reflexion on a way to have a better international action in the field of development. It was moderated by Ms Antonella Valmorbida, Director of ALDA, and gathered relevant speakers from different professional backgrounds. Among them Mrs Catherine Lalumière, President of the French Federation of the Houses of Europe, Mr Pierre Barge,  Honorary President of the European Association for the Defense of Human Rights (AEDH), Mr Christoph Eberhard, Professor in Anthropology and Theory of the Law at the University of Saint Louis in Brussels and Mr. Ljubo Beslic, Mayor of the City of Mostar.
The WTD – Working Together for Development programme aims at exploring the opportunities Local Authorities and Civil Society Organizations have in working together to promote more sustainable global development achievements.
For more information please contact Mr Alfonso Aliberti, Project Manager of ALDA, at alfonso.aliberti@aldaintranet.org.

ALDA celebrated the Human Rights Day last 10th December in Paris with the International Conference “Human Rights and Intercultural Dialogue in Development”. The Conference was attended by 60 participants representing Local Authorities and CSOs coming from the enlarged Europe. The conference has been organized within the framework of the WTD – Working Together for Development programme.

The discussion focused on the linkages between Human Rights and global development which aimed at having a reflexion on a way to have a better international action in the field of development. It was moderated by Ms Antonella Valmorbida, Director of ALDA, and gathered relevant speakers from different professional backgrounds. Among them Mrs Catherine Lalumière, President of the French Federation of the Houses of Europe, Mr Pierre Barge,  Honorary President of the European Association for the Defense of Human Rights (AEDH), Mr Christoph Eberhard, Professor in Anthropology and Theory of the Law at the University of Saint Louis in Brussels and Mr. Ljubo Beslic, Mayor of the City of Mostar.
The WTD – Working Together for Development programme aims at exploring the opportunities Local Authorities and Civil Society Organizations have in working together to promote more sustainable global development achievements.
For more information please contact Mr Alfonso Aliberti, Project Manager of ALDA, at alfonso.aliberti@aldaintranet.org.


"PARTNERSHIP BUILDING FOR EU INTEGRATION" - TRAINING SEMINAR WITHIN "THE EUROPEAN AND OUR AFFAIRS" PROJECT. (Zavidovici, BiH - 12 December 2012)

The training seminar „Partnership building for EU integration“ for civil society organizations and local governments, within the project „The European and Our Affairs“, was held in Zavidovici  on the 12 December 2012.
One day training in Zavidovici was organized by the LDA Zavidovici in close collaboration with Stanka Parać from ALDA as senior trainer.The interest for this training was quite high, over 30 representatives of local NGOs and public institutions from Zavidovići and Žepče attended the seminar.
During the training there was presented Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) followed by interactive workshop related with developing an idea into a project proposal, project cycle management and its objectives (clear and realistic project objectives and consistency with and contribution to general policy objectives), project cycle management stages (programming, identification, assessment, financing, implementation and evaluation), general project objective and specific project objectives.
During the training through interactive and simulation exercise participants worked on producing of a concept note for EU projects.
In the closing of the workshop, the participants presented their group work, and the trainers have also provided their comments and practical advice for improvements, while the communication and the group dynamics will be maintained through information share and including the participants into the mailing list for project beneficiaries.
As a follow-up coaching and mentoring process, the participants group was advised not to hesitate to seek advice from trainers on any topic they may not understand, and encouraged to continue good work.
The project “The European and Our Affairs” is funded by the European Union from IPA 2011 Information and Communication Programme. Project is implemented by Association of Local Democracy Agencies – ALDA in partnership with LDA Zavidovići and Municipality of Zavidovići and Development Agency Žepče as associated organizations.
Activities include capacity building, public promotion campaigns, and knowledge share involving diverse sections of local society, while the local policy/decision makers, business sector, NGO-s, local media and young people are among priority target groups. The proposed contents and expertise engaged serve both as a learning opportunity for the actors involved, but also to help bust some myths and stereotypes related with the EU integration.

This project is funded by the European Union.
“This publication has been produced with the assistance of the European Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of ALDA and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.”

The training seminar „Partnership building for EU integration“ for civil society organizations and local governments, within the project „The European and Our Affairs“, was held in Zavidovici  on the 12 December 2012.
One day training in Zavidovici was organized by the LDA Zavidovici in close collaboration with Stanka Parać from ALDA as senior trainer.The interest for this training was quite high, over 30 representatives of local NGOs and public institutions from Zavidovići and Žepče attended the seminar.
During the training there was presented Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) followed by interactive workshop related with developing an idea into a project proposal, project cycle management and its objectives (clear and realistic project objectives and consistency with and contribution to general policy objectives), project cycle management stages (programming, identification, assessment, financing, implementation and evaluation), general project objective and specific project objectives.
During the training through interactive and simulation exercise participants worked on producing of a concept note for EU projects.
In the closing of the workshop, the participants presented their group work, and the trainers have also provided their comments and practical advice for improvements, while the communication and the group dynamics will be maintained through information share and including the participants into the mailing list for project beneficiaries.
As a follow-up coaching and mentoring process, the participants group was advised not to hesitate to seek advice from trainers on any topic they may not understand, and encouraged to continue good work.
The project “The European and Our Affairs” is funded by the European Union from IPA 2011 Information and Communication Programme. Project is implemented by Association of Local Democracy Agencies – ALDA in partnership with LDA Zavidovići and Municipality of Zavidovići and Development Agency Žepče as associated organizations.
Activities include capacity building, public promotion campaigns, and knowledge share involving diverse sections of local society, while the local policy/decision makers, business sector, NGO-s, local media and young people are among priority target groups. The proposed contents and expertise engaged serve both as a learning opportunity for the actors involved, but also to help bust some myths and stereotypes related with the EU integration.

This project is funded by the European Union.
“This publication has been produced with the assistance of the European Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of ALDA and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.”


SNET.EU. CONFERENCE ON „REGIONAL COOPERATION AS FOUNDATION FOR PEACE, SOCIAL COOPERATION AND ECONOMIC INTERESTS“ (Osijek, HR, 11 December 2012)

On 11th November 2012 in the premises of Evangelic Theological Seminary in Osijek the Opening Conference of the project „Support for networking and twinning at European level“ was held. The project is being implemented within the IPA Cross Border Cooperation Programme Croatia – Serbia 2007-2013. It is financially supported by the European Union and will be implemented over the period of 18 months.

The aim of this project is to contribute to capacity building of municipalities and towns in the border region of Croatia and Serbia for more effective cooperation at both regional and European level and to contribute to fostering of active citizenship in local communities of Osijek-Baranja and Vukovar Syrmium counties in Croatia and Bač and Srem districts in Serbia.
The introductory speaches at the Opening conference were conducted by the Vice Prefect of Osijek – Baranja County, Jovan Jelić and the Rector of Evangelic Theological Seminary, Peter Kuzmič. After the introductory speaches expert presentations on the topic of local self-government in Croatia and Serbia were held by Tunjica Petrašević, docent at the Department for Constitutional Law and Political Science of the Law Faculty in Osijek, Croatia and by  Slobodan Martinović from Centre for Policy research from Serbia.
“The goals of the corss border cooperation  today are to link  population along two or more borders in order to cooperate  and solve their everyday problems, and which can not be solved within their own national borders. Emphasis is on the economic and social problems, but also on economic interests. But we should not forget that the first reason for inception of cross border cooperation was the establishment of peace and good neighborly relations between the warring parties. Given the fact that Croatia in 90-ies was dragged into a war with Serbia, it is necessary to specifically refer to the importance of cross-border cooperation as a contribution to peace and stability in the region, ” emphasized Tunjica Petrasevic.
On twinning strategies talked Zoltan Pamer, consultant for EU programmes of international and interregional cooperation, and Paula Raužan, president of the Local Democracy Agency Sisak.
Zoltan Pamer presented the community-led local development (CLLD), a specific tool that will be introduced to us in the next programming periof of the EU (2014-2020), and which may mobilize and involve local communities and organisations to contribute to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and which may foster territorial cohesion and implementation of public Europen policies . „This tool is focused on sub-regional levels (towns and their surroundings) and it envisages also the cross border cooperation“, explained Pamer.
Paula Raužan presented modern concept of town twinning, its pre-requisites and active citizenship. She explained that the concept of active citizenship means to actively involve citizens into life of their community and therefore into democracy as well – especially into action and participation. However, she also explained that the concept is much more than giving into charity or for humanitarian purposes and much more than voting at elections or volunteering.
Project „Support for networking and twinning at European level –SNET.EU“ will be implemented in the towns of Osijek, Vukovar and Beli Manastir and in municipalities of Erdut Nijemci, Drenovci in Croatia  and in the towns of Novi Sad and Subotica and municipalities of Apatin, Bac, Ruma, Stara Pazova, Beocin i Indija.
Main project activities are capacity building activities on European policies and EU integration process (conferences, seminars and training), establishing of the Resource centres in support of networking of local authorities in border regions of Croatia and Serbia (promotional workshops and exchange of good practice) and thematic workshops in municipalities and towns in border region.
By April 2013th the training on the twinning program in Novi Sad will be held, the Resource Centers in Subotica Osijek to support networking of local authorities in border regions of Croatia and Serbia  will be opened and seminars on  European policies will be held in Vukovar and Apatin.

On 11th November 2012 in the premises of Evangelic Theological Seminary in Osijek the Opening Conference of the project „Support for networking and twinning at European level“ was held. The project is being implemented within the IPA Cross Border Cooperation Programme Croatia – Serbia 2007-2013. It is financially supported by the European Union and will be implemented over the period of 18 months.

The aim of this project is to contribute to capacity building of municipalities and towns in the border region of Croatia and Serbia for more effective cooperation at both regional and European level and to contribute to fostering of active citizenship in local communities of Osijek-Baranja and Vukovar Syrmium counties in Croatia and Bač and Srem districts in Serbia.
The introductory speaches at the Opening conference were conducted by the Vice Prefect of Osijek – Baranja County, Jovan Jelić and the Rector of Evangelic Theological Seminary, Peter Kuzmič. After the introductory speaches expert presentations on the topic of local self-government in Croatia and Serbia were held by Tunjica Petrašević, docent at the Department for Constitutional Law and Political Science of the Law Faculty in Osijek, Croatia and by  Slobodan Martinović from Centre for Policy research from Serbia.
“The goals of the corss border cooperation  today are to link  population along two or more borders in order to cooperate  and solve their everyday problems, and which can not be solved within their own national borders. Emphasis is on the economic and social problems, but also on economic interests. But we should not forget that the first reason for inception of cross border cooperation was the establishment of peace and good neighborly relations between the warring parties. Given the fact that Croatia in 90-ies was dragged into a war with Serbia, it is necessary to specifically refer to the importance of cross-border cooperation as a contribution to peace and stability in the region, ” emphasized Tunjica Petrasevic.
On twinning strategies talked Zoltan Pamer, consultant for EU programmes of international and interregional cooperation, and Paula Raužan, president of the Local Democracy Agency Sisak.
Zoltan Pamer presented the community-led local development (CLLD), a specific tool that will be introduced to us in the next programming periof of the EU (2014-2020), and which may mobilize and involve local communities and organisations to contribute to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and which may foster territorial cohesion and implementation of public Europen policies . „This tool is focused on sub-regional levels (towns and their surroundings) and it envisages also the cross border cooperation“, explained Pamer.
Paula Raužan presented modern concept of town twinning, its pre-requisites and active citizenship. She explained that the concept of active citizenship means to actively involve citizens into life of their community and therefore into democracy as well – especially into action and participation. However, she also explained that the concept is much more than giving into charity or for humanitarian purposes and much more than voting at elections or volunteering.
Project „Support for networking and twinning at European level –SNET.EU“ will be implemented in the towns of Osijek, Vukovar and Beli Manastir and in municipalities of Erdut Nijemci, Drenovci in Croatia  and in the towns of Novi Sad and Subotica and municipalities of Apatin, Bac, Ruma, Stara Pazova, Beocin i Indija.
Main project activities are capacity building activities on European policies and EU integration process (conferences, seminars and training), establishing of the Resource centres in support of networking of local authorities in border regions of Croatia and Serbia (promotional workshops and exchange of good practice) and thematic workshops in municipalities and towns in border region.
By April 2013th the training on the twinning program in Novi Sad will be held, the Resource Centers in Subotica Osijek to support networking of local authorities in border regions of Croatia and Serbia  will be opened and seminars on  European policies will be held in Vukovar and Apatin.


ALDA LEADERSHIP IN TUNISIA TO A WORKSHOP ON WRITING THE CONSTITUTION (Jendouba , Tunisia, 1-2 December 2012)

At the invitation of ALDA’s main Tunisian partner, Lam Echaml , Mr Oriano Otocan and Mr Alessandro Perelli have visited Jendouba for a one-day seminar on “Regional Development, Local Democracy and the New Constitution” that took place on 1st and 2nd December 2012 in Aïn Draham and Jendouba in Western Tunisia.
Together with Ms Aleksandra Jerkov, member of the Serbian Parliament and Mrs Biljana Zasova, Programme Coordinator in ALDA, they presented a diverse picture of the systems of decentralisation and local economic development in Europe.

The cases of Italy, Serbia, Croatia and Macedonia have been presented, along with an overview of the different decentralisaton systems in Europe. The experts had also the opportunity to learn more about the current practices in matters of local economic and regional development in Tunisia by representatives of local initiatives
Thanks to the project of Citizens’ Workshops on Writing of the Constitution (ATECC), Lam Echaml has aimed at contributing to the writing of different chapters of the new Tunisian Constitution, with the aim to discuss with ordinary citizens and activists about the dynamic in establishing a new order in Tunisia. The ATECC project puts into practice participative democracy in Tunisia as they offer to organisations, associations and citizens the opportunity to make largely known their ideas, reflexions and requests about the future Tunisian Constitution.


LEADERSHIP DI ALDA IN TUNISIA AD UN WORKSHOP SULLA SCRITTURA DELLA COSTITUZIONE (Jendouba , Tunisia, 1-2 dicembre 2012)

Su invito di  Lam Echaml, il principale partner tunisino di ALDA, Oriano Otočan e Alessandro Perelli, presidente e vicepresidente di ALDA hanno visitato Jendouba per un seminario sul tema “Sviluppo regionale, Democrazia locale e nuova Costituzione”, svoltosi l’1 e 2 dicembre a Jendouba, Tunisia occidentale.
Insieme con la Aleksandra Jerkov, membro del Parlamento serbo e Biljana Zašová, coordinatore del programma di ALDA, hanno presentato un quadro eterogeneo dei sistemi di decentramento e di sviluppo economico locale in Europa.
I casi di Italia, Serbia, Croazia e Macedonia sono stati presentati, insieme ad una panoramica dei diversi sistemi di decentralizzazione in Europa. Gli esperti hanno anche avuto l’opportunità di saperne di più sulle attuali pratiche in materia di sviluppo economico locale e regionale in Tunisia dai rappresentanti di iniziative locali.
Grazie al progetto di workshop dei cittadini sulla scrittura della Costituzione (ATECC), Lam Echaml ha mirato a contribuire alla stesura di diversi capitoli della nuova Costituzione tunisina, con l’obiettivo di discutere con i normali cittadini e gli attivisti circa la dinamica per stabilire un nuovo ordine in Tunisia. Il progetto ATECC mette in pratica la democrazia partecipativa in Tunisia in quanto offre alle organizzazioni, associazioni e ai cittadini la possibilità di rendere note in gran parte le loro idee, riflessioni e richieste circa la futura Costituzione tunisina.


LA LEADERSHIP D’ALDA EN TUNISIE DANS UN WORKSHOP SUR LA CRÉATION DE LA CONSTITUTION (Jendouba , Tunisie, 1-2 Décembre 2012)

En occasion de l’invitation de part du principal partenaire Tunisien, Lam Echaml, M Oriano Otočan et M Alessandro Perelli ont visité Jendouba pour un séminaire d’un jour, concernant le « Développement Régional, Deémocratie Locale et Nouvelle Constitution » qui a eu lieu le 1er et le 2 Décembre à Aïn Draham et à Jendouba, en Tunisie Occidentale.
Ensemble avec Mme Aleksandra Jerkov, membre du Parlement serbe et Mme Biljana Zasova, Coordinatrice des Programmes près d’ALDA, ils ont présenté une image différente des systèmes de décentralisasion et de développement économique local en Europe.
Les cases de l’Italie, la Serbie, la Croatie et la Macédonie ont été présentés, en tant qu’exemple de différents systèmes de décentralisation en Europe. Les experts avaient également la possibilité d’apprendre nouvelles connaissances relativement aux pratiques courantes dans les domaines du développement économique local et régional en Tunisie, grâce aux représentants des initiatives locales.
À travers le projet de Citizens’ Workshops on Writing of the Constitution (ATECC), Lam Echaml s’est fixé de contribuire à l’écriture de différents chapitres de la nouvelle contitution tunisienne, afin de discuter avec les citoyens et les activistes l’établissement d’un nouveau ordre dynamique en Tunisie. Le projet ATECC met en pratique la démocratie participative en Tunisie ; ensuite ils offrent has aimed at contributing to the writing of different chapters of the new Tunisian  aux organisations, associations et aux citoyens l’opportunité de faire connaitre le plus possible leurs idées, reflexions et réquêtes concernant la future Constitution tunisienne.

At the invitation of ALDA’s main Tunisian partner, Lam Echaml , Mr Oriano Otocan and Mr Alessandro Perelli have visited Jendouba for a one-day seminar on “Regional Development, Local Democracy and the New Constitution” that took place on 1st and 2nd December 2012 in Aïn Draham and Jendouba in Western Tunisia.
Together with Ms Aleksandra Jerkov, member of the Serbian Parliament and Mrs Biljana Zasova, Programme Coordinator in ALDA, they presented a diverse picture of the systems of decentralisation and local economic development in Europe.

The cases of Italy, Serbia, Croatia and Macedonia have been presented, along with an overview of the different decentralisaton systems in Europe. The experts had also the opportunity to learn more about the current practices in matters of local economic and regional development in Tunisia by representatives of local initiatives
Thanks to the project of Citizens’ Workshops on Writing of the Constitution (ATECC), Lam Echaml has aimed at contributing to the writing of different chapters of the new Tunisian Constitution, with the aim to discuss with ordinary citizens and activists about the dynamic in establishing a new order in Tunisia. The ATECC project puts into practice participative democracy in Tunisia as they offer to organisations, associations and citizens the opportunity to make largely known their ideas, reflexions and requests about the future Tunisian Constitution.


LEADERSHIP DI ALDA IN TUNISIA AD UN WORKSHOP SULLA SCRITTURA DELLA COSTITUZIONE (Jendouba , Tunisia, 1-2 dicembre 2012)

Su invito di  Lam Echaml, il principale partner tunisino di ALDA, Oriano Otočan e Alessandro Perelli, presidente e vicepresidente di ALDA hanno visitato Jendouba per un seminario sul tema “Sviluppo regionale, Democrazia locale e nuova Costituzione”, svoltosi l’1 e 2 dicembre a Jendouba, Tunisia occidentale.
Insieme con la Aleksandra Jerkov, membro del Parlamento serbo e Biljana Zašová, coordinatore del programma di ALDA, hanno presentato un quadro eterogeneo dei sistemi di decentramento e di sviluppo economico locale in Europa.
I casi di Italia, Serbia, Croazia e Macedonia sono stati presentati, insieme ad una panoramica dei diversi sistemi di decentralizzazione in Europa. Gli esperti hanno anche avuto l’opportunità di saperne di più sulle attuali pratiche in materia di sviluppo economico locale e regionale in Tunisia dai rappresentanti di iniziative locali.
Grazie al progetto di workshop dei cittadini sulla scrittura della Costituzione (ATECC), Lam Echaml ha mirato a contribuire alla stesura di diversi capitoli della nuova Costituzione tunisina, con l’obiettivo di discutere con i normali cittadini e gli attivisti circa la dinamica per stabilire un nuovo ordine in Tunisia. Il progetto ATECC mette in pratica la democrazia partecipativa in Tunisia in quanto offre alle organizzazioni, associazioni e ai cittadini la possibilità di rendere note in gran parte le loro idee, riflessioni e richieste circa la futura Costituzione tunisina.


LA LEADERSHIP D’ALDA EN TUNISIE DANS UN WORKSHOP SUR LA CRÉATION DE LA CONSTITUTION (Jendouba , Tunisie, 1-2 Décembre 2012)

En occasion de l’invitation de part du principal partenaire Tunisien, Lam Echaml, M Oriano Otočan et M Alessandro Perelli ont visité Jendouba pour un séminaire d’un jour, concernant le « Développement Régional, Deémocratie Locale et Nouvelle Constitution » qui a eu lieu le 1er et le 2 Décembre à Aïn Draham et à Jendouba, en Tunisie Occidentale.
Ensemble avec Mme Aleksandra Jerkov, membre du Parlement serbe et Mme Biljana Zasova, Coordinatrice des Programmes près d’ALDA, ils ont présenté une image différente des systèmes de décentralisasion et de développement économique local en Europe.
Les cases de l’Italie, la Serbie, la Croatie et la Macédonie ont été présentés, en tant qu’exemple de différents systèmes de décentralisation en Europe. Les experts avaient également la possibilité d’apprendre nouvelles connaissances relativement aux pratiques courantes dans les domaines du développement économique local et régional en Tunisie, grâce aux représentants des initiatives locales.
À travers le projet de Citizens’ Workshops on Writing of the Constitution (ATECC), Lam Echaml s’est fixé de contribuire à l’écriture de différents chapitres de la nouvelle contitution tunisienne, afin de discuter avec les citoyens et les activistes l’établissement d’un nouveau ordre dynamique en Tunisie. Le projet ATECC met en pratique la démocratie participative en Tunisie ; ensuite ils offrent has aimed at contributing to the writing of different chapters of the new Tunisian  aux organisations, associations et aux citoyens l’opportunité de faire connaitre le plus possible leurs idées, reflexions et réquêtes concernant la future Constitution tunisienne.


“THE ROLE OF VOLUNTEERING IN LOCAL COMMUNITY” 12TH VIT LOCAL EVENT (Novigrad, HR 7-8 Decmber 2012)

On 7th and 8th December, The Municipality of Novigrad-Cittanova (Croatia) will organize an international radionica (qui link al pdf: Invitation-Programme) in Novigrad.
This event, entitled “The role of volunteering in Local Community – volunteering as an instrument of active citizenship”, is the twelfth local event of the project VIT.

The workshop will focus on the role of volunteering for improving the quality of life of elderly people, involving young people in development of active citizenship, partnership and cooperation between organizations, institutions and public authorities, the development of democratic society and the success of town twinning.
It will gather a variety of experts, representatives of NGOs, local governments and
citizens.
This workshop will be the 12th local event organized within the framework of the project Very Important Twinning, Volunteering in Town (VIT), in which ALDA is the lead partner.

For more information, you can contact Vanja Gorički by email vanja.goricki@novigrad.hr

On 7th and 8th December, The Municipality of Novigrad-Cittanova (Croatia) will organize an international radionica (qui link al pdf: Invitation-Programme) in Novigrad.
This event, entitled “The role of volunteering in Local Community – volunteering as an instrument of active citizenship”, is the twelfth local event of the project VIT.

The workshop will focus on the role of volunteering for improving the quality of life of elderly people, involving young people in development of active citizenship, partnership and cooperation between organizations, institutions and public authorities, the development of democratic society and the success of town twinning.
It will gather a variety of experts, representatives of NGOs, local governments and
citizens.
This workshop will be the 12th local event organized within the framework of the project Very Important Twinning, Volunteering in Town (VIT), in which ALDA is the lead partner.

For more information, you can contact Vanja Gorički by email vanja.goricki@novigrad.hr


ALDA – PLATFORMA CONSULTATION FOR EaP AND PRE-ACCESSION COUNTRIES LOCAL AUTHORITIES (Paris, 11th December 2012)

ALDA, in cooperation with PLATFORMA, is organizing a regional consultation for the Eastern Partnership countries and the Pre-Accession countries (Western Balkans and Turkey).
The Consultation will take place in Paris (11 December 2012, 167 boulevard de la Villette, 75010),
And will be carried out on the basis of an “Issue Paper”, prepared by the European Commission services, which analyses the situation and the challenges of LAs in development and proposes several themes to articulate the debate around.

The consultation is taking place within the programme WTD – Working Together for Development, which is focusing on strengthening the capacities of its partners, both ALAs and CSOs Networks, to be engaged in development cooperation actions.
The European Commission is preparing a Communication on the role Local Authorities (LAs) have in development cooperation. The communication is expected to be released early 2013 and will guide future EU development programs and the role given to LAs in these programs.
The Issue Paper states that the complex challenges to reach sustainable development goals and poverty reduction cannot be addressed exclusively by central governments. Actors at the local level must be involved to promote and achieve good governance, sustainable development and inclusive growth.
Through the consultation process, the European Commission will seek to integrate consultation feedbacks in the drafting of the Communication, which will be addressed to the European Parliament and Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions.
For more information please contact Alfonso Aliberti at alfonso.aliberti@aldaintranet.org

ALDA, in cooperation with PLATFORMA, is organizing a regional consultation for the Eastern Partnership countries and the Pre-Accession countries (Western Balkans and Turkey).
The Consultation will take place in Paris (11 December 2012, 167 boulevard de la Villette, 75010),
And will be carried out on the basis of an “Issue Paper”, prepared by the European Commission services, which analyses the situation and the challenges of LAs in development and proposes several themes to articulate the debate around.

The consultation is taking place within the programme WTD – Working Together for Development, which is focusing on strengthening the capacities of its partners, both ALAs and CSOs Networks, to be engaged in development cooperation actions.
The European Commission is preparing a Communication on the role Local Authorities (LAs) have in development cooperation. The communication is expected to be released early 2013 and will guide future EU development programs and the role given to LAs in these programs.
The Issue Paper states that the complex challenges to reach sustainable development goals and poverty reduction cannot be addressed exclusively by central governments. Actors at the local level must be involved to promote and achieve good governance, sustainable development and inclusive growth.
Through the consultation process, the European Commission will seek to integrate consultation feedbacks in the drafting of the Communication, which will be addressed to the European Parliament and Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions.
For more information please contact Alfonso Aliberti at alfonso.aliberti@aldaintranet.org


LDAs SUBOTICA AND OSIJEK OPENED WITH A CONFERENCE THE NEW PROJECT SNET.EU (Subotica, 5 December 2012)

The opening conference of the new project Support for networking and twinning at European level, funded by the European Union under the Cross-Border Programme Croatia-Serbia, was held in Subotica, SRB (5 December 2012) , organised jointly by the LDA-s Subotica and Osijek.
This project, that lasts 18 months, is carried out by LDA Osijek in cooperation with LDA Subotica in partnership with the Croatian Institute for Local Government – Hills, Evangelical Theological Faculty – ETF, Open University Subotica and ALDA.

The activities that will be organized during the 2013th start with the opening conference in order to establish resource centers and support the improvement of the administrative capacity of local governments in the border areas of Croatia and Serbia to build partnerships for European projects.
Participants of the conference were local auhority and CSO representatives that were welcomed by Stanka Parać Damjanović,  LDA Subotica, Miljenko Turniški – LDA, Jovan Jelić deputy head of the Osijek-Baranja county, Marta Dobo – City council member responsible for international and regional cooperation, Erika Kudlik – head of the Local Economic Development Office Subotica and Consul General of the Republic of Croatia, Dragan Djuric.
In addition to the presentation of the planned project activities and representation of experiences  of the municipalities in inter-municipal cooperation, professor Mijat Damjanovic talked about the regional policy of the European Union, while professor Jovan Komsic presented the  European standards of  cross-border cooperationc. Slobodan Martinovic from NGO Argument gave a presentation on decentralization and local development coalition for democracy in Serbia.
Bojana Batalo from the Municipality of Ruma presented their experiences in project implementation and Snezana Milesevic from the Municiplaity of Apatin gave a presentation about the former and ongoing cross-border projects.

The opening conference of the new project Support for networking and twinning at European level, funded by the European Union under the Cross-Border Programme Croatia-Serbia, was held in Subotica, SRB (5 December 2012) , organised jointly by the LDA-s Subotica and Osijek.
This project, that lasts 18 months, is carried out by LDA Osijek in cooperation with LDA Subotica in partnership with the Croatian Institute for Local Government – Hills, Evangelical Theological Faculty – ETF, Open University Subotica and ALDA.

The activities that will be organized during the 2013th start with the opening conference in order to establish resource centers and support the improvement of the administrative capacity of local governments in the border areas of Croatia and Serbia to build partnerships for European projects.
Participants of the conference were local auhority and CSO representatives that were welcomed by Stanka Parać Damjanović,  LDA Subotica, Miljenko Turniški – LDA, Jovan Jelić deputy head of the Osijek-Baranja county, Marta Dobo – City council member responsible for international and regional cooperation, Erika Kudlik – head of the Local Economic Development Office Subotica and Consul General of the Republic of Croatia, Dragan Djuric.
In addition to the presentation of the planned project activities and representation of experiences  of the municipalities in inter-municipal cooperation, professor Mijat Damjanovic talked about the regional policy of the European Union, while professor Jovan Komsic presented the  European standards of  cross-border cooperationc. Slobodan Martinovic from NGO Argument gave a presentation on decentralization and local development coalition for democracy in Serbia.
Bojana Batalo from the Municipality of Ruma presented their experiences in project implementation and Snezana Milesevic from the Municiplaity of Apatin gave a presentation about the former and ongoing cross-border projects.


HEARING ON LOCAL DEMOCRACY IN AZERBAIJAN ORGANIZED BY ALDA (Brussels, 13 December 2012)

ALDA, together with the Congress of the Council of Europe, is organizing a hearing  on local democracy in Azerbaijan that will be held in Brussels at the Committee of the Regions (Room JDE 70) on December 13 from 10-13 hrs.

The hearing is a follow up to the monitoring report on Local and Regional democracy in Azerbaijan adopted by the Congress of the Council of Europe on October 17, 2012. It will gather the relevant stakeholders to discuss the perspectives of developing local self-government in Azerbaijan and the role the Council of Europe and EU can play to support these efforts. In particular the hearing will aim at identifying specific actions and policy initiatives that could be taken to develop local and regional democracy in Azerbaijan.

If you would like to participate, please send a short email to Judith Berger (judith.berger@aldaintranet.org).

ALDA, together with the Congress of the Council of Europe, is organizing a hearing  on local democracy in Azerbaijan that will be held in Brussels at the Committee of the Regions (Room JDE 70) on December 13 from 10-13 hrs.

The hearing is a follow up to the monitoring report on Local and Regional democracy in Azerbaijan adopted by the Congress of the Council of Europe on October 17, 2012. It will gather the relevant stakeholders to discuss the perspectives of developing local self-government in Azerbaijan and the role the Council of Europe and EU can play to support these efforts. In particular the hearing will aim at identifying specific actions and policy initiatives that could be taken to develop local and regional democracy in Azerbaijan.

If you would like to participate, please send a short email to Judith Berger (judith.berger@aldaintranet.org).


ALDA – CIDEM INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUE IN DEVELOPMENT (Paris, 10th December 2012)

An international Conference (qui link al pdf: Agenda Conference Paris_05-12-12 ) on “Human Rights and Intercultural Dialogue in Development”, will be held in Paris on the 10th December 2012 (Federation of the Ligue de l’enseignement – 167 boulevard de la Villette, 75010), organized by ALDA in cooperation with CIDEM – Civisme et Démocratie.
The event will take place on the occasion of the celebration of the Human Rights Day, date chosen to honor the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption and proclamation, on 10 December 1948, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The conference has been organized within the framework of the WTD – Working Together for Development programme, which aims at exploring the opportunities Local Authorities and Civil Society Organizations have in working together to promote more sustainable global development achievements.
The conference will mainly focus on the role those actors have in promoting human rights values and intercultural dialogue practices in their own communities and how this can affect the global development agenda.
Bearing in mind that the question of the human rights and of the intercultural dialogue represents essential aspects for the entire Europe today and being aware of the rich cultural diversity in the enlarged Europe, we think that the local political representatives, as well as CSOs leaders, have to deal with a colossal challenge: the peaceful and constructive dialogue between cultures. It is a “sine qua non” condition for the European construction, for its economic, social and cultural dimension.
The Conference will gather together academic experts, political representatives, CSOs leaders, human rights activists and citizens to discuss together the need for a more incisive promotion of Human Rights values, in and outside Europe, as a valuable tool to reach the Millennium Development Goals.
For more information please contact Alfonso Aliberti at alfonso.aliberti@aldaintranet.org

An international Conference (qui link al pdf: Agenda Conference Paris_05-12-12 ) on “Human Rights and Intercultural Dialogue in Development”, will be held in Paris on the 10th December 2012 (Federation of the Ligue de l’enseignement – 167 boulevard de la Villette, 75010), organized by ALDA in cooperation with CIDEM – Civisme et Démocratie.
The event will take place on the occasion of the celebration of the Human Rights Day, date chosen to honor the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption and proclamation, on 10 December 1948, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The conference has been organized within the framework of the WTD – Working Together for Development programme, which aims at exploring the opportunities Local Authorities and Civil Society Organizations have in working together to promote more sustainable global development achievements.
The conference will mainly focus on the role those actors have in promoting human rights values and intercultural dialogue practices in their own communities and how this can affect the global development agenda.
Bearing in mind that the question of the human rights and of the intercultural dialogue represents essential aspects for the entire Europe today and being aware of the rich cultural diversity in the enlarged Europe, we think that the local political representatives, as well as CSOs leaders, have to deal with a colossal challenge: the peaceful and constructive dialogue between cultures. It is a “sine qua non” condition for the European construction, for its economic, social and cultural dimension.
The Conference will gather together academic experts, political representatives, CSOs leaders, human rights activists and citizens to discuss together the need for a more incisive promotion of Human Rights values, in and outside Europe, as a valuable tool to reach the Millennium Development Goals.
For more information please contact Alfonso Aliberti at alfonso.aliberti@aldaintranet.org