LOOKING FOR EUROPEAN INNOVATORS - THE ITALIAN ALLIANCE FOR THE EUROPEAN YEAR OF CITIZENS 2013 meets Italian political forces

The initiative “Looking for European Innovators” promoted by the Italian Alliance for the European Year of Citizens 2013 saw representatives by Italian political forces take part to the meeting in order to actively engage and support by their respective elective assemblies the actions and the goals contained in the Declaration of the Italian Alliance.

The event “Looking for European Innovators” was the second part of the involvement process, launched through the questionnaire, which had been sent to the political forces, focusing on specific issues, such as citizenship, integration, European Policies, and immigration.

The Deputy Paola Binetti (UDC), Monica Frassoni (SEL), Flavio Lotti (Rivoluzione Civile), the Deputy Sandro Gozi (PD), Luca Cefisi (PSI), Chiara Colosimo (Fratelli d’Italia – Centrodestra Nazionale), the former president of the Constitutional Court Giovanni Maria Flick (Centro Democratico), Piero Soldini (SEL), the Senator Vincenzo Vita (PD), and Imma Battaglia (Lista Civica Nicola Zingaretti Presidente attended the event.

The main objective was to introduce in the political debate and campaigning the European Union and raise awareness among the Italians about European matters since it seems that these issues are completely excluded from the political campaign. Indeed actually all political parties do not open the debate about European Union, and the Italian Alliance wanted to stress the importance of mobilising political parties on it with this initiative.

The adhesion to the contents of the Declaration “2013 We, Citizens of Europe…” was broad, although there were some differences. All attendees arranged on the necessity to focus more on European issues and, especially, they agreed with the aims of the Italian Alliance, ensuring their commitment to promote and to support the action of the Alliance. Due to the different political memberships and traditions, the different candidates did not hide their different opinions in several points, such as citizenship and naturalisation, environment, justice and detention, European integration, European policy towards the Mediterranean countries, European social policy, European monetary policy, Youth policies, and Labour policies. All these themes will be the main matters, on which the action of the future Italian government will focus its efforts.

That is why, the event represented an important opportunity to exchange, to debate and to confront between the political forces and the most important associations and organisations of Italian civil society.

The meeting “Looking for European Innovators” occurred after the Steering Committee of the Italian Alliance for the European Year of Citizens 2013 , which took held on January 2013, 29 at 11:30 a.m., in the “Sala Natali” in the Permanent Representation of the European commission in Italy (Via IV Novembre – Rome).

ALDA Director, Antonella Valmorbida, updated the coordinators of the seven working groups of the Italian Alliance, about the progress and the decisions, which were taken by the working groups of the European Alliance.

The meeting served the purpose to enhance the synergies between members of the steering committee, and it contributed to organise the activity of the Alliance in view of the next national and European commitments, to give new issues of cooperation, and to exchange proposals among the delegates.

Finally, the Italian Alliance decided to arrange and to organise, in view of the next European commitments. Finally, thanks to ALDA proposal and request, and thanks to CIME (Italian Council of the European Movement) cooperation, the steering committee decided to submit to local authorities a document, which will have to concretise in a order of business to present to city and local councils and assemblies, on the Declaration “2013 We, Citizens of Europe…

The initiative “Looking for European Innovators” promoted by the Italian Alliance for the European Year of Citizens 2013 saw representatives by Italian political forces take part to the meeting in order to actively engage and support by their respective elective assemblies the actions and the goals contained in the Declaration of the Italian Alliance.

The event “Looking for European Innovators” was the second part of the involvement process, launched through the questionnaire, which had been sent to the political forces, focusing on specific issues, such as citizenship, integration, European Policies, and immigration.

The Deputy Paola Binetti (UDC), Monica Frassoni (SEL), Flavio Lotti (Rivoluzione Civile), the Deputy Sandro Gozi (PD), Luca Cefisi (PSI), Chiara Colosimo (Fratelli d’Italia – Centrodestra Nazionale), the former president of the Constitutional Court Giovanni Maria Flick (Centro Democratico), Piero Soldini (SEL), the Senator Vincenzo Vita (PD), and Imma Battaglia (Lista Civica Nicola Zingaretti Presidente attended the event.

The main objective was to introduce in the political debate and campaigning the European Union and raise awareness among the Italians about European matters since it seems that these issues are completely excluded from the political campaign. Indeed actually all political parties do not open the debate about European Union, and the Italian Alliance wanted to stress the importance of mobilising political parties on it with this initiative.

The adhesion to the contents of the Declaration “2013 We, Citizens of Europe…” was broad, although there were some differences. All attendees arranged on the necessity to focus more on European issues and, especially, they agreed with the aims of the Italian Alliance, ensuring their commitment to promote and to support the action of the Alliance. Due to the different political memberships and traditions, the different candidates did not hide their different opinions in several points, such as citizenship and naturalisation, environment, justice and detention, European integration, European policy towards the Mediterranean countries, European social policy, European monetary policy, Youth policies, and Labour policies. All these themes will be the main matters, on which the action of the future Italian government will focus its efforts.

That is why, the event represented an important opportunity to exchange, to debate and to confront between the political forces and the most important associations and organisations of Italian civil society.

The meeting “Looking for European Innovators” occurred after the Steering Committee of the Italian Alliance for the European Year of Citizens 2013 , which took held on January 2013, 29 at 11:30 a.m., in the “Sala Natali” in the Permanent Representation of the European commission in Italy (Via IV Novembre – Rome).

ALDA Director, Antonella Valmorbida, updated the coordinators of the seven working groups of the Italian Alliance, about the progress and the decisions, which were taken by the working groups of the European Alliance.

The meeting served the purpose to enhance the synergies between members of the steering committee, and it contributed to organise the activity of the Alliance in view of the next national and European commitments, to give new issues of cooperation, and to exchange proposals among the delegates.

Finally, the Italian Alliance decided to arrange and to organise, in view of the next European commitments. Finally, thanks to ALDA proposal and request, and thanks to CIME (Italian Council of the European Movement) cooperation, the steering committee decided to submit to local authorities a document, which will have to concretise in a order of business to present to city and local councils and assemblies, on the Declaration “2013 We, Citizens of Europe…


LDA Nis present at the public hearing at the Serbian National Assembly

As the final event of the first year of implementation of the project “Initiative for monitoring social policy”, a public hearing on the topic of one year of implementation of the Law on social protection took place at the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia on the 24th January.
As part of this project LDA Nis, as the local partner organization to the Association for the development of children and youth, did the analysis of local legal framework relevant for foster care and intersectoral services for children in Nis.

Through the pilot survey LDA Nis also collected basic information on the current state of implementation of these services in practice. The results and recommendations arising from the aforementioned analysis and the survey were integrated into the final report that was presented to the members of the National Assembly.
Project “Initiative for monitoring social policy” is jointly implemented by the Coalition of Civil Society Focal Points (KOCD), coordinated by the Civic Initiatives and supported by the Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade.

Photo: Civic Initiatives

As the final event of the first year of implementation of the project “Initiative for monitoring social policy”, a public hearing on the topic of one year of implementation of the Law on social protection took place at the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia on the 24th January.
As part of this project LDA Nis, as the local partner organization to the Association for the development of children and youth, did the analysis of local legal framework relevant for foster care and intersectoral services for children in Nis.

Through the pilot survey LDA Nis also collected basic information on the current state of implementation of these services in practice. The results and recommendations arising from the aforementioned analysis and the survey were integrated into the final report that was presented to the members of the National Assembly.
Project “Initiative for monitoring social policy” is jointly implemented by the Coalition of Civil Society Focal Points (KOCD), coordinated by the Civic Initiatives and supported by the Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade.

Photo: Civic Initiatives


MY EU: “Migration and politics”, first steps in Brescia (IT)

The international conference “Migration and politics”, the first international event of the project “My EU: young, equal, inclusive”,  will be held in Brescia (Italy) from 1 to 3 February 2013.
This three-day event aims to analyze and develop the relationship between migrants and politics in Italy.

A set of activities is foreseen: meeting with groups of refugees and asylum seekers, watching documentary on Italian national politics about migrants and borders and their repercussions at European level, meeting with local associations dealing with the defense of migrants rights, etc.
This event is organized by the LDA Zavidovici as partner of the project gathering 14 Civil Society Organizations and Local Authorities coming from Albania, Bulgaria, France, Italy, Macedonia and Malta. The project led by Local Council Association of Malta and in which ALDA is partner aims at providing a well structured dialogue among twinned or keen-to-cooperate towns, with specific reference to active participation in the political life of specific target groups: women, youngsters and immigrants.

Furthermore, an open conference will be organized on Saturday 2 February in the palace of Università Cattolica di Brescia. It will gather professors from different realities working with migrants, such as Pietro Cingiolani from Centro Fieri of Torino, Maddalena Colombo from CIRMIB, Franco Valenti from Foundation for Human Rights Guido Piccini, Maria Perino from University of Piemonte Orientale, Lorenzo Trucco from ASGI (Association of juridical Studies about Migrations), Camillo Boano from the University of London. Discussions will start with an overview about migration flows and at national level and continue with an analysis of the relation between migrants and urban spaces and the rights of migrants in work field, with a specific focus on women and new generations. During the afternoon there will be the contribution from different migrants associations active at local and national level such as Yalla Italia, Forum Marocchino and Association of Malians in Italy.

The last dinner will see the participation of 16 students from the University College of London, who will share the results of their study realized in Brescia and analyzing 4 different cases where the presence of migrants affects somehow the urban space.

For more information and for registering, please contact Maddalena Alberti, LDA Zavidovici, maddalena.alberti@lda-zavidovici.org

PROGRAMME OF THE EVENT

The international conference “Migration and politics”, the first international event of the project “My EU: young, equal, inclusive”,  will be held in Brescia (Italy) from 1 to 3 February 2013.
This three-day event aims to analyze and develop the relationship between migrants and politics in Italy.

A set of activities is foreseen: meeting with groups of refugees and asylum seekers, watching documentary on Italian national politics about migrants and borders and their repercussions at European level, meeting with local associations dealing with the defense of migrants rights, etc.
This event is organized by the LDA Zavidovici as partner of the project gathering 14 Civil Society Organizations and Local Authorities coming from Albania, Bulgaria, France, Italy, Macedonia and Malta. The project led by Local Council Association of Malta and in which ALDA is partner aims at providing a well structured dialogue among twinned or keen-to-cooperate towns, with specific reference to active participation in the political life of specific target groups: women, youngsters and immigrants.

Furthermore, an open conference will be organized on Saturday 2 February in the palace of Università Cattolica di Brescia. It will gather professors from different realities working with migrants, such as Pietro Cingiolani from Centro Fieri of Torino, Maddalena Colombo from CIRMIB, Franco Valenti from Foundation for Human Rights Guido Piccini, Maria Perino from University of Piemonte Orientale, Lorenzo Trucco from ASGI (Association of juridical Studies about Migrations), Camillo Boano from the University of London. Discussions will start with an overview about migration flows and at national level and continue with an analysis of the relation between migrants and urban spaces and the rights of migrants in work field, with a specific focus on women and new generations. During the afternoon there will be the contribution from different migrants associations active at local and national level such as Yalla Italia, Forum Marocchino and Association of Malians in Italy.

The last dinner will see the participation of 16 students from the University College of London, who will share the results of their study realized in Brescia and analyzing 4 different cases where the presence of migrants affects somehow the urban space.

For more information and for registering, please contact Maddalena Alberti, LDA Zavidovici, maddalena.alberti@lda-zavidovici.org

PROGRAMME OF THE EVENT


“LOOKING FOR EUROPEAN INNOVATORS” – ELECTIONS AND EUROPEAN FUTURE - Italian alliance for the European year of citizens 2013 meets Italian political forces

On the 29th of January 2013 the Italian Alliance for the European Year of Citizens 2013 meets Italian political forces in Rome, in order to launch a dialogue about the future of Europe and of European citizens, in view of the forthcoming national elections. The Italian Alliance aims that the European dimension of the policies promoted by the next government will be one of the priorities of the electoral campaign.

Besides, a prompt and detailed reply is expected concerning the constant erosion of the public opinion’s consensus, towards national and European institutions. 
In this occasion, the dialogue, which the Alliance guess to launch and to establish with the candidates to the premiership, with leaders of the parties and of coalitions, the nominators of Latium Region, will focus on the priorities and on the goals, which the Alliance pursues on the issue of the future development of the European citizenship.
The Italian Alliance has been created in the framework of the European Year of Citizens 2013, in order to exchange best-practices, coordinate the implemented activities during the year, ease the dialogue between citizens and institutions, launch supporting actions for the initiatives, which will be realised through the instruments, foreseen by art. 11 of the Treaty of Lisbon, and, finally, prearrange some proposals, to submit to the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Italian Government, in view of the six-month rotating EU Presidency in 2014 (1st July – 31st December 2014).

On the 29th of January 2013 the Italian Alliance for the European Year of Citizens 2013 meets Italian political forces in Rome, in order to launch a dialogue about the future of Europe and of European citizens, in view of the forthcoming national elections. The Italian Alliance aims that the European dimension of the policies promoted by the next government will be one of the priorities of the electoral campaign.

Besides, a prompt and detailed reply is expected concerning the constant erosion of the public opinion’s consensus, towards national and European institutions. 
In this occasion, the dialogue, which the Alliance guess to launch and to establish with the candidates to the premiership, with leaders of the parties and of coalitions, the nominators of Latium Region, will focus on the priorities and on the goals, which the Alliance pursues on the issue of the future development of the European citizenship.
The Italian Alliance has been created in the framework of the European Year of Citizens 2013, in order to exchange best-practices, coordinate the implemented activities during the year, ease the dialogue between citizens and institutions, launch supporting actions for the initiatives, which will be realised through the instruments, foreseen by art. 11 of the Treaty of Lisbon, and, finally, prearrange some proposals, to submit to the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Italian Government, in view of the six-month rotating EU Presidency in 2014 (1st July – 31st December 2014).


FIRST THEMATIC CONFERENCE ON THE EUROPEAN YEAR OF CITIZENS Initial activities of the European Alliance

The 22nd and 23rd of January 2013 is taking place in Brussels the first thematic Conference on the Europea Year of Citizens. ALDA is an active partner of the European Alliance since it is co-chairing the Working Group 1 on Civic Dialogue and How to increase citizens participation in time of crisis.

The Conference set the scene for the future activities of the EYAC 2013 (http://europa.eu/citizens-2013/) and launched the first activities of the activities of the Working Groups.
The participants, among 150 NGOs and civil society networks coming from all over Europe, takes part in a mapping exercise of difficulties and opportunities for European Citizens to be more aware of their rights and how to implement them fully. It was also given the chance to identify failures and solution to be presented at the end of the Year and to be delivered to the European Decision makers.
The national alliances of the Europea Year of Citizens (http://ey2013-alliance.eu/) also took part in the event, in particular the italian and the croatian ones, which received a substantial support from ALDA (http://www.ey2013-italia.eu/)
“We need to consider civil society as a political actor of the participatory democracy. The good results can also be reached with the support of the local authorities”, confirmed in her contribution Mrs. Antonella Valmorbida, Director of ALDA.
The two days event are followed by an Open Space methodology event promoted by the European and Economic Social Committee on the 23rd and 24th (vedi e trovi il sito)

The next meeting of the working groups will take place in Brussels on the 5th of March.

The 22nd and 23rd of January 2013 is taking place in Brussels the first thematic Conference on the Europea Year of Citizens. ALDA is an active partner of the European Alliance since it is co-chairing the Working Group 1 on Civic Dialogue and How to increase citizens participation in time of crisis.

The Conference set the scene for the future activities of the EYAC 2013 (http://europa.eu/citizens-2013/) and launched the first activities of the activities of the Working Groups.
The participants, among 150 NGOs and civil society networks coming from all over Europe, takes part in a mapping exercise of difficulties and opportunities for European Citizens to be more aware of their rights and how to implement them fully. It was also given the chance to identify failures and solution to be presented at the end of the Year and to be delivered to the European Decision makers.
The national alliances of the Europea Year of Citizens (http://ey2013-alliance.eu/) also took part in the event, in particular the italian and the croatian ones, which received a substantial support from ALDA (http://www.ey2013-italia.eu/)
“We need to consider civil society as a political actor of the participatory democracy. The good results can also be reached with the support of the local authorities”, confirmed in her contribution Mrs. Antonella Valmorbida, Director of ALDA.
The two days event are followed by an Open Space methodology event promoted by the European and Economic Social Committee on the 23rd and 24th (vedi e trovi il sito)

The next meeting of the working groups will take place in Brussels on the 5th of March.


EVENT VIT IN VICENZA : THE FUTURE OF TWINNING AS AN INTRUMENT FOR PROMOTING EUROPEAN CITIZENSHIP

The local event VIT in Vicenza took place on the 18th and 19th of January 2013. It was, for the whole community, full and intense days on the topics of twinning and cooperation between communities and cities.
“The twinnings between cities in Europe were an essential part of the Development of Europe, based on the commitment of local authorities and citizens.

Today, this instrument is a strong element to build the European citizenship and city to city cooperation”, said the Director of ALDA, Mrs Antonella Valmorbida.  The participants to the international conference that took place in the Council Room of Vicenza on the 19th of January, brought the best practices and difficulties. In particular, were introduced the experiences of the city of Vicenza (Councellor Mr Federico Formisano), hosting the event, and the twinned cities, like Pforzheim – with the Mayor Gert Hager – and Annecy – with the Deputy Mayor, Mr Jean Claude Fabbian. Vicenza has also a friendship with Osijek (Croatia) but they could not participate.

Mr Roger Lawrence, Leader of Wolverhampton City Council and member of ALDA Bureau, represented ALDA.

The recommendations issued by the conference were very concrete. In particular, it was agreed to write a common letter to the Italian authorities to make sure that the costs for twinning are not considered as public relations costs but cultural investments (and therefore not easily cut). A committee for the support of twinning will be soon set up soon, within the umbrella of ALDA and its office in Vicenza.

For the general recommendations that will be presented in the final international event of VIT (on the 18th and 19th of April in Pula), will also include the need a) to support the twinning committees b) to create a link between twinning and communities of foreigners in our own countries c) to identify the possibility to support twinnings with oversees municipalities.

The work started on the 18th on very practical basis with the training for local authorities and Association at the Association of Craftmen, where the Development officer of ALDA, Mr Boaria presented all the opportunities offered by the programme Europe for Citizens. The training gathered more than 30 participants and many from the area.

The local event VIT in Vicenza took place on the 18th and 19th of January 2013. It was, for the whole community, full and intense days on the topics of twinning and cooperation between communities and cities.
“The twinnings between cities in Europe were an essential part of the Development of Europe, based on the commitment of local authorities and citizens.

Today, this instrument is a strong element to build the European citizenship and city to city cooperation”, said the Director of ALDA, Mrs Antonella Valmorbida.  The participants to the international conference that took place in the Council Room of Vicenza on the 19th of January, brought the best practices and difficulties. In particular, were introduced the experiences of the city of Vicenza (Councellor Mr Federico Formisano), hosting the event, and the twinned cities, like Pforzheim – with the Mayor Gert Hager – and Annecy – with the Deputy Mayor, Mr Jean Claude Fabbian. Vicenza has also a friendship with Osijek (Croatia) but they could not participate.

Mr Roger Lawrence, Leader of Wolverhampton City Council and member of ALDA Bureau, represented ALDA.

The recommendations issued by the conference were very concrete. In particular, it was agreed to write a common letter to the Italian authorities to make sure that the costs for twinning are not considered as public relations costs but cultural investments (and therefore not easily cut). A committee for the support of twinning will be soon set up soon, within the umbrella of ALDA and its office in Vicenza.

For the general recommendations that will be presented in the final international event of VIT (on the 18th and 19th of April in Pula), will also include the need a) to support the twinning committees b) to create a link between twinning and communities of foreigners in our own countries c) to identify the possibility to support twinnings with oversees municipalities.

The work started on the 18th on very practical basis with the training for local authorities and Association at the Association of Craftmen, where the Development officer of ALDA, Mr Boaria presented all the opportunities offered by the programme Europe for Citizens. The training gathered more than 30 participants and many from the area.


Governing Board of ALDA, Vicenza, 17th and 18th of January 2013 Adoption of the Strategic Views for 2013/2016

The Governing Board that took place in Vicenza (Italy) on the 17th and 18th of January 2013 was of particular importance for ALDA since it adopted the Strategic Paper 2013/2016. In particular, the strategy is confirming the role of ALDA as a membership based organisation, focusing on local governance and citizens participation in Europe and in the Neighbourhood.

It addresses the role of the Local Democracy Agencies in South Eastern Europe and in the Eastern Partnership. Following the Statute, the LDAs could be opened also in other areas, in particular in the Mediterranean area, when useful and when the conditions are met.
As for the LDAs are concerned, the future step will be towards East with activities in Azerbaijan and in Ukraine.

The programme of 2013 was also adopted with an ambitious list of activities. “In the present times, it is difficult for all the local authorities and associations to find the necessary resources to be engaged, but we confirm that ALDA and the Local Democracy Agencies represent a resources for the communities that needs support rather than a cost”, states the President of ALDA, Oriano Otočan. “We could secure our members a list of services that will help them to be better informed on all the policies and opportunities. We are also  a very big source of networking and contacts”.

The Governing Board that took place in Vicenza (Italy) on the 17th and 18th of January 2013 was of particular importance for ALDA since it adopted the Strategic Paper 2013/2016. In particular, the strategy is confirming the role of ALDA as a membership based organisation, focusing on local governance and citizens participation in Europe and in the Neighbourhood.

It addresses the role of the Local Democracy Agencies in South Eastern Europe and in the Eastern Partnership. Following the Statute, the LDAs could be opened also in other areas, in particular in the Mediterranean area, when useful and when the conditions are met.
As for the LDAs are concerned, the future step will be towards East with activities in Azerbaijan and in Ukraine.

The programme of 2013 was also adopted with an ambitious list of activities. “In the present times, it is difficult for all the local authorities and associations to find the necessary resources to be engaged, but we confirm that ALDA and the Local Democracy Agencies represent a resources for the communities that needs support rather than a cost”, states the President of ALDA, Oriano Otočan. “We could secure our members a list of services that will help them to be better informed on all the policies and opportunities. We are also  a very big source of networking and contacts”.


ALDA meets Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dadic

On January 15, During a meeting which occurred in Belgrade at the Palace of  the Government Mr Alessandro Perelli, representing ALDA Governing Board, introduced to the Serbian Prime Minister, Mr Ivica Dadic, the activities of the association in the European project planning for the promotion of democratic rights and, in this framework, the important role of the two Serbian LDAs of Subotica and Niš.

Mr Perelli also urged that also the other Serbian local authorities join ALDA and its network.

The Prime Minister Dadic underlined his approval for ALDA’s action, in order to ensure more effective local governance and the support to decentralisation processes and local development.

On January 15, During a meeting which occurred in Belgrade at the Palace of  the Government Mr Alessandro Perelli, representing ALDA Governing Board, introduced to the Serbian Prime Minister, Mr Ivica Dadic, the activities of the association in the European project planning for the promotion of democratic rights and, in this framework, the important role of the two Serbian LDAs of Subotica and Niš.

Mr Perelli also urged that also the other Serbian local authorities join ALDA and its network.

The Prime Minister Dadic underlined his approval for ALDA’s action, in order to ensure more effective local governance and the support to decentralisation processes and local development.


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Lokalna demokracija letaka, sudjelovanje građana, dobro upravljanje

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MASTER CLASS AND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON The future of twinning and city to city cooperation in Europe (Vicenza, IT, 18-19 January 2013), REGISTRATION OPEN!

ALDA (Association of Local Democracy Agencies) in cooperation with Vicenza Municipality, organises an international event (January 18-19) in Vicenza, in the framework of the European programme VIT – Very Important Twinning.
On January, 18 a Master Class on the programme “Europe for Citizens” is scheduled at   Confartigianato Vicenza premises,

concerning the current and future opportunities for the development of active citizenship actions. Mr Marco Boaria, ALDA Resource and Development Unit Coordinator, will lead the training course.

The following day, January 19, the program foresees the VIT International Conference “The future of twinning and city to city cooperation Europe”, at Vicenza City Hall , Sala Bernarda. At the event ALDA President Mr Oriano Otočan, ALDA Director Mrs Antonella Valmorbida will intervene, in order to show ALDA consolidated experience in the field. Besides, between the eminent guests, Mr Virgilio Dastoli, President of CIME, and co – coordinator with ALDA of the Italian Alliance of the European Year for Citizens 2013, will participate to the conference.

The mayor of Vicenza, Mr Achille Variati, will open the conference, and also some representatives of Vicenza’s twinned towns will take part to the event.
The event represents a great opportunity to dwell on the importance of town-twinning, in order to build future cooperation, to enhance exchanges of best-practises focusing on cities and civil societies.
Town twinning is recognised as a fundamental instrument for the enhancement and the reinforcement of European integration, hence the being Vicenza the hosting city, the territory will benefit of an incomparable opportunity.
To register to both or to one single event please write to cinzia.spinazze@aldaintranet.org

ALDA (Association of Local Democracy Agencies) in cooperation with Vicenza Municipality, organises an international event (January 18-19) in Vicenza, in the framework of the European programme VIT – Very Important Twinning.
On January, 18 a Master Class on the programme “Europe for Citizens” is scheduled at   Confartigianato Vicenza premises,

concerning the current and future opportunities for the development of active citizenship actions. Mr Marco Boaria, ALDA Resource and Development Unit Coordinator, will lead the training course.

The following day, January 19, the program foresees the VIT International Conference “The future of twinning and city to city cooperation Europe”, at Vicenza City Hall , Sala Bernarda. At the event ALDA President Mr Oriano Otočan, ALDA Director Mrs Antonella Valmorbida will intervene, in order to show ALDA consolidated experience in the field. Besides, between the eminent guests, Mr Virgilio Dastoli, President of CIME, and co – coordinator with ALDA of the Italian Alliance of the European Year for Citizens 2013, will participate to the conference.

The mayor of Vicenza, Mr Achille Variati, will open the conference, and also some representatives of Vicenza’s twinned towns will take part to the event.
The event represents a great opportunity to dwell on the importance of town-twinning, in order to build future cooperation, to enhance exchanges of best-practises focusing on cities and civil societies.
Town twinning is recognised as a fundamental instrument for the enhancement and the reinforcement of European integration, hence the being Vicenza the hosting city, the territory will benefit of an incomparable opportunity.
To register to both or to one single event please write to cinzia.spinazze@aldaintranet.org