Creative inclusive communities: a presentation in Santorso

On January 31sv, 2020, a presentation on the experience of creative inclusive communities as part of the RECOV local workshop took place in Santorso.

This activity was composed by 5 different and complementary moments:

  • an introduction with a presentation of the RECOV project, its objectives and activities to the local and international participants;
  • Izvršna illustration of the EPIC project, a European platform for inclusive cities through the development of specific competences on the housing and work sectors, on integration policies and on negative narratives;
  • A panel titled “how to create inclusive communities through reception, digitalization and narrative”;
  • Open discussion with professionals working in the field;
  • A world café where participants discussed how to improve reception and inclusion of immigrants.

The high-level discussion that the activity brought to Santorso allowed the citizens to critically interrogate and include constructive perspectives on immigration and integration into the local social and political debate.

This activity was organised within the RECOV project, funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme.

On January 31sv, 2020, a presentation on the experience of creative inclusive communities as part of the RECOV local workshop took place in Santorso.

This activity was composed by 5 different and complementary moments:

  • an introduction with a presentation of the RECOV project, its objectives and activities to the local and international participants;
  • Izvršna illustration of the EPIC project, a European platform for inclusive cities through the development of specific competences on the housing and work sectors, on integration policies and on negative narratives;
  • A panel titled “how to create inclusive communities through reception, digitalization and narrative”;
  • Open discussion with professionals working in the field;
  • A world café where participants discussed how to improve reception and inclusion of immigrants.

The high-level discussion that the activity brought to Santorso allowed the citizens to critically interrogate and include constructive perspectives on immigration and integration into the local social and political debate.

This activity was organised within the RECOV project, funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme.


Third RECOV local activity in Tirana

On January 30, 2020, the Association of Albanian municipalities organised the 3rd local activity within the RECOV project in Tirana.

The local activity was organised in cooperation with the Int. Project office.

This event was a possibility to present the RECOV project and its activities related to the use of new technologies for local development. Different stakeholders from the local government and the private sector attended the meeting.

The participants learned about the existing tools for local development and shared their experience about the topic.

The activity was implemented within the RECOV project supported by the Europa za građane Programme.

On January 30, 2020, the Association of Albanian municipalities organised the 3rd local activity within the RECOV project in Tirana.

The local activity was organised in cooperation with the Int. Project office.

This event was a possibility to present the RECOV project and its activities related to the use of new technologies for local development. Different stakeholders from the local government and the private sector attended the meeting.

The participants learned about the existing tools for local development and shared their experience about the topic.

The activity was implemented within the RECOV project supported by the Europa za građane Programme.


Practical actions: training and planning local solutions in Cimișlia

As part of the project “KAS – Empowering local authorities and civil society to deliver solutions with Participative Democracy” supported by the Zaklada Konrad Adenauer and promoted by ALDA and LDAs Moldova, Dnipro and Mariupol, on January 22nd to 24th, 2020 ALDA Fundraising & External Relations Manager Sofia Corsi delivered a training on participatory democracy in Cimișlia, together with ALDA Secretary-General Antonella Valmorbida and Nicolae Hristov, delegate of LDA Moldavija.

The training addressed 20 participants among representatives of the local civil society (school, public library, etc.) and of the City of Cimislia, namely civil servants and city councilors.

The first day of the training was dedicated to an introduction on the added values of participatory democracy; several group activities were implemented to map and describe the role of local stakeholders with regards to specific local problems.

The following day, the participants worked on the identification of local problems and priorities and the description of the four levels of participation: information, consultation, dialogue, partnership. Examples from Cimislia and from other contexts were discussed, and the group was involved in the simulation of a real consultation using participatory methods.

Finally, the third day was dedicated to the group-drafting of an action plan to address the problem of the weak public transportation.

Later this year, the participants will be invited to present a follow-up of the training during the final conference of the project, which will take place in Chisinau, in collaboration with the AGREED project. 

As part of the project “KAS – Empowering local authorities and civil society to deliver solutions with Participative Democracy” supported by the Zaklada Konrad Adenauer and promoted by ALDA and LDAs Moldova, Dnipro and Mariupol, on January 22nd to 24th, 2020 ALDA Fundraising & External Relations Manager Sofia Corsi delivered a training on participatory democracy in Cimișlia, together with ALDA Secretary-General Antonella Valmorbida and Nicolae Hristov, delegate of LDA Moldavija.

The training addressed 20 participants among representatives of the local civil society (school, public library, etc.) and of the City of Cimislia, namely civil servants and city councilors.

The first day of the training was dedicated to an introduction on the added values of participatory democracy; several group activities were implemented to map and describe the role of local stakeholders with regards to specific local problems.

The following day, the participants worked on the identification of local problems and priorities and the description of the four levels of participation: information, consultation, dialogue, partnership. Examples from Cimislia and from other contexts were discussed, and the group was involved in the simulation of a real consultation using participatory methods.

Finally, the third day was dedicated to the group-drafting of an action plan to address the problem of the weak public transportation.

Later this year, the participants will be invited to present a follow-up of the training during the final conference of the project, which will take place in Chisinau, in collaboration with the AGREED project. 


Integration through theatre in Mostar with IMPACT

From January 24 to 25, 2020 the Local Democracy Agency Mostar implemented a local activity within the IMPACT project, funded by the Erasmus+ program of the European Union.

In cooperation with the Mostarski Teatar Mladihlocal workshops saw a theatre as their location and tool for integration; the beneficiaries of were displaced people, migrants from Refugee Camp Salakovac and the youth of Mostar.

Together, they learned, created, worked, sang, danced and played. They lived together, too, in a true understanding of the meaning of International Migrants Day and the message it wants to convey.

The main goal of “IMPACT – Inclusion Matters! using Performing Arts towards Cohesion and Tolerance” is fostering social inclusion by developing art strategies, techniques and methodologies which target refugees and citizens at the local level.

The project is implemented by VIFIN – Videnscenter for Integration in cooperation with ALDA, La Piccionaia - Centar za kazališnu produkcijuLDA Crna GoraLDA MostarCoalition of youth organizations SEGA, Association for Developing Voluntary Work Novo Mesto (DRPDNM) and Urban Development Center, and it is supported by the Erasmus + program of the European Union.

From January 24 to 25, 2020 the Local Democracy Agency Mostar implemented a local activity within the IMPACT project, funded by the Erasmus+ program of the European Union.

In cooperation with the Mostarski Teatar Mladihlocal workshops saw a theatre as their location and tool for integration; the beneficiaries of were displaced people, migrants from Refugee Camp Salakovac and the youth of Mostar.

Together, they learned, created, worked, sang, danced and played. They lived together, too, in a true understanding of the meaning of International Migrants Day and the message it wants to convey.

The main goal of “IMPACT – Inclusion Matters! using Performing Arts towards Cohesion and Tolerance” is fostering social inclusion by developing art strategies, techniques and methodologies which target refugees and citizens at the local level.

The project is implemented by VIFIN – Videnscenter for Integration in cooperation with ALDA, La Piccionaia - Centar za kazališnu produkcijuLDA Crna GoraLDA MostarCoalition of youth organizations SEGA, Association for Developing Voluntary Work Novo Mesto (DRPDNM) and Urban Development Center, and it is supported by the Erasmus + program of the European Union.


A Memorandum of Understanding between ALDA and AFCCRE in support of local communities

On Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 ALDA and its member AFCCRE (the French Association of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions) signed their joint Memorandum of Understanding in Orléans, France to make their partnership all the more official.

ALDA President Oriano Otočan, who signed together with AFCCRE President Philippe Laurent, shared a few words to celebrate the event:

This occasion isn’t the first step of our relationship, which actually started quite a long time ago, but it is certainly a new beginning to lay the basis for an intense and useful collaboration in support of local authorities and their communities. Our desire is to continue to work together on the issues that unite us, through our efforts and actions“.

In particular, the issues that ALDA and AFCCRE plan on tackling together include promoting the European project and respect for local and regional self-government; promoting good European practices and exchanges of experience between local and regional authorities in the context of good governance; but also affirming the principles of gender equality; promoting decentralised cooperation; and supporting the prospect of the Balkan countries joining the European Union.

The partnership is especially strong and meaningful in virtue of the two associations being similar but different and complementary as well: while ALDA can be defined as a project & field organisation that works throughout Europe and beyond, AFCCRE is a large organisation that represents the strength of French local authorities – and the two have the same ambition, that of enabling local communities to face the enormous challenges of the present and the future knowing that they (we!) have the duty and the privilege of being close to the citizens.

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed in the presence of ALDA Secretary-General Antonella Valmorbida.

 

français

Un mémorandum signé entre l’ALDA et l’AFCCRE pour soutenir les communautés locales

Le jeudi 23 janvier 2020, l’ALDA et son association membre l’AFCCRE (l’Association Française du Conseil des Communes et Régions d’Europe) ont signé un mémorandum à Orléans, en France, pour rendre leur partenariat d’autant plus officiel.

Le Président de l’ALDA Oriano Otočan, qui a signé le document avec le Président de l’AFCCRE Philippe Laurent, a partagé quelques mots pour célébrer cet évènement :

« Cet évènement n’est pas la première étape de notre relation, qui a en fait débuté depuis un long moment mais c’est certainement un nouveau départ pour poser les bases d’une coopération intense et précieuse en soutien des collectivités locales et de leurs communautés. Notre souhait est de continuer à travailler ensemble sur les enjeux qui nous unissent, à travers nos efforts et nos actions. »

Plus spécifiquement, les enjeux que l’ALDA et l’AFCCRE entendent aborder ensemble comprennent la promotion du projet européen et le respect des gouvernements autonomes locaux et régionaux, la valorisation des bonnes pratiques européennes et les échanges d’expérience entre les collectivités locales et régionales mais également l’affirmation des principes d’égalité hommes-femmes, la promotion de la coopération décentralisée et soutenir la perspective d’adhésion à l’Union européenne des pays des Balkans.

Le partenariat est particulièrement signifiant et fort en vertu du fait que les deux associations sont similaires mais agissent différemment, ce qui fait qu’elles sont complémentaires : alors que l’ALDA peut être définie par une organisation de projets sur le terrain qui fonctionnent à travers l’Europe et au-delà, l’AFCCRE est une organisation importante qui représente la force des collectivités locales française. Les deux associations ont la même ambition, celle de permettre aux communautés locales d’affronter les défis immenses du présent et de l’avenir en sachant qu’elles (et nous !) ont et avons le devoir et le privilège d’être proche des citoyens.

Le mémorandum a été signé en présence de la Secrétaire générale de l’ALDA Antonella Valmorbida.

italiano

Un protocollo d’intesa tra ALDA e AFCCRE a sostegno delle comunità locali

Giovedì 23 gennaio 2020 ALDA e il suo socio AFCCRE (Associazione francese del consiglio dei comuni e delle regioni d’Europa) hanno firmato il protocollo d’intesa comune a Orléans, in Francia, per rendere la loro collaborazione ancora più ufficiale.

Il Presidente di ALDA Oriano Otočan, che ha firmato insieme al Presidente di AFCCRE Philippe Laurent, ha condiviso alcune parole per celebrare l’evento:

“Questa occasione non è il primo passo del nostro rapporto, che in realtà è cominciato molto tempo fa, ma è certamente un nuovo inizio per gettare le basi per un’intensa e utile collaborazione a sostegno delle autorità locali e delle loro comunità. Il nostro desiderio è continuare a lavorare insieme sulle questioni che ci uniscono, attraverso i nostri sforzi e le nostre azioni”.

In particolare, le questioni che ALDA e AFCCRE intendono affrontare insieme comprendono la promozione del progetto europeo e del rispetto per l’autogoverno locale e regionale; la promozione delle buone pratiche europee e degli scambi di esperienze tra autorità locali e regionali in un contesto di buon governo; ma anche l’affermazione dei principi della parità di genere; la promozione della cooperazione decentralizzata; e il sostegno della prospettiva dell’unione dei paesi balcanici all’Unione Europea.

Si tratta di una collaborazione particolarmente solida e significativa in virtù del fatto che le due associazioni sono simili, ma anche differenti e complementari: mentre ALDA può essere definita come un’organizzazione di progetti sul campo che opera in tutta Europa e oltre, AFCCRE è una grande organizzazione che rappresenta la forza delle autorità locali francesi – e le due hanno la stessa ambizione, quella di consentire alle comunità locali di affrontare le enormi sfide del presente e del futuro sapendo che hanno (abbiamo!) il dovere e il privilegio di essere vicini ai cittadini.

Il protocollo d’intesa è stato firmato in presenza della Segretario Generale di ALDA Antonella Valmorbida.

 

русский

Меморандум о взаимопонимании между ALDA и AFCCRE в поддержку местных сообществ

В четверг, 23 января 2020 года, ALDA и ее член AFCCRE (Французская ассоциация Совета европейских муниципалитетов и регионов) подписали совместный Меморандум о взаимопонимании в Орлеане, Франция, чтобы сделать их партнерство еще более официальным.

Президент ALDA Ориано Оточан, который подписал контракт с президентом AFCCRE Филиппом Лораном, поделился несколькими словами, чтобы отметить это событие:

«Этот случай не является первым шагом в наших отношениях, которые фактически начались довольно давно, но это, безусловно, новое начало, чтобы заложить основу для интенсивного и полезного сотрудничества в поддержку местных властей и их сообществ. Наше желание продолжать совместную работу по вопросам, которые нас объединяют, приложив наши усилия и действия».

В частности, проблемы, которые ALDA и AFCCRE планируют совместно решать, включают продвижение европейского проекта и уважение местного и регионального самоуправления; продвижение передовой европейской практики и обмен опытом между местными и региональными властями в контексте надлежащего управления; но также подтверждая принципы гендерного равенства; содействие децентрализованному сотрудничеству; и поддержка перспективы вступления балканских стран в Европейский союз.

Партнерство является особенно сильным и значимым в силу того, что обе ассоциации похожи, но различны и дополняют друг друга: хотя ALDA можно определить как проектную и полевую организацию, которая работает по всей Европе и за ее пределами, AFCCRE является крупной организацией, которая представляет силу Местных властей Франции – и оба имеют одинаковое стремление – дать местным общинам возможность столкнуться с огромными проблемами настоящего и будущего, зная, что они (мы!) имеют долг и привилегию быть рядом с гражданами.

Меморандум о взаимопонимании был подписан в присутствии генерального секретаря ALDA Антонеллы Вальморбиды.

 

serbo

Memorandum o razumijevanju izeđu ALDA-e i AFCCRE za podršku lokalnim zajednicama

U četvrtak 23. januara 2020. god, ALDA i njena članica AFCCRE (Francuska Associjacija Savjeta Evropskih Opština i Regiona) potpisale su zajednički memorandum o razumijevanju u Orleanu, Francuska kako bi dodatno ozvaničile svoje partnerstvo.

ALDA-in predsjednik Oriano Otočan, koji je zajedno sa predsjednikom AFCCRE-a Filipeom Lorentom potpisao memorandum, podijelio je nekoliko riječi da bi proslavio ovaj događaj:

“Ovaj događaj nije prvi korak u našim odnosima, koji su zapravo davno počeli, ali je sigurno novi početak postavljanja osnova za intenzivnu i korisnu saradnju za podršku lokalnim vlastima i zajednicama. Želimo da nastavimo zajendički rad na pitanjima koja nas ujedninjuju putem zajedničkij napora i akcija”

Naime, pitanja kojim se ALDA i AFCCRE planiraju baviti zajedno su promocija Evropskog projekta i poštovanje lokalnih i regionalnih samouprava; promocija dobrih evropskih praksi i razmejna iskustava između lokalnih i regionalnih vlasti u kontekstu dobrog upravljanja; ali i afirmacijom principa rodne ravnopravnosti; promocijom decentralizovane saradnje; i podrškom perspective pristupanja balkanskih zemalja Evropskoj Uniji.

Ovo je partnerstvo posebno jako i smisleno jer oba ova udruženja su slična,a različita i dopunjavaju se: dok ALDA može biti definisana kao oprojektna iterenska organizacija koja radi širom Evrope i dalje, AFCCRE je velika organizacija koja predstavlja snagu francuskih lokalnih vlasti, a opet obje imaju istu ambiciju da osposobe lokalne zajednice da se suoče sa ogromnim izazovima sadašnjosti i budućnosti znajući da one(mi!) imamo dužnost i privilegiju da budemo blizu građanima.

Potpisivanju Memoranduma o razumijevanju je potpisano u prisustvu Generalne Sekretarke ALDA-e, Antonele Valmorbide.

 

العربية

امضاء مذكرة تفاهم بين ألدا و الجمعية الفرنسية لمجالس البلديات ومناطق أوروبا (AFCCRE) لدعم المجتمعات المحلية

تولت كل من ألأدا وعضوتها (الجمعية الفرنسية لمجالس البلديات ومناطق أوروبا (AFCCRE), الإمضاء على مذكرة تفاهم مشتركة, في مدينة أورليون الفرنسية, وذلك بهدف إضفاء مزيد من الطابع الرسمي على شراكتهما.

وبهذه المناسبة, تداول على أخذ الكلمة مل من أوريانو أوتاشان, رئيس ألدا, وفيليب لأوران, رئيس

الجمعية الفرنسية لمجالس البلديات ومناطق أوروبا (AFCCRE), اللذان أمضيا على مذكرة التفاهم, لإحياء هذه المناسبة:

“هذه الفرصة ليست هي الأولى في إطار العلاقات القائمة بيننا, حيث أن هذه العلاقاتكانت  قد انطلقت منذ وقت طويل, حتى وإن كانت تمثل انطلاقة جديدة تؤسس لحقبة واعدة من التعاون المكثف والمثمر الهادف إلى دعم السلطات المحلية والمجتمعات المحلية التي تعنى بها. تحدونا رغبة صادقة في مواصلة التعاون المشترك بيننا حول كافة المحاور التي توحدنا وذلك من خلال بذل مزيد من الجهد والعمل الدؤوب والمفيد”.

من بين المحاور التي تحظى بعناية خاصة من قبل كل من ألدا والجمعية الفرنسية لمجالس البلديات ومناطق أوروبا (AFCCRE), في إطار الخطة المرسومة بين الطرفين, يمكن ذكر البرنامج المتمثل في تعزيز المشروع الأوروبي واحترام منظومة الحكم الذاتي, على المستويين المحلي والإقليمي, ودعم الممارسات الأوروبية الجيدة وتبادل الخبرات والتجارب بين السلطات المحلية والإقليمية في إطار الحوكمة الرشيدة, إضافة إلى التأكيد على مبادئ المساواة على مستوى النوع الاجتماعي ودفع منظومة التعاون اللامركزية وتعزيز الآفاق أمام بلدان منطقة البلقان, وذلك بهدف تمكينها من الانضمام إلى الاتحاد الأوروبي.

تتسم هذه الشراكة بالصلابة وتكتسي معنى خاصا بحكم القواسم المشتركة بين ألدا والجمعية الفرنسية لمجالس البلديات ومناطق أوروبا (AFCCRE) وكذلك الخصوصيات التي تجعل منهما مؤسستين مختلفتين ومتكاملتين في نفس الوقت: ففي حين تعرف ألدا بأنها منظمة تركز على المشروع وتعمل على الميدان في كافة أنحاء أوروبا وما وراءها, تعتبر الجمعية الفرنسية لمجالس البلديات ومناطق أوروبا (AFCCRE) مؤسسة تمثل نقطة قوة السلطات الفرنسية – وبالتالي تحدو المؤسستين نفس الطموحات والتي تتمثل في تمكين المجتمعات المحلية من رفع حجم هائل من التحديات في الحاضر والمستقبل مع التذكير بأنها (نحن!) مطالبة ومحظوظة بالبقاء قريبا من المواطنين والاستجابة لطموحاتهم.

تم الامضاء على مذكرة التفاهم بحضور أنتونلا فالموربيدا, الأمينة العامة لألدا.

On Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 ALDA and its member AFCCRE (the French Association of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions) signed their joint Memorandum of Understanding in Orléans, France to make their partnership all the more official.

ALDA President Oriano Otočan, who signed together with AFCCRE President Philippe Laurent, shared a few words to celebrate the event:

This occasion isn’t the first step of our relationship, which actually started quite a long time ago, but it is certainly a new beginning to lay the basis for an intense and useful collaboration in support of local authorities and their communities. Our desire is to continue to work together on the issues that unite us, through our efforts and actions“.

In particular, the issues that ALDA and AFCCRE plan on tackling together include promoting the European project and respect for local and regional self-government; promoting good European practices and exchanges of experience between local and regional authorities in the context of good governance; but also affirming the principles of gender equality; promoting decentralised cooperation; and supporting the prospect of the Balkan countries joining the European Union.

The partnership is especially strong and meaningful in virtue of the two associations being similar but different and complementary as well: while ALDA can be defined as a project & field organisation that works throughout Europe and beyond, AFCCRE is a large organisation that represents the strength of French local authorities – and the two have the same ambition, that of enabling local communities to face the enormous challenges of the present and the future knowing that they (we!) have the duty and the privilege of being close to the citizens.

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed in the presence of ALDA Secretary-General Antonella Valmorbida.

 

français

Un mémorandum signé entre l’ALDA et l’AFCCRE pour soutenir les communautés locales

Le jeudi 23 janvier 2020, l’ALDA et son association membre l’AFCCRE (l’Association Française du Conseil des Communes et Régions d’Europe) ont signé un mémorandum à Orléans, en France, pour rendre leur partenariat d’autant plus officiel.

Le Président de l’ALDA Oriano Otočan, qui a signé le document avec le Président de l’AFCCRE Philippe Laurent, a partagé quelques mots pour célébrer cet évènement :

« Cet évènement n’est pas la première étape de notre relation, qui a en fait débuté depuis un long moment mais c’est certainement un nouveau départ pour poser les bases d’une coopération intense et précieuse en soutien des collectivités locales et de leurs communautés. Notre souhait est de continuer à travailler ensemble sur les enjeux qui nous unissent, à travers nos efforts et nos actions. »

Plus spécifiquement, les enjeux que l’ALDA et l’AFCCRE entendent aborder ensemble comprennent la promotion du projet européen et le respect des gouvernements autonomes locaux et régionaux, la valorisation des bonnes pratiques européennes et les échanges d’expérience entre les collectivités locales et régionales mais également l’affirmation des principes d’égalité hommes-femmes, la promotion de la coopération décentralisée et soutenir la perspective d’adhésion à l’Union européenne des pays des Balkans.

Le partenariat est particulièrement signifiant et fort en vertu du fait que les deux associations sont similaires mais agissent différemment, ce qui fait qu’elles sont complémentaires : alors que l’ALDA peut être définie par une organisation de projets sur le terrain qui fonctionnent à travers l’Europe et au-delà, l’AFCCRE est une organisation importante qui représente la force des collectivités locales française. Les deux associations ont la même ambition, celle de permettre aux communautés locales d’affronter les défis immenses du présent et de l’avenir en sachant qu’elles (et nous !) ont et avons le devoir et le privilège d’être proche des citoyens.

Le mémorandum a été signé en présence de la Secrétaire générale de l’ALDA Antonella Valmorbida.

italiano

Un protocollo d’intesa tra ALDA e AFCCRE a sostegno delle comunità locali

Giovedì 23 gennaio 2020 ALDA e il suo socio AFCCRE (Associazione francese del consiglio dei comuni e delle regioni d’Europa) hanno firmato il protocollo d’intesa comune a Orléans, in Francia, per rendere la loro collaborazione ancora più ufficiale.

Il Presidente di ALDA Oriano Otočan, che ha firmato insieme al Presidente di AFCCRE Philippe Laurent, ha condiviso alcune parole per celebrare l’evento:

“Questa occasione non è il primo passo del nostro rapporto, che in realtà è cominciato molto tempo fa, ma è certamente un nuovo inizio per gettare le basi per un’intensa e utile collaborazione a sostegno delle autorità locali e delle loro comunità. Il nostro desiderio è continuare a lavorare insieme sulle questioni che ci uniscono, attraverso i nostri sforzi e le nostre azioni”.

In particolare, le questioni che ALDA e AFCCRE intendono affrontare insieme comprendono la promozione del progetto europeo e del rispetto per l’autogoverno locale e regionale; la promozione delle buone pratiche europee e degli scambi di esperienze tra autorità locali e regionali in un contesto di buon governo; ma anche l’affermazione dei principi della parità di genere; la promozione della cooperazione decentralizzata; e il sostegno della prospettiva dell’unione dei paesi balcanici all’Unione Europea.

Si tratta di una collaborazione particolarmente solida e significativa in virtù del fatto che le due associazioni sono simili, ma anche differenti e complementari: mentre ALDA può essere definita come un’organizzazione di progetti sul campo che opera in tutta Europa e oltre, AFCCRE è una grande organizzazione che rappresenta la forza delle autorità locali francesi – e le due hanno la stessa ambizione, quella di consentire alle comunità locali di affrontare le enormi sfide del presente e del futuro sapendo che hanno (abbiamo!) il dovere e il privilegio di essere vicini ai cittadini.

Il protocollo d’intesa è stato firmato in presenza della Segretario Generale di ALDA Antonella Valmorbida.

 

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Меморандум о взаимопонимании между ALDA и AFCCRE в поддержку местных сообществ

В четверг, 23 января 2020 года, ALDA и ее член AFCCRE (Французская ассоциация Совета европейских муниципалитетов и регионов) подписали совместный Меморандум о взаимопонимании в Орлеане, Франция, чтобы сделать их партнерство еще более официальным.

Президент ALDA Ориано Оточан, который подписал контракт с президентом AFCCRE Филиппом Лораном, поделился несколькими словами, чтобы отметить это событие:

«Этот случай не является первым шагом в наших отношениях, которые фактически начались довольно давно, но это, безусловно, новое начало, чтобы заложить основу для интенсивного и полезного сотрудничества в поддержку местных властей и их сообществ. Наше желание продолжать совместную работу по вопросам, которые нас объединяют, приложив наши усилия и действия».

В частности, проблемы, которые ALDA и AFCCRE планируют совместно решать, включают продвижение европейского проекта и уважение местного и регионального самоуправления; продвижение передовой европейской практики и обмен опытом между местными и региональными властями в контексте надлежащего управления; но также подтверждая принципы гендерного равенства; содействие децентрализованному сотрудничеству; и поддержка перспективы вступления балканских стран в Европейский союз.

Партнерство является особенно сильным и значимым в силу того, что обе ассоциации похожи, но различны и дополняют друг друга: хотя ALDA можно определить как проектную и полевую организацию, которая работает по всей Европе и за ее пределами, AFCCRE является крупной организацией, которая представляет силу Местных властей Франции – и оба имеют одинаковое стремление – дать местным общинам возможность столкнуться с огромными проблемами настоящего и будущего, зная, что они (мы!) имеют долг и привилегию быть рядом с гражданами.

Меморандум о взаимопонимании был подписан в присутствии генерального секретаря ALDA Антонеллы Вальморбиды.

 

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Memorandum o razumijevanju izeđu ALDA-e i AFCCRE za podršku lokalnim zajednicama

U četvrtak 23. januara 2020. god, ALDA i njena članica AFCCRE (Francuska Associjacija Savjeta Evropskih Opština i Regiona) potpisale su zajednički memorandum o razumijevanju u Orleanu, Francuska kako bi dodatno ozvaničile svoje partnerstvo.

ALDA-in predsjednik Oriano Otočan, koji je zajedno sa predsjednikom AFCCRE-a Filipeom Lorentom potpisao memorandum, podijelio je nekoliko riječi da bi proslavio ovaj događaj:

“Ovaj događaj nije prvi korak u našim odnosima, koji su zapravo davno počeli, ali je sigurno novi početak postavljanja osnova za intenzivnu i korisnu saradnju za podršku lokalnim vlastima i zajednicama. Želimo da nastavimo zajendički rad na pitanjima koja nas ujedninjuju putem zajedničkij napora i akcija”

Naime, pitanja kojim se ALDA i AFCCRE planiraju baviti zajedno su promocija Evropskog projekta i poštovanje lokalnih i regionalnih samouprava; promocija dobrih evropskih praksi i razmejna iskustava između lokalnih i regionalnih vlasti u kontekstu dobrog upravljanja; ali i afirmacijom principa rodne ravnopravnosti; promocijom decentralizovane saradnje; i podrškom perspective pristupanja balkanskih zemalja Evropskoj Uniji.

Ovo je partnerstvo posebno jako i smisleno jer oba ova udruženja su slična,a različita i dopunjavaju se: dok ALDA može biti definisana kao oprojektna iterenska organizacija koja radi širom Evrope i dalje, AFCCRE je velika organizacija koja predstavlja snagu francuskih lokalnih vlasti, a opet obje imaju istu ambiciju da osposobe lokalne zajednice da se suoče sa ogromnim izazovima sadašnjosti i budućnosti znajući da one(mi!) imamo dužnost i privilegiju da budemo blizu građanima.

Potpisivanju Memoranduma o razumijevanju je potpisano u prisustvu Generalne Sekretarke ALDA-e, Antonele Valmorbide.

 

العربية

امضاء مذكرة تفاهم بين ألدا و الجمعية الفرنسية لمجالس البلديات ومناطق أوروبا (AFCCRE) لدعم المجتمعات المحلية

تولت كل من ألأدا وعضوتها (الجمعية الفرنسية لمجالس البلديات ومناطق أوروبا (AFCCRE), الإمضاء على مذكرة تفاهم مشتركة, في مدينة أورليون الفرنسية, وذلك بهدف إضفاء مزيد من الطابع الرسمي على شراكتهما.

وبهذه المناسبة, تداول على أخذ الكلمة مل من أوريانو أوتاشان, رئيس ألدا, وفيليب لأوران, رئيس

الجمعية الفرنسية لمجالس البلديات ومناطق أوروبا (AFCCRE), اللذان أمضيا على مذكرة التفاهم, لإحياء هذه المناسبة:

“هذه الفرصة ليست هي الأولى في إطار العلاقات القائمة بيننا, حيث أن هذه العلاقاتكانت  قد انطلقت منذ وقت طويل, حتى وإن كانت تمثل انطلاقة جديدة تؤسس لحقبة واعدة من التعاون المكثف والمثمر الهادف إلى دعم السلطات المحلية والمجتمعات المحلية التي تعنى بها. تحدونا رغبة صادقة في مواصلة التعاون المشترك بيننا حول كافة المحاور التي توحدنا وذلك من خلال بذل مزيد من الجهد والعمل الدؤوب والمفيد”.

من بين المحاور التي تحظى بعناية خاصة من قبل كل من ألدا والجمعية الفرنسية لمجالس البلديات ومناطق أوروبا (AFCCRE), في إطار الخطة المرسومة بين الطرفين, يمكن ذكر البرنامج المتمثل في تعزيز المشروع الأوروبي واحترام منظومة الحكم الذاتي, على المستويين المحلي والإقليمي, ودعم الممارسات الأوروبية الجيدة وتبادل الخبرات والتجارب بين السلطات المحلية والإقليمية في إطار الحوكمة الرشيدة, إضافة إلى التأكيد على مبادئ المساواة على مستوى النوع الاجتماعي ودفع منظومة التعاون اللامركزية وتعزيز الآفاق أمام بلدان منطقة البلقان, وذلك بهدف تمكينها من الانضمام إلى الاتحاد الأوروبي.

تتسم هذه الشراكة بالصلابة وتكتسي معنى خاصا بحكم القواسم المشتركة بين ألدا والجمعية الفرنسية لمجالس البلديات ومناطق أوروبا (AFCCRE) وكذلك الخصوصيات التي تجعل منهما مؤسستين مختلفتين ومتكاملتين في نفس الوقت: ففي حين تعرف ألدا بأنها منظمة تركز على المشروع وتعمل على الميدان في كافة أنحاء أوروبا وما وراءها, تعتبر الجمعية الفرنسية لمجالس البلديات ومناطق أوروبا (AFCCRE) مؤسسة تمثل نقطة قوة السلطات الفرنسية – وبالتالي تحدو المؤسستين نفس الطموحات والتي تتمثل في تمكين المجتمعات المحلية من رفع حجم هائل من التحديات في الحاضر والمستقبل مع التذكير بأنها (نحن!) مطالبة ومحظوظة بالبقاء قريبا من المواطنين والاستجابة لطموحاتهم.

تم الامضاء على مذكرة التفاهم بحضور أنتونلا فالموربيدا, الأمينة العامة لألدا.


Is there a need for transparency in digital political advertising? The Italian case

As part of the project Virtualno ludilo promoted by the Europsko partnerstvo za demokraciju, which aims at strengthening European-level policy that guarantees transparency in digital political advertising, Institute of Social Research conducted a country case study on political advertising in Italy.
The resulting report is structured in 5 sections:
  • Availability of information – An overview on the policies and tools upgraded or introduced by Google, Facebook and Twitter from the adoption of the Code of Practice within the Italian context.
  • Characteristics of digital political advertising in Italy – To draw conclusions on its role during the EU campaign, using digital platforms transparency tools.
  • Policies and responsiveness of the tech companies – On the definitions of online political and issue-based advertising shared in Italy.
  • National policy and legislative context – An overview of the Italian legal framework pertaiing to political elections campaigning.
  • Reform debate – A presentation of the main actors focusing on digital political advertisting in Italy.
Since fake news and disinformation in the digital world are a big topic nowadays, and especially an issue in the context of political campaigns, Virtual Insanity wants to tackle them by focusing on stronger policies to guarantee transparency in digital political advertising. This will be done through research and multi-stakeholder policy dialogue at the national and European level, followed by coalition-based monitoring and advocacy efforts towards an EU-level policy on digital political advertising transparency.
ALDA is one of the partners of the project, together with the Institute of Social Research.

As part of the project Virtualno ludilo promoted by the Europsko partnerstvo za demokraciju, which aims at strengthening European-level policy that guarantees transparency in digital political advertising, Institute of Social Research conducted a country case study on political advertising in Italy.
The resulting report is structured in 5 sections:
  • Availability of information – An overview on the policies and tools upgraded or introduced by Google, Facebook and Twitter from the adoption of the Code of Practice within the Italian context.
  • Characteristics of digital political advertising in Italy – To draw conclusions on its role during the EU campaign, using digital platforms transparency tools.
  • Policies and responsiveness of the tech companies – On the definitions of online political and issue-based advertising shared in Italy.
  • National policy and legislative context – An overview of the Italian legal framework pertaiing to political elections campaigning.
  • Reform debate – A presentation of the main actors focusing on digital political advertisting in Italy.
Since fake news and disinformation in the digital world are a big topic nowadays, and especially an issue in the context of political campaigns, Virtual Insanity wants to tackle them by focusing on stronger policies to guarantee transparency in digital political advertising. This will be done through research and multi-stakeholder policy dialogue at the national and European level, followed by coalition-based monitoring and advocacy efforts towards an EU-level policy on digital political advertising transparency.
ALDA is one of the partners of the project, together with the Institute of Social Research.


Meeting with Ms Dubravka Šuica, Commissioner for Democracy and Demography and Vice-President of the European Commission

On January 23rd, 2020 ALDA President Oriano Otočan had the honour and pleasure of meeting with Ms Dubravka Šuica, Commissioner for Democracy and Demography as well as Vice-President of the European Commission.

The two discussed Šuica’s potential participation to ALDA’s General Assembly this coming May in the framework of ALDA’s 20th anniversary and the themes related to the Conference of the Future of Europe and citizen participation in Europe.

The meeting, held in Orléans, was also an occasion to share with Commissioner Šuica ALDA’s flagship initiative “European Support for Local Democracy”, on the capitalization of the Association’s 20 years of experience with local democracy initiatives in enlarged Europe and the future of it.

We are looking forward to continuing the conversation with the aim to constantly deepen our impact, in ever-growing fruitful collaboration with the European Commission, for local democracy to spread!

On January 23rd, 2020 ALDA President Oriano Otočan had the honour and pleasure of meeting with Ms Dubravka Šuica, Commissioner for Democracy and Demography as well as Vice-President of the European Commission.

The two discussed Šuica’s potential participation to ALDA’s General Assembly this coming May in the framework of ALDA’s 20th anniversary and the themes related to the Conference of the Future of Europe and citizen participation in Europe.

The meeting, held in Orléans, was also an occasion to share with Commissioner Šuica ALDA’s flagship initiative “European Support for Local Democracy”, on the capitalization of the Association’s 20 years of experience with local democracy initiatives in enlarged Europe and the future of it.

We are looking forward to continuing the conversation with the aim to constantly deepen our impact, in ever-growing fruitful collaboration with the European Commission, for local democracy to spread!


Third local activity implemented in Rauna, Latvia

On January 24, 2020, the Municipality of Rauna in Latvia implemented its 3rd local activity within the RECOV project.

Tema tourism industry was chosen in order to discuss the different financial instruments for local development. Local stakeholder proposed different options and ideas in order to support the tourism industry development, which is very important for the local development of the Municipality.

Different ways of financial support for local development of this branch were also discussed.

This activity was implemented within the RECOV project funded by the Europa za građane Programme.

On January 24, 2020, the Municipality of Rauna in Latvia implemented its 3rd local activity within the RECOV project.

Tema tourism industry was chosen in order to discuss the different financial instruments for local development. Local stakeholder proposed different options and ideas in order to support the tourism industry development, which is very important for the local development of the Municipality.

Different ways of financial support for local development of this branch were also discussed.

This activity was implemented within the RECOV project funded by the Europa za građane Programme.


Local democracy: the practice of a developed society

Izvršna closing conference “Local democracy – ideal or practice” of the project CSOs for making Local Democracy Work was held on January 22nd, 2020 in Skopje.
More than 70 representatives of Civil Society Organizations and Local Self-Government had the opportunity to get acquainted with the implemented activities of the project, as well as their results and achievements.
The conference was opened by ALDA President, Oriano Otocan and the Deputy Minister of Local Self-Government, Dejan Pavleski. Mr Otocan gave an overview of the key issues related to local democracy, as well as the good practices that ALDA promotes through its projects and activities; while Mr Pavlevski emphasized all the measures taken by the government regarding the improvement of local democracy and decentralization in the Republic of North Macedonia, and referred to the work and role of the regional councils, which he sees as a very good platform, adding that the cooperation between Civil Society Organizations and Local Self-Government is very significant in this section.
ALDA Skopje Director, Ms Ivana Petrovska, welcomed the participants and briefly presented the main results achieved during the implementation of this project.
During the second part of the event, titled ‘’Transferring experiences from project implementation”, Mr Zoran Jankulovski from the Association of Financial Officers talked about the financial and non-financial support to CSOs from local authorities. Later, Mrs Mileva Gjurovska, president of the European Movement, pointed out the necessity for Civil Society Organizations and Local Self-Government to work together in the European integration process.
Finally, the third part of the conference was dedicated to ‘’Transferring experiences from projects at the local level”, and the following speakers shared their project experiences and results:
  • Tome Hristoski, Mayor of the Municipality of Krusevo
  • Todor Efremov, from the Municipality of Kavadarci
  • Liljana Jonoski from the organization “Rural Coalition"
  • and Daliborka Zlateva, from the Association of people with cerebral paralysis.
These experts talked about the impact of the project activities on the beneficiaries, both citizens and municipalities, as well as the way in which Civil Society Organizations developed mutual cooperation.
One of the most positive results overall was the initiative to set up a Local Democracy Network made up of project partners and organizations funded by the sub-granting scheme. After the conference, the project partners and grantees signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Local Democracy Network.
Izvršna CSOs for making Local Democracy Work project was implemented under IPA Civil Society Facility and Media Programme 2015.

Izvršna closing conference “Local democracy – ideal or practice” of the project CSOs for making Local Democracy Work was held on January 22nd, 2020 in Skopje.
More than 70 representatives of Civil Society Organizations and Local Self-Government had the opportunity to get acquainted with the implemented activities of the project, as well as their results and achievements.
The conference was opened by ALDA President, Oriano Otocan and the Deputy Minister of Local Self-Government, Dejan Pavleski. Mr Otocan gave an overview of the key issues related to local democracy, as well as the good practices that ALDA promotes through its projects and activities; while Mr Pavlevski emphasized all the measures taken by the government regarding the improvement of local democracy and decentralization in the Republic of North Macedonia, and referred to the work and role of the regional councils, which he sees as a very good platform, adding that the cooperation between Civil Society Organizations and Local Self-Government is very significant in this section.
ALDA Skopje Director, Ms Ivana Petrovska, welcomed the participants and briefly presented the main results achieved during the implementation of this project.
During the second part of the event, titled ‘’Transferring experiences from project implementation”, Mr Zoran Jankulovski from the Association of Financial Officers talked about the financial and non-financial support to CSOs from local authorities. Later, Mrs Mileva Gjurovska, president of the European Movement, pointed out the necessity for Civil Society Organizations and Local Self-Government to work together in the European integration process.
Finally, the third part of the conference was dedicated to ‘’Transferring experiences from projects at the local level”, and the following speakers shared their project experiences and results:
  • Tome Hristoski, Mayor of the Municipality of Krusevo
  • Todor Efremov, from the Municipality of Kavadarci
  • Liljana Jonoski from the organization “Rural Coalition"
  • and Daliborka Zlateva, from the Association of people with cerebral paralysis.
These experts talked about the impact of the project activities on the beneficiaries, both citizens and municipalities, as well as the way in which Civil Society Organizations developed mutual cooperation.
One of the most positive results overall was the initiative to set up a Local Democracy Network made up of project partners and organizations funded by the sub-granting scheme. After the conference, the project partners and grantees signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Local Democracy Network.
Izvršna CSOs for making Local Democracy Work project was implemented under IPA Civil Society Facility and Media Programme 2015.


Empowering citizens for the future of Europe: 42 CSOs join forces to make civil society's voice heard

On January 8th, 2020 in Milan, Italy, a group of 42 Civil Society Organizations signed a Declaration on the Rule of Law, the Multiannual Financial Framework, the European Conference on the Future of Europe and an Empower Roadmap; and decided to send it to the attention of some of the most important European institutions in order to make civil society’s voice heard on a variety of crucial topics.

ALDA is one of these CSOs and joined the discussion on what to include in the documents, which have now been received by the European ParliamentEuropska komisijaEuropean CouncilCouncil of the UnionEconomic and Social Committee i Odbor regija.

The group deems in fact necessary and urgent that an update of the European Union take place for many reasons, such as the planetary instability; the financial and subsequent economic and social crisis with the increasing gap between the rich and the poor; the follow-up of Brexit as a result of lies and fake news; the rise of nationalism; the manipulation of information; recent phenomena in terms of migrations and human rights; the challenges of climate change; and more.

It hence believes that the EU needs to adapt its governance and make a leap towards higher resilience, solidarity, justice and trust, suggesting that a public debate on the future of Europe should be opened and a discussion held on the need to (1) protect and enhance European values; (2) secure coherence between EU values, objectives and actions; and (3) adopt a democratic and efficient method to change the course of the EU and build a united, fair and resilient Europe where citizens are empowered and involved in a truly participatory democracy.

ALDA and its 41 parters in the Declaration therefore pledge a series of priorities and next steps for the EU with regards to the following areas:

  1. The respect of the Rule of Law and the European democracy
  2. The Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) from 2021 to 2025 and from 2026 to 2030
  3. The Conference on the Future of Europe (and the Citizens’ Agora)
  4. An Empower Roadmap
For more information:

On January 8th, 2020 in Milan, Italy, a group of 42 Civil Society Organizations signed a Declaration on the Rule of Law, the Multiannual Financial Framework, the European Conference on the Future of Europe and an Empower Roadmap; and decided to send it to the attention of some of the most important European institutions in order to make civil society’s voice heard on a variety of crucial topics.

ALDA is one of these CSOs and joined the discussion on what to include in the documents, which have now been received by the European ParliamentEuropska komisijaEuropean CouncilCouncil of the UnionEconomic and Social Committee i Odbor regija.

The group deems in fact necessary and urgent that an update of the European Union take place for many reasons, such as the planetary instability; the financial and subsequent economic and social crisis with the increasing gap between the rich and the poor; the follow-up of Brexit as a result of lies and fake news; the rise of nationalism; the manipulation of information; recent phenomena in terms of migrations and human rights; the challenges of climate change; and more.

It hence believes that the EU needs to adapt its governance and make a leap towards higher resilience, solidarity, justice and trust, suggesting that a public debate on the future of Europe should be opened and a discussion held on the need to (1) protect and enhance European values; (2) secure coherence between EU values, objectives and actions; and (3) adopt a democratic and efficient method to change the course of the EU and build a united, fair and resilient Europe where citizens are empowered and involved in a truly participatory democracy.

ALDA and its 41 parters in the Declaration therefore pledge a series of priorities and next steps for the EU with regards to the following areas:

  1. The respect of the Rule of Law and the European democracy
  2. The Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) from 2021 to 2025 and from 2026 to 2030
  3. The Conference on the Future of Europe (and the Citizens’ Agora)
  4. An Empower Roadmap
For more information: