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Demokratsko uključivanje i otpornost 2023. godine u središtu godišnje konferencije EPD-a

Izazovi i prilagođavanje postali su norma u demokratskim procesima u Evropi i širom svijeta. Iako živimo u sve naprednijem svijetu u mnogim aspektima, postoji stalna i rastuća potreba za djelovanjem u odbrani demokratije i demokrata.

This was the starting point behind the EPD’s Annual Conference and 15th Anniversary, which took place on June 20th 2023, at the Hotel Comet in Brussels.

The Conference saw the participation of brilliant keynote speakers who nurtured the discussion, notably the Vice-President of the Commission, Ms Dubravka Šuica who gave an inspiring speech on the future of democratic participation in Europe.

Nastavljamo naš rad na izgradnji inovativnog demokratskog ekosistema koji je osnova za demokratiju za budućnost. Kako on-line tako i off-line. – izjavila je Šuica – U demokratiji, naše najveće, najdragocjenije bogatstvo su naši građani. Možda zvuči očigledno, ali moram naglasiti da nema demokratije bez građana. (…). Moramo poboljšati način na koji komuniciramo sa našim građanima, a najbolji način da to učinimo je da radimo na terenu sa lokalnim demokratskim akterima".
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In the wake of the welcome speech Ms Šuica gave at the opening ceremony of ALDA General Assembly, for ALDA it is always extremely motivating and inspiring to note the Commission’s proximity and direct support in our joint efforts in favour of local democracy and citizen participation in Europe and beyond, acting as strong partners pursuing the same mission.


We need to improve how we communicate with our citizens and the best way to do this is starting at the grassroots with local democracy actors” – Ms Dubravka Šuica


Ms Šuica then mentioned all successful and innovative participative practices introduced thanks to the Conference on the Future of Europe, as well as the importance of the more recent Defence of Democracy Package, to which ALDA itself had the opportunity to include specific recommendations.

Ova intervencija utrla je put za panel koji je istraživao inicijative za povećanje učešća širom Evrope. Uz moderiranje Richarda Youngsa, Carnegie Europe, panel su animirali:

  • Alberto Alemanno, Jean Monnet profesor prava EU i HEC Paris i osnivač The Good Lobbyja
  • Colin Scicluna, šef kabineta potpredsjednice Dubavka Šuice, Evropska komisija
  • Antonelle Valmorbida,, generalna sekretarka ALDA-e - Evropske asocijacije za lokalnu demokratiju
  • Anthony Zacharzewski, predsjednik Demokratskog društva

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Theatre writing workshop in Schio (IT). Join in!

Are you looking for a summer training activity that will enrich your curriculum and enable you to acquire new skills?
Are you interested in theatre and writing?

Participate in the theatre writing workshop on 7-8-9 July 2023

The workshop consists on a cycle of 3 sessions:

  • Friday 7 July 2023, 7-9 p.m.
  • Saturday 8 July 2023, from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
  • Sunday 9 July 2023, from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

If you have a passion for writing and theatre, are always looking for new stimuli and acquire new skills, or perhaps you are considering a course of study in the humanities, theatre, film… This is the workshop for you!

You will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the theory and practice of playwriting, learning how to devise and give voice to your characters. But it doesn’t end there: you will try your hand at writing a monologue that will contribute to the production of a European TV series!


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WHY PARTICIPATE?

  • Participate in a training opportunity led by experts in the field and designed to provide you with general knowledge and practical tools that will enable you to try your hand at playwriting in a simple but structured way.
  • You will contribute to a European project involving 8 countries. The workshop will enable you to deepen your knowledge of playwriting techniques and apply them concretely by contributing to the writing of a monologue to be included in an episode of a TV series to be filmed in Schio in autumn 2023!
  • Put yourself to the test in a stimulating and creative environment, and acquire transversal skills such as dialogue writing, devising scenes, characters and much more.

 

COURSE CONTENT

The workshop is an initiative of the Municipality of Schio, realised in cooperation with ALDA – European Association for Local Democracy.

The training is carried out by expert trainers from the Schio Teatro 80 association and will cover the following topics:

  • The structure of playwriting (from writing to acting, credibility of action, script and emotional turns, captions and descriptions)
  • Definition of characters and scenes
  • Styles (drama and comedy, rhythm and language, realism and fantasy)
  • Dialogue and monologue
  • Practical exercises

A certificate of attendance will be issued at the end of the training.

 

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

Participation is free of charge and only open to adults. No previous experience is necessary.

 

LOGISTIC

The training will take place at the Faber Box in Schio (VI), Viale Tito Livio, 23-25 in the Learning Box 1 room on the third floor.

Dates and times of the workshop:

  • Friday 7 July 2023, from 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday 8 July 2023, from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
  • Sunday 9 July 2023, from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m

The course lasts 8 hours and is free of charge. Participation in all modules is recommended but not compulsory.

To register fill out the online registration form
For information write to valentina@alda-europe.eu or call 0444 540146.

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The workshop takes place in the context of the FACE UP – Factory Cities of Europe United in Partnership project.

The project is funded by the European Union’s CERV programme and aims to promote the historical-industrial heritage of several European cities, including the municipality of Schio.


Nakon 6 godina, Antonella Valmorbida predaje predsjedanje EPD-om

Ovogodišnja Generalna skupština EPD-a bila je posebna, za Evropsko partnerstvo za demokratiju (EPD), za cijelu njegovu mrežu članova i za ALDA-u.

Dakle, održana 19. juna 2023., ova Generalna skupština nije samo vodila raspravu o internim pitanjima važnim za funkcionisanje Organizacije, već je uključila i obnovu Predsjedništva.

Tako je nakon 6 godina Antonella Valmorbida, generalna sekretarka ALDA i dotadašnja predsjednica EPD-a, predala predsjedavanje Thijsu Bermanu, izvršna direktorka NIMD - Holandskog instituta za višestranačku demokratiju.

Od 2017. godine Antonella Valmorbida je predsjedavala EPD-om, vodeći organizaciju kroz izazovno, ali transformativno razdoblje, zajedno sa članovima odbora, izvršnim direktorom Kenom Godfreyjem i osobljem EPD-a.

Među nekoliko izazova s ​​kojima se susrela tokom svog mandata, podsjećamo na Brexit, svjetsku pandemiju i novi rat u Ukrajini koji je potresao Evropu i cijeli svijet.


Ponosni smo na stalnu posvećenost naše generalne sekretarke lokalnoj demokratiji i čestitamo novom predsjedavajućem Thijsu Bermanu!


U svom govoru, Antonella Valmorbida se prisjetila postignuća i izazova u posljednjih 6 godina, u fokusu na misiji i posvećenosti EPD-a za bolju i odgovornu demokratiju u Evropi:

Uspjeli smo da postanemo veći, ali naša odlučnost da ostanemo živo i inkluzivno partnerstvo je također ispunjeno. - izjavila je Antonella Valmorbida u svom govoru - Uspjeli smo opstati do vlastitog uspjeha. Mi smo jaka zajednica i instrument koji objedinjuje naša iskustva i znanje kao snažnih i efikasnih praktičara. Znamo koliko napora zahtijeva demokratija i kako to mora biti višesložno i holistički. – nastavlja Valmorbida – Demokratija je više od izbora, više je od političkih partija, više je od lokalnih samouprava, više je od dobrih i slobodnih medija, više je od građanskog društva. Demokratija je interakcija i osnaživanje svih ovih elemenata i zbog toja je EPD jedinstven i bio je tako efikasan u posljednjih nekoliko godina.

Kao ALDA, ponosni smo na stalnu posvećenost i odanost naše generalne sekretarke lokalnoj demokratiji, koju ona provodi u ALDA-i i van naše organizacije, uvjereni da će nastaviti svoje imenovanje u odbor EPD-a s istom posvećenošću, kako bi pratila organizaciju u njenim budućim nastojanjima.

Štaviše, čestitamo novom predsjedniku Thijsu Bermanu, za kojeg smo sigurni da će uspješno voditi organizaciju u godinama koje dolaze!

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Third Transnational Project Meeting of the PACIFY-D project: the consortium met in Strasbourg!

On June 15, 2023, the PACIFY-D project partners gathered together in Strasbourg (France) for the third face-to-face Transnational Meeting.

Projekat PACIFY-D project is working towards providing innovative training opportunities o klimatskim promjenama young people and establishing Country Info Points as local learning centers for youth education, to strengthen democratic attitudes through civic engagement i civic participation

In this ongoing phase of the project, partners are drafting the guiding documents to build and structure the CPIs as well as piloting the CPIs in the targeted countries.


The meeting represented an excellent opportunity for partners to monitor the progress of the project, identify next steps and share views on the project topics!


Firstly, during the meeting, the Training programme for YLAs in developing skills was presented and discussed, including the translations of the digital modules and the report collecting all the main information. The translated and digitalised contents will be available soon on the veb sajt projekta.

Then, the second part was dedicated to the Guide for the development of Country Info Points (CIPs) and Piloting was presented, presenting the updates based on how to structure and build the CIPs. Cooperativa GEA, leader of this project result, will finalise a comprehensive and detailed guiding document by the end of June 2023,to be used for the replicability of the CIPs in other countries. 

The third and last part of the meeting programme, dedicated to the PACIFY-D Policy Handbook, consisted on the presentation of ALDA’s handbook draft and on a brainstorming session, collecting partners’ feedback and inputs. Following the outline presented in Strasbourg at the meeting, ALDA will collect partners’ contributions, and finalise and consolidate the handbook by the end of November 2023. 

Finally, coordinated by ALDA, all partners discussed the communication and dissemination of the project, exchanging views on its objectives and results as well as on the reporting requirements.

The PACIFY-D project will end in March 2024, when the final conference of the project will take place in Brussels!


Projekat "Je Repars de Toi" dovodi na scenu mlade iz Tunisa i Italije sa invaliditetom

Dana 04. juna 2023., LDA Tunis je organizovala još jednu sesiju inkluzivne emisije pod nazivom „Teatar za SVE“ u okviru svog projekta „Je Repars de Toi".

Predstava koja se sastojala od 2 predstave održana je u Kulturnoj kući Chebika u Kairouanu, a cilj je bio da se osigura platforma za inkluziju, lični rast i obuku osjetljivih vještina. Prva predstava koja je debitovala zvala se "Desire" a izveli su je tuniski mladi izvođači sa fizičkim i mentalnim invaliditetom ili koji su morali da napuste školu zbog porodičnih problema; druga predstava nazvana je "Sjećanje" i izvedena je od strane mladih iz Italije pod nadzorom partnera projekta COPE Italija.

Majstorski nastup doveo je publiku do dimenzija kontemplacije i introspekcije. Zaista, predstava se bavila istaknutim društvenim pitanjima kao što su inkluzija, prihvatanje, otpornost i solidarnost. Nadalje, umjetnička djela nadilazila su kulturne i jezičke barijere jer su se u potpunosti oslanjala na kreativne tjelesne izraze. 


Poruka koja je dostavljena zajednici bila je neprocjenjiva


Poruka koja je dostavljena zajednici bila je neprocenjiva: invaliditet treba da postane izvor različitosti i obogaćivanja a ne isključivanja. Umjetnički izraz je jedan od načina da se unaprijede kapaciteti odraslih prema posebnim potrebama, zajedno sa podrškom njihove zajednice jer angažman građana igra aktivnu i pozitivnu ulogu favorizirajući njihova prava i njihovu inkluziju.

Predstave su rezultat obimnih trening radionica u okviru projekta „Je Repars de Toi“ koji ima za cilj da uključi osobe sa invaliditetom kroz pristup zasnovan na zajednici. Ovu inicijativu finansira Italijansku agenciju za kooperativni razvoj AIC, koju implementira COPE Italija, u partnerstvu sa LDA Tunis, ministarstvom za socijalna pitanja, udruženjima ASDA, AGIM, UTAIM i italijanskim udruženjem Mettiamoci In Gioco.

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Inclusiveness and anti-discrimination: ALDA supports the LGBTQIA+ community and celebrates Pride month 🏳️‍🌈

Do we still need to celebrate Pride Month?

Yes, we do! We do because although the rights of people who are part of the LGBTQIA+ community have increased since the beginning of the new millennium, we still cannot talk about complete equality

Furthermore, if we take a quick look at the Rainbow Europe Map published annually by the ILGA Europe, we realize that in some European countries, such as Italy, the queer community is not even granted basic rights. In addition to being discriminated against legally speaking, this also affects their everyday life. 

Articles of aggression against people in the community are daily occurrences, but even worse than aggression is the fear of coming out. Fear is triggered because of the few legal protections and as a result, many people in the community are unable to live their gender identity and sexual orientation openly, like cisgender and heterosexual people. 

Inclusiveness and non-discrimination represent some of the core values underlying ALDA’s work and mission, also at the core of projects we develop and implement, such as STAND UP, or MOVING On.


Inclusiveness and non-discrimination represent some of the core values underlying ALDA’s work and mission


Although the Gay Movement started as a liberation movement for the white gay population, over the years it has attracted many other minorities and subgroups to it. Today it is more correct to talk about Pride than Gay Pride as it does not only represent the gay minority but different groups, such as all non-binary or asexual identities. 

The Queer movement has also championed battles for the liberation of the body, both the black body and the fat body. Within pride, it is no longer only the gay identity that is celebrated, but the diversity and uniqueness hidden within each of us, coming from the intersectionality experienced by each of us. It is crucial to welcome and accept all identities and all representations of being, such as being part of the black and gay community or being a transgender person with a migratory background. 

For this reason, the pride we want to celebrate is an intersectional pride, best represented by the new inclusive pride flag. 

How to support LGBTQIA+ Community

  1. Get informed about the LGBTQIA+ community through articles, news, podcasts and social media pages that support the movement. 
  2. Understand your privilege condition as a cisgender and heterosexual person. Find out more about the Daily Effects of Cisgender Privilege in this recent study published by the Gender and Sexuality Center. 
  3. Be an activist online and offline openly showing your support to the LGBQTIA+ campaign taking part in queer organizations, prides, fundraisings and so on. 
  4. Get acquainted with being uncomfortable; You may make mistakes as you get to know the LGBTQIA+ community better. It’s not a problem, it’s perfectly fine.

 

Micro Glossary

Cisgender: Indicates persons whose gender identity corresponds to their gender and biological sex at birth. 

LGBTQIA+: The acronym for Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual and +, every other person who feels represented by the community. 

Gay Pride: It is a tradition dating back to June 1969 as a consequence of the Stonewall attacks. Since then, pride has been celebrated in June, to let the world know that yes the queer community exists and that each of its members does not have to apologize for being the way they are but rather is proud of its diversity. 

Transgender: Indicates persons whose gender identity does not correspond to their gender and biological sex at birth. Nowadays it is preferred to use the acronym AMAB or AFAB which stands for Assigned Male At Birth and Assigned Female At Birth, Recognising non-conforming identities more inclusively.


Okrugli sto Odjela za Bliski istok i Afriku na ALDA Festivalu i Generalnoj skupštini 2023.

The mission of this year’s ALDA General Assembly was to state that Local Democracy will save democracy. In this light, the Middle East & Africa Department organised on June 9th in Etterbeek (Brussels) a roundtable titled “Stronger together: exploring EU’s contribution to local democracy around the globe” in collaboration with the most relevant institutions, donors and partners working together with ALDA in the area.

The roundtable delved into the topic of the European Union and the French State as global agents boosting democratic values in Third Countries exploring three specific areas: the African continent, Türkiye and the Euro-Mediterranean area. The aim was to highlight the main challenges affecting local democracy in the communities bordering the EU as well as the initiatives taken by institutions and civil society organisations to address them, through concrete examples.

With the support of the Directorate-General for International Partnerships of the European Commission (DG INTPA), introduced by its Head of Sector in Democratic Governance Tom Millar, the first focus of the roundtable was given on how the EU can support local democracy in the African continent. The main priorities identified by the EU in that sense lie on youth as target beneficiaries and main actors for change, as well as country-level work. Along this line, DG INTPA is funding the WYDE – Civic Engagement project, led by EPD – European Partnership for Democracy where ALDA is managing the Cluster 1, dedicated to regranting directed to youth organisations in the whole continent. The project has been presented by the ALDA project coordinator Abdelaziz Bouslah, together with the ALDA Grants manager Faty Babou, and Cluster partners Elbarlament’s Managing director Sebastian Bloching and People in Need’s Youth Civic Engagement Advisor Kristýna Sosnovcová.


Okrugli stol je analizirao izazove koji utiču na lokalne demokratije u zajednicama koje se graniče s EU i kako ih riješiti


In the case of Türkiye, the floor was opened by the Deputy Head of the Türkiye Unit of DG NEAR – Directorate General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations of the European Commission Katarzyna Marzec. In her opinion, the strength of Turkish local democracy lies in the dedication of citizens and civil society organisations, who need to be supported by EU institutions in their activities. An example of engagement at the local governance level was given by Özge Sivrikaya, Senior International Affairs and Projects Expert of the Marmara Municipality Union, one of the most important Union of Municipalities of the country, behind, among many other things, the organisation of the renowned MARUF – Marmara Urban Forum. In preparation for the next local elections in 2024, the EU Delegation to Türkiye funded the WE ACT project, presented by ALDA’s Project Coordinator Apolline Bonfils, which aims to strengthen women participation by providing capacity building related to politics and media as well as subgranting to civil society organisations. As a further way to support EU-Turkish cooperation at the local level, Sinan Erensü, Chair of the Board and Hüseyincan Eryılmaz, Project coordinator of MAD – Mekanda Adalet Derneği (Centre for Spatial Justice) have presented THE:PLACE programme. This initiative, funded by the Mercator Foundation and co-managed with ALDA, seeks to reinforce the collaboration among civil society actors and local authorities on top of cross-border cooperation.

As a third but equally relevant dimension where ALDA is active, the roundtable then focused on the Euro-Mediterranean area. An overview was given by Thibaut Lespagnol, Deputy delegate for Civil society, civic engagement and youth (DGM/CIV), who highlighted the most pressing issues affecting local democracy in the area: visa restrictions, informality of the third sector, political instability among others, and gave examples on how civil society support can be provided by French cooperation actions.

In this context, the role of the Anna Lindh Foundation has been presented by its Liaison Officer in Brussels Alessandro Lamonica, who explained how two initiatives such as the award for Mediterranean Capital for Culture and Dialogue and the Med Youth in Action programme can contribute through the promotion of good practices of governance and youth empowerment.

The roundtable was closed by Sam Khebizi, President of Les Têtes de L’Art, with whom ALDA is co-leading the French Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation. He reminded that, as the title of the roundtable said, we are stronger together in supporting local democracy: as co-leaders, as donors with beneficiaries, as civil society organisations with local authorities, as Europeans with neighbours, as people believing in democracy.

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Advisory

Novoformirani Savjetodavni odbor: grupa stručnjaka za obogaćivanje rada ALDA-e na globalnom nivou

Projekat skupština ALDA 2023, koja je održana 8. juna, bila je prilika da se predstavnicima, partnerima i prijateljima članicama ALDA okupljenim u Etterbeeku (Belgija) predstavi novoformirani Savjetodavni odbor ALDA-e. Savjetodavni odbor je odabrani tim ljudi različitih kompetencija i stručnosti koji će pomno pratiti rad organizacije koja djeluje na geografskim područjima. 

Tokom Generalne skupštine ALDA 2023, odbor se sastao sa članovima Upravnog odbora kako bi razmijenila mišljenja o budućim aktivnostima ALDA-e i postavila temelje za čvrstu i plodnu saradnju.

Savjetodavni odbor će ostati na funkciji godinu dana. Što se tiče područja Evrope, ljudi koji će biti dio grupe su sljedeći;

Gđa. Kirsi Verka, menadžerica za razvoj participativnog budžetiranja u Helsinkiju, koja će sarađivati sa HUB-om na učešću građana i teritorijalnom razvoju. 

Gđa. Maite Arrondo, slobodna konsultantica i istraživačica za urbane inovacije, specijalizovana za stambenu politiku, koja će pratiti Radnu grupu za socijalno uključivanje, u saradnji sa Tematskim HUB-om za rod, inkluziju i ljudska prava. 

Gđa. Maddalena Alberti, ALD Zavidovići, koja će biti dio Radne grupe za socijalno uključivanje, u saradnji sa Tematskim HUB-om za migracije. 

Gđa. Joelle Gerber, direktorica Maison du jeune citoyen في مدينة شيلتيجهايم ، والتي ستكون أيضًا جزءًا من مجموعة العمل حول الإدماج الاجتماعي ، بالتعاون مع المحور المواضيعي للشباب. 

I da zaključimo sa područjem Evrope, gđa Claire Breschard, Institut Français du Monde Associatif, ostaje u Radnoj grupi Izgradnja kapaciteta Organizacije civilnog društva i g. Aurelio Escobar konsultant pri Covenant of Mayors, koji će se pridružiti Radnoj grupi za Životnu sredinu, kao dio Tematskog HUB-a za okoliš. 

Što se tiče područja Bliskog istoka i Afrike, g. Ahmet Allouch, direktor Skupštine narodnih predstavnika Tunisa i menadžer projekta i trener u “Mladi bez granica – Tunis” će pomno pratiti rad koji ALDA provodi u Tunisu. 

Gđa. Elif Avci, savjetnica za participativni proces i angažman mladih u Istanbulskoj razvojnoj agenciji, sarađivat će sa Asocijacijom na aktivnostima koje se provode u Turskoj.

Lastly, Dr. Ibrahim Ndagijimana, One Mainstreaming Coordinator in GIZ Rwanda/Rights Based Programme, will cooperate with ALDA for the activities in Rwanda. 

Ms. Senida Mesi, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Albania, expert on civil society local governance, will be the point of contact for the Western Balkans area. 

While Ms. Inna Volkova, member of the Odesa Rayon Council and Ms. Tamara Ehs, expert on civil society and local governance will closely follow the activities implemented in the Eastern Partnership region. 

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The LDAs in Ukraine: an instrument of cooperation, community cohesion and development

Common action, bottom-up approach and support to local and regional authorities and civil society will lead the reconstruction and future of Ukraine“.

As the ongoing war against Ukraine is still damaging fundamental structures of Ukrainian society and governance, ALDA believes that it is its responsibility to bring the attention to the local governments and local civil society organisations since they are active on the ground to ensure that basic services are still provided to people.

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