EU Grants: CERV Programme launches great opportunities

When it comes to concretely support and fund citizens’ engagement, as well as the implementation of rights and European values, a key tool to bear in mind is the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values programme – also known as CERVThe latter will tackle those areas, previously targeted by both the “Europe for Citizens” programme and the “Rights, Equality and Citizenship ” one. Yet, for the seven upcoming years, projects will all merge under this single programme –  CERV.


More into details, CERV has to be understood as a programme targeted to protect and promote both rights and values, which are enshrined in the Treaties, as well as in the Povelja o temeljnim pravima. Furthermore, it is intended to support CSOs and stakeholders actively involved in promoting democracy and citizens’ engagement at different levels: from local to international.

Support CSOs and stakeholders actively involved in promoting democracy and citizens’ engagement

Besides, the programme is divided into four pillars, each of which is focusing on a specific area: 

  1. Union values: to protect, promote and raise awareness on rights. Within this pillar, financial support is given to CSOs working in this sector, and active in the strengthening of the democratic  framework;
  2. Equality, Rights and Gender Equality: to promote rights, non-discrimination, equality, including gender equality. Projects supported by this pillar are targeted to – for example – fight discrimination, protect rights of the child and prople with disabilities;
  3. Citizens’ engagement and participation: to encourage citizens’ involvement in the democratic life of the Union. This pillar is also designed to foster exchanges among Member States, and to raise awareness on the European history;
  4. Daphne: to support and promote the victims of violence. Projects under this pillar are aimed to prevent and fight all forms of gender-based violence, of violence against children or other groups at risk

Concerning the budgetary aspect, the latter amounts to over 1.55 billion euros. Hence, CERV programme is included within the Cohesion, Resilience and Value heading, which is one of the seven ones listed within the Multiannual Financial Framework.  

In addition, CERV opens up to CSOs, stakeholders and any interested parties to join the CERV – Civil Dialogue Week 2021 taking place from May 25th to May 28th 2021.

As project developers, democracy and citizens’ participation promoter, ALDA is glad to learn that not only the final budget allocated has doubled, but also that great support has been given to these programmes, and to each player engaged in this sector. Thus, ALDA has always been committed to concretely turned values and principles of these programmes into concrete actions. For example, when it comes to “promote Unione Values” (pillar 1), one can think of the recently implemented DESIRE Project; focusing on the Schuman Declaration; or the successfully concluded GET UP project, when tackling “Equality, Rights and Gender Equality” (pillar 2). Last but not least, since day one ALDA has been a strategic partner to the European Commission, a relationship strengthened by worthwhile and constant “structural dialogue”, which has positively impacted on a wide number of communities in the EU and beyond.

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When it comes to concretely support and fund citizens’ engagement, as well as the implementation of rights and European values, a key tool to bear in mind is the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values programme – also known as CERVThe latter will tackle those areas, previously targeted by both the “Europe for Citizens” programme and the “Rights, Equality and Citizenship ” one. Yet, for the seven upcoming years, projects will all merge under this single programme –  CERV.


More into details, CERV has to be understood as a programme targeted to protect and promote both rights and values, which are enshrined in the Treaties, as well as in the Povelja o temeljnim pravima. Furthermore, it is intended to support CSOs and stakeholders actively involved in promoting democracy and citizens’ engagement at different levels: from local to international.

Support CSOs and stakeholders actively involved in promoting democracy and citizens’ engagement

Besides, the programme is divided into four pillars, each of which is focusing on a specific area: 

  1. Union values: to protect, promote and raise awareness on rights. Within this pillar, financial support is given to CSOs working in this sector, and active in the strengthening of the democratic  framework;
  2. Equality, Rights and Gender Equality: to promote rights, non-discrimination, equality, including gender equality. Projects supported by this pillar are targeted to – for example – fight discrimination, protect rights of the child and prople with disabilities;
  3. Citizens’ engagement and participation: to encourage citizens’ involvement in the democratic life of the Union. This pillar is also designed to foster exchanges among Member States, and to raise awareness on the European history;
  4. Daphne: to support and promote the victims of violence. Projects under this pillar are aimed to prevent and fight all forms of gender-based violence, of violence against children or other groups at risk

Concerning the budgetary aspect, the latter amounts to over 1.55 billion euros. Hence, CERV programme is included within the Cohesion, Resilience and Value heading, which is one of the seven ones listed within the Multiannual Financial Framework.  

In addition, CERV opens up to CSOs, stakeholders and any interested parties to join the CERV – Civil Dialogue Week 2021 taking place from May 25th to May 28th 2021.

As project developers, democracy and citizens’ participation promoter, ALDA is glad to learn that not only the final budget allocated has doubled, but also that great support has been given to these programmes, and to each player engaged in this sector. Thus, ALDA has always been committed to concretely turned values and principles of these programmes into concrete actions. For example, when it comes to “promote Unione Values” (pillar 1), one can think of the recently implemented DESIRE Project; focusing on the Schuman Declaration; or the successfully concluded GET UP project, when tackling “Equality, Rights and Gender Equality” (pillar 2). Last but not least, since day one ALDA has been a strategic partner to the European Commission, a relationship strengthened by worthwhile and constant “structural dialogue”, which has positively impacted on a wide number of communities in the EU and beyond.

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“Europe Day” as a starting point to shape the “Future of Europe”

This year, on May 9th not only will people celebrate the “Europe Day”, but it will also mark the beginning of the Conference on the Future of Europe (COFOE), held – in hybrid format – at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.  Yet, what is the Conference on the Future of Europe? At least once in a while, each of us asked him/herself this question. Well, the Conference (COFOE) represents the opportunity for European citizens to discuss and debate on both challenges, priorities; and on the future path that Europe should follow. Thus, the idea behind it is that all three institutions – be they European Parliament; Council and Commission – will listen to European citizens, their ideas and proposals as far as the future of Europe concerns.

Still one question still remains: “How can people actively join the Conference?” 

Based on a bottom-up i citizens-oriented approach, citizens can both take part in several conferences and events, divided into topics. Starting from the multilingual digital platform citizens will have the possibility to share their ideas; organise events while joining some of them already available at the participatory space online. Furthermore, also from the institutional side, organise European citizens’ panels, which should both be representatives in terms of citizens’ age, socioeconomic background, gender and origins; and provide inputs to the Conference Plenary.

"The Presidents of the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission aim to give citizens a say on what matters to them"

The latter will make sure that recommendations, resulting from panels and debates, will be taken into account at future meetings, scheduled at least every six months. More technically, representatives from the Parliament; the Council; the Commission; as well as representatives from national parliaments will constitute the Conference Plenary. Besides, exponents from the Committee of the Regions and the Economic and Social Committee, together with Social Partners and Civil Society will also be represented. The final outcome of the Conference will be delivered to the  Joint Presidency, resulting from the authority of all the three institutions. 

As one can read in the COFOE Zajedničku deklaraciju, “the Presidents of the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission aim to give citizens a say on what matters to them”. Having that in mind, for those who have been following ALDA and its work, soon they will recognise the importance that this occasion has,  when it comes to bringing people’s voice at the institutional level. Thus,  in this regard, the work of the Association, together with other CSOs, has always been consistent, concrete and proactive, so that to make the most of it!

 

Join other citizens, and take part in the “Europe Day activities”:

This year, on May 9th not only will people celebrate the “Europe Day”, but it will also mark the beginning of the Conference on the Future of Europe (COFOE), held – in hybrid format – at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.  Yet, what is the Conference on the Future of Europe? At least once in a while, each of us asked him/herself this question. Well, the Conference (COFOE) represents the opportunity for European citizens to discuss and debate on both challenges, priorities; and on the future path that Europe should follow. Thus, the idea behind it is that all three institutions – be they European Parliament; Council and Commission – will listen to European citizens, their ideas and proposals as far as the future of Europe concerns.

Still one question still remains: “How can people actively join the Conference?” 

Based on a bottom-up i citizens-oriented approach, citizens can both take part in several conferences and events, divided into topics. Starting from the multilingual digital platform citizens will have the possibility to share their ideas; organise events while joining some of them already available at the participatory space online. Furthermore, also from the institutional side, organise European citizens’ panels, which should both be representatives in terms of citizens’ age, socioeconomic background, gender and origins; and provide inputs to the Conference Plenary.

"The Presidents of the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission aim to give citizens a say on what matters to them"

The latter will make sure that recommendations, resulting from panels and debates, will be taken into account at future meetings, scheduled at least every six months. More technically, representatives from the Parliament; the Council; the Commission; as well as representatives from national parliaments will constitute the Conference Plenary. Besides, exponents from the Committee of the Regions and the Economic and Social Committee, together with Social Partners and Civil Society will also be represented. The final outcome of the Conference will be delivered to the  Joint Presidency, resulting from the authority of all the three institutions. 

As one can read in the COFOE Zajedničku deklaraciju, “the Presidents of the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission aim to give citizens a say on what matters to them”. Having that in mind, for those who have been following ALDA and its work, soon they will recognise the importance that this occasion has,  when it comes to bringing people’s voice at the institutional level. Thus,  in this regard, the work of the Association, together with other CSOs, has always been consistent, concrete and proactive, so that to make the most of it!

 

Join other citizens, and take part in the “Europe Day activities”:


POLITEIA: engaging young people in social and political processes!

The “POLITEIA Western Balkans School for Youth Participation” event will reunite experts, researchers, representatives from associations and institutions from around Europe to discuss youth participation in the political process within POLITEIA School, that this year has turned digital!  ALDA is glad to be actively involved in this great experience, making its knowledge available to the participants

From a general perspective,  POLITEIA School is a successful project,  which started already in 1997, when, in a period of civic and students protests, people started to turn the attention and deepen their knowledge as far as the democratic and European values concerned.

An opportunity to discuss education, youth and the Balkans future

This year, young people will join lectures and workshops from May 7th until 29th.
ALDA’s Secretary General, Antonela Valmorbida, will be among the keynote speakers at the opening panel, entitled: “Youth in the Western Balkans – Agents of Change”, which will launch this year edition!

Among the main topics on the planning there will be:

– The importance of European Integration
– Youth participation and engagement
– Perspectives on the Western Balkans future
– The challenges of democracy at local level
– Gender, policies and economy

Academics and activists from Serbia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Kosovo and Turkey will be attending the event.

ALDA is glad to be part of this great occasion of knowledge sharing and youth engagement!

Read more about it on:

The “POLITEIA Western Balkans School for Youth Participation” event will reunite experts, researchers, representatives from associations and institutions from around Europe to discuss youth participation in the political process within POLITEIA School, that this year has turned digital!  ALDA is glad to be actively involved in this great experience, making its knowledge available to the participants

From a general perspective,  POLITEIA School is a successful project,  which started already in 1997, when, in a period of civic and students protests, people started to turn the attention and deepen their knowledge as far as the democratic and European values concerned.

An opportunity to discuss education, youth and the Balkans future

This year, young people will join lectures and workshops from May 7th until 29th.
ALDA’s Secretary General, Antonela Valmorbida, will be among the keynote speakers at the opening panel, entitled: “Youth in the Western Balkans – Agents of Change”, which will launch this year edition!

Among the main topics on the planning there will be:

– The importance of European Integration
– Youth participation and engagement
– Perspectives on the Western Balkans future
– The challenges of democracy at local level
– Gender, policies and economy

Academics and activists from Serbia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Kosovo and Turkey will be attending the event.

ALDA is glad to be part of this great occasion of knowledge sharing and youth engagement!

Read more about it on:


RECRUIT: time to start! First national event

Social Economy as a tool for territorial development and inclusion” is the tile of the first National event of the project RECRUIT that will take place online on May 6 under the coordination of the Metropolitan City of Bari and the support of Impact Hub and ALDA.

RECRUIT – REshaping CRUcial strategies to fIghT unemployment through Social Economy –  is a transnational project funded by the EU Programme COSME, started in February 2021 and lasting one year. The aim of the project is to foster the collaboration of local and regional authorities in using social economy tools and instrument to fight against unemployment.

Foster the collaboration of local and regional authorities in using social economy tools and instrument to fight against unemployment

The first national event is addressing citizens, with a focus on relevant stakeholders working in the field of social economy and social entrepreneurship. Besides presenting the RECRUIT project, the aim of the event is that to stimulate connections among relevant local and national stakeholders; while creating synergies and giving birth to a Social Economy Community. The latter will be involved, for example, in other international activities. In addition, participants, through interactive methodologies, will introduce themselves and will exchange experiences and knowledge on good practices at national level.
Finally, the Metropolitan City of Bari will illustrate two ongoing virtuous projects Porta Futuro Bari i Agriculture carried on at local level.

Last but not least, a news on the event has been also published on the Italian Agency for Press website (ANSA)! Here you can have a look at it

Useful information:

  • If you are interested in participating in the event, fill in the registration form
  • Please note: the event will be held in talijanski
  • For more information on the project and our future international events contact: projects@aldaintranet.org

Social Economy as a tool for territorial development and inclusion” is the tile of the first National event of the project RECRUIT that will take place online on May 6 under the coordination of the Metropolitan City of Bari and the support of Impact Hub and ALDA.

RECRUIT – REshaping CRUcial strategies to fIghT unemployment through Social Economy –  is a transnational project funded by the EU Programme COSME, started in February 2021 and lasting one year. The aim of the project is to foster the collaboration of local and regional authorities in using social economy tools and instrument to fight against unemployment.

Foster the collaboration of local and regional authorities in using social economy tools and instrument to fight against unemployment

The first national event is addressing citizens, with a focus on relevant stakeholders working in the field of social economy and social entrepreneurship. Besides presenting the RECRUIT project, the aim of the event is that to stimulate connections among relevant local and national stakeholders; while creating synergies and giving birth to a Social Economy Community. The latter will be involved, for example, in other international activities. In addition, participants, through interactive methodologies, will introduce themselves and will exchange experiences and knowledge on good practices at national level.
Finally, the Metropolitan City of Bari will illustrate two ongoing virtuous projects Porta Futuro Bari i Agriculture carried on at local level.

Last but not least, a news on the event has been also published on the Italian Agency for Press website (ANSA)! Here you can have a look at it

Useful information:

  • If you are interested in participating in the event, fill in the registration form
  • Please note: the event will be held in talijanski
  • For more information on the project and our future international events contact: projects@aldaintranet.org


Public consultation as a tool of participative democracy – an insights on Ukraine

During its 20 years of life, ALDA has been more and more engaged in the Eastern Partnership, especially in Ukraine, when it comes to democracy promotion, support to local authorities and civil society, and development of good governance.

Thus, on April the 20th 2021, ALDA was invited to join the “Public consultations as a tool of participatory democracy. World practises and standards”. The event, promoted by the Ukrainian Parliamentary Committee on State Building, Local Governance, Regional and Urban Development, saw the participation of ALDA Secretary General Antonella Valmorbida, also in the capacity of expert of the Council of Europe (CoE).

Support of decentralisation processes and in the promotion of public administration reforms in Ukraine

The online conference followed an agenda structured into two parts: a first panel discussion focusing on the “Current state of public consultations in Ukraine and presentation of the legislative initiative regarding its improvement”. The discussion involved ministers, members of the Parliament, experts and associations’ representatives from Ukraine discussing and sharing their perspectives and insights as far as the topic of the panel concerned.

An international experience in conducting public consultation. Lessons from Ukraine” was the theme of the second panel, which saw the participation of ALDA Secretary General, as keynote speaker, together with delegates from European and international institutions. The latter served as a platform to reflect, debate and share knowledge when it comes to democracy promotion, decentralizacija i good governance. Moreover, within this framework, ALDA’s contribution was particularly relevant in light of its proven experience in the support of decentralisation processes and in the promotion of public administration reforms in Ukraine.

The video conference was held in cooperation with:

During its 20 years of life, ALDA has been more and more engaged in the Eastern Partnership, especially in Ukraine, when it comes to democracy promotion, support to local authorities and civil society, and development of good governance.

Thus, on April the 20th 2021, ALDA was invited to join the “Public consultations as a tool of participatory democracy. World practises and standards”. The event, promoted by the Ukrainian Parliamentary Committee on State Building, Local Governance, Regional and Urban Development, saw the participation of ALDA Secretary General Antonella Valmorbida, also in the capacity of expert of the Council of Europe (CoE).

Support of decentralisation processes and in the promotion of public administration reforms in Ukraine

The online conference followed an agenda structured into two parts: a first panel discussion focusing on the “Current state of public consultations in Ukraine and presentation of the legislative initiative regarding its improvement”. The discussion involved ministers, members of the Parliament, experts and associations’ representatives from Ukraine discussing and sharing their perspectives and insights as far as the topic of the panel concerned.

An international experience in conducting public consultation. Lessons from Ukraine” was the theme of the second panel, which saw the participation of ALDA Secretary General, as keynote speaker, together with delegates from European and international institutions. The latter served as a platform to reflect, debate and share knowledge when it comes to democracy promotion, decentralizacija i good governance. Moreover, within this framework, ALDA’s contribution was particularly relevant in light of its proven experience in the support of decentralisation processes and in the promotion of public administration reforms in Ukraine.

The video conference was held in cooperation with:


Learning and discovering RADEX project

Mobilising Against Extremist through Countering and Diverting Radicalisation of Young people” RADEX, is an Erasmus+ funded project on the span of two years. The project targets young people, youth workers, social workers, youth   organisations and equip them with the tools needed to identify patterns, methods, and different processes of youth violent radicalisation.

Izvršna project objectives are:

  • Designing and implementing a methodological framework and to collect data on youth radicalisation in Europe, then a report will be drafted with the findings.
  • Preventing and diverting young people’s radicalisation, through supporting the building of the capacity to identify and understand the different types of online youth radicalisation, by providing real data in the form of relevant educational materials. Which will act as an alert for the target group against online and offline radicalisation processes.

A learning experience which includes real life examples and patterns

Eventually the project aims at creating a safe space for the target group to enjoy a learning experience which includes real life examples and patterns.

Restorative Justice for All (UK) takes the lead of the RADEX project, supported by five different partners; Synthesis Center for Research and Education (Cyprus), Club for UNESCO for Education, Science & Culture (Greece), Ingenious Knowledge (Germany), Inclusive Europe (Belgium) and ALDA – European Association for Local Democracy (France).

Consecutive meetings have been held between the partners in January, March and April, to insure an efficient planning phase. The first transitional project meeting of RADEX is planned to take place on June 3rd 2021 in Brussels.

Mobilising Against Extremist through Countering and Diverting Radicalisation of Young people” RADEX, is an Erasmus+ funded project on the span of two years. The project targets young people, youth workers, social workers, youth   organisations and equip them with the tools needed to identify patterns, methods, and different processes of youth violent radicalisation.

Izvršna project objectives are:

  • Designing and implementing a methodological framework and to collect data on youth radicalisation in Europe, then a report will be drafted with the findings.
  • Preventing and diverting young people’s radicalisation, through supporting the building of the capacity to identify and understand the different types of online youth radicalisation, by providing real data in the form of relevant educational materials. Which will act as an alert for the target group against online and offline radicalisation processes.

A learning experience which includes real life examples and patterns

Eventually the project aims at creating a safe space for the target group to enjoy a learning experience which includes real life examples and patterns.

Restorative Justice for All (UK) takes the lead of the RADEX project, supported by five different partners; Synthesis Center for Research and Education (Cyprus), Club for UNESCO for Education, Science & Culture (Greece), Ingenious Knowledge (Germany), Inclusive Europe (Belgium) and ALDA – European Association for Local Democracy (France).

Consecutive meetings have been held between the partners in January, March and April, to insure an efficient planning phase. The first transitional project meeting of RADEX is planned to take place on June 3rd 2021 in Brussels.


International trainings for trainers: BIM and ICONS app

We are trigger to announce the launch of the International Training for Trainers “Road to Digitalisation for workers 4.0: ICONS method and tools”.

The core of such training is to present the ICONS BIM – oriented training module i app for an easy and functional understanding of BIM to non-specialised blue-collar workers i students approaching the construction sector, developed by 7 European organisations (Scuola Costruzioni Vicenza Andrea Palladio, Coventry University, Universitat de Valencia, Fundación Laboral de la Construcción, Bildungszentren des Baugewerbes e.V., Gospodarska Zbornica Slovenije e Westdeutscher Handwerkskammertag) active in the field of education and construction sector and coming from 5 European countries (Italy, Spain, Slovenia, Germany and the United Kingdom).

These tools represent an opportunity to increase the workers’ digital skills and BIM knowledge, as well as promoting the productivity and sustainability of the construction sector in Europe.

Pročitajte full agenda here and join!

The training sessions are targeted to expert trainers from 5 European countries (Italy, Spain, Slovenia, Germany and the United Kingdom).

Keynote speakers in the BIM and innovation sector from Italy and Spain will provide advanced training to participants about the methodology, functioning and application of the ICONS training module and app.

Furthermore, valuable experts will have the chance to take part in the digital transformation of the building sites and to improve the quality of blue collars’s working conditions in the construction sector! Indeed, trained expert trainers will concretely contribute in the testing and validation process of the ICONS BIM-oriented training course and app, through their involvement in the organisation of national training and pilot sites in the building sites in 5 European countries.

Finally, trainers will collect students’ and blue collars’ feedback, thanks to those ICONS BIM-oriented training model app will be adjusted and validated.

Useful information:

We are trigger to announce the launch of the International Training for Trainers “Road to Digitalisation for workers 4.0: ICONS method and tools”.

The core of such training is to present the ICONS BIM – oriented training module i app for an easy and functional understanding of BIM to non-specialised blue-collar workers i students approaching the construction sector, developed by 7 European organisations (Scuola Costruzioni Vicenza Andrea Palladio, Coventry University, Universitat de Valencia, Fundación Laboral de la Construcción, Bildungszentren des Baugewerbes e.V., Gospodarska Zbornica Slovenije e Westdeutscher Handwerkskammertag) active in the field of education and construction sector and coming from 5 European countries (Italy, Spain, Slovenia, Germany and the United Kingdom).

These tools represent an opportunity to increase the workers’ digital skills and BIM knowledge, as well as promoting the productivity and sustainability of the construction sector in Europe.

Pročitajte full agenda here and join!

The training sessions are targeted to expert trainers from 5 European countries (Italy, Spain, Slovenia, Germany and the United Kingdom).

Keynote speakers in the BIM and innovation sector from Italy and Spain will provide advanced training to participants about the methodology, functioning and application of the ICONS training module and app.

Furthermore, valuable experts will have the chance to take part in the digital transformation of the building sites and to improve the quality of blue collars’s working conditions in the construction sector! Indeed, trained expert trainers will concretely contribute in the testing and validation process of the ICONS BIM-oriented training course and app, through their involvement in the organisation of national training and pilot sites in the building sites in 5 European countries.

Finally, trainers will collect students’ and blue collars’ feedback, thanks to those ICONS BIM-oriented training model app will be adjusted and validated.

Useful information:


Intercultural Crosswords: VALID kick-off event

Thursday and Friday the 22nd and the 23rd of April were two meaningful days for the online introduction of the project VALID – European Towns – Enacting Common Values of Solidarity and Intercultural Dialogue. This two-days online event was organised by the municipality of Larissa (Greece) together with various stakeholders placed at different level:

  • The municipality of Peja (Kosovo*) as the lead partner;
  • The municipalities of Zadivovici (Bosnia and Hezergovina), Niksic (Montenegro), Knjazevac (Serbia), Patos (Albania), Kumanovo (North Macedonia);
  • The cities of Ravenna (Italy), Larissa (Greece);
  • The Association for Developing Voluntary Work Novo Mesto (Slovenia); and
  • The Local Democracy Agencies such LDA Kosovo and LDA Subotica and ALDA, as partners of the project.

The main objective of the project, as M. George Soultis said during the first meeting, “is to build connections between European cities”. Indeed, the VALID project aims to build a strong network of towns committed to intercultural exchange by using dialogue and open spaces through the promotion of cultural participation and civil society in decision-making. This strong network of cities was thought as a way to build bridges and connections while establishing a common legal frame.

Moreover, this international event offered an opportunity to reflect on different European matters such as, for example, on candidates to the EU adhesion. Additionally, it was the occasion to share experiences and knowledge about certain facts that might inspire other stakeholders; empathising – among other things – on the role of cities and municipalities in the establishment of a well-functioning democratic society; by insisting on the idea that changes can be made at the local level.

The principle of local participation is a key factor in making sustainable cities in the future

Over these two days of cultural interaction and discussion, a lot of speakers got involved and shared their visions and progresses made at their own level: the principle of local participation is a key factor in making sustainable cities in the future. Hence, speakers underlined the necessity to facilitate interactions between the local governments and stakeholders coming from the civic society. The example of the municipality of Larissa showed as a successful story, encouraging and giving inspiration to other participants.

As the different speakers were sharing their experiences, the conversation lead to a couple of reflections on social inclusion, such as:

  • It goes before cultural inclusion;
  • It has to do with social identity which in some countries can lead to exclusion due to different opinion, religion, sexual orientation, or ethnicity;
  • Despite the fact that inclusion should belong to a moral consideration, societies would actually benefit from a clear process of inclusion as it would generate economical assets.

Furthermore, the event served as a moment of discussion also as far as the multi-stakeholder approach within a project concerns. More in depths, it will quite often be a beneficial practice, especially when it comes to countries motivated by the same outcome. Yet, education, work, or school but more importantly, local governments could play a key part by implementing functioning tools to avoid discrimination – be it exclusion of some people due to their origin, ethnicity, race, or belief.

At last, the level of transparency and of public consultation was also addressed. As a matter of fact, young people have shown a high level of interest in political actions, making them potential “change promoters”, who will present a positive impact on decision-making process.

Concluding, this project is placing intercultural dialogue and exchange at the heart of it and aims to address exclusion and marginalisation while giving power to the citizens.

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VALID project engages 12 partners in 10 countries and it is financially supported by the Europe for Citizens programme

Thursday and Friday the 22nd and the 23rd of April were two meaningful days for the online introduction of the project VALID – European Towns – Enacting Common Values of Solidarity and Intercultural Dialogue. This two-days online event was organised by the municipality of Larissa (Greece) together with various stakeholders placed at different level:

  • The municipality of Peja (Kosovo*) as the lead partner;
  • The municipalities of Zadivovici (Bosnia and Hezergovina), Niksic (Montenegro), Knjazevac (Serbia), Patos (Albania), Kumanovo (North Macedonia);
  • The cities of Ravenna (Italy), Larissa (Greece);
  • The Association for Developing Voluntary Work Novo Mesto (Slovenia); and
  • The Local Democracy Agencies such LDA Kosovo and LDA Subotica and ALDA, as partners of the project.

The main objective of the project, as M. George Soultis said during the first meeting, “is to build connections between European cities”. Indeed, the VALID project aims to build a strong network of towns committed to intercultural exchange by using dialogue and open spaces through the promotion of cultural participation and civil society in decision-making. This strong network of cities was thought as a way to build bridges and connections while establishing a common legal frame.

Moreover, this international event offered an opportunity to reflect on different European matters such as, for example, on candidates to the EU adhesion. Additionally, it was the occasion to share experiences and knowledge about certain facts that might inspire other stakeholders; empathising – among other things – on the role of cities and municipalities in the establishment of a well-functioning democratic society; by insisting on the idea that changes can be made at the local level.

The principle of local participation is a key factor in making sustainable cities in the future

Over these two days of cultural interaction and discussion, a lot of speakers got involved and shared their visions and progresses made at their own level: the principle of local participation is a key factor in making sustainable cities in the future. Hence, speakers underlined the necessity to facilitate interactions between the local governments and stakeholders coming from the civic society. The example of the municipality of Larissa showed as a successful story, encouraging and giving inspiration to other participants.

As the different speakers were sharing their experiences, the conversation lead to a couple of reflections on social inclusion, such as:

  • It goes before cultural inclusion;
  • It has to do with social identity which in some countries can lead to exclusion due to different opinion, religion, sexual orientation, or ethnicity;
  • Despite the fact that inclusion should belong to a moral consideration, societies would actually benefit from a clear process of inclusion as it would generate economical assets.

Furthermore, the event served as a moment of discussion also as far as the multi-stakeholder approach within a project concerns. More in depths, it will quite often be a beneficial practice, especially when it comes to countries motivated by the same outcome. Yet, education, work, or school but more importantly, local governments could play a key part by implementing functioning tools to avoid discrimination – be it exclusion of some people due to their origin, ethnicity, race, or belief.

At last, the level of transparency and of public consultation was also addressed. As a matter of fact, young people have shown a high level of interest in political actions, making them potential “change promoters”, who will present a positive impact on decision-making process.

Concluding, this project is placing intercultural dialogue and exchange at the heart of it and aims to address exclusion and marginalisation while giving power to the citizens.

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VALID project engages 12 partners in 10 countries and it is financially supported by the Europe for Citizens programme


Članica upravnog odbora ALDA-e, gospođa Vučković na Svetskom demokratskom forumu

U ponedeljak, 26. aprila, povodom Svetskog foruma za demokratiju (WDF), Kongres lokalnih i regionalnih vlasti Saveta Evrope organizovao je onlajn događaj. Ovo deveto izdanje WDF-a predviđa mesečnu debatu o različitim temama, koja će se završiti novembra 2021. završnim događajem. Imajući to na umu, da vidimo o čemu se radilo u aprilskom izdanju! Fokusirajući se na životnu sredinu, debata je poslužila kao trenutak diskusije i razmišljanja o akcijama preduzetim na lokalnom nivou što se tiče inicijativa za zelenu tranziciju i učešće građana.

Gospođa Vučković je podelila ključne uvide na tu temu, kao i dobre prakse mera zelene tranzicije

U svetlu njene stručnosti u pitanjima zaštite životne sredine, gospođa Nataša Vučković , članica Upravnog odbora ALDA, bila je među glavnim govornicima događaja. Predstavljajući Fondaciju Centar za Demokratiju, gospođa Vučković je podelila ključne uvide na tu temu, kao i dobre prakse mera zelene tranzicije, sa posebnim fokusom na region Balkana. Pored toga, ona ima značajno iskustvo na temu vladavine prava, ljudskim pravima i parlamentarnim procedurama; takođe članica je Parlamentarne skupštine Saveta Evrope (PACE). 

U ime ALDA-e u celini, koristimo priliku da zahvalimo i čestitamo Kongresu na organizaciji ovog događaja: duboko smo uvereni da je promovisanje debate među institucijama i predstavnicima civilnog društva suštinski faktor za podizanje svesti i podsticanje konkretnih akcija i saradnje među zainteresovanim stranama. 

Watch the video about WDF

U ponedeljak, 26. aprila, povodom Svetskog foruma za demokratiju (WDF), Kongres lokalnih i regionalnih vlasti Saveta Evrope organizovao je onlajn događaj. Ovo deveto izdanje WDF-a predviđa mesečnu debatu o različitim temama, koja će se završiti novembra 2021. završnim događajem. Imajući to na umu, da vidimo o čemu se radilo u aprilskom izdanju! Fokusirajući se na životnu sredinu, debata je poslužila kao trenutak diskusije i razmišljanja o akcijama preduzetim na lokalnom nivou što se tiče inicijativa za zelenu tranziciju i učešće građana.

Gospođa Vučković je podelila ključne uvide na tu temu, kao i dobre prakse mera zelene tranzicije

U svetlu njene stručnosti u pitanjima zaštite životne sredine, gospođa Nataša Vučković , članica Upravnog odbora ALDA, bila je među glavnim govornicima događaja. Predstavljajući Fondaciju Centar za Demokratiju, gospođa Vučković je podelila ključne uvide na tu temu, kao i dobre prakse mera zelene tranzicije, sa posebnim fokusom na region Balkana. Pored toga, ona ima značajno iskustvo na temu vladavine prava, ljudskim pravima i parlamentarnim procedurama; takođe članica je Parlamentarne skupštine Saveta Evrope (PACE). 

U ime ALDA-e u celini, koristimo priliku da zahvalimo i čestitamo Kongresu na organizaciji ovog događaja: duboko smo uvereni da je promovisanje debate među institucijama i predstavnicima civilnog društva suštinski faktor za podizanje svesti i podsticanje konkretnih akcija i saradnje među zainteresovanim stranama. 

Watch the video about WDF


Innovation, accessibility and participation: the key words for the SMART International Webinars

Although this year has been particularly difficult for the cultural and touristic sector, SMART is even more determined to support local and international tourism; to strengthen organizations and to promote communities’ resilience!

Thus, we are thrilled to announce the launch of three SMART International Webinars which will take place during the month of May:

  • 12th May – 3.00 – 4.30pm CETInclusive web accessibility for all – Federico Poda, Web developer from Independent L.
  • 18th May – 3.00 – 4.30pm CETMuseums go digital: best practices and tools for innovative design & extraordinary experiences – Lukas Grundner, MA\ Junior Researcher and Mag.a Stefanie Wallinger\ Researcher (University of Salzburg)
  • 26th May – 3.00 – 4.30pm CETSilent play: cultural heritage and new participatory practices through theatre – Carlo Presotto (La Piccionaia), Paola Rossi (La Piccionaia), Stefania Zardini Lacedelli (Dolom.it)

Webinars are free! Participants only need to register!

During the three webinars, relevant and valuable speakers from SMART partners organizations will share their views, know-how and practices on the link among museums, citizenship, accessibility and digitalization. During the theoretical and interactive sessions participants can experience interesting best practices while reflecting and discussing with experts.

All the above-mentioned webinars are free! Participants only need to register (click here to register!). Professionals and organizations working in the tourism, culture and accessibility sectors cannot miss this chance!

It represents a great opportunity to increase their knowledge and capacities and take an active role in the re-launch of European culture and museums!

The webinars will be delivered in Italian, German and English including simultaneous translation in one of the three languages. The translation in English Sign Language is available.

For more information please contact info@smart-museums.eu or visit SMART project website i Facebook-u i Twitter-u page 

 

*The webinar is organized within the project SMART-Small Museums Representing Territories and funded by the European Union and Interreg V-A Italy-Austria 2014-2020 and lasting 30 months (September 2019-March 2022).

Although this year has been particularly difficult for the cultural and touristic sector, SMART is even more determined to support local and international tourism; to strengthen organizations and to promote communities’ resilience!

Thus, we are thrilled to announce the launch of three SMART International Webinars which will take place during the month of May:

  • 12th May – 3.00 – 4.30pm CETInclusive web accessibility for all – Federico Poda, Web developer from Independent L.
  • 18th May – 3.00 – 4.30pm CETMuseums go digital: best practices and tools for innovative design & extraordinary experiences – Lukas Grundner, MA\ Junior Researcher and Mag.a Stefanie Wallinger\ Researcher (University of Salzburg)
  • 26th May – 3.00 – 4.30pm CETSilent play: cultural heritage and new participatory practices through theatre – Carlo Presotto (La Piccionaia), Paola Rossi (La Piccionaia), Stefania Zardini Lacedelli (Dolom.it)

Webinars are free! Participants only need to register!

During the three webinars, relevant and valuable speakers from SMART partners organizations will share their views, know-how and practices on the link among museums, citizenship, accessibility and digitalization. During the theoretical and interactive sessions participants can experience interesting best practices while reflecting and discussing with experts.

All the above-mentioned webinars are free! Participants only need to register (click here to register!). Professionals and organizations working in the tourism, culture and accessibility sectors cannot miss this chance!

It represents a great opportunity to increase their knowledge and capacities and take an active role in the re-launch of European culture and museums!

The webinars will be delivered in Italian, German and English including simultaneous translation in one of the three languages. The translation in English Sign Language is available.

For more information please contact info@smart-museums.eu or visit SMART project website i Facebook-u i Twitter-u page 

 

*The webinar is organized within the project SMART-Small Museums Representing Territories and funded by the European Union and Interreg V-A Italy-Austria 2014-2020 and lasting 30 months (September 2019-March 2022).