Dear members, partners, friends,

While looking at the accomplishments of ALDA in 2018, I find myself in the difficult situation to choose what key achievements to put in the spotlight.

I am extremely pleased and proud that this year, ALDA was reconfirmed as a beneficiary of an operating grant from the programme Europe for Citizens, which aims at enhancing civic participation at EU level.
This gives us a big responsibility, few months ahead of the European Parliament election 2019: we need to get European citizens to go and vote, this time, and vote for Europe! We will not stop repeating that the European project is the best possible scenario, and all other options will just be worse, for all of us.

We need a united Europe, but also a Europe capable to grow, to adapt to the global world and to tackle more effectively the needs of its citizens, cities, regions and states. Today more than ever, Europe needs to be the stabilizing factor in the turbulent international environment, spreading the values of peace and democracy all over the globe.

Join the campaign YOU4EU, let’s get fellow citizens to cast their ballot!

Today, the three Local Democracy Agencies launched in 2017 (LDA Moldova in Cimișlia, Moldavia; LDA Mariupol, Ukraine; LDA Kairouan, Tunisia) are fully operational, paving the way for more resilient communities. The preparatory work for the establishment of the Local Democracy Agency of North Morocco is also very advanced, with the partner meeting hosted a few weeks ago by the Municipality of Tétouan. Further engagement is needed to ensure the continuity and sustainability of existing LDAs, and to get the ball rolling for future enlargement of our network.

I am particularly thrilled with the results of some projects we have run. The Horizon 2020 project Re.Cri.Re, led by ALDA in partnership with a number of EU universities, paved the way for a more cohesive Europe by producing guidelines for policy-makers, which give inputs regarding the cultural and social dimensions in order to implement effective policies.

Another research project ALDA was part of was ENLARGE, which developed an innovative online gamebook on collaborative processes in the sustainable field. It’s a truly useful playground for all stakeholders who want to test participation in a safe environment .

Have you played with it?
Our work, as usual, focused on the rights of citizens who might feel left out. European Mobile European citizens who struggle to be fully part of their welcoming cities will benefit from the project APProach. Women are the target of a number of projects, including GET UP!, tackling the stereotyping of educational and career choices, to PARFAIT, empowering Tunisian women to fully access the civic life, as informed citizens, voters, and candidates for the elections.

And of course migrants and refugees, who pay the price of fear-mongering and unethical governance on their own skin. We are very happy to be part of WEMIN project adventure, which while empowering migrant and refugee women living in Europe to be active part of their new cities sociocultural life, will fight stereotypes on both ends.

I thank all the članova of ALDA, today more than 300 from the whole enlarged Europe, for your passion and dedication. I thank our Governing Board and our Secretariat, led by the tireless Secretary General Antonella Valmorbida.
There is no better alternative to the European project. There are no better societies, without respect for Human Rights.
We cannot give for granted the rights we enjoy today. Let’s continue to support the others in our daily life, anywhere and anytime our action can help building a better society. Let’s keep working together in 2019, for the Europe we want!

Merry Christmas to you and your families, and a truly participative New Year 2019!

Oriano Otočan
President of ALDA

Dear members, partners, friends,

While looking at the accomplishments of ALDA in 2018, I find myself in the difficult situation to choose what key achievements to put in the spotlight.

I am extremely pleased and proud that this year, ALDA was reconfirmed as a beneficiary of an operating grant from the programme Europe for Citizens, which aims at enhancing civic participation at EU level.
This gives us a big responsibility, few months ahead of the European Parliament election 2019: we need to get European citizens to go and vote, this time, and vote for Europe! We will not stop repeating that the European project is the best possible scenario, and all other options will just be worse, for all of us.

We need a united Europe, but also a Europe capable to grow, to adapt to the global world and to tackle more effectively the needs of its citizens, cities, regions and states. Today more than ever, Europe needs to be the stabilizing factor in the turbulent international environment, spreading the values of peace and democracy all over the globe.

Join the campaign YOU4EU, let’s get fellow citizens to cast their ballot!

Today, the three Local Democracy Agencies launched in 2017 (LDA Moldova in Cimișlia, Moldavia; LDA Mariupol, Ukraine; LDA Kairouan, Tunisia) are fully operational, paving the way for more resilient communities. The preparatory work for the establishment of the Local Democracy Agency of North Morocco is also very advanced, with the partner meeting hosted a few weeks ago by the Municipality of Tétouan. Further engagement is needed to ensure the continuity and sustainability of existing LDAs, and to get the ball rolling for future enlargement of our network.

I am particularly thrilled with the results of some projects we have run. The Horizon 2020 project Re.Cri.Re, led by ALDA in partnership with a number of EU universities, paved the way for a more cohesive Europe by producing guidelines for policy-makers, which give inputs regarding the cultural and social dimensions in order to implement effective policies.

Another research project ALDA was part of was ENLARGE, which developed an innovative online gamebook on collaborative processes in the sustainable field. It’s a truly useful playground for all stakeholders who want to test participation in a safe environment .

Have you played with it?
Our work, as usual, focused on the rights of citizens who might feel left out. European Mobile European citizens who struggle to be fully part of their welcoming cities will benefit from the project APProach. Women are the target of a number of projects, including GET UP!, tackling the stereotyping of educational and career choices, to PARFAIT, empowering Tunisian women to fully access the civic life, as informed citizens, voters, and candidates for the elections.

And of course migrants and refugees, who pay the price of fear-mongering and unethical governance on their own skin. We are very happy to be part of WEMIN project adventure, which while empowering migrant and refugee women living in Europe to be active part of their new cities sociocultural life, will fight stereotypes on both ends.

I thank all the članova of ALDA, today more than 300 from the whole enlarged Europe, for your passion and dedication. I thank our Governing Board and our Secretariat, led by the tireless Secretary General Antonella Valmorbida.
There is no better alternative to the European project. There are no better societies, without respect for Human Rights.
We cannot give for granted the rights we enjoy today. Let’s continue to support the others in our daily life, anywhere and anytime our action can help building a better society. Let’s keep working together in 2019, for the Europe we want!

Merry Christmas to you and your families, and a truly participative New Year 2019!

Oriano Otočan
President of ALDA