ALDA General Assembly 2019 took place on Friday, May 17th in Caen, France, in the beautiful premise of the Abbaye-aux-Dames, the seat of the Normandy Region. It was comprised in three days of events taking place on the 15th, 16th, and 17th May, with the support of the Région Normandie and its broader regional program called “Normandy for Peace” with agenda following the framework of the European Week for Citizens.

The day of ALDA’s General Assembly saw several key speakers such as G. Oriano Otočan, President of Alda, G. Xavier Cadoret, Vice-President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, Mr Yves Bertoncini, President of the “Mouvement Européen – France” (ME-F), and Mr François-Xavier Priollaud, Vice-President of the Normandy Region in charge of European Affairs and International Relations.

As every year the members have been made aware of many issues related to the governance of the organization, such as the financial situation and the status of the membership program, and voted on many aspects such as an update to the membership fees scheme and the accounts.

However, the General Assembly has not been limited to ordinary decision-making but has been as well an occasion to reflect on the current status of the local democracy in Europe and on the role that ALDA should play in the context of the challenges that our continent is facing. “We need to win the battle against the abstentionism, and we need to make people in love with democracy again. This is where ALDA work comes in; local authorities have power over many of the most crucial aspects of citizens’ lives. This battle has to start from there,” said Yves Bertoncini, addressing ALDA’s Board and Members. “If we trust each other as we did 60 years ago in the aftermath of a destructive war, we see that there’s no friction between being a Norman, a French and a European, and the rebuilt of this trust can start, again, from the local level” continued Bertoncini.

The Assembly also decided to support, through an official statement, the work in favor of a stronger civil society in Russia carried out by Open Russia whose Chairmen, Mr Andrey Pivovarov, was present in Caen. “For our Association, having the support of European organizations like ALDA, is crucial to our cause,” Pivovarov stated.

After the official closing of the Assembly, the day was concluded with an exciting workshop organized by MitOst, an organization fostering cultural exchange, active citizenship, social cohesion, and sustainable urban and rural development, to discover a toolkit to assess the risks in one’s local reality and come up with specific solutions for every single case. Ambassadors, partners, and LDAs participated in this exciting and helpful meeting.

The events as a whole were crucial moments to foster ALDA’s commitment for Local Democracy and for a stronger Europe and marked an essential moment for the organization’s network, giving the possibility to old and new partners and members to get to know each other and share valuable expertise and experiences.

ALDA General Assembly 2019 took place on Friday, May 17th in Caen, France, in the beautiful premise of the Abbaye-aux-Dames, the seat of the Normandy Region. It was comprised in three days of events taking place on the 15th, 16th, and 17th May, with the support of the Région Normandie and its broader regional program called “Normandy for Peace” with agenda following the framework of the European Week for Citizens.

The day of ALDA’s General Assembly saw several key speakers such as G. Oriano Otočan, President of Alda, G. Xavier Cadoret, Vice-President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, Mr Yves Bertoncini, President of the “Mouvement Européen – France” (ME-F), and Mr François-Xavier Priollaud, Vice-President of the Normandy Region in charge of European Affairs and International Relations.

As every year the members have been made aware of many issues related to the governance of the organization, such as the financial situation and the status of the membership program, and voted on many aspects such as an update to the membership fees scheme and the accounts.

However, the General Assembly has not been limited to ordinary decision-making but has been as well an occasion to reflect on the current status of the local democracy in Europe and on the role that ALDA should play in the context of the challenges that our continent is facing. “We need to win the battle against the abstentionism, and we need to make people in love with democracy again. This is where ALDA work comes in; local authorities have power over many of the most crucial aspects of citizens’ lives. This battle has to start from there,” said Yves Bertoncini, addressing ALDA’s Board and Members. “If we trust each other as we did 60 years ago in the aftermath of a destructive war, we see that there’s no friction between being a Norman, a French and a European, and the rebuilt of this trust can start, again, from the local level” continued Bertoncini.

The Assembly also decided to support, through an official statement, the work in favor of a stronger civil society in Russia carried out by Open Russia whose Chairmen, Mr Andrey Pivovarov, was present in Caen. “For our Association, having the support of European organizations like ALDA, is crucial to our cause,” Pivovarov stated.

After the official closing of the Assembly, the day was concluded with an exciting workshop organized by MitOst, an organization fostering cultural exchange, active citizenship, social cohesion, and sustainable urban and rural development, to discover a toolkit to assess the risks in one’s local reality and come up with specific solutions for every single case. Ambassadors, partners, and LDAs participated in this exciting and helpful meeting.

The events as a whole were crucial moments to foster ALDA’s commitment for Local Democracy and for a stronger Europe and marked an essential moment for the organization’s network, giving the possibility to old and new partners and members to get to know each other and share valuable expertise and experiences.