On 15-16 September, the city of Gdańsk hosted an international networking event gathering Ukrainian and Polish partners, committed to supporting local democracy development in Eastern Partnership countries.
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Paweł Adamowicz, Mayor of Gdańsk and Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General of ALDA, opened the meeting. Iuliia Stambulzhy and Tetiana Lomakin from the city of Mariupol, which is willing to host the second LDA in Ukraine, have subsequently presented the features and ambitions of their city.


The event represented a unique occasion for stakeholders to discuss the priorities and action plan of the future LDA Mariupol, hand-in-hand with the directors of operational LDAs in the EaP. Furthermore, on 16 September participants have been introduced to the concept of civic panel and other tools used by the city of Gdańsk to stimulate the participation of citizens. A plethora of International guests participated in the Civic Panel debate “Democracy in action”.


“Today is a special day for local democracy in Ukraine, and also in Europe” said Mrs Valmorbida. “Together with European partners and representatives of Mariupol, we are paving the way for the future LDA. Mariupol is considered to be ‘the easternmost city of Europe’ and is strongly rooted to European values of democracy and freedom. We are looking forward to the further steps that will lead us – we hope! – to the opening of the Agency by the end of the year. Our friends from Mariupol deserve our support, and they stand as a living example of how local democracy can change communities and people’s life” she concluded.

The meeting was organized with the financial support of the NED-funded project “Fostering Local Reforms in Ukraine and Moldova”

Useful Resources:
Check out the photogallery događaja!
For further information, please contact Nino Tvaltvadze, ALDA’s Eastern Partnership Coordinator and Project Manager: nino.tvaltvadze@aldaintranet.org

On 15-16 September, the city of Gdańsk hosted an international networking event gathering Ukrainian and Polish partners, committed to supporting local democracy development in Eastern Partnership countries.
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Paweł Adamowicz, Mayor of Gdańsk and Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General of ALDA, opened the meeting. Iuliia Stambulzhy and Tetiana Lomakin from the city of Mariupol, which is willing to host the second LDA in Ukraine, have subsequently presented the features and ambitions of their city.


The event represented a unique occasion for stakeholders to discuss the priorities and action plan of the future LDA Mariupol, hand-in-hand with the directors of operational LDAs in the EaP. Furthermore, on 16 September participants have been introduced to the concept of civic panel and other tools used by the city of Gdańsk to stimulate the participation of citizens. A plethora of International guests participated in the Civic Panel debate “Democracy in action”.


“Today is a special day for local democracy in Ukraine, and also in Europe” said Mrs Valmorbida. “Together with European partners and representatives of Mariupol, we are paving the way for the future LDA. Mariupol is considered to be ‘the easternmost city of Europe’ and is strongly rooted to European values of democracy and freedom. We are looking forward to the further steps that will lead us – we hope! – to the opening of the Agency by the end of the year. Our friends from Mariupol deserve our support, and they stand as a living example of how local democracy can change communities and people’s life” she concluded.

The meeting was organized with the financial support of the NED-funded project “Fostering Local Reforms in Ukraine and Moldova”

Useful Resources:
Check out the photogallery događaja!
For further information, please contact Nino Tvaltvadze, ALDA’s Eastern Partnership Coordinator and Project Manager: nino.tvaltvadze@aldaintranet.org