Sunčani Strazbur poželio je dobrodošlicu članovima Upravnog odbora, delegatima Agencija lokalne demokratije (LDA), članovima i kolegama ALDA-e za najvažniji događaj u godini, Generalnu skupštinu ALDA 2022, i prateće događaje.

 

Naime, od 5. do 7. maja, mreža ALDA se okupila, na skupštini po prvi put u živo od 2019. godine, na 3 dana konferencija, treninga i okruglih stolova, koji su završili 6. maja 2022. sa Generalnom skupštinom ALDA-e, pod nazivom“Podrška lokalnoj demokratiji, podrška miru i otpornosti”.". 

Moreover, this 3-day occurrence took place within the framework of the Strasbourg Summit, underlying ALDA’s involvement and commitment in the Conference of the Future of Europe and its follow-ups.

 

No words can explain the thrilling and enthusiastic atmosphere of the moment, smiling faces and happy chats all over the hall of Region Grand-Est Headquarters, main venue of the Assembly. The conclusion of the Conference on the Future of Europe and the current war in Ukraine were not only at the centre of the Assembly, but also among colleagues, friends and delegates’ topics of discussion. 

Gathered all together in the Hemicycle room, Mr. Oriano Otočan, President of ALDA, posed a question to the whole audience: “who would have said that a city in Ukraine, where ALDA established the Local Democracy Agency, would become a symbol of resistance to terror?” Nobody could answer. Nobody has an answer to it. Nonetheless, President Otočan recalled that “the first Local democracy agencies were established in the former Yugoslavia following the war period as a support of the Council of Europe for the establishment of peace, tolerance, and the democratic development of the society at the local level”. There is, in other words, a peaceful answer to war times as demonstrated by the history of ALDA itself.


Kako je podsjetio predsjednik Otočan, postoji miran odgovor na ratna vremena što pokazuje i historija same ALDA-e, na njenom putu ka demokratiji i otpornosti


The necessity of peace, and support to civilians in Ukraine was expressed by  Mr. Christian Debève, Regional Councillor and President of the Cross-Border Outreach, Europe and International Relations Commission, Region Grand Est; while Gilles Pelayo, Head of Unit of the programme Europe for Citizens Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), stressed how “ALDA is a strategic partner in working with the civil society and for its participation” especially in these hard times.

Similarly, Ms. Martine Dieschburg-Nickels, Vice-President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, underlined how the commitment and work of the Congress and that of ALDA are both directed to provide solutions and answers to overcome this crucial period “characterised by multiple crises on the European continent and worldwide”. Among them the one of the environment is definitely a crucial one as well. Thus, Mr. Thibaut Guignard, Mayor of Ploeuc-l’Hermitage, President of Leader France, by mentioning the “Climate of Change” project as a positive initiative, further called for the necessity of coherent and united actions within this framework.

Životna sredina, demokratija, ljudska prava bili su u središtu inicijativa koje je ALDA razvila u okviru platforme Konferencija o budućnosti Evrope kako bi je animirala, uključujući mlade ljude da se pridruže ovoj vježbi odozdo prema gore, šaljući jasne poruke institucije. Zahvaljujući ovom nastojanju, kao i ulozi gospođe. Antonelle Valmorbida,u Konvenciji civilnog društva o Konferenciji o budućnosti Evrope,ALDA je tokom 2021. godine uvijek radila na tome da se čuje glas ljudi, pozivajući na bližu Evropu svojim građanima.

Coherently with its mission in promoting democracy, and protecting human rights, while considering the deep and strong bond that ALDA has with its LDAs, and considering its commitment in providing assistance to Ukraine, Ms. Tetiana Lomakina, delegate from LDA Mariupol, has been appointed as Chair of the 2022 Assembly. This decision brought the audience to its feet, for a moment of profound emotion. Being closer to people, showing support to Ukraine can be understood and carried out in several ways. Appointing Ms. Lomakina as Chair definitely stressed the will of the Association to further work closely and hand in hand with colleagues from the LDAs and friends in Ukraine: together calling for a peace.

Slušanje inspirativnih govora, učenje iz iskustava i stručnosti drugih institucija i lokalnih vlasti predstavljalo je priliku za publiku i goste da steknu šira saznanja o stvarnosti u okruženju, kao i o mogućim i potencijalnim rješenjima.

Kao što je već spomenuto, Generalna skupština ALDA-e, kao što je uobičajeno, uključuje niz povezanih događaja, ove godine sa fokusom na okoliš, u okviru projekta Climate of Change, te Solidarnost sa Ukrajinom, zajedno sa partnerima EPIC projekta, JEF Europe i unutar Samita u Strazburu.

 

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