Enhancing transborder cooperation between LDA Georgia and Armenia

The trasnborder cooperation between the Local Democracy Agency of Kutaisi, Georgia, and the Local Democracy Agency in Gyumri, Armenia, stepped forward with a new initiative.

The delegate of the LDA Armenia, Mrs Lusine Aleksandryan, together with Mr Vahe Sargsyan of the Communities Finance Officers Association, partner of the LDA, attended the training course for civil society organisation representative, that took place on 19th November in Kutaisi within the project “Mobilised Society for Local Democracy”.

On the occasion of the training, an exchange between the LDAs directors was possible, as well as an analysis of best practices, and of further possibilities for cooperation. The presence of ALDA Secretary General Antonella Valmorbida, involved as expert on the topic of leadership, was particularly useful to boost the efforts for joint cooperation.

The trasnborder cooperation between the Local Democracy Agency of Kutaisi, Georgia, and the Local Democracy Agency in Gyumri, Armenia, stepped forward with a new initiative.

The delegate of the LDA Armenia, Mrs Lusine Aleksandryan, together with Mr Vahe Sargsyan of the Communities Finance Officers Association, partner of the LDA, attended the training course for civil society organisation representative, that took place on 19th November in Kutaisi within the project “Mobilised Society for Local Democracy”.

On the occasion of the training, an exchange between the LDAs directors was possible, as well as an analysis of best practices, and of further possibilities for cooperation. The presence of ALDA Secretary General Antonella Valmorbida, involved as expert on the topic of leadership, was particularly useful to boost the efforts for joint cooperation.


Discover Europe by discovering the work of ALDA! Lottery to celebrate our (first) 15 years of activities together

The fifteenth anniversary of the European Association for Local Democracy, ALDA, is coming ahead soon in December. We believe this is an important birthday, worth to be celebrated with our members, partners, and friends, and for this we are launching a lottery.

By participating in ALDA’s lottery, not only will you be part of our community supporting the promotion of local democracy and good governance in the enlarged Europe. The lucky winners will have a chance to discover Europe, from its heart to its periphery.

The 31 prizes, offered by members and partners of the association, include trips, typical food and wine, IT devices, and magazines, and will make you discover something new about Europe, as well as about ALDA.

Get ready to go behind-the-scenes with us! Tickets cost 5 € each, and the final extraction will be on 15 April.
For more information and for reserving tickets, please contact: alda@aldaintranet.org

List of prizes:

Discover Europe and the work of ALDA!
1. Travel and 3-night stay in Strasbourg (France) for 2 people – offered by ALDA
2. Travel and 3-night stay in Brussels (Belgium) for 2 people – offered by ALDA
3. Travel and 3-night stay in Vicenza, Veneto (Italy) for 2 people – offered by ALDA
4. Travel and 4-night stay in Caen, Lower Normandy (France) for 2 people – offered by Region Lower Normandy
5. Travel and 3-night stay in Kotor (Montenegro) 2 people – offered by LDA Montenegro
6. Travel and 3-night stay in Mostar (Bosnia Herzegovina) for 2 people – offered by LDA Mostar
7. Travel and 3-night stay in Ohrid (Macedonia) for 2 people – offered by Region Lower Normandy
8. Travel and 3-night stay in Palic / Subotica, Vojvodina (Serbia) for 2 people – offered by LDA Subotica
9. Travel and 3-night stay in Georgia, Black Sea for 2 people – offered by LDA Georgia
10. 2-night stay in B&B in rural tourism, Erdut / Osijek (Croatia) for 2 people – offered by Erdut Municipality
11. 2-night stay in B&B in rural tourism, Daij (Croatia) for 2 people – offered by Erdut Municipality
12. 2-night stay in B&B in rural tourism, Aljmaš (Croatia) for 2 people – offered by Erdut Municipality
13. 3-night stay in Strasbourg (France) for 2 people – offered by Strasbourg
14. 3-night stay in Brussels (Belgium) for 2 people – offered by ALDA
15. New Eastern Europe, a bimonthly dedicated to Central and Eastern Europe – 1 year subscription – offered by New Eastern Europe
For you and your family!

16. Travel and 3-night stay in Strasbourg (France) for the Christmas Market 2015 for 2 people – offered by Strasbourg
17. 3-night stay in Hammamet (Tunisia) for 2 people – offered by Lam Echaml
18. 3-night stay in Varna, Black Sea Coast (Bulgaria) for 2 people – offered by UBBSLA
19. 1 week-end stay in Karşıyaka (Turkey) for 2 people – offered by Karsiyaka Municipality
20. 2-night stay in San Candido, Dolomites (Italy) for 2 people – offered by Hotel Leitlhof – Dolomiten Living
21. 5-night stay in Salento, Apulia (Italy) for 2 people – offered by ISBEM
22. 6-night stay in Ravenna, Emilia Romagna (Italy) for 2 people – offered by Hotel Diana
23. 6-night stay in Ravenna, Emilia Romagna (Italy) for 2 people – offered by Association ENDAS
24. iPad Apple mini Retina 16 GB Wi-Fi + Cellular – offered by abc.it
25. 6 PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) bottles of wines from Apulia (Italy) – offered by Albano Carrisi
26. 6 PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) white organic wines from Alsace (France) – offered by family Friederich/ Zasova
27. Large basket of typical food and drinks from Cilento, Campania (Italy) – offered by Laurino Municipality
28. 3 entries to Disneyland Paris (France) – offered by ALDA
29. 3 entries to Gardaland, Verona, Veneto (Italy) – offered by ALDA
30. 2 entries for EXIT Festival 2015 in Novi Sad (Serbia) – offered by LDA Subotica
31. 4 entries for the exhibition “Tutankhamon Caravaggio Van Gogh” in Vicenza, Veneto (Italy) – offered by Vicenza

Winners will be informed about the prizes conditions and details.

The fifteenth anniversary of the European Association for Local Democracy, ALDA, is coming ahead soon in December. We believe this is an important birthday, worth to be celebrated with our members, partners, and friends, and for this we are launching a lottery.

By participating in ALDA’s lottery, not only will you be part of our community supporting the promotion of local democracy and good governance in the enlarged Europe. The lucky winners will have a chance to discover Europe, from its heart to its periphery.

The 31 prizes, offered by members and partners of the association, include trips, typical food and wine, IT devices, and magazines, and will make you discover something new about Europe, as well as about ALDA.

Get ready to go behind-the-scenes with us! Tickets cost 5 € each, and the final extraction will be on 15 April.
For more information and for reserving tickets, please contact: alda@aldaintranet.org

List of prizes:

Discover Europe and the work of ALDA!
1. Travel and 3-night stay in Strasbourg (France) for 2 people – offered by ALDA
2. Travel and 3-night stay in Brussels (Belgium) for 2 people – offered by ALDA
3. Travel and 3-night stay in Vicenza, Veneto (Italy) for 2 people – offered by ALDA
4. Travel and 4-night stay in Caen, Lower Normandy (France) for 2 people – offered by Region Lower Normandy
5. Travel and 3-night stay in Kotor (Montenegro) 2 people – offered by LDA Montenegro
6. Travel and 3-night stay in Mostar (Bosnia Herzegovina) for 2 people – offered by LDA Mostar
7. Travel and 3-night stay in Ohrid (Macedonia) for 2 people – offered by Region Lower Normandy
8. Travel and 3-night stay in Palic / Subotica, Vojvodina (Serbia) for 2 people – offered by LDA Subotica
9. Travel and 3-night stay in Georgia, Black Sea for 2 people – offered by LDA Georgia
10. 2-night stay in B&B in rural tourism, Erdut / Osijek (Croatia) for 2 people – offered by Erdut Municipality
11. 2-night stay in B&B in rural tourism, Daij (Croatia) for 2 people – offered by Erdut Municipality
12. 2-night stay in B&B in rural tourism, Aljmaš (Croatia) for 2 people – offered by Erdut Municipality
13. 3-night stay in Strasbourg (France) for 2 people – offered by Strasbourg
14. 3-night stay in Brussels (Belgium) for 2 people – offered by ALDA
15. New Eastern Europe, a bimonthly dedicated to Central and Eastern Europe – 1 year subscription – offered by New Eastern Europe
For you and your family!

16. Travel and 3-night stay in Strasbourg (France) for the Christmas Market 2015 for 2 people – offered by Strasbourg
17. 3-night stay in Hammamet (Tunisia) for 2 people – offered by Lam Echaml
18. 3-night stay in Varna, Black Sea Coast (Bulgaria) for 2 people – offered by UBBSLA
19. 1 week-end stay in Karşıyaka (Turkey) for 2 people – offered by Karsiyaka Municipality
20. 2-night stay in San Candido, Dolomites (Italy) for 2 people – offered by Hotel Leitlhof – Dolomiten Living
21. 5-night stay in Salento, Apulia (Italy) for 2 people – offered by ISBEM
22. 6-night stay in Ravenna, Emilia Romagna (Italy) for 2 people – offered by Hotel Diana
23. 6-night stay in Ravenna, Emilia Romagna (Italy) for 2 people – offered by Association ENDAS
24. iPad Apple mini Retina 16 GB Wi-Fi + Cellular – offered by abc.it
25. 6 PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) bottles of wines from Apulia (Italy) – offered by Albano Carrisi
26. 6 PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) white organic wines from Alsace (France) – offered by family Friederich/ Zasova
27. Large basket of typical food and drinks from Cilento, Campania (Italy) – offered by Laurino Municipality
28. 3 entries to Disneyland Paris (France) – offered by ALDA
29. 3 entries to Gardaland, Verona, Veneto (Italy) – offered by ALDA
30. 2 entries for EXIT Festival 2015 in Novi Sad (Serbia) – offered by LDA Subotica
31. 4 entries for the exhibition “Tutankhamon Caravaggio Van Gogh” in Vicenza, Veneto (Italy) – offered by Vicenza

Winners will be informed about the prizes conditions and details.


DECIDE - Launching the testing phase Local Youth Councils in Zavidovići

On 27 November, LDA Zavidovići will launch the pilot testing phase of the “Local Youth Council” initiative promoted by Reggio Emilia Municipality, Italy. The activity will take place within the project DECIDE, an initiative launched by ALDA that gathers 24 partners from 14 countries all across Europe.

More than 30 good practices promoting citizen participation have been collected during the first phase of the project and exchanged through an international platform. The workshop on “Local youth councils as a form of citizens’ participation” will be organised to introduce and showcase existing forms of participation and to analyse the possibilities of forming a youth council in Zavidovici based on the experiences of other municipalities.

The measure, already successfully implemented in Reggio Emilia, aims to increase participants’ awareness on being active citizens, actively involve them in the town’s public life and offer a practical overview of the decision making processes. The practice will be presented and analysed, and the aim of the discussion will be to identify concrete instruments to increase youth’s impact in the decision and policy making process.

On 27 November, LDA Zavidovići will launch the pilot testing phase of the “Local Youth Council” initiative promoted by Reggio Emilia Municipality, Italy. The activity will take place within the project DECIDE, an initiative launched by ALDA that gathers 24 partners from 14 countries all across Europe.

More than 30 good practices promoting citizen participation have been collected during the first phase of the project and exchanged through an international platform. The workshop on “Local youth councils as a form of citizens’ participation” will be organised to introduce and showcase existing forms of participation and to analyse the possibilities of forming a youth council in Zavidovici based on the experiences of other municipalities.

The measure, already successfully implemented in Reggio Emilia, aims to increase participants’ awareness on being active citizens, actively involve them in the town’s public life and offer a practical overview of the decision making processes. The practice will be presented and analysed, and the aim of the discussion will be to identify concrete instruments to increase youth’s impact in the decision and policy making process.


DECIDE – Local seminar on youth participation successfully implemented in Prijedor, Bosnia and Herzegovina

On 23 October, within the framework of the project DECIDE, the Local Democracy Agency Prijedor kicked-off the pilot testing phase of the “Giovani Protagonisti” initiative successfully promoting citizen participation in the Municipality of Reggio Emilia, Italy. The objective of the measure is to promote volunteerism of young people aged 14-35 trough the involvement and collaboration with civil society, associations and high schools. In particular, young volunteers and activists are awarded the VAP Card (Volunteers, Activists of Prijedor Card) by the local institutions and the private sector for their service to the community. The VAP Card grants the opportunity to get discounts or free entrance to public institutions such as the Theatre, National Park Kozara, City Library, Museum or private services as gyms, ski resort or city transportation.

LDA Prijedor has been implementing the measure in cooperation with the Association of Citizens “DON”, as a key local stakeholder in the volunteering sector. As many as 60 working hours will be required in order to benefit of the VAP Card and a proper data base will be created and managed by the Association DON. The seminar organised on 23 October was a key occasion to gather together young volunteers, discuss and define the framework of the practice. Participants agreed on the strong potential of the initiative as a key opportunity to promote volunteerism and participation of young people in the local community.

The seminar was also an occasion to define the expected outcomes of the initiative and monitor its development. Particular emphasis was put on its capacity to promote a better coordination among NGOs, provide a more structured framework to young volunteers and activists, reinforce the public-private partnership approach and ultimately increase the number of volunteers and the level of citizen participation in the community.

On 23 October, within the framework of the project DECIDE, the Local Democracy Agency Prijedor kicked-off the pilot testing phase of the “Giovani Protagonisti” initiative successfully promoting citizen participation in the Municipality of Reggio Emilia, Italy. The objective of the measure is to promote volunteerism of young people aged 14-35 trough the involvement and collaboration with civil society, associations and high schools. In particular, young volunteers and activists are awarded the VAP Card (Volunteers, Activists of Prijedor Card) by the local institutions and the private sector for their service to the community. The VAP Card grants the opportunity to get discounts or free entrance to public institutions such as the Theatre, National Park Kozara, City Library, Museum or private services as gyms, ski resort or city transportation.

LDA Prijedor has been implementing the measure in cooperation with the Association of Citizens “DON”, as a key local stakeholder in the volunteering sector. As many as 60 working hours will be required in order to benefit of the VAP Card and a proper data base will be created and managed by the Association DON. The seminar organised on 23 October was a key occasion to gather together young volunteers, discuss and define the framework of the practice. Participants agreed on the strong potential of the initiative as a key opportunity to promote volunteerism and participation of young people in the local community.

The seminar was also an occasion to define the expected outcomes of the initiative and monitor its development. Particular emphasis was put on its capacity to promote a better coordination among NGOs, provide a more structured framework to young volunteers and activists, reinforce the public-private partnership approach and ultimately increase the number of volunteers and the level of citizen participation in the community.


ALDA and NALAG training CSOs in Georgia

From 17th to 21th November, ALDA implemented two trainings for Civil Society Organisations in Georgia. The first training started on Monday 17th in Tbilisi, while the second one started on Wednesday 19th, in Kutaisi.

The trainings were held within the project “Mobilised civil society for local democracy”, implemented with NALAG – the National Association of Local Authorities of Georgia, and the LDA Georgia. Aim of the project is to build capacity of the regional CSOs to monitor local government reform and to represent the interests of local communities at the national level.

In particular, the project will help mobilize local CSO and build their capacity in community mobilization and lobbyism. At the same time, it will establish horizontal networks for exchange of information and monitoring results of the implementation of the LG reform. Sets of recommendations will be elaborated for strengthening of local democracy in Georgia, and presented to the committee on regional Policy and LG of the parliament of Georgia. Media campaigns will also be organised to disseminate the LG reform in the country.

For pictures and further information, please see ALDA Facebook page.

From 17th to 21th November, ALDA implemented two trainings for Civil Society Organisations in Georgia. The first training started on Monday 17th in Tbilisi, while the second one started on Wednesday 19th, in Kutaisi.

The trainings were held within the project “Mobilised civil society for local democracy”, implemented with NALAG – the National Association of Local Authorities of Georgia, and the LDA Georgia. Aim of the project is to build capacity of the regional CSOs to monitor local government reform and to represent the interests of local communities at the national level.

In particular, the project will help mobilize local CSO and build their capacity in community mobilization and lobbyism. At the same time, it will establish horizontal networks for exchange of information and monitoring results of the implementation of the LG reform. Sets of recommendations will be elaborated for strengthening of local democracy in Georgia, and presented to the committee on regional Policy and LG of the parliament of Georgia. Media campaigns will also be organised to disseminate the LG reform in the country.

For pictures and further information, please see ALDA Facebook page.


Discovering the potential of ALDA's work in Moldova with CALM‏

The Secretary General of ALDA, Mrs. Antonella Valmorbida, met the Director of CALM, Viorel Furdui and with Alexandru Osadci, who contributed to many of the events of ALDA in these years. The meeting took place last Friday at the CALM office in Chisenau. It was extremely interesting and productive and it opens many possibilities of work in Moldova.

The need to develop true decentralisation accompanied with the support to the citizens’ participation is among the key message shared during the meeting. ALDA is interested in starting and developing activities in Moldova, which is among one of the most steering countries from the Eastern Partnership that signed the Association Agreement and for which the visa regime to EU is not applied any more.

“I am impressed by the commitment and the professionalism of my colleagues in CALM and I am sure that there are plenty of things to do together to support local democracy and local governance in Moldova. I am looking forward to it”, confirmed Antonella Valmorbida.

Please find more information on the EU Neighbourhood info centre webpage dedicated to Moldova and on our EaP policy paper.‏

The Secretary General of ALDA, Mrs. Antonella Valmorbida, met the Director of CALM, Viorel Furdui and with Alexandru Osadci, who contributed to many of the events of ALDA in these years. The meeting took place last Friday at the CALM office in Chisenau. It was extremely interesting and productive and it opens many possibilities of work in Moldova.

The need to develop true decentralisation accompanied with the support to the citizens’ participation is among the key message shared during the meeting. ALDA is interested in starting and developing activities in Moldova, which is among one of the most steering countries from the Eastern Partnership that signed the Association Agreement and for which the visa regime to EU is not applied any more.

“I am impressed by the commitment and the professionalism of my colleagues in CALM and I am sure that there are plenty of things to do together to support local democracy and local governance in Moldova. I am looking forward to it”, confirmed Antonella Valmorbida.

Please find more information on the EU Neighbourhood info centre webpage dedicated to Moldova and on our EaP policy paper.‏


ALDA in Moldova to support regional development and citizens participation

The Secretary General of ALDA, Mrs. Antonella Valmorbida, attended a conference organized by the beneficiary of the scholarship Gianfranco Martini, Dumitru Sratan on local government and regional development in Chisenau, Moldova, 13th of November 2014.

The programme “Multifunctionality, regional development and intermunicipal cooperation in EU – best practices for Moldova” was supported by the Visegrad Fund and hosted by the National Accademy of Sciences. The event was attended by more than 50 local authorities and the agency for regional development established in the different parts of the country. The process of decentralisation is one of the strategy for development adopted by the country and needs know to be translated into fact with a connected capacity (human and financial) to the local institutions. The conference addressed the new standards and policies of the European Union on the issue of Regional Development. Moldova, being a signatory of the Association Agreement and with no visa regime for the EU, is among the biggest potential for this kind of development.

Mrs. Valmorbida reminded the participants the Eastern Partnership strategy of ALDA and the wish for us to have soon the development of programmes and a Local Democracy Agency in country.

Please find here a more detailed programme of the conference.

The Secretary General of ALDA, Mrs. Antonella Valmorbida, attended a conference organized by the beneficiary of the scholarship Gianfranco Martini, Dumitru Sratan on local government and regional development in Chisenau, Moldova, 13th of November 2014.

The programme “Multifunctionality, regional development and intermunicipal cooperation in EU – best practices for Moldova” was supported by the Visegrad Fund and hosted by the National Accademy of Sciences. The event was attended by more than 50 local authorities and the agency for regional development established in the different parts of the country. The process of decentralisation is one of the strategy for development adopted by the country and needs know to be translated into fact with a connected capacity (human and financial) to the local institutions. The conference addressed the new standards and policies of the European Union on the issue of Regional Development. Moldova, being a signatory of the Association Agreement and with no visa regime for the EU, is among the biggest potential for this kind of development.

Mrs. Valmorbida reminded the participants the Eastern Partnership strategy of ALDA and the wish for us to have soon the development of programmes and a Local Democracy Agency in country.

Please find here a more detailed programme of the conference.


LDA Verteneglio Assembly for 2014

The LDA Verteneglio Assembly for 2014 took place in Verteneglio, in the Croatian Istria, inside the recently refurbished building that houses the LDA seat and the tourist info point.

Besides the LDA partners, also the Mayors of Verteneglio and Buie municipalities, and the Deputy Mayors of Umago and Portole municipalities attended the meeting, confirming the fruitful cooperation between the Agency and the territory. The LDA Delegate, Umberto Ademollo, helped by Elena Bernich, opened the meeting with a introductory report on the LDA activities. MP Dario Ghisletta, Delegate of Bellinzona municipality, in Switzerland, affirmed that the LDA is playing an essential role for Croatia since it joined the European Union last year. In addition, Alessandro Perelli, ALDA Vice President, affirmed that LDA Verteneglio, thanks also to the help of ALDA President Oriano Otocan, actively cooperated with Istria region in order to adapt the region policy system to the democratic standards and values of Europe.

The Assembly approved jointly the membership application for the Consortium of social cooperatives “Leonardo” from Pordenone, in Friuli-Venezia-Giulia Region.

The LDA Verteneglio Assembly for 2014 took place in Verteneglio, in the Croatian Istria, inside the recently refurbished building that houses the LDA seat and the tourist info point.

Besides the LDA partners, also the Mayors of Verteneglio and Buie municipalities, and the Deputy Mayors of Umago and Portole municipalities attended the meeting, confirming the fruitful cooperation between the Agency and the territory. The LDA Delegate, Umberto Ademollo, helped by Elena Bernich, opened the meeting with a introductory report on the LDA activities. MP Dario Ghisletta, Delegate of Bellinzona municipality, in Switzerland, affirmed that the LDA is playing an essential role for Croatia since it joined the European Union last year. In addition, Alessandro Perelli, ALDA Vice President, affirmed that LDA Verteneglio, thanks also to the help of ALDA President Oriano Otocan, actively cooperated with Istria region in order to adapt the region policy system to the democratic standards and values of Europe.

The Assembly approved jointly the membership application for the Consortium of social cooperatives “Leonardo” from Pordenone, in Friuli-Venezia-Giulia Region.


Recruitment of 3 expert trainers for the project Innovation Leaders: Improving Knowledge on EU Direct Funds

The Malta Business Bureau, in collaboration with the European Projects Association, is launching the Project Innovation Leaders: Improving Knowledge on EU Direct Funds, that will take place in Malta and Gozo.

For this reason, The European Projects Association is recruiting 3 expert trainers – a different trainer for each one of the three EU funding programmes – who will be responsible to deliver three cycles of trainings on each of the following programmes: Horizons 2020, Erasmus + and Creative Europe.

The training courses will be delivered to professionals and key individuals within the private sector. The course is meant to get the participants acquainted with how direct EU funds work, attempting to do away with the mentality that EU funds can be used as subsidies, but rather that they are there to achieve specific EU targets and policy objectives.

Applications must be submitted by mail to Katarina Sipic k.sipic@europeanprojects.org by Friday 28th November 2014.

Please find qui further information about the course and applications for the expert trainers.

The Malta Business Bureau, in collaboration with the European Projects Association, is launching the Project Innovation Leaders: Improving Knowledge on EU Direct Funds, that will take place in Malta and Gozo.

For this reason, The European Projects Association is recruiting 3 expert trainers – a different trainer for each one of the three EU funding programmes – who will be responsible to deliver three cycles of trainings on each of the following programmes: Horizons 2020, Erasmus + and Creative Europe.

The training courses will be delivered to professionals and key individuals within the private sector. The course is meant to get the participants acquainted with how direct EU funds work, attempting to do away with the mentality that EU funds can be used as subsidies, but rather that they are there to achieve specific EU targets and policy objectives.

Applications must be submitted by mail to Katarina Sipic k.sipic@europeanprojects.org by Friday 28th November 2014.

Please find qui further information about the course and applications for the expert trainers.


First World War Commemoration in Macedonia

11th of November, the end of the First World War, is a date that sends an echo in the whole world and is commemorated by each nation in its own way, but with a clear and unifying message of peace.

On 11th of November 2014 the French Embassy in Skopje organized a Commemoration at the French cemetery in Bitola, Macedonia. This Commemoration was dedicated to the French soldiers who fought and died on the Macedonian Front during the First World War. The French cemetery in Bitola has 6.262 graves and an ossuary with nearly 10.000 soldiers. It is near this cemetery that the French Embassy has begun the construction of a Memorial dedicated to these French soldiers. The decentralized cooperation between Lower Normandy and Macedonia supports the creation of this museum and will additionally work on territorial projects around the subject of “Remembrance”.

The ceremony had a large number of visitors, among which 10 students were from the high school Jean-Mermoz of Vire (Lower Normandy). During the ceremony the students sang the French hymn. In addition, they made a monument dedicated to the soldier Valentin, which was inaugurated during the ceremony.

The High school Jean-Mermoz of Vire cooperates with a high school from Bitola since 2008. It is through those exchanges that two professors from Vire, Pierre Bénabid and Éric Allart decided to start a research work on French soldiers who fought on the Macedonian Front. Thanks to their extensive and prolific work on this subject, professors along with their students took part to the Commemoration in Bitola as guests of honor.

The Macedonian Front is a topic of great importance for Macedonian and French history. This part of history unites these two countries, which is the reason why the decentralized cooperation between Lower Normandy and Macedonia decided to dedicate a part of its programme to this subject. To that end, the cooperation will undertake several actions dedicated to the Macedonian Front during the First World War on the following topics: cultural heritage, remembrance, peace and reconciliation, memorial tourism. These actions will be implemented in correlation with the orientations of the French Embassy in Macedonia.

The Programme for Decentralized cooperation is coordinated by the European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA). For further information please contact Ivana Dimitrovska ivana.dimitrovska@aldaintranet.org or visit the sito of the Decentralized Cooperation between Lower Normandy and Macedonia.

11th of November, the end of the First World War, is a date that sends an echo in the whole world and is commemorated by each nation in its own way, but with a clear and unifying message of peace.

On 11th of November 2014 the French Embassy in Skopje organized a Commemoration at the French cemetery in Bitola, Macedonia. This Commemoration was dedicated to the French soldiers who fought and died on the Macedonian Front during the First World War. The French cemetery in Bitola has 6.262 graves and an ossuary with nearly 10.000 soldiers. It is near this cemetery that the French Embassy has begun the construction of a Memorial dedicated to these French soldiers. The decentralized cooperation between Lower Normandy and Macedonia supports the creation of this museum and will additionally work on territorial projects around the subject of “Remembrance”.

The ceremony had a large number of visitors, among which 10 students were from the high school Jean-Mermoz of Vire (Lower Normandy). During the ceremony the students sang the French hymn. In addition, they made a monument dedicated to the soldier Valentin, which was inaugurated during the ceremony.

The High school Jean-Mermoz of Vire cooperates with a high school from Bitola since 2008. It is through those exchanges that two professors from Vire, Pierre Bénabid and Éric Allart decided to start a research work on French soldiers who fought on the Macedonian Front. Thanks to their extensive and prolific work on this subject, professors along with their students took part to the Commemoration in Bitola as guests of honor.

The Macedonian Front is a topic of great importance for Macedonian and French history. This part of history unites these two countries, which is the reason why the decentralized cooperation between Lower Normandy and Macedonia decided to dedicate a part of its programme to this subject. To that end, the cooperation will undertake several actions dedicated to the Macedonian Front during the First World War on the following topics: cultural heritage, remembrance, peace and reconciliation, memorial tourism. These actions will be implemented in correlation with the orientations of the French Embassy in Macedonia.

The Programme for Decentralized cooperation is coordinated by the European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA). For further information please contact Ivana Dimitrovska ivana.dimitrovska@aldaintranet.org or visit the sito of the Decentralized Cooperation between Lower Normandy and Macedonia.