Conference of the WOMCOM project: «Self-expression through art»

As part of the Erasmus+ project WOMCOM (Women’s Communication for Solidarity), ALDA Strasbourg organized a roundtable on Friday, November 23, 2018, on the topic of self-expression for women through art. Topics such as intercultural learning, feminine solidarity through art and gender discrimination were addressed by speakers specialized in these fields: Viviane Pokam, Secretary General of Afriqu’elles association, Rahime Saricelik, lecturer at the University of Strasbourg, Ghizlane Elhendouz, artist, Sylvain Beringer and Antoine Hoffmann from L’Atelier du Club association.

Indeed, the project promotes the capacity-building of women from disadvantaged and/or rural areas in Serbia, France, Croatia, Bosnia and Italy, by offering intercultural activities through art and more specifically street art and graffiti. The conference was therefore an opportunity to discuss the various forms of discrimination that these young women face, whether in the family or professional sphere as well as the artistic opportunities that allow them to communicate and externalize their feelings, in a nonviolent way.
In a second part, the artist Ghizlaine Elhendouz invited the audience to discover the basics of nonviolent communication through a creative workshop, animated under the theme “Using Art as a means of communicating with oneself and others”. During the workshop, participants were encouraged to exchange their personal experiences and impress regarding the question of interaction with others.
This event echoed the collaborative mural wall made in September on the central campus of the University of Strasbourg, flagship event of the WOMCOM project that will end in March 2019 with an international conference in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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Conférence du projet WOMCOM : « S’exprimer pour trouver sa voix » 
Dans le cadre du projet Erasmus+ WOMCOM (Women’s Communication for Solidarity), ALDA a organisé vendredi 23 novembre 2018 une table ronde intitulée « S’exprimer pour trouver sa voix ». Les thématiques de l’apprentissage interculturel, de la solidarité féminine à travers l’art et des discriminations liées au genre ont été abordées par des intervenantes et intervenants pertinents pour le sujet : Mme Viviane Pokam, Secrétaire Générale de l’association Afriqu’elles, Mme Rahime Saricelik, doctorante à l’Université de Strasbourg, Mme Ghizlane Elhendouz, artiste, et MM. Sylvain Beringer et Antoine Hoffmann de l’association Atelier du Club.
 Le projet s’engage pour les femmes âgées entre 18 et 30 ans, issues de milieux défavorisés et/ou ruraux en Serbie, Bosnie, Croatie, Italie et France, en leur proposant des activités interculturelles à travers l’art et plus particulièrement, le street art et le graffiti. La conférence a ainsi été l’occasion d’évoquer les diverses formes de discrimination auxquelles les jeunes femmes visées par le projet sont confrontées, que ce soit dans la sphère familiale ou professionnelle ainsi que les opportunités artistiques s’offrant à elles pour leur permettre de communiquer et d’extérioriser leurs ressentis, de manière non-violente.
Dans une seconde partie, l’artiste Ghizlaine Elhendouz a convié le public à découvrir les bases de la communication non-violente à travers un atelier créatif, avec pour idée d’utiliser l’art comme moyen de communication avec soi-même et avec les autres. Ce moment convivial a permis aux participantes d’échanger leurs expériences personnelles et leurs impressions sur la question de l’interaction avec autrui.
 Cet évènement a fait écho à la fresque murale collaborative réalisée au mois de septembre sur le campus central de l’Université de Strasbourg, évènement phare du projet WOMCOM, qui se clôturera en mars 2019 avec une conférence internationale en Bosnie-Herzégovine.

As part of the Erasmus+ project WOMCOM (Women’s Communication for Solidarity), ALDA Strasbourg organized a roundtable on Friday, November 23, 2018, on the topic of self-expression for women through art. Topics such as intercultural learning, feminine solidarity through art and gender discrimination were addressed by speakers specialized in these fields: Viviane Pokam, Secretary General of Afriqu’elles association, Rahime Saricelik, lecturer at the University of Strasbourg, Ghizlane Elhendouz, artist, Sylvain Beringer and Antoine Hoffmann from L’Atelier du Club association.

Indeed, the project promotes the capacity-building of women from disadvantaged and/or rural areas in Serbia, France, Croatia, Bosnia and Italy, by offering intercultural activities through art and more specifically street art and graffiti. The conference was therefore an opportunity to discuss the various forms of discrimination that these young women face, whether in the family or professional sphere as well as the artistic opportunities that allow them to communicate and externalize their feelings, in a nonviolent way.
In a second part, the artist Ghizlaine Elhendouz invited the audience to discover the basics of nonviolent communication through a creative workshop, animated under the theme “Using Art as a means of communicating with oneself and others”. During the workshop, participants were encouraged to exchange their personal experiences and impress regarding the question of interaction with others.
This event echoed the collaborative mural wall made in September on the central campus of the University of Strasbourg, flagship event of the WOMCOM project that will end in March 2019 with an international conference in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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Conférence du projet WOMCOM : « S’exprimer pour trouver sa voix » 
Dans le cadre du projet Erasmus+ WOMCOM (Women’s Communication for Solidarity), ALDA a organisé vendredi 23 novembre 2018 une table ronde intitulée « S’exprimer pour trouver sa voix ». Les thématiques de l’apprentissage interculturel, de la solidarité féminine à travers l’art et des discriminations liées au genre ont été abordées par des intervenantes et intervenants pertinents pour le sujet : Mme Viviane Pokam, Secrétaire Générale de l’association Afriqu’elles, Mme Rahime Saricelik, doctorante à l’Université de Strasbourg, Mme Ghizlane Elhendouz, artiste, et MM. Sylvain Beringer et Antoine Hoffmann de l’association Atelier du Club.
 Le projet s’engage pour les femmes âgées entre 18 et 30 ans, issues de milieux défavorisés et/ou ruraux en Serbie, Bosnie, Croatie, Italie et France, en leur proposant des activités interculturelles à travers l’art et plus particulièrement, le street art et le graffiti. La conférence a ainsi été l’occasion d’évoquer les diverses formes de discrimination auxquelles les jeunes femmes visées par le projet sont confrontées, que ce soit dans la sphère familiale ou professionnelle ainsi que les opportunités artistiques s’offrant à elles pour leur permettre de communiquer et d’extérioriser leurs ressentis, de manière non-violente.
Dans une seconde partie, l’artiste Ghizlaine Elhendouz a convié le public à découvrir les bases de la communication non-violente à travers un atelier créatif, avec pour idée d’utiliser l’art comme moyen de communication avec soi-même et avec les autres. Ce moment convivial a permis aux participantes d’échanger leurs expériences personnelles et leurs impressions sur la question de l’interaction avec autrui.
 Cet évènement a fait écho à la fresque murale collaborative réalisée au mois de septembre sur le campus central de l’Université de Strasbourg, évènement phare du projet WOMCOM, qui se clôturera en mars 2019 avec une conférence internationale en Bosnie-Herzégovine.


Sub-granting scheme: 6 months filled with activities and positive practices

For the past six months 12 sub-grantees of the project “CSOs for making local democracy work” have been actively implementing their projects in liaison with Macedonian local authorities.
During this period, more than 50 activities were carried out in 12 communities with the direct participation of more than 1000 citizens of all ages, representatives of local self-governments, members of civil society organizations. Each activity of this three-year project is expected to develop actions to encourage networking and exchange of best practices between civil society organizations and local authorities in Macedonia.

Within this context, the Youth Council in Prilep, working together with the Municipality of Krushevo created and adopted a “Local Youth Strategy”, to be implemented in the mentioned municipality. In the meantime, the Association ISIE created the website “Referendum” in an effort to arouse citizens’ interest on the topic. ZG Veles Biking, in partnership with the municipalities of Veles and Gradsko, organized bike tours in order to discourage children from using technological devices. Moreover, the Rural Coalition – Kumanovo and the Municipality of Staro Nagorichane signed the Memorandum of Cooperation for the implementation of their project.
That’s only a part of the successful stories that originated from the sub-grantees’ projects. More information of the projects and activities themselves is available on the CSOs for making local democracy work website, where there is a section dedicated to the Sub-granting Scheme as well as the profiles of the social networks of the project.

Useful Links:
“CSOs for making local democracy work” website
News from the Sub-grantees
“CSOs for making local democracy work” Facebook profile

For the past six months 12 sub-grantees of the project “CSOs for making local democracy work” have been actively implementing their projects in liaison with Macedonian local authorities.
During this period, more than 50 activities were carried out in 12 communities with the direct participation of more than 1000 citizens of all ages, representatives of local self-governments, members of civil society organizations. Each activity of this three-year project is expected to develop actions to encourage networking and exchange of best practices between civil society organizations and local authorities in Macedonia.

Within this context, the Youth Council in Prilep, working together with the Municipality of Krushevo created and adopted a “Local Youth Strategy”, to be implemented in the mentioned municipality. In the meantime, the Association ISIE created the website “Referendum” in an effort to arouse citizens’ interest on the topic. ZG Veles Biking, in partnership with the municipalities of Veles and Gradsko, organized bike tours in order to discourage children from using technological devices. Moreover, the Rural Coalition – Kumanovo and the Municipality of Staro Nagorichane signed the Memorandum of Cooperation for the implementation of their project.
That’s only a part of the successful stories that originated from the sub-grantees’ projects. More information of the projects and activities themselves is available on the CSOs for making local democracy work website, where there is a section dedicated to the Sub-granting Scheme as well as the profiles of the social networks of the project.

Useful Links:
“CSOs for making local democracy work” website
News from the Sub-grantees
“CSOs for making local democracy work” Facebook profile


Call for trainers for the project "Perfecting the structure for good internal management in ALDA Skopje"

ALDA Skopje is implementing the project “Perfecting the structure for good internal management in ALDA Skopje” as part of the grant scheme of the program “Sustainable Civil Society – State Financing of CSOs” implemented by the Macedonian Center for International Cooperation in partnership with the Balkan Civil Society Development Network (BCSDN) and the Center for Information, Cooperation and Development of Civil Society Organizations (CNVOS) from Slovenia, and financially supported by the European Union.

The project foresees a “Training on administrative, financial and accounting operations” for the employees of ALDA Skopje in order to better the internal management in the office of Skopje.

ALDA Skopje launches a public call for trainers that will be engaged for the training in the period of December 2018.

ALDA Skopje is implementing the project “Perfecting the structure for good internal management in ALDA Skopje” as part of the grant scheme of the program “Sustainable Civil Society – State Financing of CSOs” implemented by the Macedonian Center for International Cooperation in partnership with the Balkan Civil Society Development Network (BCSDN) and the Center for Information, Cooperation and Development of Civil Society Organizations (CNVOS) from Slovenia, and financially supported by the European Union.

The project foresees a “Training on administrative, financial and accounting operations” for the employees of ALDA Skopje in order to better the internal management in the office of Skopje.

ALDA Skopje launches a public call for trainers that will be engaged for the training in the period of December 2018.


“Regional youth compact for Europe” - Empowering network members

The Official presentation of the regional project “Regional youth compact for Europe” followed by a study visit of the project partners to the National Convention on the European Union will take place from the 29th – 30th of November 2018 in Belgrade, Serbia.

The opening remarks at the event will be given by the Secretary General of the Center for Democracy Foundation, Nataša Vučković, and the Ambassador and Head of the EU delegation in Serbia, H.E. Sem Fabrizi. Within the event will be held a panel discussion regarding the challenges facing youth in the Western Balkans region in relation to the EU integration process and how they can actively engage in their local communities as a part of it.
Afterwards, there will be organized a study visit of the project partners to the national convention on the European Union, where the national convention on the EU will be presented along with its objectives, procedures and achievements and the role of the Serbian national parliament in the process of European integration will be discussed.
This activity is in the framework of the project “Regional youth compact for Europe” implemented by the Centar for Democracy Foundation (lead partner), Balkan Network for Local Democracy, CRTA, Youth Act and Sodem. This project is funded by the European Union.

The Official presentation of the regional project “Regional youth compact for Europe” followed by a study visit of the project partners to the National Convention on the European Union will take place from the 29th – 30th of November 2018 in Belgrade, Serbia.

The opening remarks at the event will be given by the Secretary General of the Center for Democracy Foundation, Nataša Vučković, and the Ambassador and Head of the EU delegation in Serbia, H.E. Sem Fabrizi. Within the event will be held a panel discussion regarding the challenges facing youth in the Western Balkans region in relation to the EU integration process and how they can actively engage in their local communities as a part of it.
Afterwards, there will be organized a study visit of the project partners to the national convention on the European Union, where the national convention on the EU will be presented along with its objectives, procedures and achievements and the role of the Serbian national parliament in the process of European integration will be discussed.
This activity is in the framework of the project “Regional youth compact for Europe” implemented by the Centar for Democracy Foundation (lead partner), Balkan Network for Local Democracy, CRTA, Youth Act and Sodem. This project is funded by the European Union.


Let's "GET-UP" for gender equality and follow the "Gender Equal Labour Market" webinar!

Do you support recruitment process and give career advice? Do you defend workers and women rights? Do you care of gender equality?

Join the online interactive webinar taking place on December 12!

You will discover the European Minimum Standard on Gender Equality and other tools developed by GET-UP project on gender-friendly work place.

Structured with reference to the European Minimum Standard of Competences on Gender Equality (EMSC) and on other gender-friendly tools developed during the project, the webinar aims at making professionals able to identify gender discriminations, valorise gender differences and adopt gender equal policies in the work place.

Register before December 7th, 2018 through the online FORM. You will then receive the webinar schedule and instructions by email.

To get further information, please contact: mihaela.onofras@aldaintranet.org

Link Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZyg9nTQP4s

Do you support recruitment process and give career advice? Do you defend workers and women rights? Do you care of gender equality?

Join the online interactive webinar taking place on December 12!

You will discover the European Minimum Standard on Gender Equality and other tools developed by GET-UP project on gender-friendly work place.

Structured with reference to the European Minimum Standard of Competences on Gender Equality (EMSC) and on other gender-friendly tools developed during the project, the webinar aims at making professionals able to identify gender discriminations, valorise gender differences and adopt gender equal policies in the work place.

Register before December 7th, 2018 through the online FORM. You will then receive the webinar schedule and instructions by email.

To get further information, please contact: mihaela.onofras@aldaintranet.org

Link Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZyg9nTQP4s


A training to foster tomorrow's entrepreneurial mind-set

Student Talent Bank (ST Bank) is a project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme and aimed at offering relevant high skills and competences about entrepreneurial education to teachers to foster their professional development to manage diversity, early school leaving and increase school engagement.

Within the project, teachers from six countries (Belgium, France, Greece, Netherlands, Romania, and Spain) are offered the great opportunity to participate in a 3 days face-to-face course in Brussels (at the Future Classroom Lab) in March 2019.
The course will provide participants with an overview of entrepreneurship education, in a competency-based and holistic perspective, and it will focus on the implementation of school activities to foster the development of related skills for students and teachers.
Participants will learn about existing competencies frameworks (such as EntreComp), innovative pedagogical approaches, and how to create positive learning environments that support the development of related skills and an entrepreneurial mind-set: new pedagogies, empathic leadership, inclusiveness, multi-disciplinarily approach, peer-to-peer learning, etc.
Group and individual hands-on activities will be also dedicated to the creation of educational resources and practices and on how to embed them in day-to-day classroom activities.
Join the ST Bank experts in this interesting journey! Apply for the course by 1 December 2018!
Application forms by country (NB: please, fill in the correct application form based on your country)
• Belgio
• Francia
• Grecia
• Olanda
• Romania
For further information, please, see the project’s website.

Student Talent Bank (ST Bank) is a project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme and aimed at offering relevant high skills and competencies about entrepreneurial education to teachers to foster their professional development to manage diversity, early school leaving and increase school engagement.

Within the project, teachers from six countries (Belgium, France, Greece, Netherlands, Romania, and Spain) are offered the great opportunity to participate in a 3 days face-to-face course in Brussels (at the Future Classroom Lab) in March 2019.
The course will provide participants with an overview of entrepreneurship education, in a competence-based and holistic perspective, and it will focus on the implementation of school activities to foster the development of related skills for students and teachers.
Participants will learn about existing competences frameworks (such as EntreComp), innovative pedagogical approaches and how to create positive learning environments that support the development of related skills and an entrepreneurial mind-set: new pedagogies, empathic leadership, inclusiveness, multi-disciplinarily approach, peer-to-peer learning, etc.
Group and individual hands-on activities will be also dedicate to the creation of educational resources and practices and on how to embed them in day-to-day classroom activities.
Join the ST Bank experts in this interesting journey! Apply for the course by 1 December 2018!
Application forms by country (NB: please, fill in the correct application form based on your country)
• Belgio
• Francia
• Grecia
• Olanda
• Romania
For further information, please, see the project’s website.

hat the EU will continue to ensure inclusivity, sustainability, fairness and fundamental values during our global recovery.


A training to foster tomorrow's entrepreneurial mind-set

Student Talent Bank (ST Bank) is a project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme and aimed at offering relevant high skills and competences about entrepreneurial education to teachers to foster their professional development to manage diversity, early school leaving and increase school engagement.

Within the project, teachers from six countries (Belgium, France, Greece, Netherlands, Romania, and Spain) are offered the great opportunity to participate in a 3 days face-to-face course in Brussels (at the Future Classroom Lab) in March 2019.
The course will provide participants with an overview of entrepreneurship education, in a competency-based and holistic perspective, and it will focus on the implementation of school activities to foster the development of related skills for students and teachers.
Participants will learn about existing competencies frameworks (such as EntreComp), innovative pedagogical approaches, and how to create positive learning environments that support the development of related skills and an entrepreneurial mind-set: new pedagogies, empathic leadership, inclusiveness, multi-disciplinarily approach, peer-to-peer learning, etc.
Group and individual hands-on activities will be also dedicated to the creation of educational resources and practices and on how to embed them in day-to-day classroom activities.
Join the ST Bank experts in this interesting journey! Apply for the course by 1 December 2018!
Application forms by country (NB: please, fill in the correct application form based on your country)
• Belgio
• Francia
• Grecia
• Olanda
• Romania
For further information, please, see the project’s website.

Student Talent Bank (ST Bank) is a project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme and aimed at offering relevant high skills and competencies about entrepreneurial education to teachers to foster their professional development to manage diversity, early school leaving and increase school engagement.

Within the project, teachers from six countries (Belgium, France, Greece, Netherlands, Romania, and Spain) are offered the great opportunity to participate in a 3 days face-to-face course in Brussels (at the Future Classroom Lab) in March 2019.
The course will provide participants with an overview of entrepreneurship education, in a competence-based and holistic perspective, and it will focus on the implementation of school activities to foster the development of related skills for students and teachers.
Participants will learn about existing competences frameworks (such as EntreComp), innovative pedagogical approaches and how to create positive learning environments that support the development of related skills and an entrepreneurial mind-set: new pedagogies, empathic leadership, inclusiveness, multi-disciplinarily approach, peer-to-peer learning, etc.
Group and individual hands-on activities will be also dedicate to the creation of educational resources and practices and on how to embed them in day-to-day classroom activities.
Join the ST Bank experts in this interesting journey! Apply for the course by 1 December 2018!
Application forms by country (NB: please, fill in the correct application form based on your country)
• Belgio
• Francia
• Grecia
• Olanda
• Romania
For further information, please, see the project’s website.

hat the EU will continue to ensure inclusivity, sustainability, fairness and fundamental values during our global recovery.


The Freedom Prize: “Our candidate, their fight” - Call for applications

In June 2018 the Region Normandy introduced a new education scheme dedicated to the creation of a new international peace, freedom and human rights education scheme: the Freedom Prize.

The Freedom Prize pays homage to all those who fought and continue to fight for the ideal of universal peace, created by the Normandy Region, in partnership with the academic authorities and the International Institute of Human Rights and Peace. Focused on the meaning and values of the Allied landings, the Freedom Prize gives young people all over the world the opportunity to choose an exemplary public figure or organisation, committed to the fight for freedom.
The “Our candidate, their fight” call for applications is an opportunity for groups of young people supervised by an adult to highlight the work of a public figure or an organisation and their recent fight for freedom.
Applicants need to fill out a form which encourages reasoned work and documentary research, prompting participants to question their candidate’s chosen fight and its context. This call for applications is also an opportunity to promote fights for freedom which have received little media coverage. In addition to this form, young participants can also choose to produce short videos presenting their candidate and to create artistic creative work on the theme of freedom or their chosen fight. This work may be used to promote the finalist candidates for the digital voting campaign and may be used at the prize-giving ceremony and on social networks. The groups which have sent the most relevant and thorough “Our candidate, their fight” applications will also be invited to the prize-giving ceremony in June 2019 which will be attended by the winner. For more information on the call for applications “Our candidate, their fight” you can watch the video below.
TAKING PART IN THE “OUR CANDIDATE, THEIR FIGHT” CALL FOR APPLICATION
Any group of young people aged 15 to 25, supervised by an adult can participate in this action. Groups can participate as part of an educational, higher education or training programme, through a charitable organisation or on their own initiative. An application may be submitted by several institutions, as part of international twinning or pairing schemes or any other partnership.
You can apply to the call for applications to nominate public figures or organisations until 15 January 2019. More information on how to apply on the webpage of the Region Normandy “Our candidate their fight” or the Facebook page of the Freedom Prize. 

In June 2018 the Region Normandy introduced a new education scheme dedicated to the creation of a new international peace, freedom and human rights education scheme: the Freedom Prize.

The Freedom Prize pays homage to all those who fought and continue to fight for the ideal of universal peace, created by the Normandy Region, in partnership with the academic authorities and the International Institute of Human Rights and Peace. Focused on the meaning and values of the Allied landings, the Freedom Prize gives young people all over the world the opportunity to choose an exemplary public figure or organisation, committed to the fight for freedom.
The “Our candidate, their fight” call for applications is an opportunity for groups of young people supervised by an adult to highlight the work of a public figure or an organisation and their recent fight for freedom.
Applicants need to fill out a form which encourages reasoned work and documentary research, prompting participants to question their candidate’s chosen fight and its context. This call for applications is also an opportunity to promote fights for freedom which have received little media coverage. In addition to this form, young participants can also choose to produce short videos presenting their candidate and to create artistic creative work on the theme of freedom or their chosen fight. This work may be used to promote the finalist candidates for the digital voting campaign and may be used at the prize-giving ceremony and on social networks. The groups which have sent the most relevant and thorough “Our candidate, their fight” applications will also be invited to the prize-giving ceremony in June 2019 which will be attended by the winner. For more information on the call for applications “Our candidate, their fight” you can watch the video below.
TAKING PART IN THE “OUR CANDIDATE, THEIR FIGHT” CALL FOR APPLICATION
Any group of young people aged 15 to 25, supervised by an adult can participate in this action. Groups can participate as part of an educational, higher education or training programme, through a charitable organisation or on their own initiative. An application may be submitted by several institutions, as part of international twinning or pairing schemes or any other partnership.
You can apply to the call for applications to nominate public figures or organisations until 15 January 2019. More information on how to apply on the webpage of the Region Normandy “Our candidate their fight” or the Facebook page of the Freedom Prize. 


Towards the European elections 2019

In May 2019, the European Union will organize its elections in order to elect, for five years, the Members of the European Parliament and the new President of the European Commission. In a context of the euroscepticism rise, all over the European Union, ALDA is convinced that this future vote holds a primary importance.

Indeed, some major issues are linked to the European elections: more than a simple poll of our future European representatives, the 2019 vote will take place in a post Brexit context. Expression of a populist vote, the Brexit vote has highlighted the cleavages within the European Union and raised some doubts. Yet, ALDA strongly believes that the European Union has to stay united. In order to do so, it is necessary to engage the 500 millions of European citizens to participate to these elections by using their voices and voting.

Since the first election of the European Parliament in 1979, the participation rate has decreased continuously: from 61,99% in 1979, it dropped to 42,61% in 2014, a record. The trust in the European institutions, impacted by the several crisis that the European Union had to face these past years, has also fallen: from 1993 to 2017, the trust in the European Parliament decreased by almost 10% (54% in 1993, 45% in 2017). Therefore, the European elections of 2019 are the occasion to put back some meaning, more transparency and legibility in the European Union, in leading the European citizens to the polls.

The European Parliament is the only institution that is elected by direct universal suffrage and that directly represents the European citizens as such. For this reason, to elect a Member of the European Parliament is an important act: their decisions impact our daily lives. It is the European Parliament that votes the European Union legislations together with the Council of the European Union on the basis of the European Commission proposals, that exerts a democratic control on all the European institutions, that elects the President of the European Commission, that approves the budget of the European Union, etc. It will be the representatives we will decide to vote for in May 2019 who will be in charge of these significant tasks.

Aware of this major issue, one of ALDA’s priorities in the coming months will be to engage the citizens in the 2019 campaign, to report the importance of this event and ultimately to lead the Europeans to vote.

Check-out the webpage of the campaign: YOU4EU – Towards the European elections 2019

In May 2019, the European Union will organize its elections in order to elect, for five years, the Members of the European Parliament and the new President of the European Commission. In a context of the euroscepticism rise, all over the European Union, ALDA is convinced that this future vote holds a primary importance.

Indeed, some major issues are linked to the European elections: more than a simple poll of our future European representatives, the 2019 vote will take place in a post Brexit context. Expression of a populist vote, the Brexit vote has highlighted the cleavages within the European Union and raised some doubts. Yet, ALDA strongly believes that the European Union has to stay united. In order to do so, it is necessary to engage the 500 millions of European citizens to participate to these elections by using their voices and voting.

Since the first election of the European Parliament in 1979, the participation rate has decreased continuously: from 61,99% in 1979, it dropped to 42,61% in 2014, a record. The trust in the European institutions, impacted by the several crisis that the European Union had to face these past years, has also fallen: from 1993 to 2017, the trust in the European Parliament decreased by almost 10% (54% in 1993, 45% in 2017). Therefore, the European elections of 2019 are the occasion to put back some meaning, more transparency and legibility in the European Union, in leading the European citizens to the polls.

The European Parliament is the only institution that is elected by direct universal suffrage and that directly represents the European citizens as such. For this reason, to elect a Member of the European Parliament is an important act: their decisions impact our daily lives. It is the European Parliament that votes the European Union legislations together with the Council of the European Union on the basis of the European Commission proposals, that exerts a democratic control on all the European institutions, that elects the President of the European Commission, that approves the budget of the European Union, etc. It will be the representatives we will decide to vote for in May 2019 who will be in charge of these significant tasks.

Aware of this major issue, one of ALDA’s priorities in the coming months will be to engage the citizens in the 2019 campaign, to report the importance of this event and ultimately to lead the Europeans to vote.

Check-out the webpage of the campaign: YOU4EU – Towards the European elections 2019


ALDA Skopje celebrating the Global Accountability Week

The Macedonian Center for International Cooperation – MCIC, with the participation of grantees of the program Sustainable Civil Society, produced videos where Macedonian CSOs speak about the importance of accountability in their work and improvement of their good governance structure.

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The Global Standards on Accountability was presented through the videos, which represents a tool for civic organizations to improve their organizational practices for accountability and transparency.
Accountability is an important part of the work of ALDA since its creation, and is an integral part of the activities and actions that are implemented at local level. Since the opening of the ALDA office in Skopje, the team is striving to follow the already established European principles of accountability. Regular sharing of information with partners and final beneficiaries of ALDA Skopje projects is a positive aspect that not only improves the implementation of the activities, but also provides an opportunity to establish ALDA as a driver of change in the public.
ALDA Skopje implements the project “Perfecting the structure for good internal management in ALDA Skopje” as part of the grant scheme of the program “Sustainable Civil Society – State Financing of CSOs” implemented by the Macedonian Center for International Cooperation in partnership with the Balkan Civil Society Development Network (BCSDN) and the Center for Information, Cooperation and Development of Civil Society Organizations (CNVOS) from Slovenia, and financially supported by the European Union.
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Watch the video of ALDA Skopje on the following link.
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The Macedonian Center for International Cooperation – MCIC, with the participation of grantees of the program Sustainable Civil Society, produced videos where Macedonian CSOs speak about the importance of accountability in their work and improvement of their good governance structure.

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The Global Standards on Accountability was presented through the videos, which represents a tool for civic organizations to improve their organizational practices for accountability and transparency.
Accountability is an important part of the work of ALDA since its creation, and is an integral part of the activities and actions that are implemented at local level. Since the opening of the ALDA office in Skopje, the team is striving to follow the already established European principles of accountability. Regular sharing of information with partners and final beneficiaries of ALDA Skopje projects is a positive aspect that not only improves the implementation of the activities, but also provides an opportunity to establish ALDA as a driver of change in the public.
ALDA Skopje implements the project “Perfecting the structure for good internal management in ALDA Skopje” as part of the grant scheme of the program “Sustainable Civil Society – State Financing of CSOs” implemented by the Macedonian Center for International Cooperation in partnership with the Balkan Civil Society Development Network (BCSDN) and the Center for Information, Cooperation and Development of Civil Society Organizations (CNVOS) from Slovenia, and financially supported by the European Union.
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