Conclusions of the Regional Forum on “Remembrance and Intercultural Dialogue”

The European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA Skopje) closed the 2020 with an important event: the Regional Forum on “Remembrance and Intercultural Dialogue” which took place on ZOOM, on 21st and 22nd December, 2020.

The event was successfully completed thanks to its features: efficient speakers, rich contents, and international dimension. Its Live transmission on Facebook contributed to the enlargement of the audience. During such moment of knowledge sharing, different topics were covered by the moderators and speakers with a focus on the Balkan region regarding its past, present, and future. Other important themes were also the EU integration, local development, human rights, peace, reconciliation, immigration, multicultural dialogue, cultural heritage, linguistic diversity, disinformation, etc.

EU integration, local development, human rights, peace, reconciliation, immigration,  cultural heritage were just some of the topics addressed during the Forum

A focus was dedicated to the global pandemic and its impacts. ALDA has always been an actor for local, national, and international development. Despite the global pandemic, it has addressed efforts to the reconciliation of Balkans and their developments. The combination of history and future made the event even more interesting under different points of view; citizen participation, democracy and human rights could be the most powerful weapons for a Future.

The speakers have emphasized the importance of dialogue as a tool to overcome to any differences. If it is used the regional cooperation will be strengthening and cultural acceptance will be shaped and promoted. The EU integration is only the final step of a fully regional integration, and many initiatives are needed to be advanced in order to give an example to all countries and regions dominated by cultural division and disintegration. The Balkans are also very concerned about question of migrations. The fact that some countries of the region are chosen by the “people on the move” as a transit point has raised many doubts about the credibility of the authorities and institutions. It has consequently made the dialogue more difficult, but the situation is now eased by storytelling initiatives.

Come upon all our conclusion in English and French below.

The event is financially supported by the Central European Initiative (CEI), the Program Normandy for Peace of the Region Normandy, the Western Balkans Fund and the EU Commission.

The European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA Skopje) closed the 2020 with an important event: the Regional Forum on “Remembrance and Intercultural Dialogue” which took place on ZOOM, on 21st and 22nd December, 2020.

The event was successfully completed thanks to its features: efficient speakers, rich contents, and international dimension. Its Live transmission on Facebook contributed to the enlargement of the audience. During such moment of knowledge sharing, different topics were covered by the moderators and speakers with a focus on the Balkan region regarding its past, present, and future. Other important themes were also the EU integration, local development, human rights, peace, reconciliation, immigration, multicultural dialogue, cultural heritage, linguistic diversity, disinformation, etc.

EU integration, local development, human rights, peace, reconciliation, immigration,  cultural heritage were just some of the topics addressed during the Forum

A focus was dedicated to the global pandemic and its impacts. ALDA has always been an actor for local, national, and international development. Despite the global pandemic, it has addressed efforts to the reconciliation of Balkans and their developments. The combination of history and future made the event even more interesting under different points of view; citizen participation, democracy and human rights could be the most powerful weapons for a Future.

The speakers have emphasized the importance of dialogue as a tool to overcome to any differences. If it is used the regional cooperation will be strengthening and cultural acceptance will be shaped and promoted. The EU integration is only the final step of a fully regional integration, and many initiatives are needed to be advanced in order to give an example to all countries and regions dominated by cultural division and disintegration. The Balkans are also very concerned about question of migrations. The fact that some countries of the region are chosen by the “people on the move” as a transit point has raised many doubts about the credibility of the authorities and institutions. It has consequently made the dialogue more difficult, but the situation is now eased by storytelling initiatives.

Come upon all our conclusion in English and French below.

The event is financially supported by the Central European Initiative (CEI), the Program Normandy for Peace of the Region Normandy, the Western Balkans Fund and the EU Commission.


Cultural heritage – the bridge to surpass all divergences

ALDA Skopje has successfully finished the realization of the project “Patrimonio condiviso o contestato” in cooperation with ForumZFD. The project aimed at opening a dialogue on peaceful and tolerant interpretation of cultural resources among heritage practitioners and cultural workers from Greece, Bulgaria and North Macedonia. The project objective was to raise awareness of the role of contested histories and shared cultural heritage for the EU integration processes.

The first outcome of the project were 11 conducted interviews with relevant people from these three countries from different fields and backgrounds dealing with cultural heritage. “Dystopian or problematic points of history should continue to be the subject of peaceful debates and discussions, by historians from the disputed entities, carried out with calm emotions and without passions” concludes from these interviews Ana Frangovska, collaborator on the project.

Moreover, 3 articles have been published from researchers and practitioners on cases of shared cultural heritage highlighting the importance of EU integration processes for preservation of cultural heritage. Our cultural heritage and the way we preserve and valorise it is a major factor in defining Europe’s place in the world and its attractiveness as a place to live, work, and visit. All articles could be found: qui

“Dystopian or problematic points of history should continue to be the subject of peaceful debates and discussions, by historians from the disputed entities, carried out with calm emotions and without passions”

Should history be an obstacle to the future of a modern entity or state? What does history represent to each of us?  A virtual panel discussion “The power of heritage and culture” discussing these questions  took place in November with four high-level speakers, professors and practitioners. They talked about struggles and delight of working on this topic offering insight on their individual approaches as well as their experience with international and cross-border cooperation. To watch the video of the panel discussion: qui
It has been proven that heritage can be used to establish and strengthen hegemonic history, reactivate imagined histories, or serve different political agendas. Interpretation of the past and understanding of cultural heritage has been determined to be one of the central and most problematic aspects of the recent political disputes between North Macedonia and its neighboring countries, Bulgaria and Greece” says Biljana Volchevska, Project manager from Forum ZFD.

It has been a significant project for ALDA Skopje and Forum ZFD to work on the question of intercultural dialogue in this difficult year 2020 in a particular context in the country and the region.

Ivana Petrovska, the Director of ALDA Skopje adds: “Despite the complexity of the context, the implementation of this project was crucial for us on many levels. In these days of uncertainty and isolation, it was a clear reminder of how important it is to tackle the question of intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding. Trying to understand the other is the key towards solidarity that is much needed nowadays”.

These outcomes has resulted with a final publication available for download qui.

ALDA Skopje has successfully finished the realization of the project “Patrimonio condiviso o contestato” in cooperation with ForumZFD. The project aimed at opening a dialogue on peaceful and tolerant interpretation of cultural resources among heritage practitioners and cultural workers from Greece, Bulgaria and North Macedonia. The project objective was to raise awareness of the role of contested histories and shared cultural heritage for the EU integration processes.

The first outcome of the project were 11 conducted interviews with relevant people from these three countries from different fields and backgrounds dealing with cultural heritage. “Dystopian or problematic points of history should continue to be the subject of peaceful debates and discussions, by historians from the disputed entities, carried out with calm emotions and without passions” concludes from these interviews Ana Frangovska, collaborator on the project.

Moreover, 3 articles have been published from researchers and practitioners on cases of shared cultural heritage highlighting the importance of EU integration processes for preservation of cultural heritage. Our cultural heritage and the way we preserve and valorise it is a major factor in defining Europe’s place in the world and its attractiveness as a place to live, work, and visit. All articles could be found: qui

“Dystopian or problematic points of history should continue to be the subject of peaceful debates and discussions, by historians from the disputed entities, carried out with calm emotions and without passions”

Should history be an obstacle to the future of a modern entity or state? What does history represent to each of us?  A virtual panel discussion “The power of heritage and culture” discussing these questions  took place in November with four high-level speakers, professors and practitioners. They talked about struggles and delight of working on this topic offering insight on their individual approaches as well as their experience with international and cross-border cooperation. To watch the video of the panel discussion: qui
It has been proven that heritage can be used to establish and strengthen hegemonic history, reactivate imagined histories, or serve different political agendas. Interpretation of the past and understanding of cultural heritage has been determined to be one of the central and most problematic aspects of the recent political disputes between North Macedonia and its neighboring countries, Bulgaria and Greece” says Biljana Volchevska, Project manager from Forum ZFD.

It has been a significant project for ALDA Skopje and Forum ZFD to work on the question of intercultural dialogue in this difficult year 2020 in a particular context in the country and the region.

Ivana Petrovska, the Director of ALDA Skopje adds: “Despite the complexity of the context, the implementation of this project was crucial for us on many levels. In these days of uncertainty and isolation, it was a clear reminder of how important it is to tackle the question of intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding. Trying to understand the other is the key towards solidarity that is much needed nowadays”.

These outcomes has resulted with a final publication available for download qui.


[Abstract] European Support to Local Democracy

European Support to Local Democracy is ALDA’s flagship initiative, kicked off with the adoption of the Strategic Plan 2020-2024. The initiative includes a panoply of instruments supporting local democracy through an institutional and civil society viewpoint. It encompasses councillors and local leaders. ALDA knows how to support local democracy from different aspects with various stakeholders and ALDA can (technical capacity, network and experience) propose the right path of activities for different situations.

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European Support to Local Democracy is ALDA’s flagship initiative, kicked off with the adoption of the Strategic Plan 2020-2024. The initiative includes a panoply of instruments supporting local democracy through an institutional and civil society viewpoint. It encompasses councillors and local leaders. ALDA knows how to support local democracy from different aspects with various stakeholders and ALDA can (technical capacity, network and experience) propose the right path of activities for different situations.

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Shared or contested cultural heritage

The project “Shared or contested heritage” is designed to improve cross-border cooperation and exchange between cultural workers and heritage professionals from Greece, Bulgaria, and North Macedonia. The project is conceived to raise awareness among practitioners in the field of “Dealing with the Past”, history, and cultural memory studies about the abuse of historical facts and their influence on collective memory. The project raises awareness of the role of contested histories and shared cultural heritage for the EU integration processes among heritage practitioners and cultural workers.

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The project “Shared or contested heritage” is designed to improve cross-border cooperation and exchange between cultural workers and heritage professionals from Greece, Bulgaria, and North Macedonia. The project is conceived to raise awareness among practitioners in the field of “Dealing with the Past”, history, and cultural memory studies about the abuse of historical facts and their influence on collective memory. The project raises awareness of the role of contested histories and shared cultural heritage for the EU integration processes among heritage practitioners and cultural workers.

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Sostegno Europeo alla Democrazia Locale

European Support to Local Democracy is ALDA’s flagship initiative, kicked off with the adoption of the Strategic Plan 2020-2024. The initiative includes a panoply of instruments supporting local democracy through an institutional and civil society viewpoint. It encompasses councillors and local leaders. ALDA knows how to support local democracy from different aspects with various stakeholders and ALDA can (technical capacity, network and experience) propose the right path of activities for different situations.

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European Support to Local Democracy is ALDA’s flagship initiative, kicked off with the adoption of the Strategic Plan 2020-2024. The initiative includes a panoply of instruments supporting local democracy through an institutional and civil society viewpoint. It encompasses councillors and local leaders. ALDA knows how to support local democracy from different aspects with various stakeholders and ALDA can (technical capacity, network and experience) propose the right path of activities for different situations.

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The launch event of the European Democracy Hub

On February, 2 2021 the one-hour online conference “Doing Development Democratically: a Conversation with Jutta Urpilainen” was live-streamed. The occasion served to launch the European Democracy Hub—a new platform for research-based discussion on European democracy support, programming, and policy, aiming at engaging stakeholders and offering solutions to democratic challenges. The online conference was moderated by Mr Richard Youngs, from Carnegie Europe, which together with one of the ALDA’s members, the Partenariato europeo per la democrazia, co-organized the event.

Mr Ken Godfrey, European Partnership for Democracy Executive Director, introduced the discussion by highlighting how the European Democracy Hub is the result of the cooperation between the two parties, and provides an in-depth analysis and research about democracy. Then, he stressed out the importance of considering how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect democracies, parliaments and freedom of expression on worldwide scale. Therefore, the essential role of the hub in this realm.

Mr. Godfrey enhanced the role of this working-group, set up by prominent academics, practitioners and policy makers to support countries which have some weaknesses in their democracy systems. He recalled, for example, the military coup nel Myanmar, driving the attention on the full commitment of the working-group to jointly boost democracy around the world.

A key moment was the European Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen’s speech. She addressed all her encouragement in the launch of the European Democracy Hub, underlining the importance of being resilient in crisis-period such as the one caused by the pandemic. She also remarked how we have been all witnesses, in certain parts of the World, of human rights violations, and of governments using their powers to silent the oppositions, making the pandemic as an excuse. Furthermore, she highlighted how women and children are now paying the highest price of this pandemic. As a Commissioner, she assured that the EU will continue to ensure inclusivity, sustainability, fairness and fundamental values during our global recovery.

“We want to deliver a real voice to those who need it more than ever”

Moreover, Jutta Urpilainen remained us “that we can never take democracy for granted, but instead we have to promote it together!”, underlying that democracy is not only about elections but also about the participation and empowerment initiatives. She further highlighted the importance of the new EU Action Plan on Gender Equality e Women Empowerment in the framework of a global post-COVID recovery.

Finally, she talked about the fundamental links between geopolitics and democracy, considering also the huge competition existing in Africa among different models of society and governance. On the relations between the EU and the US, Commissioner Urpilainen welcomed Mr Biden’s election as well as his plan for a Global Democracy Summit.

The conversation was followed by a panel debate with two prominent academics: Prof. Staffan I. Lindberg, Director of the Varieties of Democracy Institute e Julia Leininger, Chair of the research programme Transformation of Political peace order at the German Development Institute.

Prof. Lindberg then outlined that 2019 was particularly negative for democracy at a global level: as data show, nearly 2.6 billion people live in countries governed by autocracy and not in democratic ones, including Poland and Hungary in the European Union. As it has for long being studied, life quality is proportioned to democracy: higher the democracy level – better life quality. Prof. Lindberg will work to enhance democracy and human rights in order to reach sustainable development goals in a wide range of areas.

As to Julia Leininger, during her speech she underlined the switch we have been witnessing from a bipolar to a multipolar democratic system. She urged the need for transparency in all democratic systems but she also claimed that democracy can be effective even with some not-total-transparency although academics could argue that this would be against the “pure” idea of democracy.

Referring to Prof. Lindberg’s point about autocracy, she suggested how, benefitting from our knowledge on democracy, we could help civil society organisations in their missions. Moreover, she outlined positive linkage between democratic quality and development outcomes.

Prof. Staffan I. Lindberg further argue that working to protect democracy nowadays means to work strategically in order not to undermine human rights systematically: in a sentence, “We have to get used that we need democracy protection both at a global and at a local level” and that there is no inclusive governance without democratic principles.

The end of the conference was marked by Julia Leininger’s reflections about big changes in multilateralism and multidirectional approach. She drew the attention on the hypothesis of an Action Plan for Democracy, by communicating and being on a dialogue with others. In her opinion, being accountable means being responsible for European citizens and to be open to policy shifts. “What the pandemic showed is that society, democracy and politics have to be integrated: it’s about democracy and social protection to mitigate social cohesion and making political change.”

Keep following Carnegie Europe e il Partenariato europeo per la democrazia on their Facebook pages to get to know the latest news and events around the #EuropeanDemocracyHub

On February, 2 2021 the one-hour online conference “Doing Development Democratically: a Conversation with Jutta Urpilainen” was live-streamed. The occasion served to launch the European Democracy Hub—a new platform for research-based discussion on European democracy support, programming, and policy, aiming at engaging stakeholders and offering solutions to democratic challenges. The online conference was moderated by Mr Richard Youngs, from Carnegie Europe, which together with one of the ALDA’s members, the Partenariato europeo per la democrazia, co-organized the event.

Mr Ken Godfrey, European Partnership for Democracy Executive Director, introduced the discussion by highlighting how the European Democracy Hub is the result of the cooperation between the two parties, and provides an in-depth analysis and research about democracy. Then, he stressed out the importance of considering how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect democracies, parliaments and freedom of expression on worldwide scale. Therefore, the essential role of the hub in this realm.

Mr. Godfrey enhanced the role of this working-group, set up by prominent academics, practitioners and policy makers to support countries which have some weaknesses in their democracy systems. He recalled, for example, the military coup nel Myanmar, driving the attention on the full commitment of the working-group to jointly boost democracy around the world.

A key moment was the European Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen’s speech. She addressed all her encouragement in the launch of the European Democracy Hub, underlining the importance of being resilient in crisis-period such as the one caused by the pandemic. She also remarked how we have been all witnesses, in certain parts of the World, of human rights violations, and of governments using their powers to silent the oppositions, making the pandemic as an excuse. Furthermore, she highlighted how women and children are now paying the highest price of this pandemic. As a Commissioner, she assured that the EU will continue to ensure inclusivity, sustainability, fairness and fundamental values during our global recovery.

“We want to deliver a real voice to those who need it more than ever”

Moreover, Jutta Urpilainen remained us “that we can never take democracy for granted, but instead we have to promote it together!”, underlying that democracy is not only about elections but also about the participation and empowerment initiatives. She further highlighted the importance of the new EU Action Plan on Gender Equality e Women Empowerment in the framework of a global post-COVID recovery.

Finally, she talked about the fundamental links between geopolitics and democracy, considering also the huge competition existing in Africa among different models of society and governance. On the relations between the EU and the US, Commissioner Urpilainen welcomed Mr Biden’s election as well as his plan for a Global Democracy Summit.

The conversation was followed by a panel debate with two prominent academics: Prof. Staffan I. Lindberg, Director of the Varieties of Democracy Institute e Julia Leininger, Chair of the research programme Transformation of Political peace order at the German Development Institute.

Prof. Lindberg then outlined that 2019 was particularly negative for democracy at a global level: as data show, nearly 2.6 billion people live in countries governed by autocracy and not in democratic ones, including Poland and Hungary in the European Union. As it has for long being studied, life quality is proportioned to democracy: higher the democracy level – better life quality. Prof. Lindberg will work to enhance democracy and human rights in order to reach sustainable development goals in a wide range of areas.

As to Julia Leininger, during her speech she underlined the switch we have been witnessing from a bipolar to a multipolar democratic system. She urged the need for transparency in all democratic systems but she also claimed that democracy can be effective even with some not-total-transparency although academics could argue that this would be against the “pure” idea of democracy.

Referring to Prof. Lindberg’s point about autocracy, she suggested how, benefitting from our knowledge on democracy, we could help civil society organisations in their missions. Moreover, she outlined positive linkage between democratic quality and development outcomes.

Prof. Staffan I. Lindberg further argue that working to protect democracy nowadays means to work strategically in order not to undermine human rights systematically: in a sentence, “We have to get used that we need democracy protection both at a global and at a local level” and that there is no inclusive governance without democratic principles.

The end of the conference was marked by Julia Leininger’s reflections about big changes in multilateralism and multidirectional approach. She drew the attention on the hypothesis of an Action Plan for Democracy, by communicating and being on a dialogue with others. In her opinion, being accountable means being responsible for European citizens and to be open to policy shifts. “What the pandemic showed is that society, democracy and politics have to be integrated: it’s about democracy and social protection to mitigate social cohesion and making political change.”

Keep following Carnegie Europe e il Partenariato europeo per la democrazia on their Facebook pages to get to know the latest news and events around the #EuropeanDemocracyHub


ALDA ha firmato la Dichiarazione della società civile per il futuro dell'Europa

ALDA ha co-firmato, con altre organizzazioni, la Dichiarazione congiunta della società civile in modo da creare una piattaforma che serva non solo come controparte per le istituzioni europee, ma anche per rappresentare i cittadini e le persone che vivono in UE; mentre l'evento pubblico la Convenzione della società civile sul futuro dell'Europa, si terrà online il 3 febbraio. L'occasione servirà come spazio per discutere il ruolo delle organizzazioni della società civile, per esempio, così come il ruolo della Conferenza sul futuro dell'Europa. Anche il segretario generale di ALDA, Antonella Valmorbida, parteciperà all'evento, insieme ad altri rappresentanti.

The Conference will focus on how to reconnect people with the European Union and its institutions

La conferenza sul futuro dell'Europa, che dovrebbe svolgersi nel prossimo futuro, coinvolge un gran numero di organizzazioni della società civile, le cui aspettative sono di ottenere ulteriori dettagli su ciò che l'UE fa per loro e per tutti i cittadini dell'UE, nonché di discutere soluzioni ad hoc per affrontare le sfide future.

Inoltre, il ruolo delle organizzazioni della società civile è fondamentale nel riunire le persone, permettendo loro di diventare attori attivi, mentre progettano obiettivi comuni. Così, un aspetto da discutere durante la Conferenza dovrebbe essere, come dichiarato nella Dichiarazione, "come riconnettere le persone con l'Unione Europea e le sue istituzioni".

Per coloro che sono interessati, lo sfogo del mercoledì si terrà online dalle 17.00 alle 18.30 CET.
Per ulteriori informazioni si prega di visitare il sito web di Civil Society Europe .

ALDA ha co-firmato, con altre organizzazioni, la Dichiarazione congiunta della società civile in modo da creare una piattaforma che serva non solo come controparte per le istituzioni europee, ma anche per rappresentare i cittadini e le persone che vivono in UE; mentre l'evento pubblico la Convenzione della società civile sul futuro dell'Europa, si terrà online il 3 febbraio. L'occasione servirà come spazio per discutere il ruolo delle organizzazioni della società civile, per esempio, così come il ruolo della Conferenza sul futuro dell'Europa. Anche il segretario generale di ALDA, Antonella Valmorbida, parteciperà all'evento, insieme ad altri rappresentanti.

The Conference will focus on how to reconnect people with the European Union and its institutions

La conferenza sul futuro dell'Europa, che dovrebbe svolgersi nel prossimo futuro, coinvolge un gran numero di organizzazioni della società civile, le cui aspettative sono di ottenere ulteriori dettagli su ciò che l'UE fa per loro e per tutti i cittadini dell'UE, nonché di discutere soluzioni ad hoc per affrontare le sfide future.

Inoltre, il ruolo delle organizzazioni della società civile è fondamentale nel riunire le persone, permettendo loro di diventare attori attivi, mentre progettano obiettivi comuni. Così, un aspetto da discutere durante la Conferenza dovrebbe essere, come dichiarato nella Dichiarazione, "come riconnettere le persone con l'Unione Europea e le sue istituzioni".

Per coloro che sono interessati, lo sfogo del mercoledì si terrà online dalle 17.00 alle 18.30 CET.
Per ulteriori informazioni si prega di visitare il sito web di Civil Society Europe .


ALDA Governing Board’s commitment to sustainability at the AUTREMENT project

On Wednesday 27 January 2021, the conference on the AUTREMENT Project (Urban Territorial Development to Reinvent Mobility and Engage Tunisians) took place in Kairouan (Tunisia), live-streamed on the Autrement Facebook Page – Sustainable Mobility and Citizen Participation in Tunisia.  One member of ALDA’s Board of Directors, Mr Didier Duboisset, who works for the local authority Pays Vichy-Auvergne, joined the event welcoming the implementation of this project and encouraging all members and stakeholders for the successful completion of the project itself.

During his speech, Mr Didier Duboisset highlighted an example of a concrete project implemented in his municipality. In this case, European funds were used to mobilise the young section of the population, from teenagers to young parents, as far as soft and sustainable mobility projects concern. the aim was yo change the habits of these people around the use of cars and to raise their awareness on the use of more ecological and sustainable means of transport.

Going towards sustainable urban development with the AUTREMENT project

Mr Duboisset’s commitment is fully in line with the spirit of the AUTREMENT project, launched on 1 June 2020 in the continuation of the decentralised cooperation between the Strasbourg Municipality and the municipalities of Kairouan and Mahdia in Tunisia. The project focuses on promoting sustainable urban development; while improving inhabitants’ quality of life, as well as their economic and tourist attractiveness. The development of active mobility, such as cycling; the implementation of dedicated urban developments, and the strengthening of citizen participation in local governance are some key aspects designed to reach the above-mentioned aims.

Finally, this project aims at creating synergies in the region of Kairouan e Mahdia and even beyond the Tunisian borders.

On Wednesday 27 January 2021, the conference on the AUTREMENT Project (Urban Territorial Development to Reinvent Mobility and Engage Tunisians) took place in Kairouan (Tunisia), live-streamed on the Autrement Facebook Page – Sustainable Mobility and Citizen Participation in Tunisia.  One member of ALDA’s Board of Directors, Mr Didier Duboisset, who works for the local authority Pays Vichy-Auvergne, joined the event welcoming the implementation of this project and encouraging all members and stakeholders for the successful completion of the project itself.

During his speech, Mr Didier Duboisset highlighted an example of a concrete project implemented in his municipality. In this case, European funds were used to mobilise the young section of the population, from teenagers to young parents, as far as soft and sustainable mobility projects concern. the aim was yo change the habits of these people around the use of cars and to raise their awareness on the use of more ecological and sustainable means of transport.

Going towards sustainable urban development with the AUTREMENT project

Mr Duboisset’s commitment is fully in line with the spirit of the AUTREMENT project, launched on 1 June 2020 in the continuation of the decentralised cooperation between the Strasbourg Municipality and the municipalities of Kairouan and Mahdia in Tunisia. The project focuses on promoting sustainable urban development; while improving inhabitants’ quality of life, as well as their economic and tourist attractiveness. The development of active mobility, such as cycling; the implementation of dedicated urban developments, and the strengthening of citizen participation in local governance are some key aspects designed to reach the above-mentioned aims.

Finally, this project aims at creating synergies in the region of Kairouan e Mahdia and even beyond the Tunisian borders.


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