ALDA Towards 2030 - Localising the SDGs: Good practices from Europe and the Neighbourhood areas

From the adoption of the Agenda 2030 and its 17 SDGs, ALDA has included this fundamental component in its long-term strategy. Indeed, the new Agenda differentiates from the one of the MDGs for some key aspects which did not allow to leave it apart and not take it into account in our daily work and mission. In other words, the achievement of the Agenda 2030 appears to be possible only by applying different principles which are totally in line with our geographical scope, vision and operational actions.

Learn what ALDA is doing to localise the SDGs and learn all the best practices elaborated in the last 20 years!

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From the adoption of the Agenda 2030 and its 17 SDGs, ALDA has included this fundamental component in its long-term strategy. Indeed, the new Agenda differentiates from the one of the MDGs for some key aspects which did not allow to leave it apart and not take it into account in our daily work and mission. In other words, the achievement of the Agenda 2030 appears to be possible only by applying different principles which are totally in line with our geographical scope, vision and operational actions.

Learn what ALDA is doing to localise the SDGs and learn all the best practices elaborated in the last 20 years!

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LDAs Activity Report 2020

The Local Democracy Agencies (LDAs) report of activities and projects implemented in 2020.

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The Local Democracy Agencies (LDAs) report of activities and projects implemented in 2020.

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ALDA Activity Report 2020

ALDA’s report of activities, projects and members for the year 2020.

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ALDA’s report of activities, projects and members for the year 2020.

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The VALID Project in Larissa - An Online Cultural Exchange

VALID project is taking us to Larissa – Greece! Among the 11 participants that virtually gathered together on June 9, 2021, there were members of the Municipality of Larissa;; various other cultural entities such as NGOs, museums and associations. As many already knows, the VALID project – Enacting Common Values of Solidarity and Intercultural Dialogue – is designed to reinforce the integration of intercultural and social perspectives into a wide range of public policies. Hence, within this context the above-mentioned meeting has to be understood

This meeting served as a good cultural exchange experience for those involved, while paving the way for future meetings and moments of share

This meeting was hosted in order for participants to present their organisations and activities, while showing them the  details and specifics of “VALID” project. More into depth, several presentations, various activities, and ideas-sharing were among the different tolls used in order to present the project. After that, attendees discussed the “Mill of Pappas” Culture Hub; and, at the same time, they also explored possible mutual collaborative activities and partnerships after September of 2021.

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 restrictions, according to which no more than 7 people were allowed in the municipal hall, the meeting was held online in order to allow anyone to join the event. Despite that, this meeting served as a good cultural exchange experience for those involved, while paving the way for future meetings and moments of share.

 

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The event was co-funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union

VALID project is taking us to Larissa – Greece! Among the 11 participants that virtually gathered together on June 9, 2021, there were members of the Municipality of Larissa; various other cultural entities such as NGOs, museums and associations. As many already knows, the VALID project – Enacting Common Values of Solidarity and Intercultural Dialogue – is designed to reinforce the integration of intercultural and social perspectives into a wide range of public policies. Hence, within this context the above-mentioned meeting has to be understood

This meeting served as a good cultural exchange experience for those involved, while paving the way for future meetings and moments of share

This meeting was hosted in order for participants to present their organisations and activities, while showing them the  details and specifics of “VALID” project. More into depth, several presentations, various activities, and ideas-sharing were among the different tolls used in order to present the project. After that, attendees discussed the “Mill of Pappas” Culture Hub; and, at the same time, they also explored possible mutual collaborative activities and partnerships after September of 2021.

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 restrictions, according to which no more than 7 people were allowed in the municipal hall, the meeting was held online in order to allow anyone to join the event. Despite that, this meeting served as a good cultural exchange experience for those involved, while paving the way for future meetings and moments of share.

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The event was co-funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union


It’s time to share your desk! Co-working in Brussels

Our office in Brussels is happy to announce that our co-working space is now open, and ready to be booked. Find yourself a spot at the core of the European quarter, and be surrounded by the European spirit. ALDA is more than glad to share its space with everyone, who is looking for a place to work, study and carry out activities.

How do you book your place? You can choose among 3 different options:


4 desks (whole room) →  600,00€ per month including:

  • the use of the whole room with 4 desks/workstations
  • internet without limits
  • use of the office phone
  • access to the printer
  • weekly cleaning service
  • access to the office kitchenette

2 desks → 350,00€ per month including:

  • the use of 2 desks/workstations in a 4-desks room
  • internet without limits
  • use of the office phone
  • access to the printer
  • weekly cleaning service
  • access to the office kitchenette

1 desk180,00€ per month or  50,00€ per week including:

  • the use of  1 desks/workstations in a 4-desks room
  • internet without limits
  • use of the office phone
  • access to the printer
  • weekly cleaning service
  • access to the office kitchenette


The working space is located in Rue Belliard 20, 1040 – Brussels.
Please email us: aldabrussels@alda-europe.eu

ALDA staff in Brussels is looking forward to meet you!


ALDA and Les Têtes de l’Art: new co-heads of the French Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation

On June 15th at the General Assembly of the French Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation in Marseille, ALDA e Les Têtes de l’Art were confirmed as co-heads of the network, following the election that took place in the previous days.

For the next two years, our two organisations will animate a network of more than 150 French member associations working on intercultural dialogue and related topics. Bringing together our expertise, we will support the development of the members by organising training sessions and activities ranging from exchanges, workshops and advocacy campaigns. ALDA, based in Strasbourg, will contribute with its experience in EU project development and management, as well as coordinating activities aimed to enhance citizens participation, good governance and local democracy. Les Têtes de l’Art, based in Marseille, has developed a strong knowledge of participatory arts practices, informal education, social and solidarity-based economy as well as youth participation and the use of media. ALDA and Les Têtes de l’Art have been collaborating in the last 2 years in various activities promoted by the French Network, previously led by Forum Femmes Méditerranée.

ALDA e Les Têtes de l’Art were confirmed as co-heads of the network

With this mandate, ALDA and Les Têtes de l’Art will join the other 41 Heads of National Networks of the Anna Lindh foundation (list available qui), favouring international exchange and reinforcing the dialogue both with Anna Lindh Foundation and the European Union as the main donor of the Foundation.

Reflecting fully the Euro-Mediterranean dimension and the great potential of the French Network, we are both extremely motivated to accept this mandate and the stimulating challenge of reinforcing intercultural dialogue at the local, national and international level.

ALDA looks for this great collaboration, and it is motivated to work closely together for the best of this initiatives.

On June 15th at the General Assembly of the French Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation in Marseille, ALDA e Les Têtes de l’Art were confirmed as co-heads of the network, following the election that took place in the previous days.

For the next two years, our two organisations will animate a network of more than 150 French member associations working on intercultural dialogue and related topics. Bringing together our expertise, we will support the development of the members by organising training sessions and activities ranging from exchanges, workshops and advocacy campaigns. ALDA, based in Strasbourg, will contribute with its experience in EU project development and management, as well as coordinating activities aimed to enhance citizens participation, good governance and local democracy. Les Têtes de l’Art, based in Marseille, has developed a strong knowledge of participatory arts practices, informal education, social and solidarity-based economy as well as youth participation and the use of media. ALDA and Les Têtes de l’Art have been collaborating in the last 2 years in various activities promoted by the French Network, previously led by Forum Femmes Méditerranée.

ALDA e Les Têtes de l’Art were confirmed as co-heads of the network

With this mandate, ALDA and Les Têtes de l’Art will join the other 41 Heads of National Networks of the Anna Lindh foundation (list available qui), favouring international exchange and reinforcing the dialogue both with Anna Lindh Foundation and the European Union as the main donor of the Foundation.

Reflecting fully the Euro-Mediterranean dimension and the great potential of the French Network, we are both extremely motivated to accept this mandate and the stimulating challenge of reinforcing intercultural dialogue at the local, national and international level.

ALDA looks for this great collaboration, and it is motivated to work closely together for the best of this initiatives.


Assemblea generale di ALDA 2021: Una grande rete insieme per la Conferenza sul futuro dell'Europa

Come parte dei suoi obiettivi principali, la Conferenza sul Futuro dell'Europa (CoFoE) cerca di rafforzare il legame tra i cittadini e l'Unione europea, dando loro voce nel definire le politiche e le ambizioni dell'Unione stessa e migliorandone la resilienza alle crisi. 

Avendo questo in mente, la settimana dell'Assemblea Generale di ALDA 2021 è stata progettata sia per essere un'occasione d’incontro per i suoi soci, sia per riunire molti “soggetti chiave” tra cui individui, OSC, governi locali e associazioni per una serie di eventi online e offline per discutere alcuni argomenti specifici che sono legati al contesto europeo in generale. Per esempio, i soci di ALDA hanno avuto sia la possibilità di partecipare a diversi eventi online e/o in presenza, come le due conferenze sui progetti LIME e DIGITAL; sia, di partecipare all’ Assemblea stessa organizzata per il venerdì 25 giugno.

Despite the distance, the great atmosphere among participants was tangible; thus, to underline how this event is an essential part of ALDA

Il 25 giugno, l'Assemblea Generale di ALDA ha avuto luogo online, iniziando con i discorsi di apertura di Oriano Otočan, Presidente di ALDA e Leen Verbeek, Presidente del Congresso dei poteri locali e regionali del Consiglio d'Europa, ed è stata poi presieduta da Alessandro Distante, Presidente di ISBE, un socio storico di ALDA. Nonostante la distanza, la atmosfera positiva tra i partecipanti era tangibile, sottolineando come questo evento sia una parte essenziale di ALDA. Come gli anni precedenti, anche l'Assemblea Generale del 2021 è stata molto partecipata, soprattutto considerando il fatto che questa è la prima Assemblea del Consiglio Direttivo appena eletto.

L'Assemblea Generale si è concentrata su diversi aspetti chiave, aprendo la strada per le azioni e le attività future dell'associazione. Oltre all'analisi dei documenti tecnici, durante la riunione sono stati discussi alcuni punti essenziali: Il rapporto delle attività di ALDA e il bilancio per il 2020, nonché il promettente programma e il prospetto per il 2021, il rapporto delle Agenzie della Democrazia Locale (ADL); il rapporto sugli OSS e il ruolo di ALDA all'interno della Conferenza sul futuro dell'Europa. Il primo, ancora una volta, è stata l'occasione per sottolineare quanto sia rilevante e importante il ruolo delle ADL come agenzie locali per promuovere la partecipazione e l'impegno dei cittadini. Allo stesso tempo, il secondo argomento in agenda ha evidenziato quanto il lavoro di ALDA sia quindi legato alla scala globale, come il raggiungimento degli obiettivi di sviluppo sostenibile.

Infine, considerando la missione generale di ALDA, come un'associazione che promuove la creazione di uno spazio democratico e l'impegno dei cittadini, l'Assemblea Generale 2021 ha contribuito ad aumentare la partecipazione delle persone, la raccolta dei membri, portando le questioni discusse a livello locale a quello europeo.

Infine, per chi fosse interessato, gli eventi di ALDA sono disponibili anche sulla piattaforma CoFoE..

 

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Per saperne di più sulla Settimana dell'Assemblea Generale:

Programma della Settimana dell'Assemblea Generale

"BUK Festival" a Modena

Lancio dei gruppi di lavoro

Riunione del consiglio direttivo

Progetto LIME - conferenza 

Progetto DIGITAL - conferenza

Come parte dei suoi obiettivi principali, la Conferenza sul Futuro dell'Europa (CoFoE) cerca di rafforzare il legame tra i cittadini e l'Unione europea, dando loro voce nel definire le politiche e le ambizioni dell'Unione stessa e migliorandone la resilienza alle crisi. 

Avendo questo in mente, la settimana dell'Assemblea Generale di ALDA 2021 è stata progettata sia per essere un'occasione d’incontro per i suoi soci, sia per riunire molti “soggetti chiave” tra cui individui, OSC, governi locali e associazioni per una serie di eventi online e offline per discutere alcuni argomenti specifici che sono legati al contesto europeo in generale. Per esempio, i soci di ALDA hanno avuto sia la possibilità di partecipare a diversi eventi online e/o in presenza, come le due conferenze sui progetti LIME e DIGITAL; sia, di partecipare all’ Assemblea stessa organizzata per il venerdì 25 giugno.

Despite the distance, the great atmosphere among participants was tangible; thus, to underline how this event is an essential part of ALDA

Il 25 giugno, l'Assemblea Generale di ALDA ha avuto luogo online, iniziando con i discorsi di apertura di Oriano Otočan, Presidente di ALDA e Leen Verbeek, Presidente del Congresso dei poteri locali e regionali del Consiglio d'Europa, ed è stata poi presieduta da Alessandro Distante, Presidente di ISBE, un socio storico di ALDA. Nonostante la distanza, la atmosfera positiva tra i partecipanti era tangibile, sottolineando come questo evento sia una parte essenziale di ALDA. Come gli anni precedenti, anche l'Assemblea Generale del 2021 è stata molto partecipata, soprattutto considerando il fatto che questa è la prima Assemblea del Consiglio Direttivo appena eletto.

L'Assemblea Generale si è concentrata su diversi aspetti chiave, aprendo la strada per le azioni e le attività future dell'associazione. Oltre all'analisi dei documenti tecnici, durante la riunione sono stati discussi alcuni punti essenziali: Il rapporto delle attività di ALDA e il bilancio per il 2020, nonché il promettente programma e il prospetto per il 2021, il rapporto delle Agenzie della Democrazia Locale (ADL); il rapporto sugli OSS e il ruolo di ALDA all'interno della Conferenza sul futuro dell'Europa. Il primo, ancora una volta, è stata l'occasione per sottolineare quanto sia rilevante e importante il ruolo delle ADL come agenzie locali per promuovere la partecipazione e l'impegno dei cittadini. Allo stesso tempo, il secondo argomento in agenda ha evidenziato quanto il lavoro di ALDA sia quindi legato alla scala globale, come il raggiungimento degli obiettivi di sviluppo sostenibile.

Infine, considerando la missione generale di ALDA, come un'associazione che promuove la creazione di uno spazio democratico e l'impegno dei cittadini, l'Assemblea Generale 2021 ha contribuito ad aumentare la partecipazione delle persone, la raccolta dei membri, portando le questioni discusse a livello locale a quello europeo.

Infine, per chi fosse interessato, gli eventi di ALDA sono disponibili anche sulla piattaforma CoFoE..

 

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Per saperne di più sulla Settimana dell'Assemblea Generale:

Programma della Settimana dell'Assemblea Generale

"BUK Festival" a Modena

Lancio dei gruppi di lavoro

Riunione del consiglio direttivo

Progetto LIME - conferenza 

Progetto DIGITAL - conferenza


A key Governing Board meeting on the eve of ALDA General Assembly

The 15 members of ALDA Governing Board, including our President, Mr Oriano Otočan, gathered for their annual meeting on the eve of the ALDA General Assembly, in the afternoon of Thursday June 24.

As often, this period of the year is the occasion to make the point on ALDA’s activities and to disclose and discuss key documents for the democratic life of the Association, passing towards the review and approval of the Governing Board.

The members of the Governing Board had then the opportunity and duty to discuss about core documents such as ALDA and ALDA+ accounts for 2020 and budget and program for 2021, which have been approved unanimously by all participants. Indeed, despite the challenging year that we leave behind us, the Association’s balance sheet showed an overall positive and promising situation.

Following all the Governing Board members started planning the preparation of the ALDA General Assembly

Following all the Governing Board members started planning the preparation of the ALDA General Assembly with a series of crucial decisions for the smooth progress of the Assembly, being the core event of the whole week.

All of them, along with the ALDA secretariat went through the documents and decisions to be discussed with our members on the following day, assuring a clear and detailed presentation of ALDA’s activities, going also through the internal reports drafted by the President, the Treasurer, and the Auditor of ALDA. Thereafter, the Governing Board members had the chance to enjoy the preview of both ALDA’s and the LDA’s Activity Reports.

The third and last part of the meeting was more centred on strategical and political issues, with the approval of the revised strategies for ALDA Going Global, general updates on the Local Democracy Agencies, on the members and on the upcoming events involving the Association.

Key decisions and discussion which paved the way to the awaited ALDA Ordinary General Assembly!

The 15 members of ALDA Governing Board, including our President, Mr Oriano Otočan, gathered for their annual meeting on the eve of the ALDA General Assembly, in the afternoon of Thursday June 24.

As often, this period of the year is the occasion to make the point on ALDA’s activities and to disclose and discuss key documents for the democratic life of the Association, passing towards the review and approval of the Governing Board.

The members of the Governing Board had then the opportunity and duty to discuss about core documents such as ALDA and ALDA+ accounts for 2020 and budget and program for 2021, which have been approved unanimously by all participants. Indeed, despite the challenging year that we leave behind us, the Association’s balance sheet showed an overall positive and promising situation.

Following all the Governing Board members started planning the preparation of the ALDA General Assembly

Following all the Governing Board members started planning the preparation of the ALDA General Assembly with a series of crucial decisions for the smooth progress of the Assembly, being the core event of the whole week.

All of them, along with the ALDA secretariat went through the documents and decisions to be discussed with our members on the following day, assuring a clear and detailed presentation of ALDA’s activities, going also through the internal reports drafted by the President, the Treasurer, and the Auditor of ALDA. Thereafter, the Governing Board members had the chance to enjoy the preview of both ALDA’s and the LDA’s Activity Reports.

The third and last part of the meeting was more centred on strategical and political issues, with the approval of the revised strategies for ALDA Going Global, general updates on the Local Democracy Agencies, on the members and on the upcoming events involving the Association.

Key decisions and discussion which paved the way to the awaited ALDA Ordinary General Assembly!


Appreciating the Culture of Ravenna: The Local Path Coffee House Meeting

With the occasion of 700 anniversary of the death of the epic poet Dante, within VALID project a meeting has been organised, in this Italian city of Ravenna, on June the 14 of 2021, were the poet is now resting in peace. During the event, the deputy councilor for Culture and representatives of Teatro delle Albe were invited. They were also joined by the citizens who attended the “CHIAMATA PUBBLICA" (Public call) initiatives of 2017 and 2019, to turn the words of the poet into arts, specifically as far as the “Hell” and “Purgatory “respectively concerns.

15 participants took part in various activities involving brainstorming and ideas-sharing. Specifically, two questions were given be they: “based on your personal experience which were the strengths for inclusion and dialogue?” and “please give some ideas and suggestions for the up-coming future”. Participants were also engaged with the creation of word clouds on different topics such as: connection between theatre and inclusion.

Artists and citizens involved with the project partners to further promote culture

People of various ages participating at the meeting, had the opportunity to both learn about the cultural contributions of the municipality; and to increase the feeling of belonging to a community, no matter the background. Dante’s work as a tool to stimulate dialogue and sharing among citizens and participants.

A third international meeting is scheduled for next September, also in Ravenna, and it will bring in artists and citizens involved with the project partners, all in order to further promote the culture of the municipality and the community.

ALDA is very much glad to travel around the cities of VALID, in fostering dialogue and social inclusion.

With the occasion of 700 anniversary of the death of the epic poet Dante, within VALID project a meeting has been organised, in this Italian city of Ravenna, on June the 14 of 2021, were the poet is now resting in peace. During the event, the deputy councilor for Culture and representatives of Teatro delle Albe were invited. They were also joined by the citizens who attended the “CHIAMATA PUBBLICA" (Public call) initiatives of 2017 and 2019, to turn the words of the poet into arts, specifically as far as the “Hell” and “Purgatory “respectively concerns.

15 participants took part in various activities involving brainstorming and ideas-sharing. Specifically, two questions were given be they: “based on your personal experience which were the strengths for inclusion and dialogue?” and “please give some ideas and suggestions for the up-coming future”. Participants were also engaged with the creation of word clouds on different topics such as: connection between theatre and inclusion.

Artists and citizens involved with the project partners to further promote culture

People of various ages participating at the meeting, had the opportunity to both learn about the cultural contributions of the municipality; and to increase the feeling of belonging to a community, no matter the background. Dante’s work as a tool to stimulate dialogue and sharing among citizens and participants.

A third international meeting is scheduled for next September, also in Ravenna, and it will bring in artists and citizens involved with the project partners, all in order to further promote the culture of the municipality and the community.

ALDA is very much glad to travel around the cities of VALID, in fostering dialogue and social inclusion.


Formazioni per rafforzare le capacità delle organizzazioni della società civile in Francia e Tunisia

ALDA è estremamente orgogliosa di partecipare alla Maratona Virtuale Anna Lindh per il dialogo con il progetto "Cooperazione transfrontaliera per rafforzare il processo di decentralizzazione in risposta alla crisi di Covid-19”.".

Infatti, per tutto il mese di giugno ALDA e i suoi formatori sono stati impegnati nella distribuzione di corsi di formazione e capacity building sulle tecniche di advocacy e sugli strumenti di comunicazione alle organizzazioni della società civile francese e tunisina.

Le formazioni sono state tenute rispettivamente da Antonella Valmorbida, segretario generale di ALDA, e da Elisabetta Uroni, responsabile del dipartimento di comunicazione di ALDA.

Supportare la Tunisia nel risolvere le sfide incontrate durante il processo di decentralizzazione

Mentre l'obiettivo generale del progetto era quello di far luce sui diversi ruoli delle parti interessate nel decentramento, prestando particolare attenzione al ruolo svolto dallo Stato in questo tipo di processi, le formazioni miravano a fornire alle organizzazioni locali strumenti e conoscenze per promuovere il decentramento e i principi democratici nel loro contesto locale.

Di conseguenza, le associazioni coinvolte dovranno lanciare una campagna di advocacy attraverso brevi pillole video che promuovano la democrazia, lo stato di diritto, la risoluzione dei conflitti e la cultura della pace.

Come menzionato, la ragione di questa azione è stata quella di sostenere la Tunisia nell'affrontare i problemi incontrati durante il suo processo di decentralizzazione. Una delle priorità, infatti, è quella di chiarire il ruolo dello Stato nell'intero processo di decentramento, poiché molti comuni hanno rinunciato a causa di conflitti politici e mancanza di interesse e coinvolgimento.

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Per saperne di più sulla Fondazione Anna Lindh, visita il sito

ALDA è estremamente orgogliosa di partecipare alla Maratona Virtuale Anna Lindh per il dialogo con il progetto "Cooperazione transfrontaliera per rafforzare il processo di decentralizzazione in risposta alla crisi di Covid-19”.".

Infatti, per tutto il mese di giugno ALDA e i suoi formatori sono stati impegnati nella distribuzione di corsi di formazione e capacity building sulle tecniche di advocacy e sugli strumenti di comunicazione alle organizzazioni della società civile francese e tunisina.

Le formazioni sono state tenute rispettivamente da Antonella Valmorbida, segretario generale di ALDA, e da Elisabetta Uroni, responsabile del dipartimento di comunicazione di ALDA.

Supportare la Tunisia nel risolvere le sfide incontrate durante il processo di decentralizzazione

Mentre l'obiettivo generale del progetto era quello di far luce sui diversi ruoli delle parti interessate nel decentramento, prestando particolare attenzione al ruolo svolto dallo Stato in questo tipo di processi, le formazioni miravano a fornire alle organizzazioni locali strumenti e conoscenze per promuovere il decentramento e i principi democratici nel loro contesto locale.

Di conseguenza, le associazioni coinvolte dovranno lanciare una campagna di advocacy attraverso brevi pillole video che promuovano la democrazia, lo stato di diritto, la risoluzione dei conflitti e la cultura della pace.

Come menzionato, la ragione di questa azione è stata quella di sostenere la Tunisia nell'affrontare i problemi incontrati durante il suo processo di decentralizzazione. Una delle priorità, infatti, è quella di chiarire il ruolo dello Stato nell'intero processo di decentramento, poiché molti comuni hanno rinunciato a causa di conflitti politici e mancanza di interesse e coinvolgimento.

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Per saperne di più sulla Fondazione Anna Lindh, visita il sito