Una soleggiata Strasburgo ha accolto i membri del Consiglio direttivo, i delegati delle Agenzie della Democrazia Locale (ADL), i membri e i colleghi di ALDA per l'evento più importante dell'anno, l'Assemblea generale di ALDA 2022, e gli eventi correlati.

 

Infatti, dal 5 al 7 maggio, la rete di ALDA si è riunita, per la prima assemblea in presenza dal 2019, per 3 giorni di conferenze, formazioni e tavole rotonde, culminate il 6 maggio 2022 con l'Assemblea generale di ALDA, intitolata "Sostenere la democrazia locale, sostenere la pace e la resilienza". 

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

 

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

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


Come ha ricordato il Presidente Otočan, esiste una risposta pacifica ai tempi di guerra, come dimostra la storia stessa di ALDA, nel suo percorso verso la democrazia e la resilienza.


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

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

Ambiente, democrazia, diritti umani sono stati al centro delle iniziative che ALDA ha sviluppato all'interno della piattaforma della Conferenza sul futuro dell'Europa per animarla, coinvolgendo i giovani e le persone a partecipare a questo esercizio dal basso, inviando messaggi chiari alle istituzioni. Grazie a questo sforzo, così come al ruolo di ,. Antonella Valmorbida, nella Convenzione della società civile per la Conferenza sul futuro dell'Europa, ALDA nel corso del 2021 ha sempre lavorato per far sentire la voce delle persone, chiedendo un'Europa più vicina ai suoi cittadini.

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

L'ascolto di discorsi stimolanti, l'apprendimento di esperienze e competenze di altre istituzioni e autorità locali hanno rappresentato un'occasione per il pubblico e gli ospiti di acquisire una conoscenza più ampia della realtà circostante e delle possibili e potenziali soluzioni.

Come già accennato, l'Assemblea Generale di ALDA, come di consueto, comprende una serie di eventi correlati, quest'anno incentrati sull'ambiente, nell'ambito del progetto Climate of Change, e sulla solidarietà con l'Ucraina, insieme ai partner del progetto EPIC, JEF Europe e nell'ambito del Summit di Strasburgo.

 

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