The seminar on Monitoring and supporting the added value of citizen participation at the local level, organized on 5th December, successfully reunited practitioners from across Europe to debate successful practices and ideas. What has been achieved by far to promote a fruitful cooperation between citizens and local authorities in the decision making process, what are the best practices, what is the state of play of local democracy nowadays, what are the challenges ahead of us were the key topics that renowned stakeholders participating in the seminar exchanged on.

The event, held at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels, was promoted and launched by ALDA and was the occasion to present the “2014 State of Participatory Democracy Report” of UNDEF supported HUNGER project, showcased by Mr John Coonrod, ALDA’s project DECIDE and its Local Democracy Index, as well as the publication edited by ALDA Secretary General, Antonella Valmorbida, on “Citizens’ Participation at the Local Level in the EU and Neighbourhood Countries”.

ALDA was represented by its President Oriano Otočan, and by its Secretary General Antonella Valmorbida. “Today’s society is way more complex then it used to be only a few decades ago. It is now crucial to further work towards a more articulated governance, which sees the civil society at the core of the decision-making process. This is of course not the only way to face the many challenges coming ahead, but we are firmly convinced it is by far the best one. The fact that so many representatives of local and regional authorities, as well as of civil society organizations, participated today highlights the will for joint work, and is therefore an extremely positive signal” stated our President, Oriano Otočan.

The seminar was promoted within the framework of the project DECIDE and was a key opportunity to showcase ALDA’s work in the last programming period and its constant engagement all across wider Europe to promote local democracy and citizen participation.

The seminar on Monitoring and supporting the added value of citizen participation at the local level, organized on 5th December, successfully reunited practitioners from across Europe to debate successful practices and ideas. What has been achieved by far to promote a fruitful cooperation between citizens and local authorities in the decision making process, what are the best practices, what is the state of play of local democracy nowadays, what are the challenges ahead of us were the key topics that renowned stakeholders participating in the seminar exchanged on.

The event, held at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels, was promoted and launched by ALDA and was the occasion to present the “2014 State of Participatory Democracy Report” of UNDEF supported HUNGER project, showcased by Mr John Coonrod, ALDA’s project DECIDE and its Local Democracy Index, as well as the publication edited by ALDA Secretary General, Antonella Valmorbida, on “Citizens’ Participation at the Local Level in the EU and Neighbourhood Countries”.

ALDA was represented by its President Oriano Otočan, and by its Secretary General Antonella Valmorbida. “Today’s society is way more complex then it used to be only a few decades ago. It is now crucial to further work towards a more articulated governance, which sees the civil society at the core of the decision-making process. This is of course not the only way to face the many challenges coming ahead, but we are firmly convinced it is by far the best one. The fact that so many representatives of local and regional authorities, as well as of civil society organizations, participated today highlights the will for joint work, and is therefore an extremely positive signal” stated our President, Oriano Otočan.

The seminar was promoted within the framework of the project DECIDE and was a key opportunity to showcase ALDA’s work in the last programming period and its constant engagement all across wider Europe to promote local democracy and citizen participation.