The VALID project – European Towns – Enacting Common Values of Solidarity and Intercultural Dialogue is a new project that, starting in October 2019, will be implemented for the next two years by a consortium of 12 partners in 10 countries across Europe.

ALDA is among the partners together with LDA Kosovo and LDA Subotica as well as a variety of Municipalities and the Association for Developing Voluntary Work Novo Mesto in Slovenia, while the lead partner is the Municipality of Peja, Kosovo*; the project is financed by the Europe for Citizens Programme.

The aim of the project is building a strong network of towns committed to intercultural exchange, using a bottom-up approach and the promotion of cultural participation. The latter is in fact seen as a tool for improving social inclusion, active citizenship and intercultural dialogue, as well as fostering solidarity and respect for cultural diversity.

Considering the emerging intercultural tensions and social disharmony, together with the raise of citizens’ discontent and their demands for higher inclusion in policy-making all over Europe, there is indeed an evident need to invest in cultural diversity and dialogue: with the strength derived by the partners’ different locations in Kosovo*, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, North Macedonia, Italy, Montenegro, France, Greece and Slovenia, therefore, VALID aims at reinforcing the integration of intercultural and social perspectives into a wide range of public policies, using them as a concept and as policy tool basis for managing diversity and finally, for recognizing European cities as key players in intercultural policy.

Exclusion is nourished by economic shortages, cultural incomprehension and marginalization of a growing part of the urban population, and VALID pinpoints cultural participation as an effective tool for generating counternarratives and providing a more inclusive pathway for citizen participation while raising awareness on key social issues.

With this in mind, the project will be structured in a set of interlinked activities carried out at different territorial levels which will directly involve around 1000 participants, whilst indirectly reaching around 15,000 citizens thanks to the network’s channels.

Four international events will also take place over the course of the 24 months and be followed by local paths, dealing with the same topic, for the local communities to be actively engaged and mobilized. More specifically, local paths will be implemented in the local communities of the partners’ countries.

Worthy of note is the inclusion of Kosovo* as the leader of the consortium, being recently eligible in the program, which represents an occasion to reflect on the importance of the EU accession/enlargement process and give impetus to the promotion of EU policy framework together with the sharing of good practices with EU counterparts.

In its bigger picture, the project openly aims at bridging the local and the European level, building cooperation from a grassroots approach and at the same time constructing a European network creating a wider common intercultural frame. Go for it, VALID!
*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion of the Kosovo declaration of independence.

The VALID project – European Towns – Enacting Common Values of Solidarity and Intercultural Dialogue is a new project that, starting in October 2019, will be implemented for the next two years by a consortium of 12 partners in 10 countries across Europe.

ALDA is among the partners together with LDA Kosovo and LDA Subotica as well as a variety of Municipalities and the Association for Developing Voluntary Work Novo Mesto in Slovenia, while the lead partner is the Municipality of Peja, Kosovo*; the project is financed by the Europe for Citizens Programme.

The aim of the project is building a strong network of towns committed to intercultural exchange, using a bottom-up approach and the promotion of cultural participation. The latter is in fact seen as a tool for improving social inclusion, active citizenship and intercultural dialogue, as well as fostering solidarity and respect for cultural diversity.

Considering the emerging intercultural tensions and social disharmony, together with the raise of citizens’ discontent and their demands for higher inclusion in policy-making all over Europe, there is indeed an evident need to invest in cultural diversity and dialogue: with the strength derived by the partners’ different locations in Kosovo*, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, North Macedonia, Italy, Montenegro, France, Greece and Slovenia, therefore, VALID aims at reinforcing the integration of intercultural and social perspectives into a wide range of public policies, using them as a concept and as policy tool basis for managing diversity and finally, for recognizing European cities as key players in intercultural policy.

Exclusion is nourished by economic shortages, cultural incomprehension and marginalization of a growing part of the urban population, and VALID pinpoints cultural participation as an effective tool for generating counternarratives and providing a more inclusive pathway for citizen participation while raising awareness on key social issues.

With this in mind, the project will be structured in a set of interlinked activities carried out at different territorial levels which will directly involve around 1000 participants, whilst indirectly reaching around 15,000 citizens thanks to the network’s channels.

Four international events will also take place over the course of the 24 months and be followed by local paths, dealing with the same topic, for the local communities to be actively engaged and mobilized. More specifically, local paths will be implemented in the local communities of the partners’ countries.

Worthy of note is the inclusion of Kosovo* as the leader of the consortium, being recently eligible in the program, which represents an occasion to reflect on the importance of the EU accession/enlargement process and give impetus to the promotion of EU policy framework together with the sharing of good practices with EU counterparts.

In its bigger picture, the project openly aims at bridging the local and the European level, building cooperation from a grassroots approach and at the same time constructing a European network creating a wider common intercultural frame. Go for it, VALID!
*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion of the Kosovo declaration of independence.