On 26 April, the panel discussion on local governance in Belarus: “Dialogue between Citizens and Institutions – the Way Forward?” took place at the European Parliament, hosted by the Chair of the EP’s Delegation for Relations with Belarus, Mr Bogdan Zdrojewski MEP.

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Jointly organized by ALDA and our Belarusian member Lev Sapieha Foundation, the event aimed at discussing the state of the dialogue between citizens and institutions in Belarus while addressing the question to what extent the enhanced dialogue could contribute to better governance.

MEP Zdrojewski thanked ALDA and Lev Sapieha for their work, emphasizing their role and solid contribution to strengthening participative democracy in Belarus.

Among the speakers Paweł Adamowicz, Mayor of Gdańsk, Committee of the Region’s CORLEAP Representative and Rapporteur for a CORLEAP political report on “Development of active citizenship as a way to strengthen local democracy in the Eastern Partnership countries. Adamowicz stressed that ALDA has a stronger role to play in the Eastern Partnership area, particularly in Belarus.

The President of ALDA Oriano Otočan put the accent on the fact that “There is a lack of trust between people and institution, not only in the non-EU countries but also in EU countries. More subsidiarity and  more decentralization also means easier citizens participation in decisions making process, which constitutes an enabling condition for local democracy”.

After the speech of Mr Miroslav Kobasa, Chairman of Lev Sapieha Foundation, the debate was enriched from the contributions of the participants from the three citizen centres in Slonim, Mogilev and Vitebsk, who shared their experience and recommendations on how to enhance the dialogue in the country

On 26 April, the panel discussion on local governance in Belarus: “Dialogue between Citizens and Institutions – the Way Forward?” took place at the European Parliament, hosted by the Chair of the EP’s Delegation for Relations with Belarus, Mr Bogdan Zdrojewski MEP.

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Jointly organized by ALDA and our Belarusian member Lev Sapieha Foundation, the event aimed at discussing the state of the dialogue between citizens and institutions in Belarus while addressing the question to what extent the enhanced dialogue could contribute to better governance.

MEP Zdrojewski thanked ALDA and Lev Sapieha for their work, emphasizing their role and solid contribution to strengthening participative democracy in Belarus.

Among the speakers Paweł Adamowicz, Mayor of Gdańsk, Committee of the Region’s CORLEAP Representative and Rapporteur for a CORLEAP political report on “Development of active citizenship as a way to strengthen local democracy in the Eastern Partnership countries. Adamowicz stressed that ALDA has a stronger role to play in the Eastern Partnership area, particularly in Belarus.

The President of ALDA Oriano Otočan put the accent on the fact that “There is a lack of trust between people and institution, not only in the non-EU countries but also in EU countries. More subsidiarity and  more decentralization also means easier citizens participation in decisions making process, which constitutes an enabling condition for local democracy”.

After the speech of Mr Miroslav Kobasa, Chairman of Lev Sapieha Foundation, the debate was enriched from the contributions of the participants from the three citizen centres in Slonim, Mogilev and Vitebsk, who shared their experience and recommendations on how to enhance the dialogue in the country