Mr. Alexandru OSADCICALM - Congress of Local Authorities from Moldova, Moldova
- How and why you got in contact with ALDA's work?
I got in contact with the Association by cooperating at multiple Pan-European events dedicated to the problems and challenges of local government and local democracy.
- What motivated you to be a candidate for the Governing Board?
Local democracy and local government unfortunately are rather neglected fields in the modern world, with very limited attention on behalf of donors and international organizations. This is particularly damaging for partner countries, especially where there are no strong traditions neither in local nor in national democracy. Moreover I believe that local democracy everywhere represents a corner stone for national democracy. There is a lot to do in order to change such situation and to change it we need to consolidate our efforts.
- Why fighting for local democracy and citizen participation – how does that contribute to a better world?
That contributes to both local and national democracy. That is essential and that is practical. Democracy is the key to the quality of public services and to the quality, efficiency and functionality of public administration. With weak local and national democracies one would always have poor quality, less accessible, inefficient and partial public services as well as disaster in public administration, which is the case in the majority of partner countries.
- What is the biggest achievement of ALDA so far?
ALDA has managed to maintain an interest in the democracy issues insistently drawing attention to the problems of local democracy. This is not easy and very important under the conditions of poor perceptions and poor addressing of local democracy on behalf of main empowered actors. Another strong achievement is that ALDA has managed to unite strong, diverse and determined fighters for local and national democracies – local governments, local government's associations and non-governmental organizations.
- And what is your dream for ALDA – how will it look like at the end of your mandate?
First, that ALDA is strongly and comprehensively involved in promotion of local democracy at all levels within the European Union institutions representing a consolidated voice of local governments, local governments associations and non-governmental organizations – voice which is being listened and which is being taken into account. Second, that ALDA succeeded to embed in EU policies and communicates the perception that the national democracy, the fight against corruption and the consolidation of justice systems in partner countries is not possible without the decentralization of power and without having built strong local democracy.
- What will your motto be, during the next four years in ALDA's Governing Board?
National democracy is human life's imperative, local democracy is the key to this imperative.