Meeting between the President of ALDA and the Secretary General of CoE: fostering the cooperation for the future
On 15th December 2015, at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, Mr. Oriano Otočan, President of ALDA, met Mr. Andreas Kiefer, Secretary General of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, and Mr. Denis Huber, Executive Secretary of the Chamber of Regions of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities and Head of the Department of Co-Operation, Administration and External relations.
During the meeting, they had a fruitful discussion regarding the current situation of ALDA and the possibility of continuing also for the future the collaboration between the two parties. Mr. Otočan expressed the successful work of ALDA of the lasts years, its increase in the staff, the growth of ALDA’s members and the major activities led by our organisation, such as the different projects ongoing and in particular the LADDER project, the recent opening of the LDA of the Dnipropetrovsk Region in Ukraine, the relaunch of the LDA Albania located in the city of Vlora, the upcoming opening of new LDAs in Tunisia and Moldova, and all the occasions in which ALDA can contribute where the activities of the CoE occur.
Mr. Otočan also invited the Congress to take part to the next General Assembly of ALDA, which will be held next spring 2016, announcing that in this occasion ALDA will organise some side activities regarding the issue of decentralisation of power between local and national authorities, a relevant thematic also for Mr. Kiefer and Mr. Huber.
The meeting strengthened the already active and fruitful collaboration between ALDA and the Congress, paving the way to a more structured cooperation.