ALDA Secretary General at the expert training on local and regional level public administration reform in the EaP
ALDA Secretary General Antonella Valmorbida attended the training for experts on Public Administration Reform (PAR) at the Local and Regional Level in the Eastern Partnership, organised by the European Commission and the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 28 June 2016 in Brest, Belarus.
The initiative was a milestone since it is the first event organized in the framework of the reform process in Belarus. The participants were about 30 from Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia from institutions and NGO sector.
The importance of the PAR process is growing in all the EaP region, as facts prove it to be an essential element for the development of the countries and the stabilisation of democracy. It has a key role in the ongoing decentralization process, and Ukraine in particular is making a big effort in this direction.
For ALDA, it was a good opportunity to share with the participants our constant effort to support PAR at the local level, and on how to engage citizens and civil society in PAR. “Public administraiton reform is not essentialy a legislatvie process but rather a community matter, where the legal provisions must be accompanied by a strong understanding and trust of citizens. Without this essential element, the processes are deemed to fail. That's why we should strengthen the CSOs involvement in the PAR, which results being even more and more important in EaP”, said Mrs. Valmorbida. The event complemented the presence and long-term engagement of ALDA to promote local governance and citizens participation in Belarus.
Antonella Valmorbida is coordinator of the CSF EaP Subgroup on Local Government and Public Administration Reform and wrote:
- Citizens’ Participation at the Local Level in Europe and Neighboring Countries. Book published by Peter Lang
- Decentralised cooperation: an added value for Eastern Partnership Countries - English, Russian, French versions (.pdf)
- Strengthening Local Democracy in Armenia: Guidelines on citizens’ participation - English version (.pdf)