Networking and exchanging: ALDA’s Italian members meet up
On 13 October 2017 the coordination meeting of ALDA’s Italian member took place in Vicenza, in order to discuss together the priorities and future steps of the organisation.
The coordination meeting represents an important moment of exchange for all the members attending, since it is an occasion to further discuss the priorities, concerns and needs they have in common, and to develop the strategies to act as a solid and inclusive network.
The meeting gathered more than 30 representatives of Civil Society Organisations and Local Authorities, and was opened by the welcoming words of Giorgio Sbrissa, General Director of ENAIP Veneto, that kindly hosted the meeting; Alessandro Perelli, Vice-President of ALDA; and Francesco Zarzana, member of ALDA’s Governing Board. Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General of ALDA, introduced the meeting giving a definition of “being member of ALDA”, that is democratic expression of mutual trust, common values and mission.
The representatives involved had the opportunity to share the upcoming events they are planning, in order to have a clearer frame of the main activities that are going to take place in the next months of 2017 and in 2018. Furthermore, the participants exchanged many ideas and concerns during the working groups session, that focused on four main topics:
1. Migration: The participants shared their best practices on the topic, suggesting the creation of an observatory guided by ALDA both at national and European level, in order to foster the dialogue among the organisations and local authorities involved in the issue and facilitate the debate.
2. Environmental sustainability: The discussion led to the perception of environmental sustainability as part of the social and economic sphere. On the territorial perspective, many participants shared their good practices of actions run in the field, in particular in the Balkans, and the role of ALDA as joining link between local authorities and CSOs for the implementation of new action was restated. All participants to this working group showed the need of addressing to youngsters, with activities in their schools for instance.
3. Employment: The participants had an important exchange on the current opportunities of professionalization for adults and disable people in Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia regions. The promotion of employment opportunities for youngsters is also an issue for many of the representatives involved. As a solution, the group suggested to improve the communication around it and the impact of the concrete actions they are going to implement in the very next future.
4. European parliamentary elections 2019 and future of Europe: Some hints were shared within the group, as the suggestion to further promote the principles of the European Union, its history and evolution, addressing in particular the youngsters, since nowadays we are witnessing a regression of all values that built the European Union. Also we should mention the important role covered by the European Union itself in reaching out many of the civil rights we have nowadays, and the parallel role covered by participative processes in general, being the sole method that fostered a real, democratic and active participation.
Considering the fruitful results of the coordination meeting, many others are expected to take place in future months!