Xavier Cadoret sums up successes and paths of ALDA – CoE cooperation at ALDA General Assembly.
With ALDA General Assembly just passed, it is time to make a balance of the many outputs that came out of it. It has been a long and fruitful day of discussion with many friends and actors of ALDA’s network who, each with its own unique and peculiar background, have contributed to the various outputs of the event.
Not only the discussion encompassed several issues related to the governance of ALDA as an organization, but it has also envisaged keynotes from many high-level stakeholders.
A particularly appreciated intervention has been that of Mr. Xavier Cadoret, President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe. With his presence and words, Mr. Cadoret has stressed the importance of various aspects of the collaboration between ALDA and the Council of Europe. It was an occasion to outline how, the overall asset of ALDA is in extreme continuity with many of the peculiar prerogatives of the Council of Europe. “All the network of LDAs, ALDA offices, members and partners represent – in Cadoret’s words – a unique tool at the service of local democracy and good governance”.
This was also an occasion to reflect on the prominent focus that ALDA has towards Local Authorities. President Cadoret pointed out how ALDA’s work with Local and Regional Authorities is crucial, not only because of the mandate of the Organisation but most importantly as it reflects, and in many cases precedes, the policy swift that many organizations are undergoing to better tackle the current structural changes like the general disaffection to politics, the need for local economic development and the citizens’ demand for representativity.
A last remarkable synergy mentioned is the alignment between the CoE and ALDA about the Mediterranean Area, where ALDA is significantly scaling up its presence and operations, and the CoE is also intensifying its work, for instance, granting of the status of “Local Democracy Partner” to Morocco. “The local level is the solution and not the problem. We need to rely on Local Authorities to save citizens’ trust in Institutions. Congratulations to ALDA for its results, and a wish for even more successes in the future.” were Mr. Cadoret’s last words for which ALDA expresses its most profound appreciation and pride and which will motivate our endeavors over the next period!