A Memorandum of Understanding between ALDA and AFCCRE in support of local communities
On Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 ALDA and its member AFCCRE (the French Association of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions) signed their joint Memorandum of Understanding in Orléans, France to make their partnership all the more official.
ALDA President Oriano Otočan, who signed together with AFCCRE President Philippe Laurent, shared a few words to celebrate the event:
"This occasion isn't the first step of our relationship, which actually started quite a long time ago, but it is certainly a new beginning to lay the basis for an intense and useful collaboration in support of local authorities and their communities. Our desire is to continue to work together on the issues that unite us, through our efforts and actions".
In particular, the issues that ALDA and AFCCRE plan on tackling together include promoting the European project and respect for local and regional self-government; promoting good European practices and exchanges of experience between local and regional authorities in the context of good governance; but also affirming the principles of gender equality; promoting decentralised cooperation; and supporting the prospect of the Balkan countries joining the European Union.
The partnership is especially strong and meaningful in virtue of the two associations being similar but different and complementary as well: while ALDA can be defined as a project & field organisation that works throughout Europe and beyond, AFCCRE is a large organisation that represents the strength of French local authorities - and the two have the same ambition, that of enabling local communities to face the enormous challenges of the present and the future knowing that they (we!) have the duty and the privilege of being close to the citizens.
The Memorandum of Understanding was signed in the presence of ALDA Secretary-General Antonella Valmorbida.