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Participation & collaborative values as a way for innovation and local development

The Europe for Citizens-funded project RECOV - Rethinking Collaborative Values for Public Services held its final conference in Brussels from February 19th to 20th, 2020.

This fourth international gathering was the latest in a series of international conferences held in June 2018 in Skopje, North Macedonia on open government; in January 2019 in Santorso, Italy on co-working and co-housing; and in October 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal on financial instruments. The topics of this final conference were active citizenship and local development.

The two-day programme included different activities and presentations. It started in the afternoon of February 19th February with a partner’s steering committee to share experience and lessons learned from the project; on the next day, an open event was organized in order to present the project outcomes and discuss the achieved results.

Participants from different backgrounds attended the public presentation, which saw an introduction by ALDA’s President together with a representative from the Municipality of Etterbeek. The conference focused on collaborative values and rules to boost solidarity and innovation in local communities and on active citizenship through the presentation of best practices, tools, methods and EU funds to sustain the participative process.

During the afternoon session, a workshop was organised for the project partners on how to build capacities in active citizenship and participation.

The RECOV project was implemented from March 2018 to February 2020 with the objective to create local networks that are capable of working together on the improvement of local governance through dialogue and participation, thus contributing to more inclusive and democratic society. 



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