PLENARY SESSION OF THE EUROPEAN ALLIANCE OF THE YEAR OF CITIZENS - LAUNCH OF THE WORKING GROUP ON PARTICIPATORY DEMOCRACY AND CIVIC DIALOGUE
On the 17th of December, took place the Plenary Session of the European Alliance for the Year of Citizens 2013. At the moment, 48 networks at the European level are involved and they are acting throughout Europe for mobilize citizens and association, also through the National Alliance. So far, almost 15 have been registered.
ALDA was present with Mrs. Antonella Valmorbida, Director, who is now chairing the Working Group 1 on Participatory Democracy and Civil Dialogue, together with Diogo Pinto, Secretary General of EMI.
The European Commission confirmed the Alliance as the coordinator of the activities of civil society in Europe and gave a great importance to the work of the Groups that will elaborate clear and fundamental recommendations to progress on a Europe, which listen and is closer to its Citizens.
The Plenary Session was an open discussion on the main topics of the Working Groups and how to develop them. A calendar of activities, starting with a large event on the 22nd and 23rd of January, in Brussels, at the EESC, was presented.
Other events are planned within the Irish President and the final recommendation will be handed over to the Commission and other EU institutions before the end of the year, in the hands of the Lithuanian Presidency.
The group of ALDA Italy is also supporting the Italian Alliance (gathering tomorrow in Rome) and launched, with the Local Democracy Agencies, the Croatian one. A particular attention will be dedicated to this Alliance for the future accession of Croatia to Europe. Possible antennas of the Alliance will also be organised in the acceding (in Western Balkans) where ALDA is particularly active with the LDAs.