FIRST THEMATIC CONFERENCE ON THE EUROPEAN YEAR OF CITIZENS Initial activities of the European Alliance
The 22nd and 23rd of January 2013 is taking place in Brussels the first thematic Conference on the Europea Year of Citizens. ALDA is an active partner of the European Alliance since it is co-chairing the Working Group 1 on Civic Dialogue and How to increase citizens participation in time of crisis.
The Conference set the scene for the future activities of the EYAC 2013 (http://europa.eu/citizens-2013/) and launched the first activities of the activities of the Working Groups.
The participants, among 150 NGOs and civil society networks coming from all over Europe, takes part in a mapping exercise of difficulties and opportunities for European Citizens to be more aware of their rights and how to implement them fully. It was also given the chance to identify failures and solution to be presented at the end of the Year and to be delivered to the European Decision makers.
The national alliances of the Europea Year of Citizens (http://ey2013-alliance.eu/) also took part in the event, in particular the italian and the croatian ones, which received a substantial support from ALDA (http://www.ey2013-italia.eu/)
"We need to consider civil society as a political actor of the participatory democracy. The good results can also be reached with the support of the local authorities", confirmed in her contribution Mrs. Antonella Valmorbida, Director of ALDA.
The two days event are followed by an Open Space methodology event promoted by the European and Economic Social Committee on the 23rd and 24th (vedi e trovi il sito)
The next meeting of the working groups will take place in Brussels on the 5th of March.