A new ALDA member on the way: the Municipality of Mariupol!
The Municipality of Mariupol took its first steps with ALDA back in 2017, when a Local Democracy Agency was opened in the city.
Since then, partnerships between the two have continued to develop; and it is with great joy that we announce that, this month, the Secretary of Mariupol City Council Stepan Makhsma, together with other deputies, officially and successfully supported the full ALDA membership of the Municipality. Stepan Makhsma highlighted: “A draft decision On Membership of Mariupol in ALDA was prepared with the aim to fulfill the duties and tasks set out in the Memorandum of Cooperation. The city's partnership with ALDA will contribute to developing local democracy, attract significant investment and successful cooperation with other countries”.
The Memorandum of Cooperation was signed between the Mariupol City Council and ALDA to create a platform with the objective to engage citizens in the process of administrative reform; facilitate the development of institutions at the local level; exchange practical skills and knowledge; as well as promote intercultural and interethnic dialogue and regional and European cooperation.
The last two projects implemented by the platform, Affordable services for the elderly people and The programme to counter the outflow of young people from the city, aimed to provide social assistance to pensioners and more support to young people.
We are excited to have the Municipality of Mariupol among our members soon and thus strenghten an already existing and fulfilling partnership!