LDA Osijek at the NGO fair in Tenja

Local Democracy Agency Osijek participated at the NGO Fair held on 26 July in Tenja, Croatia. The fair was organized by the Women’s Association “Izvor” from Tenja with the main goal to encourage a close cooperation between civil sector, citizens and local community.

The LDA shared a stand with PRONI Center, Osijek, and that was an opportunity to promote the projects from IPA Information and Communication Programme 2011.

The fair was also an opportunity for the LDA to especially promote the current IPA INFO project “Youth for EU – Mladi za Europu” financed by the European Union. The project is currently in the phase of the preparation of the selected participants for the EU Camp which will be held in Istria in the period of September 2 – September 7 where 10 youth from three high schools of Osijek-Baranja County will be the representatives of their region.

Local Democracy Agency Osijek participated at the NGO Fair held on 26 July in Tenja, Croatia. The fair was organized by the Women’s Association “Izvor” from Tenja with the main goal to encourage a close cooperation between civil sector, citizens and local community.

The LDA shared a stand with PRONI Center, Osijek, and that was an opportunity to promote the projects from IPA Information and Communication Programme 2011.

The fair was also an opportunity for the LDA to especially promote the current IPA INFO project “Youth for EU – Mladi za Europu” financed by the European Union. The project is currently in the phase of the preparation of the selected participants for the EU Camp which will be held in Istria in the period of September 2 – September 7 where 10 youth from three high schools of Osijek-Baranja County will be the representatives of their region.


Annual event of ALDA's member Il Portico in Dolo, Italy

From 4 to 8 September, our member ‘Il Portico’ will hold its annual event at their premises, in Dolo, Italy.

Il Portico is a non-profit association working since 1985 in the province of Venice and dealing with a variety of topics, from social inclusion to education and EVS. The event for 2013 will be in memory of Giovanni Nervo and Andrea Gallo, two men who dedicated their lives to others through volunteering.

Marco Boaria, the coordinator of ALDA’s Resource and development Unit, will give a speech about borderless solidarity on 5 September.

The programme is very rich and includes presentations and debates, as well as entertaining activities for adults and children. If you want more information, please see the Il Portico веб-сайт.

See the flyer of the event(in Italian)

From 4 to 8 September, our member ‘Il Portico’ will hold its annual event at their premises, in Dolo, Italy.

Il Portico is a non-profit association working since 1985 in the province of Venice and dealing with a variety of topics, from social inclusion to education and EVS. The event for 2013 will be in memory of Giovanni Nervo and Andrea Gallo, two men who dedicated their lives to others through volunteering.

Marco Boaria, the coordinator of ALDA’s Resource and development Unit, will give a speech about borderless solidarity on 5 September.

The programme is very rich and includes presentations and debates, as well as entertaining activities for adults and children. If you want more information, please see the Il Portico веб-сайт.

See the flyer of the event(in Italian)


Seminar on European topics for students in Neumarkt, Austria

From 29 July to 3 August, a seminar promoted by the European Federalist Movement will be held in Neumarkt, Austria.

The Director of the Association of Local Democracy Agencies Antonella Valmorbida will participate, debating about the European Year of Citizen 2013 and the European Citizens Intiative.

High school students from all over Europe will participate, and among them three students from Vicenza, winners of the 2013 edition of the contest ‘Becoming European citizens’, offered a scholarship provided by ALDA, Vicenza.

During the one-week seminar in Austria, the students will attend conferences and debates on European topics, and they will also participate in excursion, sports events and guided visits to the cities of Carinthia and Styria.


Séminaire sur les questions européennes pour les étudiants à Neumarkt, Autriche

Du 29 juillet au 3 août, un séminaire promu par le Mouvement Fédéraliste Européen fut organisé à Neumarkt, Autriche.
La Directrice de l’Association des Agences de Démocratie Locale, Antonella Valmorbida, y a participé, discutant de l’Année Européenne des Citoyens 2013 et de l’Initiative Européenne des Citoyens.
Les étudiants de lycées de toute l’Europe ont participé, et parmi eux, trois étudiants de Vicenza, gagnants de l’édition 2013 du concours « devenir des citoyens européens », et auxquels il fut offert une bourse par le bureau d’ALDA à Vicence.
Au cours du séminaire d’une semaine en Autriche, les étudiants ont assisté à des conférences et débats sur les questions européennes et apprécié des randonnées, évènements sportifs et visites guidées de la ville de Carinthie et de Styrie.


Seminario su tematiche europee per studenti a Neumarkt, Austria

Da 29 giugno al 3 agosto, un seminario promosso dal Movimento Federalista Europeo si è svolto a Neumarkt, in Austria.

La Direttrice dell’Associazione delle Agenzie della Democrazia Locale, Antonella Valmorbida, ha partecipato presentando l’Anno Europeo dei Cittadini 2013 e l’Iniziativa dei Cittadini Europei.

Hanno partecipato student liceali da tutta Europa, tra cui tre alunni da Vicenza che hanno vinto l’edizione 2013 del concorso ‘Becoming Europen Citizens’ (Diventare cittadini Europei), a cui è stata offerta una borsa di studio dall’ufficio dell’ALDA di Vicenza.

Durante il seminario di una settimana, gli alunni hanno assistito a conferenze e dibattiti su argomenti Europei e hanno fatto gite, sport e visite guidate nelle città della Carinzia e della Stiria.


Семинар по европейским тематикам для студентов в Ноймаркте, Австрии.

С 29 июня по 3 августа в Ноймаркте, Австрии прошел семинар, организованный Европейским федералистским движением.
Директор Ассоциации агентств местной демократии, Антонелла Вальморбида, приняла в нем участие, представляя Европейский год Граждан 2013 и Инициативу европейских граждан.

В нем приняли участие студенты лицеев со всей Европы, среди которых три ученика из Виченцы, победившие в выпуске 2013 года конкурса ‘‘Becoming Europen Citizens’ (Становиться европейскими гражданами), и которым была предложена стипендия от офиса ALDA Виченцы.

В ходе недельного семинара ученики присутствовали на конференциях и дискуссиях на европейские темы и занимались спортом, ездили в поездки и на экскурсии в города Каринтия и Штирия.

From 29 July to 3 August, a seminar promoted by the European Federalist Movement will be held in Neumarkt, Austria.

The Director of the Association of Local Democracy Agencies Antonella Valmorbida will participate, debating about the European Year of Citizen 2013 and the European Citizens Intiative.

High school students from all over Europe will participate, and among them three students from Vicenza, winners of the 2013 edition of the contest ‘Becoming European citizens’, offered a scholarship provided by ALDA, Vicenza.

During the one-week seminar in Austria, the students will attend conferences and debates on European topics, and they will also participate in excursion, sports events and guided visits to the cities of Carinthia and Styria.


Séminaire sur les questions européennes pour les étudiants à Neumarkt, Autriche

Du 29 juillet au 3 août, un séminaire promu par le Mouvement Fédéraliste Européen fut organisé à Neumarkt, Autriche.
La Directrice de l’Association des Agences de Démocratie Locale, Antonella Valmorbida, y a participé, discutant de l’Année Européenne des Citoyens 2013 et de l’Initiative Européenne des Citoyens.
Les étudiants de lycées de toute l’Europe ont participé, et parmi eux, trois étudiants de Vicenza, gagnants de l’édition 2013 du concours « devenir des citoyens européens », et auxquels il fut offert une bourse par le bureau d’ALDA à Vicence.
Au cours du séminaire d’une semaine en Autriche, les étudiants ont assisté à des conférences et débats sur les questions européennes et apprécié des randonnées, évènements sportifs et visites guidées de la ville de Carinthie et de Styrie.


Seminario su tematiche europee per studenti a Neumarkt, Austria

Da 29 giugno al 3 agosto, un seminario promosso dal Movimento Federalista Europeo si è svolto a Neumarkt, in Austria.

La Direttrice dell’Associazione delle Agenzie della Democrazia Locale, Antonella Valmorbida, ha partecipato presentando l’Anno Europeo dei Cittadini 2013 e l’Iniziativa dei Cittadini Europei.

Hanno partecipato student liceali da tutta Europa, tra cui tre alunni da Vicenza che hanno vinto l’edizione 2013 del concorso ‘Becoming Europen Citizens’ (Diventare cittadini Europei), a cui è stata offerta una borsa di studio dall’ufficio dell’ALDA di Vicenza.

Durante il seminario di una settimana, gli alunni hanno assistito a conferenze e dibattiti su argomenti Europei e hanno fatto gite, sport e visite guidate nelle città della Carinzia e della Stiria.


Семинар по европейским тематикам для студентов в Ноймаркте, Австрии.

С 29 июня по 3 августа в Ноймаркте, Австрии прошел семинар, организованный Европейским федералистским движением.
Директор Ассоциации агентств местной демократии, Антонелла Вальморбида, приняла в нем участие, представляя Европейский год Граждан 2013 и Инициативу европейских граждан.

В нем приняли участие студенты лицеев со всей Европы, среди которых три ученика из Виченцы, победившие в выпуске 2013 года конкурса ‘‘Becoming Europen Citizens’ (Становиться европейскими гражданами), и которым была предложена стипендия от офиса ALDA Виченцы.

В ходе недельного семинара ученики присутствовали на конференциях и дискуссиях на европейские темы и занимались спортом, ездили в поездки и на экскурсии в города Каринтия и Штирия.


Creative ways to support employability - Study visit in Omegna, Italy

ALDA is looking for two Italian or Italian residents participants for the study visit “Creative ways to support employability” which will be held in Omegna, Piemonte (Italy) from 10 to 13 September 2013.

The study visit is organised in partnership with the association Kaleidoscopio and within the programme Youth in Action. The two participants need to have relevant experience with the programme: ideal candidates are youth workers, trainers, social workers, and employment counsellors.

Its main aim is to support employability developing skills, competences, knowledge and explore the relation between creativity and employability. It will provide participantswith  new knowledge and inspiration about approaches and working methods dealing with the subject of employability in an innovative way.Participants will be invited to present their creative best practices, to develop together new educational tools to support young people to acquire the necessary skills, and develop together a space for trainers and a employers to meet and exchange ideas.

The project covers for 70% of the travel costs (up to 100 €, 70% of 142 €). Food and stay will be provided.

Register by emaiing creativeways2013@gmail.com и read more information about the study visit

ALDA is looking for two Italian or Italian residents participants for the study visit “Creative ways to support employability” which will be held in Omegna, Piemonte (Italy) from 10 to 13 September 2013.

The study visit is organised in partnership with the association Kaleidoscopio and within the programme Youth in Action. The two participants need to have relevant experience with the programme: ideal candidates are youth workers, trainers, social workers, and employment counsellors.

Its main aim is to support employability developing skills, competences, knowledge and explore the relation between creativity and employability. It will provide participantswith  new knowledge and inspiration about approaches and working methods dealing with the subject of employability in an innovative way.Participants will be invited to present their creative best practices, to develop together new educational tools to support young people to acquire the necessary skills, and develop together a space for trainers and a employers to meet and exchange ideas.

The project covers for 70% of the travel costs (up to 100 €, 70% of 142 €). Food and stay will be provided.

Register by emaiing creativeways2013@gmail.com и read more information about the study visit


International Youth Exchange “Free Time on Board” in Orahovica

The Local Democracy Agency Osijek together with the international partners Studio Progetto (Italy), Az emberség erejével Alapítvány (Hungary), Euroculture en Pays Gentiane (France) i Gönüllü Hareketi (Turkey) organised the international youth exchange “Free Time on Board”.

The exchange is a part of the EU programme Youth in Action and took place in the town of Orahovica, Croatia, from 5 to 15 July. Thirty participants and 10 youth leaders aged from 15 to 25 from five countries attended, with the primary goal of researching and discussing about active free time spending and with the particular goal of re-discovering social games and outdoor games as important social and intercultural tools.

The exchange gave to the participants the opportunity to meet different cultures and to get new friends, as well as discussing and learning about quality free time spending, and offered a possibility of an interactive and practical, creative work.

On the last day of the exchange, as a final phase of the seminar, the games developed by the participants were played in a social event open to the public – everyone who enjoys socialising, having fun and meeting new friends was welcome to participate.

Read more about the Local Democracy Agency Osijek

The Local Democracy Agency Osijek together with the international partners Studio Progetto (Italy), Az emberség erejével Alapítvány (Hungary), Euroculture en Pays Gentiane (France) i Gönüllü Hareketi (Turkey) organised the international youth exchange “Free Time on Board”.

The exchange is a part of the EU programme Youth in Action and took place in the town of Orahovica, Croatia, from 5 to 15 July. Thirty participants and 10 youth leaders aged from 15 to 25 from five countries attended, with the primary goal of researching and discussing about active free time spending and with the particular goal of re-discovering social games and outdoor games as important social and intercultural tools.

The exchange gave to the participants the opportunity to meet different cultures and to get new friends, as well as discussing and learning about quality free time spending, and offered a possibility of an interactive and practical, creative work.

On the last day of the exchange, as a final phase of the seminar, the games developed by the participants were played in a social event open to the public – everyone who enjoys socialising, having fun and meeting new friends was welcome to participate.

Read more about the Local Democracy Agency Osijek


PulsArt Restart: ALDA Director among the speakers

On 6 July 2013, ALDA Director Mrs Valmorbida participated as a speaker to the conference organised in the context of the international event PulsArt Restart held in Schio (IT), dedicated to arts.
The conference was opened by the welcome speech of the Mayor of Schio, Mr Dalla Via. Antonella Valmorbida was present as expert of the Caucasus political situation, and thanks to the presence of two Georgian artists, she focused her intervention on Georgian political situation.
The event aimed to present the importance of arts, analysing its potentialities and focusing on its key role at social level. Indeed all the speakers presented several artistic projects, which have had positive effects in their social and urban context. The event also represented the occasion to reinforce the cooperation between ALDA and its historical member, the Municipality of Schio.
Watch the video of PulsArt 2013

On 6 July 2013, ALDA Director Mrs Valmorbida participated as a speaker to the conference organised in the context of the international event PulsArt Restart held in Schio (IT), dedicated to arts.
The conference was opened by the welcome speech of the Mayor of Schio, Mr Dalla Via. Antonella Valmorbida was present as expert of the Caucasus political situation, and thanks to the presence of two Georgian artists, she focused her intervention on Georgian political situation.
The event aimed to present the importance of arts, analysing its potentialities and focusing on its key role at social level. Indeed all the speakers presented several artistic projects, which have had positive effects in their social and urban context. The event also represented the occasion to reinforce the cooperation between ALDA and its historical member, the Municipality of Schio.
Watch the video of PulsArt 2013


Message to the Turkish Authorities from the International NGOs at the Council of Europe

The international NGOs of the Committee on Democracy gathered to discuss on governance in large metropolises at the Council of Europe on 26 June.

They called on the President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan to “restore dialogue between the authorities and civil society and see to it that evreryone’s fundamental right and freedoms are protected and that bodies for mediation and direct democracy, citizens’ assemblies, neighbourhood councils, conciliation conferences or any other form of direct participation are set up. “

The round table moderated by  Anne-Marie Chavanon, chair of the Committee, included:

Rt Hon. Jeffrey Donaldson, Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Rapporteur on “The Governance of Large Metropolises”, among which Berlin, Istanbul and London
Kayhan Karaca, Europe correspondent of NTV Turkey, on the developments in Istanbul
Nicolas Detrie, director of “Yes we Camp”, the challenge of a bottom up initiative in the metropolis of Marseille (France)
Антонелла Вальморбида, director of Alda, coordinator of the Committee Working group on the promotion of the “Code of Good Practice for Civil Participation in the Decision Making Process“.

Прочтите letter to the President of Turkey Abdullah Gül (.pdf)

Прочтите letter to the Prime Minister of Turkey R. Tayyip Erdoğan (.pdf)

The international NGOs of the Committee on Democracy gathered to discuss on governance in large metropolises at the Council of Europe on 26 June.

They called on the President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan to “restore dialogue between the authorities and civil society and see to it that evreryone’s fundamental right and freedoms are protected and that bodies for mediation and direct democracy, citizens’ assemblies, neighbourhood councils, conciliation conferences or any other form of direct participation are set up. “

The round table moderated by  Anne-Marie Chavanon, chair of the Committee, included:

Rt Hon. Jeffrey Donaldson, Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Rapporteur on “The Governance of Large Metropolises”, among which Berlin, Istanbul and London
Kayhan Karaca, Europe correspondent of NTV Turkey, on the developments in Istanbul
Nicolas Detrie, director of “Yes we Camp”, the challenge of a bottom up initiative in the metropolis of Marseille (France)
Антонелла Вальморбида, director of Alda, coordinator of the Committee Working group on the promotion of the “Code of Good Practice for Civil Participation in the Decision Making Process“.

Прочтите letter to the President of Turkey Abdullah Gül (.pdf)

Прочтите letter to the Prime Minister of Turkey R. Tayyip Erdoğan (.pdf)


The meaning of EU citizenship in the spotlight in Zagreb

On 8 July in Zagreb, Croatia, 150 European citizens exchanged views and experiences on the meaning of EU citizenship in a conference entitled: “EU citizenship: Crossing perspectives”.

In the context of the European Year of Citizens 2013, the European Year of Citizens’ Alliance (EYCA), of which ALDA is a promoter, gathered 150 civil society representatives from all over Europe in the capital city of the European Union’s 28th Member State to debate on EU citizenship and to engage with the core question of citizens’ participation in Europe.

ALDA was represented by its Director Antonella Valmorbida and its President Oriano Otočan, who highlighted the hard work of civil society during the past years to promote democracy and human rights. The three Local Democracy Agencies (ADL) in Croatia, present to the event, (based in Osjek, Verteneglio/ Brtonigla, а также Сисак) have been particularly important, he stressed. Mr Otočan concluded by stating that despite its accession to the EU, there are still a lot of efforts needed to foster Croatia’s development and democracy. Being part of the Union will be a challenge for the whole country.

Ms Paula Rauzan, delegate of the ADL in Sisak, represented the Croatian Alliance and reminded the many steps of the long process to join the EU.

During the event a number of issues have been discussed, and the role of civil society in nowadays Europe has been defined as the gatekeeper of human and civil rights, as well as a propulsive force.

On 9 July, the working groups of the European Year of Citizens 2013 Alliance met and drafted a programme and recommendation document for the European Commission, which will be presented during a key event in Vilnius, Lithuania, on 13 December 2013.


Le sens de la citoyenneté européenne à l’honneur à Zagreb

Le 8 juillet à Zagreb, en Croatie, 150 citoyens européens ont échangé leurs visions et expériences sur le sens de la citoyenneté européenne dans une conférence intitulée: « Citoyenneté européenne: regards croisés ».
Dans le cadre de l’Année Européenne des Citoyens 2013, l’Alliancepour l’année européenne des citoyens (EYCA) dont ALDA est un promoteur, a rassemblé 150 représentants de la société civile de toute l’Europe dans la capitale du 28e État membre de l’Union européenne pour débattre sur la citoyenneté européenne et  se consacrer pleinement sur la question essentielle qu’est  la participation des citoyens en Europe.
ALDA était représentée par sa directrice, Antonella Valmorbida, et son Président, Oriano Otočan, qui a souligné les efforts intenses de la société civile au cours des dernières années pour promouvoir la démocratie et les droits de l’Homme. Les trois Agences de la Démocratie Locale (ADL) en Croatie, présentes à l’événement, (basées à Osjek, Verteneglio/ Brtonigla, et Сисак) ont été particulièrement importantes, a-t-il souligné. M. Otočan a conclu ses propos en affirmant que malgré son adhésion à l’UE, il y a encore beaucoup d’efforts pour favoriser le développement et la démocratie en Croatie. Faire partie de l’Union sera un défi pour l’ensemble du pays. Mme Paula Rauzan, déléguée de l’ADL à Sisak, représentait l’Alliance Croate et a rappelé les nombreuses étapes du long processus d’adhésion à l’UE.
Au cours de l’événement, un certain nombre de questions a été discuté, et le rôle de la société civile dans l’Europe de nos jours a été défini comme le gardien des droits humains et civils, ainsi que comme une force propulsive. Le 9 juillet, les groupes de travail de l’Alliance pour l’année européenne des citoyens 2013 se sont réunis et ont élaboré un programme et une recommandation à la Commission européenne, qui seront présentés au cours d’un événement phare à Vilnius, en Lituanie, le 13 décembre 2013.


Il significato della cittadinanza europea sotto i riflettori a Zagabria

L’8 luglio a Zagabria, in Croazia, 150 cittadini europei hanno condiviso opinioni ed esperienze sul significato della cittadinanza europea in una conferenza dal titolo:” Cittadinanza europea: prospettive trasversali (EU citizenship: Crossing perspectives)”.
Nel contesto dell’Anno europeo dei cittadini 2013, l’Alleanza dell’Anno europeo dei cittadini (EYCA), di cui ALDA è promotore, ha raggruppato 150 rappresentanti della società civile da tutta Europa nella capitale del 28° Stato membro dell’Unione Europea per discutere sulla cittadinanza europea e sulle questioni fondamentali relative alla partecipazione dei cittadini in Europa.
ALDA è stata rappresentata dalla Direttrice Antonella Valmorbida e dal Presidente Oriano Otočan, che ha evidenziato il duro lavoro della società civile negli ultimi anni per promuovere la democrazia e i diritti umani. Le tre Agenzie della Democrazia Locale (ADL) in Croazia (con sede a Osjek, Verteneglio/ Brtonigla, e Сисак), presenti all’evento, sono state particolarmente importanti, ha sottolineato. Oriano Otočan ha concluso affermando che nonostante la sua adesione all’Unione europea, dobbiamo ancora compiere grande sforzi per favorire lo sviluppo della Croazia e della democrazia.Essere parte della UE sarà una sfida per l’intero paese.
La sig.ra Paula Rauzan, delegata della ADL DI Sisak, ha rappresentato l’Alleanza croata ricordando tutti i passaggi del lungo processo di adesione all’Unione Europea.
Durante l’evento sono state discusse molteplici questioni, e il ruolo della società civile nell’Europa di oggi è stato delineato come il custode dei diritti umani e civili, e allo stesso tempo come una forza propulsiva. Il 9 luglio, i gruppi di lavoro dell’Alleanza dell’Anno Europeo dei cittadini 2013 si sono riuniti e hanno redatto un documento di raccomandazioni e un programma per la Commissione europea, che sarà presentato a Vilnius, in Lituania, il 13 dicembre 2013.


начение европейского гражданства в центре внимания в Загребе

8 июля в Загребе, в Хорватии, 150 европейских граждан поделились мнениями и опытом о значении европейского гражданства на конференции под названием: “Европейское гражданство: трансверсальные перспективы (EU citizenship: Crossing perspectives)”.
В контексте Европейского года граждан 2013, Союз Европейского года граждан (EYCA), организатором которого является ALDA, объединил 150 представителей гражданского общества из всей Европы в столице 28-ого государства-члена Европейского Союза, чтобы обсудить европейское гражданство и основные вопросы, связанные с участием граждан в Европе.
ALDA была представлена директором Антонеллой Вальморбида и президентом Ориано Оточаном, который подчеркнул упорную работу гражданского общества в последние годы по продвижению демократии и права человека. Он также подчеркнул, что три Агентства местной демократии (ADL) в Хорватии (расположенных в Oсиек, Бртонигла, Сисак ), присутствующие на мероприятии, имели особое значение. Ориано Оточан сделал заключение, что несмотря на присоединение к Европейскому Союзу, мы должны предпринять еще много усилий, чтобы содействовать развитию Хорватии и демократии. Быть частью ЕС будет испытанием для всей страны.
Госпожа Паула Раужан, делегат ADL Сисака, представляла хорватский Союз, напомнив обо всех этапах длительного процесса присоединения к Европейскому Союзу.
В ходе мероприятия были обсуждены многочисленные вопросы и роль гражданского общества в современной Европе была определена как роль хранителя личностных и гражданских прав человека, и, в то же время, как движущая сила. 9 июля рабочие группы Союза Европейского года граждан 2013 собрались и составили документ с рекомендациями и программу для Европейской комиссии, который будет представлен в Вильнюсе, в Литве, 13 декабря 2013 года.

On 8 July in Zagreb, Croatia, 150 European citizens exchanged views and experiences on the meaning of EU citizenship in a conference entitled: “EU citizenship: Crossing perspectives”.

In the context of the European Year of Citizens 2013, the European Year of Citizens’ Alliance (EYCA), of which ALDA is a promoter, gathered 150 civil society representatives from all over Europe in the capital city of the European Union’s 28th Member State to debate on EU citizenship and to engage with the core question of citizens’ participation in Europe.

ALDA was represented by its Director Antonella Valmorbida and its President Oriano Otočan, who highlighted the hard work of civil society during the past years to promote democracy and human rights. The three Local Democracy Agencies (ADL) in Croatia, present to the event, (based in Osjek, Verteneglio/ Brtonigla, а также Сисак) have been particularly important, he stressed. Mr Otočan concluded by stating that despite its accession to the EU, there are still a lot of efforts needed to foster Croatia’s development and democracy. Being part of the Union will be a challenge for the whole country.

Ms Paula Rauzan, delegate of the ADL in Sisak, represented the Croatian Alliance and reminded the many steps of the long process to join the EU.

During the event a number of issues have been discussed, and the role of civil society in nowadays Europe has been defined as the gatekeeper of human and civil rights, as well as a propulsive force.

On 9 July, the working groups of the European Year of Citizens 2013 Alliance met and drafted a programme and recommendation document for the European Commission, which will be presented during a key event in Vilnius, Lithuania, on 13 December 2013.


Le sens de la citoyenneté européenne à l’honneur à Zagreb

Le 8 juillet à Zagreb, en Croatie, 150 citoyens européens ont échangé leurs visions et expériences sur le sens de la citoyenneté européenne dans une conférence intitulée: « Citoyenneté européenne: regards croisés ».
Dans le cadre de l’Année Européenne des Citoyens 2013, l’Alliancepour l’année européenne des citoyens (EYCA) dont ALDA est un promoteur, a rassemblé 150 représentants de la société civile de toute l’Europe dans la capitale du 28e État membre de l’Union européenne pour débattre sur la citoyenneté européenne et  se consacrer pleinement sur la question essentielle qu’est  la participation des citoyens en Europe.
ALDA était représentée par sa directrice, Antonella Valmorbida, et son Président, Oriano Otočan, qui a souligné les efforts intenses de la société civile au cours des dernières années pour promouvoir la démocratie et les droits de l’Homme. Les trois Agences de la Démocratie Locale (ADL) en Croatie, présentes à l’événement, (basées à Osjek, Verteneglio/ Brtonigla, et Сисак) ont été particulièrement importantes, a-t-il souligné. M. Otočan a conclu ses propos en affirmant que malgré son adhésion à l’UE, il y a encore beaucoup d’efforts pour favoriser le développement et la démocratie en Croatie. Faire partie de l’Union sera un défi pour l’ensemble du pays. Mme Paula Rauzan, déléguée de l’ADL à Sisak, représentait l’Alliance Croate et a rappelé les nombreuses étapes du long processus d’adhésion à l’UE.
Au cours de l’événement, un certain nombre de questions a été discuté, et le rôle de la société civile dans l’Europe de nos jours a été défini comme le gardien des droits humains et civils, ainsi que comme une force propulsive. Le 9 juillet, les groupes de travail de l’Alliance pour l’année européenne des citoyens 2013 se sont réunis et ont élaboré un programme et une recommandation à la Commission européenne, qui seront présentés au cours d’un événement phare à Vilnius, en Lituanie, le 13 décembre 2013.


Il significato della cittadinanza europea sotto i riflettori a Zagabria

L’8 luglio a Zagabria, in Croazia, 150 cittadini europei hanno condiviso opinioni ed esperienze sul significato della cittadinanza europea in una conferenza dal titolo:” Cittadinanza europea: prospettive trasversali (EU citizenship: Crossing perspectives)”.
Nel contesto dell’Anno europeo dei cittadini 2013, l’Alleanza dell’Anno europeo dei cittadini (EYCA), di cui ALDA è promotore, ha raggruppato 150 rappresentanti della società civile da tutta Europa nella capitale del 28° Stato membro dell’Unione Europea per discutere sulla cittadinanza europea e sulle questioni fondamentali relative alla partecipazione dei cittadini in Europa.
ALDA è stata rappresentata dalla Direttrice Antonella Valmorbida e dal Presidente Oriano Otočan, che ha evidenziato il duro lavoro della società civile negli ultimi anni per promuovere la democrazia e i diritti umani. Le tre Agenzie della Democrazia Locale (ADL) in Croazia (con sede a Osjek, Verteneglio/ Brtonigla, e Сисак), presenti all’evento, sono state particolarmente importanti, ha sottolineato. Oriano Otočan ha concluso affermando che nonostante la sua adesione all’Unione europea, dobbiamo ancora compiere grande sforzi per favorire lo sviluppo della Croazia e della democrazia.Essere parte della UE sarà una sfida per l’intero paese.
La sig.ra Paula Rauzan, delegata della ADL DI Sisak, ha rappresentato l’Alleanza croata ricordando tutti i passaggi del lungo processo di adesione all’Unione Europea.
Durante l’evento sono state discusse molteplici questioni, e il ruolo della società civile nell’Europa di oggi è stato delineato come il custode dei diritti umani e civili, e allo stesso tempo come una forza propulsiva. Il 9 luglio, i gruppi di lavoro dell’Alleanza dell’Anno Europeo dei cittadini 2013 si sono riuniti e hanno redatto un documento di raccomandazioni e un programma per la Commissione europea, che sarà presentato a Vilnius, in Lituania, il 13 dicembre 2013.


начение европейского гражданства в центре внимания в Загребе

8 июля в Загребе, в Хорватии, 150 европейских граждан поделились мнениями и опытом о значении европейского гражданства на конференции под названием: “Европейское гражданство: трансверсальные перспективы (EU citizenship: Crossing perspectives)”.
В контексте Европейского года граждан 2013, Союз Европейского года граждан (EYCA), организатором которого является ALDA, объединил 150 представителей гражданского общества из всей Европы в столице 28-ого государства-члена Европейского Союза, чтобы обсудить европейское гражданство и основные вопросы, связанные с участием граждан в Европе.
ALDA была представлена директором Антонеллой Вальморбида и президентом Ориано Оточаном, который подчеркнул упорную работу гражданского общества в последние годы по продвижению демократии и права человека. Он также подчеркнул, что три Агентства местной демократии (ADL) в Хорватии (расположенных в Oсиек, Бртонигла, Сисак ), присутствующие на мероприятии, имели особое значение. Ориано Оточан сделал заключение, что несмотря на присоединение к Европейскому Союзу, мы должны предпринять еще много усилий, чтобы содействовать развитию Хорватии и демократии. Быть частью ЕС будет испытанием для всей страны.
Госпожа Паула Раужан, делегат ADL Сисака, представляла хорватский Союз, напомнив обо всех этапах длительного процесса присоединения к Европейскому Союзу.
В ходе мероприятия были обсуждены многочисленные вопросы и роль гражданского общества в современной Европе была определена как роль хранителя личностных и гражданских прав человека, и, в то же время, как движущая сила. 9 июля рабочие группы Союза Европейского года граждан 2013 собрались и составили документ с рекомендациями и программу для Европейской комиссии, который будет представлен в Вильнюсе, в Литве, 13 декабря 2013 года.


ALDA at the Second International Seminar of the project TYEC

Within the framework of the TYEC project, ALDA contributed, as partner organisation, to the success of the second international Seminar on the “Promotion of self employment in Europe and the effective business development support for young people” held in Rome on 4 July.

The event brought together relevant stakeholders active on youth employment issues such as Confindustria, DIESIS Coop, Unione Italiana del Lavoro (UIL), ALDA, Pays-Vichy-Auvergne and Associazione Generale Cooperative Italiane (AGCI). The participation of the European Commission, represented by Mr Baldassarri from the DG Enterprise and Industry as well as of the Italian Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Policies, represented by Ms Tomai, was key to define the European and national framework of the issue.

The seminar was structured in two different pillars. The presentation of DIESIS’ research on “Foster Self Employment and Entrepreneurship among young generations: European and National perspectives” was the basis for kicking-off the debate among the panellists. Particular attention was put on the need of promoting a major entrepreneurial attitude among students from primary schools to universities. Such educational policies have been adopted only recently and further efforts should be put into place. The panellists also agreed upon the need of institutionalising some tested measures and initiatives showcased by Confindustria.

Ms Estèle Rival from Pays-Vichy-Auvergne was identified by ALDA as keynote speaker of the second panel. She contributed to the success of the panel by presenting successful practices adopted in France at national, regional and local level. Mr Alessandro Manna, as AGCI representative, brought in the cooperatives’ perspective and highlighted the factors at the basis of cooperatives’ ability to not being affected by the current economic crisis.

Within the framework of the TYEC project, ALDA contributed, as partner organisation, to the success of the second international Seminar on the “Promotion of self employment in Europe and the effective business development support for young people” held in Rome on 4 July.

The event brought together relevant stakeholders active on youth employment issues such as Confindustria, DIESIS Coop, Unione Italiana del Lavoro (UIL), ALDA, Pays-Vichy-Auvergne and Associazione Generale Cooperative Italiane (AGCI). The participation of the European Commission, represented by Mr Baldassarri from the DG Enterprise and Industry as well as of the Italian Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Policies, represented by Ms Tomai, was key to define the European and national framework of the issue.

The seminar was structured in two different pillars. The presentation of DIESIS’ research on “Foster Self Employment and Entrepreneurship among young generations: European and National perspectives” was the basis for kicking-off the debate among the panellists. Particular attention was put on the need of promoting a major entrepreneurial attitude among students from primary schools to universities. Such educational policies have been adopted only recently and further efforts should be put into place. The panellists also agreed upon the need of institutionalising some tested measures and initiatives showcased by Confindustria.

Ms Estèle Rival from Pays-Vichy-Auvergne was identified by ALDA as keynote speaker of the second panel. She contributed to the success of the panel by presenting successful practices adopted in France at national, regional and local level. Mr Alessandro Manna, as AGCI representative, brought in the cooperatives’ perspective and highlighted the factors at the basis of cooperatives’ ability to not being affected by the current economic crisis.


People have the power! Libera Youth Meeting

ALDA invites you to participate in the 4th Libera Youth Meeting ‘People have the power!’, taking place in Marsala (Province of Trapani, Italy) from 24 to 29 July 2013.
The meeting is a well-established summer camp, with a large participation of young people coming from all around Italy. This year, young people from all European countries can attend.
The initiative, titled “Ole – People Have the Power” will host the meetings and seminars scheduled by the project of the European Commission “Tackling Illegal Economy”, an international project aimed at developing knowledge and tools to fight organised criminality, improving networking between civil society and institutions, and promoting best practices on confiscation and recovery of the proceeds of crime.
Participation to the whole camp costs 70€, inclusive of camping services, restoration, gadgets and materials for the activities. Each participant shall pay for their travel costs and bring their own tent.
To participate send an email to tiemarsala@libera.it mentioning your full name, nationality and email address not later than the 15th of July.
Read here for more information and the full programme

ALDA invites you to participate in the 4th Libera Youth Meeting ‘People have the power!’, taking place in Marsala (Province of Trapani, Italy) from 24 to 29 July 2013.
The meeting is a well-established summer camp, with a large participation of young people coming from all around Italy. This year, young people from all European countries can attend.
The initiative, titled “Ole – People Have the Power” will host the meetings and seminars scheduled by the project of the European Commission “Tackling Illegal Economy”, an international project aimed at developing knowledge and tools to fight organised criminality, improving networking between civil society and institutions, and promoting best practices on confiscation and recovery of the proceeds of crime.
Participation to the whole camp costs 70€, inclusive of camping services, restoration, gadgets and materials for the activities. Each participant shall pay for their travel costs and bring their own tent.
To participate send an email to tiemarsala@libera.it mentioning your full name, nationality and email address not later than the 15th of July.
Read here for more information and the full programme