ALDA is strategic partner of UNDP: working together for local governance and local development

ALDA and UNDP – Art programme signed an important Memorandum of Understanding on 17 July 2013 in Geneva, at the UN Headquarter. The agreement highlights the common features of the programmes, developping synergies in fostering cooperation at the local level between local authorities and civil society, and aims at the development of common projects and strategies.

In particular, a constant cooperation is on going with the office of UNDP in Brussels. Contacts have been established for joint initiatives in Albania and Kosovo where both ALDA and UNDP Art are present. ALDA participated in many events organised by UNDP Art on local development and local governance, using synergies at the community level between local authorities and civil society. Development are seen in Tunsia and Montenegro where actions from both organisations are present. Joint initiatives were organised during the recent Assisses of Decentralised cooperation of the Committee of the Regions in Brussels and ALDA representatives participated in a recent event for the programme Art in Morocco. A joint work will also be possible to enlarge the UNDP Art programme to Eastern Europe by using, in this case, the added value of ALDA and the LDAs.

“There is a great possibility of cooperation with the Association of the Local Democracy Agencies and the Local Democracy Agencies. The approach to development with a territorial, multilevel, and multistakeholder approach has now been recognised as a mail stone from the UN for the future steps of promotion of sustainable development. We are very happy to continue and strengthen this cooperation”, confirmed Mr. Giovanni Camilleri, Global Coordinator of the programme Art Gold UNDP. Geneva Office, who signed the agreement. As for ALDA, the Director Mrs. Antonella Valmorbida states that this is a very important step to anchor our programme to a fundamental stakeholder promoting local governance, citizens’ participation joining local and regional local authorities. “We are proud to be now strategic partners of the UNDP Art Gold and we will make sure that our mission will be further developed and strengthened by this new cooperation”, she concluded.

See the agreement

ALDA and UNDP – Art programme signed an important Memorandum of Understanding on 17 July 2013 in Geneva, at the UN Headquarter. The agreement highlights the common features of the programmes, developping synergies in fostering cooperation at the local level between local authorities and civil society, and aims at the development of common projects and strategies.

In particular, a constant cooperation is on going with the office of UNDP in Brussels. Contacts have been established for joint initiatives in Albania and Kosovo where both ALDA and UNDP Art are present. ALDA participated in many events organised by UNDP Art on local development and local governance, using synergies at the community level between local authorities and civil society. Development are seen in Tunsia and Montenegro where actions from both organisations are present. Joint initiatives were organised during the recent Assisses of Decentralised cooperation of the Committee of the Regions in Brussels and ALDA representatives participated in a recent event for the programme Art in Morocco. A joint work will also be possible to enlarge the UNDP Art programme to Eastern Europe by using, in this case, the added value of ALDA and the LDAs.

“There is a great possibility of cooperation with the Association of the Local Democracy Agencies and the Local Democracy Agencies. The approach to development with a territorial, multilevel, and multistakeholder approach has now been recognised as a mail stone from the UN for the future steps of promotion of sustainable development. We are very happy to continue and strengthen this cooperation”, confirmed Mr. Giovanni Camilleri, Global Coordinator of the programme Art Gold UNDP. Geneva Office, who signed the agreement. As for ALDA, the Director Mrs. Antonella Valmorbida states that this is a very important step to anchor our programme to a fundamental stakeholder promoting local governance, citizens’ participation joining local and regional local authorities. “We are proud to be now strategic partners of the UNDP Art Gold and we will make sure that our mission will be further developed and strengthened by this new cooperation”, she concluded.

See the agreement


Training for secretaries of the Local communities of Mostar. Trening za povjerenike Mjesnih zajednica Grada Mostara.

Local Democracy Agency (LDA) Mostar organize two-day training for secretaries of the Local Communities of the City of Mostar, as a part of the Project ”Improving local government services”. The topic of the training is “Importance and techniques of the planning process with the participation of citizens – (Participatory Planning Process).

Training will be held in Hotel Ero from 24 to 27 September 2013. Since the City of Mostar has 40 local communities, secretaries will be divided into two groups, for easy maintenance of the training.

Objectives of the project “Improving local government services” are to increase accountability of local authorities in the provision of public services, increase the quality of life through effective involvement of informed citizens in the design and implementation of local policies, based on the results of PULS’s methodology.

Конкретные цели:

1. Improve communication between citizens and councilors

2. Improve the capacity of local communities’ secretaries

3. Increase the awareness of the citizens about the competencies of local government The project is financially supported by the Open Society Fund BiH

Local Democracy Agency (LDA) Mostar organize two-day training for secretaries of the Local Communities of the City of Mostar, as a part of the Project ”Improving local government services”. The topic of the training is “Importance and techniques of the planning process with the participation of citizens – (Participatory Planning Process).

Training will be held in Hotel Ero from 24 to 27 September 2013. Since the City of Mostar has 40 local communities, secretaries will be divided into two groups, for easy maintenance of the training.

Objectives of the project “Improving local government services” are to increase accountability of local authorities in the provision of public services, increase the quality of life through effective involvement of informed citizens in the design and implementation of local policies, based on the results of PULS’s methodology.

Конкретные цели:

1. Improve communication between citizens and councilors

2. Improve the capacity of local communities’ secretaries

3. Increase the awareness of the citizens about the competencies of local government The project is financially supported by the Open Society Fund BiH


Programme for decentralised cooperation Lower Normandy - Macedonia - Call for proposals 2013-2014

The programme for decentralised cooperation between the Region Lower Normandy and Republic of Macedonia is starting its new phase with triannual plan 20013-2016. Aiming to improve regional development and local governance in both territories, the programme provides financial support for various projects implemented by associations and local authorities in Lower Normandy and in Macedonia.
In this perspective, as general coordinator of the programme, the Association of the Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA) is pleased to announce the annual call for proposals within the programme for decentralised cooperation between the Lower Normandy and Macedonia.
Financial support can be provided for projects dealing with the following topics:
  • Remembrance, peace and reconciliation
  • Heritage preservation
  • Human rights.
Only local authorities or organisations from Macedonia and Lower Normandy are eligible for this call. The total amount of funds which may be allocated within this call is 90.000 €.
The deadline for submission of proposals is 15 November 2013. The project proposals should be send by email to: bn-mk@aldaintranet.org
Related documents 
Additional question can be addressed to the following e-mail address: bn-mk@aldaintranet.org.
An initial response will be provided within 10 working days. In order to ensure equal treatment of applicants, a section with the frequently asked questions will be published on the web site of the Cooperation Lower Normandy/Macedonia.

The programme for decentralised cooperation between the Region Lower Normandy and Republic of Macedonia is starting its new phase with triannual plan 20013-2016. Aiming to improve regional development and local governance in both territories, the programme provides financial support for various projects implemented by associations and local authorities in Lower Normandy and in Macedonia.
In this perspective, as general coordinator of the programme, the Association of the Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA) is pleased to announce the annual call for proposals within the programme for decentralised cooperation between the Lower Normandy and Macedonia.
Financial support can be provided for projects dealing with the following topics:
  • Remembrance, peace and reconciliation
  • Heritage preservation
  • Human rights.
Only local authorities or organisations from Macedonia and Lower Normandy are eligible for this call. The total amount of funds which may be allocated within this call is 90.000 €.
The deadline for submission of proposals is 15 November 2013. The project proposals should be send by email to: bn-mk@aldaintranet.org
Related documents 
Additional question can be addressed to the following e-mail address: bn-mk@aldaintranet.org.
An initial response will be provided within 10 working days. In order to ensure equal treatment of applicants, a section with the frequently asked questions will be published on the web site of the Cooperation Lower Normandy/Macedonia.


Towards an LDA in Tunisia - Meeting of the working group on Euro-Mediterranean cooperation in Trieste

A meeting of ALDA’s working group on Euro-Mediterranean cooperation was held on 10 September in Trieste, Italy.

On that occasion, the process of the development of our activities in the Med region were launched. Furthermore, it was an important step to investigate the possibility and moving towards the opening of a Local Democracy Agency in Tunisia, foreseen in 2014.

The coordinator of the working group, ALDA’s Vice President Alessandro Perelli from the Region Friuli Venezia Giulia, hosted the meeting at the premises of the region. Some 25 participants from Italy, France, Albania and Tunisia attended, including the President of the Tunisian Association Lam Echaml, Mr Moncef Ben Slimane.

See the presentation for the meeting (in French; .pdf)

In the picture: the Director of ALDA Antonella Valmorbida, the Vice President of ALDA, Responsible for International Relations of Friuli Venezia Giulia Alessandro Perelli, and the President of Lam Echaml Moncef Ben Slimane.

A meeting of ALDA’s working group on Euro-Mediterranean cooperation was held on 10 September in Trieste, Italy.

On that occasion, the process of the development of our activities in the Med region were launched. Furthermore, it was an important step to investigate the possibility and moving towards the opening of a Local Democracy Agency in Tunisia, foreseen in 2014.

The coordinator of the working group, ALDA’s Vice President Alessandro Perelli from the Region Friuli Venezia Giulia, hosted the meeting at the premises of the region. Some 25 participants from Italy, France, Albania and Tunisia attended, included the President of the Tunisian Association Lam Echaml, Mr Moncef Ben Slimane.

See the presentation for the meeting (in French; .pdf)

In the picture: the Director of ALDA Antonella Valmorbida, the Vice President of ALDA, Responsible for International Relations of Friuli Venezia Giulia Alessandro Perelli, and the President of Lam Echaml Moncef Ben Slimane.


Round table “European borders: European identity and enlargement policies meet the Western Balkans”

Round table about “European borders: European identity and enlargement policies meet the Western Balkans” (Frontiere d’Europa: identità europea e politica dell’allargamento alla prova dei Balcani occidentali).

The Resource and Development Unit Coordinator of ALDA, Marco Boaria will participate as a speaker to the event organised by “Movimento Punto Europa” on Tuesday 17th September. He will talk about the entry of Croatia in the European Union. The event will be hosted by the University of Trento, Department of Sociology. This meeting, within the project “Frontiere d’Europa”, is open to the public and will end with a theatrical performance “La scelta” by Marco Cortesi.

We invite you to join the event.

For other information visit Movimento Punto Europa (external link)

Round table about “European borders: European identity and enlargement policies meet the Western Balkans” (Frontiere d’Europa: identità europea e politica dell’allargamento alla prova dei Balcani occidentali).

The Resource and Development Unit Coordinator of ALDA, Marco Boaria will participate as a speaker to the event organised by “Movimento Punto Europa” on Tuesday 17th September. He will talk about the entry of Croatia in the European Union. The event will be hosted by the University of Trento, Department of Sociology. This meeting, within the project “Frontiere d’Europa”, is open to the public and will end with a theatrical performance “La scelta” by Marco Cortesi.

We invite you to join the event.

For other information visit Movimento Punto Europa (external link)


Supporting cross-border workers: InArco seminar in Bolzano

The Vice President of ALDA Alessandro Perelli participated in the seminar on cross-border work held in Bolzano, in Sud Tirol, Italy, on 13 September.

The seminar was organised by UIL International within the project InArco, of which ALDA is a partner. In his speech, Perelli highlighted ‘the importance of ensuring the best juridical protection to these workers who interest different European territories, within the promotion of democratic rights which ALDA and UIL share’.

Perelli also pointed out the problems of cross-border work in the region Friuli Venezia Giulia, particularly in Trieste, where many workers come from the nearby Slovenia and Croatia.

The project InArco is tailored to increase awareness of the existing laws affective cross-border workers, in order to improve the protection ensured by collective contacts.

In the photo, from letf to right: the Vicepresident of ALDA Alessandro Perelli, the General Secretary UIL Frontalieri Raimondo Pancrazio, and Sara Flisi, Giacomo Brodolini foundation

The Vice President of ALDA Alessandro Perelli participated in the seminar on cross-border work held in Bolzano, in Sud Tirol, Italy, on 13 September.

The seminar was organised by UIL International within the project InArco, of which ALDA is a partner. In his speech, Perelli highlighted ‘the importance of ensuring the best juridical protection to these workers who interest different European territories, within the promotion of democratic rights which ALDA and UIL share’.

Perelli also pointed out the problems of cross-border work in the region Friuli Venezia Giulia, particularly in Trieste, where many workers come from the nearby Slovenia and Croatia.

The project InArco is tailored to increase awareness of the existing laws affective cross-border workers, in order to improve the protection ensured by collective contacts.

In the photo, from letf to right: the Vicepresident of ALDA Alessandro Perelli, the General Secretary UIL Frontalieri Raimondo Pancrazio, and Sara Flisi, Giacomo Brodolini foundation


Join the distance learning master in European Law and Policies

In April 2013, ALDA and the International Telematics University UNINETTUNO signed a cooperation agreement launching the new edition of the distance learning Master in European Law and Policies.
The master aims to train an interdisciplinary professional profile of an expert in European law and policies, providing operational and professional skills necessary in the various stages of the drafting and implementation of European Policies.
ALDA Director Antonella Valmorbida will hold the module on European Funds and Europlanning. The professors of the master include Mario Monti, Romano Prodi, Franco Frattini, and other prestigious protagonists of the history of the European Union.
The distance-learning course comprises video lessons and interactive webinars, all divided into 3 semesters. Enrollment in this program is open all year round. People who enrol to the master by contacting ALDA’s office will enjoy a fee reduction.

In April 2013, ALDA and the International Telematics University UNINETTUNO signed a cooperation agreement launching the new edition of the distance learning Master in European Law and Policies.
The master aims to train an interdisciplinary professional profile of an expert in European law and policies, providing operational and professional skills necessary in the various stages of the drafting and implementation of European Policies.
ALDA Director Antonella Valmorbida will hold the module on European Funds and Europlanning. The professors of the master include Mario Monti, Romano Prodi, Franco Frattini, and other prestigious protagonists of the history of the European Union.
The distance-learning course comprises video lessons and interactive webinars, all divided into 3 semesters. Enrollment in this program is open all year round. People who enrol to the master by contacting ALDA’s office will enjoy a fee reduction.


ALDA participated in the kick-off event of the European Cooperation Day campaign

Aldo Xhani and Edina Dzogovic, respectively project manager and project manager assistant, represented ALDA at the kick-off event of the European Cooperation Day campaign. The event, coordinated by the INTERact Programme with the support of the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Committee of the Regions, took place at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 10 September 2013.
The meeting, supported by EU commissioner Johannes Hahn and by European Parliament member Marie-Thérèse Sanchez-Schmid, brought together renowned political figures active in the European territorial cooperation field such as Mr Jan Olbrycht, MEP Rapporteur for the ERDF Regulation 2014-2020 and Ms Jean-Marie Beillard, Regional Councillor and President of the Commission “Cross-border and decentralised cooperation” of Alsace Region as well as relevant stakeholders from all over Europe.
The event was an occasion to discuss the achievements of European Territorial Cooperation Projects and the challenges of the new programming period 2014 – 2020. Mr Palma Andrés, Director Responsible for Interventions in Territorial Cooperation at the European Commission,  Mr Olivier Martin, Director of European and International Relations in Alsace Region and Mr Laurent Thieule, Director at the Committee of the Regions, kicked-off the debate and exchanged with participants in a question and answers session. The meeting was also an occasion to showcase the chosen European Territorial Cooperation projects through an art exhibition.
As an active stakeholder in the multilateral decentralised cooperation field, ALDA had the opportunity of networking and showcase its two pilot programmes France/Balkans, aiming at promoting the development of good governance at regional and local level in South-East Europe, and Lower-Normandy Region/Macedonia, whose goal is to strengthen the good local governance in all areas of co-operation.
For further information, visit the dedicated European Cooperation Day 2013 веб-сайт.

Aldo Xhani and Edina Dzogovic, respectively project manager and project manager assistant, represented ALDA at the kick-off event of the European Cooperation Day campaign. The event, coordinated by the INTERact Programme with the support of the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Committee of the Regions, took place at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 10 September 2013.
The meeting, supported by EU commissioner Johannes Hahn and by European Parliament member Marie-Thérèse Sanchez-Schmid, brought together renowned political figures active in the European territorial cooperation field such as Mr Jan Olbrycht, MEP Rapporteur for the ERDF Regulation 2014-2020 and Ms Jean-Marie Beillard, Regional Councillor and President of the Commission “Cross-border and decentralised cooperation” of Alsace Region as well as relevant stakeholders from all over Europe.
The event was an occasion to discuss the achievements of European Territorial Cooperation Projects and the challenges of the new programming period 2014 – 2020. Mr Palma Andrés, Director Responsible for Interventions in Territorial Cooperation at the European Commission,  Mr Olivier Martin, Director of European and International Relations in Alsace Region and Mr Laurent Thieule, Director at the Committee of the Regions, kicked-off the debate and exchanged with participants in a question and answers session. The meeting was also an occasion to showcase the chosen European Territorial Cooperation projects through an art exhibition.
As an active stakeholder in the multilateral decentralised cooperation field, ALDA had the opportunity of networking and showcase its two pilot programmes France/Balkans, aiming at promoting the development of good governance at regional and local level in South-East Europe, and Lower-Normandy Region/Macedonia, whose goal is to strengthen the good local governance in all areas of co-operation.
For further information, visit the dedicated European Cooperation Day 2013 веб-сайт.


The European Movement International visits ALDA headquarter

Within the framework of the week training session organised by the European Movement International Training Academy, a group of 5 students aged 19-26, coming from Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Spain and Switzerland, met ALDA’s staff of the Strasbourg office on Wednesday, 11 September.

The aim of the training is to learn more about European institutions such as the Council of Europe, the European Parliament, the European Court of Human Rights and the European Ombudsman.

Meeting ALDA staff at the headquarters in Strasbourg was an opportunity for getting to know more about other key stakeholders active at European level in promoting good governance and citizen participation.

Aldo Xhani, ALDA project manager, and Edina Dzogovic, ALDA project manager assistant, welcomed the students and provided them with a general overview of the organisation’s main traits and of its key projects granted by the European Commission under the Europe for Citizens and Youth in Action programmes..

The introduction was followed by a questions and answers session in which the participants required further information on ALDA’s activities. Special emphasis was put on the project POPEYE – Promoting Organic Production, Enhancing Youth Employment as coping with a topic of strong impact such as youth employment in rural areas.

Within the framework of the week training session organised by the European Movement International Training Academy, a group of 5 students aged 19-26, coming from Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Spain and Switzerland, met ALDA’s staff of the Strasbourg office on Wednesday, 11 September.

The aim of the training is to learn more about European institutions such as the Council of Europe, the European Parliament, the European Court of Human Rights and the European Ombudsman.

Meeting ALDA staff at the headquarters in Strasbourg was an opportunity for getting to know more about other key stakeholders active at European level in promoting good governance and citizen participation.

Aldo Xhani, ALDA project manager, and Edina Dzogovic, ALDA project manager assistant, welcomed the students and provided them with a general overview of the organisation’s main traits and of its key projects granted by the European Commission under the Europe for Citizens and Youth in Action programmes..

The introduction was followed by a questions and answers session in which the participants required further information on ALDA’s activities. Special emphasis was put on the project POPEYE – Promoting Organic Production, Enhancing Youth Employment as coping with a topic of strong impact such as youth employment in rural areas.


European Cooperation Day 2013 – Be part of it!

On 21 September 2013 the achievements of more than 20 years of territorial cooperation in Europe will be celebrated.
On the day and during the following ones, European citizens are invited to join their neighbours and partecipate in one of the events that will show both result achieved and ongoing projects, bringing Europeans even closer.
Европейское European Cooperation Day website shows the map of all the events scheduled, as well as all the information about ‘territorial cooperation’ in Europe.
In addition, people all over Europe are inveted to take part at the campaign ‘I am part of it’ with the European cooperation day mobile application launched for both IOS and Android , trough which people can partecipate interactively by sharing their ‘I am part of it’ photo.
For other information visit the European Cooperation Day 2013 веб-сайт 

On 21 September 2013 the achievements of more than 20 years of territorial cooperation in Europe will be celebrated.
On the day and during the following ones, European citizens are invited to join their neighbours and partecipate in one of the events that will show both result achieved and ongoing projects, bringing Europeans even closer.
Европейское European Cooperation Day website shows the map of all the events scheduled, as well as all the information about ‘territorial cooperation’ in Europe.
In addition, people all over Europe are inveted to take part at the campaign ‘I am part of it’ with the European cooperation day mobile application launched for both IOS and Android , trough which people can partecipate interactively by sharing their ‘I am part of it’ photo.
For other information visit the European Cooperation Day 2013 веб-сайт