10 years from the EU enlargement: ALDA celebrates at the Council of Europe with ambassadors, members and partners

On 5 June, ALDA organized the celebration of the 10 years since the big enlargement of the European Union in 2004. Given that many active members and partners of the association come from the countries which joined the Union in 2004, celebrating the achievements of this crucial step, both for the involved countries and for the EU as a project, was a must.

Several members of ALDA gave their contributions on what it means to be a European Citizens, and how this status adds up to their national citizenship, completing it. After the words of Mr Andreas Kiefer, Secretary General of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, the President of ALDA Oriano Otocan gave a short speech about the meaning of European citizenship, the recent elections, and the need for a stronger and more united Europe.

Ambassadors of many of the 10 countries contributed to the celebrations – speeches were given by H.E. Mr Robert Drzazga, Chargé d’affaires of the Republic of Poland to the Council fo Europe, H.E. Mr Tomáš Boček, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic to the Council of Europe, H.E Mr Drahoslav Štefánek, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Slovak Republic to the Council of Europe, H.E. Mr Ferenc Robák, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Hungary to the Council of Europe, H.E. Mr Damjant Bergant, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Slovenia to the Council of Europe, and H.E. Mr. Joseph Filletti, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Malta to the Council of Europe.

The celebration was organized in the framework of the final international conference of the project Working Together for Development – WTD, coordinated by ALDA and bringing together over 20 partners and associates from the enlarged Europe. It was hosted by the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France, headquarter of ALDA.

On 5 June, ALDA organized the celebration of the 10 years since the big enlargement of the European Union in 2004. Given that many active members and partners of the association come from the countries which joined the Union in 2004, celebrating the achievements of this crucial step, both for the involved countries and for the EU as a project, was a must.

Several members of ALDA gave their contributions on what it means to be a European Citizens, and how this status adds up to their national citizenship, completing it. After the words of Mr Andreas Kiefer, Secretary General of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, the President of ALDA Oriano Otocan gave a short speech about the meaning of European citizenship, the recent elections, and the need for a stronger and more united Europe.

Ambassadors of many of the 10 countries contributed to the celebrations – speeches were given by H.E. Mr Robert Drzazga, Chargé d’affaires of the Republic of Poland to the Council fo Europe, H.E. Mr Tomáš Boček, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic to the Council of Europe, H.E Mr Drahoslav Štefánek, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Slovak Republic to the Council of Europe, H.E. Mr Ferenc Robák, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Hungary to the Council of Europe, H.E. Mr Damjant Bergant, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Slovenia to the Council of Europe, and H.E. Mr. Joseph Filletti, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Malta to the Council of Europe.

The celebration was organized in the framework of the final international conference of the project Working Together for Development – WTD, coordinated by ALDA and bringing together over 20 partners and associates from the enlarged Europe. It was hosted by the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France, headquarter of ALDA.


From participation to development - Final international conference of the project WTD

On 5 and 6 June 2014, the Council of Europe hosted the final international conference of the project WTD. On 5 June, the event rotated around the bridge of the concepts of participation and development, focus respectively of the Europan years 2013 and 2015.

During a tight day of work, including a keynote lecture on development by Prof. Balducci from Florence University, and a special session on local governance in Ukraine, the participants elaborated a document aiming at summarising the best practices and experiences gained through the project over the past three years, and to drive innovation and development by strengthening the cooperation between local authorities and civil society.

Read their statement:

 

Every citizen has a role to play in development, & local authorities and civil society need to work together for development

WTD partners and associate call for an essential link between the European Year of Citizens 2013 and the European Year for Development 2015 
Over the last three years, the project Working Together for Development (WTD) brought together the skills and experiences of local authorities and civil society organisations in the enlarged Europe, providing them with information, training and networking on decentralised cooperation and development. It therefore put together the European framework with a strong impact at the local level. The coordination of ALDA, the European Association for Local Democracy, was key to the project achievements, in light of the established ability of the association to impact at grass root level while being a wide, well recognised European network.
All partners and associates of the project, gathering on 5 June at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg for the final international conference, call upon the authorities in the enlarged Europe for addressing development with attention to its main challenges.
First of all, it is essential to address local needs, especially when we face development issues, also thanks to international networks and support: working together on development actually means to tackle local needs through transnational eyes, contributing thus to a better world.
Secondly, we strongly support a multi-stakeholder and multilevel governance on development, promoting this approach at all levels.
Last but not least call, citizens participation in development needs to be encouraged, promoted and supported, as well as the cooperation between civil society and local authorities, which favours the identification of better solutions to local and global challenges, resulting also in a cost-effective method.
By stimulating cooperation of local authorities and civil society in Europe and in the Neighbourhood, all the partners have turned into multipliers and implementers of European development cooperation policies. ALDA and all WTD partners are therefore engines of a multilevel and multi-stakeholder development encompassing the European Union borders.
The project WTD focused on information, training and networking for LAs and CSOs in the field of development cooperation and has created the basis for getting most of the co-applicants further involved in the development cooperation field. It focused its action on making associations of LAs and networks of CSOs (with special focus on the “new” Europe – EU13 – and the neighbouring areas) become qualified implementers of the EU policies on development.
A natural follow-up (represented by the newly submitted project entitled LADDER, awaiting for approval expected in July 2015) requires a new step further: raise awareness and strengthen the capacity of associations of LAs and networks of CSOs to act in a sustainable way as drivers for change and development, fostering their role of multipliers within their countries, communities and networks for developing a multi-level active engagement in global challenges.

On 5 and 6 June 2014, the Council of Europe hosted the final international conference of the project WTD. On 5 June, the event rotated around the bridge of the concepts of participation and development, focus respectively of the Europan years 2013 and 2015.

During a tight day of work, including a keynote lecture on development by Prof. Balducci from Florence University, and a special session on local governance in Ukraine, the participants elaborated a document aiming at summarising the best practices and experiences gained through the project over the past three years, and to drive innovation and development by strengthening the cooperation between local authorities and civil society.

Read their statement:

 

Every citizen has a role to play in development, & local authorities and civil society need to work together for development

WTD partners and associate call for an essential link between the European Year of Citizens 2013 and the European Year for Development 2015 
Over the last three years, the project Working Together for Development (WTD) brought together the skills and experiences of local authorities and civil society organisations in the enlarged Europe, providing them with information, training and networking on decentralised cooperation and development. It therefore put together the European framework with a strong impact at the local level. The coordination of ALDA, the European Association for Local Democracy, was key to the project achievements, in light of the established ability of the association to impact at grass root level while being a wide, well recognised European network.
All partners and associates of the project, gathering on 5 June at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg for the final international conference, call upon the authorities in the enlarged Europe for addressing development with attention to its main challenges.
First of all, it is essential to address local needs, especially when we face development issues, also thanks to international networks and support: working together on development actually means to tackle local needs through transnational eyes, contributing thus to a better world.
Secondly, we strongly support a multi-stakeholder and multilevel governance on development, promoting this approach at all levels.
Last but not least call, citizens participation in development needs to be encouraged, promoted and supported, as well as the cooperation between civil society and local authorities, which favours the identification of better solutions to local and global challenges, resulting also in a cost-effective method.
By stimulating cooperation of local authorities and civil society in Europe and in the Neighbourhood, all the partners have turned into multipliers and implementers of European development cooperation policies. ALDA and all WTD partners are therefore engines of a multilevel and multi-stakeholder development encompassing the European Union borders.
The project WTD focused on information, training and networking for LAs and CSOs in the field of development cooperation and has created the basis for getting most of the co-applicants further involved in the development cooperation field. It focused its action on making associations of LAs and networks of CSOs (with special focus on the “new” Europe – EU13 – and the neighbouring areas) become qualified implementers of the EU policies on development.
A natural follow-up (represented by the newly submitted project entitled LADDER, awaiting for approval expected in July 2015) requires a new step further: raise awareness and strengthen the capacity of associations of LAs and networks of CSOs to act in a sustainable way as drivers for change and development, fostering their role of multipliers within their countries, communities and networks for developing a multi-level active engagement in global challenges.


ALDA General Assembly 2014 - 6 June, Council of Europe, Strasbourg

The annual General Assembly of ALDA took place on 6 June in Strasbourg, hosted by the Council of Europe. Mr Andreas Kiefer, Secretary General of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, welcomed the over 50 members attending from the enlarged Europe.
Mr Francesco Zarzana, President of Progettarte, active civil society organization member of ALDA for many years, chaired the assembly. After the moral report (.pdf) of ALDA President Oriano Otocan, the activity report for 2013 was presented, and the Treasurer’s report (.pdf) for the year was approved. The strategic views (.pdf) were also approved, and the new opportunities for cooperation and fundraising involving the members of ALDA were presented.
An extraordinary assembly also took place, which approved some changes to the statute of the association. The main changes involve the introduction of the role of the Secretary General, which substitutes the Director of ALDA; the Secretary of the association, at the same time, becomes the third Vice-President. The Scientific Committee is changed to Advisory Board to highlight its advisory role, while its competences are the same.
The event represented the ideal moment to present the book, written by Antonella Valmorbida and gathering the contributions of the staff of ALDA, delegates of Local Democracy Agencies, and members and partners of the association, on citizen participation in the enlarged Europe. Published by Peter Lang, it collects 15 years experiences on the field, and can be ordered via this form.
The Vice President of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mr Svetozar Pudaric, and the Permanent Representative Mr Sahovic also attended the event, and explained the dramatic situation affecting the country because of the disastrous floods. ALDA and the Local Democracy Agencies located in the area are actively fundraising to support the affected population.
During the Assembly, the Gianfranco Martini scholarship 2014 was awarded to Mr Dumitru Sratan, from Szent Istvan University, for its study project: Building Social Capital in Developing Countries on the basis of integrated community planning and cooperation. His thesis will take into the consideration the challenges of building social capital in developing countries (on the practical research that will be taken in the most developed regions in Republic of Moldova), as well as the importance of participation, civic engagement and social capital of creating community-­based development projects.
Connected to the General Assembly, on 4 July a variety of trainings and meetings for members were held by the staff of the association – namely, on the new European funding programmes, on the citizens journalist initiative, and the induction for new members. On 5 July, the final international conference of the project Working Together for Development took place, bridging the European Year of Citizens 2013 to the European Year of Development 2015. A celebration on the 10 years of the big EU enlargement in 2004 was also organised, with the presence of the countries ambassadors and the words of the Congress Secretary General, on top of the voices from ALDA members and partners.

The annual General Assembly of ALDA took place on 6 June in Strasbourg, hosted by the Council of Europe. Mr Andreas Kiefer, Secretary General of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, welcomed the over 50 members attending from the enlarged Europe.
Mr Francesco Zarzana, President of Progettarte, active civil society organization member of ALDA for many years, chaired the assembly. After the moral report (.pdf) of ALDA President Oriano Otocan, the activity report for 2013 was presented, and the Treasurer’s report (.pdf) for the year was approved. The strategic views (.pdf) were also approved, and the new opportunities for cooperation and fundraising involving the members of ALDA were presented.
An extraordinary assembly also took place, which approved some changes to the statute of the association. The main changes involve the introduction of the role of the Secretary General, which substitutes the Director of ALDA; the Secretary of the association, at the same time, becomes the third Vice-President. The Scientific Committee is changed to Advisory Board to highlight its advisory role, while its competences are the same.
The event represented the ideal moment to present the book, written by Antonella Valmorbida and gathering the contributions of the staff of ALDA, delegates of Local Democracy Agencies, and members and partners of the association, on citizen participation in the enlarged Europe. Published by Peter Lang, it collects 15 years experiences on the field, and can be ordered via this form.
The Vice President of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mr Svetozar Pudaric, and the Permanent Representative Mr Sahovic also attended the event, and explained the dramatic situation affecting the country because of the disastrous floods. ALDA and the Local Democracy Agencies located in the area are actively fundraising to support the affected population.
During the Assembly, the Gianfranco Martini scholarship 2014 was awarded to Mr Dumitru Sratan, from Szent Istvan University, for its study project: Building Social Capital in Developing Countries on the basis of integrated community planning and cooperation. His thesis will take into the consideration the challenges of building social capital in developing countries (on the practical research that will be taken in the most developed regions in Republic of Moldova), as well as the importance of participation, civic engagement and social capital of creating community-­based development projects.
Connected to the General Assembly, on 4 July a variety of trainings and meetings for members were held by the staff of the association – namely, on the new European funding programmes, on the citizens journalist initiative, and the induction for new members. On 5 July, the final international conference of the project Working Together for Development took place, bridging the European Year of Citizens 2013 to the European Year of Development 2015. A celebration on the 10 years of the big EU enlargement in 2004 was also organised, with the presence of the countries ambassadors and the words of the Congress Secretary General, on top of the voices from ALDA members and partners.


Macedonia and ALDA are celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings through the Decentralised Cooperation BN-MK

Today, on June 6, the France together with the entire world is celebrating the D-Day, a key moment in history marked by the Normandy landings.

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This year’s 70th anniversary gathers many world leaders, survived veterans, and thousands of locals and visitors to honor the soldiers of this battle. The coast of Normandy are living and breathing with the memory of this event. The official programme started with an International conference, and continues with concerts, expositions, seminars and other international gatherings and meetings.

Thanks to the longstanding cooperation between the Lower Normandy Region and the Republic of Macedonia coordinated by ALDA, Macedonia is also participating and contributing to this celebration of peace. The representative of the ALDA Skopje Office, is in the heart of these events, in Caen, in the Regional Council of Lower Normandy. On June 4, the activities of the Lower Normandy – Macedonia Cooperation, were presented to the delegations from China, Norway, Canada and the British islands: Jersey and Guernsey, countries that are also cooperating with Lower Normandy. The City of Caen, hosted also the Mayor of Ohrid, Macedonia. Both cities are twinned within the framework of the Lower Normandy – Macedonia cooperation.

In that framework, both territories are implementing many activities to commemorate this event. In the Macedonian city of Bitola, on May 30, took place the promotion of the documentary “Private Ryan from Bitola”, telling the touching story of possibly the only Macedonian who fought and died on the Normandy beaches – the story of the private Pande Matevski from Bitola. In the same context, honoring the memory of the landings, in the official programme of the 7th French Film Festival in Macedonia this June, two films treating these historic events will be showed to the Macedonian public. The question of peace and liberty will be also the center of the International Summer University in Caen, where several young Macedonians will visit Caen, and debate on the topic “Fighting for Liberty

This June, apart from the 70th anniversary of the D-Day, the world is also commemorating the 100 years of the beginning of the WWI. Both of these important historic themes are very much present in the activities of the cooperation Lower Normandy – Macedonia. Various activities through the territorial projects will be marking this summer: video screenings, expositions, artistic and youth mobility, research and development of the memorial tourism… These projects, valuating and honoring the peace and reconciliation are very important part of the initiative by the Lower Normandy Region to acknowledge the beaches of the Normandy coast as UNESCO’s cultural heritage.

Посмотрите video of Private Ryan from Bitola on youtube (subtitles in French).

The Decentralised Cooperation between the Lower Normandy Region and the Republic of Macedonia, coordinated by ALDA started in 2006. For further information please contact the official website of the project www.bn-mk.org.

Today, on June 6, the France together with the entire world is celebrating the D-Day, a key moment in history marked by the Normandy landings.

***

This year’s 70th anniversary gathers many world leaders, survived veterans, and thousands of locals and visitors to honor the soldiers of this battle. The coast of Normandy are living and breathing with the memory of this event. The official programme started with an International conference, and continues with concerts, expositions, seminars and other international gatherings and meetings.

Thanks to the longstanding cooperation between the Lower Normandy Region and the Republic of Macedonia coordinated by ALDA, Macedonia is also participating and contributing to this celebration of peace. The representative of the ALDA Skopje Office, is in the heart of these events, in Caen, in the Regional Council of Lower Normandy. On June 4, the activities of the Lower Normandy – Macedonia Cooperation, were presented to the delegations from China, Norway, Canada and the British islands: Jersey and Guernsey, countries that are also cooperating with Lower Normandy. The City of Caen, hosted also the Mayor of Ohrid, Macedonia. Both cities are twinned within the framework of the Lower Normandy – Macedonia cooperation.

In that framework, both territories are implementing many activities to commemorate this event. In the Macedonian city of Bitola, on May 30, took place the promotion of the documentary “Private Ryan from Bitola”, telling the touching story of possibly the only Macedonian who fought and died on the Normandy beaches – the story of the private Pande Matevski from Bitola. In the same context, honoring the memory of the landings, in the official programme of the 7th French Film Festival in Macedonia this June, two films treating these historic events will be showed to the Macedonian public. The question of peace and liberty will be also the center of the International Summer University in Caen, where several young Macedonians will visit Caen, and debate on the topic “Fighting for Liberty

This June, apart from the 70th anniversary of the D-Day, the world is also commemorating the 100 years of the beginning of the WWI. Both of these important historic themes are very much present in the activities of the cooperation Lower Normandy – Macedonia. Various activities through the territorial projects will be marking this summer: video screenings, expositions, artistic and youth mobility, research and development of the memorial tourism… These projects, valuating and honoring the peace and reconciliation are very important part of the initiative by the Lower Normandy Region to acknowledge the beaches of the Normandy coast as UNESCO’s cultural heritage.

Посмотрите video of Private Ryan from Bitola on youtube (subtitles in French).

The Decentralised Cooperation between the Lower Normandy Region and the Republic of Macedonia, coordinated by ALDA started in 2006. For further information please contact the official website of the project www.bn-mk.org.


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EUROSTART - Friuli Venezia Giulia and Vojvodina driving cooperation projects

The President of the Regional Council of the Region Friuli Venezia Giulia Franco Iacop, and the Vice President of ALDA Alessandro Perelli attended the final event of the programme EUROSTART in Novi Sad, Serbia, on Friday 30 May. Funded by the Region FVG and by the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, it lead to the realisation of four cooperation projects focusing on energy, small and medium entreprise, culture, and mental health.

Ruzica Jankahidac, member of ALDA Scientific Committee, also attended teh event. The conference was followed by the visit of ALDA President Oriano Otocan to the area. In the region, the Local Democracy Agency Subotica is active, and its role has been highlighted by ALDA Vice President Perelli during his speech.

The President of the Regional Council of the Region Friuli Venezia Giulia Franco Iacop, and the Vice President of ALDA Alessandro Perelli attended the final event of the programme EUROSTART in Novi Sad, Serbia, on Friday 30 May. Funded by the Region FVG and by the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, it lead to the realisation of four cooperation projects focusing on energy, small and medium entreprise, culture, and mental health.

Ruzica Jankahidac, member of ALDA Scientific Committee, also attended teh event. The conference was followed by the visit of ALDA President Oriano Otocan to the area. In the region, the Local Democracy Agency Subotica is active, and its role has been highlighted by ALDA Vice President Perelli during his speech.


Saving the Macedonian Private Ryan

If Spielberg that rediscovered the beaches of Normandy to the large public through the original story of Private Ryan, than the tradition of the legendary stories inspired by the great battle on D-Day continues, but this time from a surprising new source, a local Macedonian story.

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The premiere of the short documentary “Private Ryan from Bitola” was held on the 30th of May 2014, in the City of Bitola, Macedonia. The movie retraces the life story of Pande Matevski, the only soldier from Macedonia who participated and perished in the battle on D-Day.

The documentary starts in 1914 in Bitola, Macedonia where Pande was born. The Balkan wars and the First World War left Bitola destroyed and in an impoverished state. The Matevski family led a modest life, but faced with hard living conditions, some of the family members moved to America in quest for better life, as many Macedonians in that period. Among them were Pande Matevski and his younger brother Petar. But, when they reach the “dream land”, America decides to join the allied forces in the Second World War and the brothers are recruited in the American army. Destiny ships them off to the beaches of Normandy. Their involvement in D-Day proved tragic for Pande who lost his life in the battle. His body is transferred from Normandy to America, and later to Bitola.

Pande Matevski’s grave is in his home town and his story is only known by the locals. It is our hope that through this short documentary his name will be remembered as one of the heroes who gave their lives for freedom.

With the opening of the Western front in Europe, the invasion of Normandy is considered today as a decisive battle in World War II history because it’s the turning point that leads to the capitulation of Germany. The beaches as well as the territory of Normandy will forever bear the scars of those historic happenings. From that day on, the date 6th June will resound in the thoughts and memories as an arduous battle for France as well as the rest of the World. The testimonials of this war are of legendary proportions and contributed to transcend this military operation in the after-war as a symbol of peace and reconciliation.

The story of Pande is replaced in this unique historical context that joined so many young men under the same flags in the name of freedom. This movie is a commemoration; a symbol of that collective history lived by nations of the whole world on the beaches of Normandy, and is shared by many men and women. This film is not Spielberg’s and this documentary is not a blockbuster. However it is precisely in this sense that it holds an even greater importance. It is an homage to this Macedonian story that is encrypted in the testimonial of the greater World history.

The local initiative to film this story is supported by the Decentralised Cooperation between the Lower Normandy and Macedonia, coordinated by ALDA. This initiative contributes to the 70th anniversary of the Normandy Invasion – the D-Day. This year, on June 6, the Lower Normandy region will host an international commemoration that will reunite the veterans who fought on the beaches of Normandy, as well as many leaders of the countries which participated in the battles.

Inspired by this historical moment, which forever changed the Europe’s faith, and following the 100 years of the beginning of the WWI, the Lower Normandy Region and the Republic of Macedonia will reinforce their cooperation, focusing on the themes in common, such as: Memory, peace, and reconciliation; Cultural Heritage and Human Rights.

For more information, please visit the official blog of the Private Pande Matevski’s life и official site of the Decentralised Cooperation Lower Normandy – Macedonia.

If Spielberg that rediscovered the beaches of Normandy to the large public through the original story of Private Ryan, than the tradition of the legendary stories inspired by the great battle on D-Day continues, but this time from a surprising new source, a local Macedonian story.

***

The premiere of the short documentary “Private Ryan from Bitola” was held on the 30th of May 2014, in the City of Bitola, Macedonia. The movie retraces the life story of Pande Matevski, the only soldier from Macedonia who participated and perished in the battle on D-Day.

The documentary starts in 1914 in Bitola, Macedonia where Pande was born. The Balkan wars and the First World War left Bitola destroyed and in an impoverished state. The Matevski family led a modest life, but faced with hard living conditions, some of the family members moved to America in quest for better life, as many Macedonians in that period. Among them were Pande Matevski and his younger brother Petar. But, when they reach the “dream land”, America decides to join the allied forces in the Second World War and the brothers are recruited in the American army. Destiny ships them off to the beaches of Normandy. Their involvement in D-Day proved tragic for Pande who lost his life in the battle. His body is transferred from Normandy to America, and later to Bitola.

Pande Matevski’s grave is in his home town and his story is only known by the locals. It is our hope that through this short documentary his name will be remembered as one of the heroes who gave their lives for freedom.

With the opening of the Western front in Europe, the invasion of Normandy is considered today as a decisive battle in World War II history because it’s the turning point that leads to the capitulation of Germany. The beaches as well as the territory of Normandy will forever bear the scars of those historic happenings. From that day on, the date 6th June will resound in the thoughts and memories as an arduous battle for France as well as the rest of the World. The testimonials of this war are of legendary proportions and contributed to transcend this military operation in the after-war as a symbol of peace and reconciliation.

The story of Pande is replaced in this unique historical context that joined so many young men under the same flags in the name of freedom. This movie is a commemoration; a symbol of that collective history lived by nations of the whole world on the beaches of Normandy, and is shared by many men and women. This film is not Spielberg’s and this documentary is not a blockbuster. However it is precisely in this sense that it holds an even greater importance. It is an homage to this Macedonian story that is encrypted in the testimonial of the greater World history.

The local initiative to film this story is supported by the Decentralised Cooperation between the Lower Normandy and Macedonia, coordinated by ALDA. This initiative contributes to the 70th anniversary of the Normandy Invasion – the D-Day. This year, on June 6, the Lower Normandy region will host an international commemoration that will reunite the veterans who fought on the beaches of Normandy, as well as many leaders of the countries which participated in the battles.

Inspired by this historical moment, which forever changed the Europe’s faith, and following the 100 years of the beginning of the WWI, the Lower Normandy Region and the Republic of Macedonia will reinforce their cooperation, focusing on the themes in common, such as: Memory, peace, and reconciliation; Cultural Heritage and Human Rights.

For more information, please visit the official blog of the Private Pande Matevski’s life и official site of the Decentralised Cooperation Lower Normandy – Macedonia.


Conference: final event of the project Working Together for Development

The Association of Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA) organised the final event of the project Working Together for Development, which will take place on 5 June at the Council of Europe, in Strasbourg. This event collects and analyses most of the debate that has been going on these years over the possibility to link closely citizens’ participation at the local level and the concept of development. Considering the start of the new European programmes on the matter, a road map over the implementation will be identified.

The international conference ‘Bridging the European Year 2013 and the European Year 2015:  from participation to development’ will bring together the most important actors in the enlarged Europe scene on the topics, putting a spotlight on the relations between these two priorities for all of us Europeans.

The event is supported by the Council of Europe and by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the CoE. After the keynote presentation on development, the morning session will conclude with the presentations by the project partners. During the lunch break, the 10 years from the ‘big bang’ enlargement of the European Union will be celebrated. The afternoon session will be dedicated to local governance in Ukraine.

During the conference, a major publication about citizens’ participation at the local level will also be presented. Written by ALDA together with our members and partners, it will be published by Peter Lang, International Academic Publishers.

See the agenda of the conference, а также register before 25 May by emailing Nicolas Gamourasnicolas.gamouras@aldaintranet.org

The project Working Together for Development (WTD) started in January 2012. Funded by the European Union within the programme “Non-State Actors and Local Authorities in Development” and led by ALDA, it brought together 21 partners and associates from 16 countries in Europe and its Neighborhood, both among associations of local authorities and networks of civil society organizations, and through the method of multilateral decentralized cooperation, it built strong partnerships between the involved actors, contributing to effective and sustainable development. Website of the project: www.wtd-alda.eu

The second part of the international event will take place on 6 June afternoon, after the annual General Assembly of ALDA – which will gather all its members to face the new challenges and brainstorm over new activities.

The Association of Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA) organised the final event of the project Working Together for Development, which will take place on 5 June at the Council of Europe, in Strasbourg. This event collects and analyses most of the debate that has been going on these years over the possibility to link closely citizens’ participation at the local level and the concept of development. Considering the start of the new European programmes on the matter, a road map over the implementation will be identified.

The international conference ‘Bridging the European Year 2013 and the European Year 2015:  from participation to development’ will bring together the most important actors in the enlarged Europe scene on the topics, putting a spotlight on the relations between these two priorities for all of us Europeans.

The event is supported by the Council of Europe and by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the CoE. After the keynote presentation on development, the morning session will conclude with the presentations by the project partners. During the lunch break, the 10 years from the ‘big bang’ enlargement of the European Union will be celebrated. The afternoon session will be dedicated to local governance in Ukraine.

During the conference, a major publication about citizens’ participation at the local level will also be presented. Written by ALDA together with our members and partners, it will be published by Peter Lang, International Academic Publishers.

See the agenda of the conference, а также register before 25 May by emailing Nicolas Gamourasnicolas.gamouras@aldaintranet.org

The project Working Together for Development (WTD) started in January 2012. Funded by the European Union within the programme “Non-State Actors and Local Authorities in Development” and led by ALDA, it brought together 21 partners and associates from 16 countries in Europe and its Neighborhood, both among associations of local authorities and networks of civil society organizations, and through the method of multilateral decentralized cooperation, it built strong partnerships between the involved actors, contributing to effective and sustainable development. Website of the project: www.wtd-alda.eu

The second part of the international event will take place on 6 June afternoon, after the annual General Assembly of ALDA – which will gather all its members to face the new challenges and brainstorm over new activities.