ALDA at the Open Days 2015 in Brussels

Marco Boaria, Head of ALDA’s Resources and Development Unit, attended the EU Committee of the Region’s European Week of Regions and Cities on 12-15 October in Brussels, while Ela Horoszko, Project Manager and Eastern Partnership Coordinator, joined the joint EuroNEST – CORLEAP seminar on “Eastern Partnership Territorial and Parliamentary Cooperation: Revising the Relations, Implementing Association Agreements” on 13th October.

The programme of the Open Days 2015 encompassed 140 workshops spread across Brussels and was an opportunity for discussion and best practices sharing among regional and local authorities, civil society and the industry representatives. ALDA has been participating in the Open Days since many years and in that capacity it took an active part in many of the workshops held.

Together with the colleagues from ALDA Skopje, Katica Janeva and Sanja Trpkovska, Marco and Ela also had a chance to attend a reception hosted by the Mayor of Skopje, Mr Koce Trajanovski, organised within the framework of the Open Days. The City of Skopje and ALDA have a successful cooperation for several years on different projects.

Marco Boaria, Head of ALDA’s Resources and Development Unit, attended the EU Committee of the Region’s European Week of Regions and Cities on 12-15 October in Brussels, while Ela Horoszko, Project Manager and Eastern Partnership Coordinator, joined the joint EuroNEST – CORLEAP seminar on “Eastern Partnership Territorial and Parliamentary Cooperation: Revising the Relations, Implementing Association Agreements” on 13th October.

The programme of the Open Days 2015 encompassed 140 workshops spread across Brussels and was an opportunity for discussion and best practices sharing among regional and local authorities, civil society and the industry representatives. ALDA has been participating in the Open Days since many years and in that capacity it took an active part in many of the workshops held.

Together with the colleagues from ALDA Skopje, Katica Janeva and Sanja Trpkovska, Marco and Ela also had a chance to attend a reception hosted by the Mayor of Skopje, Mr Koce Trajanovski, organised within the framework of the Open Days. The City of Skopje and ALDA have a successful cooperation for several years on different projects.


LDA of the Dnipropetrovsk Region among students to discuss about local elections and decentralization

The team of the LDA of the Dnipropetrovsk Region was invited to take part in Say Your Word project implemented by local NGO – Civic Platform of Ukraine (Dnipropetrovsk), and financed by USAID.

The project consisted in 25 lectures delivered to the students of the Dnipropetrovsk Region and focused in two main topics: local elections (news, process, pros and cons of the system) and decentralization (consequences, impact on the community). The main idea is to share information and experience of the experts with youth in order to raise their awareness on these important issues.

Among the experts: Анжелика Пилипенко, Delegate of the LDA of the Dnipropetrovsk Region, Olena Tertyshna, Head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional Reform, and Kyrylo Batalov, Deputy Delegate of the LDA of the Dnipropetrovsk Region, who delivered speeches on youth exchange programs, civic leadership within the present changes.

The students received a unique chance to communicate with people who have got experience in the vital topics which arise nowadays. They ask questions and get qualified answers.

Полезные ссылки:
Say Your Word 

The team of the LDA of the Dnipropetrovsk Region was invited to take part in Say Your Word project implemented by local NGO – Civic Platform of Ukraine (Dnipropetrovsk), and financed by USAID.

The project consisted in 25 lectures delivered to the students of the Dnipropetrovsk Region and focused in two main topics: local elections (news, process, pros and cons of the system) and decentralization (consequences, impact on the community). The main idea is to share information and experience of the experts with youth in order to raise their awareness on these important issues.

Among the experts: Анжелика Пилипенко, Delegate of the LDA of the Dnipropetrovsk Region, Olena Tertyshna, Head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional Reform, and Kyrylo Batalov, Deputy Delegate of the LDA of the Dnipropetrovsk Region, who delivered speeches on youth exchange programs, civic leadership within the present changes.

The students received a unique chance to communicate with people who have got experience in the vital topics which arise nowadays. They ask questions and get qualified answers.

Полезные ссылки:
Say Your Word 


"Multiculturalism and Integration in Europe" - The approval by the Governing Board of ALDA

On 16th October, during the last Governing Board of ALDA that took place in Brussels, the document “Multiculturalism and Integration in Europe” was approved.

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Cultural diversity is considered as one of Europe’s most valuable assets. Pluralism in general terms is integrated into the concept of European Identity and included in the European Union policy recommendations concerning wide range of social issues. In the year 2000, the “Unity in Diversity” was adopted as an official motto of the EU. Since then, multiculturalism has become one of the most apparent current features of Europe and societies are facing the challenge of finding and ensuring adequate levels of social integration.

ALDA, through its action and several activities, helps the building of an inclusive society. The document “Multiculturalism and Integration in Europe” provides a list of recommendations explaining how ALDA contributes by promoting social inclusion and integration through participation at the local level:

  • Identification and geographical location of national and transnational socially excluded communities through activities promoting citizen participation
  • Promotion of activities that contribute to removing obstacles to social inclusion at the local level
  • Empowering excluded groups to engage in civil society organizations
  • Supporting collection of good practices in social integration and widespread awareness and use of integration tools (such as new non-formal education methodologies, language education, cultural exchange courses)
  • Ensuring inclusion of excluded groups into employment opportunities, education and political institutions
  • Empowering Local Governments to tackle the issues of social exclusion of local minorities
  • Supporting stronger presence of European Union Institutions in border countries and creation of a more flexible system for the mobility of refugees and asylum seekers, avoiding the concentration of them in some European Countries, more than in others

ALDA’s mandate in the fields of citizen participation, local democracy and good governance can contribute greatly to tackling the issues related to social integration. The increasing multiculturalism in Europe is the opportunity to use its long term experience and overcome the challenges connected to increasing cultural diversity among people in Europe.  Many above mentioned risk groups are interconnected with each other and can be targeted through their engagement in civil society organizations. ALDA is furthermore working towards strengthening the dialog between civil society organisations and local authorities, which can contribute greatly to finding solutions for social integration issues in many societies in Europe. As the problems can be identified by citizens themselves through the process of participation, the communication between different actors can bring implementation of policies that are adjusted to local environments and able to tackle specific problems of the communities.

On 16th October, during the last Governing Board of ALDA that took place in Brussels, the document “Multiculturalism and Integration in Europe” was approved.

***

Cultural diversity is considered as one of Europe’s most valuable assets. Pluralism in general terms is integrated into the concept of European Identity and included in the European Union policy recommendations concerning wide range of social issues. In the year 2000, the “Unity in Diversity” was adopted as an official motto of the EU. Since then, multiculturalism has become one of the most apparent current features of Europe and societies are facing the challenge of finding and ensuring adequate levels of social integration.

ALDA, through its action and several activities, helps the building of an inclusive society. The document “Multiculturalism and Integration in Europe” provides a list of recommendations explaining how ALDA contributes by promoting social inclusion and integration through participation at the local level:

  • Identification and geographical location of national and transnational socially excluded communities through activities promoting citizen participation
  • Promotion of activities that contribute to removing obstacles to social inclusion at the local level
  • Empowering excluded groups to engage in civil society organizations
  • Supporting collection of good practices in social integration and widespread awareness and use of integration tools (such as new non-formal education methodologies, language education, cultural exchange courses)
  • Ensuring inclusion of excluded groups into employment opportunities, education and political institutions
  • Empowering Local Governments to tackle the issues of social exclusion of local minorities
  • Supporting stronger presence of European Union Institutions in border countries and creation of a more flexible system for the mobility of refugees and asylum seekers, avoiding the concentration of them in some European Countries, more than in others

ALDA’s mandate in the fields of citizen participation, local democracy and good governance can contribute greatly to tackling the issues related to social integration. The increasing multiculturalism in Europe is the opportunity to use its long term experience and overcome the challenges connected to increasing cultural diversity among people in Europe.  Many above mentioned risk groups are interconnected with each other and can be targeted through their engagement in civil society organizations. ALDA is furthermore working towards strengthening the dialog between civil society organisations and local authorities, which can contribute greatly to finding solutions for social integration issues in many societies in Europe. As the problems can be identified by citizens themselves through the process of participation, the communication between different actors can bring implementation of policies that are adjusted to local environments and able to tackle specific problems of the communities.


ALDA at the Autumn Session of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities in Strasbourg!

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities held its 29th Session  in Strasbourg, from 20th to 22nd October 2015.

The Session was dedicated to the celebration of the 30 years of the milestone of Local Democracy in Europe, the European Charter on Local Self Government.

ALDA has always been close to the activities of the Congress to support local governance and citizen participation. The session represented a place for lobbying with the members on the field of interest of ALDA and LDAs and also for meeting many partners and members.

This week was particularly active with two important meetings dedicated to rights of women and local communities in Turkey and to the informative event for the LDA Молдова.

The Secretary General of ALDA, Mrs. Antonella Valmorbida, together with ALDA’s staff, attended the events and liaise with other partners in the field, reinforcing the established partnerships and welcoming new ones.

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities held its 29th Session  in Strasbourg, from 20th to 22nd October 2015.

The Session was dedicated to the celebration of the 30 years of the milestone of Local Democracy in Europe, the European Charter on Local Self Government.

ALDA has always been close to the activities of the Congress to support local governance and citizen participation. The session represented a place for lobbying with the members on the field of interest of ALDA and LDAs and also for meeting many partners and members.

This week was particularly active with two important meetings dedicated to rights of women and local communities in Turkey and to the informative event for the LDA Молдова.

The Secretary General of ALDA, Mrs. Antonella Valmorbida, together with ALDA’s staff, attended the events and liaise with other partners in the field, reinforcing the established partnerships and welcoming new ones.


ALDA Governing Board Meeting in Brussels

ALDA Governing Board Meeting in Brussels, on Friday October 16th, 2015.


Presentation of CHOICE in Vanadzor, Armenia

The presentation of CHOICE – Cultural Heritage: Opportunity for Improving Civic Engagement project took place on 9th October in Vanadzor town, in Lori Province of Armenia.

Representatives of more than 30 public and non-governmental organizations from Lori, Tavush and Shirak Provinces participated to the event. Many participants expressed their desire to present a number of ideas, despite the fact that only one of them will receive financial support.

Number of participants were representing consortiums and associations. Several issues discussed after the presentation, such as the eligibility of for public organizations and organizations affiliated with church, and the development criteria for eligible organizations.

Representatives of Millennium FER answered all questions and provided the detailed explanations of procedures and criteria.

The project ‘CHOICE – Cultural Heritage: Opportunity for Improving Civic Engagement’ is funded by the European Union.

 

Полезные ссылки:

Project webpage

Press release

Guide for application

The presentation of CHOICE – Cultural Heritage: Opportunity for Improving Civic Engagement project took place on 9th October in Vanadzor town, in Lori Province of Armenia.

Representatives of more than 30 public and non-governmental organizations from Lori, Tavush and Shirak Provinces participated to the event. Many participants expressed their desire to present a number of ideas, despite the fact that only one of them will receive financial support.

Number of participants were representing consortiums and associations. Several issues discussed after the presentation, such as the eligibility of for public organizations and organizations affiliated with church, and the development criteria for eligible organizations.

Representatives of Millennium FER answered all questions and provided the detailed explanations of procedures and criteria.

The project ‘CHOICE – Cultural Heritage: Opportunity for Improving Civic Engagement’ is funded by the European Union.

 

Полезные ссылки:

Project webpage

Press release

Guide for application


Twinning territories: The Days of Culture of Pelagonia welcomed two contemporary dancers from Normandy

ALDA was among the stakeholders participating in the meeting promoted by the DG Development and Cooperation of the European Commission on the implementation of the European Year for Development, held in Brussels last Thursday, 9 December.

The meeting gathered together representatives of the European institutions and key stakeholders in the development field such as FAO and CONCORD and was an occasion to get to know more and debate on the next steps of the implementation of the flagship activities planned in 2015 as well as on the EYD visibility campaign.

Particular focus was given on involving all level of governance, given the decentralisation trend within and outside the EU, on addressing young people as main target group and on promoting storytelling as a successful means to raise awareness on development issues in a more effective approach.

The event was also an opportunity to have a better understanding of the 2015 calendar and get a wide range of stakeholders aboard. Key meetings were confirmed: the open conference in Riga on 9 January under the Latvian presidency, the gender event on 4th March, the Assisses of decentralised cooperation and the European Development Days in Brussels respectively on 1-2 and 3-4 June, as well as the final conference on 8 December in Luxembourg under the next presidency.

ALDA was among the stakeholders participating in the meeting promoted by the DG Development and Cooperation of the European Commission on the implementation of the European Year for Development, held in Brussels last Thursday, 9 December.

The meeting gathered together representatives of the European institutions and key stakeholders in the development field such as FAO and CONCORD and was an occasion to get to know more and debate on the next steps of the implementation of the flagship activities planned in 2015 as well as on the EYD visibility campaign.

Particular focus was given on involving all level of governance, given the decentralisation trend within and outside the EU, on addressing young people as main target group and on promoting storytelling as a successful means to raise awareness on development issues in a more effective approach.

The event was also an opportunity to have a better understanding of the 2015 calendar and get a wide range of stakeholders aboard. Key meetings were confirmed: the open conference in Riga on 9 January under the Latvian presidency, the gender event on 4th March, the Assisses of decentralised cooperation and the European Development Days in Brussels respectively on 1-2 and 3-4 June, as well as the final conference on 8 December in Luxembourg under the next presidency.


Plants and nature: Cultural heritage for a local economic development in Macedonia and Normandy

“Aromatic and medical plants: a cultural heritage to valorise” is a project organized by Savoir-faire and Co of Lower Normandy and Rural coalition of Macedonia.

The 2 partners have been working for 6 months on the uses of the plants in the two territories and the expertise of the professionals on it. In the beginning of October 2015, the Normand producers of plants came to Macedonia to discover the plants production and transformation there and also to exchange with their homologs.

During one week, they visited the plantations and they observed the Macedonian producers. At the end of the visit, a conference was opened by the French Ambassador Laurence Auer, who invited the Macedonian stakeholders to exchange with the French producers. The conversations clearly showed the similarities and differences between the realities of their work in the both territories.

This project, for its singularity, showed how much the environment can be used, respectfully, to develop a local economy. By exchanging expertise, this project is expecting to make this economy sustainable for the professional and for their territories.

Laurence Auer, Ambassador of France, told during the conference how much the plants and in general, the nature, is a great asset for Macedonia and that this kind of initiative is a good step for economic development.

This visit in Macedonia is the first part of the project implemented by the two partners. In 2016, the Macedonian producers will visit their French homologs and will experience their realities and the technics they are developing in Normandy.

This project is funded in the framework of the call for projects 2015/2016 of the Decentralized Cooperation Lower Normandy – Macedonia. This programme is coordinated by ALDA.

“Aromatic and medical plants: a cultural heritage to valorise” is a project organized by Savoir-faire and Co of Lower Normandy and Rural coalition of Macedonia.

The 2 partners have been working for 6 months on the uses of the plants in the two territories and the expertise of the professionals on it. In the beginning of October 2015, the Normand producers of plants came to Macedonia to discover the plants production and transformation there and also to exchange with their homologs.

During one week, they visited the plantations and they observed the Macedonian producers. At the end of the visit, a conference was opened by the French Ambassador Laurence Auer, who invited the Macedonian stakeholders to exchange with the French producers. The conversations clearly showed the similarities and differences between the realities of their work in the both territories.

This project, for its singularity, showed how much the environment can be used, respectfully, to develop a local economy. By exchanging expertise, this project is expecting to make this economy sustainable for the professional and for their territories.

Laurence Auer, Ambassador of France, told during the conference how much the plants and in general, the nature, is a great asset for Macedonia and that this kind of initiative is a good step for economic development.

This visit in Macedonia is the first part of the project implemented by the two partners. In 2016, the Macedonian producers will visit their French homologs and will experience their realities and the technics they are developing in Normandy.

This project is funded in the framework of the call for projects 2015/2016 of the Decentralized Cooperation Lower Normandy – Macedonia. This programme is coordinated by ALDA.


Meeting of ALDA Governing board in Brussels, on Friday 16th October

The meeting of ALDA Governing Board was held in Brussels, in the Committee of the Regions, on Friday 16th October.

The meeting was the occasion for making the point on the current activities and to discuss about the strengthening of the association in the upcoming months. Indeed, after the approval of the new strategic views, during the General Assembly in Podgorica, the Governing Board members were updated about the activities done so far, and those one which are foreseen in the next year.

The meeting was an excellent opportunity to discuss several other topics, such as the paper on “Multiculturalism and Integration in Europe”. The paper is focusing on the importance of cultural diversity and proposing some recommendations on how ALDA action can contribute to the promotion of social inclusion and integration through participation at the local level. The text was discussed and approved by the members.

The Governing Board concluded its meeting by working on the organisation of the next General Assembly, which will be held in May 2016.

The meeting of ALDA Governing Board was held in Brussels, in the Committee of the Regions, on Friday 16th October.

The meeting was the occasion for making the point on the current activities and to discuss about the strengthening of the association in the upcoming months. Indeed, after the approval of the new strategic views, during the General Assembly in Podgorica, the Governing Board members were updated about the activities done so far, and those one which are foreseen in the next year.

The meeting was an excellent opportunity to discuss several other topics, such as the paper on “Multiculturalism and Integration in Europe”. The paper is focusing on the importance of cultural diversity and proposing some recommendations on how ALDA action can contribute to the promotion of social inclusion and integration through participation at the local level. The text was discussed and approved by the members.

The Governing Board concluded its meeting by working on the organisation of the next General Assembly, which will be held in May 2016.


Presenting CHOICE project in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine

On 12th October, in Dnipropetrovsk (Ukraine), a presentation of the project CHOICE – Cultural Heritage: Opportunity for Improving Civic Engagement was organised by the Lviv-based Centre for Cultural Management, one of the ALDA’s partners in this project.

It represented also an opportunity to announce the calls for proposals that the Centre will administer in Ukraine with the deadline of 31st October for the first concept notes. Following a presentation of the project and its objectives by Ihor Savchak, the director of the Centre, a lively discussion on possible initiatives under the subgranting scheme took place. The suggestions included cultural and historical revival of the local small towns and communities with the objective to raise awareness among local populations about the value of cultural heritage.

The LDA of Dnipropetrovsk Region also intends to take part in the call for proposals and build partnerships with local organizations interested in preserving cultural heritage and legacy in the region.

The project ‘CHOICE – Cultural Heritage: Opportunity for Improving Civic Engagement’ is funded by the European Union.

 

Полезные ссылки:

Project webpage

Kultura

CNTU. International

Ivan Franko National University of Lviv

GURT Resourse Centre

Pamjatky 

Ua Travels

Libr

Jewish heritage

BIGGGGIDEA

jsc

Culture partnership

Association of Ukrainian Cities

On 12th October, in Dnipropetrovsk (Ukraine), a presentation of the project CHOICE – Cultural Heritage: Opportunity for Improving Civic Engagement was organised by the Lviv-based Centre for Cultural Management, one of the ALDA’s partners in this project.

It represented also an opportunity to announce the calls for proposals that the Centre will administer in Ukraine with the deadline of 31st October for the first concept notes. Following a presentation of the project and its objectives by Ihor Savchak, the director of the Centre, a lively discussion on possible initiatives under the subgranting scheme took place. The suggestions included cultural and historical revival of the local small towns and communities with the objective to raise awareness among local populations about the value of cultural heritage.

The LDA of Dnipropetrovsk Region also intends to take part in the call for proposals and build partnerships with local organizations interested in preserving cultural heritage and legacy in the region.

The project ‘CHOICE – Cultural Heritage: Opportunity for Improving Civic Engagement’ is funded by the European Union.

 

Полезные ссылки:

Project webpage

Kultura

CNTU. International

Ivan Franko National University of Lviv

GURT Resourse Centre

Pamjatky 

Ua Travels

Libr

Jewish heritage

BIGGGGIDEA

jsc

Culture partnership

Association of Ukrainian Cities