Workshop-Vicenza from March 2 - How to Take Advantage of European Opportunities for SMEs?

The workshops are planned to deepen the knowledge of European opportunities for SMEs in order to contribute and give a new impetus to the development and innovation of the business system: the scheduled dates are 2-9-16 March from 9.30 to 13.00 and the price is 150 euros for the 3 appointments and 60 euros per day. To participate in the workshops you must register www.rete33.it/registrati_fondieuropei The topics that will be addressed by the workshops aim to provide a broad overview of the main opportunities reserved by Europe to the business world. It will start with a presentation of indirect (or structural) funds, managed at ministerial or regional level, where companies are among the main beneficiaries of their various measures (ESF, ERDF, etc.).

Subsequently, starting from the second meeting, there will be a jump into Europe, opening the chapter of direct funds, or those managed by the European Commission. In the second meeting will be presented some programs that aim to support actions in the field of training, culture, labor, tourism, economic development, Industry 4.0, digitalization, and many other topics. Finally, the third meeting will be dedicated exclusively to the key program for research, the Horizon 2020, an excellent driver – being the richest program ever – to support the development of enterprises through actions of applied research and support for innovation. ALDA and Network 33 have created a constructive synergy on these issues by merging two fundamental aspects: skills and knowledge. This synergy was created to give a complete answer to companies that have projects and are looking for financial support for their development.

The objective of ALDA (European Association for Local Democracy) is to promote good governance and citizen participation at the local level, addressing local challenges from a transnational perspective through the development of projects and actions of training and technical assistance. Rete 33 is a network of professionals who work side by side with entrepreneurs and business managers to provide concrete solutions aimed at process, product, marketing and communication innovation: creating projects, supporting clients and finding the right solutions.

For information: info@rete33.it

The workshops are planned to deepen the knowledge of European opportunities for SMEs in order to contribute and give a new impetus to the development and innovation of the business system: the scheduled dates are 2-9-16 March from 9.30 to 13.00 and the price is 150 euros for the 3 appointments and 60 euros per day. To participate in the workshops you must register www.rete33.it/registrati_fondieuropei The topics that will be addressed by the workshops aim to provide a broad overview of the main opportunities reserved by Europe to the business world. It will start with a presentation of indirect (or structural) funds, managed at ministerial or regional level, where companies are among the main beneficiaries of their various measures (ESF, ERDF, etc.).

Subsequently, starting from the second meeting, there will be a jump into Europe, opening the chapter of direct funds, or those managed by the European Commission. In the second meeting will be presented some programs that aim to support actions in the field of training, culture, labor, tourism, economic development, Industry 4.0, digitalization, and many other topics. Finally, the third meeting will be dedicated exclusively to the key program for research, the Horizon 2020, an excellent driver – being the richest program ever – to support the development of enterprises through actions of applied research and support for innovation. ALDA and Network 33 have created a constructive synergy on these issues by merging two fundamental aspects: skills and knowledge. This synergy was created to give a complete answer to companies that have projects and are looking for financial support for their development.

The objective of ALDA (European Association for Local Democracy) is to promote good governance and citizen participation at the local level, addressing local challenges from a transnational perspective through the development of projects and actions of training and technical assistance. Rete 33 is a network of professionals who work side by side with entrepreneurs and business managers to provide concrete solutions aimed at process, product, marketing and communication innovation: creating projects, supporting clients and finding the right solutions.

For information: info@rete33.it


Europe is smaller, thanks to job shadowing activities of project INCOME!

Professionals from all over Europe will get out of their office, take a plane and jump headfirst into the work of another institution. Why? To literally get in someone else’s shoes, learning new perspectives and tools used, and sharing their ideas, concerns, and solutions.

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Project INCOME (INnovating COworking Methods through Exchange) is co-funded by the ERASMUS + programme and led by Contemporary Art Centre Färgfabriken.
The project focuses on the co-working approach as a way to respond to the challenges of youth unemployment, taking entrepreneurship and cultural infrastructure as a potential path out of unemployment, particularly attractive for young people tending to be more creative, dynamic and giving a preference to self-employment.

The 9 partners involved met in Stockholm in May 2017, on the occasion of the kick-off of the project, and shared their experience in co-working from different perspectives, planning future activities at the local level.

This year, INCOME will support 32 mobility activities all over Europe. A unique opportunity to creatively tackle one of the most pressing problems affecting youth – unemployment.

Read more about project INCOME

Professionals from all over Europe will get out of their office, take a plane and jump headfirst into the work of another institution. Why? To literally get in someone else’s shoes, learning new perspectives and tools used, and sharing their ideas, concerns, and solutions.

***
Project INCOME (INnovating COworking Methods through Exchange) is co-funded by the ERASMUS + programme and led by Contemporary Art Centre Färgfabriken.
The project focuses on the co-working approach as a way to respond to the challenges of youth unemployment, taking entrepreneurship and cultural infrastructure as a potential path out of unemployment, particularly attractive for young people tending to be more creative, dynamic and giving a preference to self-employment.

The 9 partners involved met in Stockholm in May 2017, on the occasion of the kick-off of the project, and shared their experience in co-working from different perspectives, planning future activities at the local level.

This year, INCOME will support 32 mobility activities all over Europe. A unique opportunity to creatively tackle one of the most pressing problems affecting youth – unemployment.

Read more about project INCOME


Long live Europe! 55th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty: "Franco-German friendship can only exist within the European Union".

The strengthening of Franco-German cooperation contributes to the revival of European construction. While security and defense reforms are necessary, as well as new investments to strengthen the euro zone, it is above all essential to return to the founding principle of the European ambition: a common project at the service of its citizens.

The Presidents of the European Movement in France and Germany, Yves Bertoncini and Dr. Rainer Wend, welcome the resolutions adopted today by the German National Assembly and Bundestag on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty. According to them, “Germany and France must, however, take greater account of their neighbors by giving the Treaty a more European dimension. Franco-German cooperation must be a driving force for consolidating European democracy and its institutions in a context of crisis; under no circumstances should these two countries ignore their neighbors or even marginalize them. »

Today, in both our countries, we must defend a pluralist and democratic society, because this is the only way to stem the advance of nationalist and populist currents.

“The Franco-German motor is essential for the revival of European construction. It must look at the world and lead all the countries of the European Union to make it more efficient, more united and more democratic,” says Yves Bertoncini.

The German and French parliaments are thus calling – and rightly so – for the launch of “citizen consultations to promote democratic and transnational cooperation”.

According to Yves Bertoncini, “our citizens have a major role to play in shaping the Union in which they wish to live. We welcome the organization of citizens’ consultations and intend to participate in the emergence of projects for a common future while reducing the dividing lines that divide Europeans. »

To ensure that these consultations do not amount to a media stunt, the bar of requirements must be set high and the population fully involved in the most representative way possible, for example by applying the principle of drawing lots – at both local and European level.

“In addition to citizen consultations, a structured political dialogue must be promoted with all social and democratic forces, including civil society actors, social partners and associations,” adds Dr. Rainer Wend.

Find this declaration in PDF format

The strengthening of Franco-German cooperation contributes to the revival of European construction. While security and defense reforms are necessary, as well as new investments to strengthen the euro zone, it is above all essential to return to the founding principle of the European ambition: a common project at the service of its citizens.

The Presidents of the European Movement in France and Germany, Yves Bertoncini and Dr. Rainer Wend, welcome the resolutions adopted today by the German National Assembly and Bundestag on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty. According to them, “Germany and France must, however, take greater account of their neighbors by giving the Treaty a more European dimension. Franco-German cooperation must be a driving force for consolidating European democracy and its institutions in a context of crisis; under no circumstances should these two countries ignore their neighbors or even marginalize them. »

Today, in both our countries, we must defend a pluralist and democratic society, because this is the only way to stem the advance of nationalist and populist currents.

“The Franco-German motor is essential for the revival of European construction. It must look at the world and lead all the countries of the European Union to make it more efficient, more united and more democratic,” says Yves Bertoncini.

The German and French parliaments are thus calling – and rightly so – for the launch of “citizen consultations to promote democratic and transnational cooperation”.

According to Yves Bertoncini, “our citizens have a major role to play in shaping the Union in which they wish to live. We welcome the organization of citizens’ consultations and intend to participate in the emergence of projects for a common future while reducing the dividing lines that divide Europeans. »

To ensure that these consultations do not amount to a media stunt, the bar of requirements must be set high and the population fully involved in the most representative way possible, for example by applying the principle of drawing lots – at both local and European level.

“In addition to citizen consultations, a structured political dialogue must be promoted with all social and democratic forces, including civil society actors, social partners and associations,” adds Dr. Rainer Wend.

Find this declaration in PDF format


Portraits of Macedonia - Documentary & website launched

The documentary and website “Portraits of Macedonia” was publicly presented on Wednesday, 24 January at the French Institute in Skopje. H. E. Christian Thimonier, Ambassador of France in Macedonia, Sébastien Botreau Bonneterre, Cooperation Attaché to the French Embassy, Katica Janeva, Director of ALDA Skopje, Sarah Froment and Corentin Praud, volunteers in EVS at ALDA Skopje, spoke at the launch event.

Portraits of Macedonia is a website and documentary showing public places seen from the citizens’ point of view. It seeks to outline a broad, complex and unique vision of Macedonia and its citizens in all their diversity.
The fifteen interviews, audio tracks and photographs are broadcast on an interactive map where everyone can contribute and help enrich the project. In a few figures, it’s eight hours of content, accessible in three languages (French, English and/or Macedonian), from Macedonians aged twenty to seventy, from three cities, Stip, Kavadarci and Skopje.
The project was carried out by Sarah Froment and Corentin Praud, European Voluntary Service Volunteers (EVS) at ALDA Skopje within the project “Youth for Europe”, and was made possible thanks to the financial support of the ERASMUS+ programme.

The documentary and website “Portraits of Macedonia” was publicly presented on Wednesday, 24 January at the French Institute in Skopje. H. E. Christian Thimonier, Ambassador of France in Macedonia, Sébastien Botreau Bonneterre, Cooperation Attaché to the French Embassy, Katica Janeva, Director of ALDA Skopje, Sarah Froment and Corentin Praud, volunteers in EVS at ALDA Skopje, spoke at the launch event.

Portraits of Macedonia is a website and documentary showing public places seen from the citizens’ point of view. It seeks to outline a broad, complex and unique vision of Macedonia and its citizens in all their diversity.
The fifteen interviews, audio tracks and photographs are broadcast on an interactive map where everyone can contribute and help enrich the project. In a few figures, it’s eight hours of content, accessible in three languages (French, English and/or Macedonian), from Macedonians aged twenty to seventy, from three cities, Stip, Kavadarci and Skopje.
The project was carried out by Sarah Froment and Corentin Praud, European Voluntary Service Volunteers (EVS) at ALDA Skopje within the project “Youth for Europe”, and was made possible thanks to the financial support of the ERASMUS+ programme.


LDAs and ALDA’s statement on the situation in Kosovo, after the assassination of Oliver Ivanovic, in Mitrovica

Local Democracy Agencies (LDAs) and ALDA, are following the latest development in Kosovo with concern.

We urge all sides to remain calm at this sensitive time while investigations are ongoing by all relevant Kosovo law enforcement bodies, and to recommit to continue the work toward the normalization of relations and the improvement of lives of all citizens of Kosovo.
We call upon all political leaders in Kosovo to continue to engage constructively in dialogue to implement agreements reached through dialogue, which will contribute to advancing the normalization of relations and the countries’ EU perspective.
Kosovo leadership needs to keep Kosovo firmly in the European agenda and fulfil the obligation towards the EU on the establishment of the Specialist Chambers, and Demarcation of Border with Montenegro.
LDAs and ALDA will continue to actively support all Western Balkan countries on their way to European Union offering their knowledge and experience.

Local Democracy Agencies (LDAs) and ALDA, are following the latest development in Kosovo with concern.

We urge all sides to remain calm at this sensitive time while investigations are ongoing by all relevant Kosovo law enforcement bodies, and to recommit to continue the work toward the normalization of relations and the improvement of lives of all citizens of Kosovo.
We call upon all political leaders in Kosovo to continue to engage constructively in dialogue to implement agreements reached through dialogue, which will contribute to advancing the normalization of relations and the countries’ EU perspective.
Kosovo leadership needs to keep Kosovo firmly in the European agenda and fulfil the obligation towards the EU on the establishment of the Specialist Chambers, and Demarcation of Border with Montenegro.
LDAs and ALDA will continue to actively support all Western Balkan countries on their way to European Union offering their knowledge and experience.


The COOPILOT Project is Flying to Cyprus 25-26th January 2018

The Authority for Cooperative Societies organizes a 2 day conference/training session under the co-funded by the European Commission project “COOPILOT”, that aims to reduce unemployment through the creation of cooperative societies and which has as its theme: “The role and the importance of educational system in the development of cooperative culture”.

Addressed to young men and women, educators and academics, relevant public officials, policy makers, representatives of cooperative societies and other stakeholders, the conference will take place Thursday and Friday 25 and 26th January 2018 in the Multipurpose Hall of the Ministry of Finance, Nicosia, Cyprus, from 8.30 am to 3.00 pm.

Inter alias, experts /trainers of the Federation of Cooperative Societies of Trentino (Italy), will present educational programs for the development of cooperative competences on the basis of best practices applied in Italy. Then, a practical exercise will follow.

Participation is free! Information and registration at www.cssda.gov.cy .
Looking forward to your presence!

The Authority for Cooperative Societies organizes a 2 day conference/training session under the co-funded by the European Commission project “COOPILOT”, that aims to reduce unemployment through the creation of cooperative societies and which has as its theme: “The role and the importance of educational system in the development of cooperative culture”.

Addressed to young men and women, educators and academics, relevant public officials, policy makers, representatives of cooperative societies and other stakeholders, the conference will take place Thursday and Friday 25 and 26th January 2018 in the Multipurpose Hall of the Ministry of Finance, Nicosia, Cyprus, from 8.30 am to 3.00 pm.

Inter alias, experts /trainers of the Federation of Cooperative Societies of Trentino (Italy), will present educational programs for the development of cooperative competences on the basis of best practices applied in Italy. Then, a practical exercise will follow.

Participation is free! Information and registration at www.cssda.gov.cy .
Looking forward to your presence!


Final

Enlarge project: Final report 2018

Final report of the deliberative event. This is a type of intense informed and constructive dialogue among the various actors involved in the selected 31 collaborative policymaking case studies analysed within the extrapolation phase.

Public deliberation’ is now a common expression used to mean a structured mode of interaction among people that encourages the exchange of impartial arguments, mutual listening and understanding, and, possibly, the production of shared outcomes.

Final event Report

Final report of the deliberative event. This is a type of intense informed and constructive dialogue among the various actors involved in the selected 31 collaborative policymaking case studies analysed within the extrapolation phase.

Public deliberation’ is now a common expression used to mean a structured mode of interaction among people that encourages the exchange of impartial arguments, mutual listening and understanding, and, possibly, the production of shared outcomes.

Final event Report

Getting Tunisian women at the heart of the upcoming local elections

Long-delayed local elections in Tunisia will be held in May 2018. In February, ALDA will start trainings on election cycle for Tunisian women. Trainings will be delivered in six governorates – namely Gasfa, Kairouan, Grand Tunis, Jendouba, Kebili, and Mahdia, and will highligh the interdependence of different phases and actions before, during and following the election, thus showing women the opportunities for involvement during the whole electoral cycle, and encouraging them to play an active role.

These trainings are part of the project PARFAIT, kicked-off in Tunis in November 2017 and teaming up ALDA, the European Partnership for Democracy – EPD, and Coalition pour les Femmes de Tunisie. The project aims at increasing women participation at local level by giving them the means to fully access the public sphere – as voters and candidates, but also as empowered, informed and involved citizens, thus ensuring the ongoing decentralization process will be a success for every single citizen.

Read more about the project PARFAIT

Long-delayed local elections in Tunisia will be held in May 2018. In February, ALDA will start trainings on election cycle for Tunisian women. Trainings will be delivered in six governorates – namely Gasfa, Kairouan, Grand Tunis, Jendouba, Kebili, and Mahdia, and will highligh the interdependence of different phases and actions before, during and following the election, thus showing women the opportunities for involvement during the whole electoral cycle, and encouraging them to play an active role.

These trainings are part of the project PARFAIT, kicked-off in Tunis in November 2017 and teaming up ALDA, the European Partnership for Democracy – EPD, and Coalition pour les Femmes de Tunisie. The project aims at increasing women participation at local level by giving them the means to fully access the public sphere – as voters and candidates, but also as empowered, informed and involved citizens, thus ensuring the ongoing decentralization process will be a success for every single citizen.

Read more about the project PARFAIT


Getting close to the European Parliament elections. Europe is a solution, not a problem!

We need to learn how to use good arguments aimed at proving the strength of the European project to European citizens, especially to the big majority that does not live “mobility” in their daily life.

This year 2018 will be a huge site for all movements and citizens highlighting the great importance of the European project. Our arguments and our conviction, which are the result of daily work in all 4 corners of Europe, will have to be convincing and leave no doubt about the value of this approach. Europe is a solution, not a problem!

The European Union is a lot more than a weekend in Barcelona
We need to use arguments that resonate with all European citizens, especially those not being exposed to the most publicized effects of European citizenship, usually linked to mobility. European citizenship can be perceived only while crossing borders (not being forced to show a passport – less and less frequent, by the way), being able to use a common currency, and address any EU embassy in every country to obtain services and protection. But being a European citizen also means living in the Massif Central region or in Polish plains never getting the chance to travel, which is the case for the big majority of Europeans.

Peace, rights, development – EU has an impact on our everyday life
We need to know how to get to immobile people directly with pro-European arguments, those people who speak one, maybe two languages, and who could possibly move from one city to another without leaving their country at all. As a matter of fact, putting the accent on mobility diverted us from the great accomplishments of modern post-war Europe. The European project to be proposed, by working all together, is a prolonged peaceful area which made technological, economic, and social development possible. This project reaches the “unmovable”, that are not extra-terrestrial people but just normal – and in many cases successful and very valuable people in their community.

Europe has a direct impact on work legislation, on the food we eat, on consumption legislation, on equitable laws aimed to respect democracy and human rights for everyone. More than 50% of the legislation of European countries directly affecting our everyday lives comes from European legislation which was discussed together. Obviously the project is not perfect and the rules are not, either. But how do we build an alternative of such a success in countries where global competitiveness is truly felt, without decreasing citizens’ freedom and well-being? We are European citizens and we live a tremendous well-being (compared to what the concept of Non-Europe would have produced). It is also about the principle of freedom, freedom of breathing and of thinking we would actually like losing Europe, just to realize the terrible mistake when it is too late.

For this year 2018, let’s hit the road and let’s use convincing arguments as those discussed above in our cities and our municipalities, with our associations and our families. We have to convince with arguments giving clear answers to everyone: to those who speak only French and who never cross the border. The European project is, above all, for them. We haven’t achieved a European identity as we did with peace.  It’s an everyday common choice and work.

Showing the real European project to everyone, far from Brussels
ALDA organizes in 2018 awareness-raising campaigns and actions with local communities in order to show that the European project, even if not perfect, is able to give more solutions than problems to all of us. We will be working in cities to give a solution to social, youth employment, migration, research, educational, and work issues. We will go to our cities and member associations and we will join dozens of thousands of people, youngsters and older people, in every EU language (or almost). These activities are supported by our members, our volunteers, and by the precious help from the “Europe for Citizens” programme. Europe often turns out to be stronger outside big institutional contexts, or EU Commission’s corridors, or Place du Luxembourg in Brussels.

Let’s get this started!

Antonella VALMORBIDA

Secretary General of ALDA – European Association for Local Democracy
President of European Partnership for Democracy (www.epd.eu )
Member of the European Movement International, France, and Italy

Read more: www.alda-europe.eu

We need to learn how to use good arguments aimed at proving the strength of the European project to European citizens, especially to the big majority that does not live “mobility” in their daily life.

This year 2018 will be a huge site for all movements and citizens highlighting the great importance of the European project. Our arguments and our conviction, which are the result of daily work in all 4 corners of Europe, will have to be convincing and leave no doubt about the value of this approach. Europe is a solution, not a problem!

The European Union is a lot more than a weekend in Barcelona
We need to use arguments that resonate with all European citizens, especially those not being exposed to the most publicized effects of European citizenship, usually linked to mobility. European citizenship can be perceived only while crossing borders (not being forced to show a passport – less and less frequent, by the way), being able to use a common currency, and address any EU embassy in every country to obtain services and protection. But being a European citizen also means living in the Massif Central region or in Polish plains never getting the chance to travel, which is the case for the big majority of Europeans.

Peace, rights, development – EU has an impact on our everyday life
We need to know how to get to immobile people directly with pro-European arguments, those people who speak one, maybe two languages, and who could possibly move from one city to another without leaving their country at all. As a matter of fact, putting the accent on mobility diverted us from the great accomplishments of modern post-war Europe. The European project to be proposed, by working all together, is a prolonged peaceful area which made technological, economic, and social development possible. This project reaches the “unmovable”, that are not extra-terrestrial people but just normal – and in many cases successful and very valuable people in their community.

Europe has a direct impact on work legislation, on the food we eat, on consumption legislation, on equitable laws aimed to respect democracy and human rights for everyone. More than 50% of the legislation of European countries directly affecting our everyday lives comes from European legislation which was discussed together. Obviously the project is not perfect and the rules are not, either. But how do we build an alternative of such a success in countries where global competitiveness is truly felt, without decreasing citizens’ freedom and well-being? We are European citizens and we live a tremendous well-being (compared to what the concept of Non-Europe would have produced). It is also about the principle of freedom, freedom of breathing and of thinking we would actually like losing Europe, just to realize the terrible mistake when it is too late.

For this year 2018, let’s hit the road and let’s use convincing arguments as those discussed above in our cities and our municipalities, with our associations and our families. We have to convince with arguments giving clear answers to everyone: to those who speak only French and who never cross the border. The European project is, above all, for them. We haven’t achieved a European identity as we did with peace.  It’s an everyday common choice and work.

Showing the real European project to everyone, far from Brussels
ALDA organizes in 2018 awareness-raising campaigns and actions with local communities in order to show that the European project, even if not perfect, is able to give more solutions than problems to all of us. We will be working in cities to give a solution to social, youth employment, migration, research, educational, and work issues. We will go to our cities and member associations and we will join dozens of thousands of people, youngsters and older people, in every EU language (or almost). These activities are supported by our members, our volunteers, and by the precious help from the “Europe for Citizens” programme. Europe often turns out to be stronger outside big institutional contexts, or EU Commission’s corridors, or Place du Luxembourg in Brussels.

Let’s get this started!

Antonella VALMORBIDA

Secretary General of ALDA – European Association for Local Democracy
President of European Partnership for Democracy (www.epd.eu )
Member of the European Movement International, France, and Italy

Read more: www.alda-europe.eu