AUTREMENT project: a different start from most!

We recently told you about it. In fact, the AUTREMENT Project – Urban and Territorial Planning to Reinvent Mobilities and Engage Tunisian Citizens – officially started on June 1st of this year, in a very unique way, as the world was gently getting out of the lockdown.

The project is the result of a partnership between local authorities of the cities of Страсбург (Франция), Кайруан и Mahdia (Tunisia) and ALDA, with the support of the European Union. It aims at coping with something more topical than ever – sustainable urban mobility and planning – for a period of two and a half years. The municipalities of both cities, Kairouan and Mahdia, which is located about 100 km from Kairouan, will work together with a large consortium of civil society organisations, including ALDA, the CODATU Association и CEREMA research centre. The project will, in addition, rely on the expertise and local roots of the Агентство местной демократии Тунис.

The initiative is made up of several micro-projects (7 in Kairouan and 3 in Mahdia) to renovate and better develop both cities at the local and urban level, which had been previously identified by the municipalities through citizen consultations and are meant to long-term improve the daily lives of Tunisians by continuing to engage and mobilise them for their city.

Despite the unusual circumstances dictated by the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, all the stakeholders involved in the AUTREMENT Project have already started working on it ahead of the official project launch, which is expected by the fall of this year.

We recently told you about it. In fact, the AUTREMENT Project – Urban and Territorial Planning to Reinvent Mobilities and Engage Tunisian Citizens – officially started on June 1st of this year, in a very unique way, as the world was gently getting out of the lockdown.

The project is the result of a partnership between local authorities of the cities of Страсбург (Франция), Кайруан и Mahdia (Tunisia) and ALDA, with the support of the European Union. It aims at coping with something more topical than ever – sustainable urban mobility and planning – for a period of two and a half years. The municipalities of both cities, Kairouan and Mahdia, which is located about 100 km from Kairouan, will work together with a large consortium of civil society organisations, including ALDA, the CODATU Association и CEREMA research centre. The project will, in addition, rely on the expertise and local roots of the Агентство местной демократии Тунис.

The initiative is made up of several micro-projects (7 in Kairouan and 3 in Mahdia) to renovate and better develop both cities at the local and urban level, which had been previously identified by the municipalities through citizen consultations and are meant to long-term improve the daily lives of Tunisians by continuing to engage and mobilise them for their city.

Despite the unusual circumstances dictated by the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, all the stakeholders involved in the AUTREMENT Project have already started working on it ahead of the official project launch, which is expected by the fall of this year.


Francesca Guiotto from Valdagno is the winner of the "Be Smart, Design Logo Competition"!

Last month saw the conclusion of the selection process for the “Be Smart, Design Logo Competition”, organized as part of the European project SMART – Smart Museums Alliance Representing Territories, of which the municipality of Valdagno is the proud leader, and co-financed by the European Union’s Interreg V-A Italy-Austria program.

The competition aimed to select a project logo, which publicly identifies the SMART project in its mission and values, representing it throughout Europe.

About 20 applications were received, coming from the Veneto Region и Friuli Venezia Giulia Region: an excellent result in this difficult period, and with excellent proposals of marked creativity and high quality, for which a big “Thank you!” is due to all participants! Significant was also the participation of young citizens, with an average age recorded between 15 and 30 years.

The selection of the best proposal, by all project partners, was not easy: with pride the municipality of Valdagno finally announced in June that the winner of the competition is one of its citizens, Francesca Guiotto.

“Since SMART is a project highly connected to the theme of territory and inclusion, to surround these aspects I placed two hands that welcome and protect” – Francesca tells about her inspiration to the intrinsic values of SMART and to the significant and characterizing elements of the pilot sites involved in the project: the reflection of the bell tower in the Resia lake, the Saalfelden mountains and the Valdagni Valley crossed by the Agno river. “The mountains of Saalfelden have a double valence, as they remind two pencils that recall the strong artistic and creative identity of the project, symbols of an active and evolving creation. Finally, the complete logo proposes the shape of a drop of water, a common element that binds the three pilot sites involved in the project”.

As a prize, Francesca will have the opportunity to participate in the exclusive workshop for the creation of a Silent Play organized from September 2020 by the project partner La Piccionaia within the activities ofSMART.

An innovative product, the Silent Play, aimed at enhancing the natural and cultural heritage of the municipal area, which sees the collaboration between artists, local experts and citizens to develop a performative, interactive and multimedia itinerary, using different tools from theater, social research and community maps to theatrical animation, autobiographical workshop and storytelling.

An important thanks goes of course to all the project partners who, under the coordination of Alda+, have contributed to the realization and the success of the competition!

The SMART project promotes the culture of accessibility among tour operators and cultural operators, and the active participation of citizens to the enhancement of natural and cultural heritage as a common good.

Last month saw the conclusion of the selection process for the “Be Smart, Design Logo Competition”, organized as part of the European project SMART – Smart Museums Alliance Representing Territories, of which the municipality of Valdagno is the proud leader, and co-financed by the European Union’s Interreg V-A Italy-Austria program.

The competition aimed to select a project logo, which publicly identifies the SMART project in its mission and values, representing it throughout Europe.

About 20 applications were received, coming from the Veneto Region и Friuli Venezia Giulia Region: an excellent result in this difficult period, and with excellent proposals of marked creativity and high quality, for which a big “Thank you!” is due to all participants! Significant was also the participation of young citizens, with an average age recorded between 15 and 30 years.

The selection of the best proposal, by all project partners, was not easy: with pride the municipality of Valdagno finally announced in June that the winner of the competition is one of its citizens, Francesca Guiotto.

“Since SMART is a project highly connected to the theme of territory and inclusion, to surround these aspects I placed two hands that welcome and protect” – Francesca tells about her inspiration to the intrinsic values of SMART and to the significant and characterizing elements of the pilot sites involved in the project: the reflection of the bell tower in the Resia lake, the Saalfelden mountains and the Valdagni Valley crossed by the Agno river. “The mountains of Saalfelden have a double valence, as they remind two pencils that recall the strong artistic and creative identity of the project, symbols of an active and evolving creation. Finally, the complete logo proposes the shape of a drop of water, a common element that binds the three pilot sites involved in the project”.

As a prize, Francesca will have the opportunity to participate in the exclusive workshop for the creation of a Silent Play organized from September 2020 by the project partner La Piccionaia within the activities ofSMART.

An innovative product, the Silent Play, aimed at enhancing the natural and cultural heritage of the municipal area, which sees the collaboration between artists, local experts and citizens to develop a performative, interactive and multimedia itinerary, using different tools from theater, social research and community maps to theatrical animation, autobiographical workshop and storytelling.

An important thanks goes of course to all the project partners who, under the coordination of Alda+, have contributed to the realization and the success of the competition!

The SMART project promotes the culture of accessibility among tour operators and cultural operators, and the active participation of citizens to the enhancement of natural and cultural heritage as a common good.


ALDA in Europe: 20 years of local democracy. Let's discuss them on July 9th!

In the framework of our ALDA 20th anniversary webinar series on the 4 main geographic areas of ALDA operation, on Thursday, July 9th at 2 pm CEST we will convene online with a focus on the European context.

In consideration of the impact that the Covid-19 state of emergency had and is still having on the rule of law and EU fundamental rights, the webinar will conduct a reflection on the current situation in Europe and for European democracy.

Alongside the introductory and conclusive speeches of ALDA President Ориано Оточан and ALDA Secretary General Антонелла Вальморбида, more specifically, Mattia de Grassi will describe the departing point of democracy in the post Covid-19 recovery-plan on behalf of EU Commission Vice-President Dubravka Suica.

The discussion will then be moderated by ALDA Head of Secretary General Office Франческо Пала and animated by a multi-stakeholder panel:

Gilles Pelayo (Head of Unit of the programme Europe for Citizens, Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency – EACEA) will discuss the Europe for Citizens programme and its future in the next programming period; Giovanni Allegretti (planner and senior researcher at the Centre for Social Studies of the Coimbra University, Portugal) will bring his contribute on participatory budgeting and local democracy; and Assya Kavrakova (Executive Director – European Citizen Action Service – ECAS) will present the crucial role of digitalization in democracy.

Questions will be encouraged; registration is required, but free and open to everybody. The event will take place in английский, with interpretation in Итальянский и французский язык.

And register here: https://bit.ly/EU_ALDA20years

Looking forward to seeing you there and discussing together what’s next for ALDA in Europe!

In the framework of our ALDA 20th anniversary webinar series on the 4 main geographic areas of ALDA operation, on Thursday, July 9th at 2 pm CEST we will convene online with a focus on the European context.

In consideration of the impact that the Covid-19 state of emergency had and is still having on the rule of law and EU fundamental rights, the webinar will conduct a reflection on the current situation in Europe and for European democracy.

Alongside the introductory and conclusive speeches of ALDA President Ориано Оточан and ALDA Secretary General Антонелла Вальморбида, more specifically, Mattia de Grassi will describe the departing point of democracy in the post Covid-19 recovery-plan on behalf of EU Commission Vice-President Dubravka Suica.

The discussion will then be moderated by ALDA Head of Secretary General Office Франческо Пала and animated by a multi-stakeholder panel:

Gilles Pelayo (Head of Unit of the programme Europe for Citizens, Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency – EACEA) will discuss the Europe for Citizens programme and its future in the next programming period; Giovanni Allegretti (planner and senior researcher at the Centre for Social Studies of the Coimbra University, Portugal) will bring his contribute on participatory budgeting and local democracy; and Assya Kavrakova (Executive Director – European Citizen Action Service – ECAS) will present the crucial role of digitalization in democracy.

Questions will be encouraged; registration is required, but free and open to everybody. The event will take place in английский, with interpretation in Итальянский и французский язык.

And register here: https://bit.ly/EU_ALDA20years

Looking forward to seeing you there and discussing together what’s next for ALDA in Europe!