An inspiring conversation with Mr. Kiefer

ALDA interviewed the Secretary General of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe

 

ALDA interviewed Mr. Andreas Kiefer – Secretary General of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe – earlier this week. It goes without saying that this online exchange was of great interest, and inspired us to pursue our mission and daily commitment in supporting citizens’ participation and local democracies.

Those more familiar with our world will notice, by reading this interview, how many common key aspects and guidelines there are between the work of the Congress and the one of ALDA. Not surprisingly, given that ALDA is an emanation of the Council of Europe (CoE) itself, and its mission in supporting citizens’ initiatives and local authorities can be anything but far from CoE’s activities and consequentially also from Congress’ commitments.

At the outset of the conversation, Mr. Kiefer gave us a general overview on the role of the Congress. The latter is based on five main pillars: from being a forum of exchange and discussion among members; to having a consultative and advisory role for the Committee of Ministers and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Furthermore, the  Congress has  a monitoring function for the implementation of the European Charter of Local Self-Government in the 47 member states, including citizens’ participation and  observation of local and regional elections. On a more practical side, the Congress acts as an operational secretariat on the ground, implementing concrete projects: a shared aspect with ALDA’s work. Finally, the Congress contributes to the distribution of Council of Europe policies and campaigns, like on gender equality, preventing corruption, and promoting ethical behaviours, among others.

Going deeper into the Congress’ strategic plan for 2021, Mr. Kiefer explained five further areas to be discussed later this year. All of them have a key word in common: society. In fact, the latter has been tackled from different angles so that to respond to its complexity and multiple dimensions. Beginning with resilient societies, the will is to define concrete and effective responses to the current crisis, while also drawing lessons for the future. In addition, the present situation has – to some extent – made inequalities come to the surface, highlighting how essential is the need of creating more cohesive societies. Moreover, the Congress has noticed how, in order to have a higher impact in facing inequality, local authorises have to be included into the policy-making process: from analysis, to drafting and implantation.

The Congress is working in order to safeguard the “quality of representative democracy and citizens participation”, spurring also for a further development of an education to democratic citizenship

Moving towards another facet of society; during the last couple of years especially, underlined Mr Kiefer, we have been experiencing an increased awareness of environmental issues. In this way the Congress – within a multilateral approach of CoE – is also working towards the constitution of sustainable societies, encouraging people to take responsibilities, while working together to make an impact in this realm. In addition, considering the era of technology in which we are, the Congress is addressing its commitment to digital societies, proposing itself as a platform of exchange and support of local authorities within this sector, without forgetting to focus on the meaning that digitalisation has for the citizens as well. Mentioning citizens leads us to the fifth aspect: democratic societies. On that feature, the Congress is working in order to safeguard the “quality of representative democracy and citizens participation”, spurring also for a further development of an education to democratic citizenship.

Listening to Mr. Kiefer’s words one will easily notice how many common and recurring words there are also within the work of ALDA – be they democracy, resilience or citizens’ participation – guiding us daily, and linking us to the European level perspective.

Discussions about Europe go hand in hand with the ones concerning the European Neighbourhood. Thus, in the wake of the recent opening of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities in Ukraine, a country where we both are very active, Mr Kiefer cherished ALDA’s active role on the field and the Local Democracy Agencies’ grassroot actions in supporting local authorities and organisations in the decentralisation process.

Talking about the LDAs, and in line with ALDA’s plan to develop the network, we highly appreciated Mr Kiefer’s words saying that he, and the Congress “hope there will be future ones, [wishing] to extend our existing cooperation in the framework of what the Congress does, trying to get young people on board, trying to get женщины on board, trying to further involve the population”.

Finally, in the light of the new ALDA strategic views – which focus on achieving a full empowerment of local resilient communities in a long-lasting sustainable and inclusive way in the whole Europe and beyond, by strengthening the capacity of local authorities and the level of citizens participation – we asked the Secretary General about the Congress’ expectations and main plans for the involvement of the civil society in a sustainable development of communities.

First of all, Mr. Kiefer recalled the importance of the European Local Democracy Week as a forum of participatory democracy, while suggesting how “including citizens in taking responsibilities for their own activities but also to demand to put democratic pressure on those who have the responsibilities to decide” is fundamental. Then he illustrated the Congress’ plan to increase a proactive role of young generations in their initiatives, for example through the establishment of “Youth Delegates”, who participate in all  47 national delegations. In addition, special attention is given to children. The Congress is thus preparing a “handbook for children on how they can take their future into their hands and contribute to the discussion on sustainable development”. Last but not least, together with other actors within the Council of Europe, the Congress is working on a digital platform on which NGOs, regions and cities interested in participatory process can find useful information and inspiring good practices. As mentioned by Mr. Kiefer: “we think no theoretical concept can be as convincing as a good project that has been implemented with all the good and bad experiences made. […] This inclusive and concrete hands-on approach”, he further explained, “complements our political work”.

Thankful to Mr Kiefer and the whole Congress’ availability, ALDA is more motivated than ever to take up the challenges and proposals to increase our cooperation in Europe and its neighbourhood, strong of our shared values and also motivated by Mr. Kiefer’s final remarks: “the message was clear: yes, we are complementary; yes, we can work together. […] We are looking forward to continuing a very good cooperation”.

ALDA interviewed the Secretary General of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe

 

ALDA interviewed Mr. Andreas Kiefer – Secretary General of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe – earlier this week. It goes without saying that this online exchange was of great interest, and inspired us to pursue our mission and daily commitment in supporting citizens’ participation and local democracies.

Those more familiar with our world will notice, by reading this interview, how many common key aspects and guidelines there are between the work of the Congress and the one of ALDA. Not surprisingly, given that ALDA is an emanation of the Council of Europe (CoE) itself, and its mission in supporting citizens’ initiatives and local authorities can be anything but far from CoE’s activities and consequentially also from Congress’ commitments.

At the outset of the conversation, Mr. Kiefer gave us a general overview on the role of the Congress. The latter is based on five main pillars: from being a forum of exchange and discussion among members; to having a consultative and advisory role for the Committee of Ministers and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Furthermore, the  Congress has  a monitoring function for the implementation of the European Charter of Local Self-Government in the 47 member states, including citizens’ participation and  observation of local and regional elections. On a more practical side, the Congress acts as an operational secretariat on the ground, implementing concrete projects: a shared aspect with ALDA’s work. Finally, the Congress contributes to the distribution of Council of Europe policies and campaigns, like on gender equality, preventing corruption, and promoting ethical behaviours, among others.

Going deeper into the Congress’ strategic plan for 2021, Mr. Kiefer explained five further areas to be discussed later this year. All of them have a key word in common: society. In fact, the latter has been tackled from different angles so that to respond to its complexity and multiple dimensions. Beginning with resilient societies, the will is to define concrete and effective responses to the current crisis, while also drawing lessons for the future. In addition, the present situation has – to some extent – made inequalities come to the surface, highlighting how essential is the need of creating more cohesive societies. Moreover, the Congress has noticed how, in order to have a higher impact in facing inequality, local authorises have to be included into the policy-making process: from analysis, to drafting and implantation.

The Congress is working in order to safeguard the “quality of representative democracy and citizens participation”, spurring also for a further development of an education to democratic citizenship

Moving towards another facet of society; during the last couple of years especially, underlined Mr Kiefer, we have been experiencing an increased awareness of environmental issues. In this way the Congress – within a multilateral approach of CoE – is also working towards the constitution of sustainable societies, encouraging people to take responsibilities, while working together to make an impact in this realm. In addition, considering the era of technology in which we are, the Congress is addressing its commitment to digital societies, proposing itself as a platform of exchange and support of local authorities within this sector, without forgetting to focus on the meaning that digitalisation has for the citizens as well. Mentioning citizens leads us to the fifth aspect: democratic societies. On that feature, the Congress is working in order to safeguard the “quality of representative democracy and citizens participation”, spurring also for a further development of an education to democratic citizenship.

Listening to Mr. Kiefer’s words one will easily notice how many common and recurring words there are also within the work of ALDA – be they democracy, resilience or citizens’ participation – guiding us daily, and linking us to the European level perspective.

Discussions about Europe go hand in hand with the ones concerning the European Neighbourhood. Thus, in the wake of the recent opening of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities in Ukraine, a country where we both are very active, Mr Kiefer cherished ALDA’s active role on the field and the Local Democracy Agencies’ grassroot actions in supporting local authorities and organisations in the decentralisation process.

Talking about the LDAs, and in line with ALDA’s plan to develop the network, we highly appreciated Mr Kiefer’s words saying that he, and the Congress “hope there will be future ones, [wishing] to extend our existing cooperation in the framework of what the Congress does, trying to get young people on board, trying to get женщины on board, trying to further involve the population”.

Finally, in the light of the new ALDA strategic views – which focus on achieving a full empowerment of local resilient communities in a long-lasting sustainable and inclusive way in the whole Europe and beyond, by strengthening the capacity of local authorities and the level of citizens participation – we asked the Secretary General about the Congress’ expectations and main plans for the involvement of the civil society in a sustainable development of communities.

First of all, Mr. Kiefer recalled the importance of the European Local Democracy Week as a forum of participatory democracy, while suggesting how “including citizens in taking responsibilities for their own activities but also to demand to put democratic pressure on those who have the responsibilities to decide” is fundamental. Then he illustrated the Congress’ plan to increase a proactive role of young generations in their initiatives, for example through the establishment of “Youth Delegates”, who participate in all  47 national delegations. In addition, special attention is given to children. The Congress is thus preparing a “handbook for children on how they can take their future into their hands and contribute to the discussion on sustainable development”. Last but not least, together with other actors within the Council of Europe, the Congress is working on a digital platform on which NGOs, regions and cities interested in participatory process can find useful information and inspiring good practices. As mentioned by Mr. Kiefer: “we think no theoretical concept can be as convincing as a good project that has been implemented with all the good and bad experiences made. […] This inclusive and concrete hands-on approach”, he further explained, “complements our political work”.

Thankful to Mr Kiefer and the whole Congress’ availability, ALDA is more motivated than ever to take up the challenges and proposals to increase our cooperation in Europe and its neighbourhood, strong of our shared values and also motivated by Mr. Kiefer’s final remarks: “the message was clear: yes, we are complementary; yes, we can work together. […] We are looking forward to continuing a very good cooperation”.


BNLD is starting new project on strengthening civil society in the region

. Балканской сетью за местную демократию. – BNLD is launching its new project entitled “CSOs networking for better local democracy in the Balkans”. The 10 months project is designed to address the current status and development perspectives of local democracy in the Western Balkans countries. How to reach this am? By exchanging experience on evidence-based advocacy and monitoring EU integration and reform agenda involving 5 countries from North Macedonia, to Bosnia and Herzegovina; from Serbia to Albania, and from Kosovo* to Montenegro.

The idea is to set local and regional capacity building, awareness raising and networking actions

The project action aims to create regional cooperation among CSOs and to acquire knowledge for advancing active citizenship at a local level. Moreover, the idea is both to set local and regional capacity building, and to raise awareness, while spurring networking actions aiming to address the main challenges of the civil society in our region. The activities will include research and comparative analysis of present state legal framework, as far as citizens’ participation in policy and decision making at local level concerns. Furthermore, there will be also Regional Best Practice Fair as well as social media campaign and e- newsletter.

The main target groups of the project are BNLD members and its network partners in all Western Balkan countries, other regional CSO networks and CSOs promoting democratic governance and inclusive participation at local level.

This project “CSOs networking for better local democracy in the Balkans” is implemented within the Project “Protecting Civic Space – Regional Civil Society Development Hub” financed by SIDA and implemented by BCSDN.

. Балканской сетью за местную демократию. – BNLD is launching its new project entitled “CSOs networking for better local democracy in the Balkans”. The 10 months project is designed to address the current status and development perspectives of local democracy in the Western Balkans countries. How to reach this am? By exchanging experience on evidence-based advocacy and monitoring EU integration and reform agenda involving 5 countries from North Macedonia, to Bosnia and Herzegovina; from Serbia to Albania, and from Kosovo* to Montenegro.

The idea is to set local and regional capacity building, awareness raising and networking actions

The project action aims to create regional cooperation among CSOs and to acquire knowledge for advancing active citizenship at a local level. Moreover, the idea is both to set local and regional capacity building, and to raise awareness, while spurring networking actions aiming to address the main challenges of the civil society in our region. The activities will include research and comparative analysis of present state legal framework, as far as citizens’ participation in policy and decision making at local level concerns. Furthermore, there will be also Regional Best Practice Fair as well as social media campaign and e- newsletter.

The main target groups of the project are BNLD members and its network partners in all Western Balkan countries, other regional CSO networks and CSOs promoting democratic governance and inclusive participation at local level.

This project “CSOs networking for better local democracy in the Balkans” is implemented within the Project “Protecting Civic Space – Regional Civil Society Development Hub” financed by SIDA and implemented by BCSDN.


Комплекс тренингов по укреплению местной демократии в Тунисе

В рамках проекта «Расширение прав и возможностей молодежи для местной демократии в Тунисе»(Autonomisation de la jeunesse pour construire une Démocratie locale в Тунисе) был организован комплекс из трех тренингов в разных городах Туниса.

Первый проходил с 8 по 12 февраля в Табарке в провинции Джендуба, а второй с 15 по 19 февраля в Хаммамете. В обоих случаях две группы по 20 человек собрались вместе, чтобы присоединиться к мероприятиям, и специально для одной в Хаммамете участники приехали из городов Эззахра и Бардо. Идея заключалась в том, чтобы помочь им ознакомиться с различными инструментами, такими как дизайн-мышление, разработка проектов, мобилизация граждан и методы защиты. Наконец, третий был организован в Мехдиа с 22 по 26 февраля

на карту поставлено много вопросов, связанных с участием молодых граждан на местном уровне

ALDA играла вспомогательную роль в проведении этих тренингов и, в то же время, делясь своими техническими знаниями и опытом, в том числе в свете ЦУР № 11 Организации Объединенных Наций «Устойчивые города и сообщества». Наконец, тренинги были организованы вместе с руководителем проекта«Тамкин для развития»,Нассоциацией, которая работает над созданием гражданского общества, в котором молодые люди и женщины смогут получить финансовую свободу и активно участвовать в экономическом цикле.

 

From a general perspective, the overall aim of the project is to stimulate youth capacity-building so that young generations will be able to take part in the decision-making processes at local level. In fact, there are many issues at stake in the participation of young citizens at the local level. These include the involvement of young citizens in the development of their living environment and in the sustainable management of local communities.

Thus, three main results are expected  from this project. Starting from the identification of the needs of communities to the analysis of the participatory budgets of municipalities in the form of a social audit. Finally, participants will be able to be more responsive to the needs of the communities through the social innovation unit created in each municipality and to disseminate the principles of transparency, responsibility and accountability.

В рамках проекта «Расширение прав и возможностей молодежи для местной демократии в Тунисе»(Autonomisation de la jeunesse pour construire une Démocratie locale в Тунисе) был организован комплекс из трех тренингов в разных городах Туниса.

Первый проходил с 8 по 12 февраля в Табарке в провинции Джендуба, а второй с 15 по 19 февраля в Хаммамете. В обоих случаях две группы по 20 человек собрались вместе, чтобы присоединиться к мероприятиям, и специально для одной в Хаммамете участники приехали из городов Эззахра и Бардо. Идея заключалась в том, чтобы помочь им ознакомиться с различными инструментами, такими как дизайн-мышление, разработка проектов, мобилизация граждан и методы защиты. Наконец, третий был организован в Мехдиа с 22 по 26 февраля

на карту поставлено много вопросов, связанных с участием молодых граждан на местном уровне

ALDA играла вспомогательную роль в проведении этих тренингов и, в то же время, делясь своими техническими знаниями и опытом, в том числе в свете ЦУР № 11 Организации Объединенных Наций «Устойчивые города и сообщества». Наконец, тренинги были организованы вместе с руководителем проекта«Тамкин для развития»,Нассоциацией, которая работает над созданием гражданского общества, в котором молодые люди и женщины смогут получить финансовую свободу и активно участвовать в экономическом цикле.

 

From a general perspective, the overall aim of the project is to stimulate youth capacity-building so that young generations will be able to take part in the decision-making processes at local level. In fact, there are many issues at stake in the participation of young citizens at the local level. These include the involvement of young citizens in the development of their living environment and in the sustainable management of local communities.

Thus, three main results are expected  from this project. Starting from the identification of the needs of communities to the analysis of the participatory budgets of municipalities in the form of a social audit. Finally, participants will be able to be more responsive to the needs of the communities through the social innovation unit created in each municipality and to disseminate the principles of transparency, responsibility and accountability.


Call for experts

For the purpose of implementation of the project: CSOs Networking for Better Local Democracy in the Balkans, financed by Balkan Civli Society Development Network, Grant Contract No.: 09–164/8- 2020., Balkan Network for Local Democracy, North Macedonia announces: call for experts

Comparative analysis of the national legal frameworks in North Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo*, Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina for cooperation between local public authorities and civil society, citizens’ participation in policy and decision making processes and education for active citizenship.

Read the call здесь

Budget available

The available budget for the action is 4.500,00 EUR. Candidates are expected to provide an offer for their service, inclusive of all the elements mentioned in the terms of reference. The selected applicants will be paid after completion of the expected tasks and delivering of all the expected outputs.

Submission of application

The application should be sent to the following e mail address: ldasubotica@aldaintranet.org (subject: application for BNLD research) by 26/03/2021 before 23.59

For the purpose of implementation of the project: CSOs Networking for Better Local Democracy in the Balkans, financed by Balkan Civli Society Development Network, Grant Contract No.: 09–164/8- 2020., Balkan Network for Local Democracy, North Macedonia announces: call for experts

Comparative analysis of the national legal frameworks in North Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo*, Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina for cooperation between local public authorities and civil society, citizens’ participation in policy and decision making processes and education for active citizenship.

Read the call здесь

Budget available

The available budget for the action is 4.500,00 EUR. Candidates are expected to provide an offer for their service, inclusive of all the elements mentioned in the terms of reference. The selected applicants will be paid after completion of the expected tasks and delivering of all the expected outputs.

Submission of application

The application should be sent to the following e mail address: ldasubotica@aldaintranet.org (subject: application for BNLD research) by 26/03/2021 before 23.59


PART-Y: towards a more inclusive placemaking for youth

On the 2nd of March 2021, the kick off meeting of the Project PART-Y: Participation and Youth: Lab for Equal Cities took place online, followed by the first project activity on March 3rd!

The project, which is funded by the ERASMUS + Programme of the European Commission, is led by the Italian association Kallipolis, and it sees the participation of 7 project partners from France, Spain, Slovenia, Italy, Ireland and Sweden.

The project aims to trigger the participation in civic life of young people (13-20 years) by fostering their inclusion in the policy decision-making process and promoting the concept of “generation equality” introduced by the United Nations agency UN Women for equal opportunities among the youngest. The project intends to focus the attention of girls, boys and educators on the common spaces of the city as fundamental places of gathering and democracy, essential elements in their growth process.

The project intends to focus the attention of girls, boys and educators on the common spaces of the city as fundamental places of gathering and democracy, essential elements in their growth process

After the presentation of the project’s goals and activities and outputs, the participants to the event were able to take part in a virtual tour of two youth centres of Trieste and Koper, which will be at the core of the project’s activities.

Moreover, the 3rd of March the first project activity took place: the first Short Joint Staff Training! The participants had the opportunity to learn more about innovative communication with the expert Federica Manaigo. Last but not least, the partners shared their experiences and reflected on the concept of “placemaking” with the support of the international expert Cynthia Nikitin, directly connected from New York City.

The PART-Y Project is then off to a great start! Keep following it to know more about the next steps and activities!

On the 2nd of March 2021, the kick off meeting of the Project PART-Y: Participation and Youth: Lab for Equal Cities took place online, followed by the first project activity on March 3rd!

The project, which is funded by the ERASMUS + Programme of the European Commission, is led by the Italian association Kallipolis, and it sees the participation of 7 project partners from France, Spain, Slovenia, Italy, Ireland and Sweden.

The project aims to trigger the participation in civic life of young people (13-20 years) by fostering their inclusion in the policy decision-making process and promoting the concept of “generation equality” introduced by the United Nations agency UN Women for equal opportunities among the youngest. The project intends to focus the attention of girls, boys and educators on the common spaces of the city as fundamental places of gathering and democracy, essential elements in their growth process.

The project intends to focus the attention of girls, boys and educators on the common spaces of the city as fundamental places of gathering and democracy, essential elements in their growth process

After the presentation of the project’s goals and activities and outputs, the participants to the event were able to take part in a virtual tour of two youth centres of Trieste and Koper, which will be at the core of the project’s activities.

Moreover, the 3rd of March the first project activity took place: the first Short Joint Staff Training! The participants had the opportunity to learn more about innovative communication with the expert Federica Manaigo. Last but not least, the partners shared their experiences and reflected on the concept of “placemaking” with the support of the international expert Cynthia Nikitin, directly connected from New York City.

The PART-Y Project is then off to a great start! Keep following it to know more about the next steps and activities!


Опубликован технический документ «На пути к интеграции мигрантов с помощью ICT».

ALDA является одним из партнеров проекта MIICT- Услуги для миграции с использованием ICT который недавно выпустил Техническую документацию по совместной миграционной политике«На пути к интеграции мигрантов с использованием ICT»Документ, недавно опубликованный, был написан шестью финансируемыми ЕС проектами МИИКТ, REBUILD, NADINE, MICADO, EASYRIGHTS и WELCOME целью которых является лучшая интеграция мигрантов и беженцев в европейские общества путем разработки решений и инструментов на базе ICT для реализации интеграции политики государственного управления и гражданского общества.

Документ является результатом совместных круглых столов по миграционной политике, организованных среди шести проектов, которые проходили с 14 по 16 октября 2021 года. Идея Круглого стола заключалась в том, чтобы поразмышлять и ответить на вопрос о том, как лучше интегрировать мигрантов в европейские общества, используя Решения ICT.

Инструменты ИКТ и цифровизация государственных услуг, связанных с миграционным сектором, могут облегчить интеграцию мигрантов в принимающие их общества.

Таким образом, в этом документе определены несколько приоритетов и даны конкретные рекомендации, касающиеся совместного творчества и совместного проектирования, многостороннего сотрудничества, а также инструментов ICT и цифровых услуг для поддержки интеграции.

Европейская комиссия рассматривает Белую книгу совместной миграционной политики как важный стратегический вклад в улучшение интеграции мигрантов и беженцев. Действительно, инструменты ICT и цифровизация государственных услуг, связанных с миграционным сектором , могут облегчить интеграцию мигрантов в принимающие их общества.

Что делать дальше? Европейская комиссия примет во внимание рекомендации Совместного документа по миграционной политике в процессе разработки политики цифрового правительства ЕС в области миграции. Действительно, в Плане действий по интеграции и вовлечению на 2021-2027 годы Европейская комиссия объявила, что будет работать над инклюзивным планом действий ЕС по электронному правительству, продвигая ориентированные на человека цифровые общественные услуги для граждан, в том числе мигрантов.

Участие в проекте MIICT подчеркивает приверженность ALDA продвижению социальной интеграции, работая над уменьшением дискриминации.

ALDA является одним из партнеров проекта MIICT- Услуги для миграции с использованием ICT который недавно выпустил Техническую документацию по совместной миграционной политике«На пути к интеграции мигрантов с использованием ICT». The paper – recently published has been written by six EU-funded projects МИИКТ, REBUILD, NADINE, MICADO, EASYRIGHTS и WELCOME целью которых является лучшая интеграция мигрантов и беженцев в европейские общества путем разработки решений и инструментов на базе ICT для реализации интеграции политики государственного управления и гражданского общества.

Документ является результатом совместных круглых столов по миграционной политике, организованных среди шести проектов, которые проходили с 14 по 16 октября 2021 года. Идея Круглого стола заключалась в том, чтобы поразмышлять и ответить на вопрос о том, как лучше интегрировать мигрантов в европейские общества, используя Решения ICT.

Инструменты ИКТ и цифровизация государственных услуг, связанных с миграционным сектором, могут облегчить интеграцию мигрантов в принимающие их общества.

Таким образом, в этом документе определены несколько приоритетов и даны конкретные рекомендации, касающиеся совместного творчества и совместного проектирования, многостороннего сотрудничества, а также инструментов ICT и цифровых услуг для поддержки интеграции.

Европейская комиссия рассматривает Белую книгу совместной миграционной политики как важный стратегический вклад в улучшение интеграции мигрантов и беженцев. Действительно, инструменты ICT и цифровизация государственных услуг, связанных с миграционным сектором , могут облегчить интеграцию мигрантов в принимающие их общества.

Что делать дальше? Европейская комиссия примет во внимание рекомендации Совместного документа по миграционной политике в процессе разработки политики цифрового правительства ЕС в области миграции. Действительно, в Плане действий по интеграции и вовлечению на 2021-2027 годы Европейская комиссия объявила, что будет работать над инклюзивным планом действий ЕС по электронному правительству, продвигая ориентированные на человека цифровые общественные услуги для граждан, в том числе мигрантов.

Участие в проекте MIICT подчеркивает приверженность ALDA продвижению социальной интеграции, работая над уменьшением дискриминации.


ALDA confirmed beneficiary of the “Europe for Citizens” Operating Grant 2021

Уже несколько лет ALDA является одним из бенефициаров действующего гранта программы«Европа для граждан» of the EACEA – Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Union. Thus, we are thrilled to announce that, again this year, ALDA has been confirmed beneficiary of such an important funding, proving the effectiveness of ALDA’s actions for the promotion of democracy and citizens participation in Europe.

Attention towards those organisations which are working on citizens' participation in the democratic life of the EU

Indeed, the Europe for Citizens Programme is targeted to contribute to citizens’ understanding of the EU, as well as its history and diversity and to encourage the democratic participation of citizens at EU level. Specifically, ALDA mission is perfectly in line with the second strand of this programme, which is: Democratic engagement and civic participation.

More in depth, this second element of the programme drives the attention towards those organisations which are working on citizens’ participation in the democratic life of the EU, both from local democracy and to a more European level. It comes with itself that ALDA’s mission and daily commitment are exactly to support local citizens, CSOs and more broadly international stakeholder in succeeding their goals as far – for example – European integration, decentralisation, social inclusion, sustainable development, civic initiatives concern.

Being awarded with this grant is a great success, giving ALDA positive energy to continue in its work. In addition, it testifies once again the strategic role of ALDA within the European framework as a change promoter actor.

Attention towards those organisations which are working on citizens’ participation in the democratic life of the EU

«Только организации гражданского общества могут сделать так, чтобы институты ЕС и национальные правительства несли ответственность за действительно демократическую конференцию с широким участием»

Indeed, the Europe for Citizens Programme is targeted to contribute to citizens’ understanding of the EU, as well as its history and diversity and to encourage the democratic participation of citizens at EU level. Specifically, ALDA mission is perfectly in line with the second strand of this programme, which is: Democratic engagement and civic participation.

More in depth, this second element of the programme drives the attention towards those organisations which are working on citizens’ participation in the democratic life of the EU, both from local democracy and to a more European level. It comes with itself that ALDA’s mission and daily commitment are exactly to support local citizens, CSOs and more broadly international stakeholder in succeeding their goals as far – for example – European integration, decentralisation, social inclusion, sustainable development, civic initiatives concern.

Being awarded with this grant is a great success, giving ALDA positive energy to continue in its work. In addition, it testifies once again the strategic role of ALDA within the European framework as a change promoter actor.


Антонелла Вальморбида и ALDA, член Руководящего комитета Конвенции гражданского общества

В то время как приближается Конференция о будущем Европы, 4 марта состоялась первая встреча по Конвенции гражданского общества о будущем Европы. Среди результатов мы с гордостью подчеркиваем, что Съезд избрал - вместе с другими шестью представителями - нашего Генерального секретаря Антонеллу Вальморбиду членом Руководящего комитета, который будет отвечать за руководство тематическими группами. Последний будет сосредоточен на экологических проблемах, а также на социальном равенстве и политических областях, определенных в Совместной декларации - и это лишь некоторые из них.

Целью указанной встречи было определение как повестки дня, так и рабочей программы при обсуждении управления Конвенцией. В целом, Конвенция гражданского общества о будущем Европы призвана служить связующим звеном между ОГО и институтами, чтобы гарантировать, что предложения и проблемы граждан будут услышаны при поиске эффективных решений для преодоления вызовов сегодняшнего дня и на завтра.

«Только организации гражданского общества могут сделать так, чтобы институты ЕС и национальные правительства несли ответственность за действительно демократическую конференцию с широким участием»

72 организациями, участвующими на общеевропейском уровне, будет участвовать вместе с двумя представителями на межведомственном пленарном заседании Конференции по будущему Европы. Таким образом, как сказал Жан Марк Рурант, президент Европейского общества гражданского общества, в статье, опубликованной на веб-сайте гражданского общества Европы, «только организации гражданского общества могут заставить институты ЕС и национальные правительства нести ответственность за действительно демократическую конференцию с участием всех сторон, но также и за ее будущее через политику, законодательство и, при необходимости, изменение договора».

Наконец, во время мероприятия 4 марта были избраны также два сопредседателя: Александрина Наймович, генеральный секретарь Европейского гражданского форума, и Милош Ристовски, генеральный секретарь JEF Europe, Молодые европейские федералисты. Их роль будет заключаться в том, чтобы представлять Конвенцию перед Исполнительным советом Конференции по будущему Европы, одновременно контролируя общую повестку дня.

 

Активное участие в такой плодотворной и динамичной общеевропейской реальности может стать для ALDA прекрасным поводом для расширения и укрепления своей сети, одновременно подтверждая свою позицию стратегического партнера, когда дело касается демократии и участия граждан.

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В то время как приближается Конференция о будущем Европы, 4 марта состоялась первая встреча по Конвенции гражданского общества о будущем Европы. Среди результатов мы с гордостью подчеркиваем, что Съезд избрал - вместе с другими шестью представителями - нашего Генерального секретаря Антонеллу Вальморбиду членом Руководящего комитета, который будет отвечать за руководство тематическими группами. Последний будет сосредоточен на экологических проблемах, а также на социальном равенстве и политических областях, определенных в Совместной декларации - и это лишь некоторые из них.

Целью указанной встречи было определение как повестки дня, так и рабочей программы при обсуждении управления Конвенцией. В целом, Конвенция гражданского общества о будущем Европы призвана служить связующим звеном между ОГО и институтами, чтобы гарантировать, что предложения и проблемы граждан будут услышаны при поиске эффективных решений для преодоления вызовов сегодняшнего дня и на завтра.

«Только организации гражданского общества могут сделать так, чтобы институты ЕС и национальные правительства несли ответственность за действительно демократическую конференцию с широким участием»

72 организациями, участвующими на общеевропейском уровне, будет участвовать вместе с двумя представителями на межведомственном пленарном заседании Конференции по будущему Европы. Таким образом, как сказал Жан Марк Рурант, президент Европейского общества гражданского общества, в статье, опубликованной на веб-сайте гражданского общества Европы, «только организации гражданского общества могут заставить институты ЕС и национальные правительства нести ответственность за действительно демократическую конференцию с участием всех сторон, но также и за ее будущее через политику, законодательство и, при необходимости, изменение договора».

Наконец, во время мероприятия 4 марта были избраны также два сопредседателя: Александрина Наймович, генеральный секретарь Европейского гражданского форума, и Милош Ристовски, генеральный секретарь JEF Europe, Молодые европейские федералисты. Их роль будет заключаться в том, чтобы представлять Конвенцию перед Исполнительным советом Конференции по будущему Европы, одновременно контролируя общую повестку дня.

Активное участие в такой плодотворной и динамичной общеевропейской реальности может стать для ALDA прекрасным поводом для расширения и укрепления своей сети, одновременно подтверждая свою позицию стратегического партнера, когда дело касается демократии и участия граждан.

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Interview with Professor Arena - LABSUS

During the previous weeks, our colleague Eva met Gregorio Arena, Professor of Administrative Law at the University of Trento from 1985 to 2015, and President of LabsusLaboratorio per la Sussidiarietà. Guided by his words we will get to know more about this initiative, and we will understand together how our realities are complementary in their activities. But let’s start from the birth of Labsus itself.

Labsus’ activity officially started in December 2005, but it really began on 11 May 2006 with the presentation of the website www.labsus.it, an online magazine promoted by the Laboratory for Subsidiarity, ‘a cultural association founded on the idea that the principle of subsidiarity could radically change the relationship between citizens and institutions‘, as the Professor began. It seems a long time ago, but as we will see, the association’s activities and commitment have been growing ever since, and have now reached a number of different Italian realities. The launch of the website is a key point in this story and in the history of Labsus itself, since it contains, in a specific section, ‘all the experiences of active citizenship that [we] knew about. The turning point,” continues the Professor, “was eight years later, in 2014, with the presentation of the first Regulation for the Shared Administration of Common Goods“, an important milestone for the association that has made the motto ‘Act locally, think globally’ one of its principles.

"Imagining that in Europe one day there will be hundreds of thousands of citizens taking care of their villages and neighbourhoods is certainly a very ambitious project, but surely a beautiful project!"

How can this be put into practice? How can we approach local authorities and citizens in order to involve them, allowing them to become active participants in promoting change? The key to this is subsidiarity and what comes with it. Since 2001, the principle of subsidiarity has been included in the Constitution and despite some periods of difficulty in applying it – especially from a regulatory point of view -, in 2014 came to the aid “this tool called the Regulation for the shared administration of common goods. Adopted by 235 Italian municipalities, it has produced thousands of collaboration pacts”. The later, together with regulations are the tools used by Labsus to promote active citizenship, and – as Arena pointed out – ‘they are factors of social and administrative innovation’, which, however, sometimes clash with an administrative culture that is still tied to the mechanisms of the past: ‘an administrative culture that lacks accountability‘.

Despite this, Labsus’ initiatives have not stopped.I In fact, ‘there are about 800,000 active citizens in Italy today and each of these people is usually a leader in his or her community. It is a person who talks to at least 10 other people“. The bonds created, the “social cohesion and sense of belonging” are essential for people to take care of the common good. Examples of this are some of the projects carried out by Labsus, such as: Luoghicomuni in Milan and the Schools of Citizenship in Rome.

Those who know ALDA, and who have been following us, by reading these words of Professor Arena cannot but find common points with our work. “The word participation” – answers Labsus President to the question posed by Eva on what convinced them to join our network – “can be declined in many different ways, and I think there is an absolute complementarity between the concept you promote (participation in decision-making processes) and the one we promote, i.e. participation in problem solving”. As the professor noted, the work of our two organisations is complementary and, with contagious energy, he concluded saying that ‘the hope is to reach countries together that we would never reach alone. Imagining that in Европа one day there will be hundreds of thousands of citizens taking care of their villages и neighbourhoods, strengthening the ties that hold their communities together while they do so, is certainly a very ambitious project, but surely a beautiful project!”.

To read the full interview (Italian only) здесь

Follow the developments of the collaboration between ALDA and Labsus! There will be some surprises!

During the previous weeks, our colleague Eva met Gregorio Arena, Professor of Administrative Law at the University of Trento from 1985 to 2015, and President of LabsusLaboratorio per la Sussidiarietà. Guided by his words we will get to know more about this initiative, and we will understand together how our realities are complementary in their activities. But let’s start from the birth of Labsus itself.

Labsus’ activity officially started in December 2005, but it really began on 11 May 2006 with the presentation of the website www.labsus.it, an online magazine promoted by the Laboratory for Subsidiarity, ‘a cultural association founded on the idea that the principle of subsidiarity could radically change the relationship between citizens and institutions‘, as the Professor began. It seems a long time ago, but as we will see, the association’s activities and commitment have been growing ever since, and have now reached a number of different Italian realities. The launch of the website is a key point in this story and in the history of Labsus itself, since it contains, in a specific section, ‘all the experiences of active citizenship that [we] knew about. The turning point,” continues the Professor, “was eight years later, in 2014, with the presentation of the first Regulation for the Shared Administration of Common Goods“, an important milestone for the association that has made the motto ‘Act locally, think globally’ one of its principles.

"Imagining that in Europe one day there will be hundreds of thousands of citizens taking care of their villages and neighbourhoods is certainly a very ambitious project, but surely a beautiful project!"

How can this be put into practice? How can we approach local authorities and citizens in order to involve them, allowing them to become active participants in promoting change? The key to this is subsidiarity and what comes with it. Since 2001, the principle of subsidiarity has been included in the Constitution and despite some periods of difficulty in applying it – especially from a regulatory point of view -, in 2014 came to the aid “this tool called the Regulation for the shared administration of common goods. Adopted by 235 Italian municipalities, it has produced thousands of collaboration pacts”. The later, together with regulations are the tools used by Labsus to promote active citizenship, and – as Arena pointed out – ‘they are factors of social and administrative innovation’, which, however, sometimes clash with an administrative culture that is still tied to the mechanisms of the past: ‘an administrative culture that lacks accountability‘.

Despite this, Labsus’ initiatives have not stopped.I In fact, ‘there are about 800,000 active citizens in Italy today and each of these people is usually a leader in his or her community. It is a person who talks to at least 10 other people“. The bonds created, the “social cohesion and sense of belonging” are essential for people to take care of the common good. Examples of this are some of the projects carried out by Labsus, such as: Luoghicomuni in Milan and the Schools of Citizenship in Rome.

Those who know ALDA, and who have been following us, by reading these words of Professor Arena cannot but find common points with our work. “The word participation” – answers Labsus President to the question posed by Eva on what convinced them to join our network – “can be declined in many different ways, and I think there is an absolute complementarity between the concept you promote (participation in decision-making processes) and the one we promote, i.e. participation in problem solving”. As the professor noted, the work of our two organisations is complementary and, with contagious energy, he concluded saying that ‘the hope is to reach countries together that we would never reach alone. Imagining that in Европа one day there will be hundreds of thousands of citizens taking care of their villages и neighbourhoods, strengthening the ties that hold their communities together while they do so, is certainly a very ambitious project, but surely a beautiful project!”.

To read the full interview (Italian only) здесь

Follow the developments of the collaboration between ALDA and Labsus! There will be some surprises!


Г-жа Алина Татаренко, от имени Генерального секретаря Совета Европы, возобновила членство в Управляющем совете.

Для ALDA большая честь официально объявить, что г-жа Алина Татаренко , руководитель экспертного центра по надлежащему управлению Генерального директората демократии Совета Европы (СЕ), была официально утверждена Генеральным секретарем Совета в качестве члена Правление ALDA на ближайшие 4 года.

ALDA родилась в Совете Европы и в свете приверженного и активного подхода, который она всегда доказывала в последние годы, ALDA искренне рада продолжать работать с г-жой Татаренко для продвижения демократических принципов и гражданского участия в Европе и за ее пределами.

«Я с нетерпением жду возможности внести свой вклад в его работу, чтобы способствовать развитию местной демократии по всей Европе и за ее пределами»

«Быть членом Правления ALDA - большая честь, и я с нетерпением жду возможности внести свой вклад в его работу, способствовать развитию местной демократии по всей Европе и за ее пределами», - сказала г-жа Татаренко после своего повторного назначения.

Что касается работы в Правлении и с учетом текущего кризиса, она считает, что«пандемия, конечно, является большой проблемой, но также дает возможность местным властям повысить свою устойчивостьулучшить свои услуги и управление, привлечь гражданское население и быстрее перейти к использованию современных технологий и удаленной работы. Экспертный центр по вопросам надлежащего управления Совета Европы разработал соответствующие наборы инструментов для решения этих проблем, и мы надеемся сотрудничать с ALDA чтобы способствовать внедрению этих современных инструментов. В частности, в этом году, - продолжает г-жа Алина Татаренко, - мы будем сотрудничать по внедрению ELoGE - европейского знака качества управления, который позволяет местным властям оценивать свое соответствие 12 принципами добросовестного демократического управления, и соответственно улучшать свои показатели. Я считаю, что посредством подобных проектов наши организации вместе могут оказать ценную помощь местным властям, которые в ней нуждаются”.

ALDA рассчитывает на эти четыре года, будучи уверенной, что ее отношения с СЕ могут только укрепиться и стать еще более стратегическими.

Для ALDA большая честь официально объявить, что г-жа Алина Татаренко , руководитель экспертного центра по надлежащему управлению Генерального директората демократии Совета Европы (СЕ), была официально утверждена Генеральным секретарем Совета в качестве члена Правление ALDA на ближайшие 4 года.

ALDA родилась в Совете Европы и в свете приверженного и активного подхода, который она всегда доказывала в последние годы, ALDA искренне рада продолжать работать с г-жой Татаренко для продвижения демократических принципов и гражданского участия в Европе и за ее пределами.

«Я с нетерпением жду возможности внести свой вклад в его работу, чтобы способствовать развитию местной демократии по всей Европе и за ее пределами»

«Быть членом Правления ALDA - большая честь, и я с нетерпением жду возможности внести свой вклад в его работу, способствовать развитию местной демократии по всей Европе и за ее пределами», - сказала г-жа Татаренко после своего повторного назначения.

Что касается работы в Правлении и с учетом текущего кризиса, она считает, что«пандемия, конечно, является большой проблемой, но также дает возможность местным властям повысить свою устойчивостьулучшить свои услуги и управление, привлечь гражданское население и быстрее перейти к использованию современных технологий и удаленной работы. Экспертный центр по вопросам надлежащего управления Совета Европы разработал соответствующие наборы инструментов для решения этих проблем, и мы надеемся сотрудничать с ALDA чтобы способствовать внедрению этих современных инструментов. В частности, в этом году, - продолжает г-жа Алина Татаренко, - мы будем сотрудничать по внедрению ELoGE - европейского знака качества управления, который позволяет местным властям оценивать свое соответствие 12 принципами добросовестного демократического управления, и соответственно улучшать свои показатели. Я считаю, что посредством подобных проектов наши организации вместе могут оказать ценную помощь местным властям, которые в ней нуждаются”.

ALDA рассчитывает на эти четыре года, будучи уверенной, что ее отношения с СЕ могут только укрепиться и стать еще более стратегическими.