The Pale Blue Dot - An incredible story of hope, wonder, beauty and despair

The LIFE Metro Adapt project celebrates the Earth Day with the exclusive screening of the theatre performance “Pale Blue Dot” with the participation of the director and actor Andrea Brunello and the theater company Arditodesio.

Registration is mandatory at this link: https://bit.ly/39y93Tj

Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XlAarfwEVE

On April 22nd, a month and a day after the spring equinox, the world celebrates the Earth Day, the largest environmental event that represents an extra opportunity to remind ourselves about the importance of protecting the planet, providing insights and essential information on the most urgent environmental issues such as global warming, deforestation, extreme weather events, air pollution. This year’s theme is “Restore Our Earth”, which “focuses on natural processes, emerging green technologies, and innovative thinking that can restore the world’s ecosystems. In this way, the theme rejects the notion that mitigation or adaptation are the only ways to address climate change. It is up to each and every one of us to Restore Our Earth not just because we care about the natural world, but because we live on it. We all need a healthy Earth to support our jobs, livelihoods, health & survival, and happiness. A healthy planet is not an option — it is a necessity”.

April 22 at 8:15 pm: Celebrate the Earth Day with us!

More than 1 billion people in 192 countries join the Earth Day activities each year, with thousands of events organized both online and in presence. The Metro Adapt project, funded by the LIFE programme of the European Union, joins this initiative in collaboration with the theater company Arditodesio, projecting a unique and moving theater show “Pale Blue Dot” which aims to inform and create awareness on climate change.

This incredible initiative aims to explain the risks associated with climate change (e.g. extreme weather events, flooding, thermal anomalies, etc.) and the urgent need to regenerate urban areas that are increasingly affected by the extreme weather phenomena.

The story tells of the space probe Voyager 1 whose destiny entwines with that of its suicidal creator, that of his dreamer son and that of the Planet Earth. As the spacecraft gets farther away from the solar system, everything falls into perspective, it becomes painfully clear that our little Pale Blue Dot, the Earth, is the most precious spaceship and it needs to be protected with no hesitation and no compromise. What will happen?

The show aims to question each one of us on our duty to protect the planet, and wonders if we are really ready to do so.

The show will be broadcasted Legambiente Youtube Platform и Metro Adapt Facebook page.

  • Duration: 80 min
  • The play is by and with Andrea Brunello.
  • Directed by Christian Di Domenico.
  • Music by Enrico Merlin.
  • Promoted within the LIFE Metro Adapt Project.

The LIFE Metro Adapt project celebrates the Earth Day with the exclusive screening of the theatre performance “Pale Blue Dot” with the participation of the director and actor Andrea Brunello and the theater company Arditodesio.

Registration is mandatory at this link: https://bit.ly/39y93Tj

Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XlAarfwEVE

On April 22nd, a month and a day after the spring equinox, the world celebrates the Earth Day, the largest environmental event that represents an extra opportunity to remind ourselves about the importance of protecting the planet, providing insights and essential information on the most urgent environmental issues such as global warming, deforestation, extreme weather events, air pollution. This year’s theme is “Restore Our Earth”, which “focuses on natural processes, emerging green technologies, and innovative thinking that can restore the world’s ecosystems. In this way, the theme rejects the notion that mitigation or adaptation are the only ways to address climate change. It is up to each and every one of us to Restore Our Earth not just because we care about the natural world, but because we live on it. We all need a healthy Earth to support our jobs, livelihoods, health & survival, and happiness. A healthy planet is not an option — it is a necessity”.

April 22 at 8:15 pm: Celebrate the Earth Day with us!

More than 1 billion people in 192 countries join the Earth Day activities each year, with thousands of events organized both online and in presence. The Metro Adapt project, funded by the LIFE programme of the European Union, joins this initiative in collaboration with the theater company Arditodesio, projecting a unique and moving theater show “Pale Blue Dot” which aims to inform and create awareness on climate change.

This incredible initiative aims to explain the risks associated with climate change (e.g. extreme weather events, flooding, thermal anomalies, etc.) and the urgent need to regenerate urban areas that are increasingly affected by the extreme weather phenomena.

The story tells of the space probe Voyager 1 whose destiny entwines with that of its suicidal creator, that of his dreamer son and that of the Planet Earth. As the spacecraft gets farther away from the solar system, everything falls into perspective, it becomes painfully clear that our little Pale Blue Dot, the Earth, is the most precious spaceship and it needs to be protected with no hesitation and no compromise. What will happen?

The show aims to question each one of us on our duty to protect the planet, and wonders if we are really ready to do so.

The show will be broadcasted Legambiente Youtube Platform и Metro Adapt Facebook page.

  • Duration: 80 min
  • The play is by and with Andrea Brunello.
  • Directed by Christian Di Domenico.
  • Music by Enrico Merlin.
  • Promoted within the LIFE Metro Adapt Project.


Co.Co.Tour - sustainable tourism model in the Mediterranean

Re-conceptualising  tourism can be a solution for improving the sector while promoting the local economy and sustainable development. In this regard, the Co.Co.Tour project is doing a great job on safeguarding and promoting smart inclusive and sustainable growth of the Coastal Communities in the Mediterranean

In this purpose they have been working on the implementation of a common strategy based on community participation in the target areas. The establishment of a cross border эко-музея network has allowed the creation of a tourist package, the design of a smartphone application for visitors, and the improvement of the accessibility and participation of local workers and communities. This project represents a new phase of tourism in the region, which has already been proven to be a success in the cities of Himara (Albany), Herceg Novi (Montenegro) and Tricase (Italy), Corfu (Greece) and Messolonghi (Greece).

Co.Co. Tour has great potential to continue changing the tourism model in the entire Mediterranean region.

Co.Co. Tour has great potential to continue changing the tourism model in the entire Mediterranean region. By taking into account the specificities of rural hinterlands of the coastal communities, the project can provide matching resources for the potential applicants to the program. Local authorities have already recognized the importance of the implementation of the eco-museums model to support the sustainable development of tourism in the region. 

Within the PANORAMED initiative, a governance platform that supports the process of strengthening and developing multilateral cooperation frameworks in the Mediterranean region, the Co.Co.Tour project has been considered as the ideal example of how tourism can be transformed and developed in a sustainable way. Furthermore, benefiting from the above-mentioned initiative, the project is able to keep working on creating new opportunities and developing solutions to common challenges in the area. 

 

More information on:
LDA Nikšić
PANORAMED – Interreg 
Our previous news on Co.Co Tour

Re-conceptualising  tourism can be a solution for improving the sector while promoting the local economy and sustainable development. In this regard, the Co.Co.Tour project is doing a great job on safeguarding and promoting smart inclusive and sustainable growth of the Coastal Communities in the Mediterranean

In this purpose they have been working on the implementation of a common strategy based on community participation in the target areas. The establishment of a cross border эко-музея network has allowed the creation of a tourist package, the design of a smartphone application for visitors, and the improvement of the accessibility and participation of local workers and communities. This project represents a new phase of tourism in the region, which has already been proven to be a success in the cities of Himara (Albany), Herceg Novi (Montenegro) and Tricase (Italy), Corfu (Greece) and Messolonghi (Greece).

Co.Co. Tour has great potential to continue changing the tourism model in the entire Mediterranean region.

Co.Co. Tour has great potential to continue changing the tourism model in the entire Mediterranean region. By taking into account the specificities of rural hinterlands of the coastal communities, the project can provide matching resources for the potential applicants to the program. Local authorities have already recognized the importance of the implementation of the eco-museums model to support the sustainable development of tourism in the region. 

Within the PANORAMED initiative, a governance platform that supports the process of strengthening and developing multilateral cooperation frameworks in the Mediterranean region, the Co.Co.Tour project has been considered as the ideal example of how tourism can be transformed and developed in a sustainable way. Furthermore, benefiting from the above-mentioned initiative, the project is able to keep working on creating new opportunities and developing solutions to common challenges in the area. 

More information on:
LDA Nikšić
PANORAMED – Interreg 
Our previous news on Co.Co Tour


Communication and local democracy manager of the AUTREMENT project (Tunisia)

The AUTREMENT project (Aménagement Urbain du Territoire pour Réinventer les Mobilités et Engager les Tunisiens), led by the City of Strasbourg and financed by the European Commission, aims to improve the well-being and quality of life of the inhabitants of Kairouan and Mahdia (Tunisia) by supporting the two municipalities in the development of active mobility and the promotion of citizen participation.

Within this framework, we are looking for a communication and local democracy manager who will be responsible for two main components of the project: its communication; and the organisation of citizen participation, in close collaboration with the two Tunisian partners.

Interested candidates in line with the profile described above should send their CV and cover letter in French by April 18th, 2021 до job@aldaintranet.org with the following subject line: “Responsable communication et démocratie locale projet AUTREMENT”.

The AUTREMENT project (Aménagement Urbain du Territoire pour Réinventer les Mobilités et Engager les Tunisiens), led by the City of Strasbourg and financed by the European Commission, aims to improve the well-being and quality of life of the inhabitants of Kairouan and Mahdia (Tunisia) by supporting the two municipalities in the development of active mobility and the promotion of citizen participation.

Within this framework, we are looking for a communication and local democracy manager who will be responsible for two main components of the project: its communication; and the organisation of citizen participation, in close collaboration with the two Tunisian partners.

Interested candidates in line with the profile described above should send their CV and cover letter in French by April 18th, 2021 до job@aldaintranet.org with the following subject line: “Responsable communication et démocratie locale projet AUTREMENT”.


Call for the Advisory Board

Since 1999, ALDA has been working to promote and encourage civic engagement as a key in the creation of a democratic and participatory reality. It is guided by its Governing Board, whose role is to define the future steps and path of the association. 

In light of its great engagement both at local as well as at international level, ALDA has now launched this “call for expression of interests”, addressed to members, partners and external experts. This call consists of identifying and selecting five candidates to form the Board of Advisors. The role of the latter is to directly support the Governing Board, by giving technical advice and by sharing professional knowledge.

Fill in the форму. by April 30th 2021

In addition, the Advisory Board will focus on five specific areas:

  1. Democracy and local development;
  2. Environment;
  3. Digitalization;
  4. Cooperation between CSOs and the Private Sector;
  5. Support to Local Democracy Agencies (Decentralised Cooperation)

More in detail, the Advisory Board is asked to work for the implementation of the ALDA Strategic Framework as well as to interact and connect with external actors and stakeholders. Similarly, the advisors will be involved in five different groups according to the above-mentioned areas; while joining annual meetings with the representatives of the Secretariat and other members to discuss the implementation of the action plan.

The Advisory Board will be in charge for 4 years.

If you wish to share your expertise and join ALDA mission, apply and become a member of the new ALDA Advisory Board, please fill in this форму. by April 30th 2021. 

Once the call is closed, we will examine all applications and select the most appropriate profiles.

Since 1999, ALDA has been working to promote and encourage civic engagement as a key in the creation of a democratic and participatory reality. It is guided by its Governing Board, whose role is to define the future steps and path of the association. 

In light of its great engagement both at local as well as at international level, ALDA has now launched this “call for expression of interests”, addressed to members, partners and external experts. This call consists of identifying and selecting five candidates to form the Board of Advisors. The role of the latter is to directly support the Governing Board, by giving technical advice and by sharing professional knowledge.

Fill in the форму. by April 30th 2021

In addition, the Advisory Board will focus on five specific areas:

  1. Democracy and local development;
  2. Environment;
  3. Digitalization;
  4. Cooperation between CSOs and the Private Sector;
  5. Support to Local Democracy Agencies (Decentralised Cooperation)

More in detail, the Advisory Board is asked to work for the implementation of the ALDA Strategic Framework as well as to interact and connect with external actors and stakeholders. Similarly, the advisors will be involved in five different groups according to the above-mentioned areas; while joining annual meetings with the representatives of the Secretariat and other members to discuss the implementation of the action plan.

The Advisory Board will be in charge for 4 years.

If you wish to share your expertise and join ALDA mission, apply and become a member of the new ALDA Advisory Board, please fill in this форму. by April 30th 2021. 

Once the call is closed, we will examine all applications and select the most appropriate profiles.


Turning SDGs into concrete actions - Examples of our projects

From 1 to 17 the UN has defined sustainable development goals, which should guide our actions and become our compass. Yet, how can we turn those goals into actions, making them tangible and understood by all of us? Of course it is a great challenge, but with a little bit of effort everything is possible. Hence, when developing its projects, ALDA has those SDGs in mind and designs its activities in order to not only raise awareness on them, but also to stimulate a change and promote concrete actions for their success. Let’s have a closer look!

 For example, SDG 4 stands for “quality education”, which goes from inclusive learning to guarantee good education as well as supporting lifelong learning. ALDA’s Piece project, just to mention one initiative, is intended to understand and react to the needs of different communities in Europe through trainings and education. In other words, empowering people, by giving them tools and knowledge to become a valuable resource for local societies. Hence, by designing this project, and by including different partners, the final outcome will be the promotion of positive and long-lasting change, while making SDG 4 as a tangible concept.

ALDA has SDGs in mind and designs its activities in order to promote concrete actions for their success

But let’s continue with other goals. The SDG 16 tackles “peace, justice and strong institutions”, concepts which are pretty often used and discussed,especially the fist and the second, but how we can really address them is a different matter. Following the example above-mentioned, starting from the Schumann Declaration, the DESIRE project is willing to raise awareness on this milestone in European Union history. In detail, the project will stimulate participants to reflect on EU values – be they peace, justice and solidarity – by using different artistic and visual tools. 

As the case of the two previous projects, also EPIC project is directed to understand and address the challenges posed by the integration of migrants in medium-sized realities. And how is this connected to SDGs? Here we come: not only SDG 10 but also 11 и 17 are taken into account. SDGs are in fact strictly related to one-another spurring an holistic approach, a circular action that involves all of these goals. In fact, EPIC project aims at “reducing inequalities” (SDG 10), by supporting and developing “sustainable cities and communities” (SDG 11), within which migrants will settle and actively join. Furthermore, by including different actors – from municipalities, to universities and CSOs, EPIC has turned goal 17 on “partnership for goals” as a concrete and successful reality.

Finally, our projects also focus on the environment and planet. Here we would like to introduce to you FOREST project. It goes without saying that the aim of this initiative is within the forestry sector.  Thus, it is willing to increase and unify the fragmented knowledge as far as forestry management concerns, both at national and international levels. In this case, the project has been tailored having SDGs 13 и 15 in mind. The former is intended to fight climate change, while the latter focuses on “life on land”, that means acting in order to protect ecosystems and biodiversity. By improving the level of professionalism and competitiveness of forest workers at cross-border level for example, the idea of the project is to safeguard these green realities which are the habitat for different species and are essential for actors as far as climate concerns.

These are a bunch of examples of ALDA projects, but if you check our page you will find plenty of projects, each of them related to specific SDGs.

We are also delighted to share with you the latest issue of the SDG Watch Europe Newsletter, on which you can find several articles from which to draw inspiration, including news on our projects!

From 1 to 17 the UN has defined sustainable development goals, which should guide our actions and become our compass. Yet, how can we turn those goals into actions, making them tangible and understood by all of us? Of course it is a great challenge, but with a little bit of effort everything is possible. Hence, when developing its projects, ALDA has those SDGs in mind and designs its activities in order to not only raise awareness on them, but also to stimulate a change and promote concrete actions for their success. Let’s have a closer look!

 For example, SDG 4 stands for “quality education”, which goes from inclusive learning to guarantee good education as well as supporting lifelong learning. ALDA’s Piece project, just to mention one initiative, is intended to understand and react to the needs of different communities in Europe through trainings and education. In other words, empowering people, by giving them tools and knowledge to become a valuable resource for local societies. Hence, by designing this project, and by including different partners, the final outcome will be the promotion of positive and long-lasting change, while making SDG 4 as a tangible concept.

ALDA has SDGs in mind and designs its activities in order to promote concrete actions for their success

But let’s continue with other goals. The SDG 16 tackles “peace, justice and strong institutions”, concepts which are pretty often used and discussed,especially the fist and the second, but how we can really address them is a different matter. Following the example above-mentioned, starting from the Schumann Declaration, the DESIRE project is willing to raise awareness on this milestone in European Union history. In detail, the project will stimulate participants to reflect on EU values – be they peace, justice and solidarity – by using different artistic and visual tools. 

As the case of the two previous projects, also EPIC project is directed to understand and address the challenges posed by the integration of migrants in medium-sized realities. And how is this connected to SDGs? Here we come: not only SDG 10 but also 11 и 17 are taken into account. SDGs are in fact strictly related to one-another spurring an holistic approach, a circular action that involves all of these goals. In fact, EPIC project aims at “reducing inequalities” (SDG 10), by supporting and developing “sustainable cities and communities” (SDG 11), within which migrants will settle and actively join. Furthermore, by including different actors – from municipalities, to universities and CSOs, EPIC has turned goal 17 on “partnership for goals” as a concrete and successful reality.

Finally, our projects also focus on the environment and planet. Here we would like to introduce to you FOREST project. It goes without saying that the aim of this initiative is within the forestry sector.  Thus, it is willing to increase and unify the fragmented knowledge as far as forestry management concerns, both at national and international levels. In this case, the project has been tailored having SDGs 13 и 15 in mind. The former is intended to fight climate change, while the latter focuses on “life on land”, that means acting in order to protect ecosystems and biodiversity. By improving the level of professionalism and competitiveness of forest workers at cross-border level for example, the idea of the project is to safeguard these green realities which are the habitat for different species and are essential for actors as far as climate concerns.

These are a bunch of examples of ALDA projects, but if you check our page you will find plenty of projects, each of them related to specific SDGs.

We are also delighted to share with you the latest issue of the SDG Watch Europe Newsletter, on which you can find several articles from which to draw inspiration, including news on our projects!


The MIICT project: wider steps towards ICT-enabled solutions for migrants’ integration

How to turn the relationship among European societies and migrants more inclusive? In order to answer this question, we would like to share with you reliable documents which have been published within проекта MIICT. Thus, the latter already presented recommendations to various stakeholders – be they decision makers, lobbying groups and other interest groups. Released in March 2020, the first policy brief highlighted nine key policy areas to be addressed in the context of integration of migrants in Europe: starting from employment, social inclusion and anti-racism, to housing, health, education, human trafficking, legal issues as well as information and communication technology. In addition, besides expressing several suggestions regarding these areas, it also underlines country-specific recommendations for Spain, Italy and Cyprus.

Nine key policy areas to be addressed in the context of integration of migrants in Europe

More recently, in March 2021, the MIICT project issued a second policy brief  to present further recommendations on existing policies around migration issues. It is by capitalising on the findings from its first policy brief as well as on those of the Joint Migration Policy Roundtable that the latter has been organised by MIICT in cooperation with H2020-“sister”-projects (REBUILD, NADINE, MICADO, EASYRIGHTS and WELCOME). The roundtable discussions occurred between the 14th and the 16th of October 2020 and led to the publication of a Joint Migration Policy Whitepaper.

The MIICT second policy brief builds on the Whitepaper and expresses further MIICT-related recommendations. It emphasises:

  • the relevance of the cooperation and coordination among stakeholders and organisations rather than individuals;
  • the momentum of digitalisation of public services related to COVID-19 pandemic.

It focuses on how digital transformation and existing technological solutions (e.g. translation services) could result in multi-faceted ICT solutions that respect cultural diversity among final users. In this context, it also addresses the issue of funding and other options for the sustainability of solutions. The document concludes that the Европейская комиссия needs to play a pivotal role for supporting the sustainability and roll-out. Finally, the second policy brief mapped out possible obstacles and challenges that have to be taken into consideration for further policy development.

The next step will focus on the distribution and dissemination of the policy recommendations. Future local and European Policy Roundtables will be implemented during 2021 for revising and extending the recommendations against the background of the extended ICT-solution piloting.

To know more on the Policy Paper, read our предыдущие новости

Find out more: https://www.miict.eu

How to turn the relationship among European societies and migrants more inclusive? In order to answer this question, we would like to share with you reliable documents which have been published within проекта MIICT. Thus, the latter already presented recommendations to various stakeholders – be they decision makers, lobbying groups and other interest groups. Released in March 2020, the first policy brief highlighted nine key policy areas to be addressed in the context of integration of migrants in Europe: starting from employment, social inclusion and anti-racism, to housing, health, education, human trafficking, legal issues as well as information and communication technology. In addition, besides expressing several suggestions regarding these areas, it also underlines country-specific recommendations for Spain, Italy and Cyprus.

Nine key policy areas to be addressed in the context of integration of migrants in Europe

More recently, in March 2021, the MIICT project issued a second policy brief  to present further recommendations on existing policies around migration issues. It is by capitalising on the findings from its first policy brief as well as on those of the Joint Migration Policy Roundtable that the latter has been organised by MIICT in cooperation with H2020-“sister”-projects (REBUILD, NADINE, MICADO, EASYRIGHTS and WELCOME). The roundtable discussions occurred between the 14th and the 16th of October 2020 and led to the publication of a Joint Migration Policy Whitepaper.

The MIICT second policy brief builds on the Whitepaper and expresses further MIICT-related recommendations. It emphasises:

  • the relevance of the cooperation and coordination among stakeholders and organisations rather than individuals;
  • the momentum of digitalisation of public services related to COVID-19 pandemic.

It focuses on how digital transformation and existing technological solutions (e.g. translation services) could result in multi-faceted ICT solutions that respect cultural diversity among final users. In this context, it also addresses the issue of funding and other options for the sustainability of solutions. The document concludes that the Европейская комиссия needs to play a pivotal role for supporting the sustainability and roll-out. Finally, the second policy brief mapped out possible obstacles and challenges that have to be taken into consideration for further policy development.

The next step will focus on the distribution and dissemination of the policy recommendations. Future local and European Policy Roundtables will be implemented during 2021 for revising and extending the recommendations against the background of the extended ICT-solution piloting.

To know more on the Policy Paper, read our предыдущие новости

Find out more: https://www.miict.eu


ALDA at the “Milano Digital Week”

Our members, partners and followers know very well how “active involvement of citizens” in the development and maintenance of democracy is a crucial aspect in ALDA mission. Nonetheless, ALDA is very conscious of the challenges that every citizen, every local community has to face. That is why, when developing its projects, it has a clear vision on which objectives have to be achieved in order to sow seeds of change. 

In light of this, the growing presence of technology has an undeniable impact in our lives and affects the way of living of each of us, citizens of the so-called digital era.

Therefore, on March 18th, our Secretary General Антонелла Вальморбида actively joined the online event promoted by the Metropolitan City of Milan: Milano Digital Week, so that to share ALDA experience and vision in this realm. 

It comes by itself, that when discussing technology and digital tools one cannot forget to mention the APProach project. Lead by ALDA and in partnership with the city of Milan, APProach is a pilot project targeting European mobile citizens, i.e. EU citizens resident in another EU country, to help them have better communication with their welcoming city. Among the main project’s achievements, we have to mention the development of a digital ecosystem aimed to assist and support EU mobile citizens in getting acquainted with their new city and have access to fundamental services. Such a platform has been developed following a participative approach, thanks to the active participation of EU mobile citizens and our partner cities, namely Etterbeek (Belgium), Milan (Italy), Nea Smyrni (Greece), Paris (France), Vejle (Denmark), Lisbon (Portugal), Amsterdam (Netherlands) & Warsaw (Poland). (more in the project (здесь)).

“The development of democracy is the development of the city itself”

Entitled “APProach: European Citizens, digital and participation”, the Milano Digital Week panel took place virtually last Thursday. At the very beginning, Mr. Lipparini, Councillor for Participation, Active Citizenship, Open Data; together with Mr. Maurizio Molinari, Head of the European Parliament Office in Milan and Mrs. Roberta Cocco, Councillor for Digital Transformation and Civic Services gave their opening remarks, while highlighting the great example of the APProach project when discussing digitalisation on a broad scale.

Furthermore, Mrs. Emanuala Vita from the City of Milan also recalled the importance of диалог among the six cities involved in the project,as well as citizens’ participation for the success of Подход. Similarly, Mr. Paolo Sabatini mentioned how the European motto “united in diversity” is an inspiring guide in making the lives of the many internationals in Milan more accessible: the city is boosting the digitalisation of services so that to be closer to its citizens.

Finally, this event served as a great platform for sharing ideas, perceptions and experiences on the relationship among city, citizens и local realities. As mentioned by ALDA Secretary General, is it important to underline that “the development of democracy is the development of the city itself and as well as its participation”. These three aspects are interrelated and as shown by the APProach project, being part of the city may be facilitated by the digital tools. This is why such projects are today essential for the development of an active and participatory society.

Precious food for thought was also given by:

  • Anna Lisa Boni (Segretaria generale di EUROCITIES)
  • Leda Guidi (Fondazione Innovazione Urbana Bologna)
  • Edoardo Montenegro (Creative Business Cup)
  • Jacopo Rangone (PC4U)

To watch the online event click here (italian only)

Our members, partners and followers know very well how “active involvement of citizens” in the development and maintenance of democracy is a crucial aspect in ALDA mission. Nonetheless, ALDA is very conscious of the challenges that every citizen, every local community has to face. That is why, when developing its projects, it has a clear vision on which objectives have to be achieved in order to sow seeds of change. 

In light of this, the growing presence of technology has an undeniable impact in our lives and affects the way of living of each of us, citizens of the so-called digital era.

Therefore, on March 18th, our Secretary General Антонелла Вальморбида actively joined the online event promoted by the Metropolitan City of Milan: Milano Digital Week, so that to share ALDA experience and vision in this realm. 

It comes by itself, that when discussing technology and digital tools one cannot forget to mention the APProach project. Lead by ALDA and in partnership with the city of Milan, APProach is a pilot project targeting European mobile citizens, i.e. EU citizens resident in another EU country, to help them have better communication with their welcoming city. Among the main project’s achievements, we have to mention the development of a digital ecosystem aimed to assist and support EU mobile citizens in getting acquainted with their new city and have access to fundamental services. Such a platform has been developed following a participative approach, thanks to the active participation of EU mobile citizens and our partner cities, namely Etterbeek (Belgium), Milan (Italy), Nea Smyrni (Greece), Paris (France), Vejle (Denmark), Lisbon (Portugal), Amsterdam (Netherlands) & Warsaw (Poland). (more in the project (здесь)).

“The development of democracy is the development of the city itself”

Entitled “APProach: European Citizens, digital and participation”, the Milano Digital Week panel took place virtually last Thursday. At the very beginning, Mr. Lipparini, Councillor for Participation, Active Citizenship, Open Data; together with Mr. Maurizio Molinari, Head of the European Parliament Office in Milan and Mrs. Roberta Cocco, Councillor for Digital Transformation and Civic Services gave their opening remarks, while highlighting the great example of the APProach project when discussing digitalisation on a broad scale.

Furthermore, Mrs. Emanuala Vita from the City of Milan also recalled the importance of диалог among the six cities involved in the project,as well as citizens’ participation for the success of Подход. Similarly, Mr. Paolo Sabatini mentioned how the European motto “united in diversity” is an inspiring guide in making the lives of the many internationals in Milan more accessible: the city is boosting the digitalisation of services so that to be closer to its citizens.

Finally, this event served as a great platform for sharing ideas, perceptions and experiences on the relationship among city, citizens и local realities. As mentioned by ALDA Secretary General, is it important to underline that “the development of democracy is the development of the city itself and as well as its participation”. These three aspects are interrelated and as shown by the APProach project, being part of the city may be facilitated by the digital tools. This is why such projects are today essential for the development of an active and participatory society.

Precious food for thought was also given by:

  • Anna Lisa Boni (Segretaria generale di EUROCITIES)
  • Leda Guidi (Fondazione Innovazione Urbana Bologna)
  • Edoardo Montenegro (Creative Business Cup)
  • Jacopo Rangone (PC4U)

To watch the online event click here (italian only)


Reconstructing the way forward to EU integration

Европейское Online Regional Thematic Network Forum and the Annual Network Conference organised by the Local Democracy Agency Subotica and the consortium members of the “Regional Youth Compact for Europe” project took place on 25th and 26th of March 2021.

A wide range of speakers and experts coming from the Western Balkans countries presented a snapshot of the ideas that can most inspire and transform our future.

Around 50 participants attended virtual meeting, bringing to each panel discussion different experiences and perspectives, such as: the role of the thematic networks, the democratic culture и regional EU accession challenges. All conferences were streamed daily on our Facebook page.

We consider regional cooperation as a tool in bringing us closer to the European Union and in contributing to the reconciliation process in the region.

The “Regional Youth Compact for Europe” project has developed different forms engaging young people in the local decision-making process, but also educational training tools in regards to empowering them and help them getting to the political field. These activities are part of our process to both develop the Balkans Network for Local Democracy, and to exchange best practises; while using expertise of other stakeholders and strengthening regional cooperation. We consider regional cooperation as a tool in bringing us closer to the European Union and in contributing to the reconciliation process in the region.

Our messages come from the local level and spread across the region are really important.

Natasa Vuckovic, Executive director of the Centre for Democracy Foundation and ALDA’s Governing Board member stated: “we have focus on several things before: on local democracy on youth organization, and local organizations. We have focused on making young people influent by educating them, training them, empowering them on the topic of rule of law”.

This activity has been organised within “Regional Youth Compact for Europe”, a three-year project implemented by Center for Democracy Foundation and 13 partners. The project is funded by the European Union and co-funded by Balkan Trust for Democracy.

Европейское Online Regional Thematic Network Forum and the Annual Network Conference organised by the Local Democracy Agency Subotica and the consortium members of the “Regional Youth Compact for Europe” project took place on 25th and 26th of March 2021.

A wide range of speakers and experts coming from the Western Balkans countries presented a snapshot of the ideas that can most inspire and transform our future.

Around 50 participants attended virtual meeting, bringing to each panel discussion different experiences and perspectives, such as: the role of the thematic networks, the democratic culture и regional EU accession challenges. All conferences were streamed daily on our Facebook page.

We consider regional cooperation as a tool in bringing us closer to the European Union and in contributing to the reconciliation process in the region

The “Regional Youth Compact for Europe” project has developed different forms engaging young people in the local decision-making process, but also educational training tools in regards to empowering them and help them getting to the political field. These activities are part of our process to both develop the Balkans Network for Local Democracy, and to exchange best practises; while using expertise of other stakeholders and strengthening regional cooperation. We consider regional cooperation as a tool in bringing us closer to the European Union and in contributing to the reconciliation process in the region.

Our messages come from the local level and spread across the region are really important.

Natasa Vuckovic, Executive director of the Centre for Democracy Foundation and ALDA’s Governing Board member stated: “we have focus on several things before: on local democracy on youth organization, and local organizations. We have focused on making young people influent by educating them, training them, empowering them on the topic of rule of law”.

This activity has been organised within “Regional Youth Compact for Europe”, a three-year project implemented by Center for Democracy Foundation and 13 partners. The project is funded by the European Union and co-funded by Balkan Trust for Democracy.


Отличные вебинары, которые завершатся на высокой ноте проекта APProach.

5, 11 и 25 марта 2021 года европейский проект APProach провел 3 вебинара и пригласил замечательных докладчиков и экспертов для интересных и обогащающих дискуссий о гражданстве, влиянии COVID19 на цифровые инструменты, новых формах гражданского участия в виде электронных голосование и место гражданского участия в эту цифровую эпоху

Спасибо всем участникам и участникам дискуссии: Саймону Делакорде, директору Института электронного участия; Эдоардо Гульельметти, советнику по городскому развитию - Комиссару Брюсселя по делам Европы и международных организаций; Жан-Франсуа Мальжан, руководитель проекта - Contrat de Quartier Durable - муниципалитет Эттербеек (Administration communale Etterbeek); Д-р У. Льюис Джонсон, председатель правления, генеральный директор и соучредитель - Alelo; Винсент Морель, DSIN / STIN - муниципалитет Парижа (Виль-де-Пари); Франческо Пала, руководитель отдела генерального секретаря Европейской ассоциации местной демократии; Антонелла Вальморбида, генеральный секретарь Европейской ассоциации местной демократии; Даниэла Ванчич, менеджер европейских программ - Democracy International; Эмануэла Вита, координатор проекта - муниципалитет Милана (Comune di Milano).

Трехдневное мероприятие больших дебатов и дискуссий для заключительной конференции проекта APProach

Вы не смогли принять участие в вебинарах? Хотите пересмотреть вебинары? Вебинары будут доступны онлайн на странице проекта  APProach в Facebook а также в аккаунтах ALDA на Facebook и Youtube .

 

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Начиная с апреля 2018 года, проект APProach софинансируется программой Европейского Союза по правам, равенству и гражданству (REC), направленной на облегчение распространения информации среди мобильных граждан ЕС, чтобы они могли эффективно осуществлять свои права в своем гостеприимном городе. Проект APProach работает над заполнением существующего пробела, ограничивающего осуществление гражданских прав, путем совместного создания онлайн-платформы APProach. Эта цифровая экосистема была разработана при активном участии мобильных граждан ЕС и наших городов-партнеров: Эттербек (Бельгия), Милан (Италия), Неа Смирни (Греция), Париж (Франция), Вайле (Дания), Лиссабон (Португалия) Амстердам (Нидерланды) и Варшава (Польша).

 

Для получения дополнительной информации о проекте APProach

  • Следите за новостями в Facebook и Twitter
  • Подпишитесь на рассылку новостей (здесь)

Контактный адрес электронной почты: approachproject@aldaintranet.org 

5, 11 и 25 марта 2021 года европейский проект APProach провел 3 вебинара и пригласил замечательных докладчиков и экспертов для интересных и обогащающих дискуссий о гражданстве, влиянии COVID19 на цифровые инструменты, новых формах гражданского участия в виде электронных голосование и место гражданского участия в эту цифровую эпоху

Спасибо всем участникам и участникам дискуссии: Саймону Делакорде, директору Института электронного участия; Эдоардо Гульельметти, советнику по городскому развитию - Комиссару Брюсселя по делам Европы и международных организаций; Жан-Франсуа Мальжан, руководитель проекта - Contrat de Quartier Durable - муниципалитет Эттербеек (Administration communale Etterbeek); Д-р У. Льюис Джонсон, председатель правления, генеральный директор и соучредитель - Alelo; Винсент Морель, DSIN / STIN - муниципалитет Парижа (Виль-де-Пари); Франческо Пала, руководитель отдела генерального секретаря Европейской ассоциации местной демократии; Антонелла Вальморбида, генеральный секретарь Европейской ассоциации местной демократии; Даниэла Ванчич, менеджер европейских программ - Democracy International; Эмануэла Вита, координатор проекта - муниципалитет Милана (Comune di Milano).

Трехдневное мероприятие больших дебатов и дискуссий для заключительной конференции проекта APProach

Вы не смогли принять участие в вебинарах? Хотите пересмотреть вебинары? Вебинары будут доступны онлайн на странице проекта  APProach в Facebook а также в аккаунтах ALDA на Facebook и Youtube .

 

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Начиная с апреля 2018 года, проект APProach софинансируется программой Европейского Союза по правам, равенству и гражданству (REC), направленной на облегчение распространения информации среди мобильных граждан ЕС, чтобы они могли эффективно осуществлять свои права в своем гостеприимном городе. Проект APProach работает над заполнением существующего пробела, ограничивающего осуществление гражданских прав, путем совместного создания онлайн-платформы APProach. Эта цифровая экосистема была разработана при активном участии мобильных граждан ЕС и наших городов-партнеров: Эттербек (Бельгия), Милан (Италия), Неа Смирни (Греция), Париж (Франция), Вайле (Дания), Лиссабон (Португалия) Амстердам (Нидерланды) и Варшава (Польша).

 

Для получения дополнительной информации о проекте APProach

  • Следите за новостями в Facebook и Twitter
  • Подпишитесь на рассылку новостей (здесь)

Контактный адрес электронной почты: approachproject@aldaintranet.org 


Reconnecting the European Union to its citizens

In a period of great challenges and new global orders, some of the oldest questions for humanity come back to our mind: “where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?”

Especially the last inquiry is a fundamental one: What is our future going to be? And more specifically, concerning the European Union: how the future of Europe will be, and how to shape it?  

Европейское Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) has a specific and strategic function in answering those questions and in building up our further steps. 

As also recalled in the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council, in light of the impressive number of citizens voting in the 2019 European election (more than 200 million), the message is pretty clear: Europeans are asking for greater participation and want a more active role in shaping the European Union’s future. Thus, the CoFoE has to be the perfect occasion to allow citizens to be part of it, to be – in other words – actively involved. 

So far, the agenda of the Conference is everything but empty, hence is already full of crucial issues such as: fight against climate change, an economy that works for people, promotion of EU values, social fairness, equality and inclusiveness, as well as institutional matters related to the democratic process and the establishment of transnational lists for elections.

In order to reach sustainable, effective and long-lasting  goals, having citizens involved is extremely important

It comes every time clearer that, in order to reach sustainable, effective and long-lasting  goals, having citizens involved is extremely important, and in this sense the Civil Society Convention on the Future of Europe plays a fundamental role. As already mentioned in our previous news ((здесь)), ALDA has been not only actively involved since the very beginning, but it has also been an unresting promoter and key actor in joining the Civil Society Convention. Hence, Гражданского Общества в Европе., in cooperation with pan-Europeans organisations and associations and ALDA among those, is “working towards regenerating the European project around the shared values of Equality, Solidarity, Inclusiveness and Democracy”,  aiming at making the above-mentioned Convention into “the civil society interlocutor for the EU institutions». Clearly, this happens at the right moment and it is perfectly responding to the overall intentions of the Commission to encourage a stronger partnership between European policy-makers and European civil society. 

Once again, ALDA is very honoured to be part of this great moment of change, taking actions for the best of Europe’s future, by making its long-lasting expertise at disposal, while being inspired by the European Commission contribution.

In a period of great challenges and new global orders, some of the oldest questions for humanity come back to our mind: “where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?”

Especially the last inquiry is a fundamental one: What is our future going to be? And more specifically, concerning the European Union: how the future of Europe will be, and how to shape it?  

Европейское Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) has a specific and strategic function in answering those questions and in building up our further steps. 

As also recalled in the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council, in light of the impressive number of citizens voting in the 2019 European election (more than 200 million), the message is pretty clear: Europeans are asking for greater participation and want a more active role in shaping the European Union’s future. Thus, the CoFoE has to be the perfect occasion to allow citizens to be part of it, to be – in other words – actively involved. 

So far, the agenda of the Conference is everything but empty, hence is already full of crucial issues such as: fight against climate change, an economy that works for people, promotion of EU values, social fairness, equality and inclusiveness, as well as institutional matters related to the democratic process and the establishment of transnational lists for elections.

In order to reach sustainable, effective and long-lasting  goals, having citizens involved is extremely important

It comes every time clearer that, in order to reach sustainable, effective and long-lasting  goals, having citizens involved is extremely important, and in this sense the Civil Society Convention on the Future of Europe plays a fundamental role. As already mentioned in our previous news ((здесь)), ALDA has been not only actively involved since the very beginning, but it has also been an unresting promoter and key actor in joining the Civil Society Convention. Hence, Гражданского Общества в Европе., in cooperation with pan-Europeans organisations and associations and ALDA among those, is “working towards regenerating the European project around the shared values of Equality, Solidarity, Inclusiveness and Democracy”,  aiming at making the above-mentioned Convention into “the civil society interlocutor for the EU institutions». Clearly, this happens at the right moment and it is perfectly responding to the overall intentions of the Commission to encourage a stronger partnership between European policy-makers and European civil society. 

Once again, ALDA is very honoured to be part of this great moment of change, taking actions for the best of Europe’s future, by making its long-lasting expertise at disposal, while being inspired by the European Commission contribution.