Water’s Experts: Kick-off Meeting in Oporto underlining the importance and the role of it

. Water’s Experts project has started, with the kick-off meeting which took place in Oporto (Portugal) on 3 and 4 September 2022. The partner Geoclube – Associação Juvenil welcomed ALDA and the other project partners to their office in Rio Tinto, municipality of Gondomar. In addition, as President of the association “Paese dell’Acqua” and leader of the consortium, Mr. Iamiceli was present at the meeting, being also an ambassador of ALDA!

On the first day, some aspects of the project have been defined, among them the main objectives of the training courses; as well as the “communication and dissemination strategy”.  The second day of the event was devoted to visiting the so-called Pavilion of Water, in Oporto, a small-scale project that aims to raise people’s attention on the issues of water scarcity and pollution of the oceans.  In addition, guided by Geoclube, the partners were able to enjoy the charms of Oporto and learn some of the city’s river characteristics, particularly in the Rio Tinto area.

Water’s Experts: raise awareness on climate change adaptation, underlining the importance and the role of water

From a general perspective, the project aims to adequate school studies to the job market needs, using training methods which are new, practical and more relevant for the work contest. On the other hand, the project’s goal is to raise awareness on climate change adaptation, underlining the importance and the role of water.

Finally, the kick-off meeting in Oporto has been a unique opportunity to coordinate with partners and set the agenda for the next steps. In the upcoming months, the partners will involve schools ready to join the project and identify students willing to take part in the training course. Meanwhile, ALDA, as the partner in charge of the project’s communication, will develop the web page and manage the social media together with partners.


From an humanitarian crises to a structural approach: EPIC commitment to integration. Join the conference!

. EPIC проект partners, guided by ALDA, will gather on 28 September 2022 in Amadora (Portugal) to participate in the second International Networking Path.  

. latter, organised by ALDA in collaboration with the municipality of Amadora, focuses on how to shift from humanitarian crises to a structural approach of reception and integration. Hence, it will be  a chance for the partners of the project to meet and reflect on common paths, while sharing the outcomes of their projects and the counter-narrative campaigns they have previously developed in the territory.

EPIC second  International Networking Path: how to shift from humanitarian crises to a structural approach of reception and integration

Several external stakeholders, from mayors to NGOs; and from local authorities representatives to academic figures, will discuss the contribution of territories and cities to this common challenge. 

📆 The event will take place on 28 September 2022 from 9:30 AM to 5PM (WEST time) and it will be possible to attend both in Amadora and online.

To register, please fill in the form

Magical graphic novel to explain the Common Agricultural Policy

В рамках проекта CAP-PERI project, a comic with the title “magic guide to foster a sustainable future” was created. The latter is inspired by the project activities and follows Flora and Olmo’s adventure towards a more sustainable future. 

The two teenagers, the main characters of the comic, learn about the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and travel to the project partners’ cities – such as Vicenza, Milan, Rome, Mesagne and Palermo – every time they eat a caper. In each city they find out something new about the Policy and the various activities implemented throughout the project.

CAP-PERI comic "Magic guide to foster a sustainable future” is out now!

Thus, the idea behind the comic is to produce a creative and interesting output that shows citizens of all age groups, with a special focus on children and young people, what CAP-PERI is about, which kind of activities were held during the whole period of the project and which environmental, social and economic impact the CAP has. The comic book addresses the CAP; the Зеленого курса as well as the ЦУР strategies; together with the healthy diets in an easy and funny way. 

Read the graphic novel and join Flora and Olmo on their journey through Italy, learning more about the CAP-PERI project!


Bolyarovo: International forum for social sustainability and cultural heritage of the European rural areas


#EuSAVE: 7th and final event in Bolyarovo, Bulgaria

From the 30th of August until the 3rd of September ALDA attended the 7th and final international event of the #EUSave project – EU Citizens’ Action for Smart Historic Villages. The host of the event was the Bulgarian partner of the #EuSAVE project, the municipality of Bolyarovo, a small town in the South of Bulgaria. Delegations from Croatia, Italy, Latvia, North Macedonia, Portugal and Spain, representing 40 small rural municipalities with less than 10.000 inhabitants, participated in the event.

Following  the 6th International Event of the project, on Tuesday, August 30, the mayor of the municipality of Bolyarovo, Mr. Hristo Hristov, greeted the partners with a welcome dinner in Yambol; thus starting this last event, entitled: “International forum for the social sustainability and cultural heritage of the European rural areas”

The next day a transnational conference was held at the Chitalishte “Vazrazhdane” of Bolyarovo, where all the partners had the chance to present to the public their background, experiences and impressions of the project, that started in January 2019 and will end in December 2022. The speeches were preceded by musical performances by the local traditional dance group, and were followed by a conference on:

  • the historical heritage of Bolyarovo (PhD Stefan Bakardzhiev),
  • the promotion of cultural identity (Mr. Stancho Stavrev), and
  • the European projects for local communities in Yambol region (Ms. Tatiana Balakchieva).

“This project allows us first of all to enrich our expertise in European project development, and secondly, to show and compare our cultural traditions”
Hristo Hristov, Mayor of Bolyarovo

Within this context, Alessia Lega and Nicola Zordan from ALDA Skopje summarized ALDA’s role in the project and in the Balkan region in general. A press conference was also held in a nearby building. As the Mayor Hristov pointed out on that occasion:

“This project allows us first of all to enrich our expertise in European project development, and secondly, to show and compare our cultural traditions”

In the afternoon, the group took the opportunity to visit the town, its cultural heritage and the surrounding nature. A small artificial lake close to Malko Sharkovo village has been transformed into a destination for alternative and environmentally friendly tourism.

On Thursday, September 1, the partners visited the National Archeological Museum “Kabile” and “Vila Yambol”, a company that produces one of the best quality wines of Bulgaria. Then, the group moved to the cultural center “Bezistena”, one of the oldest buildings in town and surely the most representative of Yambol, and to the History Museum. A transnational coordination meeting took place in the late evening too.

Finally, the partners had the opportunity to visit Sozopol, an ancient city on the Black Sea, where they could appreciate the richness of its history and the beauty of its coastline. An intercultural dinner was organized in the tiny Stefan Karadzhovo village, during which traditional Bulgarian music was played and folk dances were performed.

The most important outcome of the project was the creation of a network of European smart historic villages that could bring together experiences and issues of different townships all over Europe.

Indeed, it is of paramount importance for these municipalities to have a discussion space where they can share best practices and address similar problems. Through this project became clear that there is a link between cultural heritage and tradition, and that the preservation of the former defends the latter. Moreover, these kind of exchange always make participants aware of the EU’s extraordinary cultural diversity.



Более подробную информацию о проекте #EuSAVE можно найти на веб-сайте, а также на страницах проекта в Facebook и Instagram: Article on Vimianzo pageEuSAVE on Facebook

Delegations joining the event:

Lokalna akcjiska grupa Zagorje-Sutla, Croatia

Unione dei Comuni della Grecia Salentina, Italy

Dagda local municipality, Латвия

Municipality of Berovo, North Macedonia

Comunidade Intermunicipal do Alto Alentejo, Португалия

Concello de Vimianzo, Spain (проектa leader)

In Ventotene with the European Federalist Movement for the Europe of the future

On September 1st and 2nd, ALDA participated in the 41° National Seminar of Ventotene, a 5-day long event which took place, from August 28th until September 2nd 2022, in the Centro Polivalente “Terracini”, located in the island of Ventotene. 

Titled “Federalism in Europe and in the world: from the Monetary Union to the United States of Europe”, the National Seminar was organised by the Institute of Federalist Studies “Altiero Spinelli” in collaboration with the Municipality of Ventotene and with the contribution of the Lazio region. It was carried out contemporary to the 38. International Seminar of Ventotene, which took place in the same location. 

ALDA participated in the conclusive session of the National Seminar, which mainly focused on the just ended Конференции о будущем ЕвропыКонференция о будущем Европы (CoFoE) (CoFoE) and on its next steps. Along with Stefano Castagnoli, President of the European Federalist Movement, Alessandro Capriccioli, President of the Commission of European Affairs and of the regional Council of Lazio region and several other speakers, Giulia Albertoni, Cofunding Manager at ALDA, presented to the participants the Association and its role within the CoFoE and into the Конвенция гражданского общества о будущем Европы (CSOCoFoE)

ALDA, together with the European Federalist Movement, was in Ventotene to build the Europe of the future

«We need to reduce the gap between the citizens and the institutions, because citizens participation is on decline. We cannot talk about the European citizens without involving them, we need to develop a bottom-up approach to increase their participation. This is what the revolutionary experiment of the CoFoE was about, and this is what ALDA strongly believes in”. 

With these words, Giulia Albertoni presented to the participants the multiple activities that ALDA implemented within the framework of the CoFoE and the important role that the Association undertook in the CSOCoFoE, where ALDA Secretary General Ms. Antonella Valmordida, coordinated the democracy cluster. 

The end of the seminar was characterized by a reflection on the following steps to take and on the creation of a “participative European democracy”, as defined by Stefano Castagnoli. 

With the sentence “We are not dreamers” printed on the back of their shirts, more than 90 young people belonging to Youth European Federalist (JEF), coming from all Italy, actively participated to the seminar and listened to these emotional speeches and inspirational words on the construction of a free, united и federalist Europe, in a place where, more than 80 years ago a revolutionary document on a Free и United Europe was discussed.

Fifth webinar: final gathering and collective reflection [BRIGHT]

The final and 5th webinar of the BRIGHT project was held on the 15th of April 2021, from 15:00 to 17;00 CEST. It was the opportunity to exchange information and opinion about the previous webinars and what the participants have learned. ActionAid Italia also presented their “Reflection Action Circles”, while LABSUS shared with us the results of the Comparative Analysis of the BRIGHT project. We also welcomed Valentina Vasilionova from the Trade Union of the Agricultural Workers presented practical advices to reach women in Bulgaria. Afterwards, Pietro Elisei, Director of Urbasofia and President of Isocarp, discussed how community led urban transformations and how local rooted projects can be drivers for sustainable planning choices. In the end, we collected feedback on how to organise the next activities and workshops of the BRIGHT project.

The fifth webinar is also available in Romanian. Just click the link below!

Fifth webinar in Romanian

Fourth webinar: For the rights of agri-workers: good practices of networking and awareness-raising campaigns [BRIGHT]

The 4th webinar of the BRIGHT project was held on the 20th of January 2021 from 15:00 to 17:00 CEST. Valentina De Gregorio and Abderrahmane Amajou from Slow food and Dolinda Cavallo from ALDA welcomed the participants. Gaia Salvatori from Slow Food Italy then talked about how to create “fair food”, respecting the rights of workers. Afterwards Elisabetta Uroni from ALDA presented how to create awareness-raising campaigns (principales, key features, examples) that can be used to stand up for the rights of women working in agriculture in Southern Italy. Grazia Moschetti from ActionAid Italia then presented “Invictae: the voice of women agricultural workers resisting and rewriting the future”. Finally, we discussed about the phenomenon of illegal intermediation and labour exploitation in agriculture; and Jean Pierre Yvan Sagnet from NoCap introduced us virtuous models to go against these phenomenons.

Third webinar: Engaging underrepresented women: experiences form the field [BRIGHT]

Th third webinar tackled the representation of women in the filed, by answering to the following questions: Why #engaging underrepresented #women is crucial to tackle gender-based violence? How do we carry out an effective #mediation on a daily basis? What are the #reflection-action circles as a methodology to engage women? Family work #conciliation – what about it?

Second webinar: Participatory methodologies answering local challenges: Collaboration Agreement [BRIGHT]

The 2nd webinar of the LIME project was held on the 25 of November 2020 at 11:00 CEST and was first the opportunity to present the Collaboration Agreement from a theoretical perspective and how it can be used as a tool for participation. Afterwards, the Collaboration Agreement was then introduced in a more practical way, as a process. The participants could then work and discuss it in smaller groups.

The second webinar is also available in Bulgarian, Spanish and Romanian. Just click the link below!

Second webinar in Bulgarian

Second webinar in Spanish

Second webinar in Romanian

First webinar: Getting to know each other! [BRIGHT]

The first webinar of the BRIGHT project was held on the 19th of October 2020 at 11 CEST. The aim was to welcome everyone and introduce each participant of the project. The partners could attend a global presentation of the project and of the Capacity Building Program. They shared in smaller groups their experiences based on their country, and the local challenges they are facing. Afterwards, those challenges were presented by countries, focusing respectively on Italy, Bulgaria and Romania.

To webinar is also available in Greek and Romanian. Just click the links below!

First webinar in Greek

First webinar in Romanian