ALDA international staff met and worked hard together during their first meeting of 2019, which took place in Vicenza in January. Every year the staff meeting represents a moment of deep reflection, analysis and team-building, useful to review ALDA’s action in all its facets: all members take the floor and present strategy and challenges, progress of activities and projects, membership, developments for current and future local democracy agencies, and much more.

Before starting, the Secretary General Antonella Valmorbida mourned the loss of our friend Pavel Adamowicz, mayor of Gdansk (Poland), whose death left all the staff deeply sad and outraged. This tragic event led to a reflection on the situation and atmosphere prevailing in Europe at the present moment, increasing the awareness on the importance European institutions and Associations, like ALDA, may play in order to mitigate this wave of violence and spread hope and optimism.

The Governing Board of the Association met on 18 January in Thiene, Italy, hosted in the beautiful Villa Fabris, a building from 1700 hosting the European Centre for Heritage Jobs, as well as start-ups and associations. The Mayor of Thiene Giovanni Casarotto and the Director of Villa Fabris Giovanni Giuliari welcomed the delegation, stating that together, we are building a new and better Europe, and we must believe in this common project.

ALDA international staff met and worked hard together during their first meeting of 2019, which took place in Vicenza in January. Every year the staff meeting represents a moment of deep reflection, analysis and team-building, useful to review ALDA’s action in all its facets: all members take the floor and present strategy and challenges, progress of activities and projects, membership, developments for current and future local democracy agencies, and much more.

Before starting, the Secretary General Antonella Valmorbida mourned the loss of our friend Pavel Adamowicz, mayor of Gdansk (Poland), whose death left all the staff deeply sad and outraged. This tragic event led to a reflection on the situation and atmosphere prevailing in Europe at the present moment, increasing the awareness on the importance European institutions and Associations, like ALDA, may play in order to mitigate this wave of violence and spread hope and optimism.

The Governing Board of the Association met on 18 January in Thiene, Italy, hosted in the beautiful Villa Fabris, a building from 1700 hosting the European Centre for Heritage Jobs, as well as start-ups and associations. The Mayor of Thiene Giovanni Casarotto and the Director of Villa Fabris Giovanni Giuliari welcomed the delegation, stating that together, we are building a new and better Europe, and we must believe in this common project.