In Palermo, and with the presence of more than 200 participants, Region Sicily confirmed its leadership of the process called UNITED IN THE MEDITERRANEAN. The initiative was launched last year and it is now recalled to further promote the relationship in the Mediterranean area, from Morocco to Middle East, including, Spain, France, Greece, Italy and the whole Adriatic coast.
The project aims at valorising the contacts and experience of cooperation between this large area and to give a special leadership to local authorities and civil society. “Indeed, only through engagement of local authorities in the process, peace and development will be able flourish in this part of the world”, confirmed M. Lombardo, President of the Region Sicily.
ALDA was present with its Director, Mrs Antonella Valmorbida, who took the floor in the panel dedicated to networks of local authorities and civil society, sitting next to CRMP and COPPEM. “The presence of ALDA in Sicily, active member of our association, is part of our strategy on the MED area where we are convinced our support in terms of local governance and citizens’ participation is of particular need and importance” stated Mrs Valmorbida.
ALDA engaged also many of its contacts and members in the process: in particular the city of Patras (Greece), the Association of Municipalities of Albania and the city of Kotor (in Montenegro).
The event was also dedicated to the delivery of the price AL Idrissi, for those who worked actively for peace and democracy in the MED area. A special recognition was awarded to the former trade unionist and President of Poland, M Lech Walesa.