During the week of 12th-18th October 2015, we celebrated the European Local Democracy Week (ELDW) 2015.
The initiative was coordinated by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe and targets specifically local and regional authorities coming from the 47 member states of the Council of Europe, which organised public events and initiatives involving citizens with the aim of fostering democratic participation at a local level.“Living together in multicultural societies: respect, dialogue, interaction” was the leading theme of the 2015 edition.
ALDA – the European Association for Local Democracy, who has always been engaged in promoting citizen participation at local level through activities that facilitate cooperation between local authorities and civil society, supported the initiative by taking active part to events and meetings all over Europe and its Neighbourhood. Several events were booked in our calendar:
The week started on Monday 12th October with the presentation of the project CHOICE - Cultural Heritage: Opportunity for Improving Civic Engagement in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine.
Tuesday was marked with the Brussels “Open Days – European week of Regions and Cities” event, where Marco Boaria, Head of Resources and Development Unit of ALDA, attended the conferences for three days. Katica Janeva and Sanja Trpkovska from ALDA Office in Skopje were also present in Brussels and attended a two-day seminar on Transformative communication. The team was invited by the Macedonian Mission to attend the “Open Day of the City of Skopje in Brussels”.
On Wednesday 14th October, Ivana Dimitrovska, Head of ALDA Skopje attended the meeting of the France-Balkans network in Paris, France.
Moving from France to Italy, in Turin, on Thursday, Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General of ALDA, together with Nikos Gamouras, LADDER Project Manager, Alessandra Roccasalvo, Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP Kosovo, Paolo Giaccaria, Professor at the University of Turin, Olena Masluykivska, Expert of the Ukrainian School of Political studies and Associate Professor of University of Kiev, Nino Tvaltvadze, Executive Director of the Local Democracy Agency Georgia, and Fabio Masini, Professor at the University Roma Tre and Secretary General of the Italian Association of the European Movement (CIME) were present at the 3rd World Forum on Local Economic Development – Workshop “Local governments as drivers for change.
Localizing the SDGs implementation through the LED approach. The Eastern Partnership (EaP) experience”. Back in Brussels, on Friday, the members of ALDA Governing Board met at the Committee of the Regions. Attended by Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General of ALDA, and by Mattia Brazzale, Assistant to the Secretary General, the meeting concluded this European Local Democracy Week, making sure that ALDA maintains its’ course on the path of democracy, good governance and citizen participation.
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