ALDA Factsheet: Local Programmes, European Networks

Our Past
When the Association of Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA) was established in 1999, it brought together a network of Local Democracy Agencies (LDAs) in existence since 1993. The LDAs were set up by the Council of Europe’s Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe (Congress); they were originally conceived to provide concrete assistance to war-ravaged municipalities in the former Yugoslavia through partnerships with counterparts in Western Europe. As the war in the Balkans ended, ALDA’s focus shifted from crisis management to democratic reform, with an emphasis on promoting tolerant and trust-based relationships within communities. From the beginning, however, ALDA’s method has been to partner with community experts and municipal representatives—to use local efforts to meet local needs.

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STATUTE OF THE ASSOCIATION OF LOCAL DEMOCRACY AGENCIES

Preamble

Local Democracy Agencies were introduced by the Standing Conference of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe in 1993. They are based on partnership between local and regional authorities and non-governmental organisations which seeks, in geographical areas where the LDAs’ work helps to achieve the aims of the LDA programme, to promote civil society and local democracy in the wide sense of the term by setting up a permanent presence in the host towns and regions. Local Democracy Agencies contribute to the implementation of the aims of the Council of Europe and the achievement of a greater unity between its members and their citizens, as well as to the safeguard and realisation of the ideals and principles which are their common heritage, in the keeping with Article 1 of the Statute of the Organisation.

 

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Keynotes de M. Mildon pour la distribution des diplômes aux villes et régions lauréates 2003

Comme il est à présent de coutume, le Bureau du Congrès des Pouvoirs Locaux et Régionaux de l’Europe a décidé d’attribuer, cette année encore, le Diplôme du Partenariat intermunicipal et interrégional du Congrès pour exprimer sa reconnaissance aux villes et aux régions européennes qui se sont impliquées activement dans le programme des ADL et ont contribué au développement de notre réseau, grâce à l’engagement de leur citoyen, grâce à un soutien logistique ou financier.
Je suis très honoré de remettre aujourd’hui cette distinction au nom du Président du Congrès M. Herwig van Staa. Je remercierais en particulier les représentants des villes et régions lauréates qui nous ont fait l’honneur de venir à Subotica.

 

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OFFICIAL CELEBRATION OF THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LOCAL DEMOCRACY AGENCY DRAFT PROGRAMME

Subotica City Hall, Serbia and Montenegro, 19th of July 2003

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Position of the Association of the Local Democracy Agencies in the Stabilisation and Accession Process for South Eastern Europe

This document considers briefly the future intentions of the European Union, with a view to integrating the countries of South East Europe into the European mainstream and eventually into the EU itself. It sets out the achievements of the Local Democracy Agencies in the region so far, mainly in the field of democracy and human rights, but also in other highly relevant fields. The document concludes by indicating practical steps, which could and should be undertaken in the near future in order to develop further the interface between these two processes, the main focus being on what the LDAs could offer to help promote the EU’s Stabilisation and Association process.”

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Proposal for changes to the Statute of the Association of the Local Democracy Agencies
To be submitted to the Governing Board and to an extraordinary General Assembly in 2005

Introduction

As the context in which our Association is active is constantly changing – and as a number of past and upcoming decisions will require an amendment of the ALDA Statute in any case – the Bureau has carried out a general review of the provisions of the Statute, the result of which it presents to the Governing Board for approval with a view to a decision by an Extraordinary General Assembly later this year as set out in article 24 of the Statute.

The amendments proposed pertain to Parts I, II, and III of the Statute, some addressing the substance, some being only of a cosmetic nature. Below is a brief introduction of the changes to the substance, however, all the proposed changes will be presented to members at the Governing Board meeting.

 

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Transborder Co-operation – case studies

    • Case Study 1 Transborder Co-operation
    • Case Study 2 Enterprise Development
    • Case Study 3 Corruption and Transparency
    • Case Study 4 Women in Society
    • Case Study 5 Training for Young Politicians
    • Case Study 6 Training for Local Government
    • Case Study 7 Youth participation in local democracy

 

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Viorel COIFAN, General assembly ALDA associations

Mr. Chairman, ladies and gentlemen,

It is a honour for me to be here in Subotica at the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the LDAs. It is a very special occasion in a particular location. In that city, ten years ago, was estabilished the first Local Democracy “Embassy”.
It was a hard period. War, hate, destruction…but in a considerable extent it was a great hope. Hope for reconciliation, for democracy and for a new life based on fundamental European values.
It is a reality that the Balkans represents a multiethnic, multireligion area. A teritory of diversity, with a bloody history but in the same time with a common heritage that must be preserved and developed. I strongly believe in a common future of the citizens belonging of this area in a Greater Europe.

 

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OVERVIEW OF ACTIVITIES: 2007

Strategic goals of the LDA:

  • Capacity building of local self-government and civil society for EU integration
  • Capacity building for improved citizen participation at local level
  • Fostering human/minority rights and intercultural understanding and tolerance
  • Promoting youth participation and empowerment of youth groups
  • Promoting EU Programmes involving youth
  • Fostering effective cross-sectoral partnerships for local development
  • Fostering cross-border/regional co-operation programmes

 

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ACTIVITY REPORT January – March 2006, ACTION PLAN for 2006

Following the adoption of the Mid-term Plan of Activities after the Partners’ meeting held in Subotica in July 2003, and the consequent decision by Mr. Roger Lawrence, the Wolverhampton City Councillor to accept the post of the Lead Partner, LDA Subotica has received an important incentive for its more efficient functioning and an improved visibility at local and regional level as an actor promoting decentralized international co-operation, cross-border initiatives and as a tool at the disposal to local authorities of Subotica in capacity building and local democracy development. In 2005., both the activities of the partner’s network and the projects implemented by LDA have been focused on EU integration related matters and…

 

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REPORT ON ACTIVITIES January – September 2005

Following the adoption of the Mid-term Plan of Activities after the Partners’ meeting held in Subotica in July 2003, and the consequent decision by Mr. Roger Lawrence, the Wolverhampton City Councillor to accept the post of the Lead Partner, LDA Subotica has received an important incentive for its more efficient functioning and an improved visibility at local and regional level as an actor promoting decentralized international co-operation, cross-border initiatives and as a tool at the disposal to local authorities of Subotica in capacity building and local democracy development. In 2005., both the activities of the partner’s network and the projects implemented by LDA have been focused on EU integration related matters and…

 

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OVERVIEW OF ACTIVITIES: 2004

Summary: 

Project activities implemented by LDA Subotica in 2004 were mainly concentrated around two main thematic areas related with local/regional democracy development and capacity building through education and training. A number of initiatives aiming at establishing partnerships, both internationally and locally were taken last year and resulted in appointment of the Wolverhampton City Council for the Lead Partner of LDA Subotica. Partners’ support and an active involvement of the host city authorities marked our overall activities, while a number of events were organized with their effective participation. Particular attention was given to intensifying cross-border and regional initiatives and awareness raising on EU – integration processes and the role of local authorities.

 

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OVERVIEW OF ACTIVITIES: 2003

Introduction

This Publication contains a brief overview of the decade long contribution to development of local democracy in Southeast Europe and efforts invested by the Council of Europe and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities into establishing of the first Local Democracy Agency in Subotica and at later stage other LDA-s across the region including the creation of the Association of Lda-s in 1999 and the activities of the network committed to active European wide partnerships aimed at the local development in the region.

 

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