Kosovo* signed with the European Union the Stabilisation and Association Agreement. This represents an historic fact for the stabilisation and normalisation of the situation of the country and for paving the way of a period of reforms and steps towards a possible European integration.
During this important day, the Secretary General of ALDA, Mrs. Antonella Valmorbida, visited the Local Democracy Agency in Kosovo* and different other stakeholders. The LDA in Kosovo* is now based in Pec/Peja and run by the Delegate Elbert Krasniqi. The lead partner is the Association Trentino for the Balkans (Associazione Trentino per i Balcani from Trento, in Italy). Their activities are multi-faceted and support the development of local governance and community all over the Pec/Peja area. The Italian Association was represented by its Chair, Maurizio Camin.
The visit of Mrs. Valmorbida was also fundamental to reconnect with the local political stakeholders such the Mayor of Peja/Pec, Mr. Gazmend Muhaxeri and with Mr. Safet Kamberl, Deputy Mayor of Mitrovica. For all these important and known contacts of ALDA, there is a perspective of membership to ALDA and a more intense connection in the work of local governance and support to local communities. Mrs. Valmorbida also met the Mayor of Gjilane, Mr. Lutfi Haziri, who was the initial founder of the LDA Gijlane in 2004.
“It is a great moment for Kosovo* and I am confident that it will be a milestone for the supporting stabilisation in the country and in the region. The role of local governments working with communities is fundamental and will be even more in the future”, said Antonella Valmorbida.