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Signing of the Memorandum of Cooperation between ASCS - CELIM for the Region of Lombardy

Milan (Italy), 17 - 18 September 2014

In the context of strengthening the relationship of the ASCS with the foreign countries, the Executive Director Mr. Andi Kananaj together with the Supervisory Board member Mr. Ismail Ademi, who follows the cooperation with Italy, have developed a two-days visit to the city of Milan, Lombardy Region, where do live more than 100 thousand Albanians, and which is the most advanced region in terms of development of the third sector and civil society.

The invitation for this visit came from the Italian SCO- CELIM (Centro Laici Italiani per le Missioni), which, for more than 50 years is active in Italy and for at least 10 years has significant activities and projects both in Albania and in Kosovo. In the context of the closing conference of the project "Albania Domani", funded by the Cariplo Foundation with 3 million Euros, the Executive Director of the ASCS, Mr. Andi Kananaj was invited to hold his speech about the functioning of the Agency in the support of Civil Society and the connections that the latter can activate for a more active role in development of the cooperation projects and immigration issues.

During these two days stay in Milan, the representatives of the ASCS had significant meetings with some of the most important actors of the sector. During the meeting with CELIM organization, it was agreed on and signed a Memorandum of Cooperation which provides a partnership between CELIM organization and the ASCS for joint projects, starting from this year. CELIM will be the antenna of the ASCS in Lombardy region, enabling so the activation of the institutional partnerships with civil society actors, in order to develop common ideas and fundraising activities.

It was also agreed in principle, to enable the presence of the ASCS in civil society section of EXPO 2015.

Another successful meeting was the one with the representatives of the Office for International Relations at the Mayor of Milan. Marco Grandi, the Director of the Office expressed the need for institutional contacts with Albania in terms of civil society sector, and the ASCS shall be the preferential channel of the Municipality of Milan in terms of common projects. Some other partnership meetings were held with the Albanian Consulate in Milan and with many Albanian organizations based in Lombardy, which are active in the social sector and international cooperation.

Closing conference of the project "Albania Domani"

Closing conference of the project "Albania Domani"

Meeting at the Municipality of Milan

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