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Invitation to Webinar: "Day Care-Ce…

We have the pleasure to invite you to the two webinars on approaches for improved social servic.

Local government associations across the…

April 2020 - The Association for Local Autonomy together with 160 participants of counterpart a.

An online communication platform with al…

The Association for Local Autonomy (ALA) in the context of the extraordinary situation created .


This manual is a joint effort of the inter-institutional group set up by the ministry of touris.


On Tuesday, February 25, was held in the premises of Hotel Tirana International, the first meet.


December 11, 2019 - The 6.4M earthquake on November 26 caused 51 casualties and over 900 injuri.

The Association for Local Autonomy invit…

26 Nëntor 2019 - Shoqata për Autonomi Vendore në këto orë të vështira për vendin fton t.

ALA participates in the launch of the …

22 Nëntor 2019 - SHAV mori pjesë sot në lançimin e publikimit të “Vjetarit Statistikor R.

ALA participates in the Consultative Cou…

#SHAV mori pjesë sot në mbledhjen e radhës të Këshillit Konsultativ ku u diskutuan 11 proj.

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Belshi, the place that Samiu proposed as the capital of the new Albanian state

The town of Belsh is located in the South-West of Elbasan and is one of the municipalities, part of this district. The small town is located near the lake of the same name, Belsh Lake, where the historical origin of its naming is evidenced. Belshi has a population of 14,337 inhabitants with an area of ​​50,9 km2 and the municipality has a population of 32,630. The settlement according to historical records has an ancient Illyrian origin. Archaeological discoveries in the area of ​​Gradishta, 2-3 km south-east of Belsh, show that the chronological boundaries of habitation include several periods ranging from the Early Bronze Age (3000 - 1100 BC), the Iron Age (1100-500 BC). BC), ancient Illyrian period (5th-5th century BC), Roman period (1st - 4th century CE), late Antiquity (4th-6th century CE), Byzantine period (6th-11th century), until the Ottoman occupation (XIV-XIX centuries). The city in its historical antiquity, according to the excavations at Gradishta, contains the discovery of a princely tomb, where numerous items such as helmets, a bronze kettle, and a volcanic crater have been exhibited at the Archaeological Museum of Tirana. Belshi is a city of historical values ​​based since the 4th century BC where according to historians it is known as a former urban centre and afterwards it became a fortified town of the Parthin province. Even in his political program for the new Albanian state, Sami Frashëri proposed for this area to be the capital of the new Albanian state. It was during this period that the legend of an Illyrian prince named Prince of Belsh was discovered. The discovered tomb is precisely the origin of the city's historical records from ornaments to 70 objects of ceramics, weapons and bronze vessels. The archaeological values ​​of the city point to very interesting elements where the discovery of pottery (roasted mud) is distinguished. IV-II BC of the Illyrian civilization period. Noteworthy are objects such as one or two looms without clay pots, various terracotta portraits, gold ornaments, bronze pots, coins, figurines and relief plates, silver bracelets, drinks containers with the figure of Aphrodite, brooches and silver needles, etc. The area has suitable climate conditions for the cultivation of many agricultural crops, especially of cereals, tobacco, vegetables, vine and fruit trees, but there is also development of livestock in this area. The Belsh area is an educational area, Albanian language lessons have its origins in the early 1920-1923 and an important role in the opening of the first Albanian school in Belsh has been played by the "Educational Congress", where it provided a complete support with the opening of the school, as well as the support of this school with the right staff. The schools listed in the Municipality of Belsh are 8, of which 7 are elementary and secondary schools and a general high school. From these schools, a large number of students have started higher education, who today work in different sectors and make a great contribution to the development of the area. Belsh is known for an ancient culture as rich as the history of this city. It has its characteristic songs and dances, Belsh's songs are sung in poly iso. They are often accompanied by dance, which is unique to this area. Recently, public and private investments have been made in the city aiming the economic and social development of the country through increased supply in the Agri-tourism sector. * This article has been adapted from the official website of Belsh Municipality and the purpose of its publication is to promote and acquaint the citizens of the country with this city. Photo by © Albert Vaja. #BashkëpërKomunitetin #NdërtojmëtëArdhmen #Shav

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Local autonomy means more freedom for the community

Korça is known for its tradition of great art and love for conveying the positive messages of a smiling, sensitive, and above all, directly engaged community. It is enough to hear Korça serenades to understand the passion for romance and beauty. The local government in this city is committed to keeping this tradition alive by giving constant support to the development of art and culture. Not far from yesterday in the city of Korça has launched the competition of new talent "Rin Show". The competition is organized by the Korça Municipality Cultural Directorate for all those talented, optimistic and social life young people. Such projects not only instantly promote an escape from inactivity and daily routine but at the same time give new impulses to community life and local freedom. In addition to being an important cultural and promotional aspect of school and youth life, they are a great opportunity and a great way to discover new talent in the field of music and art in schools across the country.  Local autonomy is increasingly associated with the strengthening of its community positions, where through various projects and activities, community initiatives have built their authenticity without having to be its focal point. The revitalization of active community life also significantly limits the choice of citizens to migrate to large urban areas and / or abroad. An increasingly active community is engaging young people even more by giving them the opportunity and space to see their contribution to local life as a motive that drives them closer to making a decision on their future.  

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Megi and Klajdi invite the youth community to get involved in the integration processes

During the meeting organized by the Association for Local Autonomy in the Municipality of Burrel, in the framework of the implementation of the WISE project on the information campaign of the youth community on the important role that education plays in the integration process of the country towards the European Union, two of the young people involved in this project through a video message delivered awareness messages to their peers. Megi and Klajdi, two young people engaged in the community life of the Burrel municipality, praised the outreach activity, pointing out that it is more than valuable it serves young people with the latest information from the EU. Megi: Hi I'm Megi.  Kjadi: I'm Klajdi. Megi: We were present at the event that took place in Burrel on April 20th. The meeting was organized by the Association for Local Autonomy and discussed the integration of young people into the EU. Klajdi: At this meeting they were briefed on the history of the institutions and the challenges that the union has on integration. The aim of this project was to inform the community about the important role that EU integration plays and such a component manages to involve young people in Southeast Europe in the integration processes, giving us more opportunity to be active in community processes. Megi: This activity was valuable enough for all young people. We hope that such activities develop as more young people get information on the latest from the EU. The Association for Local Autonomy continues to spread the message in every municipality to encourage the community to be informed about the European Union's recommendations and to encourage their involvement in the process.

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