Innovative citizen participation for cohesion policy: lessons from five pilot projects - 13WS21283

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Citizens engagement


Cities and regions are at the forefront of innovative citizen participation practices. Over the past few years, five European regional authorities have worked with the OECD to design and implement ambitious initiatives that give citizens an important role in shaping cohesion policy priorities and local territorial development plans. Join us to discuss these projects, the lessons learned, and how citizen participation can improve decision-making and foster trust.

During the first part of the workshop, we will hear about the implementation of Besaya Citizens’ Jury from Paz Diaz Nieto (Cantabria, General director of the department of EU funds, Regional Ministry of Economy and Finance) as well as about the concept of the Cross-Border Citizens’ panel from Bram De Kort (Interreg Flanders –the Netherlands, Director of Joint Secretariat).

For the second part of the workshop, representatives from four regions will be present to answer questions about their experiences developing citizen participation guidelines: Daniela Ferrara (Regione Emilia Romagna, Coordination of programming and implementation of the ERDF and ESF projects, Public manager), Edyta Jaszczuk (CEUTP, Expert in the Department of Transport Analysis and Programming), Simona Vatafu (Interreg Romania-Bulgaria, Public manager), and Bram De Kort (Interreg Flanders –the Netherlands, Director of Joint Secretariat).

European Commission - DG REGIOOrganisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
English (EN)