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Participatory Budgeting: a tool for Inclusive Smart Cities

The EIP-SCC Marketplace Action Cluster Citizen Focus is pleased to invite you to the opening webinar of our 2017-webinar series, taking place online on 15 June 2017 from 11:00 to 12:00 a.m. (CEST). The webinar is organised in the framework of the Inclusive Smart Cities Manifesto, an open call for endorsement launched in 2016 and addressed to European cities willing to implement concrete actions to integrate citizen at each step of the Smart Cities planning. The Citizen Focus Webinar Series will present a set of useful and interesting methods and tools for cities and local authorities to be used in order to put the Manifesto principles into practice.

This first webinar targets all city representatives, municipalities, local authorities and policy makers wishing to learn from others on Participatory Budgeting (PB) best practices and specific implemented projects.

The goal of the webinar is to discuss and explore the potential role, under many aspects yet to be exploited, of Participatory budgeting (PB) as a strategic tool for promoting Inclusive Smart Cities in Europe.

Participatory Budgeting is a process through which citizens contribute to decisions concerning how to allocate part of a municipal or public budget. It is a form of participatory and inclusive democracy, where members of a community learn, debate and deliberate about the allocation of public resources. Although it has shown some critical aspects, PB has proven to be a powerful tool to citizens, enabling them to contribute to the administration of their city, not only as voters but playing an active role in the decision-making as well.

After its journey started during the ‘90s in Brazil, a study from the EP Research Service has estimated that between 2005 and 2012 European examples of PB have increased from 55 to over 1.300 : “a 2008 study estimated that 5.3% of the Spanish population, 1.4% of the German population and 1% of Portuguese and Italian citizens lived in cities that used PB.8 Overall, over 8 million European citizens are actively involved in PB” (European Parliamentary Research Service (2016) Participatory budgeting an innovative approach).

The online one-hour webinar, will give the possibility to listen and learn from European good practices and knowledgeable scholars to get an overview of main strengths and weaknesses. Speakers will present city cases and ongoing and completed PB projects.

The main topics to discuss are:

  • the key success factors for Participatory Budgeting and the different emerging models of this methodology
  • potentials of Participatory Budgeting applied to smart cities planning
  • role of digital platforms in supporting participatory budgeting processes

Participation to the webinar is free. If you wish to learn more on the topic, please register at Registrations will stay open until 12th of June and further technical information will be provided before the event. Please feel free to forward this invitation to other interested parties.

Should you have any question, please contact 




Welcome and introduction from Citizen Focus

Participatory budgeting as a tool for implementing the Inclusive Smart Cities Manifesto, Maria Sangiuliano AC Citizen Focus Lead



Aim, structure and organization of the webinar, Roberta Maio, AC Manager of Citizen Focus



  1. A Collective Awareness Platform for Participatory Budgeting: the EMPATIA Project,Michelangelo Secchi (CES)
  2. Participatory Budgeting in Wroclaw, Bartlomiej Wwierczewski*  



  1. Participatory Budgeting in the City of Antwerp, Hanne Bastiaensen
  2. The role of National Associations of Municipalities and Regions in promoting PB: the Swedish case, Anders Nordh (SALAR)



Q&A Session



Anne Deltour, EC, DG Connect

*Speakers to be confirmed


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Some Background information: Who we are

The ‘Citizen Focus’ action cluster is an initiative born within the Marketplace of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities, a project supported by the European Commission. The Action Cluster focuses on civil society, industries and different layers of government working together with citizens to realize public interests at the intersection of ICT, mobility and energy in an urban environment. It consists of initiatives across Europe working to ensure cities are inclusive of their citizens by:

v  enabling citizens with the tools and opportunities to create and problem-solve  

v  facilitating conversation between stakeholders, so citizens’ voices are not only heard, but instrumental in designing solutions.

Structured along two Initiatives (Citizen City and Citizen Centric Approach to Data - Privacy by Design) the Cluster has successfully launched in November 2016 the Inclusive Smart Cities Manifesto, the outcome of a co-creation experiment that has seen more than 50 stakeholders engaged and actively contributing to shape its contents. The Manifesto, endorsed by over 120 public and private sector representatives, is an open call for endorsement addressed to European cities to implement concrete actions in order to integrate citizen engagement at each step of the Smart Cities planning.  The AC CF Webinar Series will present a set of useful and interesting methods and tools that cities and local actors can use in order to put the Manifesto principles into practice.