Citizens will participate in the selection of investments and projects – Regional policy


The Commission and the OECD are joining forces to help public authorities and civil society organizations to develop participatory processes in the management of EU funds for cohesion policies. The objective is to make citizens active players in investment decisions in 2021-2027.

With the start of the implementation of the programs in 2021-2027, citizens have the opportunity to contribute to the selection of investments that affect the future of their regions. Based on the experience of previous initiatives, DG REGIO and the OECD have decided to join forces to support administrations and civil society organisations, i.e. public and private organizations non-profit, to set up cooperation and develop innovative processes for the active participation of citizens. Citizens will be able to participate in decision-making on investments, the selection of operations and their monitoring within the framework of integrated territorial strategies, sustainable urban development and sustainable urban mobility.

Please find below a brief presentation of the participating public authorities, managing authorities, intermediate bodies or beneficiaries, and their partners:

  1. Municipalities of Italy, Slovakia and Romania
  2. Regions of Spain, Italy and Romania
  3. And from Poland


In March 2022, the Commission launched a call for expressions of interest open to public authorities responsible for managing or implementing the ERDF, CF or JTF either as managing authorities, intermediate bodies or beneficiaries (here -after public authorities) together with civil society organizations (CSOs). This pilot project will benefit from the support of OECD experts in open government to test and evaluate the application of innovative citizen participation approaches for the management and implementation of EU funds for public policies. cohesion. This cooperation will last until December 2023. Check regularly the page on citizen participation in cohesion policy for more information on this and other initiatives.

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