On 28 October from 3 to 5 PM, the Action Cluster Integrated Planning Policy and Regulation and the Cluster Citizens focus of the Smart Cities Marketplace held a virtual workshop to support the EuComMeet project’s consortium in selecting the 10 pilot cities that will be hosting an online, multilingual deliberative and participatory process, experimenting innovative typologies of moderation.

The online meeting gathered the EuComMeet consortium and the cities administrations (which have a population of at least 500.000 inhabitants) from 5 different EU countries France, Italy, Ireland, Germany and Poland.

During the workshop, Professor Isernia (University of Siena), Coordinator of the EuComMeet project, presented to city administrations’ representatives the objectives and methodologies of the project and the benefits of being involved in the pilot phase. Professor Isenia explained that the ten selected cities will be fully assisted by the project’s team in engaging with citizens, urban planners and local stakeholders to address crucial and polarising issues related to the environment and to social and economic inequality for improving their local policies according to their priorities (topics such as “gender equality in the workforce”, “job digitalisation”, “the working poors”, “plastic pollution”, “sustainable food consumption”, “sustainable mobility”).

The pilot phase will allow the selected cities to test and co-design a deliberative process adapted to their own needs and interests. It will also be an opportunity for citizens and administrators to discuss topical and controversial issues for their own city, with the support of innovative technological tools developed by the project, and it will allow participating cities to compare and share their experiences and knowledge with other cities across Europe. The final objective is to provide cities and local authorities with a toolkitthat could be used in different contexts in the future.

Cities interested in piloting a deliberative and participatory process with the support of the EuComMeet consortium can find further information here or write to the coordinators eucommeet@unisi.it