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Basque Country, Spain

Open School (BQ0004)



Action Plan: Basque Country Action Plan 2018-2020

Action Plan Cycle: 2018

Status: Active


Lead Institution: Álava Provincial Council. Vitoria-Gasteiz City Council

Support Institution(s): Other Actors Involved, State actors involved, Other Institutions Álava Provincial Council Vitoria-Gasteiz City Council Gipuzkoa Provincial Council City Council of Bilbao Other Actors Involved, State actors involved, Other Institutions Innobasque - Basque agency for innovation, Working group (CSOs, private sector, multilaterals…) 1. Aitzol Batiz. Chief coordinator. (KULTIBA Cultural Changes). 2. Mariana Álvarez. Citizen's self-proposal. 3. Elsa Fuente. Coordinator (UNICEF Basque Country Committee). 4. Jose Mari Armentia. Development and Strategy Unit. (c2 + i Culture, Creativity, Innovation). 5. Garbiñe Aramendi. Citizen Participation Officer. (Gipuzkoa Provincial Council) 6. Gotzon Bernaola. Director of Public Innovation. (Innobasque). 7. José Luis Pérez. Director of Participation and Civic Centres. (VitoriaGasteiz City Council). 8. César Rodríguez. Officer for Transparency and Citizen Participation. (Álava Provincial Council). 9. Jaio de la Puerta. President. (Globalkultura Elkartea). 10. Marta Pastor. Free Time Coordinator. (EDE Foundation). 11. Piter Blanco. Coordinator and founding partner. (Solasgune). 12. Miren Gotzone Zaldunbide. Councilor for the Area of Public Services, Participation and Districts. (City of Bilbao). 13. Goizalde Atxutegi. Social Innovation Officer. 14. Vale Tena. Adviser to the city council. (Vitoria-Gasteiz City Council) 15. Isabel Martínez. Councillor for the Department of Participation and Civic Centres. (Vitoria-Gasteiz City Council). 16. Nekane Zeberio. Director of the General Deputy Cabinet. (Álava Provincial Council).

Policy Areas

Capacity Building, Local Commitments, Public Participation

IRM Review

IRM Report: Pending IRM Review

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Civic Participation

Potential Impact:

Implementation i



Start date and end of the commitment: 1st September, 2018 - 31st October, 2020
Lead implementing agency/actor Álava Provincial Council. Vitoria-Gasteiz City Council
Commitment description
What is the public problem that the
commitment will address?
• Lack of recognition by the public administrations of entities and citizens' groups in the participatory processes.
• Difficulty and resistance in administrations, both by people and procedures, to incorporate citizen participation in public governance.
• Lack of co-responsibility and commitment in coexistence and community affairs.
• Lack of social management skills and competencies for participation.
Ultimately, LACK OF PARTICIPATORY CULTURE in public governance by different agents.
What is the commitment? Defining an open school model for citizens for public governance in Euskadi that serves as a reference for its implementation at different
territorial levels of the Public Administration, based on:
• Knowledge shared as equals by the different participants.
• Public-private collaboration: space for engaging and collaborating among entities, citizens and the technical and political staff from
public governance.
• Experimentation with spaces and methods for learning collaborative, negotiation and agreement skills.
• Learning and motivation towards participation and co-responsibility in public affairs.
• The necessary skill and attitudes for deliberation by all the agents.
• The critical activation of citizens for collaboration in the generation of public value.
• Commitment to public innovation in terms of good governance: integrity, transparency, accountability and constructive collaboration.
• Inter-institutional involvement for the generalization of good practices.
How will the commitment contribute to solve
the public problem?
It will be used in any municipality and allows for on-line learning and the exchange of good practices, aimed at:
• Fostering open spaces for reflection and debate around opportunities, challenges and future projects of the Locality / Historical
Territory / Autonomous Community.
• Sharing public information with citizens in the most accessible and understandable way possible: finding out more about the activity of
the administrations and generating improvement proposals in terms of negotiation and the conciliation of interests.
• Generating attitudes and behavior in both citizens and public agents prone to collaboration, based on trust, mutual recognition and coresponsibility.
• Training and motivating groups who find it more difficult to participate.
Why is this commitment relevant to OGP
Because it is a commitment that aims to create and improve the opportunities and capacities of different agents with the aim of influencing
and improving the decisions made in public governance.
It is a relevant commitment in improving the quality of democracy and social cohesion.

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