Milan – Participatory Budgeting

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Country Italy
City Milan
Name Participatory Budgeting
Date 2015
Description The first edition (2015) of the Milan Participatory Budget was realized in collaboration with the Institute for Social Research, Urban Adventure, ARCI Milan and ACLI Milan. The process was organized in three phases: diffusion and outreach; co-working (this phase was structured in 9 laboratories, one per city zone, and involved 30 participants per city zone, extracted from the 700 submission presented by citizens at the end of the first phase; online voting phase. The ouput of the process was rich: each District implemented two projects, except for District 4 and 9, whose implemented only one (16 projects in sum). Every project is composed of several interventions (78 projects in sum). The projects are focused on public space, requalification of public buildings such as schools, squares and parks.  

An updated version of the participatory budget was implemented in 2016[1]. With the path “From the idea to the city”, launched by the City Council under the proposal of the Deputy Mayor to Participation, Active Citizenship and Open Data. The participatory budget is implemented as a part of the broader development plan for the peripheries, for promotion of policies of accessibility and enhancement of administrative decentralization. The new version of the process was approved after a public consultation process involving the political and technical bodies of the City of Milan and the nine City Districts. The initiative addresses the whole population living in the City of Milan and anyone who has a continuous relationship with the city territory for study, work or residents (the so-called city users), starting from the age of 16 and of any nationality. The process is now composed of four phases: reachout and dissemination, co-working; voting; monitoring of the projects. On the institutional platform, urban inhabitants will be able to monitor the different projects funded and see their state of advancement. The project also provides an “Accessibility bonus”, and a City District bonus. The projects that respect the urban accessibility principles will receive an additional 10%, and the projects that accomplish with the District’s needs will also receive an additional 10%. This new version of the participatory budget[2] was realized in collaboration with the University of Coimbra, The University of Milan and the Opensource company and is run through the experimental digital platform Empatia, designed for supporting participatory and collaborative decision making processes:

[1] The institutional platform developed for the project is available at the following address:

[2]  City of Milan, Resolution of City Government, Approval of Guidelines for the experimental implementation of Participatory Budget 2017, through a collaboration agreement with the University of Coimbra , University of Milan and the Open Source Society for the use of the Empatia Digital Platform,  N. 983 of June 1, 2017.

Urban Co-Governance Moderate
Enabling State Strong
Pooling Moderate
Experimentalism Moderate
Tech Justice Moderate
References, sources, contact person(s) Interview to Lorenzo Lipparini, Deputy Mayor for Active Citizenship, Participation and Open Data of the City of Milan; institutional materials; Participedia Voice on Milan Participatory Budget:

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June 8, 2018