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With the title religious diversity and public administration in Aragon, on April 7, 2010 was held at the Centro Joaquín Roncal of Zaragoza the first meeting training on public question and religion. On this day is reflected on how the issues from the public sphere that can arise due to different religious denominations that coexist in Aragon. Around 80 representatives from departments of the regional government and local authorities they attended this event.


00879280webUp to 150 religious denominations were accounted for in 2008 in Aragon. A large number involving several years that authorities have faced "many innovative businesses", said the general director of citizen participation, Nacho Celaya. "The Constitution as a fundamental right includes freedom religious and therefore, public administrations, we are obliged to reflect on the new situations that arise in our towns and cities, linked with this new reality and affecting areas such as education, health care, burials..." Institutional relations must be able to build a public policy that respond to this new fact, helping to create a framework of coexistence, equality, inclusion, social cohesion and respect for the religious plurality,"said Nacho Celaya.


The first meeting training on public question and religious fact, organized by the Department of Presidency of the Government of Aragon, through the General Directorate of citizen participation, and the Aragonese Federation of municipalities, regions and provinces (FAMCP) - in collaboration with the Fundación pluralism and coexistence-, was directed especially to elected officials and employees of the local and regional administration.


00879274webWith the title religious diversity and public administration in Aragon was a first theoretical-practical forum serve as a space for training, Exchange and common construction in relation to the binomial made religioso-cuestion public-minded.




In the presentation of this workshop, in addition to the general director of citizen participation, also involved the Foundation pluralism and coexistence, José Manuel Gómez, director and President of the FAMCP, Salvador Planas, who meant that this is "the first step for the learning of many municipalities on this subject". So far new issues generated by religious diversity mainly affecting the larger municipalities and now begin to affect the rest. Therefore, flat stressed the need of "listen, learn and prepare politicians so that they respond to these problems".


For his part, the director of the Foundation of pluralism and coexistence said that the coexistence of all faiths, is possible "for what is a sociological change in the subject of the beliefs necessary". "Now there are already not only Catholics and anti-Catholic, the key lies in that we are all citizens and each is free to choose their religion," pointed out.


00879405Following the inauguration of the day, gave way to the various presentations before about 80 attendees, representatives from different departments of the Government of Aragon and the local authorities. The content and the speakers at the Conference were:


- "The State of religious diversity in Spain do challenges Governments face?», José Manuel López, director of the Foundation of pluralism and coexistence.

- «Frame Alcance on religious in Spain diversity», by Mercedes Murillo, technical advisor of the general Directorate of relations with the confessions of the Ministry of Justice.

Religious diversity in Aragón and its governance. An approximation to reality», by Carlos Gómez Bahillo, director of the Department of psychology and sociology at the University of Zaragoza.


00879355Carlos Gómez was also the Coordinator of the book building networks . Religious minorities in Aragon. In its analysis of the diversity of existing in Aragon confessions played a role in the antiquity of some, such as the Evangelical seated for more than 100 years. In addition, Gomez Bahillo clarified that despite the proliferation over the past two decades, many of the confessions are composed of Spaniards and bear a relation to immigration.


According to the director of the Department of psychology and sociology of the University of Zaragoza, main denominations that exist in the community of Aragón, in addition to the Catholic, Orthodox, the Evangelical and the Islamic - Zaragoza there a dozen mosques-. Carlos Gómez "they are well-integrated".






After the presentations workshops formed to address the five areas on which detect situations and develop a list of best practices were discussed:


1. institutional recognition and citizen participation.

2 urban planning and public policy.

3 health and consumption.

4 education and culture.

5. social policy and social services.


00879579Contributions and discussion of attendees on the challenges, concerns and proposals for action from the Administration were in common after the work in groups. Finally, the general director of citizen participation closed this first meeting with the appreciation to the participants and highlighted the large number of attendees and the value by the entities they represent.


The objectives that are pursued with this meeting were to promote the knowledge and reflection on religious diversity, and its implications for public administrations in Spain and Aragon; harmonise and enrich the debate and exchange of experiences in the public management of religious plurality; identify practices and actions that may facilitate or hinder that management in terms of coexistence; and to present the line of tools designed by the Foundation of pluralism and coexistence to facilitate public management in the framework of equality, inclusion, social cohesion and respect for the religious plurality.