The international seminar 'Debates for democratic quality', organized by the Fundación Manuel Giménez Abad and the General direction of citizen participation, external action and cooperation of the Department of Presidency and justice of the Government of Aragon, has analyzed during two days in the Palace of Aljafería current regulatory transparency and citizen participation strategies.

Close to a hundred people participated in the international seminar "For a quality democratic Debates", which was held on 24 and 25 April 2012 in Zaragoza, in the Aljafería Palace. This event was organized by the Fundación Giménez Abad for parliamentary studies and the autonomous State, within its programme for 2012, in collaboration with the General Directorate for citizen participation, external action and cooperation of the Department of Presidency and justice of the Government of Aragon.

The Secretary general of the Foundation, José Tudela, and the Director General of citizen participation, external action and cooperation, Blanca Solans, have opened in the room Manuel Giménez Abad of the Cortes of Aragon this seminar which was attended by a group of national and international experts on governance, democratic accountability and citizen participation.
In the block I of the program, on Tuesday 24th in the afternoon session, has developed block dedicated to the "early reflections for the improvement of the quality of democracy", which has had three speakers, after which has continued a debate among participants. Professor of constitutional law of the University of Oviedo, Ignacio Villaverde, has spoken about the "political decentralization and participatory democracy"; the technician of Civil Government, Álvaro Aznar, has focused on "the right to good administration: content and implications;" While the presentation on "rights in the era of new technologies. Special reference to political participation ' "has carried out Guillermo Escobar, Professor of constitutional law of the University of Alcalá de Henares by."
In the blocks II and III, Wednesday 25th in the morning session, has analyzed the new legal regime in the field of transparency, good governance and citizen participation. Esperanza Zambrano, Deputy Director General of policy proposals and parliamentary documentation of the Ministry of Presidency, has opened the block II, explaining the most important aspects of the draft of the draft law on transparency, access to public information and good governance. Diria Luz Morales, technician of the Directorate-General of institutional relations and citizen participation of the Canarian Government, outlined the process of elaboration and content of Canarian citizen participation promotion law, as well as future projects in this area, such as the regulation of the law and the law of transparency. For its part, the Dean of the Faculty of social sciences and the communication of the University of the Basque country, Alfonso Unceta, analysed news of provincial on citizen participation in Guipúzcoa, standard which was the result of an important consensus among the majority of political forces, and to whose development was promoted a major participatory process which included workshops for political partieslocal authorities, citizens, technicians and experts in the field.

In Block III was raised with a broader look, focusing the object of the debate not only in the field of citizen participation, but also transparency and good governance. For the analysis of recent regional experiences, was attended by Núria Riera, Director General of public service, public administrations and quality of the services of the Government of the Balearic Islands, which explained the law of good management and good governance. As explained above, this standard has a global character, ordering a series of obligations addressed to the public authorities to promote transparency in their performance, as well as new channels of participation, such as participatory processes for the elaboration of draft laws or participatory budgeting. Meanwhile, Guzman Garmendia, Director General of open Government and new technologies of the Government of Navarra, has exposed the draft law of open Government that are working and the most important actions in the field of citizen participation in its territory, actions that are developed through channels witness them although there is a clear predominance of the use of new technologies.


Finally, the seminar has had the opportunity to know the status of the situation from a comparative in the block IV, Wednesday 25 April perspective in afternoon session. For this purpose it has with Marco Olivetti, who explained the recent regulation of the participation of citizens in the regions of Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna and Umbria; Eduardo Cowley, former advisor to the President of the Republic of Chile, has analyzed the Chilean proposal on transparency, Chilean law considered to be a reference in the current framework; While the Professor of constitutional law. Institute of research legal of the University Nacional Autonoma of Mexico, Edgar Corzo, has reviewed the regulation of the exercise of the right to information and participation through a comparative analysis of Mexican and Spanish regulations.


Video of the day delayed:

- Session 24 April 2012

- Session 25 April 2012