The Dutch and participatory budgeting: citizens have their say

Out of every region in the word, cities in Europe engage in the largest share of participatory budgeting, a process that allows citizens to weigh in on municipal budget expenditure and propose initiatives for their cities or neighborhoods.

City leaders and activists widely support this co-decision tool as a way to increase trust and democratic participation, but what do citizens think? EURACTIV asked residents in Rotterdam if they know what participatory budgeting is, whether they would be ready to engage and what kind of initiatives they would like their city leaders to implement.

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