Citizen's participation in small and medium EU cities

25/06/2019 05/08/2022


The aim of ActiveCitizens is to rethink the place of the citizen in the local governance by finding a balance between representative democracy and participatory democracy. Led by the City of Agen (France), this Action Planning Network of European small and medium-sized cities, with the same expectations and the similar challenges, will take into account, to do this, new digital tools while integrating the issue of citizens away or not comfortable with digital tools.


Lead Partner : Agen - France
  • Hradec Kralove - Czech Republic
  • Dinslaken - Germany
  • Saint-Quentin - France
  • Bistrița - Romania
  • Cento - Italy
  • Santa Maria da Feira - Portugal
  • Tartu Vald - Estonia


City of Agen (FR)


ActiveCitizens - The different levels of citizen participation


  • Kick-off Active Citizens Network, Study Visits Adventure & Baseline Study
  • Validation of Phase 2, Communication Plan, Phase 2 Journey & Integrated Action Plan Roadmap
  • Analyse of problems, Visions, First series of experiments (Small Scale Actions), Mid Term Reflection, State of Action Report & Integrated Action Plan Draft
  • Reprogramming Network, Last rounds of Small Scale Actions, Final Integrated Action Plan, dissemination & Closure of the Active Citizens Project

Final products

Integrated Action Plans

Listen and co-create with citizens - Integrated Action Plan Santa Maria da Feira
Liste and co-create with citizens

Santa Maria da Feira hosts multiple inspiring practices of citizen participation but also multi-stakeholder collaboration.


Santa Maria da Feira (PT)