“Highly satisfactory” appraisal of the first Speaker’s Corner in Irekia (Speaker’s Corner Donostia)
The rain cut short today's act in San Sebastián; however more than 150 people participated over the course of the weekend in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Bilbao and Donostia-San Sebastián
This weekend, Irekia has brought Open Government to the streets with the objective of bringing this "new method of governance" closer to citizens, affirming a commitment to transparency, participation and collaboration between citizens and the administration. The Basque Government's Director of Open Government and Internet Communication, Nagore de Los Ríos, has made a "highly satisfactory" appraisal of the pilot study carried out over the course of the weekend in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Bilbao and Donostia-San Sebastián, serving to highlight that the concerns of citizens have little in common with the concerns that are aired in the media and by politicians. The more than 150 contributions from citizens, taking in all social, ideological and demographic spectrums, have placed particular emphasis on questions relating to the economic situation, employment, housing, education, public transport, the environment, the Basque language and the conciliation of work and family life; however, little comment was made with regards to the political situation of the region or terrorist violence. Ms de Los Ríos explained that all of these contributions will be relayed to the corresponding departments within the Basque Government to enable them to provide the appropriate response, which will be available for viewing on Irekia's web site where all of the citizen interventions have been recorded.