The Provincial Administration (‘PA’) of Siracusa is a self-governing autonomous local government. The Provincial Administration represents the provincial community with regard to national and regional issues and laws. It administers territorial affairs, promotes and coordinates cultural, civil, social and economic development, works on improving the quality of the environment and the living conditions of its inhabitants. The founding principles of the Provincial Administration are respect for the history, culture and traditions of the province. Other values include justice, freedom, solidarity, international cooperation and initiatives that focus on citizens’ rights. The PA recognizes cultural differences as fundamental human values and promotes meetings and mutual understanding between different ethnic groups, histories and religious experiences.
The ‘future managing classes’ have been identified and promoted by the Provincial Council Presidency (a supervisory body that coordinates the Provincial Council). The Provincial Council Chairman, Michele Mangiafico, aims to build a solid and constant synergy between the Provincial Administration and one of society’s most important sectors, the scholastic community. The first step is attempting to reduce the perceived distance between students and public administration. Students at provincial schools have been invited to participate and observe some Provincial Council sessions to appreciate its activities and learn the mechanisms and procedures that regulate its general operation.
The Provincial Administration project has been divided into two steps. In step A, planning between the schools involved and the PA was followed by implementation of a visit calendar. During the visits the students observe different Provincial Council sessions, learning about the role of its different organs, the mechanisms that regulate its operations, the dynamics of Council Sessions and the interaction between majority and minority. In step B, students will experience the meetings of the Provincial Council and the council debates. They will try to understand how to identify possible financing sources, seeing the difficulties that an administrative organ faces daily to give suitable solutions to innumerable territorial issues. In this way, the action acquires a significant value as it allows greater comparison between students and administrators on very sensitive issues. These are issues on which students very rarely have the chance to express their opinions, their ideas and proposals, or their personal needs in front of decision makers.
The involvement of the provincial civil servants at all levels (Council Presidency and officers, public managers, advisors and councillors), the willingness to lend experience and expertise, to engage in a dialogue with the students equally and with ease, demonstrates the commitment of local administrators to work in ever greater synergy with their community of reference.
|Award category:||citizen involvement|
|Sector:||Regional policy and development, decentralisation|
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|Keywords:||Youth disinterest in PA, decision making|
|Short English description:||The founding principles of the Provincial Administration are respect for the history, culture and traditions of the province. Other values include justice, freedom, solidarity, international cooperation and initiatives that focus on citizens’ rights|
|Organisation:||Provincia Regionale di Siracusa|
|Level of government:||local level|
|Size of organisation:||50-100|
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|EU membership:||EU member|