What is shared administration of common goods? How does it work?

The shared administration of common goods is a collaborative relationship between active citizens and the municipal administration, placed on the same level, which implements the principle of horizontal subsidiarity, established by the art. 118 of the Constitution, last paragraph:

“The State, Regions, metropolitan cities, Provinces and Municipalities encourage the autonomous initiative of citizens, individuals and associations, to carry out activities of general interest, on the basis of the principle of subsidiarity.”

This report is established by Municipal regulation containing the discipline for the participation of active citizens in the care, shared management and regeneration of urban common goods and is implemented through the specifically regulated institution of collaboration agreements.

What does “common goods” mean?

All the elements that make up the urban environment are common goods when they become the object of care by citizens. They may belong to the state property or heritage of the Municipality; to other public bodies; to private entities. In the last two cases the citizens' initiative must have the consent of the legitimate owners. In the same way, intangible objects can also become common goods - see below, in the "special agreements" section.

Who are the “active citizens”?

The right to initiative, oriented towards horizontal subsidiarity, can be exercised by individual citizens, committees, including informal ones, associations, foundations, economic entities, minors, under the responsibility of their parents, and persons admitted by the judicial system to alternative forms of execution. of the punishment.

Purpose of shared administration:

  • raise the quality of the urban environment, for the benefit of the entire resident community.
  • promote networks of active subjects, pool widespread energies, encourage the inclusion and protagonism of citizens, associations and informal groups.

Collaboration agreements, simple principles:

  • The activities carried out by active citizens with collaboration agreements are an expression of autonomous and independent volunteering, and are non-profit.
  • The activities carried out by active citizens do not replace the activities of ordinary competence of the Municipality, but produce a social value that adds to the existing level of environmental quality.
  • The space administered as a common good is not given for exclusive use, but given for adoption. It is managed by active citizens for the benefit of the entire resident community (collective use); but it is always possible that new subjects are added to the management of the space, if they are able to make a new contribution that can be coordinated with the purposes established in the initial agreement, becoming among the subscribers.
  • In order to gather the widest possible combination of forces in the community, the proposal for a collaboration agreement is presented to citizens through a public notice. The notice does not generate a selection, but an inclusive comparison process between the proposals collected, to implement them in a coordinated and complementary way.
  • The collaboration agreement expresses an organic form of cooperation with citizens, since the Municipality not only recognizes the public value of their initiative, but integrates these initiatives into the general interests that it pursues by becoming co-producer of the stipulated activities.
  • The Municipality supports these initiatives not with direct financial subsidies, but with material resources - entrusted to active citizens - and with procedural facilitations.
  • The collaboration agreement has a maximum duration of three years; upon expiry it cannot be renewed under the same conditions, but can be redesigned with innovative contents.