Spain

Municipality of Medina del Campo

Address: Plaza Mayor de la Hhispanidad 1, Medina del Campo, Spain

Status: NGO / Nonprofit organization

Website: http://www.ayto-medinadelcampo.es/

E-mail: albertolorentesaiz@gmail.com

Tel / Fax: + 34983812481 / + 34982804963

Medina del Campo is a town of pre-Roman origin that enjoys an excellent geographical situation, located in the southwest of the province of Valladolid, whose capital is 45 km. It extends over an area of ​​104.49 km2, it is located at an altitude of 720 m above sea level and its population nowadays rises to over 20,000 inhabitants.

It is the economic nucleus, next to the capital, more dynamic of the province; its activities include commerce, agriculture and the furniture industry.

The Villa has Post Office, Railway Station and Apeadero for High Speed ​​trains, besides being 65 km from Villanubla Airport.

The geographical situation of Medina del Campo makes it possible for there to be privileged communications, since from here one departs to any place.

The City Council of Medina del Campo began the new millennium with the creation of the Local Development Service and the implementation of sectoral development plans that have marked a path of intense work and

have been the germ necessary for Medina del Campo to participate now in different European projects to continue improving in a balanced and sustainable   way   social,   environmental   and   economic   aspects   that contribute to a high quality of life.

Medina del Campo, in this sense, presents itself as a dynamic municipality that   during   the   last   years has   tried   to   coordinate   structures and development plans of sectorial scope through forums and programs that with more or less success, have introduced new concepts and working ways that make possible today the implementation of a new planning cycle of Medina 21.The Citizen Commission of Medina 21 was born with the spirit of coordinating the activities generated and at the same time promoting the active and direct participation of the citizens of Medina del Campo in this Citizen Commission

Participation in Medina del Campo is considered as a tool:

  • Transparent: to   overcome   the   meetings   in   the   offices   and bilateral   relationships,   to   move   to   horizontal   relationships fostering a culture based on participatory universalism.
  • Pedagogical: the process brings with it a self-learning of both the topics to be treated and the dynamics of participation carried out to vitalize participatory processes.
  • Creative: the agenda of issues to be discussed and proposed is not made by the media or politicians, but arises from any citizen group, who wants to be involved.

In this sense, participation in Medina is understood as the process that allows its society to influence and be part of the decision-making on policies concerning it. From the public administrations, and especially from the local level, it implies three important changes: to influence the contents and priorities, to vary the ways in which the public policies are adopted and to change the ways in which the same are implemented.

Under the Premises of sustainabilityand citizen participation Medina 21, structures   itself   as   a development strategy constituting a path shared by citizens and the rest of the public and private   entities   of   the   “Tierra   de Medina”   in   the   achievement   of objectives     and     concrete     projects shared   by   all. With   three   sectoral action plans, they bring together 10 priority projects each in the fields of habitability,   economic   activities   and social aspects, and are implemented through   technical   working   teams which meet at least once every two months and create specific working groups when any of the projects so require.

With all the participation forums open directly to citizens, volunteers, technicians and politicians, Medina 21 has already implemented two programming   periods   (2007-2011   and   2011-2016)   and during 2016 addresses the last details of a new programming period 2017-2021 which includes, for the first time, a transversal and integrated line of work called Medina 21 Europe, in which two European cooperation projects are carried out in a participatory way (City Centre Doctor in URBACT III   and   Rural   Growth   in INTERREG EUROPE) along with the present Strategy of Sustainable and Integrated Urban Development.

The results to date have been very satisfactory both from a quantitative point of view (more than 70% of the projects considered   as   strategic have   been   implemented and   a   remaining   15% have been initiated) as well as at the qualitative level by introducing a bottom-up   working   methodology and   on   the   basis of   respect   and valorisation of our resources in a sustained, respected and unanimously supported by public administrations and the City Council itself manner.