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The Regulation on Urban Commons 

On 11 January 2016 the Torino City Council approved the Regulation on Urban Commons, which rules the forms of cooperation between citizens and the local authority for the care, the shared management and the regeneration of urban commons.

The idea of promoting the collaboration between active citizens and the local authority is rooted in mid-90s with the launch of many experiences, many of which are linked to the innovative push of the European Community, driven by a cross-sectoral and integrated approach and by citizen participation in creating and implementing public policies.

The Regulation on Urban Commons helps to define in a structured way, in line with the one approved in 2014 by the City of Bologna, many innovative experiences carried out in Turin and enables the relationship between active citizens and administration, thanks to the introduction of the Pact of Collaboration.

With this new tool active citizens (informal groups, associations, NGOs, …) can sign a pact with the City that regulates designing, management and monitoring of the interventions.

There are two different types of procedures:

:: Public consultation

The City can identify urban common on which it will be possible to activate pact of collaboration. Upon approval of the guidelines, the City publishes a Public call for proposal.

:: Collaboration proposals submitted by active citizens

Anyone can make a proposal for the care, shared management or regeneration of an urban common: associations, cooperatives, businesses, formal or informal groups active in the urban area.

Pacts of Collaboration

The Pact of Collaboration is the tool used by the City and active citizens to reach agreements on everything needed for the implementation of care, shared management and regeneration of an urban common.

The Pact is based on mutual responsibility and trust and it is signed by active citizens and the City. These pacts are a powerful tool to trigger a widespread civic sense and to foster the idea of a change in the type of relation between residents and the local authority.

The content of the pact is defined by the Regulation and may vary according to the complexity of the specific context.