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Paris Participatory Budgeting

  • France
  • Mairie de Paris (Paris City Council)
From September 2014, Parisians may decide how to use the 5% of the budget in investments. € 426 million capital budget in the Paris community during the mandate (2014-2020).


As in all French towns, the budget of the City of Paris has two parts:
The investment budget that matches all construction costs, renovation of building or public space such as roads or gardens.
The operating budget covers all expenses and revenue to-day management of the City (staff salaries, purchase of services, grants to associations, etc.) 

In this first year of the participatory budget, elected officials and departments of the City of Paris proposed 15 major projects to improve the Parisian way of life of its inhabitants. For a week, from 24 September to 1 October 2014, the Parisians will be asked to choose five projects they consider priorities for Paris. Parisians can vote online at site or paper ballot at City Hall or Borough Hall. 

From 2015, the participatory budget will start a new phase: it will be the Parisians who offer their projects to a vote of the participatory budget whether Parisian scale or located in the boroughs.

Specifically, from 24 September to 1 October 2014, Parisians can choose maximum 5 projects among the 15 offered by voting once per project.

All Parisians unconditional age and nationality.