"This is unique in France – we are the first!” declared Jean-Jacques Lasserre, the President of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques Departmental Council, on 27 January, accompanied by the Deputy-General of Gipuzkoa, at a press conference held to launch an innovative project named "ideiak 2022".
The Pyrénées-Atlantiques Department and the Diputación Foral de Gipuzkoa are putting in place an innovative mechanism: a joint participatory budget known as "ideiak 2022".
Its aim is to encourage citizens to forge links between their two territories by allowing them to propose, design and carry out projects together that will bring them closer to one another.
Each project can receive a financial contribution of up to €20,000. A call for projects has been launched, with a deadline of 11 March.