Tallinn announces call for ideas for participatory budget
From 12 September until 2 October, all Tallinn residents are invited to submit proposals about projects to be funded by the Tallinn participatory budget 2023.Ideas to the participatory budget open call can be submitted in Estonian, Russian and English on the Tallinn website https://www.tallinn.ee/en/participatorybudget or at the city district governments and the Tallinn City Hall service bureau. The total amount of the participatory budget for 2023 is planned to be €1 million, but the final amount will be approved by Tallinn City Council when adopting the city budget for 2023. Tallinners can support their favourite projects through a public vote from 21 November to 4 December.
According to Mayor Mihhail Kõlvart, the call for ideas for the participatory budget reflects the needs and visions of the people of Tallinn for the future of our city and its development. "For the city's leaders, the feedback and ideas received from their fellow citizens are an important tool for realising their visions and making decisions. At the same time, it provides an opportunity for people to participate in the process," said Kõlvart. "Previous years have shown that citizens want to see very practical and applied projects in urban space. But it is together that we can make our city a green, cosy and pleasant place to live."
An expert committee will evaluate the feasibility of the submitted ideas and the best ones will be introduced, discussed and put up for public vote. However, It is important to note that the money from the participatory budget can only be used for facilities that are meant for public use and that are free to access. each city district can carry out one project a year, which the residents of the city districts have submitted and which has gained the most votes.
The City of Tallinn first launched the participatory budget in 2020, with a total investment of €800,000 in 2021. At that time, 420 ideas were submitted to the call, of which 99 went to a public vote. In 2021, 389 ideas were submitted to the 2022 call, of which 132 went to a public vote.
Read more about Tallinn participatory budget 2023 HERE