Open Government councilor José Antonio Reverón and Arona mayor José Julián Mena. Photo: Arona Ayuntamiento.
“Arona Participa” is a new initiative which will see Arona become the first Direct Participation municipality in the Canaries. The plan was announced by mayor Mena today, with a free-software digital platform set to begin operating online in the first half of 2017. Some 30 local and regional authorities throughout Spain and south America are already on board the protocol, which allows local residents to participate in a direct form in taking public decisions, everything from determining local budgetary priorities to individual suggestions to improve the borough, which are then voted on by the public on the municipal padrón.
Mayor Mena said that Arona Participa allows the council “to provide an online tool for locals to participate directly in taking public decisions and in those things that interested them”. The major stressed that Arona was seeking to be at the forefront of such measures to achieve a real and effective representation in municipal management. Councillor Reverón, for his part, said that the scheme was one of the most important political initiatives that was a watershed in the political running of Arona. The model has changed, he said … . Isn’t that the truth!