Workshop on Regional Plans on Depopulation and Inter-Administrative Coordination

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The internal migratory flows reinforce the imbalance in the distribution of population between rural and urban areas. This population imbalance may jeopardize the provision of public services in both cases although for different reasons. On the one hand, governments in urban areas concentrating migratory flows experience greater pressure on the provision of public services.

Local action tacking depopulation is partially embedded into regional plans in several Spanish Autonomous Communities. These plans differ on several grounds: (i) top-down versus bottom-up approach, (ii) depopulated-areas focused versus region-wide oriented plans, (iii)  types of measures (fiscal incentives, public investment in infrastructures and services, among others). These factors may generate diverse dynamics in the inter-administrative relations between the levels of government.

The previous situation in turn has been altered due to the approval of the Plan of Measures to Combat the Demographic Challenge (hereinafter “the PDC”), which will include an investment in excess of 10 billion euros, around 10% of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan. The overall aim of the Plan is fighting depopulation and guaranteeing social and territorial cohesion. The volume and short time frame of the funds coming from Europe require an exceptional organizational and management capacity on the part of the public sector. In this context, the reinforcement of the inter – administrative relations will be a key feature in order to develop joint strategies and concrete projects to implement the aforesaid Plan.

Bearing in mind the previous factors, the main objective of the workshop will be to address the relationship between depopulation plans and inter-administrative relations.

The Workshop will take place online on the 28th of April 2021 at 17:00 hours. For further information regarding the event please see the link below


Workshop on Depopulation, Digitalization, and Participation

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The workshop on Depopulation, Digitalization, and Participation respond to the programming of activities for the further assessment of the best practice described in the First Dossier of the WP-1 (local responsibilities and public services), regarding the Smart Rural Territory project for the digitalization of rural areas in Castilla y León, and the best practice contained in the Second Dossier of the WP-5 (people´s participation in local decision-making) on Local Action Groups. The First Dossier of WP-1 contained an initial approach to the “Smart Rural” project. The main features of the project were already explained, but many questions concerning the social and economic outcomes of the project, as well as the problems linked to multilevel cooperation, remained open. The second dossier of WP-2 focused on the work of Local Action Groups as networks of interaction between local authorities and societal actors in rural areas. These networks are financed by the EU LEADER program. They are set to design and implement in a participatory way development strategy for the territories where they operate and can be an effective policy tool to face the problem of depopulation of rural areas in the country.

In order to delve into these best practices and respond to the questions arising from them, several experts outside the research group are invited to participate in the workshop. All these external professionals take care of the abovementioned policies.

The workshop will take place online on the 17th of February at 16:00. For further information regarding the event please see the link below

Winter School of Federalism and Governance

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Call for applications for the LoGov-edition of the Winter School of Federalism and Governance. The Winter School is a cross-border postgraduate program located in the heart of the Alps under the auspices of the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe. The 2021 edition will  take place from 1 to 12 February 2021 and will focus on “Federalism and Local Self-Government”

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Closer Than You Think? Local Governments in Spain and Canada

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Francisco Velasco (UAM)

Friday, Sept 6 12:30 – 1:30pm

Centre for Urban Policy and Local Governance

University of Western Ontario

Social Science Centre, Room 6210

Local governments in Spain and Canada are rarely (if ever) compared directly in the scholarly literature. Yet, as Prof. Velasco will suggest in his presentation, a comparative approach reveals some striking similarities in the structure and operation of these two ostensibly very different local government systems.

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Equalizing the income of urban and rural municipalities: a comparison between Spain and Canada (Ontario)

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Over the next four years, in the EU research pro ject LoGov we will compare in several countries, both European and non-European, the different institutional and functional features of urban and rural municipalities. One of the aspects that we will consider is that of municipal financing. In the following, an initial, provisional and elementary comparison is drawn between the financing of Spanish municipalities and those of Canada. I thank Enid Slack of the University of Toronto for her crucial insights that have helped me understand the Canadian local financing system.

With global data, both in Spain and in the different provinces of Canada (since in this country local governments concern each province) revenues from own taxes contribute the majority of municipal revenues. The greatest differences are observed in the typology of taxes from which the income derives and in the other complementary sources of financing (borrowing excluded). Let us start with a simple description of the sources of municipal income in each country.

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Meeting at FEMP

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The past 3 of April of 2019 marked the 40th anniversary of the first local elections in Spain. Sponsored by the Local Government and the Changing Urban-Rural Interplay project (European Commission 823961 – LoGov), professors Tinashe Chigwata (UWC-Cape Town) and Alfonso Egea (UAM-Madrid)  visited the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP) headquarters in Madrid. We met Mercedes Sánchez, Deputy Director of International Relations, to address the issues on the political agenda of FEMP.

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The Spanish local financing scheme and the rural-urban interplay: do state transfers produce balancing effects?

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In the framework of the European research project LoGOV, at the Institute of Local Government Law (IDL-UAM) we have begun to analyze the Spanish local financingsystem, with a focus on the possible structural differences between small or medium-sized municipalities and large or very large ones. For a first economic approach to local financing, on April 12, 2019 we invited Professor Alfonso Utrilla de la Hoz, from the Complutense University of Madrid.

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