With around 120 thousand inhabitants, the city of Monza is the third most populated municipality in the Lombardy Region, located north of Milan.
Monza had completed the second consecutive edition of Participatory Budgeting (2016/2017), while the first one took place between May 2014 and March 2015.
In this last edition, more than 180 projects have been proposed, among which 115 were past the pre-analysis phase (62, in 2015), and and 50 were finally voted to be allocated funds (40 in 2015). Despite a short voting period, 2937 citizens voted in the process, with nearly a 50% increase on online voting in comparison to the previous edition.
EMPATIA platform supported the Monza PB during the voting stage, by providing an authentication method – which included a automatic verification of the voters’ residence, and SMS verification code to check their accounts. It also provided with a smart registration procedure without the need of an email address.