Bologna is among the most important and well-known municipality in Europe. The municipality is divided into Areas, Departments and Sectors and has around 4.300 employees. The municipality is member of several Eu and Council of Europe networks of cities, among which Eurocities, ICLEI, ECCAR, UNESCO Creative Cities, and has a longstanding experience in participating to EU projects, both in the role of coordinator and partner. Main source of finance is the national government, then local taxes, provision of services and grants from regional, national and international specific projects. The participation to EU projects is facilitated by the support provided to all municipal departments by the International Relations and Projects Office which is composed of a staff of 15 experienced projects and financial managers. Development cooperation projects are followed by the new citizenships, cooperation and human rights office, dealing specifically with decentralised cooperation and cooperation with third countries.
The municipality guarantees and enhances the rights of citizens, social groups and those interested, users and associations, as expression of the community at the local level. It implements the right to political and administrative participation by guaranteeing complete and accessible information on the activity carried up. It inspires its actions to the principle of horizontal subsidiarity and collaboration with social and economic factors, fostering sustainable growth and promoting the initiative of the citizens, single and associated, for the carrying out of activitiy of general interest and care of the common assets. It directs its action to prevent and remove all forms of discrimination without distinction of sex, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, political opinions, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and psycho-physical condition. It recognizes water as a heritage of humanity and the status of water as public common good. It ensures conditions of equal opportunities between women and men and acts to ensure the right of accessibility to the city with particular regard to the disabled. It promotes the most extensive initiatives in the field of assistance, social integration and rights for persons with disabilities. The municipality contributes to the reduction of pollution
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