Participation and social cohesion: Copas conference in Arezzo
” Participation and social cohesion, social autonomies in local welfare ” is the title of the conference to be held Saturday in Arezzo, organized by the Tuscany Region with the Permanent Conference of Social Autonomies (Copas). It is one of the preparatory appointments in view of the Conference on the state of social autonomy in Tuscany. The meeting will be opened by the greetings of the mayor of Arezzo Giuseppe Fanfani and will see the interventions of Eleonora Vanni , president of Copas, Gianni Devastato of the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Riccardo Guidi , director of the Voluntary and Participation Foundation, the vice president of the Province of Arezzo Mirella Ricci, the mayor of the Municipality of Bucine Sauro Ricci , and the moderation and conclusions entrusted to the vice president of Copas Luciano Franchi .
Copas is provided for by article 61 of the Statute of the Tuscany Region, and is governed by regional law no. 20 of 4 April 2007 (amended by Regional Law no. 44 of 27 July 2007).
The Conference is an auxiliary body of the Regional Council and has the task of drawing up proposals and opinions to the Council for the purposes of preparing the acts of regional planning. In particular, the Conference expresses a mandatory opinion on the main economic, social and territorial planning documents, such as the regional health plan, the plan of cultural activities and tourism, the building and agricultural plan; it also expresses optional opinions on other planning acts, at the request of the board commissions or the assembly.
Central is also the propositional role recognized by the Conference, which allows it to enter fully into the regional political-legislative process. Furthermore, the Conference is assigned the task of verifying the results of the policies of the Tuscany Region. In this regard, we can therefore say that the role of Copas is foreseen both in the ascending phase, and therefore in the definition of policies, and in the descending one, with particular reference to the impact and effects of regional planning acts.
Following the spirit that led to its constitution, Copas must be the voice of civil society and of the associations in the institutions: it is made up of representatives of the voluntary sector, of associations and of cooperation. Its creation responds to the need to involve qualified representatives of civil society. And this is precisely one of the main peculiarities of this new organization, unique in the panorama of the Italian regions. With respect, for example, to the economic and labor councils, present in a large number of regions, in Tuscany we wanted to emphasize the contribution that can come from the experience of the third sector.