The participatory processes in Grottammare began in 1994 with participatory budgeting, one of the first of this kind in Europe. Many important results have since been achieved, not only in the increase in terms of transparency of the decisional processes, but also in the implementation of a co-decisional approach to matters. One of its most important results was the demonstration that citizens could have a strategic role in many other policy-making decisions. Thus, the participatory processes were adopted for the realization of a series of projects such as a new City Plan, two central squares, the requalification of a neighborhood, public problem solving actions and other important public works. Since 1994, the city has been governed by a citizens’ movement named "Solidarietà e Partecipazione" (Solidarity and Participation) and the most important decisions about the city are taken in weekly meetings in which everyone can participate.