The presentation of the Infoparticipa 2020 stamps to the most transparent municipalities and councils of the Valencian Community was held in the Paraninfo of the CEU Cardenal Herrera University (CEU UCH). An accreditation granted by the CEU UCH Observatory of Governance, Transparency and CSR, together with the ComSET Research Group (Sound, Strategic Communication and Transparency) of the Autonomous University of Barcelona. In this third edition of the study, which assesses the transparency of municipal websites based on 52 indicators, only 7 of the 542 municipalities analyzed, together with the Provincial Councils of Valencia and Alicante, have achieved the 75% compliance necessary to achieve accreditation , in accordance with the Infoparticipa Map methodology, where the results of the Valencian Community are integrated.
Provincial Councils and Councils awarded
On behalf of the awarded Provincial Councils, Vicente Boquera, Secretary General of the Valencia Provincial Council and Antoni Canet Martínez, Head of the Transparency Service, BOP and printing company of the Alicante Provincial Council, have received the Infoparticipa 2020 Stamps from the rector of the CEU UCH, Vicente Navarro de Luján. The Valencia Provincial Council complies with 46 indicators (93.8%) and that of Alicante with 45 of the 52 indicators (91.8%) analyzed in the study by the CEU UCH Transparency Observatory.
Regarding the municipalities, Onda, with 51 indicators, is the Valencian Community council with the highest percentage of compliance (98%). Its councilor for Youth, Innovation and Libraries, Vicente Bou, has collected the Infoparticipa seal. The websites of the municipalities of Elche, Valencia, Gandía and Castellón de la Plana, with 50 indicators, have reached 96% compliance. On behalf of these municipalities, they have collected the Infoparticipa 2020 seal, Purificación Mª Vives, councilor for Senior Policy, Citizen Participation, Transparency and Social Responsibility of the Elche City Council; Pilar de la Torre, Head of the Transparency Section of the Transparency and Open Government Service of the Valencia City Council; Ignasi García, councilor of the Castellón City Council; and, on the part of the Gandia City Council, Gloria Sanmiguel, head of the Modernization Area and Data Protection Delegate, and Mar León, Modernization Technician and Head of Transparency.
Denia, with 47 indicators and 90% compliance, and Rafelbunyol, with 45 indicators and 86% compliance, complete the list of winners today at the CEU UCH. Melania Ivars Rojas, delegate councilor for Equality and Inclusive Policies of the Denia City Council, and Francisco Alberto López, mayor of Rafelbunyol, have collected the Infoparticipa 2020 stamps on behalf of their consistories.
Act of delivery
The Infoparticipa 2020 stamp delivery ceremony, held this morning at the CEU UCH Auditorium, was chaired by the rector of this University, Vicente Navarro de Luján; the president of the Valencia Provincial Council, Toni Gaspar; the regional secretary for Participation and Transparency of the Generalitat Valenciana, Antoni Llorente; the director of the Agència Valenciana Antifrau, Joan Llinares, and the member of the Consell de Transparència of the Generalitat Valenciana, Emilia Bolinches.
During the event, Professor Hugo Aznar, co-director of the CEU UCH Observatory of Governance, Transparency and CSR, presented the results of the 2020 study and the book edited by Tirant Humanidades with the conclusions of the 2019 study, under the title “ Report on local transparency in the Valencian Community (2019) ”. As highlighted, “this year, 92.8% of the municipalities of the Valencia Community fail in transparency. It is necessary to provide funds and means to the councils so that they can achieve the levels of transparency and citizen participation necessary to guarantee truthful and verified information to society ”.