FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

A Participatory Budget (PB) is a participatory democracy mechanism in which citizens can present and decide public investment projects.

POs can be of two types: advisory, where citizens are heard about the public investments to be made, but the final decision is made by the government entity; or deliberative, where citizens submit proposals and decide, through their vote, where a portion of the public budget will be invested.

OPRAM is a deliberative democratic process through which citizens decide on public investments in different areas of governance.

The implementation of OPRAM is a commitment of the Regional Government of Madeira to involve citizens in the political decision making process.

OPRAM foresees the allocation of a budget of € 2,500,000.00 (two million and five hundred thousand euros) allocated to proposals presented and chosen by the citizens, through the vote.

Through OPRAM, citizens can put forward proposals in the areas of environment, culture, social inclusion, safety and maritime rescue, sport and tourism and vote on proposals to be implemented.

a) Enhance the quality of democracy, valuing participatory democracy within the framework of the Constitution of the Portuguese Republic and the Political-Administrative Statute of the Autonomous Region of Madeira;

b) Involve citizens in decision-making by promoting active and informed participation;

c) To stimulate economic and social cohesion, fostering the emergence of projects that contribute to the development of the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

In this first edition of OPRAM, the accepted proposals will cover the areas of environment, culture, social inclusion, safety and maritime rescue, youth, sport and tourism. The youth area is subdivided into two themes, namely citizenship and healthy living habits.

OPRAM has a total amount of € 2,500,000.00 (two million five hundred thousand euros), of which € 750,000.00 (seven hundred and fifty thousand euros) will be allocated to supra-municipal projects and € 1,750,000.00 (one million seven hundred and fifty thousand euros) to municipal projects, distributed according to the following number.

2 - The distribution of the value of OPRAM by municipal projects is as follows:

a) € 150,000.00 (one hundred and fifty thousand euros) for Calheta;

b) € 150,000.00 (one hundred and fifty thousand euros) for Ponta do Sol;

c) € 150,000.00 (one hundred and fifty thousand euros) for Ribeira Brava;

d) € 150,000.00 (one hundred and fifty thousand euros) to Câmara de Lobos;

e) € 150,000.00 (one hundred and fifty thousand euros) for Funchal;

f) € 150,000.00 (one hundred and fifty thousand euros) for Santa Cruz;

g) € 150,000.00 (one hundred and fifty thousand euros) for Machico;

h) € 150,000.00 (one hundred and fifty thousand euros) for Santana;

i) € 150,000.00 (one hundred and fifty thousand euros) for São Vicente;

j) € 150,000.00 (one hundred and fifty thousand euros) for Porto Moniz;

k) € 250,000.00 (two hundred and fifty thousand euros) for Porto Santo;

OPRAM comprises the following phases:

Phase A - Dissemination of OPRAM, through participatory meetings taking place in all municipalities of RAM and presentation of proposals:

i) On the electronic platform https://opram.madeira.gov.pt, between July and 15 September inclusive 2019;

ii) In person, at the participatory meetings, to be held in all the municipalities of the Madeira Archipelago, between July and September 15, 2019.

Phase B - Technical analysis of the bids, by the Regional Government departments with expertise in the respective thematic areas of the bids submitted, and, if they obtain technical validation, conversion of the bids into bids, with timing, execution model and investment forecast, to occur between September 16 and October 2019;

Phase C - Publication of provisional lists of rejected bids and proposals to be put to the vote and period for the submission of complaints by the proposers, from 22 to 31 October 2019, as follows:

i) October 22 - disclosure of provisional lists;

ii) October 22-25 - Complaint period;

iii) October 26th to 31st - consideration of eventual complaints and possible rectifications of preliminary proposals.

Phase D - Vote by citizens of proposals made available on the electronic platform https://opram.madeira.gov.pt, from November 2 to November 30, 2019, as follows:

i) 2 November - publication of final lists of rejected proposals and proposals to be put to the vote and start of voting;

ii) November 30 - Closure of the vote.

Phase E - Public presentation of the winning proposals, conversion of them into projects and consequent inclusion in the respective budgets, the preliminary evaluation of OPRAM being disclosed and the preparation of the second edition in December 2019.

OPRAM covers the 11 counties of the Region, and citizens may submit municipal or supra-municipal proposals.

Pre-proposals may be submitted to the thematic areas of environment, culture, social inclusion, safety and security of the sea, sports and tourism to all citizens, national or foreign, residing in the Autonomous Region of Madeira, aged 18 or over. (eighteen years.

Pre-proposals to the youth thematic area may be presented by young people, national or foreign, aged between 14 (fourteen) and 30 (thirty) inclusive, residing in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

Proposals can be submitted online via the https://opram.madeira.gov.pt platform, through the OPRAM App, soon available for iOS and Android, or at one of the participatory meetings that will take place in the 11 municipalities of the Region.

The submission of a preliminary proposal, when made by electronic means, requires prior registration on the SIMplifica Portal, accessible at http://simplifica.madeira.gov.pt and the steps presented therein must be followed.

The registration and authentication process in the SIMplifica portal is simple to accomplish, especially if the authentication module, Citizen Card or Digital Mobile Key is used in the registration process. The Digital Mobile Key can also be obtained from the Authentication.GOV online platform, requiring access to the Citizen Card (and card reader) and its electronic authentication code.

There is no limit number of submitted bids.

Yes, since the launch of the electronic platform it is possible to submit proposals to OPRAM.

Participatory meetings are face-to-face discussion sessions with citizens to present proposals, taking place in all the municipalities of the Madeira Archipelago.

During Participatory Meetings, citizens will be able to count on the support of OPRAM thematic areas technical teams when discussing investment ideas and completing the proposal forms.

The Participatory Meetings will take place in the 11 (eleven) municipalities of Madeira, between July and 15 September.

Yes, pre-proposals are admissible to all municipalities in the Region, regardless of the residence of the proposers.

No. The tenderer is not required to detail the proposal with information such as execution time and / or budget. However, the proposer (s) may give details of the proposal with these elements and may be weighted during the technical analysis phase.

Yes. Between the Preliminary Submission and Voting phase there will be the Technical Preliminary Analysis phase, which runs from 16 September to 31 October.

The sole purpose of this analysis is to assess whether the bids fulfill OPRAM's criteria for admission of bids, and, if so, to convert the bid into a proposal, setting the value of the investment, the expected timeframe for its implementation and other implementing elements.

Pre-proposals submitted by citizens should be specific and detailed, delimiting their implementation and identifying the territorial scope in order to ensure concrete analysis and rigorous budgeting. They may be accompanied by documents that supplement the description (photographs or documents).

Yes. The following:

Do not fall within the remit of the Regional Government of Madeira;

Do not fall within the scope of OPRAM thematic areas in the year 2019;

Set up requests for support or services, in particular as they are protected by intellectual property rights;

Contradict the Program of the XII Regional Government of Madeira;

Contrary, conflicting, redundant or overlapping with ongoing projects or programs;

Are technically unenforceable;

They are generic or very comprehensive, not allowing their adaptation to the proposal;

At the municipal level, they exceed the defined amounts;

In the above municipal scope:

Fall within the scope of the right to petition or shape legislative initiatives;

If they have been submitted electronically and concern several bidders, provided that they have not been validated and confirmed by all bidders by the deadline for submission of bids.

It is the result of the analysis carried out by the technical teams of the OPRAM thematic areas, to the proposals submitted by the citizens, indicating the respective budget, place of implementation and the expected deadline for execution.

Voting on proposals may be done via the electronic platform https://opram.madeira.gov.pt, via free SMS.

Through the electronic platform https://opram.madeira.gov.pt can vote:

a) National citizens residing in Madeira, indicating their civil identification number or their digital mobile key (CMD);

b) Foreign citizens residing in Madeira, indicating their digital mobile key (CMD).

Free SMS can vote for nationals, indicating their civil identification number.

Each citizen has the right to one vote in a supra-municipal proposal and one vote in a municipal proposal.

You can get additional information and answer questions by email opram@madeira.gov.pt