The reviewing of the motions to amend the Administrative Reform Bill, submitted for the second reading, continued in the Riigikogu. The members of the Riigikogu had reviewed 24 motions to amend by the end of the working hours of Tuesday’s sitting. In total, 79 of 121 motions to amend have been reviewed.
The Administrative Reform Bill (200 SE), initiated by the Government, includes the bases and procedure for carrying out the administrative reform, and determines the minimum size of a local government and the relevant exceptions, and the rights and obligations involved in the merging of local governments.
The objective of the administrative reform is to form local governments that are able to offer better public services to people, ensure the increase of competitiveness of regions, and independently perform the functions assigned to them by law. According to the Bill, generally at least 5000 people should reside in a local government. At the same time, the Bill sets out that formation of local governments with at least 11000 residents is recommended to achieve the objective of the administrative reform. Eighty per cent of the local governments of Estonia have less than 5000 residents today.
According to the Bill, local governments will have time for voluntary mergers until the end of this year, and the Government will pay a merger grant to such local governments. 80 million euro have been planned for that. If, after the voluntary mergers, there will still be local governments that do not meet the criteria, the Government will first make a proposal for a voluntary merger to them next year, and if this will give no result either, the Government will merge the local governments.
The second reading of the Administrative Reform Bill will be resumed at Wednesday’s sitting.
The sitting ended at 1.52 p.m.
Verbatim record of the sitting (in Estonian): http://stenogrammid.riigikogu.ee/et/201605171000
Video recordings of the sittings of the Riigikogu can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/riigikogu (NB! The recording will be uploaded with a delay.)
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