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1 1 Local Government Denmark (LGDK) International consultancy Division Intpro/Plancher/nyt design/Topic specific/territorial Reform/Amalgamation on Bornholm Amalgamation of 1 county + 5 municipalities on Bornholm Why amalgamation on Bornholm? sNegative economic development forces new solutions sEfficiency of the LG administration not optimal and laws and regulations from EU and Danish Gov. demand more administrative expertise than is currently available to be effectively implemented sIncreasing demands from the population puts municipalities under pressure sThe 5 municipalities have a limited ability to take unpopular, but necessary decisions (eg. schools)

2 2 Local Government Denmark (LGDK) International consultancy Division Intpro/Plancher/nyt design/Topic specific/territorial Reform/Amalgamation on Bornholm Amalgamation of 1 county + 5 municipalities on Bornholm Current structure sBornholm county: 44,300 inhabitants sRønne Municipality: 15,000 inhabitants sNexø Municipality: 8,500 inhabitants sAllinge-Gudhjem Municipality: 7,600 inhabitants sAakirkeby: 6,600 inhabitants sHasle Municipality: 6,400 inhabitants

3 3 Local Government Denmark (LGDK) International consultancy Division Intpro/Plancher/nyt design/Topic specific/territorial Reform/Amalgamation on Bornholm Bornholm, 59,000 ha

4 4 Local Government Denmark (LGDK) International consultancy Division Intpro/Plancher/nyt design/Topic specific/territorial Reform/Amalgamation on Bornholm Amalgamation of 1 county + 5 municipalities on Bornholm The process: sYear 2000: Investigation of development potentials in existing LG structure within the following areas: public schools, care taking of the elderly, protection of the environment, use of IT in administration, tax administration, and collection of taxes and loans sDevelopment of various scenario (through use of intermunicipal cooperation, extended use of contracting out of LG services, extended use of IT) sConclusion: 5 municipalities decide that a new administrative-territorial structure needed (Jan 01)

5 5 Local Government Denmark (LGDK) International consultancy Division Intpro/Plancher/nyt design/Topic specific/territorial Reform/Amalgamation on Bornholm Amalgamation of 1 county + 5 municipalities on Bornholm The process: sEstablishment of a Bornholm negotiation committee, with a secretariat, to clarify and negotiate with MIA/MOF about economic and other conditions in connection with the amalgamation sThe County of Bornholm agree with the 5 municipalities to form one future county/municipality (during Fall 2001) - future name: Bornholm Municipality sAdvisory referendum in 5 municipalities 29 May 01 (agreed by county + 5 municipalities) sThe population in all 5 municipalities vote in favour!! (totally 73.9% in favour)

6 6 Local Government Denmark (LGDK) International consultancy Division Intpro/Plancher/nyt design/Topic specific/territorial Reform/Amalgamation on Bornholm Amalgamation of 1 county + 5 municipalities on Bornholm The process: sCounty + 5 municipalities request Min. of the Interior to draft a law on amalgamation as of 1 January 03, Ministry agrees but cannot do this in time to suspend the ordinary election in November 2001 s8 administrative working groups are established to make an overview of areas to decide upon in short and longer terms, covering finances, salary/personnel matters, IT, secretarial functions, children/youth/culture, social area/hospitals, technical matters/environment/utilities, tax/debt collection sEstablishment of 1 information group to issue amalgamation newsletter, website, and manage contact with the press

7 7 Local Government Denmark (LGDK) International consultancy Division Intpro/Plancher/nyt design/Topic specific/territorial Reform/Amalgamation on Bornholm Amalgamation of 1 county + 5 municipalities on Bornholm Process: sOrdinary election to the existing 5 municipalities and 1 county is held in November The councils will sit until 31 December sPreparation of political-administrative models by 2 consultancy companies (Spring 2002) sElection of the new Bornholm Municipal Council will take place 29 May 2002 (27 members) sBornholm Municipal Council will function as Amalgamation Commission 1 July – 31 Dec 2002 and as Ordinary Council 1 Jan 2003 – 31 Dec 2005 sAmalgamation Commission will decide on amalgamation conditions during Fall 2002

8 8 Local Government Denmark (LGDK) International consultancy Division Intpro/Plancher/nyt design/Topic specific/territorial Reform/Amalgamation on Bornholm Amalgamation of 1 county + 5 municipalities on Bornholm Major Problems: sDecide on political-administrative structure, employment conditions and make administrative systems operational before 1 January 2003 sDecision making vacuum 29 May 01 – 29 May 02 sDrafting of budget for 2002 and also budget 2003 sChange all intermunicipal cooperations before 1 January 2003 sCurb spending until new Council takes over 1 January 2003 sSplitting of political power among individual LG politicians of which most will have to find new roles

9 9 Local Government Denmark (LGDK) International consultancy Division Intpro/Plancher/nyt design/Topic specific/territorial Reform/Amalgamation on Bornholm Amalgamation on Bornholm: Financial Conditions Equalisation and state grants sFuture Bornholm Municipality will be part of equalisation systems for both counties and municipalities, hence no changes expected sFuture Bornholm Municipality will receive the basic state grant for the former 5 municipalities (administration grant – 7.5 mill DKK per year per municipality) in a period of 8 years sBornholm will maintain access to Grants to Municipalities in Especially Different Conditions

10 10 Local Government Denmark (LGDK) International consultancy Division Intpro/Plancher/nyt design/Topic specific/territorial Reform/Amalgamation on Bornholm Amalgamation on Bornholm: Administrative Structures Model 1: Geographic model sOne sector administration (education, social area, infrastructure and planning, etc.) in each of the 5 former municipalities sOverall administrative department either placed centrally or split in the 5 former municipalities sOne-stop-shops in each of the 5 former municipalities sPolitical institutions either placed centrally or split in the 5 former municipalities

11 11 Local Government Denmark (LGDK) International consultancy Division Intpro/Plancher/nyt design/Topic specific/territorial Reform/Amalgamation on Bornholm Amalgamation on Bornholm: Administrative Structures Model 2: Centralized model sThe administrative departments are placed centrally in one place sThe political institutions are centralized in one place sDecentralized local government service delivery will take place through service centres in each of the 5 former municipalities, incl. one-stop-shops

12 12 Local Government Denmark (LGDK) International consultancy Division Intpro/Plancher/nyt design/Topic specific/territorial Reform/Amalgamation on Bornholm Amalgamation on Bornholm: Administrative Structures Model 3: Model with emphasis on contracting out sAs many services as possible are contracted out externally (usual model) or internally (contract management) sUse of extended internal decentralisation to the local government institutions (schools, kindergartens, homes for elderly, etc.) sPolitical and administrative structure and management can follow both model 1 or model 2

13 13 Local Government Denmark (LGDK) International consultancy Division Intpro/Plancher/nyt design/Topic specific/territorial Reform/Amalgamation on Bornholm Amalgamation on Bornholm: Political-Administrative Models Model 4: Concern model sCentralized political management sExtended use of internal decentralisation where LG institutions and administrations may become a form of daughter companies – this can be made operational by use of management by goals


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