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Number of Municipalities to Iceland to Decrease

Minister of Transport Kristján Möller and Halldór Halldórsson, chairman of the Association of Local Authorities in Iceland, signed a declaration of intent on Tuesday to form proposals on further mergers between municipalities.

“I envision that the number of municipalities will drop significantly in the coming years. They are 77 at the moment and I find it a good goal to reduce them to 17, for example, at the local authorities’ elections in 2014,” Möller told Morgunbladid.

The minister will submit a strategy to that end to the Althingi parliament for approval. A four-person committee will be appointed to evaluate the advantages of mergers in each region and learn about the attitudes of local authorities and the public towards the move.

New methods for mergers will be looked into because, as Möller explained, local authorities and inhabitants are keen on avoiding the struggles that often come with merging municipalities, which until now have been undertaken through free agreements.

In 2011 the issues of the disabled will be transferred from the state to the municipalities and the issues of the elderly in 2012.

“The planned transfer of projects from the state to the municipalities in the coming years will also create powerful preconditions for enlarging and merging municipalities,” a press release from the Ministry of Transport stated.

Photo: Minister of Transport Kristján Möller.

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