Considerable changes have been made to Reykjavík’s government, according to the coalition agreement of the Best Party and the Democratic Alliance. With a total of nine councilors out of 15, the two parties will take the reins of the Reykjavík City Council today, ruv.is reports.
Reykjavik City Hall. Photo By Páll Kjartansson.
Changes include the establishment of a department for the executive and assets board within the city council, the abolishment of the local board of health and having the environmental board handle issues pertaining to the city’s resources.
A special campaign to increase employment in the city will soon be launched, revolving around the reconstruction of individual boroughs and renovations to buildings belonging to the city. Leader of the Democratic Alliance, Dagur B. Eggertsson, says that these projects will be invited to tenders.
Leader of the Best Party, Jón Gnarr, will be appointed mayor and Dagur B. Eggertsson will serve as chairman of the city council. Minority leaders from the Left Greens and the Independence Party have been invited to take part in governing the city.
The outgoing mayor, Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, has been offered the position of President of the City Council but it is not yet clear whether she will accept. The city council meeting will begin at two o’clock today.