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White Paper on the Local Government Reform


From: Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government
(Local Government Division)
​Published: 19 October 2018
Running till:: 30 November 2018
​Last Updated: 30 January 2019
Consultation Outcome: Final Report

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1.        Background

One of the principal factors that ensure a more effective and efficent administration is to take stock of where one started from, the state of play, and the vision that guides our future.

The White Paper is done with this in mind.  The proposals in this White Paper for Local Government Reform include the assurance to Local Government autonomy, decentralization, the legal framework, the econmic factor, the monitoring and operational functions, as well as the citizens’ expectations.  This was done following a period of evaluation and analysis of in which direction we want Local Councils to take in order to be able to meet the legitimate expectations of the local citizens, that, reasonably have grown over the past 25 years.

The crucial question is: how effective is the influence of the citizen in current affairs taking place in his or her city or village?  This issue is a central one in this document, including what legal amendments need to be done in order to strengthen the voice of the citizen.

Consultation Questions

You are kindly requested to review the proposals in the White Paper and forward your comments and suggestions for inclusion in the Local Government Reform.


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Please be informed that submissions will be published on the webpage of this consultation at the end of the scoping phase. The lead Ministry has sole discretion upon the publication of comments.

Received contributions, together with the identity of the contributor, will be published on the Internet, unless the contributor objects to the publication of his/her personal data on the grounds that such publication would harm his/her legitimate interests. In this case the contribution may be published in anonymous form. Otherwise the contribution will not be published nor will, in principle, its content be taken into account.  Any objections concerning the publication of personal data should be sent to the service responsible for the consultation on the following email address:

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In addition, please be aware of:
·         Disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (Chapter 496)
As we are a public authority all documents we hold, including documents related to this public consultation process, may be released following a request to us under the Freedom of Information Act (Chap. 496), unless such request may be subject of an exemption arising from the same Act.​

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