The Constitutional Committee is starting its two-day visit to Lithuania today. It will meet members of the Latvian and Lithuanian parliaments to learn about the local governments in the other Baltic states, as well as about the administrative reforms carried out in these countries.
“The Riigikogu is in the middle of a debate on the Administrative Reform Bill, which is why it is extremely useful for us to meet with our colleagues from Latvia and Lithuania to get direct feedback and opinions on the administrative reforms that have been carried out in these countries,” said the Chairman of the Constitutional Committee Kalle Laanet.
The visit is taking place on May 5–6. In addition to Laanet, the delegation includes the Deputy Chairman of the Committee Jüri Adams, and members of the Committee Andres Anvelt, Peeter Ernits, Siim Kiisler and Jaak Madison.
The Administrative Reform Bill (200 SE) will come to its second reading on May 11. The Bill includes the bases and the procedure for carrying out the administrative reform, and determines the minimum size of local governments and the relevant exceptions, as well as 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 their residents better public services, ensure better competitiveness of regions, and independently fulfil the tasks set to them.
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