The cities of Espoo, Helsinki, Kauniainen and Vantaa have issued a joint statement urging lawmakers to reject the bill for the social, health care and regional government reform, viewing that the long-discussed reform will not reach its objectives.
The cities argue that the bill not only fails to take into consideration the special characteristics of the capital region, but also contains several flaws and risks from the region’s perspective.
The quartet justifies its opposition to the reform by drawing attention to a lack of clarity surrounding the overall impacts of the reform, the non-applicability of a single solution and “the enormous financial and operational challenges” associated with establishing the counties.
Jan Vapaavuori (NCP), the Mayor of Helsinki, revealed at the beginning of last month that Helsinki has submitted a concrete proposal to the government for establishing two counties – one for Greater Helsinki and another for the rest of Uusimaa – instead of a single one in Uusimaa. News of the proposal came as a surprise even to the City of Espoo.
A joint collaborative task force established by the four municipalities will convene to mull over the social, health care and regional reform in Vantaa on 15 May.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Martti Kainulainen – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi