IRL wants to base municipalities on minimum population of 11,000 (2)
Starting Thursday, the government will discuss administrative reform, which is seen as one of the current coalition’s most important issues. Redrawing the borders of sparsely populated municipalities is part of the debate. IRL now introduced a first possible goal.
Eesti Päevaleht wrote on Wednesday that the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) suggested basing municipalities on a minimum population of 11,000. Chairman of IRL and Minister of Social Protection Margus Tsahkna said that according to experts this was the population size that made local government sustainable.
In the long term, reform could move towards local government for areas the size of current counties. But so far, the minimum population prescribed by law for the formation of a municipality has been 5,000.
“Local governments need to be motivated to merge to get to populations of at least 11,000, ideally to county level. For those who merge like this, a 10-million investment package could be allocated,” Tsahkna said.