Balanced municipal services and financing

The State must have a long-term municipal policy that instils confidence. There is a need to get the duties and financing of the municipalities in balance. We must reform practices, dare to dismantle norms and refrain from assigning new duties to the local municipalities. We must experiment with the free-municipality system. The State subsidy reform must be revised by paying more attention to the municipality-level impacts and rewards for proactive work.

Municipal autonomy must be defended. We do not approve of forced mergers; any merger should be formed on an independent and voluntary basis.

The aim should be to achieve a democratic regional administration and a significantly lighter central administration. Tasks that call for regional development and jurisdiction should become the responsibility of a democratic provincial administration.