Democratic decision-making is the starting point and foundation of the core tasks we have in the Regional Council. We are owned and controlled by the 8 municipalities and 3 cities of the Häme Region. The decision-makers for all bodies of the Regional Council of Häme are selected so that their political representation corresponds to the results of the municipal elections in Häme Region.
Assembly of the Regional Council
The highest desicion-making body of the Regional Council of Häme is the Assembly with 54 members. The members of the Assembly of the Council are municipal councillors of the member municipalities. The number of the representatives of each municipality varies from two to thirteen depending on the population of the municipality.
The members and the deputy members of the Assembly must be representatives that have been elected by the citizens of the member municipalities in the municipal election. The Assembly differs from all other organisaitions of the regional level in that its members are chosen directly by the citizens.
The Assembly of the Regional Council is responsible for creating a regional will and the definition of policy both in regard to regional development and regional land-use planning as well as protection of interests.
A central responsibility of the Assembly is to approve the regional plan and programme as well as the regional construction plan of the Regional Council of Häme. In addition, the Assembly is responsible of the Regional Council. The Assembly elects the executive director as Region Mayor, the Managing Board of the Council and the Municipal Audit Committee. The Assembly convenes two or three times a year.
The practical work of the Regional Council of Häme is directed by Managing Board which is elected by the Assembly. The Managing Board is comprised of eleven members as the region has eleven municipalities, and its term of office lasts two years.
In the composition of the Managing Board the following matters are taken into consideration
- the distribution of the support given to various political parties in municipal elections (Local Government Act 81.4§)
- the relative population distribution of sub-regions
- the Equality Act.
The responsibilities of the Managing Board include preparing and introducing initiatives concerning all important measures taken to realise the regional programme and vision as well as other matters requiring the consideration of the Assembly. In addition, the Managing Board is responsible for the execution of decisions. In order to reach the goals set by the Assembly, the Board defines the focus areas and profit objectives of the activities of the Regional Council and with its decision-making it directs the activities of the Regional Council.
The Managing Board convenes approximately twelve times a year.
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