ARENDAL (Dagbladet): Finnmark's resistance can stop the entire regional reform. It threatened at least the municipal and modernizing minister Monica Mæland with in Arendal on Friday morning.
Today there are counties in Troms and Finnmark appealed to the carpet of Mæland, for an elder's speech in which the minister clarified the roles and gave marching orders to follow the parliamentary resolution on the merging of the two provinces. Until Finnmark has met since the provincial council has decided that they refuse to meet Mæland as long as the agenda is the completion of the process.
That's why it was piquant that County Product Rapporteur in Finnmark Tarjei Jensen Bech met Monica Mæland to Duel on the stage in Arendal on Friday night.
"The government does not understand Finnmark," said Bech. He is right in that.
"We tried to reach an agreement, but it was not possible, and resistance is too great.
87 percent of Finnmark voted no in the referendum. Mæland is right that the referendum does not withdraw the decision of the parliament. But an overwhelming popular resistance is reinforced by a state overrun. In the autumn there will be a new round in the Storting, when the Center Party proposes to stop forced labor.
"It can have consequences for the rest of the country, so the Deposit can discuss what they want to do," said Mæland.
Monica Mæland stood with his arms crossed for the body, a tight expression in the face and in double speed. The temperature was high from the moment KS and Arendalsuka were invited to discuss the regional reform.
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Already in the first post of Mæland the biggest problem with the regional reform became clear: nobody really wants it. As the minister explained: the Government's proposal to the Storting was to remove the entire provincial municipal level. A large majority in the Deposit will keep it. The decision is the compromise that the government could conclude with KrF. The reform is badly rooted and has no enthusiastic followers, with the exception of KS leader Gunn Marit Helgesen.
That is why we get a Western country without half Western Norway, a capital without capital and a popular uprising in Finnmark that is so broad and so deep that it will have long-term consequences for citizens' attitudes towards the central government in general. and the government parties in particular.
Appointment leader Terje P. Hagen said goodbye to the logic behind the regional and task division on Friday. Functional urban regions with cities as motorcycles are the concept of both the original idea of a large-scale reduction of the number of municipalities to 100 and behind the merger of provincial municipalities.
Larger units can take on bigger tasks, but the most important tasks for which a management level can be responsible are largely determined by the smallest device. The municipal reform ends with the fact that half of the municipalities still have fewer than 5,000 inhabitants, so the management level remains very important in the allocation of tasks.
The regional map errorAccording to Hagen, Oslo is not "possible to live together" in the Viken. The two regions therefore need to have widespread and formal cooperation.
It makes it more difficult to claim that not the two least in the north should be able to do the same as the SVs that Karin Andersen noted in the debate. She also pointed out that what she called "the strange suggestion that everything that is in Oslo nationally" can provoke the rest of the country.
The large-scale reform means that 5000 jobs will be moved from the state to the new region, the closure of a number of directorates and agencies and thus mergers with large local protests. Such major reforms should preferably have political-political support. Ap leader Jonas Gahr Støre has the Reform & # 39; a wonder & # 39; and even responsible ministers of the government do not even try to defend it without the reservation that they do not really want it.
Both the hearing and Friday's debate also showed strong resistance from a number of specialized communities.
"The government has actually put Culture-Norway under the seal of evil," said CODE CEO Petter Snare. Director Gina Lund in Expertise Norway has strengthened the proposal and warned of an irate at a time when it needed more than ever.
That's why Monica Mæland can think what she sayswhen it threatens to put the entire reform into play by a third parliamentary session. She puts pressure on a formerly troubled KrF, who has to take responsibility for one of the biggest controversies in which the government is now. The result is not given in advance. Regions in the size of today's provinces may be too small to take over the main tasks that the Hagen Commission has outlined. The choice can therefore lie between an amputated reform without major tasks to the new region or full withdrawal from the Deposit.
Mæland plays high because she can afford to lose. Making the whole reform of the history of history will be a political defeat where the government, the Storting and the people can live with.
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