Structure of the wellbeing services county’s representative bodies taking shape – aiming for smooth decision-making

Published: 15.12.2021 14.08Updated: 4.3.2022 15.47

What kind of representative bodies will the wellbeing services county need to ensure appropriately aligned preparation and decision-making? The aim is not to build organisational silos or heavy structures for the wellbeing services county. Smooth decision-making, flexibility, resident participation, local democracy and cooperation with municipalities and organisations were highlighted as key factors when the political monitoring group for the preparation of the Western Uusimaa wellbeing services county assembled to weigh up different options for the building of the organisation of representative bodies.

“The monitoring group is not a decision-making body. That being said, our goal is to establish as broad a shared understanding as possible of the decision-making structure of the upcoming wellbeing services county so that the wellbeing services county can commence operations smoothly. Hopefully, we will be able to establish an efficient and straightforward representative body administration that nevertheless ensures the realisation of democratic principles,” says Henrik Vuornos, the chairman of the monitoring group. 

The organisation of representative bodies will be decided by the county council of the Western Uusimaa wellbeing services county, which will start its work in March 2022. The wellbeing services county will need to have a county council and county board, an appeal board, a national language board, a county election board, a youth council, a disability council and a senior council. For any other parts, the county council will exercise broad discretion on what kind of organisation of representative bodies the wellbeing services county will have. 

The monitoring group will continue the discussion at its last meeting, which will be held on 20 January 2022.