Citizens of Espoo have a number of possible ways to influence matters that concern them. Citizens may, for example, provide feedback to municipal decision-makers and officials through the electronic feedback system as well as traditional methods of communication.
According to the Local Government Act, the resident of a municipality has the right to propose initiative to municipal authorities in terms of municipal matters. The initiative may be, for instance, a proposal suggesting a new form of activity or the improvement of city services. Submitting a proposal is an official, regulated procedure, and they are prepared and processed more carefully than unofficial feedback messages.
The City of Espoo organises residents’ evenings in the greater regions of Espoo where residents may influence projects and plans that are in progress in their residential area. The residents of Espoo may also influence matters that concern them through residents’ forums. Each residents’ forum also has a preparation team.
The lists of plans on this website provide a window on the administration and decision-making of the city. The plans site allows you to follow the progress of pending projects. The site also describes how matters proceed in stages, as well as how and at what stage you can provide feedback or otherwise influence their preparation.
In addition to the right to vote, residents may also run for Council and be chosen for a position of trust in the municipality. The elections, the Council and other bodies of elected officials are described in the Decision-making section.
The Advisory Board of the Council may, according to a separate agreement, receive delegations on Mondays preceding Council meetings. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the City of Espoo, active participation and impact for special groups and residents of various areas is granted by the Youth Council, the Council of the Elderly, and the Council of People with Disabilities, the Multicultural Affairs Advisory Board and the District Delegations. The objective is for the local authorities to know as much as possible about the resident’s views in the preparatory stage of planning.
The most important rights concerning the participation of residents are stipulated in Section 28 of the Local Government Act.