Culture Committee

The domain of the Culture Committee entails matters concerning the city’s Finnish-language cultural offering and profile, and the City Museum, City Orchestra and the City Library.

The duties of the Education and Cultural Services committees include:

  • guiding and supervising operations in their own domain in accordance with the decisions of the City Council and Board
  • monitoring the realisation of results and the budget, and promoting the productivity and impact of operations
  • deciding upon operating principles regarding the organisation and implementation of services in such a way that they further the well-being of municipal residents and regional impact
  • preparing a proposal for the financial plan, and approving the operating plan and annual report
  • ensuring cooperation with other committees and the authorities and corporations of municipalities in the Helsinki region in terms of the organisation and development of services
  • as regards operations in its domain, ensuring the opportunities of the residents and service users to be involved in and affect social issues, and monitoring the customer-orientation of the operations
  • approving the needs analyses of premises projects, with regard to its own domain
  • speaking on behalf of the city and the committee in matters of appeal concerning the committee’s decisions
  • deciding upon procurement principles regarding the organisation and implementation of services in its domain, in accordance with the Espoo strategy
  • as regards its own domain, preparing a presentation to the City Board concerning the size of payments based on acts or decrees, within the limitations of the law and the general principles specified by the City Council
  • within its own domain, deciding upon fees and payments other than those based on acts and decrees, on the basis of general principles specified by the City Council
  • deciding upon the principles for the usage and rental agreements of premises, areas, buildings, equipment and similar assets, and for the provision of these assets for external use, taking into account as diverse a range of municipal utilisation as possible
  • deciding upon the principles for granting financial aid
  • deciding upon the granting of financial aid
  • issuing city statements on behalf of the City Board in matters encompassed by the committee’s domain, unless otherwise required by the statement request or the nature of the matter at hand

In addition to the general tasks, the duties of the Culture Committee include:

  • as regards its own domain, handling the tasks prescribed to the municipality in special legislation      
  • monitoring and developing the emphases of its domain, the equal availability of services and the service level
  • monitoring the quality of the services and ensuring cooperation between the various service providers

Authority of the Culture Committee:

  • decides upon the principles for the library’s material acquisitions
  • specifies the museum premises and areas
  • decides upon the operations of the citizen’s offices

Members of the Culture Committee on the Finnish website