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Ways to affect the democratic process

You can influence the democratic process either by contacting a councillor directly or by getting in touch with the relevant committee.

A member of the City Council Assembly can on your behalf prepare a motion or interpellation or raise a question in the City Council Assembly.Alternatively, a member of a committee can take up the question in the committee concerned. Citizens can also contact the City or Municipal Authority directly, and the City is then responsible for investigating the matter.


A motion is a written proposal submitted by a councillor. The motion is always considered and investigated by the administration concerned before it is considered for a decision in the City Council Assembly. If extensive investigation is required, it may take some time before the issue can be determined. A motion always requires a decision by the City Council Assembly.


An interpellation is a more complicated and comprehensive question raised by a councillor. The question must be submitted in writing in advance, and must be answered not later than at the next meeting of the City Council Assembly, when all councillors can participate in the debate. An interpellation cannot lead to a direct decision.

Direct questions

If a direct question is asked, only the questioner and the person answering the question may discuss the matter. A question of this nature – for example on a point of information - cannot lead to a direct decision.

Publicerad 3/17/2015 1:58 PM

Senast ändrad 10/5/2017 7:04 AM