The city council is the highest decisionmaking organ of the City of Vantaa. The council is responsible for deciding on the city’s strategy, operations and finances. In addition, the council promotes the residents’ direct participation in the city’s operations and decisionmaking. The members of the city council and their deputies are selected at municipal elections that take place at four-year intervals.
Vantaa’s 2017-2021 city council consists of 67 members ( the Social Democratic Party/18, the National Coalition Party/17, the Greens/12, the Finns Party/6, the Left Alliance/5, the Centre Party/3, the Swedish People’s Party of Finland/2, the Christian Democracts/2, Vantaan Sinist/2). The city council assembles almost every month at the City Hall in Tikkurila (Asematie 7).
On Thursdays preceding city-council meetings, the council is given a review and questioning hour. The review presents the issues to be decided by the city council in more detail, but also other issues can be addressed. The reviews are often followed by questioning hours during which the city councilors can pose questions to the city’s officials and directors.
The above-mentioned events are open to the public. Residents are welcome to follow the discussions and decisionmaking on the spot. Since 2013, the council meetings and reviews have been transmitted online, through Vantaa Channel.
The Local Government Act emphasizes councils’ strong role and overall responsibility for municipalities’ operations and finances. The councils are responsibility for municipalities’ strategic decisionmaking, for instance, by outlining long-term objectives and goals (Local Government Act, §14).