The new four-party majority coalition in the City of Reykjavík has formally set out its priorities.
The new city council’s Social Democrat, Bright Future, Left-Green and Pirate Party majority will emphasize democratic transparency, more rental properties, cheaper pre-school places, and more credit on young people’s free time cards over the next four years.
Dagur B. Eggertsson will be mayor and Björn Blöndal will be chairman of the council. Sóley Tómasdóttir will be president of the city council, and Halldór Auðar Svansson will be chairman of the new political system and democracy committee.
“There are big issues ahead in housing, democratic issues will be at the fore under leadership from the Pirate Party, we are going to help families with children and also the general green development of the city. I think these are the big things,” Dagur told RÚV.
Among the biggest items on the four year agenda is the building of 3,000 rental and housing association homes. Sibling discounts will also start to be offered at all levels of the educational system.
It is clear that parties have needed to compromise on their election promises in order to negotiate the new coalition. For example, completely free pre-schools were a promise of the Left Green Movement. In the end the new council has agreed to decrease pre-school fees in 2016 – by about 30 percent, according to Sóley.
Meanwhile, the Social Democrats pledged before the elections to increase the amount of credit on young people’s free-time cards to ISK 50,000 (EUR 322/USD 436) a year, while they currently get ISK 30,000 to spend at places like pools, sports centers, museums and libraries. The coalition agreement will see the credit on each card increased to ISK 40,000 over the next two years, with further hikes if city finances allow.