English KL - Local Government Denmark

KL's Furthering of Interests

KL furthers the interests of the municipalities in relation to the Danish parliament, the government, the central administration, the EU, professional and industrial bodies and the public.

The mission of KL is to safeguard common interests of the municipalities, assist the individual municipality with consultancy services and in addition ensure that the local authorities are provided with up-to-date and relevant information.

The most important responsibilities of KL are:

  • KL safeguards local government interests within political, financial and administrative areas and functions as the spokesman of the local authorities as to the Danish parliament, the government, the central governmental administration, the EU, interest organizations and the media.
  • Every year, KL negotiates the overall financial frame of the local authorities with the government. Agreeing on such a financial frame is a challenging balancing act that must take into account considerations of economics as well as possible improvements of the quality of local service delivery.
  • KL is the employers' association and represents the local authorities when negotiating with the unions of municipal employees. Approximately 15 pct. of the labour force in Denmark is employed in the municipalities.
  • KL is an association of members offering assistance and services to all members, e.g. website, news communication, training courses, consultancy services etc.

The supreme authority of KL is the annual General Assembly. At this assembly local politicians from every municipality in Denmark decides on the major political principles projects that KL must further the coming year. Thus, the assembly outlines a course for the Executive Committee of KL to follow. The Executive Committee consists of 17 local politicians.

Assisting the Executive Committee in furthering KL's policies the organisation has six political committees that cover the following topics: 1) Labour market and business, 2) children and culture, 3) salary and personnel, 4) social affairs and health, 5) technology and environment and 6) international affairs.

KL is partly financed by the municipalities through annual membership fees (the size of the fees depend on the size of the municipality), and partly by income from the delivery of consultancy services, training courses, publications etc. KL has approximately 400 employees.

Vision of KL
The vision of KL is to ensure:

  • The best possible basis for the municipalities' attendance to their tasks
  • That the municipalities have as many options as possible when finding solutions that fit with local conditions
  • That financial responsibilities and the right to make decisions go hand in hand
  • That the state compensates the municipalities economically when assigning new tasks to the municipalities
  • That the legal framework around the municipalities is as easy as possible to administer

 These objects are furthered through political negotiation and administrative cooperation.


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