KL's Political Organization
The distribution of seats in the political committees of KL – Executive Committee, Chairmanship, Committee of Representatives and Local Government Regional Councils – is based on the result of the municipal elections.
KL's supreme authority is the annual General Assembly. From 2008, the General Assembly has been part of the annual Local Government Summit. Thus, the formal agenda of the General Assembly, subject to the framework and rules of the statutes of KL, is part of the program for the Local Government Summit.
According to KL's statutes, the distribution of the 17 seats in the Executive Committee of KL is based on the overall result of the latest local government election. The same goes for the distribution of seats in the political committees of KL (Chairmanship, Sub-Committees, Committee of Representatives and Local Government Regional Councils).
On the basis of the votes nation wide at the local government election in November 2017, the distribution of mandates in the Executive Committee of KL 2018-2022 is as follows:
- The Social Democrats: 7 mandates
- Venstre - The Liberal Party of Denmark: 5 mandates
- Danish People's Party: 1 mandate
- Socialist People's Party: 1 mandate
- Conservative People's Party: 1 mandate
- The Red-Green Alliance: 1 mandate
- Danish Social Liberal Party: 1 mandate
The Executive Committee appoints a Chairmanship consisting of KL's chairman and vice chairman and three additional members. KL's current chairman is Jacob Bundsgaard (The Social Democrats), who is mayor of Aarhus, while the vice chairman is Martin Damm (Venstre), who is mayor of Kalundborg.
The Chairmanship advises the Executive Committee. The Chairmanship may make decisions regarding issues entrusted to the Chairmanship by the Executive Committees.
KL has eight sub-committees. The committees assist the Executive Committee within their respective areas of responsibility. There are nine members of each committee. The chairman and the vice chairman is elected by the Executive Committee. The other members of the Sub-Committees are appointed by the Committee of Representatives.
For the electoral period 2018-2022 KL has appointed the following eight committees:
- The Salary and Personnel Committee
- The Environment and Utilities Committee
- The Children and Education Committee
- The Social Affairs Committee
- The Health and Elderly Committee
- The Culture, Business and Planning Committee
- The Labour Market and Citizen Service Committee
- The International Committee.
The committee members are elected for the same period as the members of the Executive Committee, and the term of office runs from the initial meeting to the corresponding meeting after a new election to the Executive Committee of KL.
Committee of Representatives
All of the Danish mayors are members of the Committee of Representatives. Furthermore, some of the members of the local councils are elected as representatives by their respective parties for the composition of the Committee of Representatives to reflect the result of the latest local government election.
The Committee of Representatives is an advisory body to the Executive Committee of KL. Meetings in the Committee of Representatives are not open to the public.
Local Government Regional Councils
KL has five Local Government Regional Councils – one in each region.
The Local Government Regional Council includes the mayors from the municipalities in the region and a number of local council members so that the Local Government Regional Council reflects the result of the local government election in the corresponding region.
Each Local Government Regional Council has a Chairmanship consisting of a chairman and a vice chairman. The Local Government Regional Councils furthers the political interests of the municipalities in the region.
The aim of the Local Government Regional Council in each region is to:
- Promote the municipalities' common interests in the region
- Strengthen the influence of the local councils on matters of regional development
- Attend to tasks of common interest to the municipalities in the region
Only local council members from the member municipalities can become members of the political bodies of KL.