Vedum confirms that the government will cover part of the costs for the dissolution of Viken

Trygve Slagsvold VedumPhoto: Ole Berg-Rusten / NTB

Minister of Finance Trygve Slagsvold Vedum (SP) promises that the government will pay if there is a dissolution of the large county of Viken. But he does not want to cover all the expenses.

“They do not have to worry about the money,” Vedum told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).

He told the channel that the government would provide financial support if a dissolution of Viken takes place. However, Vedum doesn’t want to commit to covering all the expenses. 

“We have said that we would support it. But we did not say: ‘Spend as much money as you want.’ We must do this in the cheapest possible way,” he noted.

Dissolution costs

When the three counties of Akershus, Buskerud, and Østfold were merged, the state covered 45 of NOK 336 million, NRK writes. According to Vedum, the government will now cover a larger share of the bill. It is not known how much the dissolution resolution will cost.

In November, the Ministry of Local Government and Modernization gave the go-ahead for the dissolution of forcibly merged counties and municipalities that want to do so. In a press release, the ministry wrote that the government would “contribute financially in an agreed and suitable manner” to cover any additional costs related to the dissolution.

On Monday, it was announced that the Progress Party’s (FRP) County Council group has agreed to vote for the dissolution of Viken and return to the old counties. 

The County Council will decide whether to send an application for dissolution in February.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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