Supreme Court upholds forced mergers of five municipalities

The council of Tõstamaa in Pärnu County contested its forced merger with Audru, Paikuse, and the city of Pärnu to form the new territory of the city of Pärnu.

All of the councils stated in their complaints to the Supreme Court that the government’s decision to enforce the mergers did not pay heed to the specification of the Administrative Reform Act, in particular the minimum amount of residents at which a municipality could remain the way it is - writes

They also complained that the government violated the principle of proportionality, and that it wasn’t treating all municipalities based on the same considerations.

The Supreme Court’s constitutional review chamber found that the government followed the provisions of the Administrative Reform Act arranging the forced mergers. The government’s directives hadn’t been in conflict with the Constitution, hence the complaints of the municipalities were rejected.

The Riigikogu passed the Administrative Reform Act on June 7 and it entered into force on July 1 last year.

Editor: Dario Cavegn

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