The Social Democratic Alliance, Progressive Party, Pirate Party and Reform Party of Reykjavik City held a press conference yesterday, announcing successful negotiations to form a majority coalition in the city council. The incumbent Mayor of Dagur B. Eggertsson will remain in that position until the end of next year, with Progressive Councilor EinarÞorsteinnson becoming mayor in early 2024.
The Social Democratic Alliance has 5 seats, the Progressive Party has 4 seats, the Pirate Party has 3 seats, and the Reform Party has 1 seat. The first official meeting of the new city council is today at 2:00 pm.
At a press conference yesterday, Einal expressed satisfaction with the coalition agreement and said it was fully satisfied with the Progressive Party’s request for change next year. Pirate Party councilor Dóra Björt Guðjón sdóttir said he was pleased with the focus of the agreement on all the Pirate Party’s priorities: climate, democracy, transparency and a just society. Reformer Þórdís LóaÞórhalls dóttir expressed satisfaction with the majority planning to focus on labor and innovation next year.
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Dagur B. Eggertsson, the incumbent mayor and councilor of the Social Democratic Alliance, said he was happy with the new majority and that the city would continue to evolve towards being more environmentally sustainable.
The coalition agreement includes housing construction projects in the plots of Úlfarsárdalur, Kjalarnes, Hlíðarendi, Gufunes, and Ártúnshöfði, and competition for the development of Keldnaland and Keldnaholt.
The new semester brings higher grants for children’s activities, as well as free swimming pool access and public bus trips for elementary school students. The majority also promised to revive the night bus service and carry out a pilot project to open one pool in the city until midnight.
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