Two ministers and a state secretary from the Labor Party will vote no to dissolve Viken. – Creates deep scratches in the trust lacquer in the government, says the leader of Senterungdommen.
In February, the county council in Viken will vote on whether the large county should be dissolved or survive.
Akershus Labor Party will vote no to dissolution. It emerges from a unanimous board decision from the county party.
The board includes Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt, Minister of Education Tonje Brenna and State Secretary Halvard Ingebrigtsen in the Ministry of Trade and Industry.
The Labor Party board believes that society’s resources should rather be used to provide better services to the inhabitants, he writes NRK.
– Violent attack
This makes Senterungdommen’s leader Torleik Svelle react strongly. He believes Huitfeldt and Brenna oppose their own government. The Center Party has long gone to great lengths to dissolve merged counties that want it.
– This is a violent attack on our cooperation and creates deep scratches in the trust gap within the government, Svelle says.
He points out that the Labor Party and the Center Party in the Hurdal platform write that a process will be initiated to restore Akershus, Buskerud and Østfold based on an application from the county council in Viken.
– I expect that they turn and trade in line with the platform, and that Viken is dissolved, says Svelle.
– Never too late to turn around
The Conservatives, for their part, welcome the Labor Board’s decision.
– This is good news, and I would like to remind the Labor Party that it is never too late to turn around. Now we must spend time, money and resources on dealing with the electricity crisis, the job crisis and the pandemic, says the party’s municipal political spokesman, Mudassar Kapur.
– The most important thing for Viken now is not more county municipalities, but to strengthen the competence environments in the county and further develop good welfare services, he adds.
Viken County Municipality has estimated that the cost of a dissolution will be between 310 and 440 million kroner, according to a recent report.
To be decided in February
The large amount makes many people think that it is more economical to keep the large county.
– I did not want Viken in the first place, but once we are here, we must think very carefully about whether it is right to spend time, money and resources on reversing it, says parliamentary representative and board member of Akershus Ap Mani Hussaini to NRK.
The Labor Party in Viken consists of the three county teams Østfold, Akershus and Buskerud. The three Labor boards will on Saturday 5 February land on a common position in the case, before Viken’s fate will be decided in the county council on 23 and 24 February.
Earlier this week, Minister of Finance Trygve Slagsvold Vedum (Sp) promised that the state will take the entire bill for the county dissolution in the hope that this will tempt to vote for dissolution.