Markéta Vaňková Elected as the New Mayor of Brno at First Constituent Assembly of New City Government
On November 20, the newly elected members of the Brno Government [“zastupitelstvo”] met in the Parliament Hall at Brno New Town Hall to choose the Mayor, Deputy Mayors, members of the City Council and other key political appointments. Photo: Markéta Vaňková. Source: marketavankova.cz.
Brno, Nov 26 (BD) – Following the recent municipal elections, the Brno City Government met on November 20 in the New Town Hall, in a meeting open to the public and also broadcast online, to decide the occupants of key political roles for the council term 2018-22. At the meeting, Markéta Vaňková of the Civic Democrats (ODS) was elected Mayor [“primátorka města Brna”] with 33 out of 55 votes. Most representatives from ANO voted against (only Jiří Faltýnek abstained), and SPD abstained, as reported in Brněnský Deník (“Brno má primátorku. Stala se jí Markéta Vaňková. Zastupitelé zvolili i náměstky”, 20 November 2018).
Vaňková is the second woman to hold the post. Also elected were four Deputy Mayors, one each from the Christian Democrats (KDU-ČSL), Pirates, Social Democrats (ČSSD), and ODS. The new Council met for the first time the following day, on November 21.
|Brno’s “zastupitelstvo” is the highest level of the city’s municipal government. The 55 members of the City Government have the right to approve the city development program, the city’s budget, and other binding decrees on matters at a municipal level. The City Government elects from its members the Mayor, Deputy Mayors and other members of the City Council, establishes and dissolves committees and nominates their chairs, and performs other activities in accordance with the Municipalities Act [“zákon o obcích”].|
The City Council will meet every Wednesday, with the next meeting to take place on November 28. In accordance with the four-party coalition agreement, the new City Council will consist of four representatives from ODS, three from KDU-ČSL, three Pirates, and one from ČSSD. The composition and priorities of the new coalition are described in more detail in our previous article: “Incoming Brno Government Signs Coalition Agreement; The New Government Will Meet For The First Time on 20 November”.
|The City Council [“rada města Brna”] is the executive body of the City of Brno, and is formed by the Mayor, Deputy Mayors, and other councillors. The Council issues city regulations, manages the city according to an approved budget, and has the right to approve certain budgetary measures. The Council manages the activities of the committees and the Brno Municipality and allocates tasks.|
Mayor Vaňková Meets South Moravian Governor Šimek
On Thursday, November 22, the newly elected mayor, Markéta Vaňková, met South Moravian Governor Bohumil Šimek (independent candidate supported by ANO) at his office. They agreed that cooperation between the region and city would continue, including ongoing and planned projects such as the construction of the Janáček cultural center, the construction of a multifunctional sports and cultural center, and support for the organization of the Czech motorcycle Grand Prix at the Masaryk Circuit.
|Full list of members of the new City Council:
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