Out of immediate fears and anxieties: City Councilor Ursula Egli is giving up a job in her department — but that should still be an exception
Concerned about the revised Protection Act, Weiler City Councilwoman Ursula Egli left the work affecting her administration to Mayor Hans Mader. The Josu city parliamentarian, Timo Rabsamin, criticized this.
This criticism came through a press conference. A project from Ursula Egli’s department is discussed, but instead of the first vice-president city councilwoman, Mayor Hans Mader (Die Mitte) introduces himself to the media. It was about the new protection law and the protective stockpile for the protection of nature and cultural assets. Shortly thereafter, an interrogation by the Josu city parliamentarian, Timo Rapsamin, said:
“Since the profession and the party of the city councilor tend to be critical of the protection of nature and cultural assets, there are some questions about their ability to govern.”
Through his questioning, Räbsamen wanted to know how the city council dealt with the subject of the principle of collegiality. The initiative was signed by six parliamentarians from the Socialist Party and the Green Brawl parliamentary bloc.
The mayor is the deputy in this department
The city council’s response is now in. Ursula Egli has repeatedly expressed her concerns about the number and expansion of cultural and natural objects. In addition, the city councilor is directly affected by individual protected objects, especially in landscape protection areas.
“For this reason, the mayor, in his capacity as vice president of the Department of Construction, Environment, and Transportation,” reads the reply, “with the approval of the entire City Council—to represent the company.” This solution corresponds to a common practice in the executive authorities and is considered by the City Council to be reasonable and appropriate for a collegial authority in the present case.
In the past two years, the city council has only transferred permanent representation of the company to another city council member in this one instance.
“This is the exception and in no way should it become the rule.”
The City Council considers the principle of collegiality in the executive powers to be one of the great achievements and an important advantage of Swiss democracy.
Egli is not fundamentally opposed to the protection regulation
The City Council’s trade regulations contain an article on the collegiality principle. However, a council member has the option of declaring his opposition to a deal or decision, which in this case means distancing himself from the protection act as such.
The city council announced that Ursula Egli had decided not to take this step. It basically sees protection law as an appropriate tool to protect certain historic buildings, landscapes, gardens, archaeological objects as well as trees and hedges with a sense of proportion and thus make an important contribution to the quality of life and sustainable development of the area. city.
Räbsamen finds his suspicion confirmed
Timo Räbsamen finds that his suspicions confirmed that Ursula Egli decided not to take up her role as municipal councilor in this case because of her personal situation. He also finds it an exaggeration for the City Council to write about “common practice”. “This shouldn’t be common.” Juso politician says:
“I hope that Ursula Igli’s position will not have a major impact on how protection law will eventually be applied to different projects in her department.”
In principle, the City Council does not comment on proposals that have not yet been dealt with in Parliament. This also applies in this case, by request.