The Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities (KS)

The Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities (KS)

The Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities (KS) was founded in 1972. As of 2017 all of Norways 426 municipalities and 19 counties are members.

KS was founded as a result of an amalgamation of The Union of Norwegian Cities (founded in 1903) and the Norwegian Association of Rural Municipalities (founded in 1923).

  • KS advocates the interests of its members towards central government, the Parliament, labour organisations and other organisations.
  • KS advises and informs the members about all matters and developments of importance to local government.
  • KS facilitates exchange of experience between its members.
  • KS conducts the central collective bargaining on behalf of its members.

An independent and innovative local government sector.

KS shall work to provide members with the best possible economical and political framework and conditions.

Main objectives
Be a unifying policy and employer organisation for local government.

Strengthen the members as competent and reliable employers.
Achieve increased freedom of action and better basic conditions for different groups of members.
Contribute to alternative organisation models and working methods which promote quality, efficiency and citizen participation.

Main activities

  • Consultations with the government
  • Promotion of local democracy and framework conditions
  • Local and regional government structural reform
  • Regional development
  • Training and development programmes for local elected councillors and administrative staff, both nationally and abroad
  • Local government service provision (health, care, education, etc.) and collective wage negotiations with trade unions
  • Be partner and adviser to members in development of employment matters
  • Provide assistance to members in legal matters
  • Local and regional eGovernment
  • Sustainable community development
  • Consequences of the EEA agreement for the local government sector
  • Represent local government in international affairs
  • Initiate research, documentation and development projects
  • The National Congress, made up by political delegates from municipalities and counties, is the supreme body of KS. It provides the overall political direction for the administration.
  • The National Congress elects the president and the vice-president every fourth year, and representatives to KS’ National Standing Committee, Executive Board and Working Committee.

The Executive Board has the overall responsibility for KS’ activities, and implements the decisions of the Congress and the General Council. The board consists of 15 members and meets regularly.

The Working Committee is responsible for the overall day-to-day management of KS’ activities, and makes decisions on ongoing matters.

KS is also organized in 17 County Executive Committees. These are serviced by KS’s 9 regional offices.

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