The City Council of Tartu, with its 49 members, is the representative body of the municipal government that is elected by the electorate of the City of Tartu in every four years.
Based on the results of the elections of 15 October 2017, the City Council is formed of representatives of five political parties and two election coalitions. The biggest faction in Tartu City Council is that of the Estonian Reform Party (20 members), followed by the Estonian Social Democratic Party (8 members), the Estonian Centre Party (7 members), the Estonian Conservative People’s Party (6 members) and the Pro Patria Party (3 members). Three councillors are representatives of the election coalition ‘For the Good of Tartu’ and two represent the election coalition ‘For Tartu’. The Reform Party and the Estonian Social Democratic Party have formed a coalition.
The work of the City Council is organised by Chairman Lemmit Kaplinski (Estonian Social Democratic Party). In his absence, duties are performed by Vice-chairman Ene Ergma (Reform Party). The Chairman and Vice-chairman, along with the leaders of the factions, form the Board of the City Council, which discusses issues connected with the organisation of the work of the City Council.
The exclusive competence of the City Council includes important decisions such as the adoption and amendment of the city budget and the taking of loans; establishing procedures for granting benefits from the city budget and for the administration and use of city assets; adoption of the city development plan and comprehensive and detailed plans.
The City Council of Tartu has eight standing committees, each with different scopes of activity. They function as advisory bodies to the City Council. Committees review draft legislative acts, present proposals regarding them and initiate discussions.
Meetings of the City Council take place at least once a month. Meetings are broadcast live.
Tartu City Council
Raekoda, 51003 Tartu
Phone: +372 736 1202