District council

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DISTRICT COUNCIL – is a decision-making and control body of a district as an auxiliary unit, comes from the universal, equal, and direct election conducted by secret ballot, its jurisdiction is determined by the statute of the city and the statute of the district. The presented competences are those of a district council in the Capital City of Warsaw. The competences of a d.c. include issuing opinions on the draft resolutions of the city council concerning: the adoption of the statute of the c.c. of Warsaw and the statute of a d. as well as their changes, and also the drafts of the city council resolutions in the part concerning the d.: study of the conditions and directions of urban development of the city; beginning of the preparation and approval of local spatial development plans; urban development programs; creating, merging, dividing and dissolving neighbourhoods and changing their borders; drafting district attachments to the city budget; the scope of the activity of the d., the rules of transferring to the d. the components of the property to use and the principles of transferring budget funds for the implementation of the tasks performed by the d., coat of arms and city colours, coat of arms of the d.; the names of streets and squares being public roads, the names of internal roads and the erection of monuments regarding the area of the d.; cooperation programmes with non-governmental organisations. D.c.’s competences also include: the creation, merger, division and liquidation of subordinate units in the d., definition of their boundaries, organisation and scope of their activity; election and dismissal of the d. mayor and other members of the d. board; adoption of reports on the activities of the d. board; election and dismissal of the chairman and vice-chairmen of the d. council; creation of permanent or ad hoc committees of the d. council and appointment of their members; applying to the city council with requests for the delegation to the d. of the tasks and powers of the city; holding positions, expressing opinions and submitting motions in matters of relevance to the d.; establishing the council of d. seniors and its statute. The d.c. may take the initiative of adopting a resolution or position by the city council; it exercises control functions in relation to the activity of the d. board (especially in the case of executing resolutions of the d.c. by the district board) [ J. Wojnicki ].

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