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Bratislava, the capital of the Slovak Republic, is governed by elected local governmental bodies. The Mayor is the highest representative of the city executive; the city's highest legislative authority is the 40-member City Council. Bratislava is divided into 17 boroughs. The largest of them is Petržalka, which is home to almost 120,000 residents. The boroughs are independent legal entities that manage their own assets and budget.


Each borough has its own mayor, local borough office, and local council. The number of councillors depends on the size of the borough and its population.


The Mayor of Bratislava is directly elected by residents. In mayoral elections, the candidate receiving the most votes is elected to serve a four-year term. The Mayor has City Hall at his or her disposal to provide expert, administrative and service-related activities. The staff of City Hall consists of professionals with no political bias. City Hall is managed by an executive director.


The Mayor is also represented by deputies, who are City Councillors nominated by the Mayor and appointed by the City Council.


Like the Mayor, the City Council's 40 members are also elected by residents to serve four-year terms. The City Council usually convenes once a month. Its main duty is to prepare and approve municipal legislation, so-called generally binding regulations or ordinances. The City Council is also responsible for approving the city budget, the closing account of the city, and the land use plan, as well as for managing the city’s assets.

Responsible: Nina Turčanová
Created / changed: 15.7.2008 / 29.11.2012


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