Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Provinces

The Palazzo Granducale (Gran Ducal Palace) is the building which houses the provincial council and other offices of the Province of Livorno.
Palazzo Granducale, grand ducal palace, Livorno
A recent law abolished the direct election of provincial governments, in future the provincial councils will be nominated by town mayors and councils. The tasks of the provinces, for years considered a wasteful and largely superfluous layer of local government, will be redistributed among the town councils and the regional authorities.

See also: Province of Livorno - Palazzo Granducale - Pis-orno - Département de la Méditerranée

12 comments:

Lowell said...

I'm not sure I understand the political ramifications of the direct elections of provincial governments but if it makes them more efficient, that's a good thing.

I gather you favor this?

Very impressive building!

William Kendall said...

I can see that becoming problematic down the line. A beautiful building.

Revrunner said...

Good luck with that.

Luis Gomez said...

A beautiful building VP. Taken on Sunday?

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

Interesting change. What do you think about this reorganization. Or, should we not talk politics???!!!

cieldequimper said...

There is some sort of movement to do the same in France but France being what it is, they still haven't done it.

The palazzo is gorgeous and now I remember the balcony.

Dina said...

The building gives off a feeling of strength and order.
I wish the same to this new reorganization .

Karl Demetz said...

How true, Dina...!

Birdman said...

The stone facing really picks up the sun.

Halcyon said...

I don't know what to think about the councils, but I like this building. Very stately and symmetrical!

Tanya Breese said...

it's a beautiful building...love the iron terrace!

Jack said...

The building is quite appealing to me. In the USA, each state has a county, which is probably similar to a province, and within the counties there are cities and towns. In some states, the county has a real role to play. California might be an example of that, with L.A. County being a meaningful governmental unit. But, in New England, I can't think of anything that the counties in Connecticut or Massachusetts do. Their governmental apparatus should be abolished to save money.