Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The mayors congress for stopping declines in state credits – Liberation

The decrease of financial allocations of the state, considered intolerable by the elected representatives, will be the focus of the 99th Congress of Mayors of France, which opens Tuesday in Paris and must end Thursday with a highly anticipated speech of François Holland.

the Association of mayors of France (AMF), which brings together more than 95% of mayors and chairmen of intermunicipal all tendencies puts several months the pressure on the Executive to obtain the review of the volume and punctures calendar programmed in 2017 (EUR 3.7 billion).

More than 10,000 people are expected in three days Porte de Versailles, for this great event which had annual been postponed in November 2015 after the attacks in Paris. The routing of Congress may this time be disrupted by strikes in transport.

In the last congress before the presidential election of 2017, the Chairman of the AMF, Baroin (Republicans ), promises “an historic mobilization”.

With the main issue, the standoff around the decline in state grants to communities. After an initial drop in 2014, the government implemented a new reduction in allocations to communities of 11 billion euros from 2015 to 2017, as part of its budget savings policy. “Unbearable” to local officials, who demand the abandonment of the last installment of 3.7 billion scheduled for 2017. Mr. Baroin called the president on Saturday in Le Monde, to “put an end” to lower provisions .

the decrease in appropriations of state has indeed caused a drop in investment of Commons from 200 billion for all municipalities over the period 2001-2007 to 130 billion over 2014-2019, according to the AMF. A fall with serious consequences on employment, especially in public works.

To balance their budgets, mayors are increasingly forced to increase the tax burden or reduce services to citizens.

“The right decision, which can not meet that the head of state is to take account of the intensity of the produced effort “by the municipalities and to” stop the charges, “insists François Baroin, with the support of all the associations ‘elected municipal

-. Relieve municipal finances –

Bercy having maintained its payments to communities reduction target, mayors rely on François Hollande expected closing of Congress. For elected officials, the president can not come empty-handed, but the abandonment of the third tranche of 3.7 billion euros is far from certain. The hypothesis of a spreading endowments drops is also mentioned in the AMF, to relieve the finances of municipalities.

In the entourage of the head of state, we say that the conscious authorities have made efforts for several years, without elaborating on what he might announce. A year after the presidential Elysee wants to avoid giving the impression of distributing public money and pass up the accounts.

A Odoxa poll released before the conference shows that 80% of French consider that their mayors are still too many unnecessary expenses and a majority (55%) feel that they can very well cope with endowments drops.

After the traditional day of elected Overseas Monday on the eve of the official opening, the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, will inaugurate on Tuesday Salon mayors and communities, economic appointment of local public sphere. According to the AMF, Finance degradation French towns on strike effect their ability to contribute to European recovery plan through investment, said Juncker plan.

A discussion will also be devoted to the fight against medical desertification and the non-replacement of health professionals. Wednesday, elected officials will also discuss the consequences for the towns to the arrival of migrants, in the presence of Bernard Cazeneuve, Minister of the Interior. The detection of radicalization or the digital transformation of the territories are also scheduled



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