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Eric Woerth, Renaissance deputy for Oise and author of the report on decentralization, at the National Assembly, in Paris, May 7, 2024.

Will the Woerth report be deadly to the areas? This isn’t the ambition expressed by the Renaissance MP for Oise within the doc he submitted to the President of the Republic on Thursday May 30. Eric Woerth needs to strengthen the function of France's 13 regional councils within the ecological transition and financial growth.

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But the president of the Republicans of the Ile-de-France area is nervous. In Valérie Pécresse's viewfinder: the concept, put ahead by Eric Woerth, of resurrecting the territorial advisor from the ashes. Invented by Nicolas Sarkozy, in 2010, at a time when Mme Pécresse and Mr. Woerth had been members of the identical authorities, this new native elected official needed to sit on the identical time for the division and the area: one elected official for 2 communities. But, succeeding Nicolas Sarkozy, François Hollande repealed the reform.

The crux of the matter is the way in which by which this territorial councilor may very well be elected. Either with the area's poll (by regional lists and proportional), with the chance that the territorial councilor will first be a regional elected official earlier than being a departmental elected official. Or like that of the division (a person and a lady designated by majority vote in every canton), and the brand new elected official may then above all be a cantonal councilor. However, it’s this final choice that Mr. Woerth is proposing: of the 2 candidates elected within the canton, one would sit for the area and the division, whereas the opposite would solely be for the division.

In a press launch, printed on May 31, the Ile-de-France area denounces “very keenly” Mr. Woerth's thought of ” DELETE “ the regional election: by changing it « by 196 native elections of territorial councilors [en Ile-de-France]this proposal quantities to killing the area as a territorial neighborhood in its personal proper”, accuses the textual content. The area would change into only one “simple aggregation of cantons without any political leadership”. Mme Pécresse fears that residents will not be capable of “express yourself on a project and an overall political vision shared across the entire region”. The left-wing president of Brittany, Loïg Chesnais-Girard, doesn’t go that far. But he remembers that the present listing poll has “an advantage: it gives cohesion to a team setting out on a project for the region”.

“A new confusion”

On May 30, the affiliation which brings collectively all of the areas of France itself expressed its opposition to the territorial advisor. This “type of maneuver” most frequently leads to “add confusion at voting time and encourage abstention”, she warns. The reform would quantity to “cantonalize » regional issues, fear regional presidents, leading to a “new confusion” between the function of the 2 ranges. While the departments and areas, remembers the affiliation, are “now specialized communities: as such, their skills are very different”.

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