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RBringing collectively round 150 areas, primarily from the European Union, the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) is a assume tank and lobbying membership, serving the communities involved. Little identified to most of the people, it has existed since 1973.

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It has been established since 2010 as an affiliation below French regulation, with groups positioned in Brussels, Barcelona and Rennes, the place the authorized headquarters are positioned.

On June 18, 2024, the president of the Brittany area, Loïg Chesnais-Girard, introduced his resignation from the place of president of the CRPM, which he had solely held since November 2023. According to the press launch issued on this event, the Breton elected official is stepping down after having “received messages from three whistleblowers denouncing the management and management practices within the association”, a message that the political bureau didn’t contemplate it helpful to “take seriously”, refusing to provoke an audit.

Excessive wage and nepotism

More particularly, a supply within the Brittany area explains, “the lifestyle of the secretary general, the Greek lawyer Eleni Marianou, raises questions. She is said to have given herself an annual salary of around 250,000 euros, higher than that of a European commissioner, and she is said to have passed personal expenses on to the association's account.” Eleni Marianou can be mentioned to have had her daughter recruited by the CRPM. All this with the not less than tacit settlement of the Norwegian elected official who occupies the place of vice-president and treasurer, Gunn Marit Helgesen.

Regulated by French regulation and financed by contributions from native authorities properly in extra of 153,000 euros per 12 months, the CRPM is required to publish an ethical and monetary report mentioning the cumulative complete of its first three remunerations. This obligation isn’t revered. Contacted by Pointthe CRPM refused to speak these parts, with out rationalization. The Secretary General didn’t react additional.

Even extra worrying, in an e mail that Point consulted, dated June 5 and addressed to his Norwegian colleague, Loïg Chesnais-Girard, is anxious about “still not having access to the association's accounts, to the remuneration of the general secretary and the deputy general secretary, as well as to expense reports and benefits in kind”!

The Rennes public prosecutor's workplace and the regional audit workplace seized

The price range of the CPMR due to this fact stays confidential, whereas it comes nearly completely from public funds. It is alleged to be round 2.5 million euros. According to the statutes, the bills and earnings of the Conference are managed by the political bureau with the secretary basic. The duties of the elected representatives would clearly be engaged. Loïg Chesnais-Girard assumed his.

Article 40 of the Code of Criminal Procedure requires “any public officer or civil servant who, in the exercise of his functions, acquires knowledge of a crime or offence”, even presumed, “to notify the public prosecutor without delay”. In accordance with the regulation, the president of the Brittany area has contacted the Rennes public prosecutor's workplace and the regional audit workplace. The different member French areas (Hauts-de-France, Normandy, Pays de la Loire, Aquitaine, Midi-Pyrénées, Paca and Corsica) haven’t commented right now.