Volt France - General Assembly 2019

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Politics for the Future

Policies or personalities ?

We are curious: do you really read what a candidate proposes? Or do you only vote for a face you know? Do you think personalities make good politics?

In France, whoever is elected almost always enjoys an absolute majority. No coalitions, no debates, no compromises. You have to accept the politics of a majority for many years. But if we have to accept being governed in this way, shouldn't we know which programme we vote for much more than for which personality?

This is why we believe that a programme should come before a personality. We asked ourselves whether it was possible to write a programme, for which we then have to find candidates ready to implement it. Not personalities, but citizens ready to commit themselves.

Our project "Politics for the Future" was born out of this idea - and of course because we neither have a famous figure nor enough of candidates.

How does it work ?

Have a look at our programme. If you can identify with some of our proposals (or all of them): great ! Now comes the hard part: To get them implemented, we need you to run as our candidate :)

You can be a supporting candidate at the end of the list or an eligible candidate at the beginning. You can even volunteer to be head of the list. Our members will pick a head among all volunteers, all other positions on the list will be randomly chosen.

Why like this ? Of course because as a small citizen movement, we're a long way from fielding 170 candidates ourselves. But more importantly, because we believe, that politics should be about policies and not about personalities. Politics isn't rocket science - everyone should be able to do it. Everyone should have the possibility to volunteer to be an elected representative and work on a topic that interests her or him. Here is your chance.

You can register as a candidate on our site www.candidaturecitoyenne.fr . You don't need to become a Volt member (we'd be happy of course). A list of current confirmed candidates is available on our candidate page.

Why the regional elections ?

The region has a lot of influence on certain issues, for example on economic policy and the distribution of EU funds. As a European movement, the regional level therefore seems to be an area in which we hope to have a positive impact. Over the last few months, we have developed a programme through workshops, research and collaborations with our teams in France and throughout Europe. We have looked at what a region can do. And what should be done. Our objectives were not only to find answers to the consequences of Covid and climate change, but also to define the framework of an economic and social model, which would help to provide opportunities and security for all the people living in the Hauts-de-France.

Regional competences

What does a region do? A bit of everything. We have highlighted below the main areas in which a region is active, as well as links to our proposals for each topic. More details on our proposals, specific measures and estimated costs can be found in the programme pages

1. Economic Development (direct and indirect grants, european funds)

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What does the region do ?

Lead of the region: Regional Economic Development Scheme (SRDE) (Article 1 II of the law of 13 August 2004 not codified)

  • The SRDE takes into account the strategic guidelines resulting from agreements between the region, sub-regional territorial authorities and the economic and social players in the region;
  • The SRDE defines the region's strategic orientations in economic matters.
  • The SRDE defines the region's strategic economic guidelines. It aims to promote the balanced economic development of the region, to develop the attractiveness of its territory and to prevent the risks of undermining the economic balance of all or part of the territory;
  • After consultation with the sub-regional authorities and the consular chambers, the SRDE is adopted by the Regional Council (RC);
  • When an SRDE is adopted by the region, the region is competent, by delegation from the State, to allocate all or part of the aid that it implements for the benefit of businesses and which are subject to decentralised management. An agreement between the State, the region and, where appropriate, other local authorities defines the objectives of this experiment, the aid involved and the financial resources implemented by each of the parties. It may stipulate the conditions for granting aid that differ from those in force at national level;

2. Continued leadership role in the region (Article L. 1511-1 du CGCT)

  • Coordinating the economic development activities of local and regional authorities and their groupings within its territory, subject to the tasks incumbent on the State;
  • Drawing up a report on the aid and aid schemes implemented on its territory during the calendar year by local and regional authorities and their groupings;
  • In the event that the economic equilibrium of all or part of the region is affected, the RCP, on its own initiative or at the request of the regional prefect, organises a consultation with the presidents of CG, the mayors and the president of EPCI and places it on the agenda of the next meeting of the Regional Council or the standing committee;

3. Aid for commercial real estate - outside the leading role in the region(Article L. 1511-3)

  • The region may grant aid in the form of subsidies, discounts on selling prices, renting, lease-purchase of bare or developed land or new or renovated buildings;
  • The amount of such aid is calculated by reference to market conditions according to rules on ceilings and specific areas;
  • The amount of this aid is calculated by reference to market conditions according to rules of ceilings and specific areas. This aid is subject to an agreement and is paid either directly to the beneficiary company or to the public or private project owner, who then passes on the full benefit of the aid to the company;

4. Liability for the recovery of unlawful aid

  • The region which has granted aid to a company is obliged to recover it without delay if a decision of the European Commission or a judgment of the European Court of Justice orders it to do so, either provisionally or definitively;
  • The region shall bear the financial consequences of any penalties which may result for the State from the late or incomplete execution of recovery decisions;

(with regard to energy, which we consider to be part of economic development)

5.Development and operation of energy production plants from renewable energy sources (Art. 88 de la loi n° 2010-788 du 12 juillet 2010)

6. Implementation of actions to control energy demand (Art. L.2224-34 CGCT)

7. Installation of heating networks supplied by installations using the calorific value of the residues and waste collected (Article 8 de la loi n° 46-628 du 8 avril 1946 sur la nationalisation, modified by loi n° 80-531 du 15 juillet 1980 relative aux économies d’énergie)

Our proposals :

2. Vocational training, apprenticeship

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What does the region do ?

  • Important change introduced in the field of vocational training by Law No. 2009-1437 of 24 November 2009 on lifelong vocational guidance and training. 
    • It aims to better direct vocational training funds towards those furthest from employment, to develop training in small and medium-sized enterprises, to integrate young people into the labour market and to improve transparency and funding channels by better evaluating vocational training policies.
    • The objectives of the law are to strengthen the coordination of actions between the State, regional councils and the social partners. This law streamlines consultation and programming tools by creating the regional vocational training development plan contract with the State (CPRDF). This contract is drawn up by the region within the regional employment and vocational training committee, which consults with the local authorities concerned and Pôle emploi, but also with representatives of vocational training bodies, in particular the AFPA. This contract is signed by the region after adoption by the regional council, by the State representative in the region and by the academic authority. 
    • A recent development has taken place with Law n°2011-893 of 28 July 2011 for the development of work-study programmes and the securing of professional careers.
  • Several provisions of this law aim to encourage the development of work-study contracts (creation of a student card for trades for young people in apprenticeship, creation of an Internet portal to facilitate contact between employers and people seeking a work-study contract, possibility for a temporary employment company to enter into apprenticeship contracts).
  • This law also creates the professional security contract, which makes it possible to support the return to employment, in particular through retraining or the creation or takeover of a company. The regions can contribute to the financing of training measures offered to people wishing to use this contract.

Our proposals :

3. Employment and vocational integration

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What does the region do ?

  • Supporting the public employment service through : 
    • Possibility of participation in the job centres;
    • Contribution to the financing of support and professional integration structures for young people (local missions and PAIO);
    • participation in the regional employment council.
  • Organisation of qualifying and pre-qualifying actions for young people;
  • Responsibility for the definition and implementation of apprenticeship and vocational training policy for young people and adults seeking employment or a new professional orientation.

Our proposals:

4. Teaching (high school management)

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What does the region do ?

  • Construction and operation of high schools, special education institutions, maritime and aquaculture training schools and agricultural education institutions.
  • Delegated project management of university buildings
  • Transfer of State-owned high school property
  • Reception, catering, accommodation and technical maintenance, with the exception of supervision and monitoring of students and buildings in the establishments for which he is responsible.
  • Recruitment and management of technical, labour and service staff working in the colleges
  • Drawing up the provisional training plan.
  • Drawing up a provisional investment programme for the high schools and other establishments mentioned above.
  • Consultation on the regional aspects of the map of higher education and research.

Our proposals:

5. Social Action and Health

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What does the region do ?

In the medico-social field :

  • The definition of specific health objectives and the identification and implementation of corresponding actions;
  • Participation in the various executive committees of the regional health agencies;
  • Contributing to the financing and realisation of health facilities that can be provided in the priority districts of the politique de la ville;
  • The allocation of aid for the installation or maintenance of health professionals in areas where there is a shortage of health care services.

In the social field :

  • The definition of training policy for social workers and the integration of young people;
  • The organisation of qualifying actions for the implementation of the apprenticeship and vocational training policy in the context of job search or professional reorientation;
  • The financing of operations programmed within the framework of the Urban Contracts for Social Cohesion (CUCS) to develop access to healthcare, promote prevention and ensure the monitoring of vulnerable groups;
  • The possibility of building or subsidising the construction of health facilities to ensure the maintenance of services in mountain areas;
  • The control exercised by the Regional Directorate of Health and Social Affairs (DRASS) over the management of social security organisations.

Our proposals :

6. Culture, social life, youth, sports and recreation

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What does the region do ?

Tourism

  • Define the medium-term objectives of regional tourism development.
  • Coordinate public and private initiatives in the fields of tourism development, promotion and information.
  • Establish the status of the regional tourism committee, which draws up the regional tourism and leisure scheme.

Sports

  • Construction and maintenance of sports facilities in high schools
  • Financial participation paid to municipalities providing communal sports facilities for high school students (conventions).
  • Grants to clubs, associations, etc.
  • Continuing vocational training measures falling within the remit of the regions are the subject of agreements between the decentralised services of the State and the regions.
  • Responsibility for the maintenance and upgrading of high school sports equipment to standards

Cultural action

  • Heritage protection
    • Management of credits allocated to the maintenance and restoration of buildings, organs and protected movable objects not belonging to the State or its establishments, on an experimental basis.
    • 1% cultural - placing works of art in certain constructions (1% of the investment cost) ;
    • Regional Fund for Contemporary Art
  • Artistic education :
  • Organisation and funding within the framework of the regional vocational training plan provided for in article L. 214-13 of the education code, of initial vocational education cycles.
  • General inventory of cultural heritage: Management and conduct of the general inventory of cultural heritage.
  • Regional libraries
  • Museums: Organisation and financing of regional museums.
  • Archives: Conservation and development of regional archives.
  • Preventive archaeology: Preventive archaeology diagnoses and excavations carried out by the approved territorial archaeological services.

Our proposals :

7. Town and country planning (Sraddet)

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What does the region do ?

Article L. 4221-3 du CGCT : 

  • "The regional council deliberates with a view to issuing opinions on the development and planning problems of the region on which it is obligatorily consulted. In accordance with Law No. 82-653 of 29 July 1982 on planning reform, it contributes to the preparation and implementation of the Nation's plan and prepares and approves the region's plan. It contributes, within the framework of its powers, to regional planning. It proposes to the local authorities of the region all measures to promote the coordination of local public investment in the region. »

L. 1111-2 du CGCT : 

  • "The communes, departments and regions shall settle the matters within their jurisdiction through their deliberations. They shall cooperate with the State in the administration and planning of the territory, (…) and in the improvement of the living environment. (…) »
  • Regional plan for sustainable spatial planning [elaboration].
  • Approval of the State-region project contract).
  • Elaboration of inter-regional coastal and massif schemes.
  • Exercise of all or part of the competences of the interministerial planning missions.

Our proposals :

8. Environment (public space and natural parks, water)

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What does the region do ?

Natural areas : 

  • Association in the conduct of natural heritage inventories and the drawing up of local inventories.
  • Regional nature parks. (classification by decree)

Our proposals :

9. Large-scale facilities (river ports, airfields)

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What does the region do ?

Water and Sanitation

  • Creation of canals and river ports located on the waterways transferred to the region.

Already in the " port " section 

  • Development, maintenance and operation of the rivers, canals, lakes and water bodies transferred to the regions.
  • Participation in the water development and management plan (SAGE) and the water development and management master plan.

Ports

  • Creation of canals and river ports; development and operation of transferred waterways and river ports.
  • Aid for the renewal and modernisation of the inshore fishing fleet and for marine cultivation enterprises.
  • Creation, development and operation of commercial seaports.
  • Developing and operating the commercial and fishing seaports transferred to it in application of article L.5314-1 of the transport code.
  • Experimenting with the transfer of the development, maintenance and operation of ports of national interest and commercial and fishing ports.
  • Possibility of obtaining the transfer of ownership of the public river domain.
  • Development, maintenance and operation of the rivers, canals, lakes and state-owned water bodies transferred.

Airports

  • Ownership, development, maintenance and management of civil aerodromes.
  • Creation under the conditions of the civil aviation code

Our proposals :

10. Transport (regional railways, intermodality, road transport...)

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What does the region do ?

  • Organisation of regional rail transport [lines included in the regional plan: agreements with the SNCF].
  • Organisation of non-urban road transport of persons of regional interest.
  • Drawing up the regional plan (regular non-urban services of regional interest)
  • Drawing up regional infrastructure and transport plans defining, in particular, priorities for action with regard to road infrastructure.

Our proposals :

11. Communication (network management)

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What does the region do ?

Art. L.1425-1 CGCT = 

  • Establishment and operation of telecommunication infrastructures and networks + Provision of telecommunication services in case of lack of private initiatives

Art. L1426-1 CGCT = 

  • Publication of a television service for information on local life 

Art. L. 33-7 et R. 98-6-3 du code des postes et des télécommunications = 

  • Free transmission by telecommunications network managers of information relating to the installation and deployment of infrastructures and networks in the territory of local authorities.

Art. 34 de la loi n° 86-1067 du 30 septembre 1986 modifiée = 

  • Quality as a distributor of audiovisual communication services

Our proposals :

12. Housing and habitat (financing)

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What does the region do ?

Education

  • construction, reconstruction, extension, major repairs and equipping of premises for student accommodation

Politique de la ville

  • Participation in the financing and capital of regional investment companies whose purpose is the restructuring, planning and development of urban sites in difficulty.

Housing and Habitat

  • Construction, reconstruction, extension, major repairs and equipping of student housing facilities
  • Participation in the financing of housing

Our proposals :

The budget

The region has an annual budget of around €3 billion, of which a substantial part comes from the state and the European Union. Here is a table showing how this budget has been used over the last two years.

Category20202019
M€%M€%
Transport1.114,135,96%1.027,1234.18%
Training (jobs)461,314,89%571.4319.01%
Administration465,115,01%459,0115,27%
Schools346,811,19%330,5711,00%
Outreach (Culture, Sports)204,426,8%
Employment (Agriculture, Research)180,746,01%
Culture132,94,29%
Training (health/social)130,44,21%
Territorial planning121,764,05%
Apprenticeship/Craft93,03,00%
Sea, harbours, coast83,52,69%79,442,64%
Solidarity (in the territory...)67,22,17%
Higher education64,82,09%
Youth and sport63,52,05%
Urban renovation34,81,12%
Agriculture24,20,78%
Environnement19,53%0,65%
3rd industrial revolution17,30,56%
Rurality, solidarity, family7,90,25%
Health7,030,24%
Other (international relations)2,30,15%
Total3.098,1100,0%3.005,3100,0%

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