What future for the Departmental Council… – Le Petit Journal

What future for the Departmental Council… – Le Petit Journal
What future for the Departmental Council… – Le Petit Journal

Worried about the future of the departments, Michel Weill gave his opinion on the report on decentralization by Eric Woerth, recently made public. According to him, the report contains interesting aspects, but also more questionable points: “I was able to note that the authors of the Woerth report to the President of the Republic suddenly became aware of the central role assumed by the Department for Solidarity and resilience of territories. Indeed, while the Departments are weakened by decreasing revenues and increasing compulsory expenditure, the Woerth report formulates the following proposals for the future of the departmental level. Creating a local public establishment “departmental solidarity service” chaired by the President of the Departmental Council as well as making the Department the main actor in prevention and loss of autonomy by strengthening its home support skills are among the points positive. He also welcomes the strengthening of the Department’s skills by transferring to it the majority of non-concessioned national roads and by giving it competence in matters of water and the prevention of climatic hazards in the territories. Michel Weill also expressed his concerns regarding the distribution of powers between local authorities. Although the report confirms the social role of the departments, we can think that the transfer of tourism competence to the regions and housing to the municipalities does not suit it. Finally, regarding the method of election of local representatives, the return of the territorial councilor would not bother Mr. Weill, especially since election by canton would lead to better representation of the territories. However, it remains to be seen how this would happen. The articulation between departments and regions will be complicated to implement. The president of the Departmental Council, however, remained silent regarding the resources of the departments. However, the report makes commendable proposals by correlating resources and the nature of expenditure. The possible return of direct taxation would be a relief for the executive, while the windfall from DMTO (transfer rights for valuable consideration) would be redirected to the municipal bloc.

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