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MIL OSI Translation. Government of the Republic of France statements from French to English –

Source: President of the Republic of France in French The President of the French Republic issued the following statement:

LAW PROJECT

DISPUTE SETTLEMENT COMMITTEE AND SANCTIONS OF THE ENERGY REGULATION COMMISSION

The Minister of Ecological Transition presented a bill ratifying Ordinance No. 2020-891 of July 22, 2020 relating to the procedures of the Dispute Settlement and Sanctions Committee of the Energy Regulatory Commission.

The Dispute Resolution and Sanctions Committee (CoRDiS) is responsible for resolving disputes relating to access to public electricity and gas networks and their use between managers and users.

The provisions of the ordinance clarify the procedures followed before CoRDiS, in particular with regard to the conduct of contradictory exchanges.

They also increase the role of the designated member responsible for investigating sanction proceedings.

They specify the methods of publication of sanctions with regard to the rules relating to secrets protected by law and the protection of personal data.

The provisions that this bill intends to ratify also provide that the Energy Regulatory Commission may submit observations to the Court of Cassation or appeal against a judgment of the Paris Court of Appeal if the latter is not not contested by either party. This competence will make it possible to assert the position of the regulator and to enlighten the judge on the circumstances and the technical data of the dispute.

SOCIAL SECURITY FINANCING FOR 2021

The Minister of the Economy, Finance and Recovery, the Minister of Solidarity and Health and the Minister Delegate to the Minister of the Economy, Finance and Recovery, in charge of public accounts, presented the project social security financing law for 2021.

This social security financing bill (PLFSS) for 2021 reflects the Government’s action to respond to the health and economic crisis. In 2020, € 15bn in exceptional expenditure was incurred by health insurance to respond to the health crisis (purchase of masks, cost of tests, investment in hospitals and medico-social establishments for the reorganization of care, premiums for the recognition of caregivers). A provision of € 4.3 billion is planned in the 2021 national health insurance expenditure target (ONDAM) for tests, vaccines and masks.

The PLFSS for 2021 confirms the commitments already made by the Government at the end of the Health Segur. It provides the necessary funding for the implementation of upgrades on an unprecedented scale for the staff of health establishments and accommodation establishments for dependent elderly people (EHPAD). In total, an additional € 8.8 billion is integrated into the trajectory of the ONDAM for the period 2020-2023 for these upgrades.

The PLFSS for 2021 materializes the President of the Republic’s commitment to a massive investment plan for the hospital and the conclusions of the Ségur de la santé extending this effort to health and medico-social establishments as well as to digital in health. It materializes the € 19 billion plan provided for in the Ségur conclusions aimed at giving health and social care establishments the financial margins necessary for investment and improving working conditions.

The PLFSS for 2021 contributes to changing the methods of hospital financing, by continuing the reform of hospital pricing, in particular by creating a flat-rate contribution for patients in the event of a visit to the emergency room without hospitalization, or by allowing to launch experiments for a mixed model of financing hospital activities in medicine to reduce the share of activity-based pricing.

The PLFSS for 2021 organizes the operation of the new branch for the support of autonomy, the existence of which was enshrined in Law No. 2020-992 of August 7, 2020 on social debt and autonomy. It defines the scope of the branch and specifies the conditions of its financing. It is on the basis of these new foundations that the old age and autonomy bill, which will be presented in the coming months, will set the contours of the national ambition of the old age policy.

The PLFSS for 2021 creates new rights by doubling the length of paternity leave: it will now be 28 days instead of 14 days and will be compulsory for 7 days, the cost of this measure being estimated at € 520 million per year.

The unprecedented increase in health insurance spending to meet the exceptional needs of the crisis and structural decisions in favor of the hospital sector are resulting in a deterioration in the trajectory of social finances. The deficit of the general scheme and of the old-age solidarity fund should reach € 44.4 billion in 2020 and social revenues could be durably and substantially lower than the level forecast before the crisis, while spending is, with unchanged policy, on a trajectory of substantial increase, in particular due to the new expenses generated by the Ségur de la santé. In order to ensure the sustainability and longevity of social protection for all French people, the Government will aim to reestablish a path of return to balanced social accounts, by supporting the economy to overcome the crisis and preserve the potential growth in France, then by relying on regulatory tools that will have to be renewed.

COMMUNICATION

ENERGY RENOVATION OF BUILDINGS

The Minister of Ecological Transition, the Minister of the Economy, Finance and Recovery and the Minister Delegate to the Minister of Ecological Transition, in charge of housing, presented a communication on the energy renovation of buildings.

Launched in January 2020 and initially reserved for low-income and very modest households, the MaPrimeRénov ‘scheme grants aid based on applicants’ income and finances work that has the greatest impact on the energy bill and CO2 emissions. It has already had significant success, with more than 100,000 aid applications received since the start of 2020. At the same time, thanks to the “boost” bonuses from energy saving certificates, the Government has started the massification of housing renovation. Since January 2019, more than 1.2 million households have been able to insulate their attics or floors and more than 450,000 who have been able to change their boiler for a more efficient system that emits less CO2.

France relaunch will speed up the system over 2021 and 2022 by allocating an additional € 2 billion to it. The Prime Minister announced on Monday, October 5, the extension of the eligibility conditions of MaPrimeRenov ’to all households and condominiums for work for which the estimate will have been signed as of October 1 and which can be carried out this fall. All of the new scales and conditions can be found on www.faire.gouv.fr/marenov. MaPrimeRenov ‘is simple, with instruction times of less than 15 days, fair, with aids that vary according to the income of the applicants, and effective, by rewarding the work that has the greatest impact on the energy bill and emissions of CO2.

The Government also confirms its commitment to simplify the aid mechanisms serving households, local communities and companies carrying out work.

For individuals, the neutral and free public information and advice service to guide them in their work project, made up of more than 400 FAIRE spaces spread across the territory, will continue to strengthen thanks to the partnership between the Government and the regions. and other local authorities, committed since 2019 through the SARE funding program (support service for energy renovation).

For professionals, the Government is working with federations to soon open up the possibility for craftsmen who carry out only a limited number of energy renovation projects per year to obtain the qualification of the label “recognized as guarantor of the environment” (RGE ) more simply, by means of an audit on each energy renovation site to control its quality.

In order to ensure the confidence of the French in this type of work, the Government has also stepped up efforts to combat fraud and the non-quality of the work. In particular, since July 2020, the law has prohibited telephone canvassing for energy renovation. In addition, the criteria for the RGE label as well as the controls have been strengthened. The exchange of data between administrations to detect and sanction cases of non-compliance and fraud have been facilitated. A unified form has been set up to collect reports from individuals (https://www.faire.gouv.fr/iframe/reclamation).

Beyond private housing, France relaunch is also planning exceptional support of € 500 million for the rehabilitation of social housing and is initiating a € 4 billion program for the energy renovation of public buildings, supplemented by dedicated resources from Ségur de la santé to hospitals and accommodation establishments for dependent elderly people (EHPAD). These renovations will improve the comfort of citizens (pupils, students, patients, users and public service employees) and will reduce the energy footprint of the State and the communities that own it.

For state public buildings, two calls for projects were launched on September 7 and end on October 9.

For the park of local authorities, the implementation will be done in a decentralized manner under the authority of the regional prefects. € 300 million will be dedicated to public buildings in the regions, in particular high schools, and € 1 billion will be dedicated to departments and communities in the municipal block.

For very small and small and medium-sized enterprises (VSEs and SMEs) who would also like to improve the energy efficiency of their tertiary premises (offices, shops, warehouses, etc.), an exceptional tax credit of 30% of eligible expenses, up to a limit of € 25,000 per company, is set up for expenses incurred between October 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021.

Finally, in parallel with these exceptional support and simplification measures, which will give an unprecedented boost to the renovation dynamic, the Government is preparing the bill resulting from the proposals of the Citizen’s Climate Convention (CCC), which will include measures encouraging an acceleration of home renovations.

The aid decided in the framework of France relaunch will enable as many people as possible to embark on the path of energy renovation and thus anticipate these obligations which will soon be submitted to Parliament.

THE CONSEQUENCES OF STORM ALEX IN THE ALPES-MARITIMES

The Minister of the Interior presented a communication on the consequences of storm Alex in the Alpes-Maritimes.

Informed upstream by the services of Météo France, the prefecture of the Alpes-Maritimes, with the support of the services of the Ministry of the Interior, was able to alert the mayors of the municipalities of the department, allowing them to put in place preventive measures for the benefit of populations such as the closure of roads and schools, the cutting of bridges, as well as more general information on a meteorological phenomenon of very great intensity (red vigilance, between 250 mm and 500 mm of rain locally in 12 hours).

At the same time, the departmental operational center (COD) of the prefecture, in conjunction with the South zone staff (EMIZ Sud), put in place the measures to coordinate relief and engage reinforcement resources. zonal and national. The Interministerial Crisis Management Operational Center (COGIC) at the Ministry of the Interior has also been strengthened in order to monitor the event as closely as possible, inform the ministerial authorities and pre-position and then engage national resources.

Preventive information has made it possible to mobilize and put in place a large number of resources beforehand.

Thus, beyond the heavy human toll (4 victims at this stage, 8 missing persons, 13 persons supposed missing) and material observed:

– 800 rescues and shelters were carried out;

– 1,490 people were evacuated by helicopter;

– 700 people were received in emergency accommodation centers;

– 1,863 calls were received at the prefecture’s public information unit and 1,148 doubts were raised.

Two intervention sectors were organized, Vésubie and Roya (the two most affected areas), to allow the following missions to be carried out:

– searches and rescues of people in white water;

– reconnaissance in places that are difficult to access;

– securing;

– preventive evacuations where infrastructure is threatened.

At the same time, major water depletion and property protection operations were carried out in inhabited areas.

An airlift is in place from Nice airport in order to carry out, by means of helicopters, the rotations necessary for the evacuation of the victims and the transport of materials between the coast and the hinterland.

The priority has also been to provide accommodation for those affected and to provide them with emergency first aid.

The departmental fire and rescue service (SDIS) of the Alpes-Maritimes mobilized 551 firefighters, the national gendarmerie 324 soldiers. 184 firefighters were engaged in zonal reinforcements, 220 from the national level (military training of civil security). 15 helicopters (9 from the Ministry of the Interior and 6 from the Ministry of the Armed Forces) were engaged. 109 army soldiers are engaged, in particular for engineers. Means of expertise (bridges, networks) are mobilized.

Beyond emergency measures, national solidarity will be exercised in particular through the recognition of 55 municipalities under the natural disaster system for the phenomena of flood, wave and marine submersion. The recognition order will be published tomorrow.

Work to assess the damage suffered by communities has been launched in order to assess the assistance that the State will have to provide them via the solidarity grant for the equipment of local authorities. Other mechanisms will be mobilized for the benefit of communities, businesses and individuals.

Given the extent of the damage, a sub-prefect specifically responsible for interministerial support to disaster areas will be appointed very soon.

SECOND CONSULTATION ON THE ACCESSION OF NEW CALEDONIA TO FULL SOVEREIGNTY

The overseas minister presented a communication on the second consultation on New Caledonia’s accession to full sovereignty.

This Sunday took place, in accordance with the Matignon and Noumea Agreements, the second consultation on the accession to full sovereignty of New Caledonia.

The Caledonians, at 85.64%, massively participated in this decisive vote for their future. This participation is the sign and pledge of the legitimacy of the unique democratic process initiated in 1988 by Jean-Marie Tjibaou and Jacques Lafleur, under the aegis of Prime Minister Michel Rocard.

This consultation took place in accordance with the constraints imposed by the health crisis and the free expression of each other’s convictions.

To the question “do you want New Caledonia to gain full sovereignty and become independent?” “, Voters answered” no “to 53.26% and” yes “to 46.74%.

The majority of voters therefore voted, for the second time, in favor of keeping New Caledonia in France. However, the vote for independence has increased, in two years, by almost 3.5 points (43.33% of the votes cast in 2018), with less than 10,000 votes (for around 180,000 voters) separating the two options. This vote increased in all the municipalities, except one (Maré), and including in Nouméa (23.31% in 2020 against 19.49% in 2018).

The Noumea agreement provides for the possibility of organizing a third consultation asking the same question, if the request is expressed, from April 4, 2021, by a third of the members of the Congress of New Caledonia. If so, the state stands ready to organize it. This third ballot would then take place before October 4, 2022.

Some political and institutional leaders in New Caledonia have however specified that another way could be explored, with the assistance of the State, to find a consensus which would make it possible to build for all Caledonians a future enabling them. to live together and in peace.

Whichever option is chosen by elected Caledonians, the process initiated in 1998 comes to an end and the final stage of the Noumea Accord opens.

The overseas minister will travel to New Caledonia this week. As an extension of the speech by the President of the Republic which followed the consultation, the Government will endeavor, over the coming months, to support the Caledonian political forces in the reflection for a more precise definition of the consequences of the “yes “And” no “, without limiting the exchange to only institutional questions but by extending it to the main challenges of New Caledonia, in particular the Indo-Pacific, economic development and the climate challenge.

INDIVIDUAL MEASURES

The Council of Ministers adopted the following individual measures:

On the proposal of the Minister of Labor, Employment and Integration:

– Mr. Pierre RAMAIN, Master of Requests at the Council of State, is appointed Director General of Labor.

On the proposal of the Minister of Labor, Employment and Integration and the Minister of Solidarity and Health:

– Mr. Etienne CHAMPION, master advisor to the Court of Auditors, is appointed secretary general of the ministries responsible for social affairs.

On the proposal of the Keeper of the Seals, Minister of Justice:

– Ms. Nathalie RORET is appointed director of the National School of Magistrates.

On the proposal of the Minister of Culture:

– Mrs Aude ACCARY-BONNERY, senior civil administrator, is appointed director, deputy secretary general of the ministry of culture.

On the proposal of the Minister of Solidarity and Health:

– Mr. Benoît ELLEBOODE is appointed Director General of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine regional health agency.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and / or sentence structure not be perfect.

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