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MIL OSI Translation. Government of the Republic of France statements from French to English –
Source: Canton of Neuchatel Switzerland
The State Council responded to a federal consultation procedure:
Modification of the federal law against unfair competition (LCD) – Use of clauses limiting the freedom of tariffs for accommodation establishments; implementation of motion 16.3902 Bishof of September 30, 2016.
Responses to the federal consultations are available at www.ne.ch/ConsultationsFederales
Reimbursement of the salaries of apprentices in companies closed by decision of the Council of State as of November 2, 2020.The Council of State is implementing a new measure in favor of apprenticeship. It adopted a decree on the granting of a credit overrun of 300,000 francs aimed at mitigating the economic consequences of COVID-19 by reimbursing the salaries of November and December 2020 of apprentices undergoing training in the companies which had to close according to the decree of November 2, 2020. This concerns the reimbursement of the salaries of apprentices engaged more particularly in the catering of public establishments, places of entertainment and leisure, in particular fitness and places cultural institutions such as libraries, theaters and cinemas. The State Council thus wants to preserve the training of apprentices and avoid the additional costs borne by these impacted establishments this spring and again at the end of the year. In this context, he entrusted the post-compulsory training and guidance service (SFPO) with the implementation of this measure. The SFPO is responsible for the various checks and for informing the companies concerned even before the Christmas holidays. The Council of State also wants, through this measure, to express its deep recognition of the unfailing commitment of training companies for the training of apprentices and their resilience in these particularly turbulent times in their field.
New Archives Center (NCA) Since the middle of the 20th century, a chronic and now acute lack of space has forced the State Archives to increase the number of external repositories in order to continue to accommodate new archives. At the same time as this dispersion of the places of conservation, the number of disasters increases in a worrying way, putting in danger the cantonal archival heritage, of inestimable historical value. The inadequacy of administrative and public reception facilities further complicate the work of archivists and readers. In order to provide the State Archives with centralized, secure and sufficiently large repositories for the next fifty years, premises for processing the archives and spaces for welcoming all audiences, the Council of State has drawn up a project New archives center (NCA) for which he is requesting a loan for the study and acquisition of a building in La Chaux-de-Fonds. This project is essential to guarantee the legal security of the State and of individuals, the transmission of cantonal archival heritage to future generations, reception of the public and scientific work in good conditions. Credit application for new university building UniHub The State Council adopted a report asking the Grand Council for study credit of 7.81 million for the new university building project called UniHub. Planned in the University’s 2019-2022 objective mandate, conducted in collaboration with the City of Neuchâtel, this project, initially single-site, will be carried out on two sites by 2026-2027. Under the name of Academic UniHub, the first site, that of the former Panespo, will house a building reserved for the academic program, i.e. around 8,000 m2, making it possible to concentrate several scattered institutes of the Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences and to create a large audience as well as a learning center, necessary conditions to respond to the increase in the University’s staff. A second site will host the program for the teaching of sports science and the practice of university sport (UniHub sport). The program is likely to receive financial support from the Confederation of up to 30% of the costs. This credit does not only concern preliminary studies: it will allow the work to be carried out until the submission of building permit applications and the start of work, in particular the organization of architectural competitions and development fees for the winning projects. . Proposal for classification of postulate 18.198 The Council of State adopted a report intended to respond to postulate 18.198 “Facilitate the acquisition of shares in housing cooperatives”. The report asks for the classification of the postulate because the provisions contained in the cantonal law on housing assistance make it possible to meet the expressed need by a simple adaptation of its implementing regulations. The Council of State has also adopted an amendment to said regulation in order to include in the various forms of individual aid, the acquisition of shares in public utility cooperatives. Such interventions should remain exceptional given the absence of concrete requests recorded to date.
Response to a postulate: valuation of used bituminous asphalt At a time when major investments are launched in construction across the canton with the creation and renovation of roads and cantonal works, it is important to inform the Great Council for the management of used bituminous coatings. The policy put in place consists in making the most of bituminous costs in the construction of new road infrastructures or in the remediation of existing superstructures. Concretely, various measures are already being analyzed, tested or implemented, such as the manufacture of foundation layers with 100% recycled materials. In addition, it is planned to assess the feasibility of criteria relating to the recycling of materials in calls for tenders. However, it should be noted that federal regulations will be stricter from 2026 on the possibilities of recovering bituminous waste containing PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons). Their use is also restrictive in agricultural and forest areas. The liberal-radical group tabled last June a recommendation, accepted by the Grand Council, inviting the Council of State to introduce a permanent list of “qualified bidders” in the field of public contracts, a list which should be drawn up in partnership with the social partners. The creation of permanent lists in the context of public procurement encounters several obstacles, of a practical and legal nature. In addition, if the recommendation is based on the legitimate and laudable intention of favoring Neuchâtel businesses, they, represented by the Neuchâtel Federation of Entrepreneurs (FNE), are not in favor of the introduction of such lists. The Council of State is therefore not considering introducing permanent lists of bidders in the context of public contracts.
The Council of State commits to balanced representation Following the commitment made to the Grand Council during the February 2020 session, the Council of State validated a decree aiming to respect a balanced representation in matters of gender in the commissions, councils and other bodies that it appoints or in which it appoints representatives. As such, it sets a minimum target of 40% of both types for all the entities concerned. It will also ensure that the diversity of origins of the Neuchâtel population is represented. This decree will come into force on January 1, 2021. Protection of monuments and sites: provisional subsidy to the municipality of Le Locle The Council of State has granted a temporary subsidy in the amount of 75,000 francs to the municipality of Le Locle for the study on the causes of the collapse of buildings within the UNESCO urbanism watchmaking area of Le Locle. Many old buildings located at the bottom of the valley in the UNESCO perimeter of Le Locle show significant structural damage due to continuous and marked subsidence of the subsoil. As a result, several buildings have been demolished in recent decades and more should be demolished if stabilization solutions cannot be offered in an efficient and financially sustainable manner. This situation jeopardizes the sustainability of the authenticity of the watchmaking town planning of Le Locle, the raison d’être of the site’s inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The State Council granted naturalization to six people and their families.
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