Ile-de-France: Clément Beaune wants to launch “an expert mission” on Ile-de-France traffic

Ile-de-France: Clément Beaune wants to launch “an expert mission” on Ile-de-France traffic

Eagerly awaited at the conference on the financing of public transport in the Ile-de-France region, which will be held this Monday, January 23, at the Ile-de-France Regional Council, at the invitation of its President Valérie Pécresse, the delegates of the Minister, Transport Clément Beaune announced the launch of an expert mission on public transport in the region.

Unsurprisingly, the Minister-delegated for Transport, Clément Beaune, did not deliver a sensational speech invited to close the assises on the financing of public transport in the Ile-de-France region. He nevertheless announced the launch of a “new mission” headed by the “General Inspectorate of Finance” on public transport in the region.

According to him, an “expert mission” whose aim will be twofold: on the one hand to allow “updating the number of visitors” and operating costs, and on the other hand “to show a certain number of new ways”. , in particular taxes that could be introduced in the coming months to help finance tomorrow’s public transport. Tracks that can pick up “some of the suggestions” by Valérie Pécresse.

suggestions for study

Among these proposals, the President of the Region and Ile-de-France Mobilités (IDFM) mentioned 4 main funding opportunities, “for so many actors who are the big winners of the opening of the 300 km of new lines and who must therefore contribute more to their funding at”.

And the first of them, according to Valérie Pécresse according to Valérie Pécresse according to Valérie Pécresse, are “none other than tourists” who would “introduce a tourist supplement on 3, 4 and 5 star accommodation” – which would be between 2 and 5 depending on the standing of the establishment euros more – as well as “VAT liability for all furnished accommodation facilities”. “It would represent at least 100 million euros a year and would be economically painless,” assures the elected Ile-de-France.

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She then spoke of “the beneficiaries of the land value […] those that by 2030 will capture a good chunk of land value added through the development of the grid”. It would therefore be logical, according to those elected, as in New York, Hong Kong or Barcelona, ​​​​“that part of the added value that they perceive comes back to transport”.

According to his figures, a 20 percent increase in the Annual Tax on Offices (TSB) would bring in 200 million euros per year, while 1 point in the Considerable Transfer Fee (DMTO) would bring in 750 million euros per year for Ile-de-France public transport.

The same applies to “commercial logistics players” who have been helped “to increase productivity”, says Valérie Pécresse, for whom “the development of public transport has reduced the number of private vehicles on the roads”. The idea of ​​introducing a “logistics eco-tax on every logistics vehicle depending on the pollution emitted” was therefore considered by the elected official, knowing full well that this “could bring in up to 100 million euros”.

Finally, the proposal, which the President has grown fond of, of increasing the mobility bonus (VM) paid today by companies with more than 11 employees must not be swept away. “The doubling of the Ile-de-France transport network is a significant asset for our economy, especially since the new lines will be automatic, that is to say particularly reliable and low-risk,” she said, citing “La Défense , Orly, Roissy, the Seine- Tal or even Saclay” will be served soon.

And to continue: “Given this historic investment of 56 billion euros from the Société de Grand Paris (SGP), the State, the Region and the IDFM, it would be logical for the companies to see their mobility payment rate”.

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Nothing before the Finance Act?

For his part, the minister, who ensures that the expert mission “will have returned quickly by March”, left the door open to all these new sources of funding, without giving preference to any of the others, while declaring that taxation is an “option”. , which “cannot be a miracle cure”.

Finally, Clément Beaune postponed the crucial decisions on this matter until later, between now and “the vote on the 2023 finance law for 2024”, with the aim of “a sustainable and secure financing path for the Ile-de-France in the years to come”.

The new financing requirement for public transport has already been estimated at 800 million euros for the coming year.

In Valérie Pécresse’s environment, we are disappointed by this answer, convinced that “financial solutions must be found quickly and cannot wait until autumn”, as the minister announced. “We would have liked to have had more elements today […] it must be ready by early June,” concludes an advice from the President.