The regional council
The Grand Est regional council has 169 elected members: 59 for Alsace, 38 for Champagne-Ardenne and 72 Lorraine. The Plenary Assembly, which brings together the 169 elected councillors, holds 4 to 5 meetings a year, with a session necessarily devoted to the examination and voting of the community budget, a political act which sets the main priorities for regional action.
The Regional Council delegates some of its powers to the Standing Committee. Chaired by the President of the Regional Council, it has 56 members and meets once a month, in a public session, to implement regional policies in accordance with the decisions adopted in Plenary Assembly and after opinion of the 14 specialised committees. The Standing Committee deliberates regularly on all questions submitted by the President and allocates the appropriations entered in the budget.
The 14 thematic committees investigate cases under different regional authorities and provide advice to the Regional President.
- Finance Committee
- Committee on Cross-border and International Relations
- Transport and Travel Committee
- Professional Training Committee
- High School and apprenticeship Committee
- Youth Committee
- Economic Development Committee
- Innovation Committee
- Higher Education and Research Committee
- Agriculture and Forestry Committee
- Town and Country Planning Committee
- Environment Committee
- Culture Committee
- Sports Committee
- Tourism Committee
2019 budget : the Grand Est region commits 3.2 billion euros
The 2019 preliminary budget amounting to 3.2 billion euros was adopted at the plenary session on Tuesday 22 January 2019, under the Presidency of Jean Rottner. It responds to an ambition to ensure the Grand Est plays a part in the large scale changes underway and translates for the first time the will to be a strong and innovative Region, across all its areas of expertise. It also reflects work carried out with all partners, whether public or private, to build actions which respond effectively to the needs of all the region’s areas. Furthermore, it allows the community to stand alongside all those who are in need: citizens, businesses, communities, associations, territories and who are able to count on nearby regional guidance.
The 2019 budget marks an important step, a notable qualitative jump which must fully benefit the Grand Est, where the Europe of tomorrow will be built, in an area which is open 360°, more than ever before.
Also, spending in 2019 will be shared across four priorities:
- Youth, employment and training : 1.135 billion euros to support all possibilities, notably with the generalisation of technical equipment and WiFi coverage in all upper secondary schools in the area so they can join the ‘Lycée 4.0’ programme, an apprenticeship training card and an e-CFA (CFA: Centre for training apprentices), etc.
- Mobility : 884.4 million euros for everyday mobility and the transport of tomorrow, with in particular the purchase of 22 Régiolis trains for the rail link between France and Germany and 16 doubledecker carriages to support the rail link to Luxembourg, free school transport for all primary school children, etc.
- Attractiveness : 579.1 million euros for a strong and innovative region open to Europe, notably with the development of digital services and the increase in start-up accelerator measures, the structuring of regional politics in terms of research, guidance around cultural structures on national and international markets, etc.
- Areas and proximity : 205.2 million euros for a Grand Est which has strength in its areas, notably by following up ‘Enhanced Broadband for All’ and connecting all households in 2022, a regional strategy for anaerobic digestion, local health contracts across the whole region, etc.
Download the 2019 preliminary budget (pdf, 3.6 Mo)