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
€3.4 billion for Grand Est Region in 2021
During the Plenary Session of 28 to 29 January 2021, the Grand Est Region adopted its 2021 budget, which reflects its ambition to position itself at the vanguard of the major industrial, environmental, energy and digital transitions, as a model in both France and Europe, with a promising future for all its inhabitants and territories.
Economic recovery for green growth : €346.7 million
Through the Grand Est Business Act, the Region is leveraging three transformative drivers with promising prospects, namely: industrial performance, green and energy transition, as well as digital transformation.
In 2021, the Region will pursue its drive in favour of businesses, by relocating supply chains, for instance. More especially, 500 million will be injected through the Prêt Rebond (Recovery Loan) and the Fonds Résistance (Resilience Fund) to support economic growth projects with equity (or quasi-equity). The local government is equally positioning itself as a French and European leader in forward-looking cutting-edge technologies, including: decarbonisation of industrial sectors, Artificial Intelligence, Industry 5.0, etc.
In the sphere of agriculture, the Region will intensify efforts to restructure short circuits, which have already been translated into the Loc’Halles Grand Est application. It will equally develop a 3rd avenue for agriculture, with a view to increasing by 50% the number of farms engaged in a green and digital transition process, and to halving the use of pesticides by 2025.
Furthermore, in order to meet the tourist and cultural aspirations of citizens while minimising its carbon footprint, the Region will position itself on green tourism.
Enhanced outreach to the territories : €295.1 million
Health, fibre optics, biodiversity, carbon neutrality and pollution reduction will be the key drivers of regional initiatives in 2021.
On the health front, the aim is to innovate in order to build the health of tomorrow, particularly by supporting young students, helping professionals to settle in, or developing e-health.
As regards fibre optics, the deployment of HSBB will gain momentum: 1,400 municipalities are already fully served in the eastern part of France (out of 5,121).
In the fields of biodiversity and energy transition, the Climaxion programme has already created 5,000 jobs in the Grand Est and will be continued, as will the conservation programmes undertaken by the six regional nature parks and the 27 regional nature reserves.
Ever-increasing sustainable mobility : €984.1 million
The pandemic has changed the mobility patterns of citizens. More than ever, modes of transport must incorporate the sustainability dimension. This is the underlying theme the Region has espoused in rolling out its 2030 mobility plan.
By 2030, 700 buses, 50 coaches, 1,200 trucks, 100 barges and a fleet of light trains, all running on hydrogen energy, will be operational. For electric vehicles, 11,000 charging stations will be installed across the entire territory.
In the railway sector, the Region has pledged to take charge of the TER network’s minor routes, with a view to maintaining local connections.
Finally, a regional bicycle plan will be introduced to encourage the use of this clean and environmentally-friendly mode of transport.
Keys to a bright future for the young : €913.3 million
The Region is marshalling capabilities to support and prepare the inhabitants of the Grand Est, especially young people, for the transitions that are gathering pace.
Training for the jobs of the future is the Region’s foremost ambition for young people of the Grand Est. This will involve developing training in strategic sectors such as digital technology, energy, food processing, bioeconomy, the automobile industry and industries of the future.
Targeting a 40% increase in renewable energies consumed by 2030, the lycées en transition (high schools in transition) drive will continue. It already engages close to 100 regional public schools (out of 214) in combatting food waste and promoting waste sorting.
Moreover, under the Lycée 4.0 scheme, 100% of students in the Grand Est Region will be equipped with a laptop computer by the opening of the 2021 school year.
Download the 2021 preliminary budget (pdf – french version)