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
2020 budget : the Grand Est region commits 3.1 billion euros
At the Plenary session in Metz on 12 and 13 December 2019 the Grand Est Region adopted its budget for 2020. It is a mark of regional responsibility in the construction of the future of the Grand Est. Resolutely committed to the major digital, economic and environmental transitions, the Region intends to consolidate its actions towards the areas and their inhabitants. Industry of the future, bio-economy, artificial intelligence and health are just a few examples of the ambitions of the Region, to serve a sustainable and promising future. More specifically, expenditure will be divided between four priorities :
Youth, Employment and Training : €877.3 million
Enabling young people and adults in the Grand Est to develop, train and find their way throughout their lives is a major challenge. This is why the Region is investing massively in employment, youth and training. In 2020, the financing of apprenticeships will no longer come under the responsibility of the Regions. However, regional responsibility in terms of information and guidance on careers will increase. For this, a new service offer via an “Orient’Est” digital box and the networking of Career Ambassadors will be made available. As regards training, the aim is to enable an additional 30,000 people to receive training in 2020. For sport, the year will be marked by the roll-out of the “Terre de Jeux 2024” national label.
Mobility : €898.9 million
The Region wants to offer a quality service to passengers and improve intermodality. The work on road/rail convergence, complementarity of the offers with the transport authorities and the rationalisation of the transport plan carried out in 2019 will continue. The modernisation, accessibility and security of the transport network will also be continued. With its expertise in school and interurban transport, the Region is fulfilling its role closely with the territories. In 2020, the overall cost of operating school and interurban transport will be €257.2 million
Attractiveness : €268.5 million
This envelope will be employed in particular for the following sectors: Economy, Innovation, Research, Tourism, Culture, Cross-border, Agriculture and Wine growing, Europe and International. The Region supports the economic players in their development projects that create jobs and wealth for the Grand Est and which also ensure international promotion and thereby attract foreign investors. Committed to ecological transition, the Region encourages us to reconsider our practices in all aspects of our lifestyles and, more particularly, supports the agricultural, wine growing and forestry sectors. Cooperation and exchanges with its neighbouring regions will be developed in all the community’s areas of competence.
Areas and Proximity : €222.8 million for territorial and social cohesion
2020 will see an increase in the deployment of Very High Speed internet throughout the region. In terms of energy transition and sustainable mobility, three flagship projects will be led by the Region in 2020: development of a sustainable methanisation model, hydrogen solutions and a partnership with the Solar Impulse Foundation. Access to healthcare for all by 2030 is also a major issue for the Region, which wishes to position itself as a key partner for health.
Download the 2020 preliminary budget (pdf – french version)