The Grand Est regional council has 169 elected members. 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 15 specialised committees. The Standing Committee deliberates regularly on all questions submitted by the President and allocates the appropriations entered in the budget.
The Committees study the dossiers that come under the different regional competences and put forward their views to the President of the Region.
15 thematic committees have been formed :
- The Finance Committee
- The International Relations Committee
- The Committee on Transport, Travel and Infrastructure
- The Vocational Training Committee
- The Committee on Sustainable High School and Education
- The Economic Development Committee
- The Higher Education, Research and Innovation Committee
- The Commission on Territories
- The Environment Commission
- The Agriculture, Viticulture and Forestry Commission
- The Culture and Memory Commission
- The Tourism Commission
- The Health, Solidarity and Citizenship Commission
- The Sport and Youth Commission
- The Mountain, Rurality, Local Heritage and Landscape Heritage Commission
3.5 billion euros in 2022 : a sustainable budget and a pivotal year to transform the Grand Est
The Grand Est Region adopted during the Plenary Session of January 27, 2022, its initial 2022 budget of nearly 3.5 billion euros. This budget is marked by an investment amount of more than 1.4 billion euros, mobilizing regional and European funds. A real common thread for this year 2022, a “Climate” evaluation process will guide all the actions of the Region this year, to make the Grand Est an exemplary community in the face of climatic and environmental challenges. Objective: to become a territory at the forefront of major industrial, ecological, energy and digital transitions.
The objectives of the “Climate” assessment process:
Improve the transparency of its expenses in terms of their effects on carbon emissions
Aim to reduce these if necessary for the environment and carbon neutrality
Produce indicators to improve the climate impact of certain policies.
The evaluation method used is developed by the I4CE Institute (Institute for Climate Economics). It offers a classification according to a palette of 5 colors. The effect of the expenditure on greenhouse gas emissions (positive or negative) prevails over its intention.
A sustainable budget to guide all regional actions
Faced with the great changes of our era, 2022 is a pivotal year for the Grand Est. The “Climate” assessment process allows the Region to strengthen its support for territories and inhabitants and promotes their ownership of the environmental transition: mobility, health, youth, training, tourism, agriculture, attractiveness, etc., all sectors are concerned. Not to mention supporting economic players in their digital and industrial transformations, which are essential for their future.
Economic recovery through green growth: 400 million euros
The whole challenge of Business Act #2 Grand Est lies in supporting and anticipating economic, ecological, digital and societal changes with strong potential for transformation and acceleration of innovations. A budget of 400 million euros is planned thanks to the record mobilization of European funds (90 million euros of investment).
Sustainable development of territories: 320 million euros
Proximity and the principle of territorialization promote the well-being of populations on a daily basis. Also, the Region is committing 320 million euros (including nearly 64 million in European funds) to carry out major projects in the fields of health, digital technology and the environment.
Mobility, an essential vector of social and territorial cohesion: 1 billion euros
More sustainable transport thanks to an envelope of 1 billion euros devoted to innovative rail mobility for all.
- A unified regional road network.
- Increased support for port platforms.
- 5.6 million additional euros to finance the development of offers – more than 5% compared to 2021 – with in particular the reopening of the Épinal – Saint-Dié-des-Vosges line and planned developments on the Charleville – Givet line .
- Establishment of the local public company “ Grand Est Mobilités ” to manage the opening to competition of TER and investments in rolling stock.
- A regional cycling plan.
Promoting professional integration and strengthening social cohesion: 1.1 billion euros
With 1.1 billion euros, the ambition is to give everyone – especially young people – the opportunity to succeed in their professional integration. The Grand Est invests in innovations that affect training and remove the obstacles to mobility and housing.