A central authority, which decides and local constraints to implement decisions walls counter-productive. This caricature vision of decentralization in the French has lasted too long.
The president of the Republic and the government as a whole have confirmed these past few days. It is necessary to reinvent the place given to local authorities. It must be said that in terms of decentralization, the French model does not impose himself as an example of virtue. The State centralisation makes the decisions, delegating more and more responsibilities on local authorities.
In the series ” Too much State kills the State “, the town halls, regions, departments, communities of communes, … are part of the victims are too often ignored by the government. And reproaches are multiplied.
A central government powerless to solve the problems of daily life at the local level
Wanting everything centralized, the State is pushing local communities to organize themselves to respond to the needs of pragmatic everyday life. By definition, local governments are closer to citizens, unlike the government focused too much on the capital and on the overall vision of the ” public thing. “
Mayor of Nice, Mr Christian Estrosi, explains it this way :
Of the decisions taken in Paris to be applied throughout the territory
Since all the territories of the Hexagon are not alike, all need to be able to adapt a legislation more and more restrictive. And even when the government intends to allow more freedom to local communities, it quickly becomes an insoluble puzzle. Although the local communities have thus had the opportunity to iron out some of the rural roads from 80 to 90 km/hour, the conditions and the procedure complex have discouraged more than one.
What to say about the 50-page report prepared by the Ministry of national Education and aimed at different stages of the déconfinement. In the end, the town councils and the local governments have had to implement these measures, while they had not been associated in the drafting of this guide.
Decision-making in place of the departments and of the municipalities, the vertical vision of the State
This vision centralized sometimes goes even further. When the government decides to reward, for a reward, all employees at home the medico-social sector, the departments do not expect that a few days later, the decision is made to place the funding of the latter on their shoulders.
The same as at the beginning of the month of may, the State promised to all the local communities an advance payment of compensation funds for the VAT (FCTVA) to boost local investments, the project is abandoned today. Regardless, that some local authorities have need of this advance payment to boost investment, are engaged, or rather disengaged, provide the government with a new adjustment variable in the management of public finances.
The funding of the RSA by the departments is part of these recurring topics, which are a burden on the finances of local authorities. Some are concerned about a deterioration of the situation, while at the same time, the State does not want to commit to new expenditure and does therefore not respond to “call for help ” so many local communities.