At the Council of the Eurometropolis, aid in ruins for the economy and the Climate Bureau

The May 20 session presents a rather technical agenda with many recurring trade shows. The early months of the Climate Agency helping individuals and companies switch vehicles with the ZFE could spark the most discussion. Watch live from 9am

After the vote on the budget in March (59 votes “for”; 31 “against” and 6 abstentions), the Eurometropolitan Council presents an agenda with few political dossiers on Friday, May 20, like the Municipal Council of Strasbourg on Monday.

Set of tools for the economy

Among the 7 key issues put on the agenda by the majority at the beginning of the session, there are many resources for economics and for higher education. Perhaps in response to fierce criticism from business representatives and the opposition to the hefty property tax hike voted in March.

The bulk of this aid is part of measures already taken during the previous mandate or relatively consensual. So there are subsidies:

  • Towards higher education for an amount of 29.3 million euros until 2027 under the State and Regional Plan Contract (CPER), in particular for support to real estate transactions, as well as 426,623 euros in 2022 to support 5 scientific projects, such as the space institute or earthquake research at the geothermal source Vendenheim;
  • To “green economy projects in companies” for 52,100 euros divided over 6 companies, for example in methanation, insulation or solar energy;
  • Innovation for 792,500 euros for 10 structures, such as the Semia incubator, the cluster “vehicle of the future”, circular economy solutions for water, in health (Alsace Biovalley);
  • To the “image sector” for a total of 100,000 euros;
  • On the “creative economy” for an amount of 103,000 euros for 4 organisations, in particular for a first grant for graphic design by Steam Chair, the creation of a European Printing Center or support for an association to unite video game actors.

First progress report on the Climate Agency

The most discussed topic (point 7) should be the support to the Climate Agency for 925,000 euros in 2022. Because the success of the ecological transition project depends on the proper functioning of this structure, created in 2021 by the Eurometropolis. and environmentalists. Even though its field of activity covers an entire policy area such as energy, renovation of buildings or greening, its teams (13 people on 1 March) are intensively mobilized for advice and assistance when changing vehicles or means of transport in the context of the Low Emission Zone ( ZFE). The first bans in the Eurometropolis, for vehicles without Crit’air and Crit’air 5 stickers, will come into effect on January 1, 2023.

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The conditions for the introduction of the mandatory ZFE in major cities have been the most prominent topic of discussion in the Eurometropolis since the start of the mandate. The opposition should therefore raise the subject, for example to question the pace of the release of additional aid from the Eurometropolis and the affected public. By the end of March, only 450 aid certificates had been issued, compared to the 14,000 vehicles affected by the upcoming ban.

An interpellation about the end of help against menstrual insecurity

The agenda has 81 points. At the end of the session, opponent Rebecca Breitman (Modem) questions the sudden end of support for the purchase of washable sanitary protection (see our article), for which all credits had been exhausted by April.

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