About fifty elected officials from the municipalities of Fessenheim and the surrounding area demonstrated on Wednesday in front of the Haut-Rhin prefecture, in Colmar, to challenge the state on the
in which they believe their territory is after the closure of nuclear power plant in 2020.
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"Stop the hold-up", denounced the elected representatives of the community of communes of Pays Rhin-Brisach, demanding the end of the payment to the State of an annual financial contribution of 2 million euros, linked to the tax revenues obtained at the Fessenheim nuclear power plant, now shut down.
"Nothing is moving, the government is deliberately allowing the situation to rot
said Gérard Hug, the president of the community of communes, in front of the prefecture.
"President Macron had said that he was following the Fessenheim file closely, but I do not believe it for a second, if it was the case he would not leave us in such a situation"
, abounded the mayor of Fessenheim , Claude Brender.
"Fessenheim should be an exemplary closure, here we have the example of what not to do"
, again tackled the deputy of Haut-Rhin Yves Hemedinger (LR).
The criticism relates to the functioning of the National Individual Resource Guarantee Fund (FNGIR), born in 2010 from the abolition of the professional tax to establish compensation between the communities benefiting from the reform and the losers. The community of municipalities and the municipality of Fessenheim contributed 2.9 million euros to this fund each year, an amount reduced to 2 million euros in 2021, after several events. This contribution was financed by tax revenues collected from the nuclear power plant until 2020, i.e. 6.4 million euros per year. The loss of this tax revenue is fully compensated by the State until 2023, then on a declining basis until 2030.
But for the local elected officials, the maintenance of the contribution under the FNGIR is synonymous, in the long term, with the
of the territory.
“Over the next 20 years, communities will be charged 40 million euros,”
said Gérard Hug.
"In the long term, the nuclear power station will cost the territory more than what it was able to bring in during its period of operation!"
, according to him.
"neutralization of the effects of FNGIR"
had been promised to these elected officials in 2018 by Sébastien Lecornu, then Secretary of State for the Ecological Transition.