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Paris Olympics: the Court of Auditors points to "substantial uncertainties about the final balance of the budget"


In its report, the institution also expresses its concerns about security and transport in Île-de-France.

The Court of Auditors urges the organizing committee of the Olympic Games (Cojo) to accelerate the signing of certain contracts, in a report that AFP obtained on Monday before its publication.

This report, commissioned for a long time, which sweeps all subjects, must be presented on Tuesday to the Assembly and the Senate and published on Wednesday.

Dated January 2023, it does not however take into account the last Cojo budget revision of December 2022. Another report is planned for the first half of 2023.

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Regarding the Cojo, which increased its budget by 10% in December, to 4.380 billion euros, the Court exposes several criticisms.

She first reports the delay in signing contracts with equipment, such as the Stade de France, which will be used for the Olympics.

At the beginning of November 2022, only eleven of the 80 planned user agreements had been signed (...).

These successive delays now expose the committee to a proven risk, due to the resulting chain consequences on the preparation of the Games and, in particular, for the conclusion of negotiations on the outsourced model of delivery of the Games

", worries the Court, requesting that these agreements be signed in early 2023. She mentions “

an operational risk and a financial risk


"Substantial uncertainties about the final balance of the budget"

For her, there are many "

substantial uncertainties about the final balance of the Cojo's budget


She criticizes him in particular for having drawn 115 million euros from his reserve of 315 million, because this amounts

to “deferring the savings measures likely to be taken later


Although the Cojo is an association under the 1901 law which operates with private funds, the State acts as guarantor in the event of a deficit.

Furthermore, the Court notes that in the current state, between the budget lines of the Cojo, Solideo (responsible for permanent works), the expenses of the communities and those of the State which have not yet been fixed, it does not is unable to calculate the real cost of the Olympic Games and "

its total impact on public finances


Another point of vigilance noted by the Court of Auditors, security.

On this aspect, it recommends “

planning the use of internal security forces by ensuring a balance between covering the needs for the Games and those of security throughout the national territory


It recommends “

stabilizing private security needs and establishing alternative measures to overcome its probable shortcomings

” because the need for private security agents, more than 20,000 at a minimum, is very likely not to be met.

It recommends “

finalizing the overall security plan for the Games before the end of the first half of 2023


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With regard to transport in Ile-de-France, “

some projects present at this stage uncertainties about their delivery time and reinforce the tension on the existing transport network


Several infrastructure operations (…) present major risks due to already tight schedules and no real room for maneuver

,” she notes, referring to Eole and the redevelopment of Porte Maillot.

If they were not completed for the Games, the result would be an unsustainable tension on the heavily used lines, with the associated risks of incidents and congestion for daily users.

Such phenomena would contribute to greatly degrading the acceptability of the event for the population

, ”she further notes.

Source: lefigaro

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