Public works: Bruno Cavagné, full of hope for the Copil and the law mobility

MAINTENANCE. The president of the FNTP, Bruno Cavagné is said to be “favourable” to the perspective of the Copil and an orientation law of the mobilities in the first half of 2018. However, the federation will be vigilant on the “pause” referred to on Wednesday by the minister of Transport for new infrastructure. Explanations.
On the eve of his meeting with the minister of Transport Elizabeth Terminal to prepare for the creation of the Council of orientation of the infrastructure, promised by Emmanuel Macron, Bruno Cavagné, president of the FNTP has brought us this Wednesday, details on the short-term outlook for public works and his vision on the future of policies undertaken by the State.


“If the year is 2016 finally mark an end to eight long years of falling activity, the first months of 2017 do not confirm a true recovery in the TP, insisted Bruno Cavagné during a press briefing. And work that are barely stable in the first five months of the year.” The activity thus remains almost stable (-0,5%) compared to the first four months of 2016. “That is why in line with the forecasts that I presented at the beginning of December 2016, the recovery will be real but modest, he continued. We believe that we will finish the year 2017, with an increase in activity of 2.5% in value, which is 38.6 billion euros of sales and a stabilisation in permanent employment.”


The use of temporary contracts is progressing in 2017


The morale of business leaders improves dramatically, as only 8% of them anticipate a fall in activity, according to the latest opinion poll carried out by the FNTP and Insee, whereas the use of temporary agency labour is progressing – or nearly 6,000 temporary additional full-time equivalent compared to the level registered over January to may 2016. “Another sign of recovery in the first five months of the year compared to the same period in 2016, the failures were down to 27 % and the new constraints of production are emerging, including the financial constraints in connection with the financing issues of recovery,” has detailed Bruno Cavagné.


The Grand Paris : “A great purveyor of the activities, and a booster current for 4,000 employees of the TP”


Finally, the president of the FNTP has recognized that the Grand Paris remains “a major provider of activities” and is a “booster” for 4,000 employees of the TP who are currently working on the first projects of civil engineering of the future metro, Grand Paris Express . “And this rise should continue in 2018 and 2019 with the 30 tunnelling expected”, he advanced. In total, there are 28,000 employees, which should enable the building of the 68 stations piloted by the Société du Grand Paris (SGP).


In this context, where the investment of local governments overall remains “very low”, “our business sector – who live 70% of the public – hope to find a better visibility on their activity, thanks to the commitments of the head of the State, Emmanuel Macron, which is essential for the sector”, said the president of the FNTP.


Emmanuel Macron invited to the Forum of Public Works, “re-invest in France” at the Carrousel du Louvre © FNTP

“The Copil and the law of orientation of mobility will get out of the effects of the ads”, Bruno Cavagné


After having met the June 26, 2017, in head-to-head at the Elysée, to discuss at length the future direction and programming of the infrastructure of long-term (Copil), Bruno Cavagné hosts “welcomed” the prospect of a law on the orientation of the mobilities in the first half of 2018.


“Officially announced by the head of State to Rennes on July 1, 2017, Copil, as well as a law of orientation and programming of infrastructure over the last five years, are a good news for big national projects to come, considers Bruno Cavagné. This will enable to get out of the effects of ads and give visibility essential for the activity of the companies.”


However, the Federation of public works intends to remain vigilant on the “pause” announced in Rennes by the head of State for major new projects. And its president has not been slow to react to the comments made by the minister of Transport Elizabeth Terminal in the newspaper Les Echos, 5 July 2017.
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“Over the next quinquennium, almost 10 billion euros of infrastructure projects have been announced without being funded, including $ 7 billion of euros of new projects, explained the minister. My priority is to ensure mobility for all and for all the territories. And this begins with the transport of daily life.” While making it clear that “the money should primarily go to the maintenance and modernisation. (…) The adjustment will be made so obviously on the big projects.”


I know well that the State is not a magician, was entrusted to Bruno Cavagné. Let’s be constructive. We’ll know more as soon as this Thursday, July 6, during a meeting with the minister of Transport.”


The Lyon Turin, the canal Seine-Nord and the LGV Bordeaux-Toulouse : old or new projects ?


“In the end, the major priority projects incurred by the State as the railway line Lyon Turin, as the canal Seine-Nord and the LGV Bordeaux-Toulouse, are they old projects or new projects ? What interests me, is that we do not bury and find solutions, even if it takes more time than what was anticipated,” he reported.


“The urgency of strengthening and sustaining the resources of the AFIFT”


Finally, the federation considers “an urgent need to strengthen and sustain the resources” of the “arm of the State”, the Agency funding of transport infrastructures of France (AFITF). In 2017, a budget of 2.15 billion euros is held by the FNTP “insufficient” when it should be “about 3 billion euros” to be able to meet the commitments of Emmanuel Macron. “Without additional revenue, the AFITF, is located in a financial impasse, he concluded. This is not possible at the current level of resources of the AFITF. For 2018, we estimate between € 800 million and € 1 billion, the need for additional revenue to the Agency.” Recall that the Court of auditors had estimated in a summary proceeding of June 2016 that“the horizon of the act of the programming of public finances 2014-2019 (…) the commitments already made by the State and the AFIFT that will call for additional funding.” A good understander…

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