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2015-05-20 Cooperation
Caraibes Climate

President Aline Hanson was among the rare representatives of the Caribbean territories to speak at the Caribbean Climate 2015 conference held in Martinique, 09 last May, in the presence of the President of The Republic Francois Hollande.

Indeed, only the St Vincent and Grenadines, Curaçao, Barbados and Saint-Martin territories had the privilege of expressing their environmental problems and their vision for the Caribbean, facing the President of the Republic, the Minister of Ecology , Sustainable Development and Energy, Ségolène Royal, and about forty Heads of State and Government present. An opportunity that President Hanson has grasped, calling on the Caribbean states to federate without delay to fight together against climate change and thus ensure the protection of our common environment.

As a preamble to her speech, Mrs Hanson outlined concrete measures to reduce energy consumption in Saint-Martin, such as the installation of photovoltaic panels on public buildings, renewal of Public lighting and the use of LED bulbs, the installation of columns and selective sorting bins for the treatment and recovery of waste, and the partnership initiated in the field of sanitation with neighbor Sint Maarten in the Projects financed by Europe.

President Aline Hanson was the only one to mention in this context the problem of the sargassa algae that have invaded our coasts since 3 years, and the urgency of putting in place common solutions of cleaning on land and at sea, respecting The fauna and flora that inhabit our coasts.

Fighting together against natural phenomena

In terms of prevention against natural hazards (hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes and floods), the president urged the states of the Caribbean to pool their resources and coordinate prevention, information and alert Extreme climatic events.

The creation of a tide station (equipped with solar panels and thus autonomous in energy) to prevent the risks of Tsunami was encouraged by the president; This station would also allow monitoring of sea level rise in support of the National Adaptation Plan for Climate Change.

The intervention of President Aline Hanson was widely welcomed by the Head of State, the Minister of Ecology and all the Caribbean representatives, all aware of the crucial issues of global warming and the urgency to work hand In the hand to get fast and lasting results.

This conference ended with a strong act: the call of Fort de France launched by the minister Segolene Royal and the president of the regional council of Martinique, Serge Letchimy. A call to the world leaders and to all the inhabitants of the planet, so that all take up the challenge of climate change. The framework agreement that will legally frame the global fight against global warming will be definitively adopted in December 2015, at the Conference of the Parties (COP 21), in Paris.

2015-05-13 Cooperation
Speech Aline Hanson President of the Republic

Mr. President of the Republic,

Mr President of the National Assembly,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The Deputy,

Mr. Speaker,

Ladies and Gentlemen Vice-Presidents, members of the Executive Council and elected representatives of the Territorial Council,

Ladies and Gentlemen, in your grades and qualities,

In my capacity as President of the Collectivité de Saint-Martin, on behalf of all Saint-Martin's, I would like to extend a warm welcome and to thank you most warmly for being with us. Fifteen years have passed since the last presidential visit we are therefore particularly sensitive to your coming to our island this small end of France that shares its base with a small end of the Netherlands. Mr. President, the island with two flags is best known as "Thefriendly island", A unique tourist destination, two destinations in one! For the first time since we have been a Collective, your coming gives us hope that our issues will have the direct ear of the highest representative of the nation.

Decentralization allowed the affirmation of local identities, the highlighting of the territorial diversity of the Republic, without threatening the unity of the State. I will take up this expression of a former President of the Republic, whom you knew perfectly well as his adviser: "France needed centralization to do it, it needs decentralization in order not to get rid of it". This visionary vision of François Mitterrand serves as fertile ground for the expression of local genius throughout the national territory. In Saint-Martin, we are certainly far from the centers of Paris and Brussels, but we also have the keen desire to express our share of local genius.

The 7 December 2003, the population of Saint-Martin, consulted, made the choice to take in hand its destiny ... gradually. An overseas collectivity status of Article 74 of the Constitution, a statute that takes account of its Interest Within the Republic. A statute combining legislative identity and a dose of specialty. Since July 2007 this status is implemented with great difficulty. It was not until 4 years, almost a term, that the right to compensation for the expenses of the new transferred powers was fixed and to date unresolved. It is up to us to overcome this situation.

Mr. President, the 5 October 2012, the French territories were invited by you to become aware of the challenges and stakes of the nineteenth century. You said (I quote you): « The challenge is to mobilize, prepare for change, transition, create jobs, invent a new model of development. That is what we have to do, local authorities and the state. The challenge is to use all our identities, all our diversity, to unite them in a common destiny ». Know that this declaration is fully in line with the aspirations of the elected representatives and the Saint-Martin population. Whatever we say, we assume perfectly this choice. We strive to conceptualize and implement useful public policies in Saint Martin. Even if the changing circumstances require us, politicians, to adjust our ambitions and to change our ways of functioning.

Thus, on my initiative, we initiated a broad consultation process, bringing together elected representatives of the community, economic and social institutions, in order to carry out an evaluation of the 21 organic law February 2007. The Dosières-Gibbes parliamentary report, in which we participated, presented conclusions in July 2014 which we share fairly widely. Mr President, we wanted a new statute for Saint-Martin, precisely because we want a new model of development, which is the bearer for the whole population of Saint-Martin.

This is not the case today!

Concerning the status:

The overseas collectivity of St. Martin suffers from a blurred legal identity. The latter is at the same time a commune, a department and a region, without having been able to exercise these cumulative skills to this day. We realize, But realize with difficulty. We can not continue to tinker! Exercising political power is an extremely serious matter! As far as we are concerned, the deconcentrated administration in Saint-Martin should take the form of a high commission, like other communities governed by the article 74. Not that the prefect delegate is demerit. On the contrary, I would like to pay tribute to all the work he does on a daily basis with his small team.

On taxation, The community has made great efforts. It is well known that the recovery suffers from serious shortcomings. This needs to be addressed to ensure our financial self-sufficiency.

I will spend more time On social policy. Immigration to Saint-Martin has a major impact on the community's budget. We can show humanity and compassion for migrants, but our responsibility requires us to manage public funds seriously. The payment of active solidarity income, which accrues to us, increases exponentially. From 1100 beneficiaries of the RMI in 2009, we have switched to 3300 beneficiaries of the RSA in 2014. We can not remain inactive. Our debt to CAF end 2014 was approaching 29 million. It represents every month more than one million four. Therefore, I ask you, Mr. President, to erase this debt of the RSA, that in this state we will never be able to repay. For the future, I would like to ask you to follow up on our request for authorization to reform the RSA, in accordance with our own interests, which were recalled during the IGAS mission last month.

insecurity Is a major issue for our community. Today it has become the first concern of the population, not to mention the risk to our tourist economy. We can no longer tolerate such a level of criminality and delinquency, the strongest in France, on such a small territory, be it double. I would like to ask you, Mr President, to provide more responsive responses to the treatment of delinquency, especially of minors. In addition to preventive actions to be strengthened, law enforcement agencies need our support and that of the judicial institution. In order to put an end to any sense of impunity, we advocate the creation of an autonomous, first-instance judicial entity covering all fields and an institution for the placement of minors, which would also support the work of families Home.

Before concluding this overview Mr. Chairman, a note of optimism.

Saint Martin lives by tourism. We must at all costs preserve and improve the conditions for controlled development. Priority is given to major projects: extension of the port and airport, reception of the cruise, revitalization of Marigot, high-end hotels ... All this requires a high quality public infrastructure. We await the decree necessary for the creation of the joint consultation committee. I am counting on you, Mr. President. We also need to help our businesses become more competitive in a particularly competitive international environment. The minimum wage of the Caribbean is generally half of our. The CICE, not applicable to Saint-Martin, gives the advantage to the DOMs in our markets. It's not about creating a low-cost environment, but to succeed, we have to experiment; Both on the easing of the cost of labor and on paperwork. We must create the conditions for modernization and diversification here. This involves the development of ICTs, the primary sector and trade with the Caribbean. We can not escape it.

Finally, I will conclude my remarks on Youth. Saint-Martin is a particularly young, multilingual island, inscribed in modernity. Our youth must be our hope in the future. The Collective deploys important means in its sports infrastructures, which produce champions of France and the World. We assume their travel, despite the exorbitant cost of air travel. We must also implement the cultural and artistic conditions necessary for their development. The lack of local employment and the difficulties of training on the spot require the mobilization of the State, in all its components, around a real youth plan which I ardently call for. There are many obstacles. Let us not pour into the watery speech. We rolled up our sleeves, we worked on the prosperity, the pacification of all the moments of this little bit of France.

So, at your invitation of the 5 October 2012, Saint-Martin answers you: 'Yes' Mr. President! Let us invent together, Collectivity and State, a new model of development. And to do that, we need your support. I know I can count on you.

Mr President, the 8 May in Saint Martin will from now on be a day of remembrance, not only for the armistice of the Second World War, but also for your passage with us. Now, I will have a few words in English. St Martin is Unique! We St-Martiners are proud to speak English AND French. Mr. President, we thank you for putting today St Martin under the spotlight. Let me here, reaffirm before you, how proud we are to be French.

Vive Saint-Martin, long live France


2015-05-13 Culture, Youth & Sports
Meeting Back to school 2015-2016

The Community of Saint-Martin informs parents whose children are enrolled in CM2 at Sandy Ground elementary school, and that as part of the 2015-2016 school year they are invited to attend an information meeting which Will be held on 21 May 2015, from 14 hours to 17 hours, in the multi-purpose hall of the Sandy Ground MJC.

The agenda will be as follows: Assignment of students in 6e class.

2015-05-13 Cooperation
Official presenting of the police cooperation agreement between Saint-Martin and Sint Maarten

For many years, the leaders of the two sides of the island have wished to set up police cooperation to better understand the common problems of immigration, investigations, prosecution or checks. The parliamentary mission on Saint Martin, initiated by MP Gibbs last year, included the cooperation component in its five major recommendations for the territory. The Government has thus consented to entrust the Parliament with the task of examining this treaty of police co-operation between Saint-Martin and Sint Maarten. Daniel Gibbs, MP for Saint Martin and St. Bartholomew, who was the rapporteur for this project in the Assembly, took advantage of this bipartite meeting to formally hand over to President Aline Hanson and Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs the treaty Ratified the 19 March 2015 by the National Assembly, within the framework of a simplified examination procedure.

This Franco-Dutch agreement on police cooperation is therefore in force, it ratifies the conventions signed previously and establishes a legal framework for cooperation between the two territories.

2015-05-13 Cooperation
Meeting protocol

On Wednesday 22 April 2015, the President of the Territorial Council, Mrs. Aline HANSON, received for the first time in the Collectivity the government of Sint Maarten in full, led by Mr. Marcel Gumbs, Prime Minister.

It was during this protocol meeting to deepen the already existing collaboration between the elected representatives of the two institutions on the one hand, and between the technicians on the other. Although cross-border cooperation is already well underway, President Aline Hanson and her counterpart from the Dutch side, Marcel Gumbs, wanted this rapprochement between elected representatives and heads of services in order to implement a more dense cooperation In targeted sectors such as taxation and the possibility of harmonization of arrangements, the fight against social abuses on one side or the other of the border, the prevention and management of natural risks or cooperation In the area of ​​protection of the territory (crime, health, etc.).

This historic encounter, although initially a purely courteous and formal one, was immediately found to be of interest as the elected officials discussed the issues common to the two territories. Wastewater treatment, coastal protection against clandestine trafficking, comparison of social data to combat joint fraud, joint management of natural hazards, unison work on health and education issues, topics of agreement Have been numerous.

President Aline Hanson and Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs were unanimous on their wish to intensify cross-border cooperation, especially since discussions are already well under way with the French state and Holland. The two elected representatives also welcomed the fact that they had obtained an envelope of European funds specifically dedicated to cross-border projects on the 2014-2020 operational program.

2015-04-11 Culture, Youth & Sports
School Listings 2015-2016


SCHOOL YEAR 2015 / 2016

The Community will inform the parents as part of the preparation of the 2015-2016 school year, students will be enrolled as follows.

Registration in kindergartens:All Sectors combined.

From 5 January to February 5 2015

Children born in 2012 (PS) and 2013 (TPS)

Children born in 2011 and 2010 (MSet GS - not enrolled)

Enrollment in the Preparatory Course (CP):All Sectors combined.

The parents of the children enrolled in GS will withdraw at the school from 26 January 2015, the fact sheet which, duly completed, will be deposited to the 1er degree and school business management between 9 February 13 March 2015.

From 1erJuin to 12 June 2015: Nursery classes

Transfer request: (sibling or home)

From 15 June to 26 June 2015: Elementary classes (CE1 at CM2)

Application for enrollment: (newcomers or enrolled elsewhere)

Application for transfer: (sibling or home)

Transfer requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis and will be granted within the limit of available seats. The files will be analyzed in detail.

List of items to be provided per child for registration or transfer

The application can only be accepted if the application is complete.

- Photocopy of the family booklet or birth certificate (child)

- Photocopy of the vaccination record (pages 90 to 93)

- Photocopy of proof of residence less than 3 months (EDF, Waters, Telecom, other administrative documents, Taxation Notice 2013)

- Attestation of addressing (to be withdrawn at the Sustainable Development Department - Census and Addressing Service - former Hôpital)

- Photocopy of the parents' identity document,

- Photocopy of the judgment for the exercise of parental authority (in case of separation, divorce, ...) and the identity document of the ascendants or the persons legally responsible.

- Medical certificate of aptitude for life in school (children born in 2012 and 2013).

- Certificate of education or cancellation (in case of change of public or private school)

Certificates of registration are to be withdrawn from:
8 June 2015 for kindergartens and 22 June 2015 for elementary

Public Reception Schedule
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 8h30 to 15h00 and Wednesday and Friday from 8h30 to 14h00

2015-04-11 Culture, Youth & Sports
School Listings 2015-2016

The President of the Community, reminds parents of children aged 2 years and older, that as part of the 2015-2016 school year, enrollments began since the 5 January 2015. Since that date very few parents have registered their children, which is why it is now urgent that all parents who have not yet done their enrollment approach get closer to the Directorate of Education, located in the old From the seafront, 22 rue de la Liberté Marigot.

It is for parents to bring the following components:

Photocopy of family booklet or birth certificate (child)

Photocopy of the vaccination record (pages 90 to 93)

Photocopy of proof of residence of less than 3 months (EDF, Waters, Telecom, other administrative documents, Taxation Notice 2013)

Attestation of addressing (to be withdrawn at the Sustainable Development Department - Census and Addressing Service - former Hôpital)

Photocopy of the parents' identity document,

Photocopy of the judgment for the exercise of parental authority (in case of separation, divorce, ...). And the identity document of the ascendants or legally responsible persons.

Medical certificate of aptitude for life in school (children born in 2012 and 2013).

Certificate of education or cancellation (in case of change of public or private school)

2015-04-11 Culture, Youth & Sports
The Community is working on the 2015 vocational training program

Since 2007, the Community of Saint-Martin exercises the skills devolved to the territories in the matter of vocational training. Within the framework of the 2015 budget guidelines, the President of the Territorial Council, Mrs Aline HANSON, made education and training the focal points of the Community's action for the 2015 year.

Indeed, the Collectivité has made a commitment to provide its population with tools enabling it to raise its level of qualification and thus increase its chances of a sustainable professional insertion.

The training program responds perfectly to this objective and allows the Collective to offer remobilization and qualifying training.

Thus, in order to adapt training to the needs of the economy, discussions took place over a period of eight months with the partners (administrative, institutional, socio-professional ...). Meetings and meetings with partners were organized with the aim of identifying the short- and medium-term training needs of jobseekers in the territory.

The last meeting took place on Tuesday 31 March 2015 in the Community, it was aimed at restoring and updating the data collected during the various stages of the census.

Once the training census is finalized, the Community will launch the calls for tenders to select the training organizations. The first training sessions will thus begin in the last quarter 2015. This training plan will be largely financed by the European Social Fund (ESF), whose total envelope for the 2014-2020 period amounts to 15M €.

The President of the Territorial Council, Ms Aline HANSON, would like to thank all those who took part in this work in favor of vocational training (Pole Emploi, the Prefecture Social Cohesion Cluster, CCISM, the Building and Civil Engineering Association, AHSM, METIMER, Association of fishermen of St Martin, Port of commerce of Galisbay and the various Poles of the Collectivity).

2015-04-08 Culture, Youth & Sports
Intervention by the President to be recorded for broadcast on radio

Dear Parents,

The schooling of your children must necessarily be ensured. It is a matter of guaranteeing their future, their awakening, their entry into society, and above all their education through quality education.

It is therefore up to you to enroll them as soon as possible in the school. I remind you that the registration period was from 5 January to 5 February 2015. To date, my services have informed me that we have only a few registered children. I invite you to go to the annex of the Community, to the old seaside school 22 rue de la Liberté in Marigot, to register your children as soon as possible, failing which classes will be closed. I know that many of us have obligations and do not always find the time to carry out these administrative procedures, yet the Rectorate is already reporting the closure of 5 classes on the island, Registered to date. So I decided to extend the registration deadline by a few days, so that you can complete this formality as soon as possible.

I know I can count on your unfailing involvement and your sense of duty in the good and the interest of our children. The services of the Community, in the annex of the Seaside, will welcome you from Monday to Friday, from 8h30 to 15h.

2015-03-31 Cooperation
A constructive exchange with MEP Maurice Ponga

Traveling to the Caribbean region during the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) conference held in Tortola, Virgin Islands, MP Maurice Ponga took advantage of his presence in the region to make a Stop in Saint-Martin, where he was received on 26 last February by President Aline Hanson.

This visit of courtesy has created a valuable link between the Community of Saint Martin, which is an Ultraperipheral Region of Europe (RUP), and a member of the European Parliament. Especially since Maurice Ponga is a native of New Caledonia and represents the Pacific section of the Overseas Territory in the European Parliament.

Among the issues addressed, the issue of European funds has been widely discussed. President Hanson referred to PO 2014-2020 (54,4 M € in favor of Saint-Martin under the ERDF / ESF), and the fact that Guadeloupe remained the managing authority for this Operational Plan, despite the creation of A dedicated axis for Saint-Martin. The President also took advantage of this meeting to explain to the Member the legal issues encountered by the Community in Europe, in particular concerning the request for the creation of a NUTS Code for Saint Martin which has not yet been finalized. As the treatment of ordinary law for our Collectivity which is sometimes prejudicial to it. The implementation of the Cross-Border Cooperation OP with Sint Maarten (EUR 10 million) was also presented to the MEP, who found it very wise that joint projects with our neighbors in Sint Maarten could be initiated with European funds in The goal of catching up on infrastructure (sanitation, drinking water, etc.).

The President also told the MEP her wish to see Saint-Martin one day become a territory of observation, in fields as varied as education, marine biodiversity, sustainable energy; Maurice Ponga assured the President of her support to Brussels "to advance the files of Saint-Martin".

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