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2014-08-11 Culture, Youth & Sports
European Heritage Days

Overseas Ministry calls for photo contribution European Heritage Days: Overseas Ministry calls for photo contribution

The Ministry of Overseas France is launching a call for photographic contributions in the framework of the European Days of Heritage 2014, which take place this year under the theme "Cultural Heritage, natural heritage".
Through this call for contributions, the Minister responsible, Mrs. George Pau-Langevin, seeks to mobilize citizens to collect the most photographs to enhance our overseas territories. The inhabitants and visitors overseas are therefore invited to submit their photographs, which must be made without editing or editing. This call for papers takes place from 10 July to 10 September 2014. It will create a library of images on the value and diversity of French overseas heritage. The selected photographs will be broadcast electronically from 20 September 2014. Among the photographs received, a dozen photographs will be selected and will be the subject of a large format edition, to be displayed in front of the Ministry of Overseas, boulevard des Invalides in Paris.

It should be noted that after the launch of the September 20 image broadcast, the Ministry is committed to supplying the popular online image library with the new snapshots that will be sent beyond this date by participants wishing continue to show the beauties of the overseas landscapes.
To know all the necessary information and participate in this project, visit the website of the ministry:
The Collectivité de Saint-Martin invites you to join this citizens' initiative to highlight the natural and cultural heritage of our island.

2014-08-11 Miscellaneous information
Report of the Executive Board of Tuesday 29 July 2014

The Executive Council of the Community of Saint-Martin met in plenary session on Tuesday 29 July 2014 to 15h, under the presidency of Aline Hanson, President of the Territorial Council of Saint-Martin. REPORT OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL OF TUESDAY 29 JULY 2014

The Executive Council of the Community of Saint-Martin met in plenary session on Tuesday 29 July 2014 to 15h, under the presidency of Aline Hanson, President of the Territorial Council of Saint-Martin. The elected representatives of the executive have adopted several deliberations emanating from the Sustainable Development division, Human Development, Legal and Litigation, Taxation and Solidarity and Families.

Sustainable Development

1) - Examination of Applications for Use or Land Use
Several applications for land use or land use were analyzed by the Executive Board. Previously studied by the Department of Urban Planning, 31 files received a favorable opinion on 35 requests made to the Department of Urban Planning. These applications were mainly for individual housing permits or for the repair and maintenance of residential dwellings.
Voted unanimously

2) - Opinion on draft decrees on accessibility measures for urban facilities and amending the building and housing code
The Executive Council was called upon to give an opinion on several draft Decrees concerning the accessibility to urban facilities and amending the Building and Housing Code. This draft decree (amending Articles R111-19 to R111-19-10 of the Building and Housing Code) provides for the introduction of specific regulations for access to establishments that receive from the public. The Executive Council therefore decided to approve the provisions of the draft decree on the accessibility of establishments open to the public and facilities open to the public and amending the Building and Housing Code. It also decided to approve the provisions of the draft decree defining an accessibility master plan and an agenda subject to the postponement of 2015's applicability and to approve the provisions of the draft decree defining the conditions for determination Stopping points for public transport services to be made accessible to persons with disabilities. The Executive Council finally decided to approve the provisions of the draft Decree on the planned accessibility agenda subject to the postponement of its applicability beyond 2015.
3) - Opinion on the draft order concerning the accessibility of public buildings, public transport, residential buildings and roads for persons with disabilities
The Executive Council also gave its opinion on a draft ordinance on the accessibility of establishments receiving public, public transport, residential buildings and roads for persons with disabilities, in which the Organic Law (Cf art 6314-3 I and II) confers full competence on the Collectivity to define their legal regime. It should be noted that, under Article 16 of the draft ordinance, the Communities of St Martin and St Barth are exempted from having to create points of stoppage and accessibility of the rolling stock and to put in place a Accessibility plan containing a programmed agenda, the agenda being a tool for strict planning of actions to be implemented on the territory. This agenda is voluntary, it aims to set up a budget program to amplify after 2015 the movement initiated by the law of 2005. To the extent that the Community has just begun the phases of the inventory of its infrastructures, the Executive Council decided to ask to defer the applicability of a year in order to put in place the appropriate procedures. The Executive Board also approved the general framework of rules laid down in the Ordinance.
Voted unanimously
Human Development
4) - Opinion on the draft decree on the Regional Interprofessional Joint Committee for Employment and Training (COPAREF)
COPAREF ensures the deployment of the joint policies defined by the national interprofessional agreements on training and employment, in coordination with the other regional players. It shall draw up regional lists of eligible training in the personal training account after consultation with the regional representatives of the representative professional organizations. The decree determines the number of members, the duration of their mandate and the modalities of operation of COPAREF. In the absence of agreement in 2014, Article I of the decree provides for the composition of the committee. Article II includes overseas adaptation measures for the provisions of COPAREF. It should be noted that, with respect for gender parity, the composition of the committee differs overseas and in the communities of St Martin, St Barthélemy and St Pierre et Miquelon. This is the case for regional representatives of trade unions and employers' organizations representing national and inter-professional employers. The Executive Council has given a favorable opinion to this draft decree.

Voted unanimously
5) - Draft decree on deconcentrated aid for artists, authors of graphic and plastic works
The purpose of this decree is to modernize the individual support system designed to support and develop the creative activity of artists, authors of graphic and plastic works. The decision to grant this aid, taken by the regional prefect, is the subject of a prior opinion by an advisory commission. Promoted by the Ministry of Culture and Communication, public policies on artists' assistance are then deployed throughout the regional territory by the state and communities. These aids are intended to correct the inequalities observed, be they geographical, economic or social, to diversify audiences and to promote the development of artistic and cultural practices of the greatest number, in all cultural fields. These aids can be mobilized by artists and authors in two forms:
-Development aid for the development of an artistic project
-Measures designed to facilitate the living conditions of creators and artists, with an allowance for the installation of a workshop allowing the installation of a work area or the acquisition of material intended for the artistic activity.
Applications for assistance must be made to the Cultural Affairs Department of Guadeloupe. After the advice of the dedicated committees, the final decision rests with the representative of the state in these communities. The Executive Council voted in favor of this draft decree, considering it important to support the vitality and diversity of cultural life in Saint Martin.
Voted unanimously

6) - Support for the travel expenses of an athlete: Thierry Parotte
The young Thierry Parotte represented our island in Trinidad & Tobago from 25 to 27 April 2014, during a BMX event. Knowing its potential, the Community had chosen to accompany it in this first trip by financing its ticket. On site, Thierry Parotte was noticed by the organizer of BMX events in Canada. The young sportsman Saint-Martin was invited to perform in Montreal as part of the Real City Spin BMX Flatland Competition, which will be held 30 and 31 August 2014. The Executive Council was asked to pay for its plane ticket to Montreal. In order to continue the accompaniment of Thierry Parotte, who is very talented in this discipline, the Council has decided to take charge of his air travel to Canada, knowing that the organizers of the event will take care of the stay of the champion saint-martinois.
Voted unanimously
7) - Implementation of the fee for the occupation of school premises
In conformity with the education code (Art L212-15), the Collective as part of its educational policy has enabled associations to make free use of school premises during the long and short holidays within the framework of Recreation centers with or without accommodation, or even in kermesses.
While it is clear that the use of the premises is subject to regulation, the fact remains that the Community is competent to define the financial conditions for the occupation of its property and to update the rental value annually. Thus, tariffs applicable to all associations, physical or moral personalities, wishing to use the school premises, were set up as follows for the school year 2014 / 2015:
For the holidays of All Saints: 200 euros (with accomodation 300 euros)
For Christmas holidays: 250 euros (with accommodation 350 euros)
For the holidays of Carnival: 200 euros (with accommodation 300 euros)
For the Easter holidays: 250 euros (with accommodation 350 euros)
For the holidays of mid-May: 100 euros (with accommodation 200 euros)
For the big holidays July and August: 500 euros (with accommodation 600 euros)
The Executive Board voted in favor of the introduction of these tariffs. A deliberation voted unanimously by the Councilors.
Voted unanimously
8) - Participation of the Saint-Martin Community in CUCS projects - 2e ventilation - 2014 program
The Executive Board was called upon to express its opinion on the payment of subsidies to associations working in the field of social cohesion. Thus, ACED, which implements activities in neighborhoods to care for young people and who work in social mediation, received assistance from the community. This grant will be coupled with a state grant.
The Executive Board voted in favor of this deliberation.
Voted unanimously
9) - Awarding exceptional support to the winners of the 2014 Entry Contest at the Nursing Training Institute (IFSI)
The Community of Saint Martin wished to renew the training preparing for the diploma of nurse on its territory at the 2014 school year. However, the provisional budget presented by the IFSI of Pointe-à-Pitre Abymes, which provides these training programs locally, far exceeds the Community's budget estimates. As a result, the Collectivité had no choice but to cancel the training session (1ère année) for September in Saint-Martin. However, the IFSI of Pointe-à-Pitre has accepted to receive in training in Guadeloupe the six candidates of the main list of admission to the competition 2014. The Collective deemed it necessary to accompany these six winners by providing them with an exceptional amount of 5000 euros per training year for a three-year period. An agreement defining the modalities for the payment of this exceptional aid will be signed between the Collective and each beneficiary.
Voted unanimously
10) - Opinion on the draft law on the law of foreigners in France
The bill on the law of foreigners in France, which is submitted to the opinion of the Community of St Martin, reforms and improves the existing provisions on reception and support of foreigners towards integration. Secondly, it simplifies and improves the positive law on the issuance of residence permits, the measures to be taken to make the remoteness of the territory effective, and organizes the bringing together of these new provisions with the regimes specific to the territories of another country, Overseas territories with special status.
Following an interministerial inspection mission commissioned by the government after May 2012, an individualized course taking into account the specific profiles of the migrants will be implemented instead of the hosting and integration contract set up in 2002.
Two new residence cards will be created: the multi-year card of a maximum duration of 4 years can be issued after obtaining a first card of one year, subject to fulfill the conditions. A second multi-year card, the "Passport Talent" card will improve the attractiveness of the French territory for all foreigners with a competence to promote or an economic project to develop. This bill also wants to simplify the classification of categories of foreigners according to their country of origin and their situation.
It is interesting to note that in this bill, deportation to the border, which is sometimes duplicated with the Obligation to Leave the French Territory, will be abolished. The draft also contains an article aimed at bringing the new provisions into line with the legal regimes of the overseas territories.
After deliberation, the Executive Council decided to give an unfavorable opinion on this bill, considering that it would prove inoperative on the territory of the Collectivité, since it was not adapted to the reality of the territory.
Voted unanimously
11) - Opinion on the draft decree relating to the reporting obligations and the competition of intermediaries in tax exemption Overseas
Several forms of tax exemption are foreseen at the national level in favor of investments made in Saint-Martin (Girardin law). Dedicated structures (of the SNC type for example) can benefit from a significant tax advantage due to certain investments leased for a period at least equal to 5 years to operators established in Saint-Martin. In the framework of these "leasing schemes" operated by tax exemption intermediaries, the State may still contribute to the financing of certain productive investments operated in Saint-Martin (rental of vehicles, pleasure craft, construction equipment, equipment transport). The Parliament wished to regulate the profession of fitter or intermediary in tax exemption overseas, and among the new obligations, the companies concerned must be entered in a register kept by the representative of the State in the Community where these companies have their registered office . Transactions must be reported annually to the tax authorities regardless of the amount of the investment, and an ethics charter must be signed. On the basis of a certain threshold (50% of the capital above which the intermediaries must compete, the law obliges the intermediaries to compete for tax exemption). Article 242 septies of the General Code of National Taxes lays down the rules and obligations in this matter.
The purpose of the draft decree is to clarify the terms of the annual reporting obligation and to define the new procedure for calling for competition. These measures lead to greater transparency and better control of tax assistance schemes, except that the special situation of Saint-Martin is not mentioned and that no precision is given on the threshold for competitive tendering In the case of St Martin ??
The Executive Council therefore decided to give a favorable opinion to this draft decree, provided that details were given on these two points of shadow concerning Saint-Martin.
Voted unanimously

12) - Granting of grants to associations working in the seniors and disability sector
The Executive Council decided to grant a grant to the association Tournesol, which works with children with disabilities, to the association Forever Young, which organizes recreational activities for the elderly isolated and the aging disabled , And the newly created SXM Autism Association, which helps children with autism and educates the general public about the disease. Finally, the association "Network of Surgery and Healing (RC2) for the treatment of chronic wounds and the training of caregivers, will also receive a grant aimed in particular to help finance a telemedicine platform.
Voted unanimously

2014-07-28 Miscellaneous information
Report of the Executive Board of Tuesday 1er July 2014

The Executive Council of the Community of Saint Martin met in plenary on Tuesday 1th July 2014 to 15h, under the presidency of Aline Hanson, President of the Territorial Council of Saint Martin. REPORT OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL OF TUESDAY 1er JULY 2014

The Executive Council of the Community of Saint Martin met in plenary on Tuesday 1th July 2014 to 15h, under the presidency of Aline Hanson, President of the Territorial Council of Saint-Martin. The elected representatives of the executive have adopted several deliberations emanating from the Sustainable Development pole, the human development pole, the administration and finance division and the services branch.

Sustainable development center
1) - Review of Applications for Use or Land Use
The Executive Council has analyzed a number of land use applications from companies or individuals. Of the nine applications for permits or authorizations for individual houses or businesses, seven were in compliance with the Land Use Plan and received a favorable opinion from the Executive Council.
Voted unanimously
General Directorate of Services

2) - Appointment of Territorial Advisers to the Joint Consultative Commission
The Executive Council appointed the elected members of the joint consultation committee, provided for in the General Code of Territorial Communities in LO 6345-3.
As stipulated by the CGTG, this commission must be composed of an identical number of representatives of the state and representatives of the Community. The representatives of the Community are appointed half by the executive council and half by the groups of elected representatives represented on the territorial council.
For example, 2 Vice-President Ramona Connor and 1er Vice-President William Arnell were nominated by the Executive Council, while elected representatives Daniel Gibbs (TDG) and Louis Fleming (RRR) represent elected representatives of the Territorial Council.
Article 6345-3 of the Organic Law of Saint Martin stipulates that "a joint consultative committee should be set up to deal with all matters, the regulation of which requires coordination of the actions and decisions of the State, And the community of Saint-Martin, on the other. The rules governing the organization and functioning of this commission are specified by decree in the Conseil d'Etat. This joint committee has the role of drawing up a catch-up plan on the renovation and the construction of structuring facilities aiming at economic and tourist development and assessing the respective financial commitments of the State and the community of Saint Martin " .

3) - Grant of equipment grant to Sandy Ground's Youth and Culture Center
Having considered the request made by the Sandy Ground MJC to subsidize a new central air conditioning system for the cinema, the Executive Council decided to allocate an equipment grant to the MJC to cover the entire project Of the expenses related to this work; The sum will be charged to the Community budget.
Voted unanimously
Human Development
4) - Renewal of the Saint-Martin Apprentice Training Center (CFA) creation agreement for the 2313-2018 period.

By agreement dated 23 September 2008, the Community of Saint-Martin has authorized the creation of the first CFA on its territory for a period of five years. In the first quarter of the 2013 school year, the CFA of Saint-Martin welcomed a workforce of 60 apprenticeship students divided into the following sections: Initiation to the Trades by the Alternance (DIMA) - CAP Cold and Air Conditioning 2th year - CAP Cuisine 1ère year - CAP Cuisine 2e year.
The five-year agreement between the CFA and the Community of Saint-Martin having expired, it was necessary to proceed to its renewal. Thus, in accordance with the will of CFA Saint-Martin and the favorable opinion of the Committee on Employment, Apprenticeship, Vocational Training and Professional Integration, meeting the 10 April 2014, the Community Saint-Martin proposes to renew the five-year agreement with the CFA of St Martin for the period 2013-2018. A resolution voted unanimously by the executive councilors.
Voted unanimously
5) - 2013-2014 Operating Grant Allocation at St. Martin's Apprentice Training Center (CFA)
For the 2013-2014 school year, the CFA of Saint-Martin declared that the estimated amount of its theoretical expenses would amount to 265 524 euros. The coefficient of care of the Community is fixed by the five-year agreement at 75%, so that the Community must allocate an operating grant. The Executive Board endorsed this decision. The amount will be charged to the Community budget.
Voted unanimously

Administration and Finance

6) - Registration of the Territorial Archives of Saint-Martin to the Association of French Archivists (AAF), to CARBICA - Caribbean branch of the International Council of Archives - to the Association of Caribbean Historians and to the society of History of Guadeloupe
The inclusion of the St Martin's Territorial Archives within the professional, cultural and heritage networks is an important issue for the development of this new entity of the Saint Martin community administration and to enhance the archive archives by train To be collected.
This integration within these qualitative associations will allow the development of the team's skills (training, reduction on training actions, new experiences), promote the dissemination of knowledge to users, make St Martin known to scientists, Promoting research and publishing knowledge about St Martin. It will also bring Saint-Martin's influence to its partners and outside the territory, in particular by developing networking with archivists in the Caribbean and French-speaking France, and by promoting the dissemination of knowledge to users.
The Executive Council expressed its support for the inclusion of the Territorial Archives within these networks. A vote was taken unanimously.
Voted unanimously

2014-07-28 Miscellaneous information
The European Operational Program 2014-2020

Accessible online
As part of the development of the operational program "European Territorial Cooperation Saint-Martin / Sint Maarten", for the period 2014-2020, a public consultation on the preliminary draft of the program was opened at the request of the Commission European. This consultation aims to inform citizens about the content of the operational program and to obtain their opinions.
To meet this requirement, the Collectivité de Saint-Martin has posted on its website the document relating to this program. For an optimal understanding of the information contained in this document, a French version and an English version are published on the Internet site of the Community until the 31 August 2014. A similar online publication was made on the site of the Prefecture of Saint-Martin and on the site of the government of Sint Maarten.
The document is at this provisional stage, the public, as well as the institutional partners, being able to formulate their opinions and observations by email to 31 August at: europe2020@saint-barth-saint-martin.gouv. fr.
All the observations collected during the consultation period will be examined collegially and integrated, for the most relevant, into the final version of the operational program.

Please consult:
The French version: PO CTE_Pré VF4_FR_31.07.2014.pdf
and the English version: PO CTE_Pré VF4_EN_31.07.2014.pdf

2014-07-06 Miscellaneous information
E-newsletter n ° 4

The digital magazine of the Collectivité de Saint-Martin Consult the e-newsletter of the month of July by clicking on the following link e-newsletter n ° 4 - July 2014.pdf

2014-07-02 Culture, Youth & Sports

A first successful edition! ZumFit: A successful first edition!

The President of the Territorial Council, Mrs Aline Hanson, and the elected delegate for Sports and Youth, Mr Alain Gros-Désormeaux, would like to thank the citizens who participated in the ZumFit event organized by the Community from February to June , In partnership with Semsamar and the association Jeunesse Soualiga.
Initiated by the Sports and Youth Services of the Community, Operation ZumFit, which ran from 21 February to 27 June 2014, won a good public acceptance, which moved in numbers every Friday evening, to Participate in the Zumba sessions in the various neighborhoods of Saint-Martin.
ZumFit's aim was to make the general public, and in particular youth, more aware of the regular practice of sport. A successful bet in the eyes of the organizers, who saw an increasing participation of young people throughout the sessions.
"Our goal was to raise awareness about the importance of practicing sports from an early age. We felt a real emulation around the Zumfit program, which will be renewed next season. We are also planning other sports and health events to meet the growing public demand for this type of collective event, "said Priscilla Bade, director of the Youth Service of the Community.
"The decentralization of the demonstration in the neighborhoods has been beneficial for everyone," said Jean-Marie Palvair, Head of Mission at the Sports Department. "Everyone has the opportunity to take advantage of this free Community program. Some young people followed each session with fervor, and discovered a passion for Zumba, which could ultimately lead them to become professional in this field.

The Community would like to thank its partners Semsamar, the Soualiga Youth Association, and Stéphanie Agulo (SXM Zumba FWI), as well as all those involved in the success of this first edition of ZumFit.

2014-06-23 Solidarity and Family
The Territorial Assises of Social Work

The Social Work Conference will be held on 26 June 2014, in Guadeloupe
The Social Work Conference will be held on 26 June 2014, in Guadeloupe

The Guadeloupe, St Barth and Saint-Martin Territorial Social Work Conferences will be held at the Palais du Sports du Gosier on Thursday 26 June 2014. The objective is to establish an inventory of the application of social policies on the territories, and to measure their articulation in the field of social work.
A Steering Committee met three times during the first semester 2014, to conduct the preparatory workshops for this event, by organizing a general consultation of social actors in the territories of the intercommunality of Guadeloupe and in the communities of St. Bartholomew and St. Martin.
The consultation campaign took place from 1er April to 15 May, 402 people (local elected officials or their representatives, social workers, partners of the social and medico-social action, citizens and users of institutions and social and medico-social services) have participated in this mechanism whose objective, once the findings and recommendations defined, will be to provide a public response to precariousness that continues to grow in our territories.
The aim of these first Assises is therefore to open a space for reflection leading to an action plan that takes into account the reality of the Guadeloupe region and the communities of Saint-Barthélemy and Saint-Martin.

The day will be closed under the supervision of the French overseas minister, George Pau-Langevin, who will take stock of the recommendations from these first meetings in order to optimize social policies in our ultramarine region.

2014-06-17 Guide "Doing Business in Saint-Martin"
The Investor's Guide to Trade Shows

Last month, a delegation from the Community of St. Martin visited Miami to participate in the Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS)
The Investor Guide, an undeniable asset to promote the destination in business lounges.

Last month, a delegation from the Community of St. Martin visited Miami to participate in the Caribbean Hotel and Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS). For the past four years, the Saint Martin Community has visited this decisive summit annually, in order to assess the market and to refine the tourism development policy of the territory. This year, Stéphanie Bessière and Odile Vainqueur, respectively director of tourism and director of tax regulations, represented the Saint Martin Community at the summit where 250 representatives of governments and major international tourism groups met. For all participants, it was important to take into account the changing economic and tourism environment in the Caribbean, where there was general agreement that investment dynamics had started again after several years of crisis.
The attractiveness of our tax system - one of the most interesting in the Caribbean - is a major promotional tool for attracting new investors. The creation of the Investor's Guide, entitled "Doing Business in Saint-Martin", which is currently being finalized, attracted the interest of our interlocutors at this summit. This Guide is a valuable tool to support the revitalization of our economy.
The Community of Saint-Martin, which was able to absorb the exchanges initiated at this business summit, has scheduled travel to future summits and conferences in the Caribbean and the United States, as well as in Europe, To highlight the taxation of our territory, as well as the unique development potential of our destination, which receives nearly 2 millions of visitors each year.
Tourism policy: a groundwork that pays off.
The provisional assessment of the development and tourism development plan for the 2010-2015 period is positive in terms of achieving the objectives set out in the action plan. The Collectivité will make a public presentation of this report, at the 2ème Assises du Tourisme. The Community Tourism Directorate is currently preparing the next 2015-2020 programming in line with the work already accomplished. If the first work has laid down the main principles and the upgrading of the accommodation product, the new programming will focus on the construction of infrastructures using private investment.

2014-06-16 Miscellaneous information
Report of the Executive Board of Tuesday 10 June 2014

The Executive Council of the Community of St. Martin met in plenary session on Tuesday 10 June 2014 to 15h, under the chairmanship of Aline Hanson. REPORT OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL OF TUESDAY 10 JUNE 2014

The Executive Council of the Community of St. Martin met in plenary session on Tuesday 10 June 2014 to 15h, under the chairmanship of Aline Hanson. The seven elected members of the executive have adopted several deliberations from the Human Development, Taxation, Economic Development, Legal, Sustainable Development and General Services departments.
Human Development

1) - Support for transportation costs for a young student
The Executive Council has authorized the payment of transportation costs for a student of Bac Pro Home to participate in a language course in the United States. The Community has borne the rest of the cost of the stay, which the family had already paid a large part. The sum will be paid directly to the company Travel Boutic who organizes this stay.
2) - Exceptional support for travel expenses

The Executive Council decided to cover the travel expenses (airfare) of a young athlete, motocross champion, in order to participate in the qualifying competitions in Philadelphia in the United States.

3) - Scholarship Award for the academic year 2013-2014 - 4e ventilation
The Collectivité awards scholarships on social criteria each year to students pursuing higher education. Thus, following the meeting of the Committee on Education, Education and School Affairs, held on 12 in February, the Executive Board allocated the scholarships and exceptional grants to four students, Depending on their family situation, between 650 and 2700 euros of scholarships.

Taxation Department

4) - Tax Assistance Scheme for Investment (Article 217 undecies A of the General Tax Code of the St Martin Community) - Opinion of the Executive Council on an investment project of SESMA, an operating company the airport of Saint-Martin Grand Case
Companies subject to corporate tax in the community of Saint-Martin can deduct from their taxable income the amount of productive investments they make in St Martin in priority economic sectors, notably the air transport sector and ancillary services At airports. As part of the Public Service Delegation (PSD) signed with the Community, the SESMA delegate intends to carry out expansion and modernization work on the site. The investments proposed in this application relate solely to the functional reorganization and expansion of the terminal (+ 300m2), the realization of a new AFIS lookout, the extension of the general aviation parking area and (Passing from 6000 to 12 000m2).
The Executive Board decided to give a favorable opinion to this request for tax exemption. This notice is subject to the production before the 15 July 2014 of a tax certificate attesting that the company is up to date of its tax returns.

Pôle Solidarité & Familles
5) - Adoption of the social assistance scheme for the elderly and people with disabilities

The Community of Saint-Martin, in its capacity as leader of social action in its territory, must establish or frame any device aimed at ensuring subsistence for the benefit of an indigent user. In view of the subsidiary character of the aid, the Community is only called upon to intervene after all the means of recourse to the applicant's own resources have been exhausted. Pending the validation of the next Territorial Social Welfare Regulation, a clear procedure should be established for admission to Social Assistance, particularly for the elderly and persons with disabilities. This procedure will be decisive in two specific areas: care at home and assistance with accommodation (in institutions).
The Executive Board was therefore called upon to validate the procedure for admission to social welfare and to determine the composition of a collegial training course composed of the DGA (Deputy Director General) of the Solidarity and Families division, Autonomy of persons, the Head of the tariff service, the social work assistant, and the agent of the service for the elderly and disabled.
Pole of economic development

6) - Notice of Proposed Decision for Nominations for a Local Television Service Called for Broadcast on the OM1 Network
Pursuant to Article 6353-7 of the CGCT, the CSA shall consult the Executive Council on the call for applications for a local television service to be broadcast on the OM1 network. A first call for applications has been made for the benefit of Production Company of the Northern Islands, which operates the proximity chain Carib'INTV. This authorization comes to an end, so it is a question of re-launching a competition to allocate the channel. The Executive Council will again be consulted on the choice of the candidate.
The Executive Board decided to give a favorable opinion on the draft decision on the call for applications for a local television service.

Legal Department
7) - Opinion on the draft order modifying the order of 18 April 2012 concerning the documents and visas required for the entry of foreigners in the territories of Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy

The aim of this new decree is to increase the list of countries whose passport holders are exempted from short-stay visas (less than three months) to enter our territory. By this decree and in compliance with the provisions of Schengen, the state defines a local provision favorable to the Anguilla nationals who must enter the territory of the Collectivity of Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy. This order regulates the situation with Anguilla, whose citizens will be able to officially go to Saint-Martin or Saint-Barthélemy without having to present a visa (a right which hitherto applied by way of derogation).
The Executive Council gave a favorable opinion on the draft order modifying the order of 18 April 2012, but it drafted an observation allowing to make a reservation as to the durability of this type of provisions in the legal regime of Immigration in Saint-Martin. The Council also wished to express the will of the Collectivity to request the taking of orders in the framework of the work resulting from the revision of the Organic Law in order to no longer be included in the scope of Article L111 -2 of CESEDA. The Collectivité could thus benefit from a legal regime better adapted to its specificities, comparable to that defined by the State for the territories of Mayotte, French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna and New Caledonia.


Sustainable Development

8) - Authorization to sign a recovery agreement with the coordinating body SCRELEC for the free take-back (transport, sorting, treatment) of used portable batteries and batteries

Collectivities have the possibility to set up a selective collection of used batteries and batteries in their territory. SCRELEC is the referring agency of the Ministry of Ecology for the overseas collectivities of St Martin, St Barthelemy and St Pierre et Miquelon. SCRELEC therefore proposes to take charge of the collection of used batteries, their transport, their sorting and treatment.
The Executive Council has therefore decided to set up a collection on the territory and has authorized the President to sign a recovery agreement defining the technical conditions for the organization and the arrangements for such collection.


9) - Approval of the Territorial Council Agenda as of 26 June 2014
The Executive Council approved the agenda of the next Territorial Council, to be held on 26 June 2014. The agenda was validated as follows:
1- Enabling Request - Active Solidarity Income (RSA)
2- Attribution - Public Service Delegation (DSP)
3 - Fixation of Directors' fees - Semsamar
4- Appointment of an elected member of the Board of Directors of Semsamar
5- Special Services Report - Exercise 2013.

2014-06-11 Miscellaneous information
E-newsletter n ° 3

The digital magazine of the Collectivité de Saint-Martin Click on the hyperlink to read the e-newsletter n ° 3.pdf

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