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2014-03-12 Economy
Guest-Houses ranking

The Community structures its tourist offer
Marigot, 26 November 2013 OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT DIRECTORATE OF COMMUNICATION Subject: Article Guest Houses / External letter n ° 1 Classification of the Guest Houses: The Collectivity structures its tourist offer In exercising its regulatory competence in the field of tourism, The Collectivité de Saint-Martin is continuing to set up legal bases aimed at structuring the offer of tourist accommodation in our destination, with the aim of proposing criteria of appreciation known and appreciated by the international clientele. Following the adoption of a reference system for the classification of hotels and tourist residences, the Collectivité adopted a ranking reference system for accommodation establishments commonly known as "Guest House". Thus, during the Territorial Council on Thursday 27 February 2014, the elected representatives voted unanimously a deliberation fixing the classification of these Guest Houses or guest rooms. While the quality of a bed and breakfast is measured in Epis in France, it is now possible to evaluate the quality of a Guest-House accommodation in Saint-Martin. The creation of this repository was based on the local reality of these accommodations following an audit, and on a customer study carried out in the countries corresponding to our issuing markets. The Guest Houses are thus classified from 1 to 5 stars (without there being any obligation for the owners to subscribe to this new regulation), a classification that allows tourists mainly to locate themselves in a relatively large market . The objectives are also an official recognition of this type of accommodation as a major component of the Saint-Martin accommodation park, a clarification of the definition of this term with fuzzy outlines and an improvement of the product itself. This is a great step forward for our Community, which has been working since 2012 to improve its tourism offering, in order to offer the international clientele a better structured and coherent product. BOX What is the approach to getting a star rating? In order to qualify as Guest-House, an establishment must have less than ten rooms intended for a passing customer, it must at least offer a breakfast service each morning. The operator of a Guest-House who wishes to obtain a star rating must make the request to the Collectivité (Direction of Tourism) who will explain the procedure to follow. He / she must return the file in duplicate (one in digital form) containing the duly completed filing form, and the visit certificate issued by an assessor body accredited by the Collectivité. 2 BOX What are the ranking criteria? The ranking criteria are divided into three chapters: "Equipment", "Customer Service", "Accessibility and Sustainable Development". To be awarded one or more stars, the institution must meet certain qualitative criteria and must obtain according to a precise scale a number of points corresponding to these criteria. It is the classification committee which meets within two months of receipt of the complete file which decides on the application. The commission is made up of six members: 3 representatives of the Community, 1 representing the operators of Guest Houses, 1 representative of the Tourist Office, 1 representative of the CESC. The Executive Board shall then decide on the final classification of the establishment in the light of the opinion of the Committee. Ordered by decree, the classification is valid for a period of five years. Direction of Tourism, economic cluster Contacts: Stéphanie Bessière at 0590 29 56 10 / Email: stephanie.bessiere@com-saint-martin.fr

2014-02-19 Miscellaneous information
Report of the Executive Board of Tuesday 18 February 2014

The Executive Council of the Community of Saint Martin met in plenary on Tuesday 18 February 2014 to 15h, under the presidency of Aline Hanson, President of the Territorial Council of Saint-Martin. OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
COMMUNICATIONS MANAGEMENT


Marigot, on Tuesday 18 February 2014


REPORT OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD OF TUESDAY 18 FEBRUARY 2014

The Executive Council of the Community of Saint Martin met in plenary on Tuesday 18 February 2014 to 15h, under the presidency of Aline Hanson, President of the Territorial Council of Saint-Martin. The elected representatives adopted several deliberations from the Sustainable Development, Taxation and Human Development divisions and the General Directorate of Services.
General Directorate of Services

1) - Authorization to sign a PAF agreement - Community

The object of the agreement is to formalize a partnership between the Departmental Directorate of Guadeloupe and more particularly the SPAF of Saint-Martin and the Territorial Police of the Community of St Martin.
This convention covers two main axes:
- The training of the personnel, initial and continuous of the agents of the territorial police in shooting, in technique of safety during interventions, with the baton of defense with lateral handle, the analysis in documentary fraud and the identity and the organization, and concerning the competences and the legal framework of action of the DDPAF.
- Operational support, signatories pledging to develop reciprocal support for operational support.
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This service is not remunerated to the DDPAF, the Collectivité having to ensure the availability of equipment and logistical organization within the framework of the trainings. The elected representatives voted in favor of this deliberation.

ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY
2) - Signature of a BEFA (Lease in Future State of Completion) with SEMSAMAR
The Collectivité de Saint-Martin is currently the tenant of two office premises at Semsamar, premises that house the services of the Solidarity and Families Pole. Semsamar proposed to the Collectivité the regrouping of the two services in the same place, in a building under construction. An agreement in principle had been given and it is now a matter of ratifying this agreement by signing a lease in a future state of completion, in order to finalize this operation. As such, the Executive Council authorized the president of the territorial council to sign this lease and all related documents.
ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY

3) - Application of 2012 law 347-12 March 2012 relating to access to employment holder
Law 2012-347 of 12 March 2012 has set up a mechanism allowing certain contractual agents of the Collectivity to accede to the titular employment by means of reserved competitions, professional selections or reserved recruitments. In this context, the Community has identified and decided on the number of agents likely to benefit from the scheme, 32 agents have been retained.
The Executive Board therefore deliberated, following a favorable opinion by the unanimous decision of the Joint Technical Committee on 5 February 2014, and approved the multi-year program of access to employment for the 2013-2016 years, according to the needs Of the Collectivity and the objectives of managing the workforce, jobs and skills.

ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY

Sustainable Development

4) - Review of Applications for Use or Land Use
The Executive Council considered several applications for land use or occupation. Thus, of nine requests made by individuals or companies, five were declared favorable because they comply with the provisions of the Land Use Plan. These five favorable requests were approved unanimously by the advisers.
ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY

5) - Opinion - Biodiversity Bill
The Executive Council was consulted on 18 February 2014 on a bill on biodiversity. The main objective of this project is to update the vocabulary and certain concepts present in the Code of the Environment and in particular: to take into account the entire field of biodiversity, to have a more dynamic view of biodiversity And to take into account ecosystem services. This bill proposes to simplify and make clear the actions in favor of biodiversity, to better structure and mobilize the means of knowledge and expertise and to exploit the economic and scientific potential. He proposed the creation of a National Biodiversity Committee (CNB) and the National Council for the Protection of Nature (CNPN), which would bring together all the existing bodies. Representatives of the Communities will sit at the NBC.
This draft law also proposes to create a French Agency for Biodiversity to help structure knowledge and expertise for water and biodiversity by bringing together existing information systems and developing concrete actions for the territory .
The Executive Council gave a favorable opinion to this bill.

Taxation Department
6) - Authorize the President of the Territorial Council to sign a management agreement with the Directorate of Customs and Indirect Rights
As a reminder: There is a convention between the State and the Community signed 21 March 2008 with the Directorate General of Public Finance to define the remuneration of state agents responsible for the operations of base, control and Collection of taxes, duties, taxes and other levies, in the territory of the Community of Saint Martin. On the other hand, there is no agreement with the Directorate General of Customs and Indirect Rights (DGDDI) while this directorate manages and controls the Consumption Tax on Petroleum Products, which in 2013 has reported 14.4 million d ' Euros of revenue to the Community.
In spite of the sharp reductions in the number of staff in the administrations attached to the Ministry of the Budget, talks with the General Directorate of Customs made it possible to record the maintenance of the "Customs Pôle fiscal" in Saint-Martin.
Under the terms of this new Convention, the tasks of the customs customs service, consisting of customs officers and, as far as necessary, of Community officials, would no longer be limited to the management and control of the only consumption tax on petroleum products , They would, on the contrary, be extended to the management and control of two old local taxes, namely the tourist tax and the tax on motor vehicle rentals.
This draft agreement negotiated with the General Directorate of Customs foresees a joint action plan between the Community and the DGDDI, with a precise identification of the taxable matter, information of the taxpayers on their reporting and payment obligations, and a large Responsiveness to situations of declarative deficiency or proven fraud. An action plan, which will be the subject of a four-month progress report, with the possibility of introducing additional measures.
This draft convention was welcomed by the elected members of the Executive Council, who voted unanimously to vote.

ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY

7) - Opinion on the request for a graceful refund of the stamp duty of 100 euros on the delivery of the notice of non-taxation of the income of the year 2012
An individual sent to the Fiscal Service of Saint-Martin a request dated 17 December 2012 for exemption from the 100 Euro stamp duty. Let us recall here that this stamp duty was introduced by the Community at the end of 2012, it is not obligatory, since only households who for various reasons need to justify the amount of their resources must pay it when they Come to claim their notice of non-taxation; The issue here is to condition the delivery of a document generating the right to pay the costs incurred in its preparation.
The Executive Board's opinion was solicited by the tax department concerning this first request for an ex gratia discount. The Commission has chosen to give an unfavorable opinion to this application.

ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY

Human Development
8) - Scholarship award for the academic year 2013-2014 - 2th Ventilation
The Collectivité awards scholarships on social criteria each year to students pursuing higher education. The members of the Committee on Education, Education and School Affairs, at 12 Feb. 2014, proposed to allocate the sum of 216 751 euros, distributed among 109 students, individual scholarships ranging from 600 to 3000 annual euros.
The Executive Board decided to allocate the sum of 216 751 euros to the higher education scholarship on social criteria, to allocate to each beneficiary student and in accordance with the attached table the sums recorded, and to charge this expenditure Budget of the Community.

ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY

9) - Awarding exceptional grants for the academic year 2013-2014 - 2th Ventilation
The Collectivité awards scholarships on social criteria each year to students pursuing higher education, including exceptional aids motivated, in particular, by the student journey. The members of the Committee on Education, Education and School Affairs, at 12 Feb. 2014, proposed to allocate the sum of 35 400 euros, distributed among 18 students, individual scholarships ranging from 1300 to 3000 annual euros.
The Executive Council has decided to allocate to each beneficiary student and in accordance with the attached table the sums recorded, and to charge this expense to the budget of the Community.
ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY
10) - Assignment of grants to various students
During an 10ème deliberation, the Executive Council decided to grant an exceptional aid of 400 euros to two students in BTS assistant management of SME-SMI; a sum intended to help finance a linguistic educational trip organized by their high school Polyvalent Private under association contract "Association Martinique Popular Education" (AMEP). The Executive Board decided to grant 400 euros to each student.
ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY





2014-02-11 Miscellaneous information
Report of the Executive Board of Tuesday 04 February 2014

OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
COMMUNICATION DIRECTORATE

Marigot, on Friday 07 February 2014

REPORT OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD OF TUESDAY 04 FEBRUARY 2014

The Executive Council of the Community of Saint Martin met in plenary on Tuesday 04 February 2014 to 15h, under the presidency of Aline Hanson, President of the Territorial Council of Saint-Martin. The elected representatives adopted a resolution concerning the Cooperation and European Affairs Mission and approved the agenda of the next Territorial Council to be held in the Community on 27 February 2014.
Meeting in plenary session on Tuesday 4 last February, the Executive Council focused on a deliberation aimed at getting the Saint Martin community to join the Association of French Outermost Regions (ARUP). The councilors of the executive also validated the agenda of the next territorial council.
1) - Accession of the Saint Martin Community to the Association of French Ultraperipheral Regions (ARUP)
In line with their wish to strengthen their communication and monitoring policy on European issues, to improve the understanding of the reality of the outermost regions, and aware of the importance of pooling their resources in order to sensitize the European Institutions, the regions of Guadeloupe , Guyana La Réunion, Martinique and the Territorial Council of Saint-Martin, have embarked on a process of relaying their institutions in Brussels. The five institutions have set up an association based in Brussels at 55 avenue de Tervuren to monitor the policies of the European Union and to pool the logistical resources that it involves on equal terms. It was therefore agreed that each signatory institution would contribute to the running costs of the premises in Brussels (rents, equipment and subscriptions). The Partner Communities had agreed that each of them would assume one fifth of the amount of expenses incurred in connection with the operation of the office opened in December 2013. Either for the COM of Saint-Martin, a quota of an amount of six thousand eight hundred and eighty four euros (6 884).
By this deliberation, the Executive Council decided to join the association of the French ORs, to authorize the president of the territorial council to sign the agreement framing the co-management of the structure and to pay the share of 6 884 euros.
ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY
2) - Adoption of the agenda of the Territorial Council
The Territorial Council of Saint Martin will meet in public plenary session at the Hotel de la Collectivité on Thursday 27 February 2014.
The agenda was validated as follows:
1- Reform of the tourism code: adoption of a ranking system of "GuestHouses".
2- Launching of the tender procedure for the conclusion of an agreement for the development and operation of a terminal for the port of "Galisbay"
3- Creation of an ad hoc committee on the amendment of the organic law on statutory and institutional provisions for Saint Martin
4 - Renewal of CCISM members - Implementation of electoral procedures
5- Creation of the Housing Assistance Advisory Commission
Divers questions.
An agenda adopted unanimously by the councilors of the executive.

2014-02-09 Security and Prevention
Mobilizing against chikungunya

Saint-Martin is in the epidemic phase of chikungunya Let's mobilize against chikungunya

Since the 6 December 2013, Saint-Martin is in epidemic phase of chikungunya. The community of Saint-Martin asks the population to protect as much as possible against this infectious disease transmitted by the mosquito Aedes Aegypti.
Outbreaks of the epidemic are now being detected throughout the country, with Sandy Ground being the most affected. The virus has also spread to the islands of St Barthelemy, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Guyana.
This situation should therefore be taken very seriously and the mobilization of all is a sine qua non condition for the eradication of chikungunya.
The population must therefore guard against this virus, prevention being the most effective way of fighting it.
This prevention is based on two levels:

- At the individual level, it is a question of limiting one's own exposure to the vector mosquito, wearing long clothes, applying skin repellents, and using insecticides on clothing and mosquito nets.
- Collectively, large-scale vector control consists of cautious application of insecticides and elimination of potential breeding sites, especially around houses (flower pots, various containers, used tires, bulky waste, etc.).

At the request of the ARS, the Community of Saint-Martin conducts communication campaigns aimed at sensitizing the entire population, private individuals and private companies, and mobilizes all its teams to reduce potential lodgings (Cleaning of cemeteries, eavestroughs on public buildings, cleaning of public buildings, identification and removal of carcasses, etc.).

The president of the territorial council, Mrs Aline Hanson, is counting on the cooperation and mobilization of all for the eradication of this epidemic.

Aline Hanson
President of the Territorial Council
Community of Saint-Martin

2014-02-06 Miscellaneous information
Fight against Chikungunya

Notice to the population
Marigot, the 06 February 2014
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
COMMUNICATIONS MANAGEMENT


Subject: press release
Fight against Chikungunya
Notice to the population


The community of Saint-Martin asks the population to be involved in the fight against the proliferation of chikungunya. Transmitted by the mosquito Aedes Aegypti, this virus can be combated by simple gestures:
- The Community asks the population to proceed with the elimination of all the water points around the dwellings
- To pierce the gutters to avoid water stagnation
- To check the roofs, the terraces, to be certain that the rainwater is evacuated properly
- To clean vegetation, to remove stagnant water to eliminate all mosquito breeding points
- The community is responsible for cleaning cemeteries, it is not allowed to clean the vaults of individuals. The population is called to remove the empty flower pots and remove the stagnant water on the graves.
For more information, please contact Ms. Hélène Isaac at the 0590-52-27-30.

Business Advisory
The community asks construction companies, retailers who store outdoor merchandise and nurserymen to carry out a cleaning of the sites and various places of storage, in order to remove the stagnant waters and to eradicate the larval hovels.
The president of the territorial council, Ms Aline Hanson, is counting on the mobilization of all to effectively fight against the proliferation of chikungunya in our territory.


Aline Hanson
President of the Territorial Council
Community of Saint-Martin

2014-02-02 Miscellaneous information
Report of the Executive Board of Tuesday 28 January 2014

The Executive Council of the Community of Saint-Martin met in plenary session on Tuesday 28 January 2014 to 15h, under the presidency of Aline Hanson, President of the Territorial Council of Saint-Martin. OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
COMMUNICATIONS MANAGEMENT

Marigot, Tuesday 28 January 2014


REPORT OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD OF TUESDAY 28 JANUARY 2014


The Executive Council of the Community of Saint-Martin met in plenary session on Tuesday 28 January 2014 to 15h, under the presidency of Aline Hanson, President of the Territorial Council of Saint-Martin. The six elected representatives have adopted several deliberations from the Sustainable Development, Solidarity and Families, Human Development, Economic Development and the General Directorate of Services.
General Directorate of Services

1) - Framework Agreement for maintenance and regular repairs for the benefit of the Saint Martin Community

The executive councilors unanimously voted to approve the decision of the tender commission in order to award the framework agreement for maintenance and regular repairs for the benefit of the local authority. Saint-Martin. The companies MWI Sarl and Antilles Technique Plomberie were awarded a plumbing - sanitary market, while the companies EGER Guadeloupe, MWI Sarl and Technique Home, were selected for a market "current electricity strong and weak". These markets may not exceed a maximum annual amount of 200 000 euros.

ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY
2) - Creation of a Revenue Authority within the Community Tax Department
In the current organization, the tax department of the Collectivité, and not the public accountant, directly collects certain registration fees, in particular those due when registering acts concerning companies (modification of the statutes, dissolution, liquidation). , and those due upon the transfer of shares. Following the vote of the demerger of the formalities of the registration of the land advertisement, this same service will be led to cash much larger sums since the acts transferring of buildings will henceforth be registered locally, a total of receipts of approximately 10 million euros. In order to secure the collection of these taxes, the Guadeloupe regional public finance department is asking the community to create a revenue management service within the tax department. The head of the tax department will be appointed as manager and therefore personally and financially responsible for the funds entrusted to him. The executive councilors unanimously approved this deliberation. The creation of this régie and the appointment of the manager will be recorded by territorial decree.
3) - Authorization to sign an emphyteutic lease with the CCISM
The Saint-Martin Community has been the owner of the "La Maison des Entreprises" building at Concordia since 2011, which has been made available to CCISM to carry out its public service missions to companies. By letter dated 24 last December, the CCISM has seized the Collectivité for the signing of a long lease, which would allow him to do the necessary maintenance work without the Community being systematically solicited. The Community of course remains the owner of the walls, but the rights to the building will now be transferred to the tenant who will assume all the necessary work. A vote was taken by unanimous vote.

ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY

Sustainable Development

4) - Review of Applications for Use or Land Use
The executive councilors were examining several applications for land use or land use. Thus, out of six requests made by individuals or companies, five were declared favorable because they comply with the provisions of the Land Use Plan. These five favorable requests were voted unanimously by the advisers.
ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY
Pole Solidarity and Families
5) - Appointment of the referent of the National Council for Access to Personal Origins
Two representatives of Saint-Martin have been appointed by the councilors of the executive to the National Council for Access to Personal Origins (CNAOP), to allow them to collect any information in the context of deliveries under X. The law reforming adoption now obliges the mother who gives birth under X to give explanations in a sealed envelope on the reasons which led her to give birth under X. This information collected, the referents can then transmit them to the child born under X, if the latter requests it. Dr. Ricardo Casanova, a pediatrician at St. Martin's Hospital and Blynda Bryan-Lake, a psychologist with the Childhood and Family Branch, was appointed by the Executive Councilors.

6) - Requests for introduction and renewal of work - Foreign labor
The Executive Counselors gave a favorable opinion to three renewals of work authorization and granted a work permit to four foreign nationals working in the territory of the Community.
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ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY
Human Development
7) - Support for transport and accommodation expenses of the Science Pô Paris delegation - 2013-2014 school year
The Collectivity concerned with ensuring conditions for success for the candidates for the entrance examination to Sciences-Po decided by deliberation of the Executive Council of 1 on July 2010 the implementation of a partnership agreement between the Community and 'Institute of Political Studies in Paris. To date, several missions have taken place between Saint-Martin and Paris, for the benefit of students eligible for entrance examinations and for the benefit of delegations of Sciences-Po staff. On Tuesday 28 January, the Executive Council was to decide on the cost of transport between Guadeloupe and Saint-Martin, and to host the delegation (for one night) from Paris as part of its annual visit. A deliberation unanimously adopted.
ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY
Economic Development
8) - Authorization of roads

The Executive Council considered sixty applications for allocation of a site on the public domain.
These were essentially requests for the renewal of the sale on the tourist market of Marigot. On these 60 renewal applications, 34 received a favorable opinion, while 13 received an unfavorable notice for arrears of rent and 9 were deferred pending the reorganization of the market. Four requests for a shop were declined due to lack of available space. A vote was taken unanimously.

ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY

Presentation of the new smart card of Saint Martin
Jean Arnell, a Computech company, was presenting to the Executive Council a new driving license set up by the Saint Martin Community, which was entrusted to Computech. It is scheduled to be released in July 2014.
The Organic Law of 21 February 2007 conferring on the Collectivity the competence in road traffic, the latter worked with the services of the state in order to implement this new competence. The reform of the registration system, with the creation of a new registry of motor vehicles, the exchange of permits issued by the Sint Maarten authorities, the creation of the road tax and the management and issuance of driving licenses, Are part of these new skills.
Since the reform of the driving license took place at the national level with the entry into force of the new license and the FAETON applications, the Collectivité de Saint-Martin has also introduced its own driving license and related applications. The aim of this project is not only to create a new driver's license, but also, and above all, to put driver and driving schools at the heart of management processes, with a unique view of the files. As a result, new users and actors will be integrated into the process, as will the training institutions, examiners, law enforcement agencies and securities departments of the Community, which will have access to information related to the driver's license.
Defined by the European directives, the format of the new Saint-Martin's driving license is a smart card format protected against forgery (pictogram, hologram and digital watermark).
The new driver's license of Saint-Martin, which does not have points, will be put into circulation on the territory from July 2014. Individuals who wish to apply for this service may contact the Community Securities Department located in Galisbay.







2014-01-23 Miscellaneous information
Report of the Executive Board of Tuesday 21 January 2014

The Executive Council of the Collectivité de Saint-Martin met in plenary session on Tuesday 21 January 2014 at 15h, under the chairmanship of Aline Hanson, President of the Territorial Council of Saint-Martin. Click here to read the report: CP Executive Report 21 January.pdf

2014-01-21 Miscellaneous information
Notice to the public: Fight against chikungunya

The community of Saint-Martin asks the population to get involved in the fight against the proliferation of chikungunya. Press Release: CP Population Business.pdf

2014-01-21 Miscellaneous information
Fight against chikungunya

The Collectivity Removes Your End-of-Life Vehicles Read the Press Release: CP Carcasses Removal.pdf

2014-01-15 Miscellaneous information
Report of the Executive Board of Tuesday 14 January 2014

The Executive Council of the Community of Saint-Martin met in session on Tuesday 14 January 2014 to 15h, under the chairmanship of Aline Hanson, President of the Territorial Council of Saint-Martin. You can download the report by clicking here: CP Executive Board of 14 January 2014.pdf

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