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2018-05-29 Speeches, meetings / Agenda / Debates
President Gibbs Speech - 170 Anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery

28 May 18 - Colombier

Madam prefect, general secretary representing the prefect delegated to the communities of St Martin and St Barthélemy,

Ladies and gentlemen, Vice-Presidents,

Ladies and gentlemen, the elected representatives of the territorial council,

Mr. President of CESC,

Ladies and gentlemen representatives of cultural associations,

Chers amis,

I am very happy for your presence in Colombier this morning for these commemorations of the 170th anniversary of the abolition of slavery.

A commemoration which for the first time takes place a May 28, historic date of the abolition of slavery in St. Martin that was revealed by the research of Mrs. Daniella Jeffry whom I salute, with the support of the Directorate of Archives Territorial and Community Heritage for administrative procedures.

I thank the Prefect and her services who accompanied us in this process which resulted in the publication of a circular authorizing us to celebrate this Monday 28 May. Now remains to obtain the final ministerial decree that will set the 28 May as the official date of commemoration in St. Martin.

To be able to commemorate this major event of our history at the right date was for us Saint-Martinois an important historic act and I look forward to seeing you again this Monday 28 May, in Colombier.

This celebration was "delocalised" this year, since we do not celebrate this event at the feet of Lady Libertybut in the heart of one of the most picturesque and authentic villages of St. Martin.

It was my desire to be here this morning. And I welcome it because like all Saint-Martinois without doubt, I have a particular fondness for Colombier ...

For its landscapes of course, its heritage safeguarded, for these testimonies of our material or immaterial history but so palpable, for this incomparable smell of earth returned after the rain and the thermometer which falls suddenly under the shelter of the big trees ... But especially because for the Saint-Martinois that I am, Colombier represents the Saint Martin of yesteryear, the proud one, solidly camped on its values ​​of solidarity and mutual aid.

Time does not seem to have a hold on Colombier and the safeguarding and the enhancement of this authenticity, we owe it to the families who live there forever and who cultivate, on a daily basis, this warm-hearted togetherness.


It is therefore with even greater emotion this year that I share this commemoration of the 170th anniversary of the abolition of slavery with you all this morning ...

In 1794, the First Republic abolishes slavery in the French colonies.

Restored by the Consulate in 1802, it was definitively abolished at the initiative of Victor Schoelcher by the Second Republic, the 27 April 1848.

Dates that prove to us, if need be, that slavery is not compatible with the Republic.

Profoundly Republican, I do not forget that the Republic was built with the abolitionist movement, but I do not forget either, that if 1848 was the year of the abolition, it also marks the beginning of a very long period of forgetfulness: it took decades indeed for us to finally begin, to leave the silence and the unsaid and that we begin, together, to face this abomination of our history.

Yes, it took some time before the determination of Commander Delgrès, the courage of Toussaint-Louverture, the resistance of the mulatto Solitude or Chestnuts Dimitile and Cimendef finally find a timid place in the textbooks of our children ...

They are, however, just like our revolutionaries and our resisters, heroes of the History of France.

There is still a long way to go to ensure that the very memory of slavery fully finds its place in our national history, but I am proud that our country was the first country in the world, in 2001, to be enshrined in the law. , recognition of the slave trade and slavery as a crime against humanity.


The fight against slavery continues, because it is not a fight against the past: it is, on the contrary, a fight of the present.

Racism was born of slavery, because it needed a justification, that of the existence of inferior "races", to make a man a "movable good" according to the terms of the Black Code.

The tragedies of yesterday, the struggles of our ancestors require from us the greatest respect and the greatest vigilance, they impose us a daily fight against the discriminations. Especially when these discriminations, in these times of crisis and loss of benchmarks, put so much harm to the French society.

The fight against slavery is also topical, because according to the United Nations, some 40 million people in the world remain victims.

Slavery, the exploitation of man by man, the forced labor of children, the commodification of women's bodies ... All this still persists in the facts. You probably still have in mind, like me, these unsustainable images filmed by CNN recently, of these African migrants captured in Libya, and sold on a market like cattle. These sad realities have not disappeared, they are everyday, they affect millions of people. These are realities that challenge every day humanity, but also France, in its values ​​and in its motto.

The fight for human rights demands our perseverance.

Thank you.

2018-05-24 Land Use Planning and Urban Planning
Reconstruction aid: The Community votes an aid of 2000 euros per room for the Guest-House

As announced in the Territorial Council last April, and in accordance with the will of the President and his majority, the Collective of Saint-Martin has adopted by decision of the Executive Council, Wednesday 23 May 2018, the device of granting a help Exceptional 2000 euros per room to accommodations carrying out an activity of Guest House, in order to allow them to renovate or rehabilitate their guest rooms.

The Collectivité of Saint-Martin invites the concerned and interested accommodation to this device to contact the Tourism Department of the Collectivité ( to know the practical modalities of constitution of the file of request.


Press contact Community

Communications management

Nathalie Longato-Rey: 0590 29 56 60 - 0690 65 89 52


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2018-05-23 Land Use Planning and Urban Planning
Reconstruction: a CAUE architect available to the public

The community of Saint-Martin reminds you that a consulting architect of the Council of Urban Planning and Environment Architecture (CAUE) is available to advise individuals who need information for their reconstruction or construction project.

The permanence is open every last Fridays of the month, from 9 hours to 12 hours, in the premises of the new administrative city of the community (Urban Planning Department), rue Fayel in Concordia.

This architect is at your disposal, do not hesitate to come and get the information you need.

2018-05-22 Information / Administration
Notice to associations

The Community of Saint Martin invites the associations of Saint-Martin to a presentation of the Regional Directorate of Youth, Sports and Social Cohesion, on the theme "the device of the civic contract",Tuesday 5 June 2018 from 18h00 to 19h30 at the Inter-professional Consular Chamber of Saint-Martin (CCISM), n ° 5 rue Fayel, in Concordia.

The Community of Saint-Martin invites the associations of the territory to come many to this presentation.

2018-05-15 Land Use Planning and Urban Planning
The Collectivité continues the collection of sargasses and intervenes on the eastern bay

The community of Saint-Martin, which began collecting Sargassum algae, on Saturday, April 14, continues its cleaning actions. After Cul de Sac Bay, where seaweed removal is organized on a regular basis, contractors have now begun cleaning up the heavily impacted eastern bay beach, particularly on the north side of the former Mont Vernon hotel. Cleanup crews will soon connect with Galion Bay and Lucas Bay in Oyster Pond, where again, many algae have been stranded in recent days.

The State having released the sum of 3 million euros for the collection of these polluting algae in the islands of the West Indies (the archipelago of Guadeloupe - Martinique - St Barth - St Martin), the Collectivité will use the funds which it will be allocated to strengthen its resources through the acquisition of mechanized machinery for the collection of algae and the establishment of a new "green brigade". The association A-SIS Service, partner of this integration project, will thus put 25 young brigadiers at the service of the collection of Sargassum algae on the beaches of the community.

At this stage, the analyzes of the Regional Health Agency (ARS) did not identify any danger for the population. The hydrogen sulphide content is very low, or even zero, in the impacted bays, despite the occasional presence of a strong odor.

2018-05-15 Land Use Planning and Urban Planning
Reminder: 10 May cleaning campaign at 10 June

As announced by President Daniel Gibbs and his team, a clean-up campaign is being organized by the community, from 10 May to 10 June 2018. During this period, waste collection bins will be installed in the neighborhoods (according to the attached plan). Here is the access link to the map:

The aim is to carry out a large cleaning in anticipation of the hurricane season and to remove a maximum of waste, some of which could become projectiles in bad weather. The public is being asked to clean private property while the community will continue to clean up the public domain. Neighborhood associations are also invited to help with this operation.

In parallel, the community is continuing its VHU operation for the removal of End of Life Vehicles. This is free for anyone who wants to spread the word about the community by contacting the 0590 52 27 30 (ask for the Environment and Living Guidelines).

Individuals and companies that will join this effort are asked to sort green waste, sheet metal and pieces of wood before transporting them to the Grand Cayes ecosite. This sorting is important because it will facilitate the treatment of waste by the company VERDE and Galisbay waste disposal.

Access to the Ecosite of Grandes Cayes (Cul de Sac) will be free for the duration of the cleaning campaign, only for vehicles registered on the French side and for adapted trucks (equipped with a dumpster). It is also possible to deposit waste free at the Galisbay waste center.

The Community of Saint-Martin invites you to use the devices that will be made available to collect a maximum of waste, between the 10 May and 10 June 2018.

President Daniel Gibbs makes a civic appeal to all our fellow citizens for active participation in this collective clean-up program, and thanks you in advance for your commitment to respecting our environment and our safety.


Inglés version

Clean-up campaign on it's way from May 10th to June 10th!

As announced by President Daniel Gibbs and his team, a clean-up campaign is being organized by the Community, from May 10th to June 10th, 2018. During this period, waste collection will be installed in the neighborhoods. Access to the map:

The aim is to carry out a major cleaning operation in anticipation of the 2018 hurricane season and to remove a maximum of waste, some of which could become projectiles in bad weather. The public is being asked to clean the private properties while the Community will continue to clean up the public domain. Neighborhood associations are also invited to help with this operation.

In parallel, the Community is continuing its "VHU" operation for the disposal of end-of-life vehicles. The 0590 52 27 3 XNUMX XNUMX XNUMX XNUMX XNUMX XNUMX XNUMX XNUMX XNUMX.

Individuals and companies who will join this effort are required to go green, and to transport them to the Grand Cayes Ecosite. This pre-sorting is important to the VERDE and the Galisbay waste center.

Access to the Grand Cayes Ecosite (Cul de Sac) will be available for the duration of the cleaning campaign, only for vehicles registered on the French side and for suitable trucks (dump truck). Galisbay waste center.

The Collectivity of St. Martin invites you to take a closer look at this issue, between May 10th and June 10th, 2018.

President Daniel Gibbs makes a great contribution to this issue, and thanks for your participation in this collective clean-up program, and thanks for your commitment to your environment and safety.

2018-05-15 Taxation
2017 Income Tax (IR) Declaration

Users have been receiving their income tax return for the 2017 year for a few days. Much more than an administrative formality, it is a citizen act whose consequences directly impact the future of our territory and the implementation of annual public policies. The contribution of everyone to the collective effort during this period of reconstruction is more than ever necessary to carry out the projects of rehabilitation of infrastructures and public networks. You are therefore invited to complete your declaration with the greatest sincerity, it must be addressed to the Public Finance Center of Saint-Martin, no later than 31 May 2018, deadline of rigor.

If you do not receive your declaration form, you will find on the website of the Collectivité (heading Taxation), all the printed matter and notices useful to declare the income which you received during the year 2017.

A special device to help users complete their declaration

Users are informed that the Saint-Martin Public Finance Center (Concordia - Fayel Street) has put in place a special mechanism to help them meet their reporting obligations. To this end, the staff concerned will be strongly mobilized and will be able to welcome the taxpayers, as of Monday 7 May 2018, at the Public Finance Center No. 16 street Jean-Jacques Fayel (former tax service, behind the CAF):

- Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 7h30 to 12h00 and from 14h00 to 16h00
- Wednesday and Friday from 7h30 to 12h00

All reception boxes available will be open to the public.

The Community of Saint-Martin thanks you.

2018-05-15 Land Use Planning
COM and Veolia sign Memorandum of Understanding

The Saint-Martin and Veolia Collective sign a memorandum of agreement for the termination of their contracts for the delegation of water and sanitation services in the territory

The Territorial Council of Saint-Martin has today approved the transactional agreement protocol for concession contracts for the service of water production and delegation of public services for drinking water and sanitation in the territory of Saint-Martin. -Martin. This protocol provides for an amicable and anticipated termination between, on the one hand, the Collectivité and the Water and Sanitation Establishment of Saint-Martin and, on the other hand, the society Générale des Eaux Guadeloupe and the Caribbean Union. desalination plants, both Veolia subsidiaries.

As of 30 November 2018, the company General Waters Guadeloupe (GDEG) and the Caribbean Seawater Desalination Union (UCDEM) will no longer be in charge of the production and distribution of drinking water or water. Sanitation in the territory of St. Martin.

The negotiation of this protocol was marked by a spirit of constructive dialogue made possible by years of collaboration reinforced by the hardships experienced following the passage of cyclone Irma. In this respect, the Community of Saint Martin wishes to pay tribute to the means implemented by the General Guadeloupe Waters (GDEG) and the Caribbean Seawater Desalination Union (UCDEM) to restore the service after the serious damage caused by the cyclone.

This agreement aims to prepare the future in the particular context of reconstruction. Specifically, it gives the community the opportunity to choose a single operator for water production, distribution and sanitation, a guarantee of efficiency and control of the service as a whole.

From an economic point of view, it allows the Community to calmly approach the future in the sense that this exit agreement does not degrade the financial situation of the Collectivité and the Water Establishment.

Lastly, this agreement guarantees that all local employees will be transferred to the future operator selected following a competitive bidding procedure.

Press Contact Veolia Press Contact Community of Saint Martin

Laurent Obadia - Sandrine Guendoul Communication Director Nathalie Longato-Rey

Stéphane Galfré - Camille Mayor Tel 0590 29 56 60 -

Tel. + 33 1 85 57 42 15 Mail:

2018-05-15 Town planning
Work alert - Post Irma

2018-05-14 Culture, Youth & Sports
The community renews its Emploi-Vacances scheme

As every year, the Collectivité of Saint-Martin renews its operation "job-holidays" for the benefit of the students of 17 to 23 years, who will be able to hold a job during the months of July and August 2016, in the territorial services. This year, following Irma's passage, recruitment possibilities are limited.

Young 17 students from 23 who are interested in a holiday job in the community can apply to the Youth Department of the Community. The registration form can be downloaded from the website of the Collectivité:

The Community of Saint-Martin invites interested young people to make themselves known to the Youth Service, located in the annex of the Community, rue Fayel in Concordia. Tel: 0590 522730

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