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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire #223 - Public-private partnerships Public procurement in private hands (fr) [machine translation]

Date Tue, 08 Jan 2013 12:54:07 +0200


Contractual instruments for implementation and management of infrastructure or public services, public-private partnerships. While this world is firmly in vogue are encouraged by the World Bank, in France it is much more discreet about it. ---- Public-private partnerships Public procurement in private hands ---- Contractual instruments for implementation and management of infrastructure or public services, public-private partnerships. While this world is firmly in vogue are encouraged by the World Bank, in France it is much more discreet about it. ---- The history of procurement in France is part of the public service delegation (PSD). This approach has existed since the mid-nineteenth century is to use a private contractor to build, manage, operate, service or public infrastructure.

Risk sharing is established by contract, knowing that the provider (private) shall be paid one way or another for its management. The difference between PPP and DSP is as thin as cigarette paper.

What is notable is that the formula of the PSD is very old in France, public procurement has long been shared between a limited number of players. For example, water management has three significant companies (Suez, Veolia, Saur) who share 80% of municipalities in the territory. Same in urban public transport where Veolia-Transdev, Keolis (SNCF) won the lion's share (75% of market), municipal utilities sharing the rest. The building sector is structured in the same way with four "majors" (Bouygues, Vinci, Eiffage, Spie Batignolle).

Transfer of public funds
Quite understandably, the equation ubiquitous actors seniority economic model + cheese = share, and collusion and agreements between these companies sprouts chained duck fat for a long time. One might therefore think that PPP gives little change. Especially an order of the State Council stipulates that the appeal to the PPP must first answer "the need to catch up particularly serious harm to the public interest and affect the functioning of the public service" .

And that's where the shoe pinches. Europe wants unified growth and competitiveness. Haro on the poor students whose share service is still important. This order has come. We believe the tailor-made for the present situation: emergency, the competitiveness of France collapses. We must accelerate the maneuver.

If the crisis is inevitable for many, it is clear that it is a structural opportunity for capitalism. Opportunity which has always strengthened its domination by precisely a dramatization of the emergency. For Holland who has never hidden to be a Liberal, whose mandate is obviously finalize the eviction of public and private dock in the French economy, PPPs are one of the privileged accelerators ultraliberal strategy.

Acceleration of the process
No wonder then the arrogance of Marisol Touraine, formerly Minister of Health, who scratched a stroke of the pen several years of fighting in the hospital in Mantes-la-Jolie (78)? Marisol Touraine who, without spending more than an hour there, and in defiance of a majority of users and elected representatives, assigns a private company [ 1 ] the fate of Cardiology, depleting even more care capacity of the basin health. No surprise: in the name of rationalization, the PPP was prepared long in local politics (Regional Health Agency of Yvelines) led by another Socialist (Claude Evin). The term socialist has no other purpose than to come complete the privatization process.

Cuervo (AL Northwest Suburbs)

[ 1 ] Fineve - company private clinics, which is both PdG elected Mantes-la-Jolie in charge of trade, Fineve manager and manager of a real estate company: chance would have it!
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