General Council of the Pyrénées-Orientales

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The General Council of the Pyrénées-Orientales (in French: Conseil Général des Pyrénées-Orientales, Catalan: Consell General dels Pirineus Orientals) is the assembly elected for 6 years by the 31 Cantons of the Pyrénées-Orientales and its executive. Christian Bourquin,(PS) is the elected president since 1998.

Organization[edit]

President[edit]

The chairman of 'General Council of Pyrénées-Orientales' is Hermelin Malherbe-Laurent [fr] (PS), who succeeded Christian Bourquin in November 2010.[1] She is the head of the executive.

Former presidents[edit]

Carte des Cantons

The Vice-Presidents[edit]

  • Jean-Jacques Lopez (PS)
  • Jean Vila (PC)
  • Robert Garrab (PS)
  • Henri Demay (PS)
  • Louis Caseilles (PS)
  • Alexandre Reynal (PS)
  • Alain Boyer (PS)
  • Jean-Louis Alvarez (PC)
  • Jean Codognès (DVG)

The General Council[edit]

The Assembly sets departmental policy. The General Council has 31 Conseillers généraux for the 31 Cantons of the Pyrénées-Orientales and its Chairman. The Conseiller général is the representative, elected by universal suffrage for 6 years.

The powers of the General Council[edit]

The General Councils exercise the powers given by the laws of decentralization in the social welfare, the roads and water network, education, fire and rescue services,[2] economic development, public museums, departmental archives, and the management of protected areas.

Social welfare[edit]

Roads and public transport[edit]

Education and sport[edit]

Economic development[edit]

Culture and heritage of the Pyrénées-Orientales[edit]

Environmental protection and sustainable development[edit]

The Eurodistrict[edit]

The General Council has a policy of cooperation with the Generalitat of Catalonia, the Province of Girona and the Andorra to create a Catalan Eurodistrict.[23]

July 27, 2007 in Céret took place the signature of the framework agreement for launching the Eurodistrict project[24] Establishment of a Common Fund to support projects of cooperation across the Catalan space,[25] and common development of cross-border projects,[26] the General Council and the Casa de la Generalitat de Catalunya in Perpignan.[27]

Use of Catalan[edit]

A study in 1997 found that 55% of the population understand, 39% can read and 34% can speak Catalan. It found a higher percantage of speakers in villages and lower in the capital city.[28] Although Catalan has no official status it was first recognised in 1951 when it was introduced into the school curriculum. The Region of Languedoc-Roussillon created an agency for the promotion of the two regional languages, Catalan and Occitan.

The Charter for Catalan[edit]

At the session of 10 December 2007, the General Council approved the "Charter for Catalan" in which the Pyrénées-Orientales is committed to ensure the promotion, development and dissemination of the Catalan language and the Catalan culture. It says in the Preamble: "Catalan, is born more than a thousand years, is one of the pillars of our identity, heritage and richness of the department of Pyrénées-Orientales (Northern Catalonia). The term Northern Catalonia gets its first official recognition.[29]

Automatic defibrillators[edit]

Defibrillator of General Council on the city hall of Collioure

The Pyrénées-Orientales is conducting a pilot study of installation of automatic defibrillators. On April 2, 2007, the General Council first decided to purchase defibrillators for 22 municipalities located more than 20 minutes from emergency medical services.[30] Since March 2008, when a defibrillator was installed in Mosset, 141 municipalities have them, the objective being to equip all 226 municipalities and the 22 General Council buildings. Certain municipalities have also decided to install additional defibrillators at highly frequented locations.[31]

After a presentation to the French Council of Mayors,[32] other French departments and regions are also considering the installation of automatic defibrillators.[33]

The devices require a telephone line and an ADSL connection, and their ground support equipment makes use of GPS. Thus their installation also helps to reduce the digital divide in formerly poorly connected villages.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Hermeline Malherbe-Laurent (DVG) élue à la tête des Pyrénées-Orientales". Le Point (in French). 21 November 2010. Retrieved 2017-12-15.
  2. ^ http://www.sdis66.fr/
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-04-13. Retrieved 2009-04-07.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-03-24. Retrieved 2009-04-07.
  5. ^ http://www.lindependant.com/articles/2009/03/17/20090317-Perpignan-Le-conseil-general-prend-le-RSA-a-bras-le-corps.php5[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-02-21. Retrieved 2009-04-07.
  7. ^ http://www.cg66.fr/jeunesse_sports/colleges Archived 2011-07-16 at Archive.is / index.html
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-11-27. Retrieved 2009-04-07.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-04-12. Retrieved 2009-04-07.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-03-28. Retrieved 2009-04-07.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-04-17. Retrieved 2009-04-07.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-01. Retrieved 2009-04-07.
  13. ^ http://www.cdt-66.com/static/fr/master/index
  14. ^ http://www.musee-ceret.com/
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-04-14. Retrieved 2009-04-07.
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-05-02. Retrieved 2009-04-07.
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-05-01. Retrieved 2009-04-07.
  18. ^ http://www.reseauculturel.fr/
  19. ^ http://www.parc-pyrenees-catalanes.fr/
  20. ^ http://www.grandsitedefrance.com/document.php?pagendx=67/ Archived 2011-07-11 at the Wayback Machine.
  21. ^ http://www.cg66.fr/environment/espaces_naturels/paulilles Archived 2011-07-16 at Archive.is /index.html
  22. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-03-28. Retrieved 2010-06-06.
  23. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-04-26. Retrieved 2009-04-07.
  24. ^ http://www20.gencat.cat/docs/Departament_de_la_Presidencia/Secretaria27Afers%%20d%20Exteriors/Documents/Arxius/20070727_Declaracio_Eurodistricte.pdf
  25. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-11-27. Retrieved 2009-04-07.
  26. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-12-05. Retrieved 2009-04-07.
  27. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-04-27. Retrieved 2009-04-07.
  28. ^ Institut d'Estudis Catalans[permanent dead link]
  29. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-02-07. Retrieved 2008-02-07.
  30. ^ http://www.cg66.fr/institution/session/2007/session_070730/deliberation/annexe_dlb11.pdf[permanent dead link]
  31. ^ http://www.lindependant.com/articles/2009/03/23/ Perpignan-20090323-A-Medical-DEFIBRILLATOR-automates-the-park-of-sports.php5
  32. ^ http://salons.groupemoniteur.fr/salon_des_maires_et_des_collectivites_locales
  33. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original Check |url= value (help) on 2006-03-26. Retrieved 2011-05-24.. lindependant.com/articles/2009/03/31/20090331-INDEPENDANT-Les-PO-departement-pilote.php5

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