Nov 19 2013
Scramble and reverse. "The eco-tax has become the point of attachment of a global crisis," said Jean-Marc Ayrault1 in an interview given to Echoes mardi2. Asked whether the suspension would go beyond 2014, he said: "It will take the time it takes." Then on Tuesday morning, the contradictory statements have followed about the date of implementation by the government. Philippe Martin, Minister of Ecology stated that "the time will be the overhaul of overall taxation." A few hours later, Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault resumed hand and confided to reporters that the entry into force of the écotaxe3 hung "the conclusions and recommendations that parliamentarians will." In other words, the environmental tax is postponed until next summer or 2015.
These policy statements were surprised Ecomouv ', 70% controlled by the Italian Autostrade, a subsidiary of Benetton which operates highways across the Alps consortium. The climate is also increasingly stretched between Ecomouv 'and state.
"Anyway, the state will have to pay"
Specifically the State today has two solutions. It may refuse work delivered by Ecomouv '. But it does not seem to be the path followed by the government because the cost would be of € 800 million. The State thus breached the contract that binds him to Ecomouv 'for a reason says of "general interest", the most expensive of the contract clause. Or as it seems to draw the state accepts the work on schedule, that is to say by the end of November. He will then pay rent to Ecomouv '20 million per month, even though the collection has not yet begun. In both cases, it will not escape the scandal. At a time when the state seeks by all means to save money, it will explain to taxpayers that will squander public money without tax revenue in the face. "Anyway, the state will have to pay," said one expert dossier.
Side of Écoumouv ', we can not imagine that the state could return to the contract he signed. But it is already preparing to go to litigation in case of delay in the validation of the work or in the event of outright refusal to work. To finance this device that has taken the form of a public-private partnership Ecomouv has borrowed more than € 600 million from a "pool" bank specially constituted occasion4 (Deutsche Bank, Credit Agricole, Banca Intesa, the Caisse des Depots et Consignations, Unicredit and Mediobanca).