The Elysée palace has tightened the belt. According to a report from the Court of accounts, aired Wednesday, the financial services of the presidency of the Republic showed a surplus of one million euros in 2019. In 2018, the accounts of the Elysée palace were in the red and five million euros had to be selected in the reserve, in particular due to the increase of the activity of the presidency.
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The costs of the services of the Elysium have dropped 3.26 % over 2018, at the height of 105,33 million euros, while the resources have increased from 1.2 % to 106.3 million, says the court. In 2019, the decline in expenditures is due primarily to two factors. On the one hand, "the number of trips presidential has declined by 20 % in 2019, inducing a significant part of the cost reduction (- €6.1 million)," notes the court in his report, which was presented Tuesday at Emmanuel Macron by its first president, Pierre Moscovici.
Less trips abroad for Macron
The president Macron is least made abroad, with 32 trips in 2019 out of a total of 108, compared to 46 in 2018 on a total of 135 trips. At the same time, the evolution of the wage bill (71,1 %) " could be contained ", with a rise of 0.9 % compared to 2018, in particular because of " a decline in the numbers of 2.5% on average ". The operating expenses have decreased 4.9 %.
To December 31, 2019, the number of agents in the presidency, was $ 779, including 454 civilians and 325 soldiers, against 816 in the same date the previous year. The office of the chief of the State was composed of 47 persons, as in 2018. The court has particularly noted this year that the reorganization of services, launched in 2017 under the leadership of Emmanuel Macron.
"the presidency of The Republic has reorganized," according to the Élysée palace
"first results are already noticeable, as illustrated by the 20% reduction in overtime and the implementation of a digital agenda shared presidential events, which allows us to anticipate their preparation," she notes. "Under the leadership of Emmanuel Macron, the president of the Republic has reorganized. Concrete progress and savings have been made. It is the Court of auditors, which noted, " said the Elysée in a tweet.
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seventeen events were held in 2019 in the context of the great debate to get out of the crisis of the yellow Vests, including 11 trips of the head of State to meet with local elected representatives and 6 receptions at the Elysée palace, for a total cost of $ 0.9 million. As every year, a specific control gate on the activity of Brigitte Macron. The direct expenditure attributable to that result mainly of the salaries of the members of his cabinet to "282 476 €" an amount comparable to those of 2017-2018. The wife of the head of the State has received more than 21,000 emails in 2019, compared to 19 500 in the previous year.