IDFM anticipates losses of around 1.3 billion euros for the current year, corresponding to the decline in tariff revenue and that in mobility payments, the tax paid by companies.
Île-de-France mobilités (IDFM) – the Paris region transport organizing authority chaired by Valérie Pécresse – is calling for help. On Tuesday, she asked the State for a boost of 1.3 billion euros in subsidy to compensate for the losses linked to the Covid-19 pandemic anticipated for 2021. Ile-de-France transport has still not recovered its pre-crisis attendance level.
The Board of Directors of IDFM “calls out“the state so that it”plans to compensate as quickly as possible in the form of a non-refundable Ile-de-France Mobilités subsidy, up to all the revenue losses observed in 2021“, he underlines in a press release. IDFM relies on”the review clause“contained in the protocol signed with the State in September 2020, which provides for”reassessment of the situation in the event of further loss of resources attributable to the health situation“.
However, IDFM anticipates losses of around 1.3 billion euros for the current year corresponding, for around one billion, to the decline in tariff revenues and for around 300 million euros to that of mobility payments, the tax paid by businesses. All on the assumption of an end of the year without new confinement.
“Support for public transport in Île-de-France is urgent and contributes to the revival of both the Île-de-France and the national economy.“, underlines IDFM for whom”the state provided support in 2020 at less than 10% in the form of a subsidy“. IDFM had obtained from the State 1.45 billion euros in repayable advance and 150 million in subsidies for the losses of 2020.
An annual cost of more than 10.5 billion euros
At the beginning of June, Valérie Pécresse, then a candidate for her re-election at the head of Ile-de-France, had already asked the State to “compensate 100% of these losses ” of IDFMs caused by the health crisis, believing that it was not “travelers to pay the bill for the Covid crisis in 2021At the same time, the National Assembly had rejected an amendment to the draft amending budget for 2021 going in this direction, carried by the deputies LR Robin Reda and Gilles Carrez.
According to IDFM, the operation of its network costs more than 10.5 billion euros each year, financed by local authorities (region, departments, City of Paris), employers via the transport payment and the support of half the cost of transport for their employees, and the sale of transport tickets.