Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is holding a major enquiry on the future of the region

Three years after the creation of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region, the Regional Council has launched a major enquiry among its inhabitants, with the aim of reflecting on the region of 2030.

The current region is a merger of the former Auvergne and Rhône-Alpes and it is made up of 12 departments, with the city of Lyon as its capital. The region was created on the impulse of the French territorial reform of 2014 and entered into force on the 1st of January 2016. For three years, the region has been built, both administratively and politically. Its president, Laurent Wauquiez, says that he is satisfied with the work achieved: "We have established ourselves as a land of balance between rural areas and major cities, heritage and innovation, merit and dynamism. We have managed very rigorously the public money, without increasing taxes. We have given security to the secondary schools and we have improved the regional trains. Business and agriculture have been supported. Our results are good, but we must continue”.

The great regional enquiry starts off from this work in order to "face the challenges of tomorrow". The goal is obtaining the opinion of the inhabitants of all the territories of the region in order to build a project for Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes in 2030. This will be done by means of a questionnaire to which all citizens of the region can respond, but also by means of public meetings.

The questionnaire asks about safety, ecology or education, and citizens can express their preferences regarding the priorities of the regional budget, the actions to be carried out in favor of rural areas, agriculture, security, the environment, disabilities or tourism.

At the same time, the enquiry includes public meetings in all departments, with the participation of regional councilors and the president of the region himself, Laurent Wauquiez. These meetings should allow the elected officials to listen to the aspirations and expectations of the citizens, which should allow them to better design the future of the region.

“Our results encourage us to persevere - explains Laurent Wauquiez - but there is still a lot of work to be done in order to prepare our region for tomorrow's challenges. It's a good time to think together about the region we want for our children and grandchildren.

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