The 2023-2027 public finance programming bill had outlined a trend: if it was not voted on by Parliament, it planned “a 20% drop” credits devoted by the State to sport (excluding the Olympic and Paralympic Games) between 2023 and 2025, noted Senator Claude Kern (UDI-Centrist Union).
A document from the Ministry of the Budget, Public Accounts and the Public Service, revealed by the Decideurs du sport site on Thursday June 16, also traces a downward projection: devoted to tax credits and expenditures for the year 2023, it mentions payment appropriations for sport (excluding Games) increasing from 690.2 million euros in 2023 to 591.2 million in 2024, then 554.2 million in 2025.
“The programming bill included a reduction of 100 million euros in the budget because it took into account the success of the plan for 5,000 local sports grounds, of which the 200 million euros in credits were consumed in two years. [2022 et 2023], instead of the three initially planned »we explain to the Ministry of Sports and the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
In the entourage of Amélie Oudéa-Castéra it is added that “this does not prejudge the arbitration of the finance bill for 2024 which is in progress”. This budget for next year was however placed under the sign of savings by the Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne, who asked, in April, all the ministries to reduce their expenditure by 5%, excluding payroll.
At the same time, these same ministries were asked, in mid-April, by the Ministry of the Budget, to “respect the spending ceilings of the five-year trajectory decided on in the summer of 2022 and presented in the 2023-2027 public finance programming bill”. A new, updated public finance programming bill is due to be presented in July.
“The budget discussions will allow the Minister to assert her ambition, up to the challenges of the Olympic and Paralympic year ahead of us”, we assure Mrs. Oudéa-Castéra. The latter, interviewed on 1is June on RMC Sport on a possible decline in the state budget devoted to sport after the Games, replied: ” Absolutely not. »
She had also assured, on May 16 before the Finance Committee of the National Assembly, that the Olympic Games “do not constitute a period of overheating that we allow ourselves before folding the sails”and that’“it will be necessary to continue the work started after the Olympics”.
1.22 million Sport Passes
The Pass’Sport scheme, launched in 2021 to financially help young people to take out a license, totaled « 1,22 million » of beneficiaries ” last year in 58,000 sports associations », announced the Ministry of Sports and the Olympic and Paralympic Games, in a press release published on June 14. During its first year of implementation (from 1is June 2021 to February 28, 2022), this system, which consists of aid of 50 euros for families receiving the school allowance, had benefited 1.03 million young people (6 to 18 years old), out of some 5.6 million eligible. At the start of the 2022 academic year, it was extended to scholarship students. For the next school year, it will be “accepted for membership in a commercial sports leisure structure (fitness room, climbing room, 5-a-side football club, ice rink)”the ministry said.