Having been the owner of the RATP, a candidate company for the exploitation of this future line, the Minister of Transport has decided to transmit this file to François de Rugy.
Minister of Transport Elisabeth Borne, former boss of the RATP, was deported Saturday, October 13 the award of the market for the operation of the CDG Express, the fast line before connect Paris at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport, in order to"Avoid any possible suspicion of conflict of interest".
A decree published this Saturday in the Official Journal said that the award of this contract will now be entrusted to the Minister of Ecological Transition, François de Rugy, which provides oversight on transport.
"This decision was taken in order to prevent any possible suspicion of a conflict of interest, having regard to the responsibilities previously exercised by Elisabeth Borne at the head of RATP, who is a member of a group that is applying for the award of this contract ", it was explained in the entourage of the minister.
The Charles-de-Gaulle Express, or CDG Express, is scheduled to connect 2023 Gare de l'Est, in the center of Paris, to terminal 2 at Roissy airport. The journey, 32 kilometers long, will last 20 minutes and will cost 24 euros.
Other file: the A79, in the Allier
The Minister also faces charges of conflict of interest in another file, that of a section of the future A79 motorway in the Allier, because of her former position in the construction group Eiffage, a candidate for market. At least one competitor asked if any special arrangements would be made for to avoid the conflict of interest. He was told, he says, that the work of the commission, according to custom, would not be made public and that the minister would normally exercise her powers.
The A79, which must take the place of the N79 in the part crossing the department of Allier, will represent a section conceded to toll of 72 kilometers. The award decision on this file must intervene before the end of the year and puts in competition most of the big construction groups: Bouygues, Eiffage, NGE, SPIE and Vinci.