Élysée aims to cut budget to 100 million euros by 2015

19 March, 10:57

    (ANSAmed) - PARIS, MARCH 19 - In times of austerity, even wine is rationed at the Élysée Palace. The objective is to reduce the presidential palace budget to 100 million euros by 2015 compared to the current spending of 101 million euros, with additional cuts in personnel and operating expenses. Even wine will be drunk to the last drop. To avoid having to throw away open bottles, left unfinished at receptions, the palace sommelier has procured special wine corks that permit the conservation of contents until the next meal. According to the numbers of French Deputy Rene' Dosiere, finance specialist for the state, the Élysée Palace today spends about 250,000 euros per year on wine, a figure certain to be revised downward in the coming years.

    Last May, the presidency put 1,200 bottles of fine wine up for auction, or a tenth of its cantina, to substitute them with less costly wines and pour the surplus proceeds from the sale (about 300,000 euros) into state coffers.

    Expenses for the French presidency have already fallen 11 million euros compared to 2011, according to radio Europe 1.

    From the beginning of his mandate in May 2012, in fact, President Francois Hollande has cut the staff of the Élysée Palace from 882 to 836 employees, a reduction of 46 people, and his cabinet has gone from 52 to 40 members. In its quest to save, the presidency is thinking of making 62 employees, currently housed free of charge in a nearby building, pay rent from 2015 onward. Aim is being taking even at the head of state's movements, with less luxurious hotels and delegations that are less numerous. (ANSAmed).

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