Preparing for Brexit cost France 200 million euros

This cost should be “partly compensatedé ”by the European Brexit Support Fund, specifies the Minister in charge of Public Accounts Olivier Dussopt.

Between the hiring of 1,300 civil servants and the costs of infrastructure development, the reestablishment of the Franco-British border following Brexit cost the French state around 200 million euros, the Minister for Public Accounts announced on Wednesday. Olivier Dussopt.

A cost which should however be “partly compensatedé ”by the European Brexit Support Fund, endowed with 5.3 billion euros, said the Minister during his hearing by the Finance Committee of the National Assembly.

In detail, 700 additional customs officers have been recruited, while the border police have increased their staff by 177 full-time equivalents (FTE) and 84 reservists. Finally, to strengthen sanitary and phytosanitary controls, 466 FTEs were deployed at the border, an effort that “allowed the opening of the veterinary control center of Boulogne-sur-Mer 24 hours a day», Specified the Minister. It is in this center that “all seafood, regardless of the landing port“, he added.

60 million euros for the creation of a border

Adaptation of infrastructure, which had been “fitted out for the free movement of people and goodsWhen the United Kingdom was a member of the European Union, required an investment of more than 60 million euros. “We have recreated a border, which is an unprecedented event“And all the more so since it is”one of the most active crossing points in our territory“, Through which 30 million travelers and 5 million heavy goods vehicles pass per year, argued the minister.

Saluting “the very high level“Preparation on the French side, he revenge pinned the”lack of customs offices to complete the formalities, customs staff on the British side», Especially for fishing. “Today, landing is almost impossible in Scotland, since many French companies fished in the North Sea but landed the fish in Scotland.Before it was transported by road to the south of England, he said.

Regarding traffic, “the generalized congestion which was feared did not take place, we know flows close to normal, with more than 90% of the usual traffic“, is “more than 33,000 trucks per week on import», Specified the Minister.

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