The Constitutional Council officially noted Thursday the failure of the project of referendum of shared initiative (RIP) on the privatization of the group Aéroports de Paris (ADP). In nine months, it did not get the 10% voter support required to be validated.
“The number of supporters […] to be collected was 4,717,396 “, but only” 1,093,030 “signatures were recorded and validated, say the Elders in a press release.
“The bill aiming at affirming the character of national public service of the operation of the aerodromes of Paris thus did not obtain the support of at least a tenth of the voters registered on the electoral lists”, notes the institution, who will publish this statement in the Official Journal.
The last score made on March 13, the date of the end of the period for collecting signatures, reported a number of 1,090,570 supporters in the referendum, a figure that has been slightly reassessed (+ 2,460 signatures) after the study of last resort .
A pure and simple burial of the project?
The question of a possible privatization of ADP has been postponed indefinitely by the government, given the market collapse and the difficulties of the airline sector linked to the coronavirus crisis.
The decision was well received by the opposition, behind the referendum project, which is betting on an outright burial of this government project.
In April, 248 socialist, communist, rebellious and republican parliamentarians mobilized. Their arguments: more than 170 million euros in annual dividends that would no longer fit into the coffers of the State, the fear of renegotiating the curfew in Orly or even 6,700 hectares in the sights of real estate developers. The collection of signatures had then started and experienced some bugs.