Orne Council’s vocation is to improve the everyday life of local inhabitants while supporting the area's economic growth.

Attentive to local life and people

Elected representatives in the department are well familiar with the lifestyles, needs and plans of people and businesses in the Orne. They remain close to the public and understand the specific requirements of the department, its strengths and weaknesses, what drives the Orne and what hampers its expansion.

Orne Council is thus a key link in the institutional chain, providing a vital interface between the local community and the State. Since the introduction of the decentralisation laws in 1982-1983, the State has continued to delegate greater decision-making powers to the Departmental Councils.

The council’s powers 

  • welfare initiatives
  • urban and rural planning
  • transport
  • funding for local communities
  • support for economic expansion
  • the management of certain public establishments (secondary schools, departmental library and the archives)
  • environmental protection
  • welfare and health initiatives (children, families, the elderly and disabled, integration)
  • road infrastructures
  • rural planning

Direct democracy

Orne Council fulfils two complementary functions to serve local citizens. It is a decision-maker, initiating the reforms required to improve life for people in the Orne. It is also a manager, supervising the effective implementation of these initiatives across the department.

Orne Council carries out the same functions for the department as the municipal council does at community level. The Orne has 40 Councillors representing the 40 districts (cantons) in the department. To ensure greater continuity of action, elections to appoint half of these Councillors are held every three years. Each Councillor is thus elected for six years via a majority-vote system.