Elections to the Toulouse Chamber of Commerce will take place from October 27 to November 9 in Haute-Garonne. It is a united employers which presents itself to the suffrage of the entrepreneurs of the department with a common Medef – CPME list. The two employers’ unions have agreed on a 50/50 split of the 65 names on the list. “What unites us is stronger than what separates us. Our territory has challenges to take up such as the arrival of the LGV which deserves the union ”explained Samuel Cette, president of the CP 31.“ Our two unions work effectively together and their presidents get along well ”confirms for his part Pierre-Oliver Nau, President of Medef 31.
The single list will therefore be created by Patrick Piedrafita, president of Airbus Operations and presents a clever mix between SMEs and larger companies. Boss of 20,000 employees in the metropolis, at 62 years old, this original Bigourdan already knows the CCI well. He has been elected there for eleven and notably as vice-president for industry. Known to be a man of consensus (but also of convictions), he was chosen to lead this list which, beyond the unprecedented union between CPME and Medef, shows new ideas.
With 42% of places, women have never been represented in the consular institution. On the other hand, surprise of this list: Anouk Déqué however 1before outgoing vice-president, former president of CPME 31 and very active behind the scenes in recent weeks, was not retained on the rally list. On the other hand, we find other women entrepreneurs including Bénédicte Nickees Vital (Vital Ainé biscuits), Lucie Schmitz (Manatour), Christine Arnal (Néon Aquitaine), Mathilde Iclanzan (Wiseed) …
Didier Lacroix and the director of the TFC
The other novelty is the presence of the sports world. Didier Lacroix, president of Stade Toulousain and Olivier Jaubert, general manager of TFC represented on the list. “Our big clubs and the sporting world in general are economic players in their own right and must take part in the major decisions of the city and must be able to be heard” explains Pierre-Olivier Nau, president of Medef 31 who has worked for this representativeness.
An engineer by training, Patrick Piedrafita leads operations methodically. “We will lead four commissions at the CCI: trade, industry, services and regional development. But the project, I want to build it with the 65 elected officials as well as the associate members and the technical advisers. We must therefore first install the instances before talking about actions ”he announces. He wants to put “the right people who will work at the right speed”. And the CCI will be the chamber of “all” Haute-Garonne including Revélois, Comminges and Muretain warns Patrick Piedrafita.
The future president’s roadmap will include major subjects such as the success of the recovery, digitalization and ecological transition. On the taxation of companies deemed “heavier in Toulouse than in other metropolises” by Pierre-Olivier Nau will arise the subject of the LGV tax which hangs over companies. But to be heard, we must mobilize voters called to vote electronically from October 27 to November 9.