The Mayor and the Municipal Council
Elected by the Municipal Council, the Mayor and his deputies constitute the executive office of the municipality. André SANTINI is mayor of Issy-les-Moulineaux since 1980. He is also vice-Président of Greater Paris.
In France, the Mayor has held the executive power of the municipality since 1884. In this capacity, he presides over the Municipal Council, directs the administration, and can delegate some powers to one or more deputies. The Mayor proposes the communal budgets, represents the commune in court, and processes the revision of the electoral lists and the organization of the elections. Finally, he is responsible for the municipality police to ensure public order and performs civil status functions, such as the census of the population.
The City also maintains the roads and green spaces, has public primary schools, awards grants to associations, and has a role in the fields of housing, urban planning, social assistance and health, and culture. In Issy-les-Moulineaux, approximately 950 agents work in around 30 services for the daily well-being of the Isséens.
The Municipal Council, the parliament of the municipality, determines the housing tax, property tax, and several indirect taxes. It also deliberates and settles affairs of the commune, votes on the communal budgets, and elects the Mayor.
Issy-les-Moulineaux is committed to open communication and listening to the voices of its inhabitants and citizens.
Issy also hosts many other councils to engage citizen voices such as the Local Youth Council, the Communal Council of Youth, the Communal Council of Elders, Neighborhood Councils, and the Economic, Social, Local Environmental Council (CESEL).
The city of Issy-Les-Moulineaux was the first French city to adopt a participatory budget, beginning in 2002 as part of a European exchange program on local democratic practices between Europe and Latin America. The participatory budget exemplifies Issy’s commitment to its inhabitants and citizens. Mayor André Santini aimed to adopt this practice commonly used in Brazilian cities.
Managed by neighborhood councils, the participatory budget has an online digital platform where all Issy residents and employees can submit their projects. Issy has as many inhabitants as employees, and everyone can propose a project and vote on them. The minimum age for participation is age 11, which is also the age requirement to participate in the Communal Youth Council.
In 2019, the city adopt a new participatory budget. A total of €400,000 has been allocated to the realization of these projects in the future: the can cover all areas of local life, but cannot concern the domains belonging to the SNCF/RATP or domains within private properties or departmental and national roads.