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The Management Commission of the Grand Council of Vaud issued its report on Friday on the debacle of the Beaulieu Foundation. It concludes that the money of the canton, nearly 70 million francs, was correctly used. On the other hand, it underlines a vague governance.

“To our knowledge, there has been no scandal or embezzlement on cantonal money”, explains to Keystone-ATS Monique Ryf, president of the Management Commission (COGES). The two credits of 30 million (1999) and 36.8 million (2009) francs were “used for what they were intended” with regard to Beaulieu, a historic site of fairs and congresses in Lausanne, it says. -she.

These two sums had been approved by the Grand Council. The 30 million capital endowment in 1999 was used to repay the debts of the Beaulieu Cooperative Society, but the Beaulieu Foundation (FdB) subsequently did not find the capacity to finance the necessary new investments. The 36.8 million in 2009 were used for the reconstruction of the Halles Sud, certifies the COGES.

CEP refused in 2020

COGES’ investigative work follows the refusal by the Vaud MPs to set up a Parliamentary Inquiry Commission (CEP) in September 2020. COGES’ mandate only concerns the use of cantonal credits in this case. .

After reimbursing the debts, the FdB did not then find “the capacity to finance the necessary new investments”, notes the COGES report, however. As for the 36.8 million, they “were part of an investment strategy of 100 million, not materialized, which also provided for the renovation of the North Halles and heavy maintenance work on the main building”, he adds. .

The dilapidated state of the site and the extent of the work have also been underestimated, the report continues. The COGES is also surprised by the absence of an inventory of the buildings at the time of the takeover from the Beaulieu Cooperative Society by the FdB which succeeded it.

“Complex and mixed governance”

In the end, the report points to a “fuzzy governance” and clearly “improvable”. The strategic vision for Beaulieu was based on a “very positive and overly optimistic” business model with regard to the holding of fairs, congresses, events and exhibitions, “then all the economic signs showed a decline in attendance “, notes Ms. Ryf.

The questioning of the Foundation Council (CdF) was too late, it struggling to rethink the economic model, writes the COGES.

The failure of the Taoua high tower project in 2014 also forced a strategic reorientation towards greater diversification of activities and actors, “but the structure and governance of the CdF were not adapted to the new missions that were appropriated the FdB, which went from operator of real estate to operator in charge of hosting events”.

Here, the COGES denounces a “complex and mixed” governance between authorities of the City of Lausanne and the Canton of Vaud which has shown all its limits, paralyzing decision-making and explaining a vague management, summarizes the report.

No one dared to pull the grip of the Comptoir Suisse

Each party has transferred responsibility for the future of the site, a showcase for both the City and the Canton. “No authority has dared to bear the responsibility for the most drastic measure, namely ‘pulling the hold of Beaulieu’, implied by the Comptoir suisse”, writes the COGES.

This also comes back to “the complexity and opacity of the accounts as well as the organization developed by the secretary general at the time, limiting monitoring by the representatives of the CdF”. However, she believes that they could have “been more insistent and persistent in their demands”, noting in passing that “a certain vagueness” also reigned concerning the interactions between the State and its representatives in the CdF.

A lack of curiosity which could also be attributable to the auditors, the same from 1999 to 2017, which despite the situation, did not find any breach, challenges the report.

As a reminder, a criminal investigation against the former secretary general of the FdB (2001-2017), initially cleared, was reopened in the spring of 2020 at the request of the Cantonal Court to determine a possible case of fraud. He faces many suspicions: overbilling, opacity in the accounts or mandates awarded to relatives without calls for tenders.

Today, the Beaulieu site has been taken over exclusively by the City of Lausanne, with the creation of a public limited company, and the FdB therefore dissolved.

This article has been published automatically. Source: ats

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