Guest of franceinfo on Wednesday, the Minister of Culture, Franck Riester, returned to the upcoming drop in the audiovisual license.

“The royalty has a dynamic return”, explained Franck Riester, Minister of Culture, Wednesday, September 25 on Franceinfo, to justify the drop of one euro in the license fee for public broadcasting.

A budget surplus

Indeed, while the audiovisual license will drop from 139 euros this year to 138 euros next year, Franck Riester ensures that the forecasts indicate a “surplus” one euro on the sums that will be collected next year. “We decided to give it back to the French, he asserts. This tax reduction is part of the “restoration of public accounts.”

According to Franck Riester, the royalty has a “Dynamic yield” : “If you have more taxpayers paying it, you have more resources, year on year, explains the Minister of Culture. Next year, based on forecasts, we see that the total amount collected is greater than the financial trajectory determined for 2020. There are therefore two solutions: either this surplus goes into the State coffers, or we gives it back to the French. We made the decision to return it to the French. ”

This small tax reduction of one euro is part of a more global strategy, argues the Minister of Culture: “A financial trajectory has been determined and an effort is required from the public audiovisual sector, within the framework of a period of restoration of public accounts and lower taxes. Efforts are required from all public enterprises, from all administrations. This effort is planned until 2022. ”

This euro less “Will not lead to a change in the financial trajectory planned by 2022”. Regarding Radio France, this trajectory provides for a decrease of 20 million euros in State allocations over the period 2018-2022. “There will be no additional efforts requested from Radio France and the State will take charge of the end of the work on the Maison de la radio”.