Culture, Sport, Solidarity

The values of openness, tolerance and sharing are at the very heart of the Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée region, and it is our aim to strengthen social links, foster solidarity and reduce social and regional inequality.

Working to strengthen social links and foster solidarity

To combat social insecurity, the Region helps the most vulnerable segments of the population (especially young people and those living in rural areas) by providing access to housing, healthcare and public services.
Committed to ensuring equality of opportunity and equal rights, the Region also promotes true gender equality and fights against discrimination. We are working to improve social inclusion for disabled citizens by increasing the focus on disability issues in all our regional policies.

Our support for culture and local heritage contributes to an overall reduction in inequality, and strengthens social cohesion. As such, the Region promotes cultural productivity, innovation and creativity. We contribute to artistic presence in our region, maintaining and building knowledge and preservation of our heritage, as well as the use of regional languages.

Our regional sports policy boosts the promotion and restructuring of sporting organisations, increased participation in sports, and the construction and renovation of sports facilities. This policy also provides backing for sports events and professional and amateur clubs, particularly via financial measures to aid in the purchase of new equipment. Disability sport and adapted sports remain key priorities.

Regional Policies

Solidarity, public services, community work, housing

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As a vector for solidarity, the Region is acting to develop inter-generational links throughout our local areas.

  • Increasing the availability of social housing
  • Aiding healthcare provision in rural areas (multi-speciality clinics and healthcare centres)
  • Supporting young people (Pass Mutuelle Etudiant, reducing heathcare inequality, Points Accueil Écoute Jeunes)
  • Enabling children in low-income families to go on holiday within the region
  • Subsidies for community associations fighting to promote gender equality

Key Facts:

  • Participation in financing of 85 multi-specialist health clinics (70 of which are currently operational)
  • 2,000 children from low-income families able to go on holiday thanks to subsidies provided by the Region
  • The social and solidarity economy employs 211,800 people, of which 16.6% are privately employed
  • 460,000 €1 train tickets provided for those in financial difficulty
  • 1,049 social housing units subsidised by the Region
  • Implementation of the MOOC (online training courses) to promote and democratise access to education and training

Culture, communication, heritage, Catalan and Occitan languages

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The Region is making contributions to our cultural and artistic standing, while also safeguarding what makes our region unique

  • Promoting artistic and cultural innovation
  • Supporting regional culture and languages (Occitan and Catalan)
  • Development of citizens’ action for the arts

Key Facts:

  • On average, four cinematographic facilities are created or modernised per year
  • On average, 12 media facilities are created or modernised per year
  • Over 400 cultural festivals supported by the region
  • Eight locations classed as UNESCO world heritage sites
  • Support for numerous audiovisual projects (including 17 in May 2016 alone)

Sport

Promoting sport, supporting both amateur and professional clubs and top-flight athletes are the priorities for our regional sports policies.

  • Financial aid for training and sporting activities
  • Creation and renovation of sports facilities, purchasing equipment, helping smaller clubs, etc.

Key Facts:

  • Maintaining 26 hectares’ worth of sports grounds and 40 sports facilities as part of CREPS infrastructures
  • 96,000 registered sports club members
  • 17,000 jobs in the sports sector
  • 51,500 users every year (at 3 CREPS sites: Toulouse, Montpellier and Font-Romeu)
  • 2,600 interns in professional training schemes per year
  • Construction / renovation of fifty sports facilities per year for use by high school students.
  • Over a million registered members
  • Financial aid provided for over 1,500 top-level athletes per year
  • Supporting over 200 clubs and training centres
  • Supporting 30 youth talent centres
  • 250 events subsidised by the Region per year