The sponsors committee
The founding agreement for the public interest group stipulates the creation of a committee of sponsors and the appointment of a chairman for this committee. The journalist Jean-Claude Narcy was appointed on 17 April 2012 by the group’s management board to hold this post.
The aim of the sponsors committee is to bring together under the authority of its chairman, every public and private company wishing to support the preparatory work of the public interest group and to help it to collect private funds for financing its work and that of third parties, to which the public interest group can provide its support in order for them to carry out their work.
The ability to collect private funds which may contribute to the State’s expenditure budget is one the advantages that the public interest group has compared to other types of organisation which may have been chosen for preparing the Centenary commemorations. This ability to collect private funds ought to make it possible to contribute, when needed, considerable additional resources to the State’s budget for the Centenary and the numerous planned initiatives. The use of private sponsorship should make it possible to provide the State with sufficient resources to finance these initiatives.
The result of this collection of private funding could add to an initiative fund, the “ Centenary fund”, established to provide co-finance for the most innovative projects.