Economy and society at the heart of negotiations between Corsica and the state

-What was the purpose of this new social conference?
-The Social Council to Respect the Basic Rights of Corsica Citizens in the Economic and Social Sector was launched in 2018 during the so-called Yellow Best Crisis to address key issues that affect the whole. Attacks people in their daily lives, instability and poverty in the first place. The first purpose of this new conference is solemnly the need to integrate social and economic elements into the “historical vocation” negotiation process, in accordance with the formulas recorded in the document I signed and co-signed with Gerald Dalmanin. It was to reconfirm. What hasn’t been acquired today! Therefore, the Social Council unanimously reiterated today that economic and social aspects are absolutely necessary in addition to political, institutional, cultural and linguistic aspects.

-Long-term. We are also taking steps on short-term measures included in the bill on future purchasing power. What kind of content is it?
-The second decision unanimously voted at the Social Council today is to apply the principles of legislative adaptation and establish a dedicated working group to demand that future bills be devoted to purchasing power. Attending Parliament at the end of June, we will incorporate the specific requirements of Corsica. Strategic areas, especially fuel prices, prices of daily necessities and wage levels, are much lower than on the continent, averaging 440 euros lower. Therefore, lower wages for higher living expenses. All of this justifies that in certain numbers of areas this difference should be taken into account by future law.

-What do you say to Corsicans who find it difficult to fill tanks and refrigerators with water and these institutional questions seem far away?
-It’s a trick to try to counter the process of global discussions with Paris and the challenges of everyday life! For example, the demand for autonomy is also a way to provide a concrete answer. At today’s social conference, there is unanimous agreement not only to reaffirm the inclusion of social and economic aspects in the negotiation process, but also to work on very specific proposals, including the outlook for the bill to be discussed at the end of June. was. .. For example, proposals to eliminate price gaps in fuels, everyday consumer products, and energy, reduce wage gaps, and stabilize rewarded jobs with a certain number of guarantees …

-How long does it take to proceed with these projects?
-When it comes to taking into account the peculiarities of Corsica in the Purchasing Power Act, it depends on the choices made by the government. He today announced that the bill will be deliberated in parliament in June, shortly after the parliamentary elections. We unanimously decided to set up a dedicated working group by the social council. This working group will work to make concrete proposals with all relevant players, including elected officials, institutional players, trade unions, associations and groups. Etc.-By the end of June, or by June 15th.

-You say you’ve already worked hard on price cuts, but the Corsicans have barely seen any results. Does that mean it didn’t work?
– no ! I can’t say that! This means that there are areas in which the Territorial Collectivity of Cors has its own exclusive capabilities, and no other areas. For example, the areas of home construction support and home ownership, especially for first-time buyers. Between 2018 and 2021, the aid of 8.5 million euros went up to 20 million euros. We strive when it depends on us. Similarly, we have signed contracts with public housing offices in Corsica for up to € 24 million and with CAPA public housing offices for € 8 million. If we rely on the Territorial Collectivity of Cors, we will set and succeed in budgeting measures to apply our political goals. On the other hand, in other areas, decisions cannot be monopolized. In the field of fuel prices, we have done a lot of work, made the price difference objective, and explained the mechanism of price formation very broadly. We conclude that price regulation and compensation tax are necessary, taking into account price differences, along with emergency measures such as those taken. Unfortunately, we can’t decide alone! Some of it must be taken care of by the government. This is why today the Social Council unanimously took steps to require the following law on purchasing power to temporarily compensate for this price difference. Deliberation voted by the Corsica Island Parliament.

-The schedule is very tight. What is the short-term problem?
-There are some big issues. The first, as I said, is to have the government record the integration of social and economic factors into the bargaining process. The second is to start this negotiation process as soon as possible and reaffirm our commitment, including discussions on its content and purpose, especially the situation of autonomy, but it is not the only one. The third issue is understanding the general situation for achieving progress in a particular area, as we would like to do in future legislation on purchasing power. We communicate our demands to the government and future parliament.

-Gerald Dalmanin has been reappointed to his ministry. Did you reconnect? Do you know when an upcoming meeting with Paris will take place?
-So far, I haven’t had any direct contact with Gerald Dalmanin. Sure, government news was pretty busy, but that’s why constraints that emphasize government action shouldn’t affect the process. As early as last week, the Corsica Executive Council said it was essential to respect the promise of Gerald Dalmanin’s arrival in Corsica in March 2022, both in terms of planned schedule and content. Said. That is, to have the first meeting with the government as soon as possible, set the method, reaffirm the objectives, and work together to implement these different objectives. So a simple meeting. And basically, the political will that exists on our side and must be reaffirmed on the part of the government. That is, the desire to set the actual process with a historic mission and not only define global and institutional solutions, but also economic, social, cultural and linguistic solutions. ..

Interview with Nicole Mali.