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CESR : vote against the report on the Project about a Contract between State and Region.
Rennes/Roazhon on 20.11.06: Document from SUAV-ICB CESR : vote against the report on the Project about a Contract between State and Region. M. President, Dear Colleagues, The Life Quality, Culture and Solidarities Commission met on 14th Novembre to decide on its future plans, which would mainly aim to devote much
Émilie Champliaud pour ABP le 2/12/06 17:37

Rennes/Roazhon on 20.11.06: Document from SUAV-ICB

CESR : vote against the report on the Project about a Contract between State and Region.

M. President, Dear Colleagues,

The Life Quality, Culture and Solidarities Commission met on 14th Novembre to decide on its future plans, which would mainly aim to devote much of its work to issues concerning the elderly. However, nothing definitive has been decided yet.

Considering the region's demographic structure this is an important issue, which could obviously lead at any time to some political and budgetary actions.

Consequently, we hope that neither the CESR nor the other authorities that are responsible for financing these projects will be blamed for not funding other important projects such as e.g. those concerning young people.

It is, however, exactly what is happening. We read some comments made on behalf of the CESR concerning the Big Project 10.

These comments insinuated that the efforts that were supported by the President of the Regional Council (which by the way are backing up the linguistic project that was unanimously adopted on 17th Decembre 2004 in favour of Breton language) would be put into practice to the detriment of projects on youth employment and training.

This kind of blaming omits that Breton language has already helped create jobs and stabilize employment. This was demonstrated by the 9 initiatives that were awarded the prizioù rannvroel dazont ar brezhoneg/regional prices for the future of Breton by President Le Drian on 15th June 2006.

Moreover, the first price in the category called 'Associations' was awarded to the Inter-communal Social Welfare Centre of Cap Sizun. This centre has been eager to value the elderly's knowledge and to ensure conviviality and well-being in old people's homes.

To do so, it entrusted elderly people with the task of teaching Breton, their native language, to the staff. Numerous initiatives are indeed still taken in this field, which proves that people should not be so easily categorised!

Concerning both projects n°10 and n°7, which are strangely associated to each other in the CESR report, they are two of the less funded projects. But is it fair to blame Breton language for the low financing of other projects?

Most of the other projects are much better funded, but those have been cautiously omitted when drawing such unfair comparison. I will not draw such comparison either, because I trust the fairness of the decision taken by the President of the Regional Council.

Moreover, I do not think that it is the role of the CESR to limit its ambitions for Brittany, whatever development project is concerned, whether it be a project aiming to promote Breton language or not.

That is why the cultural movement which I am proud of representing here is legitimate to express its opinion in this matter even though we were unpleasantly surprised by the unfair nature of the consultation process that took place during the Commission meeting.

We were informed only very late in the decision-process and we were told that, since both Commissions had already accepted the text about culture, it would be very difficult to modify it.

It is therefore impossible for the culutral movement to accept the CESR text as it is, since it appears as a repudiation of the policy that was accepted unanimously by the Regional Council and its President.

I want to add here that, according to many linguists, the decrease in the number of French speakers in the world is not due to an increase in Breton and/or Gallo speakers, since these languages are themselves under threat.

Moreover, it is ovbious, but nevertheless important to point out here, that linguistic uniformisation resulting from the disappearance of these two languages would inevitably lead to an increased weakening of any language that is not English.

This does not mean that we do not encourage all our students, researchers and business managers to become fluent in the latter.

Finally, as I mention our fear to see Brittany loose its particularities that no authority but the Regional Council is so able to defend, I have to mention the other apsects which are considered components of the concept of 'culture'.

In this connection, we do regret that project n°10 does not take the other cultural aspects of Brittany into consideration, especially creation and social network.

In this connection, it is annoying to see that such centres as the Per Roy-Ti Kendalc'h Centre in Saint-Vincent-sur-Oust are forced to close down, while it has been so effective for four decades to everybody's satisfaction (music and danse workshops, trip to the country etc.)

Jean-Louis Latour, the man who preceded me as representative of the culutral movement, is true to himslef and does everything he can to make things move forward.

In 2007 Brittany's Cultural Charter will be thirty. It would be paradoxical for all Breton political, social or economic actors that one of the prides of territory development be reduced to nothing. Territory development and cultural diversity is everybody's future.

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