Burgundy Franche-Comté bets on social and solidarity economy with direct consequences in Yonne

Reinvest your profits. Choose democratic and participatory governance. Act in accordance with the principle of solidarity and social utility. Here is a summary of the ambitions of the companies that make up the Social Solidarity Economy (ESS). In Burgundy Franche-Comté, SSE accounted for almost 11.4% of paid jobs in the global economy, according to the latest figures released by INSEE.

Ten million euros allocated to SSE in 2022

With examples such as short circuits, home help, and integration through economic activities, the social economy and the solidarity economy have been placed at the top of the list of solutions to work on to cope with the crisis.
Especially in rural areas. “The crisis has changed our attitude to work, to consumption, and the social and solidarity economy gives concrete answers every day,” says Tatiana Demarest, President of the Regional Chamber of Social and Solidarity Economy (CRESS). ), during a conference organized on Thursday, January 20.

“We are in a region teeming with initiatives. During the health crisis, we were overwhelmed because we had to double the amount of aid originally planned, to 13 million euros. This is proof of the development of this economy.

Marie-Guit Dufay (President (PS) of the Burgundy Franche-Comté region)

In Dijon, the President adopted the first budget of her mandate plan for 2021-2027 on Wednesday 26 January. In view of the large majority that he gathered, he proposed a program aimed at an ecological transition in which the social and solidarity economy finds its place. In 2022, ten million euros will be allocated for this.

The budget of the Burgundy-Franche-Comté region for 2022 is passed, but it is rejected by the right and the National Assembly.

The stakes are high. Because if the financial support deployed during the crisis allowed the hardest-hit SWF sectors to survive, this period revealed certain difficult situations. “Since 2017, there has been a certain decline in employment, from 0.5 to 1% per year,” said François Bolard, director of the ECC regional chamber. “There are currently 1,500 vacancies in social and medico-social activities.” The still partial recovery is still weakening certain industries such as tourism, culture and recreation.

About 1500 vacancies in the field of home care

According to the latest INSEE data, in Yonne the social and solidarity economy accounts for 10.4% of wage employment, or 10,124 people. Social actions make up the bulk of the share: 43%. But there are enough initiatives both at the local level and in all areas.

In the spring, the city of Joigny will launch, for example, its own integration gardens. Les Jardins du Coteau will supervise job seekers who meet the criteria for integration through economic activity. Mayor Nicolas Sauret (PS) hopes to support twenty-five short contracts over the next three years, citing Jardins de la Croisière in Sens as an example. The North Yonne Integration Association supports around 80 people each year with organic gardening and green space projects.

The Solidarity grocery store in Auxerrois moved in September 2021. The operation is supported by the region with a check for 35,211 euros.

In her urgent plan, regional president Marie-Guite Dufay also promises to “push the fire” to the BFC generator. This structure “allows actors to be brought together around the needs expressed by the territory,” the elected official introduced on January 20. At the level of Burgundy Franche-Comté, twenty-six territories are thus supported, including two in Yonne: Ailante and Charny-Auret-de-Puizet. Aylan has already supported a specific initiative: within the framework of the “At the table we produce for you” association, six manufacturers have joined forces to offer their products in the shortest possible time.

premium Social integration gardens open in Joigny in spring

As was the case in the four corners of the territory, the Burgundy Franche-Comté region accompanied the move of the Épicerie solidaire de l’Auxerrois at the beginning of the last academic year. A check for €35,211 contributed to the installation of this structure in a more suitable room of 660 m². It will be able to accommodate 1,800 beneficiary families in better conditions.

In order to contribute to the development of the local economy in Burgundy Franche-Comté, several seminars were organized on January 20th. Energy transition, digital transition, social connections, the pursuit of local consumption: all these topics were touched upon with the aim of generating new ideas for rapid implementation. In June, the region will have to adopt a regional plan for economic development, innovation and internationalization (SRDEII) for the period 2022-2028.

Strategy for seven years

Behind this abbreviation is simply the economic strategy of the community for the next seven years. “There is a close relationship between vulnerable territories and the weight of the social and solidarity economy, which compensates for the shortcomings of private companies,” Nicolas Sauret insisted.

Solidarity economy – a role model?

For the region’s vice president overseeing the topic, the local economy must respond to challenges in terms of social life, population aging (a third of residents will be over 65 in 2050), or even digitalization. “This is not the historical profession of Burgundy Franche-Comté, originally focused on industry and innovation, but the region is doing well in its transition,” said the mayor of Joigny. Who can already count on the ten million euro package approved in the 2022 budget for the implementation of new projects.

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