On January 2, 2021, the European Collectivity of Alsace (CEA) will be placed on the baptismal font. That day, she will hold her installation session at the hotel in the department of Colmar. If the departments of Bas-Rhin and Haut-Rhin remain as administrative districts of the State, as specified the ordinance of 28 October 2020 relating to the creation of the CEA, this one will henceforth discharge the competences previously exercised by the councils of the two Alsatian departments, to which are added some specific attributions.
However, it is not a question of recreating an Alsace region as such – the CEA remains attached to the Grand-Est region – or even of endowing this new community with a special status. For the supporters of the “Alsatian identity”, the taste of this CEA is bitter: they continue to campaign for Alsace to leave the Grand-Est. To tell the truth, when the inhabitants are questioned, few are informed of the creation of this new community and even fewer are those who can explain what it will change in their daily life.
What they noticed, on the other hand, by way of the press interposed, is that, as the deadline approached, the old demons of the rivalries between Bas-Rhin and Haut-Rhin woke up, and the fears of the latter of a hegemonic temptation of the former. Simple war of ego between the main protagonists or legitimate concerns? “Haut-Rhin sometimes has a complex. I understand the feeling and the fear of certain territories that everything is centralized in Strasbourg, concedes the president of the departmental council of Bas-Rhin, Frédéric Bierry (Les Républicains, LR), called to take the presidency of the future CEA. I think these tense elements will gradually lift. “
“Today, there is a real shared desire among elected officials from 67 and 68 to build this united Alsace. It has not always been the case, he recalls. We are in the process of finding the right compromises. We cannot weaken Strasbourg in its mission as European capital; we cannot weaken Colmar in its role of prefecture. We must ensure that each territory is recognized. It is in synergy that we will go beyond the Bas-Rhin-Haut-Rhin borders. ” In the immediate future, Colmar should host the political seat of the ECA, and Strasbourg, its administrative seat. As for the executive of the new community, the presidency being promised to Mr. Bierry, seven vice-presidencies should go to elected officials from Bas-Rhin and eight from Haut-Rhin, including the first vice-presidency to the current president from this department, Rémy With. At least for the first six months, before the next departmental elections scheduled for June 2021.
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