Jean Castex spoke on Tuesday with representatives of the economic sectors involved in the war in Ukraine, then with trade unions and employers’ organizations.
The government will present “next week” a “resilience plan” for companies affected by the conflict in Ukraine, which will be “scalable” and “in several phases”, Matignon said on Tuesday after consultation meetings of the economic and social actors around Jean Castex .
The prime minister, who was tasked by President Macron with drawing up this plan, met for nearly five hours on Tuesday afternoon with representatives of the economic sectors concerned, then with trade unions and employers’ organizations.
• Towards a new inflation surcharge?
Faced with rising prices at the pump, Emmanuel Macron promised on Monday to “improve aid”, citing possible measures around the mileage allowance and the inflation allowance. Concordant government sources show that the hypothesis of a new inflation allowance, tighter than the previous one of 100 euros granted to 38 million people, is in control.
“We are thinking about the tool,” Jean Castex’s advisers denied, recalling that France had “three months of strategic fuel supplies to cover all imports” and as such “there should be no panic at gas stations.” we will intervene on the fuel price”, Matignon sums up.
• A multi-step plan
But priority will still be given to slowing the rise in fuel prices. The resilience plan will consist of “a response in several phases, with a package that will initially deal with households and part of (assistance to) companies”. For companies, the sectors “asked not for transversal but rather targeted devices”, calling for “different answers,” the Matignon advisers noted, citing the case of aviation, whose first titanium supplier is a Russian company.
“We have to replenish our gas stock as much as possible, in anticipation of next winter,” Matignon also says. “France has an interest in reducing its medium-term vulnerability to energy,” the prime minister’s cabinet continues.
• Support companies
Its purpose is to provide “guidance” to companies directly affected by the sanctions against Russiato “secure the supply of raw materials” and above all to find solutions to “comply with the sharp increases in energy costs”, namely gas and fuel, which are putting pressure on the finances of households and companies, Matignon detailed .
“Everyone measures the seriousness of the moment,” the prime minister’s cabinet said on Tuesday evening. “Our entire economy is not at risk of a sudden shutdown. But there will be collateral damage for businesses and households.”
According to Jean Castex’s cabinet, the response can only be finalized after the informal European summit on Thursday and Friday in Versailles, which “should propose an evolution of the (community) state aid framework”.
“This will be decisive when calibrating the devices for next week,” said the same source.
• Russian counter-sanctions to be expected
And the plan “will no doubt need to be scalable,” especially since “we don’t yet know all the counter-sanctions” Russia could take, the prime minister’s services argued.
Hosted with the social partners, the boss of the CFDT Laurent Berger, who welcomed the “great unity” around the table, insisted on the need for tailor-made assistance, because “there is no watering the sand”. And we should “use this period – even if it takes time – to be less dependent on energy,” he further pleaded with AFP.
Faced with the rise in fuel prices, the president of the CFE-CGC François Hommeril, for his part, recalled “that perhaps it was not useless to examine the principle of a floating tax”, even though he noted that “the government should not hot”.