Do you think that Corsica's public authorities and Transport Office have remained faithful to your recommendations with the new specifications for Corsica's shipping services?
Charles Revet: I think it is a good initiative. The offer resulting from the previous specifications was disproportionate at certain times of the year and generated substantial additional costs for the public authorities. The specifications needed to be adjusted to meet the requirements of an appropriate service for Corsica. Traffic during the winter and the summer is totally different. A mixed cargo service is an appropriate response in order to control costs.
The amount of money allocated by the government to services for Corsica has not been reviewed since 2009. What is the explanation for that?
CR: That is a question for the Transport ministry! One thing is for sure, the government has to reduce public spending. And the amounts currently being allocated are still substantial.
It is up to the Corsican elected representatives to decide if direct management would be preferable.
The possibility of the Corsican region operating a regional service has not been completely ruled out. What do you think of this option?
CR: It is the option that we chose for the service between Dieppe and Newhaven. At the time I was president of the Seine-Maritime General Council and we used one of Corsica Ferries' ships. Either the public authority decides to manage it directly, or the service has to be outsourced. It is up to the Corsican elected representatives to decide if direct management would be preferable. Outsourcing has the advantage of not interrupting the service. It would guarantee that existing levels of traffic could be continued.
Corsica's Transport Office has ruled that the future service must be "social and show solidarity". Should the law not include a minimum service?
CR: The law only covers minimum rail services for mainland France. I would have liked to go further. We are not against the right to strike, but it must be organized so as not to prevent trade with Corsica.