Sunday, October 1, 2023

Elisabeth Borne reveals her roadmap to the party leaders

By Le Figaro with AFP

Posted 3 hours ago, Updated 6 minutes ago

Élisabeth Borne, September 7. JULIÉN DE ROSA / AFP

The prime minister receives party leaders this Monday to discuss solutions for a more “just” and not “punitive” ecological transition.

Accelerate with electric cars, renovate houses, stop gas boilers… The issue of ecological planning has already been on the Prime Minister’s desk for several months. Scheduled for July 6, eventually delayed due to riots and then summer reorganization, “The road map” of the Government on this great project will be presented this Monday to the leaders of the parties. Political leaders from all parties will be received in Matignon at 10:30 by Élisabeth Borne to discuss solutions for an ecological transition. “fair” and not “punitive”, we explained in the Prime Minister’s entourage. The general secretary of Ecological Planning, Antoine Pellion, will have to make a brief presentation to the party leaders before this debate.

The main announcements will wait and should be reserved for a speech by Emmanuel Macron, the contours of which are still vague, the “next week”. The executive intends to open a “sequence” of about ten days on the subject: this “Political debate” On Monday in Matignon, exchange between Élisabeth Borne and the members of the National Council for the Refoundation. On Tuesday, a “event” around Emmanuel Macron “in the coming days”and the presentation of the 2024 budget project on September 27 in the Council of Ministers.

The government now promises a plan “very specific” and “very operational” with the purpose of “be at the European meeting” of the 55% drop in net greenhouse gas emissions in 2030 compared to 1990, and “Project towards carbon neutrality in 2050”Starting with the 2024 budget project, the executive will have to explain how it plans to distribute the additional 7 billion euros promised by the prime minister in July to accelerate the transition.

Transportation and accommodation

The government could, among other things, finance an increase in the ecological bonus for the purchase of electric vehicles, associated with an expanded penalty for the purchase of the most polluting cars. In “stock” (new and old), the proportion of electric cars in the French vehicle fleet should increase from 1% today to 15% in 2030, estimates, for example, Matignon.

The Government also promises answers on the financing of metropolitan RERs in a dozen French cities, the subject of a bill currently being examined in Parliament. Measures are also expected in the housing sector, for more energy renovations. “efficient”, the Minister of Ecological Transition, Christophe Béchu, suggested on Sunday. By 2030, the government also wants to achieve “eliminate 75% of diesel boilers”and “reduce gas boilers by around 20% (excluding hybrid heat pump)”according to a document sent to the press.

There will be no shortage of tense topics, particularly on the link between ecology and purchasing power, in the long and short term, at a time when energy and fuel prices are at the center of the debates. On the right, Republicans have already asked the government to organize a “Conference on energy prices” that are burning. On Sunday, the opposition criticized Élisabeth Borne’s announcement authorizing distributors to sell fuel “at a loss” for a few months to allow them “even lower prices”. Is a “joke”screamed the LFI coordinator, Manuel Bompard, demanding a price freeze, “around 1.50 euros” the liter.

During the “sequence” After ten days dedicated to ecological planning, the government was also able to comment on the uncertain future of the energy and climate programming bill (LPEC), which should set the main objectives of French energy policy. A priori, the text is not expected before Christmas and the end of the budget review, according to a ministerial source.

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