Emmanuel Macron was speaking on Monday to the 150 citizens drawn to form the Citizens' Climate Convention. "The time has come to act," he said. Of the 149 proposals submitted by the Convention, the Head of State decided to accept 146.
15 billion euros over two years
Acting, for Emmanuel Macron, is above all "putting ecological ambition back at the heart of our productive model". Thus, among the 146 measures selected, we find a moratorium on new commercial areas, thermal renovation of buildings, or even investments in clean transport. Another proposal, not cited by the president, but of which he seems to have accepted the idea: to ban advertising for the most polluting products.
To move from the project to its realization, Emmanuel Macron announced a budget of an additional 15 billion euros over two years, injected for the ecological transition. Money which will be used, he specifies, for ecological conversion, renovation of buildings and "to invent the industries of tomorrow".
The time has come to do, to act.
I was committed to it, I keep my word: 146 of the 149 proposals that you have made will be sent either to the Government, or to the Parliament, or to the French people. pic.twitter.com/HTdKL5tarm
"We must bring this debate to maturity in society"
146 out of 149, that leaves three propositions aside. The ones he himself called his "three jokers". Among these measures recalled by the Head of State, the proposal to rewrite the preamble of the Constitution by placing the environment above the fundamental values of the Republics; the 4% tax on dividends which, according to him, would curb foreign investment; and the limitation to 110 km / h on the highway, which proposal had already been massively criticized.
"If we do that, our fellow citizens who are in the most landlocked territories, and who sometimes take 45 minutes / 1 hour using the main routes to go to work, will say to themselves' this project is a project where there is no no place for me, I don't exist, "said Emmanuel Macron. "We must bring this debate to maturity in society, but never give some of our fellow citizens the feeling that they are being sidelined".
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"He's been talking to us about going green several times"
The head of state once again said he was ready to organize a referendum on some of the proposals submitted to him, without specifying which points will be proposed to the French vote.
Initially, the 146 measures selected will be transmitted to the government or to Parliament. Some will be integrated into the recovery plan presented "at the end of the summer", but for the most part, they should be the subject of a "specific bill" more next September.
Less than 24 hours before the results of the municipal elections, which marked a real green breakthrough, the Head of State wants to make this Climate Convention the basis of his environmental shift. Hence the challenge for Emmanuel Macron to ensure that these measures are quickly voted, applied, and assimilated by the French.
As for environmental protection associations, the trend is towards observation. "Until we have a law passed, we will not give credit to Emmanuel Macron for any green turning point," reacts Clément Sénéchal, spokesperson for Greenpeace, at the microphone of Europe 1. "That He has already spoken to us several times of going green: he had made the Estates General for Food, the great debate, Act II of the quinquennium… We voted for an energy law, and there it's been a year that no climate reform has been adopted by its majority. "