“We have the feeling of lacking clear and defined support from the executive, whose positions appear contradictory to us,” write the 150 to the President of the Republic, who is slow to take up their proposals.
Emmanuel Macron swore it last Wednesday on TF1 and France 2: “There is no renunciation” translate the 146 proposals of the Citizen’s Climate Convention. The association founded by the 150 drawn to ensure the follow-up of this report submitted at the end of June to the executive is, for its part, less and less certain. In a three page letter addressed this Monday to the President of the Republic, it asks him to “reaffirm [son] formal and public commitment to open review of proposals ” of the Citizens’ Convention.
A promise that Emmanuel Macron has made several times to its members, announcing that he wants to transmit “Without filter” their recommendations, either for regulatory application, or in Parliament, or by referendum. Regularly invited to ministerial lounges – like at the beginning of October in Matignon – the 150 do not hide the “encountered difficulties” nor the dwindling confidence. “We feel that we lack clear and defined support from the executive, whose positions appear contradictory to us”, they lament.
– The 150 – Citizens of the Climate Convention (@ les150ccc) October 12, 2020
By receiving the members of the Convention, on June 29 at the Elysee Palace, the Head of State had promised to retain all the recommendations of the report, with the exception of three “jokers” – including a tax of 4% on dividends and limiting the speed to 100km / h. But for three months, many other unofficial “jokers” seem to appear, from the launch of 5G (the Convention wanted a moratorium) to the multiple personal expressions of ministers, criticisms of the regulation of advertising, the penalty on the weight of cars or the contribution on plane tickets. These “Ministerial declarations reinforce the disturbance and obscure the presidential word”, denounces the association.
A bill at the end of the year
In addition, the finance bill, debated from Monday in the hemicycle of the National Assembly, is theoretically the opportunity to take up a series of tax proposals from the Convention. But few have a chance of being voted on. And not the most structuring. In the finance committee, last week, the tax on nitrogenous fertilizers, the revision of the kilometer allowance (so as not to favor the most emitting vehicles) or the reduction in VAT on the train were thus rejected.
“We ask ourselves a lot of questions, but we want to stay in a constructive state of mind”, explains Grégoire Fraty, one of the administrators of the association, Les 150. Other citizens have all the same planned, for their part, to hold a press conference, Wednesday in front of the National Assembly, to remember the good remember the executive and its majority.
A specific bill, supposed to take up most of the work carried out by the Citizens’ Convention, is being prepared at the Ministry of Ecological Transition. Once the text is presented to the Council of Ministers in December, a final session of the Convention must be scheduled, serving as citizens’ “right of reply” to the executive.