Three days after the appointment of the government, associations for the defense of the environment met on Monday Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne and the two ministers in charge of the transition, who praised an “unprecedented” organization while France is behind on its climate goals.

“The ecological transition will concern all ministers, we are at a time when we must absolutely speed up on climate and biodiversity issues”, said the head of government, at the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, at the end. of the encounter.

She clarified the roles of each in the new government architecture: Amélie de Montchalin, Minister for Ecological Transition and Territorial Cohesion, will carry “the whole of the territorial declination of ecological transition policies”, particularly in terms of housing , transportation, and biodiversity. As for Agnès Pannier-Runacher, Minister for Energy Transition, “the roadmap is simple: get out of fossil fuels”.

Not to mention the new post of secretary general for ecological planning, occupied by Antoine Pellion, and who will have to coordinate all government policy.

Several associations, critical after the first five-year term, were pleased to be received so quickly.

“It is a first act, perhaps symbolic, to be received so quickly, but coherent” with the speech of President Emmanuel Macron in Marseille in the between-two-rounds which made ecological transition a priority, estimated Arnaud Schwartz, president of France Nature Environnement.

Allain Bougrain Dubourg, president of the LPO (Bird Protection League), said he was “touched” by this quick invitation, after being “perplexed” by the appointment of the two ministers “whose least we can say is that they did not shine through their environmental commitment”.

This “signal” sent to NGOs was well received by WWF France, which evokes a “mutually benevolent meeting”, but regrets the absence of the Minister of Agriculture, Marc Fesneau. “But there is a commitment from the Prime Minister so that we can open a dialogue with the unions and the Minister of Agriculture,” reported Pierre Cannet, a spokesperson for the NGO.

For these organizations, the important thing is the establishment of a regular dialogue.

“We need to have periodic meetings, this seems essential to me when we consider ecology as a priority”, estimated Mr. Bougrain Dubourg. And thus avoid being “systematically in the showdown”.

“We see that we can make ecological transition a national project, a cohesion project, through dialogue, through consultation,” said Amélie de Montchalin.

Agnès Pannier-Runacher called for “getting around the table” to “find methods to help accelerate projects” for the deployment of renewable energies, wind farms and solar parks often encountering local opposition.

05/23/2022 20:55:30 –         Paris (AFP) –         © 2022 AFP