In France and Europe, governments are decreasing their “green” spending, removed from ecological ambitions | EUROtoday

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Since the arrival of Gabriel Attal in Matignon, environmental defenders have blamed the blow. After the episode of the agricultural disaster, to which the federal government responded by rolling again environmental requirements or by “pausing” the Ecophyto plan, the budgetary financial savings introduced by the chief draw largely on “green credits”.

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Sunday February 18, Bruno Le Maire, decided to seek out 10 billion euros, promised that each one ministries can be referred to as upon to contribute. But, by detailing sure extra particular cuts, the Minister of the Economy rapidly focused ecological planning. The envelope for the MaPrimRénov' system will thus be decreased by 1 billion euros and the inexperienced local weather fund, which permits communities to spend money on ecological transition initiatives, shall be decreased by 400 million euros.

“The financial rearmament of France is essential to prepare us for any eventuality in the future and to enable us to finance our social model”defined Bruno Le Maire throughout a gathering with the press, leaving it to Thomas Cazenave, Minister Delegate accountable for public accounts, to defend the thermal renovation of buildings: “It’s a policy that we have deeply supported, that we will continue to support again this year, but we are reviewing it… we are reviewing the extent of it. »

“Cool the machine”

An insulation project for a detached house, in Sarrebourg (Moselle), December 15, 2023.

These bulletins are a blow to the federal government's promise to significantly improve the price range allotted to the low-carbon transition between 2023 and 2024. In the autumn, Macronist deputies praised a rise of seven billion euros in fee credit ( 10 billion euros of dedication authorization). And they had been particularly happy to have obtained a rise in MaPrimRénov' from 2.5 billion to 4 billion euros. A symbolic measure, in response to them, of a “popular ecology” which might neither “punitive” neither “denialist” (denying the fact of world warming).

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To justify himself, Bercy explains that it was needed “cool the machine” despite the fact that 300 million euros of the credit allotted to this technique weren’t spent in 2023, as a result of an absence of craftsmen out there to hold out the work in non-public houses. The similar goes for social leasing which permits essentially the most modest households to buy an electrical automobile for 100 euros monthly. In mid-February, after six weeks of opening and round 50,000 purposes submitted, testifying to actual wants, the chief confirmed that it was ending the system for this 12 months, once more for funding points.

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