The govt claims victory over the “EDF law” carried by the PS | EUROtoday

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The Tricastin nuclear power plant in Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux (Drôme), November 21, 2022.

The legislation was tabled by the Socialist Party (PS), however the authorities want to reap the political profit from it. Thursday February 29, the National Assembly adopted at third studying the invoice from socialist deputies Philippe Brun (Eure) and communist Sébastien Jumel (Seine-Maritime), aimed toward “protect the EDF group from dismemberment”.

The textual content makes it obligatory to vote in Parliament on any future opening of EDF's capital to personal traders – an try to guard its nationalization carried out in 2023 by the Borne authorities, following the group's monetary difficulties.

But it’s the different a part of the invoice that has whetted political appetites. The textual content of MM. Brun and Jumel extends regulated tariffs on the sale of electrical energy to very small companies (VSEs) and native authorities of lower than 10,000 inhabitants with power consumption lower than or equal to 250/kilovoltampere (kVA), in opposition to 36 /kVA at the moment. More than 8,500 municipalities and a million small companies could be affected, in response to Bercy. The measure might notably profit bakers and farmers, till now excluded from the system as a result of their extreme electrical energy consumption.

Unanimous vote

Just a few months after the wave of bankruptcies which devastated the bakery and pastry sector and within the midst of an agricultural disaster, the proposal comes on the proper time for the federal government and the oppositions wishing to current themselves because the defenders of those sectors. Everyone voted for the legislation unanimously. Immediately after its adoption, the Minister for Industry, Roland Lescure, went to assert victory on BFM-TV. “Bruno Le Maire announced it, the National Assembly did it”, he proclaimed.

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Four months earlier than the vote, the Minister of the Economy had actually declared that he was going to increase regulated electrical energy costs, giving the impression of short-circuiting the socialist invoice. “I dedicated to it on November 14, 2023! stated Mr. Le Maire on X, after the vote. This is good news for our bakers, our artisans, our farmers, our communities! »

However, there weren’t many individuals at Renaissance to help the invoice throughout its first passage within the National Assembly, through the PS area of interest of February 9, 2023. Originally in opposition to the textual content and seeing the oppositions come up coalition in opposition to them, the bulk deputies most popular to go away the Hemicycle in the course of the vote, beneath the management of their chief, Aurore Bergé, slightly than undergo the affront of an unfavorable vote. Never within the historical past of the Ve Republic, a invoice proposed by the opposition had obtained a majority of votes in opposition to the opinion of the federal government. This would be the case that day with 205 votes in favor and just one in opposition to.

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