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Budgetary guidelines for the ecological transition

Published on February 19, 2014
Communiqué issued following the Council of Ministers’ meeting (excerpts)

Paris, February 19, 2014

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The Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy made a statement on the budgetary guidelines for the ecological transition.
For the past 20 months, the government has been stepping up France’s commitment to the ecological transition, by organizing two environmental conferences – in September 2012 and 2013 – and adopting two road maps for the ecological transition that have given rise to formative work.

In 2013 there were major achievements like the introduction of a carbon element to taxation in the 2014 budget act, the launch of the energy-efficient home refurbishment programme “j’éco-rénove, j’économise” [eco-refurbish and save money], the establishment of the comprehensive action platform for corporate social responsibility, the transfer to local authorities of powers in the area of flood control, the announcement of the future investment programme, which will devote €2.3 billion to new actions supporting the ecological and energy transition, and the formal notification that France is to host the United Nations Climate Conference (COP21) in 2015.

The passing of the act on modernizing government action at local level and empowering cities, the act on access to housing and the modernization of town planning, the consumer affairs act, the act on the use of plant health control in cities and the act on the protection of the status of whistleblowers will enable us to strengthen the tools necessary for protecting the environment.

The commitments of the road map which emerged from the environmental conference of September 2013 are set out in the budgetary guidelines the Prime Minister has sent each of his ministers.

These second budgetary guidelines indicate the government’s priorities for 2014, particularly the preparation of the COP 21, the finalization of the energy transition programming bill, the examination of the bill on biodiversity in the spring, the banking and finance conference, restoration of the quality of water and aquatic environments, the change from agriculture to agro-ecology, the adoption of the third National Health-Environment Plan (PNSE 3), the updating of environmental law as part of the government’s major administrative simplification efforts, the reform of the mining code, the promotion of the circular economy, support for professional transitions and for the development of eco-industry sectors such as renewable energies, and increased education about the environment and sustainable development.

Moreover, the state will also focus on demonstrating social responsibility within public organizations.

The 2014 budgetary guidelines are being published today, as is the 2013 review. They testify to the collective efforts in government to enable work to begin on all the measures set out./.