July 28, 2021

Despite their differences, deputies and senators agree on the Climate bill

Nine hours of tense and laborious discussions, after a week of negotiations, but a torn compromise. The deputies and senators, gathered in a mixed joint committee (CMP), finally reached an agreement on the Climate and Resilience bill, Monday, July 12, around midnight. This latest environmental law of the five-year term, now around 320 articles strong and affecting both advertising and the thermal renovation of buildings, the car or the artificialization of soils, will be definitively voted in the National Assembly on Tuesday 20 July, then in the Senate, at the latest the following week. Enough to close a long process for this text resulting from the work of the citizens’ convention for the climate. And save two to three months, because, if the agreement had not been found, the bill would have had to come back to the National Assembly in September, then to the Senate.

In the entourage of the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, we welcome an agreement reached “In record time” and who respects “The red lines decreed by the government and which are structuring measures of the text (low emission zones [ZFE], artificialization of soils, renovation of housing, compensation for domestic flights or vegetarian menu in canteens) ”. At the same time, the text was enriched with certain advances made by senators, in particular the sustainable mobility package, according to Matignon.

“If we are going to breathe better in our big cities, live in better insulated housing, have access to more vegetarian menus, better frame advertising … we owe it to this collective effort by citizens, with the unprecedented experience of the citizens’ convention for the climate, from the government and parliamentarians ”, believes, for her part, Barbara Pompili, the Minister of Ecological Transition.

One of the fiercest battles, the EPZs

The clash between the government majority and the senatorial right did not end in the same way as during the examination of the constitutional revision project aiming to include climate and biodiversity in article 1 of the Constitution, which resulted in its abandonment on July 6. “We are far from being climate skeptics, a label that the Minister of Ecological Transition wanted to stick on us. On this law, it was not desirable, for our country, that the Parliament does not agree ”, declares Marta de Cidrac, senator (LR) of Yvelines, and co-rapporteur of the bill.

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