French government outlines energy and climate summer ‘roadmap’

(EurActiv, 27 Apr 2023) The French government presented some 20 milestones that need to be reached on the environment and energy front by the end of the summer before more intensive discussions with local authorities can be launched in autumn.

On 10 March, France adopted its Renewable Energy Acceleration Act, amid criticism that the text was too ambiguous on several points.

At the same time, the National Assembly passed a bill that aims to revive nuclear power, though parliamentarians still need to give their final assent in May.

These two laws bring back some much-needed impetus to the government, which has drawn widespread anger recently due to its unpopular pension reform push.

The executive tried to instil a spirit of renewal and “appeasement” on Wednesday (26 April) by presenting a roadmap of these projects for the next three months.

Besides employment, purchasing power, health, and reindustrialisation, the government’s roadmap also covers the ecological transition.

“We are entering a new phase of action” and “acceleration”, Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne declared in a speech presenting the roadmap.

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