Civil servants elected in front of the vast Ministry of Ecology Transition

May 23, 2022, Minister of Environmental Transition, Amelie de Montchalin, Paris
May 23, 2022, Minister of Environmental Transition, Amelie de Montchalin (JULIEN DE ROSA / AFP), Paris

With the highest purpose and “implementation” motto of 2050 carbon neutrality, the new ministry, which integrates ecological transitions and territorial cohesion, has been elected officials, showing national courses that can be rejected according to local peculiarities. Will be cautious.

“Ecosystem transitions are relevant to everyone,” and “if you don’t want to put the French on the roadside, all actors, especially elected local officials, must be able to contribute,” May. Améliede Montchalin explained on the 20th. Fringe of his arrival in the province.

His ministry is under the sign “Living better, healthier and better everywhere in France”.

His cabinet has a goal set in the last five years, “French very specific and locally adapted implementation”.

The new ministry combines ecosystem migration and territorial cohesion. This is a “very important” subdivision, according to government spokesman Olivia Grégoire, aimed at more closely engaging local elected officials through climate and biodiversity efforts.

Christoph Bechu just before the first Ministerial Meeting at the Elysee Palace on May 23, 2022
Christoph Bechu (Ludovic MARIN / AFP) just before the first Council of Ministers at the Elysee Palace on May 23, 2022

Therefore, appointing AnGes Mayor Christoph Bechu as the representative of the minister in charge of the local government is an additional guarantee.

Elected officials interviewed see at best the “possible impetus” in this new ministry to raise public awareness of climate emergencies, and at worst simple “political architecture.” But this argument makes little sense.

In any case, “the community must be helped” and one of the conditions for success is “the state does not decide for itself and is not super-centralized as seen during the crisis. Health”. Warning. Andre Robert, President of the Association of Small Towns in France (APVF).

According to him, “the government must stick to the reality of the earth as faithfully as possible” and “actually conclude from the dichotomy between France in success, that of big cities, and France in the forgotten countryside.” “France: The gap is very strong.”

“Everyone wants an ecosystem transition. The mayor has been involved in this area for a long time and is exemplary in this area, but we need to explain how to do it without financial means or tools. “There is,” commented Cedric in his part. Szabo, director of the French Regional Mayors Association (AMRF), also said that there is no region-specific portfolio that “still occupies 88% of the territory and 33% of the population.” I am surprised. The legislative election is reminiscent of the government.

Bercy’s weight

An association of elected civil servants, the ecological roadmap presented by the government, has a budget on the ground against the backdrop of reduced subsidies to the community and rising energy prices with serious consequences for certain municipalities. It points out that it is against consideration.

Just last week, the issue of coastal erosion began to explain these points of tension. On the one hand, the government wants to apply the 2021 Climate and Resilience Act. On the other hand, two elected civil servant associations, including the National Election Civil Service Association (Anel), challenged the tools provided by the state. He then seized the State Council to obtain legal and financial guarantees for the commune that had to adapt to coastal erosion.

Observatoire du Litetoral Nouvelle-Aquitaine's new CoastSnap device on the beach in Capbreton, Land, December 7, 2021
Observatoire du Littoral Nouvelle-Aquitaine’s new CoastSnap device (GAIZKA IROZ / AFP / Archives) on the beach of Capbreton, Land, December 7, 2021

Therefore, Robert believes that “whatever the structure of the ministries”, “financial challenges are still important” and “Versie plays a fundamental role” in the transition.

Another concern of elected officials is related to the dimension of the ministry. It includes not only town planning and land use planning for that purse, but also transportation and housing, which are the two main means of influencing climate change.

Szabo claims that these are “heavy files”. In this context, he wonders, “Where is left for territorial cohesion,” even though the priority is ecological development.