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18 November 2019

France has a strong ambition to ensure that Europe is able to meet the ecological challenge

The Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition was in Brussels on 18 November 2019 for an initial round of working meetings with three European commissioners responsible for different aspects of the ecological and inclusive transition.
Elisabeth Borne first met Margareth Vestager, responsible for the internal market and competition, to discuss in particular the regulation of historically-established nuclear power. An agreement was reached to step up technical discussions in view of a further meeting on this subject in the first quarter of 2020, which is a priority for the Government. The meeting was also an opportunity to discuss all the issues currently being addressed in the energy and transport sectors.

The meeting with Frans Timmermans, Vice-President-designate responsible for the climate, provided an opportunity to discuss the preparation of the Green Deal, as well as the incoming presidency’s vision in terms of climate ambition, funding for transition, the circular economy and biodiversity. On this occasion, the Minister welcomed the adoption of the EIB’s new “energy” strategy, which provides for ending fossil fuel funding from the end of 2021.

The Minister then met Kadri Simson, Commissioner-designate responsible for energy, to discuss the main priorities for energy transition and the implementation of the European package adopted in 2018. The Minister underscored France’s determination to raise ambition at European level for 2030.

“France has a strong ambition to ensure that Europe is able to meet the ecological challenge and it is committed to an ambitious Green Deal. These initial talks have provided an opportunity to share this priority with three commissioners who will play a central role in the new European Commission”, stated Elisabeth Borne.

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