Posted Oct 31, 2022, 9:12 PM
New setback for the presidential camp. The National Assembly voted on Monday evening to add nearly 12 billion euros in credits for the thermal renovation of housing. The deputies adopted in quick succession an environmental amendment of 6.85 billion credits, then another socialist of an additional 5 billion euros, despite the calls of the Renaissance deputies for “responsibility”.
The RN supported these amendments. However, they may not be included in the final version of the budget. The government will indeed very probably again resort to the constitutional weapon of 49.3 on this part of the budget and will have the possibility of dismissing these amendments.
“2,500 thermal colanders” renovated
The oppositions crushed the balance sheet of “MaPrimeRénov”, the renovation aid mechanism set up in 2020. The EELV deputy Eva Sas demanded “to go much further” in terms of “global renovation” of housing. “You are not up to it,” she told the government. MaPrimeRenov is “very far from the objectives”, with only “2,500 thermal strainers” renovated, pointed out MP LR Véronique Louwagie.
The Minister for the Ecological Transition, Christophe Béchu, pointed to a lack of “coherence” in the opposition which adds “billions of euros to a system which you tell us does not work”. “You are juggling with billions,” retorted in turn his colleague from Energy Transition, Agnès Pannier-Runacher. “Help us rather build vocational training courses” in thermal renovation, because the “order books” of specialized companies are “filled”, she insisted.
The general rapporteur for the budget, Jean-René Cazeneuve (Renaissance), criticized the left-wing coalition Nupes and the RN for “voting together”: “you applaud each other, I will never get used to it”.
The Court of Auditors recently issued a very severe report on the policy of energy renovation of buildings: “there is a lack of strong and effective management and an efficient public support service”, she lamented.
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