Pesticide Mission: Disappointed on glyphosate, Batho resigns as Vice President

Socialist MEP and former Minister of Ecology Delphine Batho, disappointed with conclusions "not up to" the fact-finding mission on phytosanitary products, announced Thursday his resignation of the vice-presidency.

"I have just resigned from the vice-presidency of the information mission on phyto-pharmaceutical products because the draft report does not advocate the exit of glyphosate or even its prohibition in three years, only the prohibition for a "specific" use, she announced at a meeting of the Commission for Sustainable Development.

"Continue as before, it is not up to par, while every day brings a lot of news alarming studies on the impact of pesticides on human health and the collapse of biodiversity, which is also far below the commitments of the President of the Republic on the release of glyphosate, "Ms Batho told AFP

In the draft report, she also regretted statements stating, for example, that the assessment of the health effects of pesticides remained delicate, or the absence of mention of the "Monsanto Papers" case. 19659002] In the eyes of this the vice-president of the Socialist Group, the only point of advance in the report is the creation of a compensation fund for victims of phytosanitary products, subject of a bill PS passed in early February in the Senate against the opinion

On the other hand, pleading for "the hour of truth", Ms Batho passed an amendment to ban the glyphosate from July 2021, during the examination, for opinion, of the draft law. law on agriculture in Sustainable Development Committee. The measure is not yet part of the bill.

The rapporteur LREM initially objected that it was "perhaps a little fast compared to the approach of the president and the government of conviction to the partners". Further proof, according to former PS minister, of an "ongoing rewriting of the presidential commitment, a great procrastination behind the scenes of power."

An amendment by Matthieu Orphelin (LREM), former right-hand man of Nicolas Hulot in his foundation, to include in the law a definition of neonicotinoids was also adopted.

And the president of the commission and former Secretary of State for Biodiversity Barbara Pompili (LREM, from the ranks of ecologists) has then hailed on Twitter "progress in committee on the prohibition of glyphosate, the definition of neonicotinoids, training in alternatives to phyto … and vote on a report on the compensation of victims of phyto".

A mission to assess the impact of the shutdown of coal plants

The government will launch a mission to assess the socio-economic impact of the shutdown of coal plants and propose ecological transition contracts to the territories concerned, according to a letter consulted by AFP on Thursday. [19659002] "The purpose of this mission is to assess the socio-economic impact of stopping the production of electricity from coal by 2022", describes the letter signed by the Secretary of State for Ecological transition Sébastien Lecornu

There are four coal-fired power plants in operation in Cordemais (Loire-Atlantique), Le Havre (Seine-Maritime), Gardanne (Bouches-du-Rhône) and Saint-Avold (Moselle).

This mission must also make it possible "to propose actions of accompaniment as much economic as social, which will find their concretization through contracts of ecological transition on the territories concerned", adds Mr. Lecornu, clarifying that the conclusions of the mission will be transmitted to the government in April.

These ecological transition contracts are supposed to accompany territories that have experienced industrial difficulties, which require social support for the energy transition, but also "virtuous" territories ahead of the transition

The State must provide them with political, technical, and financial support with credits from, among other things, the government's large investment plan.

The plan "which will progressively involve some 20 territories in 2018, will start from concretely carried by the local actors, public and private. "

In January, the government had launched negotiations in Arras (Pas-de-Calais) and in the department of Corrèze for the first contracts of ecological transition, to be signed during the second quarter.