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UFE - Press review of 03/05/19

Energy and climate bill: the French Council of State issue a legal opinion
On April 30th, the French energy and climate bill was presented during the Council of Ministers. Even if the bill was overall deemed by the French Council of State in conformity with French law, the French institution had some reservations regarding CO2 emissions capping from coal-fired power plants, recalling that their shutdown must not compromise security of supply. Moreover, regarding the creation of the High Council for Climate, the French Council of State drew the government’s attention to the “multiplication” of this type of organization. As a matter of fact, the institution declared itself against the establishment of a third-party body overseeing the CEE control mechanism, considering that the bill was lacking precision on this subject.
Source : AEF, May 2nd, 2019
François de Rugy is opposed to a new “floating tax project”
French Ministry for the Ecological and Solidarity Transition stated at the end of the French Council of Ministers that there would be no floating tax project, as the 2000 experimentations showed it was not effective.
Source : Le Figaro, April 30th, 2019
BusinessEurope in favor of a neutral carbon approach
On April 29th, the European association representing companies of all sizes in the EU published its position and agreed to support a neutral carbon approach by mid-century as urged by the European Commission through a communication published last November. However, the largest European lobby group remains careful when it comes to the establishment of a carbon tax borders and would rather favor technological innovation as well as abundant and cheap electricity.
Source : Euractiv, May 2nd, 2019
France and Germany in favor of a several-billion investment plan for batteries
France and Germany intend to spend roughly €5 to 6 billion through public (1.2 billion) or private (4 billion) funds to produce batteries and support gentle mobility. However, on April 30th, the European Commission considered that both states should review their copy and be more precise in quantifying the funds requested in the letter of intent that was sent to the European executive.
Source : Contexte, May 3rd, 2019
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