Recovery plan: “We absolutely have to have the same ambition to save jobs” as “to accelerate the ecological transition”, assures Matthieu Orphelin

Recovery plan: “We absolutely have to have the same ambition to save jobs” as “to accelerate the ecological transition”, assures Matthieu Orphelin

The president of the group Ecology Democracy Solidarity in the National Assembly denounces corporate tax cuts of “20 billion euros over two years” without ecological compensation.

Matthieu Orphelin, deputy Ecology Democracy Solidarity, September 24, 2019 (VINCENT ISORE / MAXPPP)

“It would obviously be a historical error to dissociate and say ‘today we are saving the economy as it is and we will think about transforming it tomorrow”, estimates, Wednesday September 2 on franceinfo, Matthieu Orphelin, deputy of Maine-et-Loire and president of the Ecology Democracy Solidarity group in the National Assembly, on the eve of the presentation of the recovery plan. “We absolutely have to have the same ambition to save jobs” what “To accelerate the ecological transition”, “That’s the whole point”, he continues.

“Unrequited” tax cuts

“We have some concerns, adds Matthieu Orphelin. On the one hand, we have measures that were expected, which are going in the right direction. We have a few billion euros which are welcome and which will make it possible to relaunch a certain number of ecological transition projects. But besides that, we have tax cuts, 20 billion euros over two years, which will mainly benefit large companies and sectors such as insurance or banks which do not necessarily have much. suffered from the crisis. And all this, without ecological or social compensation ”, points out the deputy.

For Matthieu Orphelin, the government continues to inject money into businesses without asking for compensation “Social, fiscal, environmental or relocation”.

Matthieu Orphelin nevertheless greets “Increased aid to individuals” in the energy renovation sector. “We had it in all directions but here we must recognize that it is back to the right level. Aid will be extended to landlord owners, it will be extended to condominiums ”, he explains. “We are giving money to energy renovation for housing, but also finally to the energy renovation of public buildings, with 4 billion euros out of 100 billion.”

The president of the group Ecology Democracy Solidarity in the National Assembly emphasizes however that “This recovery plan only covers two years”. “Obviously, the State must prepare now to continue this effort for ecological transition. We will not resolve climate issues in two years ”, concludes the deputy.