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The NGOS denounce the action of the lobbies during the crisis of the Covid-19

The crisis-related coronavirus has been the opportunity to lobby industry to attempt to relax regulations on social and environmental issues, denounced on Wednesday two NGOS that warn against the use of public money for the benefit of these same industries.

During this crisis, "the representatives of the main polluting industries - energy, air transport, automotive, immediately mobilized (...) in order to obtain the abandonment, suspension or postponement of many regulations", say the Friends of the Earth and the Observatory of multinationals in a report.

"Lobbies in the process of returning"

The Medef, the main employers ' organisation in France, had asked at the end of April a "moratorium" on the implementation of environmental measures, including in the fight against waste and recycling, request rejected by the minister of the ecological Transition Elizabeth Terminal.

Monday, secretary of State Brown Poirson denounced in The Provence the explosion of the use of plastic encouraged "sometimes by messages from the lobbies". "All of these lobbies, it was to leave out the door on the occasion of the law-antigaspillage, which was passed last January, and they are in the process of returning by the window," she said.

read also : The main measures of the act antigaspillage, voted Thursday

They were not the only ones, according to the two NGOS, who cite claims of the Association française des entreprises privées (AFEP), automotive, aviation, or agricultural.

For the NGOS, it is essential that the aid granted by the State for the support of the polluting industries are subject to "a plan to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and the programmed output of their activities, the more harmful". They cite the example of the loans of seven billion euros granted to Air France, which should reduce some of the national links if they are feasible in 2h30 by train and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.

But these links could be "transferred to subsidiaries in low cost Air France", within the NGO also criticised the use of agro-fuels that may contribute to deforestation, and the "carbon offsets" by planting trees, which is insufficient to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.

For these NGOS, there is an urgent need to strengthen the transparency of the lobbying in France, in making such public appointments between decision-makers and interest representatives, with the establishment of an independent observatory "that provides transparency on the state for support" or "conditions are legally binding and verified" for businesses that benefit from it.

The editorial team conseilleLe true power of lobbys18 commentairesPaco7531le 03/06/2020 at 09:59 am

NGOS and lobby .... it is the same thing !
The 2 of them trying to impose their visions to make money at the end.

The world is my oysterle 03/06/2020 at 09:55

A small addition: these NGOS are the champions of the world of lobbying. So why would they ban other organizations to do the same? It is simple, it is the very notion of progressivism: they, they are virtuous (according to their own criteria of course), so it is logical that they are entitled to everything. "The others" are the conservatives-pop, and should be denounced.

copsle 03/06/2020 at 09:46 pm

These NGOS are counter-powers of the lobbies. They are doing a necessary work, but with a clearly less than those of the lobbies.

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