Candid citizens stuffed raw by voracious lobbies? Unless the members of the Citizen’s Climate Convention (CCC), after having worked on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, have themselves become… a lobby?
The word is taken up unvarnished by a number of drawn lots. They joke about it, who at first used it with suspicion. Asked by the Convention at the end of 2019, engineer Jean-Marc Jancovici, an energy and climate specialist, retorted: “When we think of a lobby, we think of the industrial lobby, but any group that defends an interest is a lobby, Greenpeace like the Union of Chemical Industries.” A good hearer. By setting up their association, The 150, after the report was voted on in June, the idea was to be the spokespersons, to weigh. Of course, they do not have the interpersonal skills, the strike force or the economic power of other interest groups. And they are not a homogeneous squad. For a core of very invested, some dropped the case and conciliators rub shoulders with very disappointed.
But their positions, such as the alert launched to Emmanuel Macron in October to deplore a “Lack of clear executive support”, do not go unnoticed. A consulting firm and a company showing the will to push their proposals, or even more ambitious objectives, have even contacted some of them. “Whether we like it or not, we are a lobby, we make our own lawyer”, said Amandine Roggeman. “Lobby or lookout, I don’t know, nuance Grégoire Fraty, another member of the CCC. We have a transparent approach, we do not negotiate anything. ” “If we have to seek arbitration, convince parliamentarians who have doubts, we do it and we will do it. But until when ?» asks Sylvain Burquier.
“They will have to let go of their baby”
From the outset, an eighth session was planned, a sort of “right of reply” to the executive. It is to be held from February 26 to 28. And after ? This is the official end of the Convention. In both government and LREM, we insist on this turning point. The 150 would then become an interlocutor like any other, just a little privileged, and not this imposing statue of the Commander who would weigh on the debate in the National Assembly. But citizens should remain in the front row and will be heard in committee, probably shortly after the government. They already interact frequently with MPs. “We can grill them a bit. It must also be the citizens under the gaze of the deputies, we must not be in defense ”, foresees Roland Lescure, president (LREM) of the economic affairs committee. The presidential promise was to transmit their measures “Without filter”, which was not really the case. Now it’s Parliament’s turn. “They will have to let go of their baby”, warns a walker. “Parliamentarians do not have to follow us. It will also be democracy, it is the game ”, admits Mélanie Blanchetot.
Except that the transcription of the report of the Convention is not limited to the bill, which will be presented on Wednesday in the Council of Ministers. “After that, there will be the decrees, the referendum on the climate in the Constitution, the negotiation (of certain measures) at European level”, resumes Mélanie Blanchetot. Others are adding the 2022 campaign, with the intention of asking candidates to take up recommendations left in the plan.