Elected representatives of the majority, anxious to regain control of a subject carried by the left, have tabled an amendment to the finance bill, aimed at aligning the tax rate on kerosene for private aviation with that of gasoline cars. The debate is revived in Parliament.
The debate on private jets should take off again thanks to the budget debate, the traditional focus of the controversies of the season. Gearing up this summer on flight tracking accounts (@laviondebernard on Instagram, @i_fly_Bernard on Twitter), which track the journeys of billionaires’ planes, the political class was torn on how to regulate the use of these devices popular with the wealthy: should they be banned, as proposed by the EE- LV Julien Bayou? Supervise it in France, or at European level? Or let these very polluting planes fly quietly in relation to the number of VIPs they carry, because “ecology is not the buzz”, according to Christophe Béchu?
Clément Beaune was reframed by his supervisory minister, in charge of Ecological Transition, when he advocated regulation at European level. Macronie, who did not scramble to come to the aid of the Minister of Transport, seemed to hope that the debate would die out on its own. As the examination of the finance bill for 2023 begins on Monday in the hemicycle, Renaissance deputies have nevertheless decided to return to the subject.
At the initiative of the chairman of the Sustainable Development Committee, Jean-Marc Zulesi, they tabled an amendment aimed at aligning, on January 1, 2023, the rate of TICPE (domestic consumption tax on energy products) for kerosene in the private aviation on that of gasoline used for cars. “The use of jet fuels in the context of private aviation (jets, private fleets, company, etc.) is subject to a tax niche”, note the 23 signatories who want to delete it. Among them, Sandrine Le Feur, referent of the Renaissance deputies within the sustainable development commission, Sacha Houlié, the president of the law commission, or the former secretary of State Joël Giraud.
Debauchery of luxury and fossil fuels
The general rapporteur for the budget, Jean-René Cazeneuve, has also tabled an amendment along these lines. Clément Beaune had campaigned for and Bercy should also give the green light. The Macronist deputies thus hope to regain the upper hand, after having suffered the offensive of the left, which had stepped up to the plate on the theme of fiscal and climate injustice. “Certainly, the impact of private jets is in itself epsilon but it is absolutely necessary that everyone make efforts in the current period”, explains Jean-Marc Zulesi, recognizing the weight of the symbol. “Julien Bayou’s proposal was demago and inefficient because France is not an island, but we must find intelligent and measured ways to make the biggest polluters contribute”, adds the deputy of Hauts-de-Seine Pierre Cazeneuve, one of the co-signatories.
If it allows the macronists not to remain silent on these planes which have become emblematic of a debauchery of luxury and fossil fuels, the amendment will not hurt jet users too much… Which would just be taxed on their fuel at the same rate than motorists. A counter-fire for the majority? The debate will be lively anyway, the EE-LV deputies, in particular, returning to the charge with a battery of amendments (climate wealth tax with penalty for jet owners, increased eco-contribution on plane tickets by applying it in priority over private jets and business aviation, etc.).
Source: Libération by www.liberation.fr.
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