Prime Minister Jean Castex defended this Saturday in Toulouse, in front of a panel of citizens, the European construction by regretting that there are “many things that Europe is doing which are absolutely unknown”. Shortly after announcing near Castres the name of the prospective concessionaire for the motorway which is to link this city to Toulouse, Jean Castex responded to the observations of the 56 citizens who are participating in a reflection organized throughout the EU. France will take over the presidency of the Council of the European Union from January 1 for a period of six months.
“On a duty of information, education and sharing” towards European citizens. “The EU must make known its usefulness”, insisted the Prime Minister. He also defended the idea of a European minimum wage or a “carbon tax” at the EU’s borders, among other proposals made by France. In the spring, the EU launched a wide consultation of citizens which should make it possible to bring out guidelines and proposals for reforms. In France, the State organizes them in its regions, bringing together between 30 and 50 citizens each time, before a “national restitution” in October.
A visit to the AZF disaster memorial
Jean Castex concluded his visit to Toulouse, according to the prefecture, by going to the site of the AZF industrial disaster memorial, to find himself, off camera and out of the press, in memory of the 31 dead and thousands of others. victims on September 21, 2001. Before going to Toulouse, the head of government announced near Castres that the NGE group (New Generations of Entrepreneurs) had been selected by the State, following an appeal for ‘offers, as a “prospective concessionaire” for the A69, a 54 km motorway between Castres and Toulouse.
Jean Castex specified that an “attractive subscription with decreasing tariffs according to the frequency of passages per month” should be set up as well as a “tariff modulation for the least polluting vehicles”. The signing of the concession contract is scheduled “in the first half of 2022” and, after a year of environmental studies, “the works must be able to begin in mid-2023 with commissioning by 2025”, at -he insisted on this project awaited by the elected officials of the south of the Tarn for more than twenty years.
However, he acknowledged that “there may always be some uncertainties”, this project arousing the opposition of certain environmental activists, but the deadlines seem “largely realistic” according to him. In a press release, the NGE company indicates that it “relies on regional businesses and created nearly 1,000 local jobs” for “safe and sustainable mobility”.