“The state will be there”promised the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, by Wednesday, March 16, “plan for economic and social resilience” to deal with the consequences of the conflict in Ukraine. This subscription is intended for: “protecting households and businesses from the direct effects of the shock” in particular due to the rise in the prices of raw materials and energy.
“We have a duty to prepare for a long crisis”the prime minister said, stressing that the implications for the European economy were: “the inevitable counterpart to the reality and effectiveness of our sanctions”†
Extension of the 15 cent discount on fuel
The Prime Minister announced that the discount at the pump of 15 cents per liter of fuel, which the government has granted for a period of four months from April, will be extended to natural gas (NGV) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) vehicles.
This discount “will cover all French, in mainland France and abroad, both individuals and all professionals”said Mr Castex. “In particular, drivers, taxis and ambulance transporters, farmers, public works and fishermen will benefit from the measure, but also all professions that use their vehicles a lot, such as home helpers”declared the prime minister.
Accompanied by the Minister of Economic Affairs, Bruno Le Maire, Jean Castex again called on the oil companies to “a complementary gesture” and let us know that TotalEnergies had “has agreed in principle to go beyond the effort of the state”†
“at 1er In April, our discount of 10 centimes per liter will be applied at all TotalEnergies service stations in France”and not just in rural areas as announced in February, TotalEnergies CEO Patrick Pouyanné stated, on Twitter† This discount is added to that of the government.
Help for energy-intensive companies
For companies, new aid will be granted to those whose gas and electricity costs represent “at least 3% of their turnover”, facing an increase “of at least 40% of [leurs] electricity or gas bill since the start of the war” and who realizes? “operating losses”, detailed Jean Castex and Bruno Le Maire.
This aid, which will mainly concern industry, will be provided without any size or sector conditions and “will allow them to cover half of their excess energy consumption”said the prime minister.
The cost to the state of this grant is estimated at three billion euros, Bruno Le Maire said shortly afterwards. A company can receive a maximum of 25 million euros. According to him, the sectors most involved are metallurgy, chemical industry, paper and board industry, certain agricultural and food industries.
Expanding the systems put in place since the start of the pandemic
Three systems already in use since the start of the Covid-19 crisis will be strengthened. The loan ceiling for the state-guaranteed loan has been raised to 35% of turnover, instead of 25% today.
The deferral of taxes and social charges will be “facilities for companies affected by rising energy prices or export restrictions”†
Finally, the long-term use of partial activity is: “extended for another twelve months for agreements already signed”explained Jean Castex, adding that companies not covered by this system, “sign agreements until the end of 2022”†
Targeted measures for fishermen, farmers, construction companies, etc.
The prime minister also announced a series of targeted measures for fishermen, farmers, transport companies, construction companies and exporters. Jean Castex turned to the latter and urged not to “don’t give in to the temptation to withdraw”†
For fishermen, whose activity is essential for: “our food sovereignty”underlined the prime minister, the government will “exceptional financial aid equivalent to 35 cents per liter of fishing diesel”until July 31. “The device will be open as soon as [jeudi] morning, so that all indicated boats can go back to sea as soon as possible with the certainty that they are taking advantage of the support system”said Jean Castex.
For farmers, and especially breeders, hard hit by the increase in animal feed prices. An envelope of 400 million euros is planned for a “four months transitional aid” That “will make up for the losses”† The first payments are expected within two months. Farmers will also benefit from a fuel tax advance (TICPE) on their purchases of non-road diesel (GNR) fueling their tractors.
A long-term plan to break out of dependence on Russian raw materials
The “resilience plan” must “protect us over time”, confirmed Jean Castex. Reaffirming the Need from“strengthening actions to reduce our energy dependence over time”the prime minister reiterated the ambition to run out of Russian gas and oil by 2027 and insisted on the need to secure French gas supplies for next winter.
To that end, the government will subsidize companies to help them become less dependent on certain critical raw materials from Russia such as titanium, palladium or even neon, Bruno Le Maire announced. ” We are going […] launch a call for projects to subsidize up to 15% by the end of the year for large groups and 35% for small businesses, projects that would reduce dependence on products from Russia”he said during the presentation of the French resilience plan.
Lower heating in public buildings and help with boiler changes
The Minister for Ecological Transition, Barbara Pompili, for her part, announced “ an accelerated hydrocarbon exit plan for state buildings”. Town halls, schools and other French public services and services will thus be encouraged to: “go down one degree” the temperature of their interior heating, “to save energy and lower the bill”.
“This action will be accompanied by the creation of a fund to finance work with a rapid impact on the reduction of gas and fuel consumption, in particular the replacement of fossil boilers with renewable solutions”, she added.
The aid to private individuals for the replacement of individual fuel or gas heaters will therefore be increased by 1,000 euros from April 15 and the packages for the installation of gas boilers will be discontinued.