Emmanuel Macron called on Tuesday, before the Assises de la Mer in Nice, to “go faster” to “make France a great maritime power”, in particular with aid to accelerate the ecological transition of merchant ships.
Thanks to the overseas territories, “France is the second largest maritime power in the world and it is an asset” that must be “defended” with “different scientific, economic, political reinvestment strategies, etc.” ‘State in the company of the Minister of the Sea Annick Girardin on the first day of this major annual meeting of professionals from the maritime sectors.
But “our exclusive economic zone is only as good as we know we are a power that knows how to enforce it”, added Emmanuel Macron who had announced the order of six new patrol boats during his previous participation in the Assises, in December 2019 in Montpellier. .
“Ambitious strategy” on marine protected areas
Seven months before the presidential election, he defended the other measures taken since the start of his five-year term, in particular the “ambitious strategy” on marine protected areas which aims to place 5% of French waters in the Mediterranean in a strong protection zone of here to 2027. Despite the demand for ecological responsibilities, France “defends the exploration of the deep seabed” if it is “sustainable and reasoned”, he said, insisting on the need for the country to finalize a “strategy” on this very sensitive subject.
Speaking before the Head of State, CMA-CGM CEO Rodolphe Saadé confirmed that the French shipping giant would continue to “invest a lot in green energy” even if the technology was not yet ready to be “Zero carbon emitter”.
Competitiveness of ports
On the economic front, the government also launched in January a “national strategy” to improve the competitiveness of ports, with an investment of 175 million euros as part of the recovery plan, and to merge the three major ports of the Seine (Le Havre, Rouen, Paris) into a single public establishment.
Following several months of consultation, within the framework of the “Fontenoy du maritime”, Emmanuel Macron announced the introduction of the possibility of joint use of leasing and the strategic project guarantee when the projects aim to use to the French flag for ships.
Another measure eagerly awaited by the sector and which will appear in the 2022 finance bill: an “evolution of the criteria for green excess depreciation” with “the establishment of a ceiling for the tax deduction” which will allow, according to him, “To facilitate the use of this device and to accelerate the ecological transition of ships, which is absolutely essential”.
Extended maritime employment assistance
On the social level, Emmanuel announced that maritime employment assistance will be extended for three years and a maritime specialty should be created within Pôle emploi, in order to improve the placement of seafarers against a backdrop of difficulties of ‘hires. Is also “confirmed”, he underlined, the objective of the government to double the number of officers leaving training at the ENSM (National Maritime School) by 2027 to “adapt it to the needs and commitments of shipowners ”.
During the meeting, the mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi (ex-LR) “thanked” Emmanuel Macron for “the countless number” of times he has come to his city since the start of the five-year term.
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