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The Ministry of Agriculture unveils the missions of the 2nd Minister (here Agnès Pannier-Runacher and Marc Fesneau on February 9, 2024)
POLITICS – Two for the price of one. Appointed Minister Delegate to Minister of Agriculture and Food Sovereignty Marc Fesneau, Thursday February 8 evening, Agnès Pannier Runacher remains in government. But to do what?
While its missions, like the precise title of its function, were not revealed in the press release from the Élysée, the Ministry of Agriculture said more this Saturday. The one who until then took care of the energy portfolio (2022-2024), after having been in charge of industries (2020-2022), will take charge of at least four major subjects.
Namely, ecological planning of the agricultural sector, energy issues and in particular biomass production, agri-food industries as well as innovation and research. Areas which, for the most part, echo his former functions.
Minister of crisis management?
“ In recent months, the concerns and difficulties that have arisen from the agricultural world in many territories are striking in their scale, urgency and diversity. », underlines the Ministry of Agriculture to the press, suggesting, in short, that the arrival of an additional minister is not a luxury.
It will allow “ better respond to the major challenges and priorities of the agricultural, agri-food and forestry sectors which have been weakened in recent years. ” And of ” multiply actions and projects on major projects both at the national level, in the heart of the territories as well as on the international side », we explain again.
Agnès Pannier-Runacher, cited for a time to take care of the Ministry of Health or National Education, will also “ press » Marc Fesneau on the main issues of the ministry: food sovereignty, supporting farmers in the fight against climate change and even the attractiveness of professions.
In the minister’s entourage, people talk about a ” experience » in crisis management (she was for example in charge of the supply of vaccines during the Covid pandemic or energy after the war in Ukraine) which will be “ useful » in the current context with farmers.
The FNSEA asks the government to go “twice as fast”
An advisor to the new Minister for Agriculture also points out his “ negotiation experience at European and international level. » She will indeed need it.
Two weeks before the Agricultural Show (February 24-March 3) and four months before the European elections, the government, still under pressure from agricultural unions, is engaged in a race against time to calm the anger of the peasant world, which notably resulted in two weeks of blockages on the roads in France.
No later than Friday, the FNSEA expressed its wish that this appointment of a second minister would allow the government to go “twice as fast” on the promises made recently.
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