French citizens bring their climate case to Brussels

POLITICO | The French government’s experiment in letting direct democracy shape the country’s climate laws could have repercussions well beyond Paris.

After nine months of discussion and 149 new proposals to slash greenhouse gas emissions, the members of France’s citizens’ climate convention are now planning to bring their agenda to the EU stage in a bid to ensure their ideas have European resonance.

“It is in our interest to defend our measures according to the European agenda, at the right time and to the right people,” Amandine Roggeman, a 26-year-old who works in the cultural sector, said in an interview, adding that a delegation of the convention wants to come to Brussels after the summer break to meet with MEPs and commissioners.

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