French environment ministry gets budget boost
French prime minister Lionel Jospin yesterday announced 2002 ministerial budget allocations, singling out the environment ministry for the largest percentage rise. This is the fourth consecutive year that it has won an above average budget increase (EED 17/09/99). With 7% more income next year, the ministry will have a pot of about euros 0.73bn (FFr4.8bn). An environment ministry official told journalists that spending priorities in 2002 would be installation of anti-noise facilities, implementation of the Natura 2000 network, and prevention and repair work relating to floods, landslides and other natural disasters.