French environment minister Roselyne Bachelot reaffirmed her commitment to dialogue and consultation on politically difficult issues in a speech to MPs on Friday. The minister was outlining environmental elements of the government's draft 2003 budget presented last month (EED 25/09/02).
Continuing to distance herself from Dominique Voynet, her predecessor-but-one under the previous Socialist-Green government, Ms Bachelot promised "openness, listening and dialogue" regarding "hunting, application of European directives and redefinition of national water policy". "Total firmness", in contrast, would be the watchword on issues such as dirty waste incinerators.
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