Europe Ecology – The Greens (EELV) and the Geneva Greens are joining forces to fight the Chablais motorway project. The parties announced it Friday in Annemasse at the same time as the City of Geneva filed in Paris its appeal against the declaration of public utility signed in December by the French Prime Minister, last green light given to this 16 km axis between Machilly and Thonon.
“The two parties will work to file appeals and oppositions whenever possible, in support of the City’s approach,” warns Jean Rossiaud, member of the Grand Council. Questions and motions will be launched in the hope of mobilizing the cantonal government. Finally, a ballot will be required. “We are going to ask for a common referendum on all the municipalities concerned, on both sides of the border,” continues the elected official. This practice is not common in France, but it is at the heart of the EELV program. “
The idea is to encourage popular mobilization. “We want to gain momentum and give national visibility to this fight,” says Alain Coulombel. EELV’s national spokesperson, Chablaisien, talks about the fight, ultimately successful, against the Nantes airport project at Notre-Dame-des-Landes. Leaving to see the emergence of a ZAD (area to defend in militant jargon)? Civil society will decide. Swiss elected officials do not think they are giving in on interference. “The living area is intimately linked in terms of the environment, argues Pierre Eckert, head of the Green deputation to the Grand Council. The highway will not displace traffic, it will generate traffic which will increase fossil fuel consumption: we cannot do this in a climate emergency. Finally, the motorway creates competition for the Léman Express, which has not even reached cruising speed yet. ”
Created: 02-14-2020, 7:41 p.m.