This time, it’s official: former Prime Minister Jean Castex takes over as head of the board of directors of the Agency for Financing Transport Infrastructure in France (Afit France). “By decree of the President of the Republic dated August 17, 2022, Mr. Jean Castex is appointed chairman of the board of directors of the Agency for financing transport infrastructure in France”, indicates the text, very brief.
He succeeds Christophe Béchu, who has become Minister for Ecological Transition and Territorial Cohesion. His appointment as head of the board of directors of Afit France was approved by Parliament on July 27, after hearings in the Assembly and the Senate.
An attachment to the field of transport
Afit France is a public establishment which manages the State’s share in the financing of road, rail, river and port infrastructures. Its budget is funded by a share of the proceeds from the domestic consumption tax on energy products (TICPE), a payment from motorway concession companies, a share of speed camera fines and state grants.
Clément Beaune did not fail to congratulate the former Prime Minister.
Jean Castex has repeatedly expressed his attachment to the field of transport during his time at Matignon. The former mayor of Prades then recognized the need to invest massively in rail to decarbonize transport, but without forgetting the road, essential according to him “to open up the territories”.