Haute-Loire: visit of Mr Gérard LARCHER, President of the Senate

The President of the Senate is the third highest ranking person in the state, after the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister, and before the President of the National Assembly, the lower house of Parliament.

Invited by the two senators from Haute-Loire, the president of the Senate, Gérard LARCHER, spent two days in Haute-Loire. He went to meet Altiligerians, elected representatives, the industrial world, associations and agricultural officials, in order to answer some department’s questions.

The BARBIER Group had the privilege of receiving on Friday 14 of February the visit of Mr. Gérard LARCHER. He was accompanied by several political figures from Haute-Loire, including Mr. CIGOLLOTI and Mr. DUPLOMB (senators of Haute-Loire), Mrs. VALENTIN and Mr. VIGIER (deputies of Haute-Loire), Mr. De MAISTRE Nicolas (prefect of Haute- Loire), Mrs. HACQUES Christine (sub-prefect of Yssingeaux) and Mr. MARCON Jean-Pierre (president of the department).

After a short visit to our Chavanon 4 production unit, a round table was organized to discuss with the President of the Senate on the issues we are facing. We talked about circular economy, hiring problems, standards deemed binding, or the difficult issue of plastic bashing. To enrich this exchange, the BARBIER group invited people representative of its ecosystem: suppliers, carriers, temporary agency, CCI Haute-Loire, Allizée Plasturgie etc.

The main objective of the BARBIER group has been to alert political representatives of all the efforts already made by the profession to protect the environment, the virtues of plastic and the risks of certain substitutions.

At the end of this visit, Mr. LARCHER had announced: ” We are on a very sensitive subject. I suggest that ten or fifteen parliamentarians of all sensitivities come here to Monistrol-sur-Loire, to make them measure the reality on the ground; and your efforts in research and development to manage a real problem and avoid emergency and emotional decision-making. Sorting remains very modest in your sector. We have to work on it. You, at Barbier, are exemplary. That’s why they took me to your place. “

The BARBIER group remains convinced of the usefulness and the good repercussions that this meeting will have had on the plastics industry and on its future.