Dunkirk’s Urban Community President, Patrice Vergriete, has been appointed Minister Delegate for Transport on February 8. Vergriete was a former Minister Delegate for Housing and a member of the PS party, before he became the president of Dunkirk’s urban community. He succeeded Élisabeth Borne in the government on July 20, 2023.
Despite his preference to remain in the Housing portfolio, Vergriete is excited about his new role at the Ministry of Transport. His expertise in town planning and development, including transport, is widely recognized. He was recently appointed as the president of the French Transport Infrastructure Financing Agency (Afit), where he used his experience to lead a successful transition from thermal cars to electric cars in Dunkirk.
As mayor of Dunkirk, one of his notable achievements was making buses free, which led to an immediate success with 75,000 people taking the bus daily in the urban community of Dunkirk. This experience has equipped him with valuable knowledge on how to improve public transportation services and make them more accessible and affordable for citizens.
In his new role at the Ministry of Transport, Vergriete will handle various topics such as metropolitan RERs, implementing a vast railway plan in France, and overseeing transition from thermal cars to electric cars. With two battery gigafactories hosting in Dunkirk that produce electric vehicles batteries he has an excellent understanding of these issues.
Vergriete is one of several ministers who opposed tightening immigration laws and demonstrated their stance on political issues during their time as Minister Delegate for Housing. His appointment sends a signal to the left wing of the majority and signals that they are committed to promoting equality and social justice through their policies. Despite controversies surrounding immigration laws, Vergriete continues to pursue his political journey with determination.
Overall, Patrice Vergriete’s appointment as Minister Delegate for Transport represents an important move in French politics as he brings with him extensive knowledge and experience in town planning and development along with expertise on transport issues.