Known by his initials NMR, he was the favourite for the position after the surprise resignation of former president Alain Le Vern who backed his candidature. A Socialist Party member, he won with 37 votes out of 50 with Bruno Le Maire of the Movement for a New Normandy in second place with 13 votes.
As well as his own party, he was also backed by the green EELV party whose vice president Claude Taleb said that it was in the interest of Upper Normandy to continue to have continuity. â€˜Nicolas assured us of his determination to strengthen regional policies for the restoration of biodiversity, energy transition and the ecological transformation of agriculture,â€™ he said.
â€˜Our priority is jobs. Our aim is to make the Upper Normandy region one of the first eco regions of France. I will be a president of the territory,â€™ declared Mr Mayer-Rossingnol. He intends to get straight to work with visits this week to several companies and to meet with key policy makers in the regional departments.
â€˜I will propose to the presidents of four neighbouring regions, but also to others with whom we collaborate, to pursue cooperative ventures. I will contact the Ministers of Sustainable Development, Transport, Education, and Higher Education and Research to defend our projects at national and European level,â€™ he declared.
He also said that he still backs a new high speed rail link between Paris and Normandy which is currently on the backburner because of public spending cutbacks, adding that he wants to be regarded as a president that listens and will hold a monthly public meeting to present and explain regional policies and to listen to the views of the electorate.
â€˜I intend to work with all elected officials and territories of Upper Normandy, courteously but firmly,â€™ he said, adding that he regards equality and dialogue as important.