Pension reform: summit meeting next week

Posted Sep 24, 2022, 9:50 AMUpdated on Sep 24, 2022 at 9:51 am

Let’s fight. Emmanuel Macron will meet next week, with Elisabeth Borne, the leaders of the majority and the ministers concerned to take stock of the way to initiate the pension reform, announced, this Saturday morning, the entourage of the head of the State. “All options remain on the table,” assures the presidential entourage to AFP, the day after a lunch on the subject between the Head of State and the Prime Minister.

The scenario of a government amendment to the Social Security financing bill (PLFSS), which will be presented to the Council of Ministers on Monday, divides the presidential majority. “The President of the Republic will meet next week with the Prime Minister the ministers concerned and the leaders of the majority on the issues and the need for this reform”, adds this source without further details.

“Finding the right move”

Emmanuel Macron should on this occasion “recall the fundamentals and put everyone in working order”, anticipates a member of the majority. On September 12, the Head of State stressed to the press that this decision belonged to the government but that the reform could not wait. Critics of the PLFSS option, including the Renaissance president of the National Assembly Yaël Braun-Pivet, believe it is necessary to take the time to consult and pass a bill next year.

“The president has always said that the reform would be done in consultation, but consultation should not be used as a delaying tactic by those who just do not want reform and who still will not want it in three months or three years. “, Underlines an adviser to the executive, in reference to the trade union world. Elisabeth Borne, to whom Emmanuel Macron asked to “find the right maneuver” with Parliament, should, for her part, explain herself on Monday morning on BFMTV and RMC.

“This reform should see the light of day in the summer of 2023”

“The president and the head of government are aligned on a fundamental principle: this reform must see the light of day in the summer of 2023”, underlines one in the entourage of the head of state. “The president considers that, like the deputies of his majority, he has a very clear mandate from the French to reform”, adds the same source.

On Friday, the president of the Modem François Bayrou, fiercely opposed to the PLFSS option, said for his part that he hoped to have convinced the executive to give up reforming pensions “surreptitiously”. Thursday, before the parliamentarians of the centrist party, Elisabeth Borne urged the various components of the majority to “speak with one voice”. Will she be heard?

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