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Pension reform: the government specifies the calendar

Eight months of consultation with the social partners will take place until the end of the year. The executive hopes to vote the law in 2019.

Better late than never. After several months of waiting, the government unveiled, Thursday, the calendar and topics of consultation with the social partners (unions and employers) on the thorny pension reform . And unlike the reform of the Labor Code by ordinances buckled in less than four months, the executive is moving much more cautiously on this potentially explosive issue! The High Commissioner for pension reform, Jean-Paul Delevoye – who leads this first consultation started Monday – will present guidelines in late 2018 or early 2019. A new phase of consultation with the social partners will then be initiated. The goal is to table a bill in Parliament by the summer of 2019.

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“This huge project should not be and will not be yet another pension reform,” said Minister of Health and Solidarities Agnès Buzyn, at the opening of a symposium on the subject that was held in the Senate, Thursday and attended by former ministers such as Marisol Touraine (Social Affairs and Health) or Éric Woerth (Travail).

Universal system

Promise campaign Emmanuel Macron, this reform aims to put an end to a system deemed complex, difficult to read and source of many inequalities of treatment. The aim is to abolish the 42 pension schemes by creating a universal system, in which one euro contributed will confer the same rights. “All special regimes will converge at ten years,” said the president last Sunday, during his interview on BFMTV, RMC and Mediapart. He further emphasized that the pay-as-you-go system, whereby assets contribute for their elders, would be retained. It now remains to tackle the task and define the details.

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During this first consultation, which focuses on “six major thematic blocks”, the discussions will focus, until the summer, on the criteria governing this new universal system (level of coverage, contribution rate, etc.) that will be redistributive and supportive. .

Rights, governance, steering

Then, in the autumn, the dialogue will continue on more specific topics: the conditions for opening up pension rights, the conditions for early retirement and, finally, issues related to the governance and management of the new pension. system.

“It should move forward. We are no longer in these interminable preliminary discussions initiated last October, “notes Frédéric Sève, representative of the CFDT which has already been received by Jean-Paul Delevoye. His counterpart at FO, Philippe Pihet, insists especially on the financing of the system. “Even today, I ask the government to guarantee at least 13.8 points of GDP spent on pensions,” he insists. More political Pascal Pavageau, who is about to succeed Jean-Claude Mailly at FO, did not mince words. “For now, there is blah blah, high-level commercial coffee,” said the future number one of the plant before the Association of Journalists social information (Ajis) on Thursday. The next few months will be tense …

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