No forced entry. Pension reform has been on everyone’s lips in recent weeks, because candidate Emmanuel Macron had made it one of his priorities for a second five-year term. After leaving doubt at the start of the week, the Elysée has just unveiled a first calendar after a dinner held this Wednesday, September 28 at the Palace. As Le Parisien recalls, around fifteen members of the presidential majority were invited by the president, as well as the ministers concerned by this reform. The objective: to consult (again) and tune our violins on the method. So, hard or soft?
The first option seems to have been forgotten, since the idea of an amendment to the Social Security Finance Bill (PLFSS) was not retained. Emmanuel Macron, Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne and the government have opted for a text of law which will be discussed within the next few months. One of the guests present explains to Le Parisien that the Head of State “is ready to put all the subjects on the table”, even those that will make people cringe. The Matignon tenant confirmed this Thursday morning that the government would “give itself a few weeks to consult everyone”, with objectives already defined for next year. One thing is certain, the pension reform should come into force in less than a year.
What will happen if the consultations do not succeed? Quoted by the Ile-de-France daily, Emmanuel Macron would have said that the government “will not back down”, even in the event of a boycott of the bill. “That means that we will then have free rein to move forward as we want, by an amendment to the PLFSS, a corrective PLFSS in January or a dedicated bill”. In short, the executive will start with the soft method, but does not exclude the strong method if necessary. What should we expect for the year 2023 on the pension front? Everything we currently know is explained in the slideshow below.