Pension reform: pensions, special schemes… The latest government announcements

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The second cycle of consultations on pension reform is about to begin. The subject is still just as hot and arouses reactions from all sides. This controversial project is, however, progressing little by little and should be submitted to parliamentary debate at the beginning of 2023.

For the time being, if certain gray areas persist, the Minister of Labour, Full Employment and Integration Olivier Dussopt confided in an interview with Les Echos on Monday November 14 on several points. He spoke in particular about retirement pensions and revealed the minimum amount that the reform should put in place.

The government thus wishes to “go beyond 1,100 euros” of “minimum pension for a full career”, he indicated. “In view of inflation and the revaluation of the Smic, we expect to go around 85% of the net Smic”. Today, this would amount to around 1,130 euros, said the minister.

According to him, the principle would be to create a “sufficient gap between the minimum old age (953 euros for a single person today) and the minimum pension, in order to value the work”. This should allow “about 25% of new retirees, and more often women, to have a higher pension”, he develops.

This measure would confirm one of Emmanuel Macron’s campaign promises to increase the minimum pension amount for a full career to more than 1,100 euros. But this is not the only subject on which the minister looked, since he also revealed the special regimes which should be affected by the reform to come.

With our colleagues, the Minister of Labor detailed the various special schemes which should be impacted by the pension reform. “Those of the electricity and gas industries, of the RATP or even that of the Banque de France”, he cited in particular, while excluding certain schemes such as those of sailors or dancers from the Paris Opera and the French comedy.

For the special regimes concerned, Olivier Dussopt explained that the government favors “the grandfather clause, on the model of the SNCF, which closed access to the special regime for new agents.”

The former mayor of Annonay also spoke about the shift in the age of gradual retirement and the importance of the employment of seniors in the reform.

On the shift in the age of progressive retirement, now set at 60 years, the Minister of Labor reveals that “when we shift the age of opening of rights, it is logical that the levels are shifted by as much “.

However, he still specifies that the government does not plan to “shift the age of abolition of the discount which is 67 years old”, nor to “modify the age limits which allow a retirement at full rate for insured persons who are disabled or unfit at age 62 and for disabled workers at age 55”.

“Not a euro of pension contribution will finance anything other than pensions” he also declared to our colleagues, when he was asked about the marking of the savings made. He added all the same that by promoting the employment of seniors, the pension reform could generate more tax and social revenue for the other branches of Social Security, notes BFMTV.