Despite the validation of the pension reform by the Constitutional Council, the deputies and senators on the left do not intend to let the executive impose the text of the law at all costs. Thus, after the rejection of the shared initiative referendum, a second request has just been filed. According to the main interested parties, the text which was directly brought to the office of the President of the Senate Gérard Larchersera, will this time be more “secure” in legal terms. How could this second referendum of shared initiative be examined and does it, this time, have a chance of succeeding?
As the deputies and senators on the left have specified, the second referendum of shared initiative has the same text as the first request. However, it is supplemented by a second article, which “creates an element of reform: tax revenue linked to capital resources to secure the financing of the pay-as-you-go pension”. With this in mind, the left intends to remove “the possible weakness” of the first request, as notified by TF1, by being more in agreement with the Constitution. Indeed, the latter expects RIP projects to relate exclusively to the organization of public authorities or “reforms relating to the economic, social or environmental policy of the nation”.
For many members of the opposition, but also a majority of French people, the shared initiative referendum is an ideal solution to counter the pension reform proposed by the executive. Always seen as a very complex device, it thus requires the signature of more than 185 deputies and senators. In the event of a green light, he must then obtain, within nine months, 4.8 million citizen signatures. At present, 74% say they are ready to sign the shared initiative referendum, as reported by BFM. This second request should be considered on May 3.