THE MACRONOMETER – The derogatory regime for parliamentarians breaks with the requirement of exemplarity for parliamentarians, says iFRAP. The think-tank, which every week assesses a government measure in Le Figaro, gives it a score of 4/10.
In the organic law on pensions, in article 3 is treated an important subject, that of the entry of our elected deputies and senators in the new universal pension system.
The initial version of the text specified that, from January 2025, deputies and senators born after January 1, 1975 would switch to the new universal pension system. But it will not be. Our parliamentarians will not automatically switch like their fellow citizens into the new system.
A majority amendment decided otherwise. Even for those born after January 1, 1975. According to the amendment, only “The deputies and senators who took office for their first term from January 1, 2022 are affiliated to the old age insurance of the general social security system, under the universal pension system.”
For senators, the number of elected officials born since 1975 is so small that it does not change much. Except that the future elected senators of September 2020 will also escape the new universal pension system even if they were born after 1975.
For the deputies, if one points to the years of birth, this comes down to the fact that about 140 deputies, or a quarter of the deputies, a large part of whom are elected by the majority, born after 1975, will not automatically switch to the new pension system when they should have.
What exemplarity of elected officials?
For the representatives of the nation, the impact is considerable because they will keep a very favorable method of calculating their pension. Despite recent reforms, their pension system is generally aligned with that of the public service, more favorable than that of private sector employees.
The net amount of a deputy’s pension after 5 years in office currently stands at 665 euros net (2019 value). The average pension paid is around 2,700 euros per month.
According to a 2017 report by former deputy Alain Chretien, the deputy regime is “Largely in deficit since out of 63 million euros, 40 million come from the balance subsidy (taken from the budget of the National Assembly), a rate of cover similar to the special regimes of the RATP or the SNCF (60 %). “
So, the parliamentarians will answer, the good point is that all the deputies or senators newly elected from 2022, whatever their year of birth, even if they were born before 1975, will be in the new system. Is.
But where did the principle of the example of our elected officials who pass the laws in this matter go? Why bring deputies and senators into a derogatory regime when the principle is that of a universal system?
Could this derogation be revoked by the Constitutional Council? Presumably not, because the amendment clearly delimited things: it is the offices of the Assembly and the Senate which are supposed to provide, independently, the modalities of convergence of the deputies and senators born after 1975 towards the new universal system of retirement. Unless the offices of the National Assembly and the Senate decide otherwise. We can legitimately think that it will take a long time …
The Macronometer, observatory of government reforms, is a site of the iFRAP Foundation in partnership with Le Figaro. It is a tool dedicated to the assessment of Emmanuel Macron’s five-year term: an econometric assessment in relation to his electoral program and the announcements of his government. With The Macronometer, government action is scored out of 10 every Wednesday before the Council of Ministers and becomes readable at a glance. The Macronometer allows everyone to form an opinion on the keeping or not of the promises of the President of the Republic and on the effectiveness of government reforms.
ALSO ON MSN: Pension reform: What happens after 49-3?