Pension reform: the Senate proposes to push back the retirement age to 63

The Senate amended, Saturday, November 14, the Social Security financing bill for 2021 by adopting an amendment by the Republicans to ensure the balance of pension plans from 2030.

In the midst of a social and health crisis, the Senate has just reopened the delicate issue of pension reform. During the examination of the project on Saturday, November 14, the right-wing and central senatorial majority notably defended the idea of ​​working longer to achieve a balanced basic pension plan in 2030.

The amendment of the LR rapporteur for the old age branch, René-Paul Savary, who by its author’s own admission has no chance of surviving the parliamentary shuttle, comes in several sequences, with the objective “To achieve financial equilibrium for all basic pension schemes in 2030”.

He first proposes to reactivate the financing conference on the balance and financing of pensions, suspended last spring, like the reform launched by the government. If the conference fails to make proposals, René-Paul Savary develops his own remedies, which would lead to working longer. This would involve both gradually pushing back the legal retirement age to 63 in 2025. But also accelerating the lengthening of the period of contributions to reach 43 annuities from the 1965 cohort.

An initiative deemed “premature”

This amendment provoked indignant reactions on the left. Some consider the context not conducive to a calm debate. Bernard Jomier (PS) said to himself “Amazed at the political tempo” of the amendment, in the midst of the economic and social crisis due to the Covid-19 epidemic. “What political relevance!”, he quipped. “Even the government has understood the need to bring the country together rather than dividing it”. “It’s shocking to take advantage of an amendment to bring pension reform back out of the window (…) particularly unpopular “, judged Laurence Cohen (CRCE with communist majority).

For her part, Minister Brigitte Bourguignon judged the initiative of the Social Affairs Committee “Premature”, taking into account “The lack of visibility on the consequences of the health crisis on the pension system”. She also underlined, in relation to the request to reactivate the funding conference, that “The government is permanently in contact with the social partners of our country”.

“The later we take measures, the heavier the bill will be”, thus retaliated René-Paul Savary, while Philippe Mouiller (LR) considered that “Even in a difficult situation, you have to have a courageous speech vis-à-vis the French”. “Is it because we are in a period of Covid that we can no longer discuss any subject? That we have to apply the ostrich policy? ”, asked the centrist Olivier Henno.

The Senate completed the first reading examination of the Social Security financing bill on Saturday evening. He will vote on the entire text on Tuesday.

To see also – How the Covid blew up the Social Security accounts

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