Return to politics, what projects await the head of the executive?
► Launching of the National Reconstruction Council
A large part of the texts carried by the executive should be built around the National Council for Reconstruction, which Emmanuel Macron will launch on September 8. Government spokesman Olivier Veran said that it will be considered for this “Together with the Economic, Social and Environmental Council, unite leaders of political parties, heads of parliamentary groups, representatives of associations of elected representatives of territories, representatives of intermediary bodies, trade unions”.
The stated purpose is to introduce dialogue “construction sites” especially related to health and education. And that’s before the texts reach Parliament.
► Energy conservation
The French will have to ” pay the price for freedom, warned the head of state during his speech on the 78th anniversary of the liberation of Bormes-le-Mimosas (Var) on August 19. On July 14, he already addressed the challenges ahead in the fall, including risks of energy shortages related to the conflict over Russian gas. Indeed, Moscow is threatening to cut off supplies to Europe in response to its support for Ukraine.
The solution being discussed involves the potential imposition of restrictions and should be high on the government’s agenda. “Vigilance plans” will be developed for institutions, economic players and consumers.
► Environmental planning
Energy will also be discussed in the context of the climate emergency and the alarming meteorological records obtained this summer. If no specific announcement has been made yet, the government has noted the draft law on the acceleration of renewable energies, which should be submitted to the Council of Ministers on August 24. Emmanuel Macron will personally visit the site dedicated to offshore wind turbines in early September.
A government seminar is to be held at the end of August, which was chosen by Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne to talk about the energy transition at the Medef summer school. The president also instructed him to give it in the fall “environmental planning agenda divided by month and year”.
► Full employment
The first weeks of September will be devoted to one of Emmanuel Macron’s campaign promises, the goal of full employment through unemployment insurance reforms. The said text will be studied by deputies in the first week of October.
Labor Minister Olivier Dussopt recently insisted Parisian about “emergency” from the topic. “Unemployment insurance reform decided in 2019 and implemented in 2021 due to Covid » must see the rules “extended” Because it expires on November 1, 2022, he said.
He also warned of tightening conditions, working on an overhaul of the Pôle emploi and reforming the active solidarity income (making its payment conditional on 15 or 20 hours of activity a week).
► Pension reform
Another sensitive topic in the summary is the pension reform. The Minister of Labor spoke again on the subject and promised to consult with social partners after the National Council for Reconstruction begins its activities.
Elisabeth Borne noted that the goal remains the same: to raise the legal retirement age to 65 by the mid-2030s.
► Budget laws
After the purchasing power measures and budget amendments, other flagship bills of the economic branch of the executive branch may also cause heated debate in the Assembly.
Discussions with the opposition regarding the budget should begin on September 1 in the Ministry of Economy’s offices and should be submitted to the Milli Majlis in October.
If the dialogue with the opposition does not bear fruit, the government does not rule out the possibility of resorting to Article 49.3 of the constitution and avoiding voting in the parliament.
► Security component
Other bills, such as immigration, which were delayed until December at the request of the Elysee and Matignon, will be examined later in the year. Before that, discussions should be held in the two parliamentary chambers.
Another issue awaited by right-wing elected officials is the orientation and programming of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (Lopmi), which will go before the benches of Parliament in October. According to the government’s plans, this bill should include an additional 15 billion euros in the budget over 5 years.