Health, retirement, stimulus : Jean Castex sets its priorities - The Point

"this is a time for action" : the new Prime minister, Jean Castex, says in an interview given to the Sunday Newspaper of the 5th of July. In this interview, t

Health, retirement, stimulus : Jean Castex sets its priorities - The Point

"this is a time for action" : the new Prime minister, Jean Castex, says in an interview given to the Sunday Newspaper of the 5th of July. In this interview, the former "Mr. Déconfinement" has set its priorities for pension reform, the stimulus package, but also the Segur of health, that it hopes to conclude in the next few days. "Critical decisions are on the table. The job, of course, that in the current context requires a mobilization of all in the framework of the new social launched by the president of the Republic. Support for the caregiver and the transformation of our health system in the framework of the Segur that I will conclude next week ", he said.

Lack of agreement with unions before a reshuffle imminent, the government of his predecessor Édouard Philippe had decided Thursday to extend by a few days the " Ségur health ", so that an envelope of 7 billion euros is on the table for the salaries of caregivers. "The recovery plan needs to be finalised. Plus the reforms that were in the pipes on pensions and unemployment insurance. And the addiction that must come next, and it corresponds to a need. All of these topics are directly impacted by the crisis, which requires of the resume within a framework of concerted and with an overall coherence ", he added.

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Resume the dialogue with the social partners

Asked about the concerns of trade unions with regard to pensions, he said that " to say that we are going to revisit a topic, this is not to deny. This is to show our ability to adapt to new circumstances, which are painful ". "For example, the crisis has worsened significantly the deficit of our pension plans. I would like to resume the dialogue with the social partners, it is essential. Do we get to set these folders in the short term ? This is my wish ", he said.

" at A minimum, we will need to set a new social agenda ", he continued, affirming hope for a "compromise, which is not a compromise" to save the systems of social protection. He defined his method as " a mixture of voluntarism and experience, with the aim of bringing together ". "But be careful, I do not believe in the soft consensus. This is a time for action ", he warned.

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subscribe "without ambiguity" in the presidential majority

He said to put "overdrive" with Emmanuel Macron to announce soon his government. Responding to the rumors about a tight knit team around the large main poles, he said " not to be sure that the perimeters are too extensive to be necessarily the guarantee of greater efficiency ". After the strong breakthrough green in the local elections, he reiterated that ecology was " not an option ". "It is an obligation ", he added. It intends to "accelerate" the decisions by listing " with the local players all that we can do immediately ", as the fight against leaks in the water networks, against the artificialization of land, for the thermal insulation, the photovoltaic roofing, or animal welfare.

The ex-deputy secretary general of the Élysée under Nicolas Sarkozy, who has just made his card in The Republican, said he is " not very attached to the business of the parties ", but felt "natural" to register "without ambiguity" in the presidential majority, because " he who accepts to become Prime minister is, by vocation, the head of the majority : it is his duty to enliven and associate ".

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in the Face of detractors who see it as a simple executor of the will of the president, he stressed that it was " not the intention of the head of State to make (him) a subordinate devoted to secondary tasks ". And further : "When you have learned to know me, you will see that my personality is not soluble in the term" collaborator. "

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Jean Castex, a "swiss army knife" at Matignon
Updated Date: 05 July 2020, 03:34

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