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France’s Conseil d’Etat, the country’s highest administrative court, has expressed concerns about several aspects of the government’s pensions reform bill and accompanying documents.It said there were still gaps in the financial forecasts in the impact assessment despite the government having done work to improve them upon previous feedback from the Conseil.It called on the government to improve the study before the pensions reform bill is tabled in parliament, in particular by including more analysis of how the proposed reforms could affect the employment rate among senior citizens and welfare-related spending.The Conseil d’Etat, which advises the government on legislation, was also critical about the tight deadlines the government had given for feedback. It said the three weeks it had been given had prevented it from “carrying out its mission with the serenity and amount of time needed to best ensure the legal security” of its assessment. Source: Dircom / JB EyguesierThe Conseil d’Etat in ParisAccording to the Conseil d’Etat the government had also on several occasions made changes to the reform bills during the short period it had been given to review them.The body also expressed concerns about the number of “ordonnances” provided for by the reform bill, noting that the draft legislation empowered the government to issue 29 of these statutory instruments. An ordinance is a type of decree passed by the government in an area normally reserved for primary legislation enacted by the parliament.The Conseil d’Etat also challenged the way the government has characterised the reform, saying the government’s line that “chaque euro cotisé ouvre les mêmes droits pour tous” – roughly translated as “every euro contributed gives access to the same rights for all” – was an “imperfect reflection of the complexity and the diversity of the rules defined by the bill”.According to the Conseil, the government has made a change to the text to address this.The lower house of parliament is due to debate the draft reform legislation starting 17 February. It was presented to cabinet ministers on Friday.There have been multiple rounds of demonstrations against the reform plan, as well as a transport strike that is reportedly the longest in recent history in France. “This situation is all the more regrettable because the bills are for a pension system reform that is unprecedented since 1945 and intends to transform for decades to come a social system that is one of the major components of the social contract,” it added.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich — With auto plants going back into production following a shut down due to COVID–19, local car dealerships have begun to open back up.Here in Alpena one local dealer is happy to reopen.The shutdown of many auto plants affected car sales causing the movement of inventory to be halted.According to Jamie Anschuetz Gohlke, Sales Manager and Co-Owner of Cliff Anschuetz in Alpena, they went from seeing daily deliveries of cars andtrucks to no incoming inventory at all.Gohlke said now that the GM auto plant has reopened, they are selling cars the minute they hit the lot.Opening back up has come with some changes as the dealership has implemented new safety precautions.In addition to employees wearing masks and the dealership doing daily temperature checks, vehicles are being sanitized before and after servicing.Gohlke also said they have been fortunate to recover from the shutdown but she expressed the importance of supporting all local businesses during this critical time.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Presque Isle Sherrif’s Department will not actively investigate those not wearing masksNext Local Comic Shop Bounces Back