Pensions: without rejecting the possibility of resorting to 49-3, Olivier Véran assures us that “this is not the option” envisaged

Pensions: without rejecting the possibility of resorting to 49-3, Olivier Véran assures us that “this is not the option” envisaged

The new Minister of Health criticizes the obstructionist attitude of part of the opposition and “waits a few days” to see if the project progresses or if it is “drowned” under the procedures.

Olivier Véran, the Minister of Solidarity and Health, on France Inter.  (FRANCEINTER / RADIOFRANCE)

“[Le 49.3], this is not the option that we want to consider, we want the debate to take place under the best possible conditions ”, assured Olivier Véran Tuesday, February 18 on France Inter, about a possible use of 49-3 to force the pension reform through Parliament. The new Minister of Solidarity and Health, who has been rapporteur since January of the organic component of the pension reform, recalls, however, that the government is “Empowered to use all means to adopt this reform” in front of the “Will to obstruct” from the opposition.

“We are empowered to use all means to adopt this reform”

“I would like us to have the debate in Parliament because it is from Parliament that a certain amount of progress must come out and because this parliamentary debate must make it possible to explain things to the French”, insisted the minister. “But you have, in front of us, a will to obstruct on the part of a handful of deputies who table 40,000 amendments”, he continued.

“It does not seem healthy to me in a democracy, now they are empowered to do so, we are empowered to use all means to adopt this reform,” says the new Minister of Solidarity and Health.

Without completely rejecting the possibility of resorting to 49-3 as part of the pension bill, Olivier Véran says he wants to wait and see “In a few days how fast we manage to move forward and if the debate helps enlighten the French or if it is drowned in the procedures on the part of a few members of the opposition.”