Posted on Jul 21, 2021 4:35 PMUpdated on Jul 21, 2021, 5:40 PM
The information of the national representation on the social accounts was the subject of a bill, that of Thomas Mesnier, LREM member of Charente, general rapporteur of the Commission of social affairs. By this means, Parliament would affirm a new interest in social spending. If this is the case, it is good news that citizens can only congratulate themselves on.
Before initiating a legislative process, which seems to offend the executive, parliamentarians should be reminded that they can start by dwelling during budget debates on the information they have on the financing of Social Security.
Focus on it to “point out” (in the vocabulary of budgetists) what social spending is induced by public policies that they vote for and which are charged to social security bodies without being fully compensated from the state budget.
Over-information of deputies
To facilitate and improve their work, it should also be remembered that, in the case of unemployment insurance, they already have the document they want! Each year, Unédic’s managers send out medium-term financial perspectives. Is this document, made compulsory by a law of 2015 and that Unédic managers apply to send to assemblies and ministries, ignored by the carriers of this bill?
As for the supplementary pension scheme, are they not already the recipients of studies and reports from councils and other institutions which detail, assess and prepare forecasts capable of nourishing the reflection of national representation? In this case, is there not overinformation?
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Perhaps they can, also, organize the hearings to which they invite the leaders of these organizations in real working sessions and thus make play an effective role to the social committees of the assemblies. Are these commissions not in essence the bodies which must provide the information that the national representation wishes to enrich?
Did the desire to have full and complete information lead them to wonder about the reasons for the non-certification of the accounts of the collection branch and the various reservations placed by the Court of Auditors on the accounts? of “Sécu”? And their consequences on Unédic’s accounts?
The bill worries the social partners who manage Unédic and Agirc-Arrco. They see much more than the expression of a desire for information. It is perceived as a Trojan horse which would further limit their role as manager. They are doubly right.
Beyond their role and mission as managers, this bill opens the door, sooner or later, to the merger of the Social Security financing law with the finance law. In other words, the social accounts reduced to a simple budget line will then play, within the State budget, the role of adjustment variable …
The necessary and desirable improvement in parliamentary work must take another route than that of legislative inflation. This other way is that of… parliamentary work! Much more than new reports and documents, it is the dialogue, which the national representation is entitled to animate with the managers of joint bodies – in particular by the means given to them by the social commissions – which should be privileged.
The expressed wish for more information is the opportunity to recall that representative democracy cannot ignore social democracy. Both without exclusivity are consubstantial with our republican pact. If the national representation considers itself subsidized by the recourse to ordinances, does not it not, by renewing the social dialogue, the means of taking part in the debate much more than by participating in normative inflation?
Michel monier is a former Deputy Director General of Unédic. Herve Chapron is a former deputy general manager of Pôle Emploi. They are both members of the Social Protection Research and Analysis Circle.