The extraordinary parliamentary session of July saw Parliament definitively adopt 8 major bills: the 2014 amending finance act, the railway reform, the gender equality act, the SSE act, etc. In total since April, 32 acts have been examined by Parliament.
The Council of Ministers of 30 July 2014 gave Jean-Marie Le Guen the opportunity to establish the assessment of the report of the extraordinary parliamentary session of July, during which the two assemblies fully committed to the implementation of the reforms aimed at preparing the future of the country.
During this 84th extraordinary session since 1958, Parliament definitively adopted eight bills, which meet the high expectations of the French and implement structural reforms, in particular:
the finance amendment act and the finance amendment act for Social Security for 2014 give a legislative translation for the Responsibility and Solidarity Pact announced by the President of the Republic on 14 January and specified by the Prime Minister during his general policy statement on 8 April, in order to accelerate job creation by companies and to improve the purchasing power of low-income households;
the social and solidarity economy act (SSE act) recognises the key role of this sector, which encourages more intense and sustainable job growth, and facilitates companies in difficulty to be taken over by their employees;
the act regarding the securing of structured loans contracts subscribed to by legal persons of public law completes the implementation of the global measure of securing these contracts, in compliance with the Pacte de confiance et de responsabilité (‘Responsibility and Confidence Pact’) concluded between the State and the local authorities;
the railway reform, which organises the grouping together of the SNCF and the French Rail Network and ensures the maintenance of a quality public service;
the penal reform sanctions the individualisation of sentences in order to more efficiently punish and better prevent offences by adapting the sentence to each offender and strengthens victims' rights all throughout the procedure;
the real gender equality act encourages fathers to take paternity leave, makes professional equality more effective and strengthens the fight against bullying and sexual harassment.
The bill for agriculture, food and the forest, which will give a more ecological direction to this vital sector, is on the way to being completed.
The "choc de simplification" (‘simplification shock’) was engaged with an examination at the first reading, at the National Assembly, of the law regarding the simplification of the life of companies. This text, which will be submitted to the Senate in the fall, will lighten the weight of the standards to strengthen competitiveness in France.
In addition, Parliament examined the first section of the territorial reform. The National Assembly thus adopted a new map of 13 regions on 23 July. The legislative process of the bill regarding the delineation of the regions will continue during the next ordinary session, while the discussion of the bill focusing on the new territorial organisation of the Republic will begin.
In total, in three and a half months, since Parliament resumed its work in the plenary session this past 8 April, 13 bills and 15 Private Members' Bills were definitively adopted.
The parliamentary work at the National Assembly will recommence on Tuesday, 9 September for an extraordinary two-week session, which will include the examination of the bill regarding society's adjustment to an ageing population and the bill reinforcing the measures regarding the fight against terrorism. The Senate, on account of its renewal on 28 September, will reprise its legislative activity at the plenary session in mid-October, after the reconstitution of its bodies.