The Prime Minister appeared before the press after the intergovernmental seminar held at the Elysée, at which time he shared the Government's roadmap.
The Government's roadmap "is clear: to amplify the movement started over the last 4 months. We must reform, reform, reform without rest, and we must continue to fight against all the obstructions which, for too long, have been restraining our country and preventing it from promoting all of its assets", he explained.
"Voluntarism will stay with us and will be worth even more in the coming weeks and months because the post-holiday period is going to be a difficult one in terms of the economic situation", he announced. "As of mid-August we will almost have the growth figures for 2014, as well as the inflation figures. We note, and I note, that on the European level, growth and inflation are down compared to what we could have reached. The divide, moreover, is widening between the Eurozone and the rest of the world; there is a real risk of deflation", he specified, asserting that "the worst would be imagining having to turn around mid-way. We would lose everything: the reforms and the results to come".
Implementing the Responsibility and Solidarity Pact
"Our political line will be the Pact, the entire Pact and even more than the Pact because it is thanks to it and to the Crédit d’impôt compétitivité emploi (CICE, or the Job competitiveness tax credit) - 40 billion to give margins back to companies who lost these margins since 2007 - that we can strengthen our economy, and thus its ability to create jobs" explained Manuel Valls.
The implementation of the Pact will be accompanied by the €50 billion savings plan over 3 years, "which we have committed to" recalled the Prime Minister.
"We are in the middle of summer but the Government is completely ready to hit the ground running in September regarding 3 urgent issues: employment, investment and purchasing power", he continued. He indicated that in terms of employment, new proposals will be made in the area of apprenticeship and the employment of older workers, as was announced during the Grande conférence sociale pour l'emploi (Great Social Conference for Employment). For investment, the Government has just launched the negotiations on the Contrats de plans Etat – région (State-region planning contract), and is encouraging investment in the areas of energy savings, housing, infrastructures, public works, transport, and in particular and not only, in the framework of Greater Paris. Finally, on purchasing power, the Prime Minister recalled that the act being prepared by the Minister in charge of the Economy will have very concrete impacts on the daily lives of the French people. It should represent a powerful lever to fight against unearned income and the privileges that are obstructing the economy and society.
Likewise, the months to come will be the occasion to affirm the Government's fiscal strategy and the choice of reducing the income taxes of low-income households.
Continue with the reforms
Other structural reforms will also be on the parliamentary agenda in September, indicated Manuel Valls:
the completion of the new regional map and the start of the review of the bill at the Senate, which will describe the new territorial architecture, with the reinforcement of the regions and interconnected communities.
The energy transition and green growth act, presented a few days ago by Ségolène Royal, which will be examined at its first reading at the National Assembly, as of 2 October. A certain number of measures, regarding housing, will be implemented as of 1st September.
The completion of the act regarding the simplification of the life of companies.
As for the combating terrorism act and the one on society's adaptation to the ageing population, they will be on the agenda of the extraordinary session of September.