thin counterparts for the stimulus plan

Even before the opening of the debates in Parliament, the government had assured that there was no question of imposing “conditions” on the 10 billion euros production tax cut granted to companies. Bruno Le Maire, the Minister of the Economy, however, had opened the possibility for the deputies of the majority to reflect on some commitments that could be requested from companies in support of the recovery plan.

“Extra-financial performances”

Following this request, the LREM deputies came up with an amendment which should be discussed on Monday, October 26, at the time of the examination in session of the appropriations allocated to the recovery plan. The text, signed by almost all of the majority group, aims to push companies ” in a process of improving their extra-financial performance in ecological matters, parity and governance ”.

The system presented by the majority covers three areas: ecology, parity, social dialogue. It consists in fact only of reinforcing the obligations of transparency of the companies on each of these points, without great constraint and without real sanction for those which would delay in submitting to it.

Ecology, parity, social dialogue

In terms of ecology, the amendment thus extends to all companies with more than 50 employees the obligation to establish an annual assessment of their carbon footprint. For equality between men and women, companies will have to detail certain indicators (pay gap, difference in increases, etc.) making it possible to measure their situation in terms of parity. Finally, in terms of social dialogue, employee representatives should be informed ” on the amount, nature and use of aid obtained by the company under the recovery plan ».

New bonds remain very light. What the majority assume perfectly. “ Our will is to incite, to encourage, to show the way forward, not to oblige or to punish. It is not in the midst of a crisis that we must add impossible constraints as companies struggle to survive “, Justifies an executive of the LREM group to the Assembly.

Criticisms and disappointments

The minimalist proposal, on the other hand, has no chance of finding the support of those who intended to impose conditions or, at the very least, control over the billions of euros of the stimulus plan. A demand supported in particular by elected leftists, environmentalists and all unions.

“Genuine commitments must be demanded in return and monitored as to their effective implementation in the short, medium and long term, in contrast to what we have known and see too often”, had insisted ten days ago in a joint letter Laurent Berger (CFDT), Philippe Martinez (CGT), Yves Veyrier (FO), François Hommeril (CFE-CGC) and Cyril Chabanier (CFTC).

Legislative subtlety

The majority amendment arouses the ire of the deputies who hoped to go much further in the requirements demanded of companies. Thus, Matthieu Orphelin, former LREM deputy out of ban and leader of the offensive to ask for compensation does not hide his bitterness: “What they offer has no significance, no reality, no effectiveness. This way of trying to make it look like you’re doing something when you’re not doing anything is grotesque and heartbreaking. “

In addition, the member for Maine-et-Loire, “These Canada Dry counterparts will not even apply to all companies”. Indeed, a small legislative subtlety reduces the scope of the device. Since it was not placed in the revenue section of the budget, the amendment does not apply to all companies benefiting from the 10 billion euros reduction in production taxes. It will only be imposed on those who will receive appropriations entered specifically in the recovery plan.

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