The High Commissioner for Pensions questioned after the unfortunate revelations of “omissions” in his declaration of interests to the HATVP reportedly threw in the towel” on his own initiative “according to the Elysée.
Pension reform has just taken a serious hit. On the eve of the great mobilization of trade unions against the government project, Tuesday 17 December 2019, the High Commissioner in charge of this reform, Jean-Paul Delevoye, has just resigned. Questioned on several occasions for not having declared thirteen of his mandates, some of which were remunerated, to the High Authority for the Transparency of Public Life (HATVP), the High Commissioner had no choice but to resign.
The opposition stepped up to the plate over the weekend to demand the departure of the man who, for the past ten months, has been carrying out pension reform. Anticor https://www.anticor.org/2019/12/10/declaration-dinteret-de-jean-paul-delevoye-anticor-saisit-la-hatvp/ has conveniently recalled the criminal sanctions incurred by the Minister.
This case is symptomatic of the advantages and other small arrangements that those who, all day long, give us moral lessons, ask the French to tighten their belts when, themselves, they manage with the law and regulations to earn even more money. That is precisely what is unbearable in this country and that is what the Yellow Vests have been denouncing for more than a year now when they talk about equality and justice.
It should nevertheless be recalled that Jean-Paul Delevoye was General Councillor (Pas-de-Calais), Mayor of Bapaume, President of the Association of Mayors of France (1992-2002), Minister (RPR) of the Civil Service and State Reform under the two governments of Jean-Pierre Raffarin, that he was Mediator of the French Republic from 2004 to 2011 then Defender of Rights.
Jean-Paul Delevoye was President of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (EESC) from 2010 to 2015.
When Emmanuel Macron ran for president, Jean-Paul Delevoye became president of the commission for the inauguration of the Republic in March for the legislative elections.
And now what?
On 14 September 2017 he was appointed High Commissioner for Pension Reform. On 3 September 2019 he was appointed to the government as a delegate to Agnès Buzin, Minister of Solidarity and Health.
Let’s also mention that he is an officer of the Legion of Honour!
His many “forgets” and the obvious conflicts of interest of his position in government with the positions of paid administrator that he retained have definitively disqualified him to carry out pension reform to the end.
The question now is what can an 18-month reform by such an unruly man be worth?