Daily Management Review

French pension reform chief to resign


Jean-Paul Delevoye, French pension reform chief, resigned on Monday after it became known that he had hidden information about the positions held in a number of organizations along with his duties of an official.

This was first reported by Le Parisien last week. On Sunday, Delevoye told Le Monde that it had "not paid enough attention" to filling out a declaration of interest when he received the post of High Commissioner.

Delevoye admitted that he held consultant positions and positions on the board of directors of 13 organizations, including research centers and trade groups, while receiving salaries from some of them. On Monday, he posted a letter of resignation on his Twitter account.

"My mistake was an unfortunate frivolity (...) This is a harsh law of responsibility, exemplariness and transparency, which should apply to everyone, including me," said Delevoye. “This project is very important for France. At the moment, I'm undermining it,” he added.

The pension reform project has caused massive protests, which have been going on in France for almost two weeks now. In particular, public transport workers actively participate in strikes.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe stated that he did not intend to refuse to implement the pension reform project. At the same time, he noted that he agreed to make some concessions. In particular, he promised that the reform would not affect those born before 1975, and that the increase in the retirement age from 62 to 64 will only happen in 2027.

source: leparisien.fr