Local finance : the national Assembly put an end to the parliamentary reservation

DECRYPTAGE. While the Parliament has just adopted the draft Law for the confidence in political life, the mps had the last word by voting on the removal of the parliamentary reservation. The use of this envelope annual public of more than 135,000 euros, distributed between senators and deputies, was used to finance construction projects of regional or local authorities or associations.
Redevelopment of an elementary school, renovation of old centre, erection of a statue to the glory Of general de Gaulle, or even the restoration of the bell tower of the church… The parliamentary reservation, more commonly called “pot secret” of the deputies and senators has been removed in the framework of the project of organic Law for the confidence in political life, adopted, on Wednesday, 9th August 2017. This last has been finally approved in the national Assembly by 412 votes against 74 and 62 abstentions. In spite of the pressure of the senators who voted very largely in favour of retaining the parliamentary reservation, the national Assembly had the last word by voting against it.


Made available every year to subsidize associations or local communities
Made public starting in 2014, the use of this annual budget of more than 135,000 euros for members and 153.000 euros for the senators, has been used to fund projects annually, regional or local authorities or associations in their district.


As the law on Transparency of public life is forced in the aftermath of the case Cahuzac, the Parliament has actually been forced in September 2014 to reveal the usefulness of public money. After the revelation of the figures to the national Assembly in January 2014, the Senate in turn had introduced the publication of the parliamentary reservation. In 2013, the amount of 6.493 subsidies to associations and local authorities amounted to 53.7 million euro – parliamentary groups that received between 130,000 and € 150,000 per senator. Three years later, in 2016, the amount of the parliamentary reservation amounted to 81 million euros for the Assembly and € 53 million for the Senate, points out the national Assembly.


Examples of reservations of parliamentary


Among the projects that will be funded by the reserves parliamentarians, Batiactu was noticed in October 2014, a host of examples : the senator of Morbihan, Odette Herviaux (PS), had paid 13.717 euros for the redevelopment of the elementary school Marcel Pagnol (8th tranche) in 2012 to… Sting, commune located in the Lot-et-Garonne. Also, Daniel Raoul (PS), senator of Maine-et-Loire had funded the refurbishment in 2012 in the old town centre of Agel (Herault) for $ 21.814€. Also of note : the former minister of Labour, François Rebsamen (PS), had participated, as a senator for the Côte-d’or in 2012, the development of a range of outdoor games for children on Aiserey (Côte-d’or).


Recall that up to the new reading of the draft organic Law on the confidence in political life, presented on Friday 4 August 2017, the senators have pleaded for “help communities in the rural areas, to finance projects of general interest”. They have even proposed the creation of a fund for “the endowment of local solidarity”. However, the deputies have once again had the last word by rejecting an amendment to 220 votes and 93 against, and 6 abstentions.
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Its removal will, however, be gradual by 2024


Finally, one last observation : the national Assembly for accurate, on August 9, 2017, she has opted for a progressive abolition of the parliamentary reservation and extending until January 1, 2024, the device of transparency established in 2013 being maintained for credits incurred prior to fiscal year 2018.

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