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Chahed determined to fight lobbies seeking to thwart reform process

Published the:  21/11/2017

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(TAP) - Prime Minister Youssef Chahed said, on Tuesday, his government will never hesitate to introduce the necessary reforms and will continue the dialogue with the various parties seeking conciliation.

Presenting the Government\\'s Declaration on the draft state budget and the finance bill 2018 at a plenary session of the House of People\\'s Representatives (HPR), he reiterated his commitment to disclose lobbies of corruption attempting, according to him, to thwart the reform process.

The Premier pledged to take decisions in the national interest, saying when assessing the situation the different parties announce their agreement but when it comes to reform, a resistance to change emerges and generates status quo.

Chahed reported, in this regard, the adoption by the members of a set of laws relating to voluntary retirement and the recent adoption by the Cabinet meeting of the bill on the voluntary retirement in the public service currently submitted to Parliament.

The finance bill submitted to MPs on Tuesday, as part of the reform of social funds, contains a decision of a solidarity social contribution that could permanently improve the financial balance of the funds.

Chahed said the introduction of this contribution under the finance bill essentially aims at speeding up procedures to rescue the social insurance system.

Chahed commended the role of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) and the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA) and their contribution to reaching a consensus on the reform of the social security funds after a stalemate of almost 20 years.