The Senate chose Monday to increase funds to help help the most precarious. The upper house voted for an additional envelope of 30 million euros for food banks as part of the end-of-management finance bill, already adopted by the National Assembly.
New budgetary tool, the end of management bill allows adjustments of appropriations for the current financial year. The only budgetary text not being subject to article 49.3 this fall, it must now be the subject of an agreement between deputies and senators during a joint joint committee on the evening of this Tuesday, before its final adoption by the parliament.
The hemicycle largely in favor of these additional credits
The senatorial majority, right and center opposition, proposed several additional lines of credit, most of which were widely supported by the other benches of the High Assembly.
Some 30 million euros have been mobilized for food banks. The National Assembly had already released a fund of 20 million euros for food aid associations. This supplement from the Senate brings it to 50 million euros, a measure to which the government did not oppose.
Money for Nagorno-Karabakh
An emergency envelope of 20 million euros was also voted by the Senate, to support “the Armenian government and the NGOs working to care for refugees from Nagorno-Karabakh”.
Several windfalls were redirected towards renovation work, for the water network – for 100 million euros –, the road network (100 million euros) and the securing of road bridges (25 million euros). ‘euros). The government, on the other hand, was not in favor of any of these proposals, with Public Accounts Minister Thomas Cazenave sometimes referring to “excessive” amounts, sometimes to “too short deadlines” to put them in place before the end of the 2023 financial year.
Two exceptional aids for Mayotte
On the other hand, the government has approved two exceptional aid for Mayotte: 63 million euros for the distribution of bottled water and 50 million euros earmarked for the Departmental Council. On this budgetary text, the government had found compromises with certain opposition groups in the National Assembly, allowing it a favorable vote without going through article 49.3 of the Constitution.
At the initiative of the socialist group, an exceptional allowance of 115 to 200 euros for precarious single-parent families, supplementing the 2023 Christmas bonus, was thus voted in agreement with the government, for an envelope estimated at 70 million euros. The deputies also added 200 million euros to France’s support fund in Kiev, and provided an emergency fund of 20 million euros to support wine growers affected by mildew, after significant damage in the South-West during the year.