In terms of armaments, Matignon does not seem to want parliamentarians in his affairs. A government note in fact recommends the executive to oppose the recommendations of two deputies aiming to endow Parliament with increased control over arms exports, asserted Monday the investigation site Disclose.
In this four-page note, classified as “confidential defense”, the General Secretariat for Defense and National Security (SDSN), a body dependent on the Prime Minister, argues against the main proposal of the information report of two deputies.
This recommends giving Parliament “real power to control” arms exports. Jacques Maire (LREM) and Michèle Tababot (LR) notably propose to eventually create a parliamentary delegation for arms control, on the model of that dedicated to intelligence.
Developments to study, defends Matignon
According to the SGDSN note quoted by Disclose, “under the guise of an objective of greater transparency and a better dialogue between the executive and legislative powers, the objective does indeed seem to constrain the government’s policy on export by strengthening parliamentary control ”.
Such control of the action of the executive would risk damaging the credibility of France’s commitments and its ability to export, further states the note according to Disclose.
Solicited by AFP, Matignon affirmed, without mentioning the note, that the report of the two deputies recommended “a certain number of developments which deserve to be studied with attention in the respect of the prerogatives of the government” and that it ” work with Parliament on these matters within the framework of the constitutional principles of the separation of powers […] and the preservation of secrets protected by law ”.
MEPs defend their proposal
Asked by AFP, Michèle Tabarot said she was “a little surprised” by the position of the government contained in the note, while the deputies were “in contact during the work” with the executive.
According to Jacques Maire, “the very constructive relationship with the executive during the constitution of this report is not found in this note”. The proposals of the two deputies are “realistic and concrete and decisions are expected in the coming weeks”, he said.
In France, the decision to export or not is taken by the Prime Minister on the advice of the Interministerial Commission for the Study of Exports of War Material (CIEEMG), according to a confidential procedure.
The Parliament receives an annual report listing the main exports, the value and the types of materials exported by destination.
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