Thursday, 20 January, 2022

Jean Castex announces the creation of 2,500 jobs in the departmental services of the State


The head of government held his first Interministerial Committee on Public Transformation this Friday, while the crisis has put the administration in the dock. He wants to put pressure on the prefects to obtain concrete results and will expand the barometer of public action. Departmental state services will be strengthened.

Jean Castex held his first Interministerial Committee for Public Transformation since his arrival in Matignon.

No question of lowering the flag despite the controversies. The Head of Government, Jean Castex, held this Friday in Mont-de Marsan an Interministerial Committee on Public Transformation – alongside Amélie de Montchalin, Minister in charge of the file, and Olivier Dussopt, Minister Delegate for Accounts public – to revive state reform under fire from critics since the start of the Covid pandemic. “Public transformation, which was at the heart of the President of the Republic’s commitments, is a long-distance race, a long-term job, an art of execution rather than incantation”, defended the Prime Minister.

It has now been almost a year that the failures of the administration in the face of the health crisis – on masks, on tests and now on vaccination – are frequently highlighted. An unfair reading in the eyes of the executive. “Despite everything we could hear or read, the state held out during the crisis”, we argue in Matignon, where we cite as proof the figures of a survey showing a satisfaction rate of the French for their public services of 76%. “It’s up 4 points since 2018”, underlines a ministerial source.

Relative withdrawal

The executive feels, however, that an opinion study will not be enough to prove that the in-depth reform of the State, promised in 2017 by Emmanuel Macron, is indeed there despite his relative withdrawal in the government agenda. This interministerial committee – the first on this subject since the arrival of Jean Castex in Matignon – must therefore serve to re-energize the administration so that “Visible and concrete results” – the obsession of the government, where we swear that “The implementation of reforms to the last mile is a reform in itself” – quickly appear in the eyes of the French.

Read also:

A public action barometer to measure the progress of government reforms

Launched in early January, the public action barometer will be enriched from April with 11 new indicators which will be added to the 25 existing ones. This tool identifies the reforms deemed a priority by the government, and allows both to judge their progress and to put pressure when the deployment is too slow. Until now, we could find the level of broadband coverage of the territory or the school enrollment rate of children with disabilities. Among the eleven new indicators are the number of beneficiaries of “Ma premium Renov ‘” or the area cultivated in organic farming, for example.

Pressure on prefects

The government will also involve the prefects to ensure that these major reforms taken in Paris find concrete application everywhere in France. The pressure will be on them, since their career development will also depend on the results obtained in this area. “The territories are put back at the heart of our action, and the central administration will henceforth be called upon to provide support only”, we point out to Matignon.

In this perspective of “Rearm the territories”, the executive announces the creation of approximately 2,500 jobs in 2021 in the departmental services of the State. As the time has come for the stability of the workforce this year, this means that these creations will have, as during, cuts in the central administration or regional services. In addition, the Prime Minister announced a new wave of relocation of 500 jobs from the DGFIP (the tax administration) to regions in 16 cities, a figure expected to swell to 2,500 within 5 years.

Simplification actions

Finally, still with the idea of ​​making the reforms tangible in the eyes of citizens, the government announces – like all its predecessors before it – simplification actions. Ten procedures are concerned (payment of alimony, grant application, etc.). This will also involve the development of a telephone offer for each of the public services, in addition to digitization, or by the use of a language that is promised as “More like the everyday one” and less at “Administrative jargon”.

The head of government held his first Interministerial Committee on Public Transformation this Friday, while the crisis has put the administration in the dock. He wants to put pressure on the prefects to obtain concrete results and will expand the barometer of public action. Departmental state services will be strengthened.

Jean Castex held his first Interministerial Committee for Public Transformation since his arrival in Matignon.

No question of lowering the flag despite the controversies. The Head of Government, Jean Castex, held this Friday in Mont-de Marsan an Interministerial Committee on Public Transformation – alongside Amélie de Montchalin, Minister in charge of the file, and Olivier Dussopt, Minister Delegate for Accounts public – to revive state reform under fire from critics since the start of the Covid pandemic. “Public transformation, which was at the heart of the President of the Republic’s commitments, is a long-distance race, a long-term job, an art of execution rather than incantation”, defended the Prime Minister.

It has now been almost a year that the failures of the administration in the face of the health crisis – on masks, on tests and now on vaccination – are frequently highlighted. An unfair reading in the eyes of the executive. “Despite everything we could hear or read, the state held out during the crisis”, we argue in Matignon, where we cite as proof the figures of a survey showing a satisfaction rate of the French for their public services of 76%. “It’s up 4 points since 2018”, underlines a ministerial source.

Relative withdrawal

The executive feels, however, that an opinion study will not be enough to prove that the in-depth reform of the State, promised in 2017 by Emmanuel Macron, is indeed there despite his relative withdrawal in the government agenda. This interministerial committee – the first on this subject since the arrival of Jean Castex in Matignon – must therefore serve to re-energize the administration so that “Visible and concrete results” – the obsession of the government, where we swear that “The implementation of reforms to the last mile is a reform in itself” – quickly appear in the eyes of the French.

Read also:

A public action barometer to measure the progress of government reforms

Launched in early January, the public action barometer will be enriched from April with 11 new indicators which will be added to the 25 existing ones. This tool identifies the reforms deemed a priority by the government, and allows both to judge their progress and to put pressure when the deployment is too slow. Until now, we could find the level of broadband coverage of the territory or the school enrollment rate of children with disabilities. Among the eleven new indicators are the number of beneficiaries of “Ma premium Renov ‘” or the area cultivated in organic farming, for example.

Pressure on prefects

The government will also involve the prefects to ensure that these major reforms taken in Paris find concrete application everywhere in France. The pressure will be on them, since their career development will also depend on the results obtained in this area. “The territories are put back at the heart of our action, and the central administration will henceforth be called upon to provide support only”, we point out to Matignon.

In this perspective of “Rearm the territories”, the executive announces the creation of approximately 2,500 jobs in 2021 in the departmental services of the State. As the time has come for the stability of the workforce this year, this means that these creations will have, as during, cuts in the central administration or regional services. In addition, the Prime Minister announced a new wave of relocation of 500 jobs from the DGFIP (the tax administration) to regions in 16 cities, a figure expected to swell to 2,500 within 5 years.

Simplification actions

Finally, still with the idea of ​​making the reforms tangible in the eyes of citizens, the government announces – like all its predecessors before it – simplification actions. Ten procedures are concerned (payment of alimony, grant application, etc.). This will also involve the development of a telephone offer for each of the public services, in addition to digitization, or by the use of a language that is promised as “More like the everyday one” and less at “Administrative jargon”.