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18 May 2011

5th simplification law published (France)

Yesterday, the 5th simplification law was published by the French Parliament.This blog has reported on the difficult progress of the omnibus simplification bill, bogged down in the parliamentary discussion for 18 months. But all is ending well, and a substantial text comprising 200 articles was finally published on 17 May. The legislative drafting technique does not make for easy reading and it is sometimes difficult to grasp what is new, what is simpler than before. But experts may be interested in taking a look at at least two articles:
Article 16 legalising "open" consultation, on a par with institutional channels for canvassing stakeholders. In a rather legalistic manner, the text organises the right to replace the consultation of a standing advisory body by an open channel including internet websites, except in specific cases such as the mandatory consultation of an independent authority, or obligatory consent of an external body. Opportunely, the text provides for consultees to receive feedback, and for the summary of views received to be published.
Articles 4 to 6 build on the successful "civil rights" approach to red tape introduced by the law of 12 April 2000 and provide further refinements in the pursuit of hassle-free procedures and improvement of the "relationship" between the citizen and the administration. A fool-proof system of exchange of information between administrations is planned, to avoid asking the citizen for the same data on multiple occasions.

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