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15 January 2013

New directions for administrative simplification (France)

On 10 January, the French government launched a new administrative simplification programme for companies, at a first meeting with the representatives of the business world. Four ministers belonging to the economics branch ushered in the new agenda, which implements the "Competitiveness Pact" adopted in November and confirmed in the Modernisation of Public Action strategy delineated on 18 December.
It is interesting that Parliament will be associated to the policy, with an MP (Mr Thierry Mandon) dedicated to support the definition of the progamme.
The range of the strategy is illustrated by the list of seven priority projects already launched by the Government:
  • the "Tell us once" principle to enable companies to avoid multiple submission of the same information to different administrations;
  • a single social contribution return form ;
  • simplification and acceleration of procedures related to business real estate operations;
  • a single portal of public grants to enterprises;
  • a new effort to limit over-transposition (gold-plating) of Community law into French law;
  • introduction of the SME-test to assess the impact of new legislation on small business and micro-enterprises;
  • reduced barriers to export for SMEs and VSEs.
Participants received a very complete draft consultation methodology which will be published by this blog as soon as it is finalised.
For more information about the meeting, see the official communiqué, and for some comment, an article (Le Moniteur).
A programme of administrative simplification for citizens, comprising 26 measures, was announced in December.

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