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01 June 2015

New batch of simplification measures (France)

In France, regulatory policy nearly equates with administrative simplification, which itself heavily relies on e-government. Pursuing its 30-year tradition of announcing large batches of S-decisions, the Government announces today 1 June a new set of 92 red-tape reduction measures. All media report the launch (see for instance France Bleue) though little is yet on the official websites.
A summary of the policy is given in an undated article on France.fr. For a more official business oriented introdution and archive, see entreprises.gouv.fr
It is a new instalment of the 2013 "simplification drive" but more general public oriented than previously. Out of the total of 92 new measures , 40 are designed to make life easier for citizens, for instance:
• Written decisions by public bodies will be more stringently required to be drafted in language 'easy to read and understand';
• From September if you need to sign on as a jobseeker at the Pôle Emploi you will be able to do so directly online rather than filling in forms at one of the centres;
• From the end of June people will be able to check driving test results online rather than waiting for a letter, and download a provisional licence on to their phones. Contesting a speed camera fine will also be possible online;
• By the end of the year a new dedicated site will be in place to get information on court cases and on obtaining legal aid. 
• Applications for (means-tested) grants (bourses) to help with children's schooling will be possible online;
• Several measures are targetted at the disabled public with easier access to benefits and less frequent renewals of permits.

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