Following the project aimed at simplifying relations between the authorities and businesses launched almost one year ago, the Government is now tackling reducing the red tape which complicates French people’s day-to-day lives as part of a specific three-year programme.
Direct consultation of French people
The Government has launched a wide-scale consultation aimed at simplifying individuals’ lives. The objective is threefold:
bringing French people nearer to the authorities and increasing the closeness of the State and citizens;
facilitating relations on a daily basis between users and civil servants;
symbolising the changes to the State, which aims to modernise itself based on users’ requests.
To this end, the Government is asking citizens to participate in a wide-scale consultation. Users of the authorities can testify regarding their “minor and major sources of irritation” between now and 15 September.
Associations representing public service users or civil servants are also invited to take part.
This project has now been transferred to the ministries: throughout the consultation stage, contributions gathered on “Keeping It Simple” ["Faire Simple"] will be regularly forwarded to them so that they can determine the priority measures to implement.
Ideas posted by users are visible to everyone and everyone can comment on and vote on the proposed ideas. At the end of the consultation stage, a report will be published. It will be possible to consult the progress in terms of implementation of the announced measures (measure by measure) in real time on www.faire-simple.gouv.fr. Internet users can accordingly be kept informed regarding which stage the measure is at (testing, text drafting stage, prototyping, implementation).
The Secretary of State in charge of State reform and simplification undertakes to regularly report to the French people on developments to this major project.
A mobilisation team – Keeping It Simple – will be formed. It will be made up of members from varied backgrounds: State departments, family allowance funds, unemployment centre, consumer associations, local authorities, social workers, defender of rights, digital experts, etc.
Its role will be threefold:
approving measures identified by the French people and defining priorities;
associating and mobilising the various stakeholders from the authorities in the broad sense of the term (for example, local authorities, banks, insurance companies or mutual benefit societies);
providing regular information on the progress of the project.
From 9 July to 15 September: consultation campaign of the general public
End of August – beginning of September: work by the ministries and Keeping It Simple team
End of September – beginning of October: announcement of the first practical measures with a timetable for swift implementation