Reform of the administration: the executive announces a first transfer of 4,000 civil servants in the provinces

These 4,000 transfers are intended to "deliver troops closer to the field after the crisis of 'yellow vests'".


These 4,000 transfers are intended to "put troops closer to the field after the crisis of 'yellow vests'".

Nearly 4,000 civil servants transferred from Paris to the province, 40 small administrative structures and a hundred different commissions suppressed or merged, launch of the websites of evaluation of the public services: the executive detailed on Thursday a new wave of decisions of its reform of the administration, at a meeting of ministers at Matignon.

First the tax administration and the armies

These 4,000 transfers, intended to "put troops closer to the ground after the crisis of the 'yellow vests'", follow a circular by Édouard Philippe early June and concern for the time essentially the tax administration and the armies said Minister of Public Accounts Gérald Darmanin. They are only a first step and their number will be strengthened in the coming months, according to Matignon.

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"We must be more present where it happens than where it thinks" with "more rowers and less helmsmen," justified Gérald Darmanin at the end of this interministerial committee of "public transformation" chaired by the Prime Minister.

On a voluntary basis

The executive wants to focus on local settlements, future public service houses "France Services", as well as small towns in difficulty, and avoid as much as possible regional metropolises, said Gerald Darmanin, citing as an example the Creuse, the former mining basin of Nord Pas-de-Calais, or Chalons-en-Champagne.

These transfers, which must be done "on a voluntary basis" and will lead to social consultations, should in practice begin from 2020, according to Matignon. This policy is one of the executive's responses to the "yellow vests" crisis and its alarms about the desertification of the public service and the difficulties of many small and medium towns.

40 small structures and about 100 administrative commissions removed

Édouard Philippe's circular also attacked the small administrative structures of less than 100 agents in the approximately 1,200 agencies and departmental operators, a number considered too high. The government on Thursday marked the merger or removal of 40 of these small structures, the list of which was not made public. "But we want to do more and the Prime Minister has sent the message in this direction," said Matignon.

Of the 390 current administrative commissions, also considered too numerous, "a hundred" will also be removed. Two internet sites evaluating the quality of public services were also put online, the creation of which was announced last October. The first (www.resultats-services-publics.fr) lists the numerical evaluations of the various public services (hospitals, Caf, treasuries ...). The second one (www.voxusagers.gouv.fr) makes it possible to testify or to consult experiences in a public service or an administration.

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