Paris (AFP)

The budget for integration through economic activity (IAE) will pass the billion mark in 2020 to be able to finance 20,000 additional positions for people far removed from employment, said Tuesday the Minister of Labor Muriel Pénicaud.

"For the first time, in 2020 we will spend more than one billion euros on this sector," said the minister on RTL while this budget was about 900 million euros in 2019.

France has about 3,900 integration structures through economic activity (associations, workshops and integration projects, insertion companies). They sign agreements with the state that allow them to welcome and support workers furthest away from employment, because of particular social and professional difficulties.

"This will allow all these structures to accommodate 20,000 more people next year and 20,000 more each year," said Pénicaud.

The objective - presented last year during the poverty plan - is to go from about 140,000 people welcomed in 2018 to 240,000 in 2022. In 2022, this will represent a budget of 1.3 billion euros strictly dedicated to insertion by economic activity.

To achieve this, the minister will also rely on the recommendations of the report of the chairman of the council inclusion in the job Thibaut Guilluy that were given to him on Tuesday.

"Everyone has to have a chance to get a job, there are a lot of people who have had life accidents, and if you have had trouble for years, it's very difficult to get a job again. hours, "pleaded Ms. Penicaud.

Among the proposals that have been favored by the Ministry is the abolition of the approval issued by Pôle emploi, which is currently essential for a jobseeker to integrate an integration structure.

It will now be the structures themselves that will "do the work of approval" and will verify if the applicant fulfills the criteria, it was specified in the entourage of Muriel Pénicaud, to "simplify" the process.

The establishment of a digital "platform" for bundling offers is also on the agenda, the source said.

On average, the aid, in full-time equivalent per year, currently oscillates between 1,500 and 21,000 euros, depending on the structures and devices.

The Minister of Labor was to participate Tuesday afternoon in a visit of the Head of State on an integration project in Bonneuil-sur-Marne (Val-de-Marne).

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