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Public Realm

20/03/2014

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Anne-Marie Couderc, Chairwoman of the Public Realm Cluster.

"Becoming a government partner"

The division leads in-depth discussions on relationships with government authorities. It wants to strengthen the dialogue with magistrates and the world of education in order to create a bigger place for business learning.
It includes three committees.

Public Spending Reduction Committee
Chairwoman: Anne-Marie Couderc
This committee teaches economics to business leaders and workers, policy makers, and the media to explain why lowing spending is imperative. It proposes measures to structurally reform public spending and develops proposals to improve the efficiency of the public sphere.

Simplification Committee
Chairman: Bernard Gaud
This committee measures the current administrative and regulatory/legal block in light of business needs and makes proposals to reduce administrative constraints. It promotes the "one in – two out" rule to reduce all text and code by 5%. It also works to improve the legal security of businesses.

World Convergence Committee
Chairman: Stanislas Chapron
This committee teaches economics to the public sphere and helps promote entrepreneurship in the educational setting. It encourages partnerships between businesses and associations. It implements cooperation with the judicial council. Finally, it forges trusted relationships with parliamentarians and elected officials.

“To partner with the government.”

Relations with the government do not boil down to negotiating and lobbying. At least that is the perspective Anne-Marie Couderc wants to instil as head of this brand new cluster. Her goal is to open an exhaustive discussion on relations with public authorities. “There is misunderstanding on both sides. The administration knows very little about companies and has many misconceptions – and vice versa,” she explains. Anne-Marie Couderc wants to arrange meeting times so the two sides can come to an understanding, talk about their differences, what they want and lay down ground rules on tackling the nitty-gritty of the issues on the table. These meetings need to happen very quickly. “Both parties have shown a willingness to sit down and talk,” she points out. And Anne-Marie Couderc does not want to stop there. “We also have to talk with justice authorities and the education community.” This business leader believes that France's national education system does not leave enough room for apprenticing in companies at any level of education, in either technical or theoretical apprenticing. “For example, I think it should be compulsory for students at the ENA school of public administration to spend more than three months training in a company. These young people need to understand how companies work.”

In addition to this colossal undertaking, Anne-Marie Couderc's mission is also being intricately involved in the issues the administration is addressing in the autumn session. Proposals will be issued in response to François Hollande's call for a “blast of simplification” as well as the crucial and pressing issue of reducing public spending.

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