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Jean Castex wants to continue the reform of the State and public services

During the health crisis, state reform continues. “Crises are unique in that they play a revealing role”, considers the Prime Minister, Jean Castex. Thus, the epidemic due to the coronavirus has reinforced among the French a “Public service need”. In addition, supports the head of government, “The health crisis is not over, but it will have demonstrated the absolute need to liberate the living forces of the territories”.

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It is to pull the “Lessons from this crisis” in terms of the operation of public services that Mr. Castex was to go to Mont-de-Marsan, in the Landes, on Friday February 5, to chair, with Amélie de Montchalin, Minister of transformation and public service, and Olivier Dussopt , Minister of Public Accounts, the fifth “interministerial committee for public transformation” since 2017. The tenant of Matignon was also to meet with local elected officials and state services, to see what is stuck in the application of reforms at the level local.

Jean Castex had promised, in his general policy statement on July 15, 2020, to “Rearm our territories”. He takes up the concern of the President of the Republic, like that of his predecessor in Matignon, Edouard Philippe: to ensure that the reforms reach the French and that they realize, fifteen months from the presidential, that their lives change. This is the famous “Last mile”.

“A software change”

Certainly, “Faced with this crisis, it is clear that the State has held”, congratulated the Prime Minister, paying tribute to public officials. But she also revealed “Difficulties and weaknesses”. To obtain “Rapid and concrete results in the daily life of the French, wherever they live”, Jean Castex relies on the “barometer of the results of public action”. Posted on the government website on January 13, this tool makes it possible to see the concrete results of the policy conducted. For example, in the Landes, the “bicycle plan” made it possible to increase the cycle paths from 920 km, in December 2017, to 1,139 km, in September 2020. Another example, in the same department: in October 2019, 76% CP and CE1 classes were split into priority education networks; 100% one year later.

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