MIL OSI Translation. Government of the Republic of France statements from English to French –
During the National Council of Industry of November 22, 2018, Édouard Philippe unveiled the new support system in the service of territories with a strong industrial dimension. On the agenda: 124 selected “Industry Territories”, more than one billion euros in funding, and decentralized management.
For the first time in ten years, companies are recreating industrial jobs in France. The growth of French industrial production now exceeds that of its main European neighbors. And foreign industrial investments in Europe in 2017 mainly went to France. Thus, sources of satisfaction for French industry are present but the challenges to be met in the future are also. “All this will lead us to focus in the year 2019 on three major issues: Europe, innovation and especially, the territories,” said the Prime Minister at the National Council of Industry.
Europe in 2019 will be marked by the elections of MEPs and Brexit. In such a context, the Government wants to put innovation and industry at the heart of the European project and, also, make France attractive and limit the negative consequences of Brexit.
Innovation is crucial in international industrial competition. It is for this reason that the Government has integrated innovation in the 18 sectoral contracts of which 5 have already been signed. Supporting major innovation projects in the sectors also fits in this spirit. These projects include the “bioproduction” needed to defeat cancer; the design of the hydrogen train to replace diesel locomotives; 4th generation batteries to meet energy challenges, etc.
The third challenge in 2019 is the reconquest of industrial territories. To support these territories, a new approach, closer to the industrial geography and the institutional reality, will be put in place.
A new approach based on 124 “industry territories”
On 20 September 2018, the Government entrusted a definition mission to a multidisciplinary team (parliamentarians, elected representatives, industrialists, experts). Its objective was to design a new support system for territories with a strong industrial dimension.
The mission thus identified 124 “industrial territories”, spread throughout France, the vast majority of which lie outside metropolitan areas. These are intercommunalities with strong industrial identity and know-how, and where all actors are mobilized for the development of the industry. These 124 territories will benefit from a specific commitment of the State, which will mobilize a range of public policies to support and support the projects of these territories.
“These 124 territories (…) will sign during the coming months, a contract of industrial territorial project to formalize the commitments that will take the stakeholders,” said Edouard Philippe. A progress report will be made at the next National Council of Industry meeting.
Decentralized management at the heart of the new system
The new scheme is based on a decentralized management principle. The steering and animation of the “Territories of Industry” will involve local elected representatives, industry, regional councils and the State.
“The projects will first have to be managed and animated by the local actors: industrialists, mayors, EPCI presidents, because that’s where it all begins,” declared the Prime Minister.
The Regions played a decisive role in identifying the 124 “industrial territories”. As the Prime Minister pointed out, “because the region has now become the main actor of territorial economic development”, they will play a central role in the new support system. The regional presidents will thus be the pilots of the device.
More than one billion euros for the “Territories of Industry”
The new device is based on the principle of the concentration of means. “These means are both financial, with more than one billion euros of funding directed primarily to these territories, administrative, technical and human.These means form a kind of” basket of services “to the territories of industry.”
The Government will accompany the 124 selected territories by setting up an assortment of services that they can seize to develop or strengthen their territorial projects. This “basket of services” represents 18 measures to answer 4 needs of the “territories of industry”: recruit, innovate, attract and simplify.
4 needs of the industrial territories, 18 measures to meet them
Recruitment is a real challenge for these territories. To answer this, “we will mobilize as a priority the resources of the Skills Investment Plan in these territories”. Another measure, with the help of Bpifrance, the Government wishes to develop in these territories the “territorial volunteering in enterprise”. The aim of this experiment is to guide students in engineering or business schools towards SMEs in a privileged way.
Regarding innovation, “the industrial territories will benefit first and foremost from the schemes that we have just launched under the Future Industry Plan, the regionalized IAP or the” Territory of innovation “device,” declared Prime Minister Minister.
To reinforce the attractiveness of these intercommunalities, “we will work hard to accelerate the digital coverage of these territories”. The Territorial Bank will be mobilized to finance their projects, especially land. “Business France will conduct attractiveness diagnoses and appoint an export advisor for each of them.”
Finally, to respond to the issue of simplification, a call for projects “France experimentation” will be launched in the “Territories of industry” to facilitate applications for administrative and regulatory exemptions.
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