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MIL OSI Translation. Government of the Republic of France statements from French to English –

Source: President of the Republic of France in French The President of the French Republic issued the following statement:

LAW PROJECT

STATE OF HEALTH EMERGENCY

The Prime Minister presented a bill authorizing the extension of the state of health emergency and providing for various measures to manage the health crisis.

For several weeks, Europe has been facing an upsurge in the number of covid-19 infections. In France, the positivity rate for virological screening tests is 13.6% against 1.4% at the end of June, and the effective reproduction number is 1.34, whereas it was dropped to 0.76 in June.

Faced with this critical situation, a state of health emergency was declared nationwide as of October 17. This regime has enabled the Government to take new measures, in particular by limiting evening outings outside the home in several metropolitan areas. Other European countries have also taken restrictive measures to slow the spread of the epidemic.

Given the recent evolution of the health situation and the delayed effects of the circulation of the virus on the health system, an extension of the state of health emergency from November 17 is essential for preventive measures to be truly effective in curbing the epidemic. Such a prorogation can only be authorized by Parliament. The bill thus provides for the application of the state of health emergency no later than February 16, 2021.

In addition, the provisions of the bill extending the transitional regime instituted upon exiting the state of health emergency, the examination of which in Parliament has been interrupted, remain fully necessary to ensure the continuity of crisis management, when the state of health emergency will end, as well as to adapt the information systems created to fight against the health crisis. These provisions are therefore included in this bill.

Finally, the text provides for empowering the Government to restore, extend or adapt to the health situation certain support measures that had been taken in the context of the first wave of the epidemic, to limit the consequences of this new wave on the different activities.

In its opinion of 19 October 2020, the committee of scientists gave a favorable opinion to the bill.

CONDITIONS FOR THE EXERCISE OF ACCESSORY MARINE ACTIVITIES NEAR THE COASTAL

The Prime Minister presented a bill ratifying Ordinance No. 2020-933 of July 29, 2020 relating to the conditions for carrying out ancillary maritime activities and the adaptation of the conditions for carrying out certain maritime activities to trips to proximity to the coast.

This bill includes a single article which ratifies the ordinance of July 29, 2020 taken on the basis of an authorization provided for in III of article 135 of law n ° 2019-1428 of December 24, 2019 on orientation of mobility. .

The ordinance sets a clear framework adapted to the exercise and development of maritime activities and jobs in the near coastal area as well as those involving a short boarding of a ship.

The medical aptitude for navigation, the labor law and the social protection regime are therefore specified for the seafarers concerned.

SUPPORT FOR EMPLOYEES WITHIN THE CLOSURE OF COAL POWER PLANTS

The Minister of Ecological Transition presented a bill ratifying Ordinance No. 2020-921 of July 29, 2020 on various support measures for employees in connection with the closure of coal-fired power stations.

Coal-fired power stations will be shut down by 2022, in application of France’s decision to end the operation of these installations which emit particularly greenhouse gases. Indeed, the four coal-fired power stations in operation in France produce 1.18% of national electricity consumption, but generate around 10 million tonnes of CO2, or nearly 30% of the sector’s greenhouse gas emissions. electric.

The ordinance of July 29, 2020 gave concrete form to the Government’s commitment to support employees affected by the shutdown of these facilities. It has set up support for employees of companies operating coal-fired power stations, port personnel whose activity is affected and employees of subcontracting companies, in accordance with procedures adapted to each sector.

For the employees concerned in the power stations and port places, the ordinance introduced “specific support leave”. During this leave, beneficiaries will see their income guaranteed by the receipt of an allowance. For these employees, as for those of subcontractors, the establishment of support units will ensure individual follow-up of courses and easier access to training.

The system is available in each employment area under the guidance of the prefects.

This ordinance followed an important work of concertation with the trade unions of employees and the representative professional organizations of employers.

It is consistent with the steps taken with the territories concerned to co-construct projects offering new perspectives by reconciling economic development and ecological transition.

The bill presented proceeds to the ratification of the ordinance of July 29, 2020.

TERMS OF ISSUANCE OF LEGALIZATION AND THE APOSTILLE

The Keeper of the Seals, Minister of Justice presented a bill ratifying Ordinance No. 2020-192 of March 4, 2020 reforming the procedures for issuing legalization and the apostille.

The ordinance to be ratified, taken in application of I of article 16 of law n ° 2019-222 of 23 March 2019 on 2018-2022 programming and reform for justice, aims to simplify procedures for individuals and companies who must authenticate public documents, prior to their production abroad. Currently the latter must apply to obtain an apostille to the general prosecutor’s office of the court of appeal in whose jurisdiction the public document was issued, and to obtain legalization, to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The reform will allow users to apply to the same authority to request the issuance of formalities, for all public documents drawn up on national territory. These procedures can be carried out online for electronic public documents, such as Kbis extracts, which will greatly facilitate business life.

The competent authorities may be appointed from among the presidents of regional or interregional councils of notaries, or their delegates, according to a territorial network that meets the needs of users.

The reform also provides for the creation of a dematerialized national database of specimens of signatures of public authorities, which will be queried prior to the issuance of formalities.

The constitution of this dematerialized national database, which should replace the multiple existing databases, is an essential prerequisite for the modernization of the current system.

The timetable for the implementation of the reform will be specified in the decree implementing the ordinance.

COMMUNICATION

THE TERRITORIALIZATION OF THE REVIEW PLAN

The Minister of the Economy, Finance and Recovery and the Minister for Territorial Cohesion and Relations with Local Authorities presented a communication on the territorialization of the recovery plan.

On September 3, the Government made public France relaunch, a € 100 billion recovery plan for the French economy, historic in terms of its scale and its ecological, economic and social ambition.

The implementation of this recovery plan in all territories is a priority so that all French people, all businesses and all communities can benefit from France relaunch. Its deconcentration should allow faster implementation and better promotion of State actions at the local level. To do this, the Prime Minister will send a circular on the territorialization of the recovery plan to all regional and departmental prefects as well as to regional directors of public finance.

This circular will detail the challenges of the localization of the recovery plan to ensure its deployment and effectiveness. It will recall in particular the different types of intervention of the measures of the recovery plan. While some measures are developed at the national level and are not likely to be implemented on a territorial basis (for example the reduction in production taxes, the back-to-school allowance or the hiring bonus for young people), the other measures do so. are in a greater or lesser proportion. Thus, measures aim to allocate funding locally via calls for projects, decentralized regional offices or operators, other envelopes are entirely managed by the prefects (for example local investment support grants) and envelopes correspond to clearly identified and defined measures at national level with decentralized management. In all cases, the action of regional and departmental levels will be decisive in ensuring information, implementation and reporting on the means used to relaunch in the territories.

Territorialization must be as strong as possible, in order to allow local actors, both on the side of the State and of communities, to invest together, as close as possible to the realities on the ground, in the country’s economic recovery. Of the € 100bn of the recovery plan, including € 80bn excluding tax cuts, € 16bn will, in the coming weeks, be monitored by the regional prefects within the framework of regionalized envelopes. Thus, revival, a priority of the Government, will mobilize the entire prefectural body: regional and departmental prefects and district sub-prefects. By the end of the year, they will negotiate and conclude with the local authorities as many stimulus agreements as possible, as well as stimulus and ecological transition contracts. The terms of implementation of this territorialization are specified in the negotiation mandates of State-region plan contracts and regional revival agreements sent to the regional prefects and by the circular.

It will thus also specify the terms of contractualization with local authorities. “Regional stimulus agreements” will be signed with the regions. For the State part, they will cover all the localizable and decentralized credits in the region, ie a wider field than projects for the benefit of the region or co-financed with the region. Contractualization may take place at an sub-regional level, in the form of amendments to existing contracts or new “recovery and ecological transition contracts”. The amounts entered in these stimulus agreements or contracts will remain conditional on the rapid and effective implementation of the measures, bearing in mind that in the event of delay, redeployments may be carried out at the national level. So that the speed of implementation prevails, if projects are ready to be launched before the aforementioned contracts, the signing of ad hoc agreements will be privileged to organize, project by project, the co-financing.

Territorialization will be based on specific governance and steering bodies. At the regional level, a coordination and monitoring committee will be chaired by the regional prefect, the regional director of public finances and, where a regional agreement has been signed, the president of the regional council. These committees will involve all stakeholders in the recovery in the region. They will ensure the information of citizens, businesses and communities, as well as the monitoring of decentralized measures, will give an overview of the application of the recovery plan in the territories and will point out operational difficulties in the implementation of the plan. At the departmental level, bodies will be created by the departmental prefects to carry out these missions at the departmental level. The relaunching sub-prefects will be fully mobilized to, for example and without changing the functional organization of the prefectures, ensure and facilitate the mobilization of the various state services and local partners or even accelerate construction or renovation projects.

The circular will recall that the regional directorates for enterprises, competition, consumption, labor and employment (DIRECCTE), in particular their State economic services in the regions (SEER), remain the points of contact for companies during the recovery. In particular, they are responsible for making the plan’s features known and directing companies to those most suited to them.

The budgetary and accounting circuits, important elements for ensuring the monitoring and therefore the transparency and reporting of the plan, will be the subject of a dedicated circular from the Minister of the Economy, Finance and Recovery.

Finally, the circular will specify the communication tools and the importance of the “France Relance” brand, so that each beneficiary of a France recovery measure can make the link between the State’s recovery plan and its environment.

COVID-19

The Minister of Solidarity and Health presented a communication on covid-19.

The Government is announcing exceptional and massive support for caregivers mobilized in the face of the resurgence of the covid-19 epidemic.

For several days now, as the spread of covid-19 has accelerated, health and medico-social establishments have once again been put to heavy use. The staff of hospitals and accommodation establishments for dependent elderly people (EHPAD), both in the private and public sectors, are strongly mobilized to take care of a growing number of people with the virus, while maintaining as much as possible the scheduled activity because many pickups cannot wait.

Despite their commitment and their mobilization, the Government knows the feeling of lassitude and fatigue of the caregivers who gave a lot in the spring in the face of the first epidemic wave.

The Government will take all the necessary measures to enable caregivers and establishments to cope with the crisis.

In accordance with the Prime Minister’s commitments, the salary increases decided within the framework of the Health Segur will enter into force on an accelerated basis. By December 2020, the 2 million professionals in health establishments and nursing homes will receive an additional € 183 net per month as decided with the social partners.

The Government has also announced the introduction of an exceptional bonus for employees who are required either voluntarily or out of service necessity to increase their working time, whether it be overtime or forfeiting days off. It will benefit all hospital civil servants exercising their functions in health establishments, nursing homes and establishments for disabled people.

Thus, from October 1 to December 31, 2020, compensation for overtime worked will be increased by 50%: – a hospital nurse at the start of her career will see the amount of compensation for an additional hour increase from € 13.08 net to € 19.61 net; – a hospital nurse at the end of her career will see the amount of compensation for an additional hour increase from € 20.29 net to € 30.44 net; – a nursing assistant in a nursing home in the middle of career will see the amount of compensation for an additional hour drop from € 12.85 net to € 19.27 net.

In order to recognize in advance the hiring of agents who will be mobilized during the period from October 1 to December 31 for service requirements, compensation for annual leave not taken will be implemented. The allowance will be € 110 gross per day for category C agents, € 130 gross per day for category B agents and € 200 gross per day for category A agents. Thus, the nurses most in demand may receive an additional salary of up to 2,000 euros, nursing assistants up to 1,100 euros, or for some the equivalent of a thirteenth month.

Finally, as was the case during the first wave of the epidemic, several support systems for caregivers are reactivated to make their lives easier and to best mobilize the necessary reinforcements. € 100 million will thus be allocated to regional health agencies for: – the transport of caregivers: payment of the taxi costs of agents mobilized in the fight against covid-19 or reimbursement of transport costs for those coming as reinforcements in a other establishment; – payment of their childcare costs for staff renouncing their leave during the period from October 1 to December 31 in the context of the epidemic crisis; – payment of the hospital crèche: Similarly, staff who benefit from a place in a hospital crèche will be exempt from paying the costs of taking care of their child for the period concerned; – caregivers’ accommodation: staff who come as reinforcements in an establishment other than their own. home institution have their accommodation and meal costs covered by the host institution.

All of these measures will be included in the social security financing bill, the National Assembly of which will begin to discuss this Wednesday, October 21, 2020. They complement the financial guarantees provided by the State to health establishments in anticipation of ” an increase in their expenses and a decrease in their income due to the epidemic situation.

In the spring, during the first wave of the epidemic, € 1.5 billion had been deployed to support the health system.

INDIVIDUAL MEASURES

The Council of Ministers adopted the following individual measures:

On the proposal of the Prime Minister:

– Mr. Thierry LE GOFF, general administrator, is appointed master advisor to the Court of Auditors (3rd round), as of October 22, 2020;

– Mr. Jean-François TRICAUD, referendum adviser to the Court of Auditors, is appointed master adviser to the Court of Auditors (1st round), as of October 22, 2020;

– Mr. Claude LION, referendum adviser to the Court of Auditors, is appointed master adviser to the Court of Auditors (2nd round), as of October 22, 2020;

– Mr. Vincent BERGER, physicist, university professor, is appointed master advisor to the Court of Auditors (3rd round), as of October 22, 2020;

– Mr. Denis BURKEL, section president of the regional chamber of accounts, is appointed master adviser to the Court of Auditors (18th round), as of November 1, 2020;

– Mr. Nicolas FOURRIER, referendum adviser to the Court of Auditors, is appointed master adviser to the Court of Auditors (outside the round), as of November 1, 2020.

On the proposal of the Minister of the Economy, Finance and Recovery:

– Mr. Emmanuel MOULIN, an outstanding civilian admirer, is appointed Director General of the Treasury at the central administration of the Ministry of the Economy, Finance and Recovery, as of November 2, 2020.

On the proposal of the Minister of the Armed Forces:

– Lieutenant General Éric BELLIOT des MINIERES is appointed Inspector General of the Armed Forces, and is elevated to the rank and appellation of Army General, as of October 31, 2020;

– Major General Vincent PONS is appointed Deputy Chief of Staff “Plans” of the General Staff of the Armies, and is appointed to the rank and appellation of General of the Army, from 31 October 2020.

In addition, various individual measures have been adopted concerning general officers of the military health service and of the general directorate of armaments.

On the proposal of the Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation and the Minister of Agriculture and Food:

– Mr. Philippe MAUGUIN, engineer of bridges, water and forests, is appointed president of the National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment.

On the proposal of the Minister of Transformation and Public Service:

– Ms. Nathalie COLIN, Prefect, is appointed Director General of Administration and Public Service, as of October 22, 2020.

In addition, the Council of Ministers pronounced, on the proposal of the Minister of the Interior, the dissolution of the de facto grouping known as “Collectif Cheikh Yassin”.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and / or sentence structure not be perfect.

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