Nine “Theodule committees” that must be suppressed in consumption and research

This article comes from the magazine Capital

National Commission for personnel in the electricity and gas industries: companies do not need her

According to the official nomenclature, this joint body, which smacks of old-fashioned unionism, is responsible for “the extension of collective agreements concluded in the branch “of the electricity and gas industries, as well as the treatment of questions” concerning the recruitment, the advancement, the discipline “of the personnel.

In spite of this learned file of function, the 26 CSNP members sometimes have to wonder why the Minister of Industry appointed them. Between and 2020, they attended four meetings altogether. While social dialogue is already organized within each group in the energy sector (EDF, GRDF, Enedis, etc.), it is not forbidden to ask what the electricity and gas industries commission is for. And even less to delete it!

Merger of the Council national food and the national consumer institute: their missions are very similar

These two structures, which deal with related issues (food, agriculture, consumption), could easily be brought together in a single organization. This would both increase efficiency and reduce budgetary costs: the operating expenses of the National Food Council (60 members, 71 meetings in 2018) amounted to 90. euros in 2019.

Food Observatory: it is useful but it is very expensive

Despite the moderate level of activity of its 21 members (5 meetings per year, on average), this observatory engulfs each year 90. euros of public money. To save money, the government would be well advised to integrate it into the extended structure, resulting from the merger between the National Food Council and the National Consumer Institute.

Observatory of the formation of prices and margins of food products: its mission is really sharp

This thing with questionable utility could be integrated into the large structure born from the merger between the National Food Council and the National Consumer Institute.

National Council of Consumption: it has no less than 90 members

This organization that counts 90 members meeting 15 at 20 times a year could also pass under the flag of the previous large structure.

Strategic Research Council: it has only met once in three years

Despite the presence within it of such eminent personalities as Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, Nobel Prize for Medicine 450, the writer Marie Darrieussecq or the climatologist Jean Jouzel, this structure, created in 2013, did not not really proven its ability to influence the major orientations of the French scientific research strategy.

Given the weakness of its activity (only one meeting in 2017, zero in 2017 and 2019) and the similarity of its prerogatives with those of the National Council of Higher Education and Research, it could very well be removed without damage.

National Council of Culture sc scientific, technical and industrial: it has not done anything for 2 years

Established in 2012, the CNCSTI is responsible for developing a national strategy for the development of scientific, technical and industrial culture. He also advises the State on the actions that it wishes to promote. Since the last CNCSTI plenary meeting, the 15 December 2018, the website of the ministry of Higher Education, on which it depends, does not mention the slightest action!

trade: its activity is almost non-existent

Since its creation in 2013, this advisory body is responsible for informing the public authorities on issues related to businesses. This is without counting on the fact that Bercy can already rely on its plethora of services and the expertise of the General Directorate of Enterprises, in charge of trade, much more armed than this commission. With the exception of a report on balances, in 2017, and d ‘a meeting of his 38 members, in 2019, his activity is non-existent.

Advisory Committee on Financial Legislation and Regulation and Advisory Committee on the Financial Sector: their merger would save money

The missions of the CCLRF – which advises the Minister of the Economy in his exercise of regulatory power – and those of the CCSF – which looks into the relations between financial institutions and their clients – are close. These committees could undoubtedly be regrouped within a single structure. In 2015, the activity, it is true supported, of the CCSF (49 meetings) a generated relatively high operating costs, up to 69. euros.

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