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Fleur Pellerin, appointed Minister of Innovation and the Digital Economy

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Fleur Pellerin officially takes up the position of Minister Delegate to the Minister for "Productive Recovery" (Arnaud Montebourg), in charge of SMEs, Innovation and the Digital Economy.

It is therefore the Head of the Digital Society and Economy division of François Hollande's presidential campaign, who will be in charge of this dossier.

After having developed the PS candidate's digital programme, Fleur Pellerin will have a certain latitude with this government post to get to the heart of his favourite subject: financing the digital sector, open data, taxation of Internet groups, very high-speed broadband, "digital habeas corpus", etc.

Nevertheless, it does not have a real ministry in its own right for digital technology (as recommended by the Renaissance Numérique think tank, for example), but that was not to be expected.

Aged 38, Fleur Pellerin is a referendary counsellor at the Court of Auditors and President of the Club XXI7th Century in the period 2010 - 2012. After graduating from ESSEC and Sciences Po Paris, her graduation rank at ENA will allow her to become a magistrate at the Cour des Comptes at the age of 26, where she began as a 2nd class auditor. The following year, she became a 1st class auditor and rapporteur at the Court of Budgetary and Financial Discipline. She became a referendary adviser from 2003. She was then assigned to the Third Chamber, which is responsible in particular for education, culture and research, as well as audiovisual matters. In this capacity, she was rapporteur to the Control Commission of the Societies for the Collection of Copyright and Neighbouring Rights (SPRD) from 2001 to 2005.

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In parallel to her duties, she was an external auditor for the United Nations from 2001 to 2006 in Iraq, New York and Geneva. Similarly, she was appointed in 2007 as Rapporteur of the Public Service Ethics Commission.

Her involvement in politics began in 2002 when she joined Lionel Jospin's campaign team, under the authority of Pierre Moscovici, in the feather team. In 2007, Ségolène Royal entrusted her with the unit in charge of relations with the specialised press. And she became head of the Digital Society and Economy division during François Hollande's presidential campaign. (Source: Wikipedia)

His vision of digital

In a interview given to Challenges Last February, she discussed the content of François Hollande's digital programme. She considers herself opposed to the vision of the Internet of the Sarkozy years, to the idea of "filtering and generalised surveillance systems". She sets as a priority the deployment of very high speed broadband. 


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The main projects

SMES The minister's work sites are numerous. Strongly demanded by business leaders, administrative and regulatory simplification has already been launched but is not yet really operational. Promised by the Dutch candidate, the reduction of payment terms to 30 days, compared to 60 days today, will also be a mission to be carried out quickly, as will the implementation of public procurement mediation, also desired by the Elysée Palace.

In collaboration with the newly appointed Minister Delegate for the Budget, Jérome Cahuzac, Fleur Pellerin will also have to lead the modulation of the corporate tax (IS) which, according to the calculations of the Socialist Party, would reduce the tax burden of SMEs by 3 billion euros per year. This interministerial collaboration should be extended to the public investment bank, the industrial savings account, and the generation contract between young people and seniors. Its relations with Marylise Lebranchu, Minister for State Reform, Decentralisation and the Civil Service, should also be close, since the President of the Republic has already announced that the economic power of the regions will be significantly strengthened.

Innovation : Fleur Pellerin should first look at a new reform of the research tax credit (RTC). Lightened and simplified in 2007, it should be refocused on SMEs. Would savings be made from this change in the system? It would be a good thing, because François Hollande is looking favourably on the creation of an innovation tax credit that would include a certain number of expenses that are not currently eligible for the CIR. This is notably the case for expenses incurred in the context of prototyping.

Jerome Cahuzac still has to be convinced of the merits of this measure in a delicate budgetary context. The cost of the innovation tax credit is estimated at two billion euros per year according to Bercy. The restoration of the status of young innovative company (JEI), which was heavily planed on the altar of austerity, is also planned.

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Digital François Hollande: François Hollande has made training one of the main vectors to solve the "serious shortage of developers" that penalizes the sector. Another axis intended to give a boost to a sector considered to be a strong creator of jobs: the modernization of the State. The new President of the Republic has also promised the creation of a "digital habeas corpus", which guarantees the digital rights and freedoms of everyone. The National Digital Council (CNNum), created by Nicolas Sarkozy, should at least evolve and open up to other actors such as rights holders and civil society. (Source: La Tribune / 16 May 2012)

As Minister for "Productive Recovery", Arnaud Montebourg will have his say on the issue of re-industrialization in the digital age. We therefore have no doubt that these two fervent advocates of innovation will work together effectively. To be continued. 

 Fleur Pellerin's Blog : http://fleurpellerin.fr/about/

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