On the occasion of the presentation of the annual report of the National Industry Council, France Stratégies and the CNI believe that industrial recovery must mobilize all public policies impacting industry: education, employment, energy, taxation and simplification.
Vice-President Jean-François Dehecq and the members of the Bureau of the National Industry Council (CNI) have made public the 2014 CNI report.
The CNI notes that industrial policy has returned to the centre of the concerns of the French public authorities and has become more ambitious, but that it has not yet acquired its full cross-cutting dimension. The commitment of the public authorities must be sustained over time and cut across all aspects of public policy in order to become more coherent and effective. Jean-François Dehecq said: "Dialogue and action are the two major areas in which I am striving to steer and lead the CNI, so that it contributes to strengthening industry in France, for more economic growth, more jobs, more innovation, more exports, and more confidence and pride in France's industrial base. »
As such, the INC targets four priority objectives:
- the revival of industrial investment and the modernisation of the production tool: the CNI welcomes the recent introduction of the over-amortization measure and the ambition given to the "Industry of the Future" plan, a major lever for action that should mobilise all the players;
- a policy of technological and professional training, both initial and continuing, commensurate with the stakes, to ensure the renewal of generations of employees in the industrial professions and to develop the skills necessary for the digital transformation of industry;
- the competitiveness of industrial enterprises, in particular its energy cost and administrative cost components, through an energy transition policy concerned with competitive energy prices and an acceleration of regulatory simplification. The over-transposition of European regulations into French law should be limited with determination, as this has a negative effect on industrial activity and employment in France;
- strengthening the industrial fabric of TWAs, SMEs and VSEs, companies that create net industrial jobs in France, by designing specifically for these companies offensive policy measures aimed at boosting industrial activity and employment, through simple measures that are explained and relayed in the field by communication and promotion actions.
In 2015/2016, the INC will continue to make recommendations to the public authorities. With the support of the parliamentary representatives appointed for each Sector Strategy Committee, it will work to ensure that political players take industrial issues into account and to unite them around the objective of industrial activity and employment in France.
The CNI has identified five priorities in its work programme: employment, training and recruitment in the industrial trades, the digital transformation of industry, the circular economy, the coordination of the activities of the national sector strategy committees with the regions, and improving access for industrial firms to public procurement.
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It will continue with its fourteen Sector Strategy Committees to implement the sector contracts covering 360 actions, of which 72% have been completed or are in progress.
"The time when the state alone planned and organized our economy is definitely over. From now on, to be effective, public action must be collective and inclusive. It must closely associate all the actors, all the stakeholders, all the driving forces of our country.
The National Industry Council is the framework that has enabled, and still enables, this radical change of method in the industrial field. It is a place for genuine debate, in-depth consultation, convergence between the social partners and strong decisions. It is a forum which seals the alliance of producers, which brings together all the good wills, all the players and all the enthusiasts of our industry: employee representatives, company managers, elected representatives and members of the administration. In total, more than 1,500 volunteer contributors! This National Union is indispensable, because the challenges facing our industry have never been greater. The crisis has lifted the veil on its stalling. In one decade, its share in the GDP went from 21 to 13%. That is why it is imperative to react and act, and above all to do so together. » said Emmanuel MacronMinister for the Economy, Industry and Digital Technology.