The evolution of the civil service and the principles by wich it is governed

The evolution of the civil service and the principles by wich it is governed
Type of text :
Opinion and report
Type of referral :
Government referral
Working group :
Temporary commission "The evolution of the civil service"
Date d'adoption
Date adopted : 01/24/2017
Rapporteur(s) :
Qualified individual
Michel BADRÉ
Evironment and nature group
    Taking care of patients in hospital, replying to the demands of individuals or of businesses in a town hall, a prefecture or a distant consulate, teaching in a primary school or in a university, collecting taxes, taking part in operations to maintain public order, drafting a decree or an order: this list reflects only part of the sheer range of civil service missions.
    Like the rest of society, the civil service is facing profound change. The need for the domains in which it is involved, for its principles of organisation and operation to evolve, are political stakes of primary importance. These evolutions will have to meet the expectations of society in terms of quality of service provided and of the ability to adapt.
    The Prime Minister referred to the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (ESEC) the matter of conducting forward-looking discussions with a view to identifying future options for the civil service.
    The first part of the opinion highlights the relevance of the founding principles of the civil service and their strength with regard to what is currently at stake and the expectations that are foreseeable with regard to public action. The ESEC underlines that the civil service, with regard to its statutory organisation and it three branches, is able to make a defining contribution to public policy taking into account the general interest of society, on the condition that meaning and coherence be given to its action.