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Coordinates: 48°50′21″N 2°22′33″E / 48.83917°N 2.37583°E / 48.83917; 2.37583

The new ministry building in Bercy, Paris

The Minister for the Economy, Industry and Employment (Ministre de l'économie, de l'industrie et de l'emploi), or Minister of Finance for short, is one of the most prominent positions in the cabinet of France after the Prime Minister.

It now has a colleague of equal rank: the Minister for the Budget, Public Accounts, the Civil Service and State Reform (Ministre du budget, des comptes publics, de la fonction publique et de la réforme de l'État). This ministry is responsible for the government real estate strategy through Service France Domaine.

The exact title of the minister has varied throughout time; it may not always include "economy", "industry", or "finances".

The Minister oversees:

  • the drafting of taxation laws by exercising direct authority over the Tax Policy Board (Direction de la législation fiscale) of the Department of Revenue (fr:Direction générale des impôts);
  • national funds and financial and economic system, especially with the Office of the Treasurer and Receiver General (Direction générale du Trésor et de la politique économique), not to be confused with the Public Treasury (Trésor Public), that is the Office of the Comptroller-General (Direction générale de la comptabilité publique) under the authority of the Minister of Budget);
  • the development, regulation and control of economy including industry, tourism, small business, competition, and consumer security, and other matters excluding energy, industrial security, environmental affairs and transportations which are under the authority of the Ministre d’Etat, Minister for Ecology and Sustainable Planning and Development;
  • employment policies and career education.

By her authority above the financial assets of the State, the financial and economic national system and the taxation rules, the Minister is allowed to represent France in the European Union council of the minister of the Economy and Finance (ECOFIN).

See: http://www.minefi.gouv.fr/directions_services/sircom/ministere/organigramme_minefe.htm

The current Minister for the Economy, Industry and Employment is Christine Lagarde.

Contents

The Minister for the Budget, Public Accounts, the Civil Service and State Reform

The Minister for the Budget, Public Accounts, the Civil Service and State Reform supervises:

  • the preparation of the finance law (budget) (with the help of his colleague Minister for the Economy, Industry and Employment in taxation ruling matters, he requires the Board for Tax Policy of the Direction générale des impôts), which is then submitted to Parliament for amendment and final approval;
  • the taxation system :
  • the accounting of the State and all public bodies (by the Direction générale de la comptablilité publique).

The French taxation system is supervised by three separate board:

The taxation information system are being modernised by the so-called Copernic tax project.


By delegation of the Prime Minister, he supervises also the Public Services (essentially statutes and salaries of the State, local and hospital Public Services) and the modernisation of the State (including computing means).

He is responsible with their colleagues for Health, Youth and Sport and for Labour, Labour Relations and Solidarity of the equilibrium of social accounts.

See: http://www.minefi.gouv.fr/directions_services/sircom/ministere/organigramme_mbcpfp.htm

The current Minister for the Budget, Public Accounts, the Civil Service and the Reform of the State is Eric Woerth.

Location

The Ministry of Finances is situated in Bercy, a district in Paris (in the 12th arrondissement). The building extends to the Seine River, where there is an embarcadero with fast river boats for faster liaisons to other government agencies.

That is why the French media often refer to it as simply "Bercy". The sentence the Bercy Fortress (la forteresse de Bercy) refers to the Ministry as a dark department with obtuse civil servants, especially of high rank. That is emphasized by the impressive look of the building.

For evident practical reasons, the two ministers share the building and some common services that were under the former ministry of Economy, Finances and Industry.

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