During a speech delivered on the occasion of the state managerial convention, the President of the Republic presented the main lines of a reform of the training of state executives. With the abolition of the ENA, it is a question of diversifying the profiles entering the senior civil service.
In addition to the opening of management positions to contract workers already provided for by the law on the transformation of the civil service , the Head of State wishes to diversify the profiles of civil service executives.
Elimination of the ENA and creation of the ISP
The reform involves the abolition of the National School of Administration (ENA) and the creation of the Public Service Institute (ISP). The ISP must offer a common core to the 13 current public service schools, including engineering students from École Polytechnique. The Thiriez report proposed a common core for seven public service schools. The ISP must become the training institute for all state administrators. It will also integrate the current continuing training structures.
In his speech, the President of the Republic wanted the institute to be open to the academic world and to build strong partnerships with universities. It will deliver diplomas recognized at European and international level.
The selection criteria for entering the institute will be more open in order to ensure a more socially diverse recruitment.
A new course to access the major bodies of the State
The Thiriez mission was in favor of removing the “boot” which allows the best in the exit classification to choose the major bodies (Council of State, Court of Auditors, General Inspectorate of Finance). In his speech, the President of the Republic regrets “the determinism of the classification of exit” which “seals fates at 25 years”.
To correct this “determinism”, the students will first of all be assigned to operational, prefectural functions, to decentralized administrations (currently only 10% of students leaving the ENA are assigned to decentralized services), or to reforms. Government priorities.
To integrate the great bodies of the State, it will be necessary to have distinguished oneself by concrete results, that is to say after several years of experience as a State administrator and after a meritocratic selection process.
The Prime Minister is due to present the details of this reform in the coming days.