How Bercy is reorganizing itself to help businesses

While Bruno Le Maire has just decided on the roadmap for the “productive pact”, the General Directorate for Enterprises within the Ministry of the Economy is in the process of completing its transformation, by cutting 20% ​​of its activity. It is now organized in project mode, with increased use of contract workers and merit pay. A device called to set an example.

The DGE has slashed its decentralized network, with 70% of the positions of its workforce deleted.

Politically, the “productive pact” for 2025 – of which Bruno Le Maire unveiled the roadmap on Tuesday – must breathe new life into the government’s supply policy, much less visible since the “yellow vests” crisis. But it is also a technical issue for the Ministry of the Economy and Finance and symbolic of the reorganization underway at Bercy. The General Directorate of Enterprises (DGE) is thus the first State administration to have adopted an organization in “project mode” – breaking with the ancestral architecture by offices – and it is this new functioning that will be applied for monitoring. of the Productive Pact.

“This mode of operation is essential to have results. What made things easier for us is that our agents are in contact with companies which have all adopted this mode of organization ”, explains Thomas Courbe, its managing director.

150 projects launched

To achieve these changes, the DGE has thoroughly reviewed its missions. The decentralized network has undergone a severe slimming treatment for a year, with the elimination of 70% of the workforce (around 300 fewer jobs). Clear place was made to the regions, with which Bercy often doubled. “At the central administration level, we have refocused to have better responsiveness”, emphasizes Thomas Courbe. About 20% of the tasks were stopped, with 100 jobs being eliminated. But 70 others have already been created to strengthen the now privileged missions: business services, economic strategy and support for economic transformations.

The “productive pact” falls into this last category, just like the site of the ecological transformation of industry or that of the creation of a battery sector. Preparing for Brexit – especially for SMEs – refers to business services. Finally, on the strategy side, we can cite that on artificial intelligence or blockchain. “In all, we have 150 projects which are all projects for which each team is assigned results indicators and a precise schedule”, adds Thomas Courbe.

Merit pay

This mode of operation makes it necessary to review the human resources policy, even if it means offending the unions. “The latter are not spontaneously in favor of this reform”, recognizes in a euphemism Thomas Courbe, who assumes “To still have to demonstrate that things will work better this way”.

In terms of novelty, the DGE wants to develop merit-based pay much more strongly, in order to reward good results. Recourse to contractors will also be stronger if necessary – this is particularly the case for the regulation of Internet platforms, for which specialists in algorithms are needed. “This should allow us to acquire technical skills and also have experience in the private sector”, advances the director.

Good student

With this new organization, the DGE has everything a good government student, while a recent circular from Edouard Philippe wants to generalize this “project mode” within the framework of the reform of the State. Emissaries from the Ecological Transition, Culture and Health administrations have also recently come to study the changes underway.