|Economic and Social Support Behind the Restructuration (22) |
Economic and Social Support Behind the Restructuration (22)
A New Professional Army for France (Part 22). Source: French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Defense.
The major developments to take place in our Defence, both on military and industrial levels, require specific, economic and social support.
Economic support aims at reducing, or even compensating the economic unbalances caused by the restructuration of areas employment by:
- regrading assistance, the creation and the development of small and medium-sized companies,
- actions taken in favour of sub-contractors,
- site reconversion.
Measures are being drawn up in order to afford concrete answers to the difficulties that companies and territorial authorities are bound to encounter. These measures will be implemented within the framework of conventions drawn up between the State and the regions concerned and extended by specific protocols for each area of employment. Local companies, authorities, consular organisations and conversion companies will also be called on to participate.
Community, national, regional, public and private finances will be put to contribution in the framework of these contractual dispositions.
Social support aims at favouring the changes in both company and Ministry of Defence staff numbers and encouraging geographical or professional mobility.
With regard to company staff, special dispositions should attenuate the consequences of staff cut-backs (reduction and flexibility of working hours, regrading assistance, training... ).
Within the Ministry of Defence, the efforts asked of the staff will be accompanied by incentives or indemnifications similar to those offered in the "training-mobility" plan implemented when restructuration was carried out in 1993.
The economic and social support measures proposed by the Government will be rendered public before tabling the military programming bill which is scheduled for mid-May.
French Embassies in London and Washington. For more information, go to French National Defense.