Overdose of standards: the text that could inspire the Pacte II law to make life easier for small business owners

Overdose of standards: the text that could inspire the Pacte II law to make life easier for small business owners

Entrepreneurs and farmers, the same fight! Like the latter, the former counters overflow of standards – administrative, regulatory, environmental – which hampers their daily life. And especially you small business owners and self-employed people who don’t have an army of lawyers to help you sort out these constant regulatory innovations.

The Minister of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire, is meeting with you, entrepreneurs, artisans, traders of Viry-Chatillon (Essonne) this Tuesday, January 23, to gather all your good ideas to prepare the Pacte II bill he promised you for early 2024following the Pact Act 2019.


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The bill is likely to be inspired by the bill (PPL) presented last month in the Senate by Olivier Rietmann (LR, Haute-Saône). This text follows on from the information report on “regulatory sobriety to strengthen business competitiveness” presented by the senator last June. Numbers are more valuable than long speeches, Olivier Rietmann recalls several of them. 653%: that’s it jump in the number of articles of the Environmental Act over the past 20 years.

The Commercial and Consumer Code increased by 364% and 311% in the same period. However, since no one should be ignorant of the law, you must keep in mind, managers of small or large businesses, 11,176 sections of the Labor Code, 7,008 of the Commercial Code and 6,898 of the Labor Code. …


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If learning and revising them leaves you with some time, by all means take it in your spare time and do some work! For Olivier Rietmann, this “abundance of standards, the multiplication of their resources and the rapid pace of their changes can represent a brake on the competitiveness of companies by slowing down their development, in France and internationally, and their ability to ‘innovate’.” Not to mention the cost to businesses of complying with these standards of all kinds, which the government itself estimates at €60 billion a year, or 3% of GDP (gross domestic product).

In order to achieve a “paradigm shift in regulatory action”, Olivier Rietmann is campaigning in his bill for the creation of a “Council for Monitoring and Evaluation of Simplification for Businesses”. An independent governing body it calls “Impact Entreprises”. It will be a light structure, composed of seven members with business experience: a High Commissioner for Simplification, subordinate to the President of the Republic, who will chair Impact Entreprises, appointed by the Council of Ministers; three business leaders (medium-sized, small and medium-sized enterprises and micro-enterprises); senator; deputy, member of the State Council.


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The government must involve Impact Entreprises in the development of standards. Impact Entreprises will be tasked with piloting “SME tests”, that is, analyzing the impact of standards on VSE, SME and ETI and presenting the results to the Council of Ministers. “France should take an example from some of its European partners, who are testing the standards that the state plans to adopt with panels of companies of various sizes. Through this exercise, it is the ratio of the costs they represent for companies to the expected benefit of the standard., explains Olivier Rietmann. Ideas to include in a future Pact 2 bill? “Notifications will be issued in March”Bruno Le Maire’s office reports to Capital. Olivier Rietmann’s draft law should be discussed by the Senate in exactly this time frame. Member of parliament “Wait if Bruno Le Maire (he) addresses the cooperation”. Especially since he sees Bercy’s and his approach as complementary, with the former primarily aiming to simplify the existing “stock” of standards and the latter trying to prevent the inflation of new standards.

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