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Maryvonne Le Brignonen, a finance specialist at the head of the new ENA

At 1er next January, the ENA will have lived. Accused of many evils, symbolizing, sometimes wrongly, a State insufficiently connected to the realities on the ground, the National School of Administration will give way to the National Institute of Public Service (INSP). With at its head, for four years, Maryvonne Le Brignonen, chosen among the last three candidates in the running, it was announced this Wednesday 1er December in the Council of Ministers.

Straight from Bercy

For the second time in its history, the establishment will therefore be run by a woman. The 46-year-old woman comes straight from Bercy, where she was in command of Tracfin, the financial intelligence unit.

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The Minister of the Public Service, Amélie de Montchalin, sees in her “A woman of experience and an example of republican meritocracy”. And to add: “Within the General Directorate of Public Finances, she has demonstrated her ability to successfully carry out a large-scale transformation and simplification project well known to the French, the withholding of income tax. “

A graduate of the Toulouse Business School, Maryvonne Le Brignonen went through the private sector, before joining ENA in 2007.

A core curriculum for senior civil service schools

The future director’s mission is to reform the establishment, which according to the report of the Council of Ministers, will have to “To provide senior government officials with training of excellence recognized on a European and international level, more in tune with the challenges of the 21st centurye century and the realities of French society ”.

INSP “Will pilot and coordinate” a common core of the schools forming the senior executives of the three public functions (State, territorial function, hospital function) and of the judiciary.

It will also have to constitute, insists the government, “An application school more open to the academic and research world, in France and internationally”. To these ends, it will forge partnerships with universities of international dimension and will see its governance extended to academics and researchers.

No removal of the output ranking

The strengthening of the preparatory course for competitive examinations for candidates from modest backgrounds was also announced during the formalization, last April, of the school reform. Likewise, the executive wanted to make direct access to large corps at the end of school impossible, in particular to prevent the final classification from freezing the hierarchies and that brilliant graduates do not spend their entire career without occupying post as close as possible to citizens.

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In a report submitted to the government at the end of November, the director general of Pôle emploi, for his part, issued a series of recommendations to make the future school more efficient. Jean Bassères recommends in particular diversifying recruitment by creating a fourth competition reserved for scholarship holders and strengthening the continuing education offer.

The rapporteur also suggests deleting the exit classification. Track which, according to the government, is part of the proposals “Not fully completed”.


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