On December 20, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian met for the second time with regional presidents to discuss foreign trade reform. Minister of State Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne also attended the meeting.
At the request of the ministers for Europe and foreign affairs, economy and finance, and territorial cohesion, Christophe Lecourtier, the new director of Business France, was tasked with establishing the main pathways of reform, with a view to bolstering the mechanism for supporting companies engaging in exports so that France can catch up with its European partners in terms of the number of exporting companies, especially SMEs.
The regions, which have stepped-up authority in this matter since the law of August 7, 2015, on new territorial organization, are playing a central role in reforming mechanisms to support exporters.
Today Mr. Le Drian will present the regional presidents with the conclusions of the Lecourtier Report. He will launch a consulting process to implement the report’s recommendations, particularly those relating to boosting collaboration among all actors nationwide, especially chambers of commerce and Business France. The latter could offer a menu of integrated services and a digital platform for the regions, thus providing one-stop shopping for businesses.
On this occasion, European affairs minister Nathalie Loiseau will present the challenges posed by the United Kingdom’s exit from the EU, in the aftermath of the European Council of December 15.