Taking some of the frustration out of France
Among the most expected measures, the life of a carte d’identité (ID card) will be extended from 10 years to 15 years, saving money and many hours at town halls in the process.
The restaurant tickets system, whereby certain companies give their employees around eight euros a day to spend on lunch, will also be simplified. Before the end of the year, a rechargeable card will replace the paper system to make paying for food more convenient. Around 3.5 million French workers use the restaurant tickets system.
Checking how many points a motorist has lost on their driving license will also become a little less time–consuming since the data will be posted online for drivers to consult.
Businesses are also set to benefit from the government’s plan, with obligations for trading firms to register with French tax authorities to be removed. Those companies will only have to register with their chamber of commerce, cutting paperwork and costs by half.
Several administrative procedures for businesses will be achieved online, such as payment of the VAT, which represents five million bills sent to the State every year.
Prime Minister Jean–Marc Ayrault said the measures will save the country around three billion euros in 2014 by speeding up and simplifying the interactions between the French State and businesses, as well as those who live in the country.
Source/Credit: Mado Bayon for The Riviera Times Online