In 2022, many events, although unrelated, have significantly altered public policy perspectives:
- The extreme climatic events of the past summer have drastically accelerated the awareness of the need to fight global warming. The urgency of an ecological planning had already imposed itself with force and been concretized by the announcement in May 2022 of the creation of a General Secretariat for Ecological Planning (SGPE), placed under the Prime Minister’s authority;
- The Russian war of aggression against Ukraine, which began on February 24th, has upset the European geostrategic situation and led to a rapid acceleration in inflation, with a sharp rise in energy prices (petrol, fuel oil, gas, and electricity);
- At the same time, a decline in nuclear power generation has made our fellow citizens realise the magnitude of the challenges of the energy transition: while waiting for the accelerated development of new sources of electricity to show results, the imperative of sobriety has taken hold and will be a top priority for a long period of time;
- In the face of inflation and soaring prices for the main energy sources, the protection of household purchasing powers or the conditions of activity of many economic sectors has led the State to put in place very large-scale measures.
This context confronts public authorities with challenges that must be met simultaneously: achieving the necessary acceleration of the ecological transition, implementing it under conditions that are recognised as fair and legitimate, and maintaining sufficient growth to improve the employment situation and preserve a social protection system providing our fellow citizens with a high level of guarantees on a long-term basis.
The work carried out by France Stratégie in 2022 is fully in line with this perspective. The report Sustainability! Orchestrating and planning public action emphasised the need for ecological transition policies to be consistent with the imperative of social justice, and the need to adopt an organisation of government work capable of ensuring this consistency. The report Jobs in 2030 helped anticipate potential future labour market imbalances in certain occupations in order to prevent them from occurring. In addition, the multiple evaluation studies carried out must contribute to increasing the confidence of our citizens in the conduct of public affairs.
France Stratégie is entering 2023 by stepping up its investment in three key directions: a successful ecological planning; enabling the development of a productive economy moving towards full employment; and leading a renewed public action towards a fairer society. A few key projects illustrate these goals, among many others. First, the secretariat of the mission entrusted by the Prime Minister to Jean Pisani-Ferry on the macroeconomic analysis of climate transition policies, intended to help inform the French Climate and Energy Strategy. In addition, the project on policies contributing to full employment by facilitating the development of businesses, supporting professional transitions, promoting quality jobs, or identifying the obstacles to increasing the employment rate of senior citizens. Finally, France Stratégie is pursuing a project on the analysis of the key causes of the formation of inequalities of opportunities, in order to enable public authorities to better orient their policies.