Better Regulation in Europe: France 2010

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This report maps and analyses the core issues which together make up effective regulatory management for France, laying down a framework of what should be driving regulatory policy and reform in the future. Issues examined include: strategy and policies for improving regulatory management; institutional capacities for effective regulation and the broader policy making context; transparency and processes for effective public consultation and communication; processes for the development of new regulations, including impact assessment and for the management of the regulatory stock, including administrative burdens; compliance rates, enforcement policy and appeal processes; and the multilevel dimension: interface between different levels of government and interface between national processes and those of the EU. This book is part of a project examining better regulation, being carried out in partnership with the European Commission.

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Annex A

Powers transferred to the territorial communities

Article 34 of the Constitution stipulates that “law shall determine the fundamental principles of… the free administration of territorial communities, the extent of their jurisdiction and their resources”. Article 72, as drafted on the basis of the constitutional law of 28 March 2003, states that “…territorial communities may take decisions in all matters arising under powers that can best be exercised at their level. In the conditions provided for by law, these communities shall be self-governing through elected councils and shall have power to make regulations for matters coming within their jurisdiction.” The same article confirms that no territorial community may exercise authority over another. However, where the exercising of a power requires the combined action of several territorial communities, one of those communities or one of their associations may be authorised by statute to organise such combined action.

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