The ENA will be removed and replaced by the Public Service Institute, announces Emmanuel Macron

The ENA will be removed and replaced by the Public Service Institute, announces Emmanuel Macron
The ENA will be removed and replaced by the Public Service Institute, announces Emmanuel Macron

The President of the Republic presented, Thursday afternoon, his reform of the senior civil service, which includes the abolition of theEnational administration school, replaced by a new establishment.

Emmanuel Macron announced, Thursday, April 8, the deletion of theENational School of Administration (ENA), which has been training senior officials since 1945, and its replacement by a new establishment called the Public Service Institute (ISP), as he had mentioned in 2019.

This announcement is part of the reform of the senior civil service, which must be adopted by ordinance before June 7, and the broad outlines of which were presented by the head of theEtat during a videoconference in front of several hundred senior officials.

The replacement of the ENA, effective from 2022, aims to modify the initial and continuing training of senior civil servants and to open the upper civil service to more varied profiles. The students of the Public Service Institute, which will still be based in Strasbourg, will now follow a common core of learning with thirteen other major civil servant schools (Ecole nationale de la magistrature, ESchool of Advanced Studies in Public Health, National School of Police, etc.).

The exit of the course will also be changed in depth. Until now, ENA graduates either joined the major state bodies (Conseil d ‘EState, Court of Auditors, General Inspectorate of Finance), or the body of civil administrators. The graduates of the Institute of the public service will integrate in priority the decentralized administration during several years and will be assigned to a single body, that of the “administrators of the State”.

Finally, the school leaving classification will continue to exist, but its importance will be limited and will only determine the first assignments. Emmanuel Macron, himself from the 2002-2004 ENA promotion, thus wishes to put an end to “life annuities” – the fact of obtaining the most prestigious careers simply by having left the top of the ranking – instead favoring the course and skills.

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