Ministry of Public Action and Accounts

The Ministry of Public Action and Accounts (French: Ministère de l'Action et des Comptes publics) is a ministry of the Government of France. It was created by President Nicolas Sarkozy in 2007, when he split the Ministry of Finance and the Economy into the Ministry of Budget, Public Accounts and Civil Administration and the Ministry of the Economy, Industry and Employment. Éric Woerth became the first Budget Minister to have a dedicated ministry since Sarkozy himself in 1995.

Minister of Action and Public Accounts
Ministre de l'Action et des Comptes publics
Gérald Darmanin

since 17 May 2017
StyleMister the Minister
Member ofCouncil of Ministers
Reports toPresident of the Republic
and to Parliament
SeatParis, France
AppointerPresident of the Republic
Term lengthNo fixed term
Remains in office while commanding the confidence of the National Assembly and the President of the Republic
Constituting instrumentConstitution of 4 October 1958
PrecursorThe title of "Minister of Finance" has existed since 1518 in the Ancien Régime
Formation23 July 1958
First holderAntoine Pinay
Salary€9,940 per month


Woerth was entrusted with several missions and reforms to be led. The main reforms were to modify the statute of civil servants, to reduce the number of civil servants, to merge the taxation direction and the public compatability services, to lead a general review of public policies, to reduce the budget deficit, to elaborate a new legislation on online bets.

Budget Minister Jérôme Cahuzac was reattached to the Ministry of the Economy and Finance in 2012; the ministry took its current name and was reestablished again in 2017. It is housed at Bercy, sharing the Economy and Finance Ministry's building on the Seine.


The Minister of Public Action and Accounts supervises:

  • the preparation of the finance law (budget) with the help of his colleague the Minister of the Economy and Finance in taxation ruling matters, he requires the Board for Tax Policy of the Direction générale des Finances Publiques), which is then submitted to Parliament for amendment and final approval;
  • the taxation system;
  • the accounting of the State and all public bodies (by the Direction générale des Finances Publiques).[1]

The French taxation system is supervised by two separate board:

The taxation information system are being modernised by the so-called Copernic tax project.

By delegation of the Prime Minister, he supervises also the Public Services (essentially statutes and salaries of the State, local and hospital Public Services) and the modernisation of the State (including computing means).

He is responsible with their colleagues for Health, Youth and Sport and for Labour, Labour Relations and Solidarity of the equilibrium of social accounts.[2]

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