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The government of Jean Castex has many collaborators: fifteen members maximum for the cabinet of a minister, thirteen for a deputy minister. The number of councilors authorized for the new government is increasing, up to 50% compared to 2017, according to a decree published Sunday in the Official Journal. “A minister’s office cannot have more than fifteen members. The office of a deputy minister cannot include more than thirteen members. The cabinet of a secretary of state cannot include more than eight members ”, indicates this decree signed by the president of the Republic.

Thus, the members of the new government of Jean Castex will have more collaborators than the governments of Edouard Philippe. In 2017, Emmanuel Macron had taken drastic measures to limit the size of ministerial offices. The number of councilors could not exceed ten for a minister, eight for a deputy minister and five for a secretary of state. However, these staff had been increased slightly, in particular in October 2019 with the authorization for each cabinet of a “member responsible for monitoring the implementation of reforms”.

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The “Castex method”

To apply the “Castex method” of “dialogue” and “concertation”, government spokesman Gabriel Attal estimated on Saturday July 11 that it would be necessary “to have in the teams of ministers interlocutors able to respond and to exchange with all the actors who participate in the life of the country ”. “Perhaps it is something that has somewhat lacked previously to have people identified on these subjects,” he said.

The new government team currently has 16 ministers, 14 deputy ministers and a secretary of state, compared to 16 ministers, 3 deputy ministers and 17 secretaries of state previously. But new secretaries of state are to be appointed in the coming days. Average compensation in ministerial offices fell slightly in 2019 compared to 2018, going from 9,318 to 9,160 euros gross, a drop of 1.7%, had analyzed the former socialist deputy and specialist in lifestyle the René Dosière State.

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