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February 2011

 File n°69 

The Structure of the Departments
of the National Assembly

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Key Points

    The departments of the National Assembly are divided into legislative departments, administrative departments and joint departments.

See also files 70 to 81

 

    The departments of the National Assembly are divided into legislative departments, administrative departments and joint departments.

    - The Secretary General of the Assembly and the Presidency, aided by a Director General of Legislative Departments, is accountable before the President of the National Assembly for the correct operation of the twelve legislative departments which are:

    - General Secretariat of the Presidency;

    - Table Office;

    - Legal Affairs;

    - Cultural and Social Questions;

    - Economy and Scientific Assessment;

    - Public Finance;

    - European Affairs;

    - International and Defence Affairs;

    - Communication and Multimedia Information;

    - Library and Archives;

    - Verbatim Report for the Sittings;

    - Verbatim Report for the Standing Committees;

    - There is, in addition, a unit for the Permanent Representation of the National Assembly to the European Union. It is placed, along with the European Affairs Department and the International and Defence Affairs Department, under the authority of the Director General of legislative departments.

    The Secretary General of the Questure, aided by a Director General of Administrative Departments, is responsible to the Questeurs for the correct running of the five administrative departments which are:

    - Parliamentary logistics;

    - Budget, Financial control and Procurement;

    - General administration and security;

    - Financial and social management;

    - Buildings and Heritage.

    - There are, in addition, three units which are placed under the direct authority of the Director General of Administrative Departments: reception, safety and security; procurement; the General Secretariat of the Questure.

    - The joint departments are placed under the joint authority of the secretaries general. They cover the Information Systems Department and the Human Resources Department. The Protocol and Management Unit answers directly to the Director General of legislative departments.

    - In November 2010, the Personnel Department was transformed into a Human Resources Department made up of three units (Planning management and training; Administration and labour relations; Recruitment and working conditions). Previously an administrative department, it is now a joint department placed under the authority of both secretaries general.