The Codice (Conseil pour la Diffusion de la Culture Economique, Council for the Development of Economic Literacy in English) is an independent authority that was created in 2006 at the initiative of the Minister of Economic Affairs, Industry and Employment of France, in order to give answers to the democratic issue of economic literacy. Christine Lagarde, the current French Minister of Economy, extended the Codice’s mission in 2008. The Codice is in charge of formulating propositions on simple and concrete actions for economic literacy.
In order to fulfil its mission, the Codice has been created as an independent think-tank and gathers business, education, economics and media experts committed to this cause.
The “Comité des Sages“ (Strategic Committee), presided by Eric Le Boucher, editorial director of economic newspaper Enjeux-Les Echos sets guiding principles.
An Executive Committee of 12 members, headed by Nicolas Bordas, CEO of TBWA\France, conducts the action of the Codice.
Finally, the General Delegation, presided by Isabelle Knock-Méo, assists and monitors the implementation of the actions decided by the Executive Committee.
- The launching of a new youth-oriented website kezeco.fr that deals with economy
- The organization of Ateliers de l’Economie (literally Economy Workshops) in partnership with the AJEF (Association of Economic and Financial Journalists) and the Bercy staff. The main goal is to organize meetings between high-level experts and journalists on burning economic issues, while debates during those meetings are to be kept private.
- The backing of NGOs through seed capital that finances “best practice” in economic pedagogy.
- The promotion of the teaching of economy at school.