''The pace of reform has been blistering and that is likely to continue over the coming year or so with reforms to local government, public administration .. some quite politically sensitive areas'', Nicholl says.
He adds: ''The new environment minister has some key challenges on his hands with regards to energy policy and reforms to the mining sector''.
Schumann says: ''We're seeing this in practice, these reforms coming into place''.
''Certainly the changes to the labour code are very beneficial .. the environment and mining code needs to be reformed … we'd like to see some more rapid decision-making in these areas''.
''We've been very, very welcome by the politicians in France and particularly by the local people where we are developing this project''.