One of the main objectives of the Laws of 11 October 2013 was to foster transparency in public life through the publication of declarations on the website in a reusable way.
Initially, the declarations received by the High Authority were in a paper format, which implied to scan and anonymize them, before their publication on the website of the High Authority.
On 15 October 2016, online disclosure became mandatory and all declarations are now filed online, which made it possible to publish their content in an open data format starting in 2017. It was one of the priorities of 2017 with the conception and implementation of a lobbying register, which was launched on 3 July 2017. The list of published statements is available on the High Authority website but also on the platform data.gouv.fr. They are published under open license. This allows, a great liberty of reuse of information, the commercial adaption and exploitation of data and to promote the quality of sources. The only constraint is the mention of sources.
Such openness to citizens and civil society was recognized in the laws of 11 October 2013, under the form of an approval for referral to anticorruption civil society organizations. Anti-corruption organizations contribute to promote public probity. In this respect, the laws of 11 October 2013 on transparency in public life have granted them with the possibility to refer to the High Authority for transparency of public life when they have knowledge of a situation or facts likely to constitute a breach to the various obligations set out in the law. They can submit cases of conflict of interest, non-compliance with declarative obligations or « revolving doors » practices to the High Authority.
Two such associations are currently accredited by the High Authority.
Transparency International France is the French chapter of Transparency International, a transnational civil society organization that is committed to promoting transparency and integrity in public and economic life. Created in 1995 and chaired by Patrick Lefas since 2020 the association seeks to raise awareness amongst policy makers and civil society on integrity and transparency issues, and campaigns for the strengthening of the legal and institutional anti-corruption framework.
Date of Issue of approval: June 5, 2014 (renewed in 2017)
Anticor was created in 2002 with the aim to fight against corruption and to uphold ethical conduct amongst politicians. Its ambition is to restore citizen’s confidence in those who represent them and act on their behalf, whether be they political or administrative representatives.
Date of Issue of approval: January 27, 2016 (renewed in 2019 for three years)