The High Authority works with international organisations to promote integrity in the public sector.
International Organisations and networks
Several international organisations act in the field of the fight against corruption, and more broadly speaking, for the promotion of integrity of public officials, both at the regional and global level.
The High Authority is part of the Working Party of Senior Public Integrity Officials of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The working party contributed to the revision of the Recommendation on public integrity in 2017 and has been working on the development of public integrity indicators to support Member States in the implementation of the recommendation. The High Authority is regularly invited to share the French model regarding conflicts of interest in the public sector and lobbying transparency.
As part of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the High Authority is part of the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Prevention of Corruption. The working group is responsible for advising and assisting the Conference of the State Parties in regard to preventive measures under chapter II of the UN Convention against Corruption.
The High Authority also takes part in discussions of the G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group, which is responsible for updating and implementing the G20 anti-corruption action plan and reports to G20 leaders. The High Authority contributed to the G20 High-Level Principles for preventing and managing conflict of interest in the public sector and its complementary good practices guide.
At the European level, the Council of Europe set up a Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) in 1999, tasked with the monitoring of States’ compliance with the organisation’s anti-corruption standards. In 2017, it launched its fifth evaluation round about preventing corruption and promoting integrity in central governments (top executive functions) and law enforcement agencies. The main topics covered include interest and asset disclosure systems, prevention of conflicts of interest, monitoring of revolving doors and regulation of lobbying. The High Authority was involved in the evaluation of France. It regularly takes part in GRECO’s plenary sessions and conferences and now works on the implementation of the GRECO’s recommendations.
Since 2017, the High Authority is a member of the European Partners Against Corruption (EPAC) Network, which aim is to exchange good practices between practionners engaged in the fight against corruption. The High Authority takes part in the network’s annual conferences and is regularly invited to share its missions and expertise.
The High Authority is also a member of the European Lobbying Registrars’ Network, which provides a forum for regulators to exchange experience and share best practices in the field of lobbying regulation. It hosted the network’s annual conference in 2019 and will take over the presidency in 2021. As part of its mission to share good practices, the High Authority published a comparative study of lobbying regulation mechanisms around the world.
Additionnally, the High Authority is a founding member of the Francophone Network for Parliamentary Ethics and Deontology (RFEDP), which was created in 2019 and aims to encourage implementation of integrity standards in parliaments.
Along with its involvement in various international organisations and networks, the High Authority is regularly invited by civil society organisations such as Transparency International to discuss its missions.
European Union Projects
The High Authority takes part in the Technical Assistance and Information Exchange (TAIEX) projects of the European Commission, designed to provide short-term expertise on a specific topic. It contributed to training sessions in Tunisia, following the modification of the Tunisian legal framework governing the prevention of conflicts of interests.
The High Authority also regularly shares perspectives with the European Union institutions. It is often consulted on its mechanisms to prevent conflicts of interests in the public sphere, especially in the context of the negotiations of a European independent ethics body.