On February 11, 2021, the High Authority organized the third plenary session of the Network for Integrity. Created in 2016, the Network gathers 14 institutions from around the world sharing common values and committed to promoting public integrity.
The President of the High Authority, Didier Migaud, handed over the presidency of the Network to the Romanian National Integrity Agency (ANI), which until then held its vice-presidency. Mexico’s National Institute for Transparency, Access to Information and Private Data Protection (INAI) will now serve as vice-president alongside ANI. Beyond this handover, the meeting was an opportunity to review the actions under the mandate of the High Authority and the impact of Covid-19 on the activities of members and their country.
In October 2020, the Network published a report on digital tools to promote transparency in public life. This publication showed that the digitization of public officials’ asset and interest declarations, and the use of electronic tools to monitor compliance have increased the capacity of institutions to detect risks of breach of probity. This effort contributes to the exchange of information and good practices between Network members.
The participants also discussed the implications of the sanitary crisis on their activities. France, Georgia, Ivory Coast, Mexico, Moldova, Romania and Senegal shared the challenges they encounter during this time and the importance of monitoring controls.
Members also voted for membership of the Moldovan National Integrity Agency, which had applied to join the Network. The High Authority, which had recently hosted the President of the Moldovan Republic, Ms. Maia Sandu, welcomes this membership.
Finally, ANI presented its action plan for the years 2021-2022. The High Authority is committed to continuing its action within the Network in order to help promote an international culture of public integrity.