On 27 and 28 March 2018, the Organization for economic cooperation and development (OECD) organized its 6th Global Anti-Corruption & Integrity Forum. Each year, it gathers hundreds of representatives of governments, international and civil society organizations to discuss reforms and best practices in the fields of integrity and fight against corruption. On the theme “Integrity Planet: Building a fairer society”, this was an occasion to evoke the strengthening of integrity norms and how it may foster the creation of a level playing field for enterprises, the reduction of inequalities and a fairer distribution of the globalization benefits. On this occasion, the High Authority for transparency in public life was invited to contribute to the discussions in two sessions organized by the OECD.
On 27 March, Ms. Cuerq, Head of the Communication and public affairs division at the High Authority, participated in a panel “Open Government & Open data for integrity”. She notably presented the strategy and actions of the institution in publishing and opening data contained in the interest and asset declarations that are made public on its website.
On 28 March, in a session called “Exploring a way forward for integrity leadership in the private sector”, Mr. Ginocchi, Head of the Legal and Studies division, was invited to present the new French scheme in the field of regulation of lobbying and the implementation of this new mission by the High Authority.
Back-to-back with the Forum, in the framework of the Integrity week, the High Authority participated in the first workshop organized by the Network for Integrity. Its President, Jean-Louis Nadal, in the opening speech, recalled the importance of international cooperation on these matters and of exchange on best practices, tools and procedures in order to better control and strengthen integrity in the public sector.
Organized with the support and the participation of experts from the OECD and Council of Europe experts, this workshop allowed to present and discuss digital tools to promote and control public integrity. The presentations on online declaration tools pointed at the fact that these instruments allowed to collect better quality data and to ensure better compliance to declarative obligations for all institutions that implemented them.
Last, also in the framework of the OECD integrity week, the Chair of “Business law and ethics” of the University of Cergy-Pontoise organized a roundtable on the collaborative approach in the field of the fight against corruption. This event gathered several actors: the National financial prosecutor, Ms. Houlette, the director of the French anticorruption authority (AFA) Mr. Duchaine, and the President of the High Authority for transparency in public life, Mr. Nadal.
Each of them agreed on the importance cooperation between institutions which prerogatives are complementary to manage an effective anticorruption policy including prevention, monitoring, prosecution and sanctions, both for entities and individuals.