On Wednesday 27 November, the High Authority welcomed a delegation of fifteen representatives from the Romanian National Integrity Agency (ANI) for a full-day training session on its missions and activities. This event was part of a series of three study visits, organised on 18 and 27 November 2019 and 15 January 2020, within the context of the LINC project
The ANI is an autonomous administrative authority whose missions of controlling declarations of assets and interests from public officials and promoting transparency are similar to the High Authority’s. Still, the number of public officials that fall under the competence of the ANI is far superior, with about 1.2 million individuals. The ANI, which is currently vice-president of the Network for integrity under the High Authority’s presidency, will take over the presidency in 2021.
Lisa Gamgani, Secretary General, and Marie Lintzer, international partnerships manager welcomed the delegation and presented the organisation of the High Authority. Throughout the day, agents from the High Authority were able to present their work in more details. Antoine Héry, Director of the public relations department and Anne Delecray, Deputy Head, presented the collection mechanisms for asset declarations and declarations of interests. They were followed by Bruno Plumaugat, Deputy Head of the control department, who touched on the High Authority’s control measures, and Aurélia de Tonnac, Legal Officer, who focused on the High Authority’s role in counselling public officials on ethical matters and preventing conflicts of interests. Members of the delegation raised several questions and were particularly interested in the technical aspects of the High Authority’s activities.
This visit marked the end of a busy month in terms of meetings with foreign delegations. The High Authority notably welcomed on 25 November a Moldavian delegation of anti-corruption prosecutors, agents from the National Anti-Corruption Center, and representatives from the Project on Controlling Corruption through Law Enforcement and Prevention (CLEP), a joint programme between the European Union and the Council of Europe. The previous week, a delegation from the Romanian Ministry of Justice had attended a presentation of the High Authority’s missions, preceded by a welcome speech from President Jean-Louis Nadal.