France joined the Open Government Partnership in 2014. This accession is a sign of our commitment to greater transparency in public activities. It also demonstrates our determination to better involve citizens in the decision-making process.
The High Authority for Transparency in Public Life was created in 2013 to check the declarations of assets and interests of the most senior public figures. The aim was to ensure that everyone could know what those who decide in our name own. Their declarations of assets and interests are thus submitted to the High Authority for Transparency in Public Life (HATVP). This High Authority, instigated by the President of the French Republic, collects 10,000 of these declarations and publishes those of Ministers and Members of Parliament.
The “Sapin II” bill creates a new anti-corruption agency and protects whistle-blowers who report conflicts of interest that are damaging to the public interest (such as the Mediator scandal and the serious malpractice within the major banks and consultancies).
This bill should bring France in line with the highest international standards in the area of transparency and fighting corruption.
Citizen consultation on decisions
Many initiatives have been launched to enable citizens to take part in drafting bills. In this respect, the Digital Republic bill was a success in terms of participation, as was the bill on Equality and Citizenship.
Similarly, many public authorities – the first being Paris – have set up participatory budgets or at the very least consultations to help citizens state their priorities, or even to identify in the budget a number of expenses decided upon by the citizens themselves. The City of Paris has done this, as have regions, and local governments have begun the process.
Public data must help create businesses, enhance services and create new ones to fight pollution, improve transport, help the most vulnerable people, and promote local solidarity.
Updated: december 2016