Fight against corruption – Ministry of European and Foreign Affairs

The French interministerial delegation will be headed by the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of the Interior, the French Anti-Corruption Agency, the French Anti-Corruption Office, Ambassador Jean-Claude Brunet responsible for transnational criminal threats. transparency of public life and the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office. This will underline France’s commitment to preventing and fighting corruption at the national and international level, as well as promoting integrity at the national level.

Members of this delegation will recall France’s important progress in the fight against corruption, such as the recent provisions on the protection of whistleblowers (law of 21 March 2022). In general, the so-called “Sapin 2” law significantly strengthened the French anti-corruption model.

The fight against corruption is the basis of French foreign policy. This unwavering commitment was reaffirmed in July 2021 with the launch of the anti-corruption strategy in France’s cooperation action (2021-2030). This document is structured around 3 priorities.

  • Promotion of the rule of law is preferred In addition to affecting the legitimacy of institutions and the state, corruption undermines the effectiveness of public policy and citizens’ confidence in their government. France sees the fight against corruption as a means of strengthening citizens’ confidence.
  • Fighting corruption as a lever for development for our partners. Indeed, corruption has a negative impact on economic development by diverting wealth, expropriating natural resources or discouraging investors.
  • Multilateral and partnership dialogue. France involves all stakeholders: governments, local authorities, civil society, universities, business. France also reaffirms its willingness to involve civil society in its fight against corruption.

    The French Development Agency finances large-scale projects, Expertise France develops and implements international technical cooperation projects, and other government agencies, such as the French Anti-Corruption Agency, provide more specific assistance.

The 20th edition of the IACC will be an opportunity to showcase France’s commitment and achievements in leading multilateral initiatives, project financing or international technical cooperation.

France contributes heavily to multilateral initiatives and finances various instruments designed to help countries fight corruption.

The Methodology for the Assessment of Procurement Systems (MAPS), hosted by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), is a key support for more effective reforms towards fairer and more transparent public procurement systems.

The World Bank-hosted Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA) Program contributes to improving monitoring, transparency and accountability of public finances.

The Mining Transparency Initiative (MITI) aims to strengthen governance and accountability of public and private entities in the extractive sector.

The Accelerated Peer Support Partnership Program (PAP-APP) aims to support SAIs in challenging contexts.

Anti-corruption projects are implemented in partner states

Launched in 2022, the regional platform for accelerating the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption in West Africa and the Sahel region promotes South-South cooperation in the fight against corruption.

Expertise France is implementing a project to help Senegal and the Republic of Congo implement the standards developed by the Mining Transparency Initiative (MTI). Expertise France also provides technical assistance to the Lebanese National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC).

French experts have been sent to partner countries and international organizations

French experts recruited and funded by Expertise France are deployed to partner countries, such as the office of the President of Moldova, with a mission dedicated to the recovery of stolen assets. Others are seconded to international organizations such as the World Bank-based PEFA Program Secretariat.

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