France

Background

The French Government took part in the creation of the Contracting 5 as one of its 5 founding members during the Open Government Partnership’s Paris World Summit in December 2016.

France has remained a member since and took over the presidency of the Contracting 5 in 2018. It also is a member of the Steering Committee of the OGP since 2015 and the co-president of the Thematic Leadership’s Subcommittee, linked to the Steering committee. France also headed the OGP as a co-president for one term between 2016 and 2017.

Achievements and activities

Following the adoption of the Digital Republic law in 2016, France laid the foundations for opening up public data, especially regarding the “open by default” principle stated within the Law. The 2016 public procurement reform also represents the main juridical contribution to the French open contracting policy, as the Law and implementation decrees provides for open data of “essential data” of all public procurements at all levels of the French administration (national and subnational). The implementation of this new legal framework was a catalyst for French participation in open contracting and its international community.

France holds the Contracting 5 presidency for 2018. Its annual agenda includes opening its national public procurement data with a focus on the 2024 Olympic Games, the organization of a high-level panel during OGP Summit in Tbilisi in July 2018, and a side event on public procurement transparency during the World Peace Forum held in Paris in November 2018. During 2018’s French presidency, the main objectives on which the French government is working with every C5 members include enlarging the partnership to new member states, redefining accession rules and common goals, as well as developing a website to raise awareness of the C5 and its work.

Philosophy

Engaged in promoting the transparency of public administrations and of public spending, France believes that the publication of public procurement data, within the Open Contracting Data Standard, is a concrete step towards transparency. According to the French Government, public procurement transparency helps to tackle corruption by enhancing the level of public integrity. It also contributes to the creation of common digital goods, accessible for all. France committed to “improve transparency of public procurement” within its National Action Plan 2018-2022. The ministries of Economics and Finance, as well as the Ministry of State of Digital Affairs, are in charge of fulfilling this task.