[A2k] Open Government in France: an Empty Promise?
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OPEN GOVERNMENT IN FRANCE: AN EMPTY PROMISE?
Paris, 9 December 2016 -- AS FRANCE IS HOSTING THE OPEN GOVERNMENT
PARTNERSHIP GLOBAL SUMMIT, A NUMBER OF CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS POINT
OUT THE INCONSISTENCIES OF THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT. SOME HAVE DECIDED NOT TO
The report on "open government" in France is co-signed by the following
Civil Society Organizations (CSO): ANTICOR, April, BLOOM, DemocracyOS
France, Fais ta loi, Framasoft, La Quadrature du Net, Ligue des Droits de
l'Homme, Regards Citoyens, République citoyenne, SavoirsCom1.
WHILE SHOWCASING A "DIALOGUE WITH CIVIL SOCIETY", FRANCE IS FAR FROM BEING
AN EXEMPLARY DEMOCRACY
Open government is a new way to collaborate between public actors and civil
society, to find mutual answers to the important challenges democracies are
facing: human rights, preservation of the environment, fighting corruption,
universal access to knowledge, etc.
To this end, seventy countries joined the Open Government Partnership
(OGP). Each state is required to co-create and implement a "National Action
Plan" together with civil society.
France joined the Open Government Partnership in April 2014, and published
its first National Action Plan in July 2015.Since October 2016 the French
government co-chairs the OGP with WRI (World Resource Institute), a
US-based civil society organization. As such, France will host the OGP
Global Summit, in Paris, from December 7th to December 9th, 2016, announced
as the "COP 21 for democracy".
As the "Country of Human Rights", co-chair and host of the OGP Global
Summit, France should be exemplary regarding open government.
Unfortunately, actions do not match the promises, including in the three
areas identified as "core priorities" by the French government itself (1.
climate change and sustainable development ; 2. transparency, integrity and
anti-corruption ; 3. building digital commons), despite the Government's
self-satisfaction.Worse, some decisions, incompatible with democratic
progress as promoted by the Open Government Partnership, are leading France
on a dangerous path.
The Civil Society Organizations who co-sign this statement, publish their
critical analysis of Open Government in France and ask the French
Government and Representatives to reevaluate some choices that are widely
inconsistent with general interest and OGP's principles, and to finally
bring coherence between speeches and actions.
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* ANTICOR  is a non-profit organisation founded in 2002 by Eric Halpen
and Severine Tessier to fight corruption and bring ethics back into
* April  is the main French advocacy association devoted to promoting
and protecting Free/Libre Software. The involvement of its volunteers and
staff enables it to carry out many and diverse actions to promote digital
* BLOOM is a non-profit organization founded in 2005 by Claire Nouvian
that works to preserve the marine environment and species from unnecessary
destruction and to increase social benefits in the fishing sector.
* DemocracyOS France  is a non-profit organization promoting the use
of an open source web platform that allows transparent and collective
* Fais Ta Loi is a collective that aims at helping people furthest
from the democratic debate to make their voice heard in Parliament.
* Framasoft  is a network dedicated to the promotion of free culture,
in general, and free software in particular.
* Ligue des Droits de l'Homme  acts for the defence of the rights and
liberties of all. It is in interested in social citizenship and proposes
measures for a strong and vibrant democracy, in France and in Europe.
* La Quadrature du Net  is a non-profit association that defends the
rights and freedoms of citizens on the Internet.
* Regards Citoyens  is a French organization of citizens volunteering
from all regions to work together on providing a better understanding of
the French democratic institutions by levering public information in new
and creative ways. Regards Citoyens has advocated for public Open Data in
France since 2009. Their most prominent initiatives are parliamentary
monitoring websites including notably: NosDeputes.fr; NosSenateurs.fr and
* République citoyenne  is a French CSO, created in 2013, that aims
at stimulating citizens' critical thinking on democratic issues and on open
government, in particular.
* SavoirsCom1  is a collective dedicated to promote Knowledge Commons
in public policies.
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