Morgane Dussud, Madrid, 15 February 2013 – Access Info Europe calls upon the French government to make clear its position on participation in the Open Government Partnership and to take steps to join the multilateral, multi-stakeholder initiative.
As part of work around the Open Government Standards project, Access Info has been evaluating the current confused relationship between non-member France and the OGP.
In April 2012, a comment on France’s Open Data platform data.gouv.fr, by a representative of the Etalab initiative which coordinates the site stated “The Open Government Partnership is an U.S. initiative in favor of open governance aiming at its historic sphere of influence (Anglo-Saxon world and Latin America). (…)France also has initiated a dialogue with the steering committee of the OGP with the aim to join the initiative.” (Access Info translation).
It seems that the discussion over the participation of France to the OGP has been going on internally for a while. It is possible that the process slowed down around last May 2012 with general elections which resulted in a change of government.
In late 2012, Access Info Europe wrote to the French Prime Minister’s Office requesting documents containing communication between France and the OGP. The request went unanswered and handed over to France’s Information Commission, the CADA (Commission d’Accès aux Documents Administratifs).
On 10 January 2013, the CADA informed Access Info that, “no decision had been taken on the subject