“It is necessary to correct the asymmetry” between Europe and the United States in the fight against corruption

Forum. The legislative progress recently made in France and in Europe in the fight against corruption deserve to be comforted. While the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) applies in all its rigour in the United States since 1977, he had to wait until 1997 so that, in the framework of the Organisation for economic cooperation and development (OECD), adopted the Convention on combating bribery of foreign public officials in international business transactions, and 2005, the UN published the united Nations Convention against corruption.

It is only twenty years later that the law Fir 2 has been adopted by the French parliament, with the desire to apply in our country the highest international standards in the fight against corruption.

Three major pillars

It is hardly surprising, in this context, that the american judge has taken the pretext of the extreme weakness of the prevention and penalization of corruption in France and in Europe to legitimize the extraterritoriality of its procedures.

However, the measures of corruption prevention provided for by the laws and regulations the most recent also have the objective of creating the conditions of economic competition fair, the only way to ensure sustainable growth in an economy that is increasingly competitive. This holds true for the global market is particularly valid for the european single market. We do not regret the dimension of the asymmetric relationship in the euro-atlantic on the topics of compliance and anti-corruption and do nothing to rebalance.

On the question of the prevention of corruption and the criminalisation of those who organise it, the implementation of a package of compliance (conformity) european should be one of the priority objectives of the backtracking the european union, which will open in 2020. For…

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