July 21, 2009
Monique Perry Danziger, +1 202 293 0740 ext. 222
WASHINGTON, DC – Global Financial Integrity (GFI) Advisory Board member Eva Joly has been selected to Chair the European Parliament’s Committee on Development (DEVE). The Committee is responsible for promoting, implementing, and monitoring European Union development policy including disbursing economic aid and fostering and evaluating governance practices.
In an interview with Le Monde shortly after being elected to the European Parliament, Ms. Joly expressed her commitment to investigate the impact of illicit financial outflows coming out of developing countries and the role of tax havens and other secrecy jurisdictions in serving as points of absorption for these finances.
“Tackling corruption, fostering good governance and working to ensure success of economic development efforts is a critical part of helping the global economy recover” said GFI director Raymond Baker. “Global Financial Integrity applauds the choice of Ms. Joly to oversee this critical aspect of EU policy. With her passion and expertise in developing country issues and fighting illicit financial practice, she is truly the ideal candidate for the job.”
Ms. Joly was elected to the European Parliament as a Green party candidate in the recent June election and is best known for her work exposing corruption and fraud as a French magistrate. She also worked with the Norwegian Agency for Development Co-operation and is an active member of the GFI Advisory Board.