A parliamentary bill n°558 authorising associations defending taxpayers to join criminal proceedings as civil parties in cases involving embezzlement of public funds defined in a broad sense has been submitted to the Senate on 2 May 2013.

The parliamentary bill covers offences of passive bribery, unlawful taking of interest, evasion and embezzlement of funds as well as violations to the freedom of access and equal treatment of candidates with respect to public contracts and public service delegations.

The parliamentary bill introduces a new Section 2-5-1 in the French Code of Criminal Procedure. Under the current terms of this bill, any association duly registered for at least five years that is willing to defend the interests of taxpayers could exercise the rights granted to civil parties with respect to the abovementioned offences as well as all related offences.