Delegation from the Republic of Moldova on a visit to Berlin and Leipzig following the approval of the Administrative Code

Secretary of State Christiane Wirtz (centre) welcomes the delegation to the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV)
Secretary of State Christiane Wirtz (centre) welcomes the delegation to the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV)
Moldova

From 16 to 20 September, a high-ranking delegation from the Republic of Moldova is paying a working visit to Berlin and Leipzig by invitation of the IRZ. The delegation includes the Chairwoman of the Committee on Legal Affairs, Raisa Apolschii, and the President of the Supreme Court, Ion Druță. The context of the working visit is the approval of the Moldovan Administrative Code, which took place this summer. This Code, which includes acts on administrative operations and administrative procedures, provides for the introduction of specialist Administrative Chambers within ordinary courts, thereby introducing an independent administrative procedure to the Republic of Moldova.

At the start of the visit, the delegation was welcomed to the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection by Secretary of State, Christiane Wirtz. Raisa Apolschii took the opportunity to stress the valuable German contribution over the past ten years to the development of the Administrative Code and how much they had benefited from the practical experience of German administrative court judges during the process. She then said how important it is for this essential law to be implemented well.

The working visit should help to achieve this. The visit will include appointments at the Administrative Court and at the Social Court in Berlin and a meeting with the Association of German administrative court judges. In Leipzig, the guests will attend the German Federal Administrative Court, where they will be welcomed by Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Klaus Rennert. Finally, a visit to the Leipzig City Council is also on the programme – for the purpose of illustrating administrative procedures. Here, the delegation will be greeted by the mayor of the city of Leipzig, Burkhard Jung.

Training seminar on media for public prosecutors in Moldova

Participants during the training seminar
Participants during the training seminar
Moldova

From 23 to 27 July 2018 a training seminar for Moldovan public prosecutors on the topic of communication with the press and media took place in cooperation with the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) and with the support of the Public Prosecutor General’s Office of the Republic of Moldova. The seminar was held with the same programme in Bălți, Chisinau und Cahul.

Ulrich Bremer from Germany, the Senior Public Prosecutor and Press Officer of the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Cologne, contributed to the event on behalf of the IRZ.

The press officer function has existed for only two years at the Moldovan public prosecutor's offices as a consequence of the reform projects in the field of the code of criminal procedure. So far there has been no regular training for press officers with a concept and a curriculum, not least because there has been a lack of experienced Moldovan experts.

Demand in this field is great and the organisation of such a training seminar was explicitly requested by the Public Prosecutor General’s Office in March 2018 on the occasion of the presentation of a new strategy paper for the development of the prosecutorial services.

75 leading public prosecutors from various regions of Moldova participated in the training seminar. In view of the importance of this topic the Moldovan participants were very interested and became actively involved. The German experts described their personal experience with this issue, which further increased the participants' interest. The methods and techniques for a successful communication with the press were demonstrated in numerous examples from practice. This showed that through successful communication, transparency and the public's trust in the work of the public prosecutors can be increased.

The IRZ will continue to support the reform projects in the field of the Moldovan code of criminal procedure, also with regard to the training of legal practitioners.

Third working session on the Moldovan code of criminal procedure in Chişinău

Participants in the working group
Participants in the working group

The third working group meeting on the reform of the Moldovan code of criminal procedure was held in Chişinău on 20 February 2018 to discuss the planned changes.

The working group on the reform of the Moldovan code of criminal procedure is made up of:

  • judges
  • public prosecutors,
  • representatives of the Moldovan parliament and of its Parliamentary Committee and
  • lawyers.

The working group is led by Anatolie Munteanu, State Secretary General at the Ministry of Justice. To prepare for the meeting, a detailed guide to formulating the required changes to the investigation process was prepared by the Germans, based on the results of earlier talks. This included the following main points:

  • starting criminal investigations,
  • time limits for investigations,
  • preventative protection of fundamental rights,
  • cooperation with investigative magistrates,
  • judicial monitoring of criminal proceedings and
  • the status of persons who are the subject of criminal investigations.

The participants, who found the formulation guide to be extremely valuable, then discussed and subsequently adopted the proposals. The next step will be for the Ministry of Justice to incorporate the proposals into a submission to parliament for a legislative procedure. The plan is to present this submission to an interested audience of experts in April 2018 and to discuss it in public. The support of German experts was requested here as well.