Study Visit for the Data Protection Twinning Project in Berlin

Vasile Bolea, Member of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, Legal Committee for Appointments and Immunities; Chiril Moţpan, Member of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, Chairman of Committee for National Security, Defence and Public Order; Ivan Zabunov, Member of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, Committee for Human Rights and Inter-Ethnic Relations; Christian Lange, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV); Eduard Răducan, Director of the NCPDP of the Republic of Moldova (from left to right)
Vasile Bolea, Member of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, Legal Committee for Appointments and Immunities; Chiril Moţpan, Member of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, Chairman of Committee for National Security, Defence and Public Order; Ivan Zabunov, Member of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, Committee for Human Rights and Inter-Ethnic Relations; Christian Lange, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV); Eduard Răducan, Director of the NCPDP of the Republic of Moldova (from left to right)
Moldova

As part of the “Capacity Building of the National Centre for Personal Data Protection of the Republic of Moldova” twinning project led by the IRZ, a study visit on data protection took place in Berlin on 23 and 24 September 2019. Participants in the study visit were parliamentarians from the Republic of Moldova and the Director of the National Centre for Personal Data Protection of the Republic of Moldova (NCPDP).

The delegation was welcomed to the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV) by Christian Lange, Parliamentary State Secretary at the BMJV. During the subsequent expert discussions, they were informed about legislative projects for the area of data protection in Germany and given an insight into the production and assessment of draft legislation, with a special emphasis on the balance between the interests of data protection and other rights.

The delegation had already visited the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community and the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information. At these institutions, the delegation held expert talks on the fundamentals and principles of data protection in Germany and Europe, discussed the influence of data protection on legal systems and talked about the relationship between data protection and the interests of the security authorities. The participants were also interested in the role and skills of the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection.

The trip to Germany was rounded off with a visit to the German Bundestag and an exchange of experiences with German parliamentarians. 

The study visit will continue with a trip to Riga, where the Latvian Ministry of Justice, which has been supporting the twinning project as a junior partner since 2017, will present its experiences on the subject of data protection to the delegation.

Project description: Capacity Building of the National Centre for Personal Data Protection of the Republic of Moldova

Funded by the European Union

Draft legislation on Moldovan prison system: closed conference in Chișinău

Closed conference of the working group with IRZ expert Dr. Arne Wieben (head of table on the right), Director of the Bremervörde penal institution
Closed conference of the working group with IRZ expert Dr. Arne Wieben (head of table on the right), Director of the Bremervörde penal institution
Moldova

From 13 to 15 May 2019, the IRZ’s advisory process on the draft legislation for the new Moldovan law on the prison system was continued in a closed conference in Chișinău.

The working group, made up of members of the prison service and led by the head of the legal department at the Moldovan prison service, Alexandru Crudu, was able to finalize the draft legislation. Dr. Arne Wieben, Director of the Bremervörde penal institution, gave his expert opinion on the draft legislation. The IRZ expert’s recommendations and suggestions for the wording were included in the draft.

The individual articles of sections 1 to 12 (Art. 195 - 257/49 and 303 - 310) were revised during the closed conference. The areas “prisoner employment” and “preparation for release/relaxing imprisonment conditions” were also discussed and included in the draft legislation. Thus, it was possible to delete the section on “incentive measures” from the draft legislation which dates back to Soviet times.

Following on from the presentation of a strategy paper from the Moldovan Ministry of Justice on the reform of the prison system between 2016 and 2020 the IRZ is advising the Ministry of Justice in Moldova on improvements of the prison system. The IRZ will continue to offer advice to the Moldovan MPs during their committee work, if required, as soon as the draft legislation is introduced into Parliament.

Second training session in Chișinău on implementing the Moldovan Administrative Code

At the table: Tatiana Vieru, Vice-President of the Supreme Court; Nicolai Falâ, a member of the scientific advisory council to the Supreme Court; Gheorghe Mîţu, a judge at the Local Court of Chişinău; Georg Schmidt, President of the Administrative Court of Trier (from left to right)
At the table: Tatiana Vieru, Vice-President of the Supreme Court; Nicolai Falâ, a member of the scientific advisory council to the Supreme Court; Gheorghe Mîţu, a judge at the Local Court of Chişinău; Georg Schmidt, President of the Administrative Court of Trier (from left to right)
Moldova

In cooperation with the Supreme Court, the Moldovan Association of Judges and the Ministry of Justice, the IRZ organised a training session on 6 and 7 December 2018 on the implementation of the approved Administrative Code, which is due to enter into force on 1 April 2019.

The Administrative Code was described by the Moldovan partners as a great achievement for the entire justice system in Moldova. The key role of administrative jurisdiction, which makes an essential contribution to legal certainty, has therefore once again been made very clear.

The training session was led by IRZ expert Georg Schmidt, President of the Administrative Court of Trier. Georg Schmidt specifically mentioned that the Republic of Moldova has made a major step in the direction of a functioning constitutional state with the approval of the new administrative law. Following a short presentation of the approved Administrative Code, the administrative act as a central feature of the administrative process, along with its enactment, validity, retraction and revocation, were discussed using practical examples.

More than 120 judges, officials from local and central authorities, delegates and representatives of civil society, including lawyers, took an active part in the seminar.

The training measures are set to continue next year.