Members of the Moldovan delegation during the closed conference in the IRZ offices with Georg Schmidt (at the back on the left), President of the Administrative Court of Trier
Members of the Moldovan delegation during the closed conference in the IRZ offices with Georg Schmidt (at the back on the left), President of the Administrative Court of Trier

From 23 to 25 September 2017, the second closed conference on the Administrative Code for Moldova was held by invitation of the IRZ in Bonn. Under the leadership of Raisa Apolschii, President of the Parliamentary Committee on Legal Affairs for the Republic of Moldova, the delegation visited Bonn to finalise the revised version of the Moldovan Administrative Code, before it is presented for a second reading at the end of the year.

Together with the President of the Administrative Court of Trier, Georg Schmidt, the delegates worked on the final version of the Administrative Code. During their brief but intense visit, they concentrated on formulating the particularly complex passages, always with regard to the legal particularities of the Republic of Moldova.

The delegation welcomed the support of Georg Schmidt as very target-oriented and enriching. The focus of the meeting was on the part of the Code that concerns administrative court proceedings. The passages on administrative procedural law had already been attended to during a previous closed conference in Germany (see below).

There is currently no independent administrative jurisdiction in the Republic of Moldova and so administrative affairs are handled by civil courts. The IRZ has been supporting the Republic of Moldova since 2008 with its plans to develop an Administrative Code. At that time, the desire for cooperation in terms of administrative jurisdiction was declared by the Ministry of Justice, the Supreme Court, the Supreme Judicial Council and the National Institute of Justice in the Republic of Moldova. Then as now, the Moldovan partners are hoping that a more clearly regulated administrative justice system will help to improve the protection of its citizens’ rights and fundamental freedoms. The long process, which has also involved taking the experiences of local judges into account, has now reached its final stages.

A closed conference on the Moldovan Administrative Code was held in Hanover in March this year, also under the leadership of Raisa Apolschii and with the participation of Klaus Hage, a judge at the Administrative Court of Minden. Together with Klaus Hage, books 1 and 2 of the Moldovan Administrative Code, which deal with administrative procedural law, were revised during this meeting.

On 23 October 2017, a round table discussion with other members of the Moldovan Parliamentary Committee on Legal Affairs will be held as a follow-up event. The new changes will be discussed with German experts at this meeting.

Delegation leader Raisa Apolschii was very satisfied with the results of the conference and is hoping to bring the project to a successful conclusion in the near future and continue working in partnership with the IRZ.