Georg Schmidt, President of the Administrative Court of Trier; Dr. Stefan Hülshörster, Director of the IRZ; Klaus Hage, Presiding Judge at the Administrative Court of Minden; Rolf Hüffer, former President of the Higher Administrative Court of Bavaria; MPs of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova and members of the Committee on Legal Affairs (from left to right)
Georg Schmidt, President of the Administrative Court of Trier; Dr. Stefan Hülshörster, Director of the IRZ; Klaus Hage, Presiding Judge at the Administrative Court of Minden; Rolf Hüffer, former President of the Higher Administrative Court of Bavaria; MPs of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova and members of the Committee on Legal Affairs (from left to right)

The IRZ is supporting the Republic of Moldova intensively with its plans to introduce an Administrative Code. As part of this support, a round table discussion took place in Chişinău on 23 October 2017 with the Moldavian Parliamentary Committee on Legal Affairs. The Administrative Code is being prepared for a second reading in parliament.

Expert discussions have already been held in March and September of this year on the revision of the Moldavian Administrative Code, with professional support provided by German experts. Since then, the drafts of the General Section and the Administrative Procedure Act section have already been prepared. Following the second closed conference in Bonn, expert discussions were held with the Moldavian Parliamentary Committee on Legal Affairs in Chişinău on 23 October 2017. These talks with the decision-makers shortly before the second reading in parliament served to enhance understanding of the Administrative Code and strongly accelerate the approval process.

The discussions were moderated by Raisa Apolschii, President of the Parliamentary Committee on Legal Affairs for the Republic of Moldova. From the German side, the following people took part in the discussions:

  • Rolf Hüffer, former President of the Higher Administrative Court of Bavaria,
  • Georg Schmidt, President of the Administrative Court of Trier,
  • Klaus Hage, Presiding Judge at the Administrative Court of Minden,
  • Dr. Stefan Hülshörster, Director of the IRZ and
  • Banu Ertürk, IRZ Project Manager.

Igor Vremea, a representative of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova and a member of the working group on the Administrative Code, described the plans as a legal amendment at national level, which should help to standardise administrative conditions. The approval of an Administrative Code in Moldova should make government actions more effective. Administrative jurisdiction plays an important role, not only for the legal protection of citizens, but also for officials bound to act in accordance with the rule of law within the framework of internal procedures.

The next step in this series of events will be a third closed conference to be held on 25 November 2017 in Minden. From the German side, Klaus Hage, Presiding Judge at the Administrative Court of Minden, will play a leading role in making further changes to the draft Administrative Procedure Code with the Moldavian delegation so that it is ready for approval.

Following the round table discussions, Dr. Stefan Hülshörster and Banu Ertürk had another meeting with Ambassador Dr. Julia Monar, who has been in office since the middle of the year, to talk about forthcoming measures to be taken by the IRZ in the Republic of Moldova.

Further talks were held with the Deputy Minister of Justice for the Republic of Moldova, Anatolie Munteanu, to discuss the continuation of the cooperation between the IRZ and the Republic of Moldova in 2018.

To conclude the visit to Moldova, as in previous years, representatives of the IRZ presented certificates to those who had successfully participated in the supplementary course on German law, which the IRZ organises with the cooperation of the State University in Chişinău.