Participants in the specialist conference in Chişinău
Participants in the specialist conference in Chişinău

On 21 November 2018, the IRZ, together with the Moldovan Ministry of Justice, the Supreme Court and the Moldavian Parliamentary Committee on Legal Affairs organised a conference to mark the approval and introduction of the Administrative Code in the Republic of Moldova. The significance of administrative jurisdiction, the specialisation of administrative judges and other aspects of the new Administrative Code were discussed.

IRZ experts, Rolf Hüffer, former President of the Higher Administrative Court of Bavaria, Georg Schmidt, President of the Administrative Court of Trier, and Klaus Hage, Presiding Judge at the Administrative Court of Minden, explained the significance of the Administrative Code to more than 70 participants in the conference, as well as the need for improving the protection and guarantee of citizens’ basic rights and fundamental freedoms and the importance of the independent judicial monitoring of state activity. The Administrative Code formulates the legal requirements for the actions of the administration and outlines a concept for developing a functioning, independent public jurisdiction.

The aim of the event was to encourage an exchange of opinions on administrative procedural and administrative process law and to promote understanding of the Administrative Code. This is a complex and extensive topic, which has led to controversial debates in the Republic of Moldova in the past. The Administrative Code was approved after more than ten years of consultancy work on 19 July 2018 and enters into force on 1 April 2019.

A series of practical training seminars on the implementation of the Administrative Code and on the specialisation of administrative judges will follow on from this specialist conference. These seminars are aimed at officials from local and central authorities, future administrative judges and lawyers specialising in administrative procedures to help them prepare for the consistent application of the new Administrative Code.