Second closed conference held in Bonn on the Moldovan Administrative Code

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.

Event to celebrate the conclusion of the EU project “Support to the Constitutional Court of Moldova”

The President of the Constitutional Court of Moldova, Tudor Panțîru, during his speech
The President of the Constitutional Court of Moldova, Tudor Panțîru, during his speech

After a period of 19 months, the EU-financed Technical Assistance project Support to the Constitutional Court of Moldova was officially brought to a close on 22 September 2017.

The Constitutional Court of Moldova and the EU delegation opened the Steering Committee Meeting by approving the fourth project team report. It was unanimously agreed that the IRZ team had done an excellent job and that all the intended results had been achieved.

Following the formal meeting, a reception was held at the Constitutional Court by invitation of the project office. All employees of the Constitutional Court were invited and they attended in large numbers to say goodbye to the project team.

The President of the Constitutional Court, Tudor Panțîru, made clear in his speech how satisfied he was with the partnership with international experts from the IRZ.

Team leader Volkmar Theobald and project manager Teresa Thalhammer, as well as the project manager responsible for the EU delegation, Victoria Neaga, and the Moldovan Deputy Minister of Justice, Eduard Serbenco, all underlined the intensive and effective partnership in their speeches.

To the delight of all those involved, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Germany, Dr. Julia Monar, also took the opportunity to visit the event to find out about the implementation of the project.

 

Funded by the European Union

 

Summer School and Moot Court on Constitutional Law in Moldova

Participants in the Summer School in Moldova

Participants in the Summer School in Moldova

As part of the EU-financed Technical Assistance project “Support to the Constitutional Court of Moldova”, a Summer School was held for the first time from 20 to 22 June 2017 in Vadul lui Vodă. The course on “Constitutional jurisdiction – effective remedy for human rights protection” was open to law students from all over the country. This event was organised and managed by the IRZ project office with the involvement of the Constitutional Court of Moldova.

Members of the Constitutional Court of Moldova and a former president and current presidents of the Constitutional Courts of Moldova, Georgia and Lithuania gave lectures and held discussions with local and international experts. Cases from the Constitutional Court of Moldova and the European Court of Human Rights were discussed. References were made in particular to freedom of speech and respect for private and family life.

The Summer School was part of the “Moot Court” held on 19 and 23 June 2017 at the Constitutional Court of Moldova. It was the first time a competition of this kind, in which students from eight universities took part, had been held at the Constitutional Court of Moldova. The participants had the opportunity to put their academic knowledge to the test in mock trials and to practise their skills as future lawyers before the Constitutional Court.

 

Funded by the European Union