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Minister of the Interior of the Republic of Moldova, Dorin Recean (2nd from right); Deputy Director of the IRZ, Dr Stefan Hülshörster (3rd from right); Senior Public Prosecutor of the Public Prosecutor's Office in Wuppertal, Wolf-Tilman Baumert (4th from right)
Upon invitation of the IRZ a delegation of German experts participated in working meetings on the fight against corruption in Chisinau on 12 and 13 May 2014.During their visit, the German experts had a detailed exchange of opinions with the Moldovan Minister of the Interior, with the Public Prosecutor's Central Anti-Corruption Office and the Director of the National Anti-Corruption Centre of the Republic of Moldova.
The delegation included, among others, Mr Thomas Jungbluth, Head of Department and Leitender Kriminaldirektor at the Land Office of Criminal Investigation of North-Rhine Westphalia, Mr Christian Voßkühler, Kriminaloberrat and Head of the Division in charge of corruption at the Land Office of Criminal Investigation of North-Rhine Westphalia, and the Senior Public Prosecutor Mr Wolf-Tilman Baumert, Head of the Economics Department at the Public Prosecutor's Office in Wuppertal.
Besides these experts talks, a seminar for Moldovan police officers and public prosecutors was organised. The working meetings and the seminar focussed on the fight against corruption and the planned reform of the public prosecution system as well as the police structures in the Republic of Moldova. The purpose of the journey was to consolidate the relations between the relevant institutions and to provide a professional exchange and consultation with regard to the reform process. This activity was furthermore strongly supported by the German Ambassador to the Republic of Moldova, Mr Matthias Meyer, and financed within a special project of the Foreign Ministry.
Visit to the Office of the Federal Public Prosecutor General in Karlsruhe
At the invitation of the IRZ a delegation led by the Moldovan Public Prosecutor General Corneliu Gurin visited Germany for expert meetings from 3 to 7 December 2013. This working visit followed the long-standing previous consultations with the IRZ with regard to the reform of the Moldovan judiciary and in particular the system of public prosecution, as well as talks which the German Chancellor Angela Merkel had held last year in the Moldovan capital Chisinau. Therefore this visit was also of particular interest to the Federal Chancellery. It was furthermore strongly supported by the German Ambassador to the Republic of Moldova Matthias Meyer and financed within a special project of the Foreign Ministry. The working visit was particularly topical against the background of the signing of a joint reform concept of the Ministry of Justice and the Office of the Public Prosecutor General of the Republic of Moldova and the initialling of the Association Agreement by the Republic of Moldova with the EU at the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius.
The delegation was welcomed by the Deputy Director of the IRZ Dr. Stefan Hülshörster. The first expert talks took place in Karlsruhe, where the delegation met the Public Prosecutor General of the Federal Court of Justice Harald Range and further federal public prosecutors. The visit was rounded off by meetings with the Vice President of the Regional Court of Karlsruhe Helmut Perron, the Vice President of the Local Court of Karlsruhe Annette Beese and further judges and public prosecutors. These covered the competences, functions and the cooperation between the court and the office of the public prosecutor.
Thereupon, the delegation travelled on to Berlin, where it was first received for talks by the Director General of the Directorate General – Judicial System - of the Federal Ministry of Justice, Ms Marie-Luise Graf-Schlicker. At the Federal Chancellery the delegation met Dr. Joachim Bertele, who is responsible for the cooperation with Southeast Europe and the Republic of Moldova, amongst others. The Public Prosecutor General in Berlin Ralf Rother and his colleagues facilitated a hands-on exchange of professional experience. Since the professional exchange focussed on the necessary efforts to fight corruption, amongst other topics, a meeting was also organised with the Board Member of Transparency International Deutschland e.V, Dr. Gisela Rüß. The talks in Berlin were also attended by the Ambassador of the Republic of Moldova, Aureliu Ciocoi.
This working visit by the Moldovan Public Prosecutor General follows a series of cooperation measures, which the IRZ already implemented with its Moldovan counterparts in the past. In view of the persisting problems as well as against the background of the great Moldovan interest especially in receiving advice by Germany, the IRZ will continue and intensify these expert talks. Amongst other initiatives, the former Public Prosecutor General Harald Selter will travel to Chisinau before the end of this year to hold analysing talks for the drafting of a reference guide for the public prosecutors' work.