Training seminar on media for public prosecutors in Moldova

Participants during the training seminar
Participants during the training seminar
Moldova

From 23 to 27 July 2018 a training seminar for Moldovan public prosecutors on the topic of communication with the press and media took place in cooperation with the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) and with the support of the Public Prosecutor General’s Office of the Republic of Moldova. The seminar was held with the same programme in Bălți, Chisinau und Cahul.

Ulrich Bremer from Germany, the Senior Public Prosecutor and Press Officer of the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Cologne, contributed to the event on behalf of the IRZ.

The press officer function has existed for only two years at the Moldovan public prosecutor's offices as a consequence of the reform projects in the field of the code of criminal procedure. So far there has been no regular training for press officers with a concept and a curriculum, not least because there has been a lack of experienced Moldovan experts.

Demand in this field is great and the organisation of such a training seminar was explicitly requested by the Public Prosecutor General’s Office in March 2018 on the occasion of the presentation of a new strategy paper for the development of the prosecutorial services.

75 leading public prosecutors from various regions of Moldova participated in the training seminar. In view of the importance of this topic the Moldovan participants were very interested and became actively involved. The German experts described their personal experience with this issue, which further increased the participants' interest. The methods and techniques for a successful communication with the press were demonstrated in numerous examples from practice. This showed that through successful communication, transparency and the public's trust in the work of the public prosecutors can be increased.

The IRZ will continue to support the reform projects in the field of the Moldovan code of criminal procedure, also with regard to the training of legal practitioners.

Third working session on the Moldovan code of criminal procedure in Chişinău

Participants in the working group
Participants in the working group

The third working group meeting on the reform of the Moldovan code of criminal procedure was held in Chişinău on 20 February 2018 to discuss the planned changes.

The working group on the reform of the Moldovan code of criminal procedure is made up of:

  • judges
  • public prosecutors,
  • representatives of the Moldovan parliament and of its Parliamentary Committee and
  • lawyers.

The working group is led by Anatolie Munteanu, State Secretary General at the Ministry of Justice. To prepare for the meeting, a detailed guide to formulating the required changes to the investigation process was prepared by the Germans, based on the results of earlier talks. This included the following main points:

  • starting criminal investigations,
  • time limits for investigations,
  • preventative protection of fundamental rights,
  • cooperation with investigative magistrates,
  • judicial monitoring of criminal proceedings and
  • the status of persons who are the subject of criminal investigations.

The participants, who found the formulation guide to be extremely valuable, then discussed and subsequently adopted the proposals. The next step will be for the Ministry of Justice to incorporate the proposals into a submission to parliament for a legislative procedure. The plan is to present this submission to an interested audience of experts in April 2018 and to discuss it in public. The support of German experts was requested here as well.

Kick-off meeting on twinning project on data protection in Moldova

Participants of the kick-off meeting in Chişinău
Participants of the kick-off meeting in Chişinău

On 5 December 2017 the kick-off meeting on the twinning project “Strengthening the capacities of the National Center for Personal Data Protection of the Republic of Moldova” took place at the National Art Museum in Chişinău, Republic of Moldova.

The keynote speeches were given by:

  • Eduard Raducan, Director of the National Center for Personal Data Protection,
  • Peter Michalko, Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova,
  • Florian Seitz, Deputy Head of the German Embassy in the Republic of Moldova,
  • Raivis Kronbergs, State Secretary of the Latvian Ministry of Justice,
  • Vladimir Vitiuc, Deputy President of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, and
  • Katharina Tegeder, Coordination EU Twinning and Action Grants at the IRZ.

The EU-financed project has a volume of 1 million euros. The Unabhängiges Landeszentrum für Datenschutz Schleswig-Holstein (Independent Center of Data Protection of Schleswig Holstein) and the Latvian Ministry of Justice will be the major partners implementing this project during the next two years.

The aim of the twinning project is to support the Republic of Moldova in the further implementation of the EU Association Agreement with the Republic of Moldova.

Besides an approximation of the Moldovan legislation to EU law in data protection – above all in view of EU Regulation 2016/679 – this project also aims at providing support in the further development of the National Center for Personal Data Protection, as well as raising awareness for the importance of data protection both among the general public and the private industry and public administration.

Within the next two years, 34 experts from Germany and Latvia as well as from Lithuania, Austria, Slovenia, Estonia and Malta will implement 24 different measures in total, subdivided into three project components.

 

Funded by the European Union