The delegation from Kosovo attending talks at the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Düsseldorf
The delegation from Kosovo attending talks at the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Düsseldorf

On 3 and 4 December 2018, a delegation from the Kosovo Prosecutorial Council visited Düsseldorf and Wuppertal by invitation of the IRZ. The subject of the two-day working visit was press and publicity work at public prosecutor’s offices, courts and police authorities in Germany. The aim of the visit was to allow an exchange between German and Kosovan colleagues, providing them with an insight into the daily work of the German institutions.

The visit began with expert discussions at the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Wuppertal, where the delegation was welcomed by Wolf-Tilman Baumert, Senior Public Prosecutor and Press Officer at the Wuppertal Public Prosecutor’s Office. During these expert discussions, the Kosovan guests learned, with the help of practical examples, about subjects including the organisation and structure of the press office, the legal framework for press work in the public prosecutor’s office and crisis management. The participants in the delegation showed a great deal of interest in the subject and took an active part in the discussions.

Another stop on the visit was at the Local and Regional Court of Düsseldorf. Here the guests from Kosovo discussed “Cooperation between the media and justice” with the Presiding Judge and Press Officer for the Regional Court of Düsseldorf, Dr. Elisabeth Stöve.

To look at these topics in more detail, the delegation visited the police headquarters in Neuss and the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Düsseldorf on the second day of their visit. Here they discussed:

  • Cooperation between the police and the public prosecutor’s office in the area of publicity work,
  • the authority’s demarcation of powers and crisis communications, looking at various practical examples and controversial cases.
It was very enriching for the Kosovan partners to learn about several different institutions and their press work. The cooperation between the IRZ and the KPC will therefore continue in 2019.