Practice-oriented training seminar and expert discussions on the establishment of individual enforcement plans held in Gojan and Chișinău

Participants and the expert during the expert discussions
Participants and the expert during the expert discussions

Working in cooperation with the Moldovan Ministry of Justice and the prison service, the IRZ organised practice-oriented training seminars in the cities of Gojan and Chișinău on 7 and 9 November 2018. These seminars were aimed at training psychologists from Moldovan prisons in the establishment of individual enforcement plans and to prepare for their work in admissions departments. The practical part was followed in each case by expert discussions on the implementation of reforms in the Moldovan prison system.

The advice from the IRZ on these reforms is part of a long-term partnership in the area of prison reform in the Republic of Moldova. A twinning project, which the IRZ led over several years as the responsible institution in the Republic of Moldova, was also part of this long-lasting cooperation, which will now also include intensive support with legislation.

At the start of the training seminar, IRZ expert Silvia Sibyll Hawliczek, Prison Director at the young offenders’ institution in Berlin, provided a short overview of the penal system in Germany, in particular the organisation of admissions departments in prisons. She went on to present an introduction to the topic of diagnosis and prognosis in criminal offences. Afterwards, participants could work in groups to process authentic cases of various criminal offences.

The establishment of individual enforcement plans was one of the first important components of the training course for law enforcement psychologists. However, there continues to be a considerable requirement, since the training takes place over several years before qualification.

The IRZ will organise follow-up events on this subject next year.

Seminar on legislative procedures held during the second Youth Parliament in Moldova

Dr. Birgit Grundmann (1st row, centre), former State Secretary, with participants in the seminar in Chişinău
Dr. Birgit Grundmann (1st row, centre), former State Secretary, with participants in the seminar in Chişinău

On 21 October 2018, the IRZ together with the NGO Invento, a network of young people, the Hans Seidel Foundation in the Republic of Moldova, the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova and the American Embassy in Moldova, organised a seminar on legislative procedures as part of the annual Youth Parliament held in Moldova.

The aim of the Youth Parliament was to give its participants a better understanding of the principles and rules of democracy and to encourage their awareness of the rule of law. The main focus of the seminar was on pointing out the tools of legislative procedures and showing the participants how to draw up precise and complete draft legislation on a topic of their choice. Legislative procedures were brought to light in a practical way, using up-to-date examples. This event also helped to strengthen civil society in the Republic of Moldova. With these objectives in mind, the participants were given the appropriate training on legislative procedures and techniques. The advantage here was that legislative procedures and techniques in Moldova show some similarities with the German procedure.

Representing the German side at the seminar was Dr. Birgit Grundmann, a lawyer and former State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection.

The IRZ also plans to organise follow-up events on legislative procedures next year and the partnership with Invento is set to continue.

Practical training for the effective investigation of economic offences with the participation of offshore companies

During the expert discussions
During the expert discussions

On 18 and 19 October 2018 in Chișinău, the IRZ together with the Moldovan Public Prosecutor's Office, the Association of Judges and the National Institute of Justice organised a practical training session on criminal investigations in the field of economic crimes, involving offshore companies. The event focussed on covert investigation measures and addressed:

  • Employees of anti-corruption authorities,
  • Investigators,
  • Public prosecutors and
  • Judges.

The aim of the training session was to discuss the investigative tools available in accordance with international standards for prosecuting the crimes stated above and the potential for using these in the Republic of Moldova, as well as to detect any problem areas and work on approaches to solving these. Other key points included:

  • The manifestations of economic crime,
  • Cooperation in this area,
  • Extracting suspicions and investigative approaches,
  • Open enforcement measures (searches, seizures, pre-trial custody) and
  • Covert investigations (use of undercover investigators, telephone surveillance).

The Moldovan participants took an active and profitable part in the discussions, asking plenty of questions. The requirements and compulsory content for the justification of prosecutors’ proposals and judges’ decisions on enforcement measures were also addressed and prerequisites for intervention and matters for consideration were discussed in detail.

Representing the German side at the training session were Uwe Stark, a judge at the local court of Siegen, and Andreas Stüve, Senior Public Prosecutor, Düsseldorf Public Prosecutor’s Office.