-	Lawyer Dr. Birgit Grundmann, former  Secretary of State at the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection and Executive Board member of the IRZ
- Lawyer Dr. Birgit Grundmann, former Secretary of State at the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection and Executive Board member of the IRZ

The Diplomatic Academy of the German Foreign Office organised its eighth course for trainee diplomats from the Western Balkans from 13 February to 10 March 2018. Once again this year, the course programme included a presentation of the IRZ.

The following people gave lectures on the activities of the IRZ in South-East Europe:

  • Lawyer Dr. Birgit Grundmann, former Secretary of State at the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection and Executive Board member of the IRZ and
  • Lawyer Dr. Stefan Pürner, Head of Section at the IRZ for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.

The short introductory lectures given in English were followed by intense discussions, which were moderated by Gudrun Steinacker, Head of the West Balkans course at the Diplomatic Academy and a former ambassador. She had supported the activities of the IRZ on site in Bulgaria, Macedonia and Montenegro.

Sixteen participants from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia took an active and dynamic role in the discussions

The topics discussed were very wide-ranging:

  • the professional execution of legislative procedures,
  • the fight against corruption,
  • competition between legal systems,
  • the significance of consistent legislation and legal certainty for economic growth and
  • the advantages and disadvantages of harmonisation at EU level.

The participants also showed a particular interest in IRZ legal publications in their own languages.