Martin Kreutner and H.E. Sergej NaryschkinOn 11 July 2011, IACA had the privilege of hosting a distinguished high-level delegation from the Russian Federation, led by H.E. Mr. Sergej Naryschkin, Head of the Administration of the President of the Russian Federation. At IACA’s headquarters in Laxenburg, the Russian and IACA representatives discussed how to best prevent and combat corruption.

Mr. Naryschkin showed great interest in the work of IACA as well as its important potential with regard to global anti-corruption training and research, and stressed the essence of IACA’s mandate and vision, reiterating the Russian Federation´s full support for it. On behalf of his government, Mr. Naryschkin also expressed full political and financial commitment to the Academy and emphasized the need to further invite States to ratify or accede to IACA’s founding treaty.

Mr. Martin Kreutner, Chair of IACA’s International Transition Team, thanked the Russian Federation for its lasting commitment and the willingness to also partake in financial ownership and responsibility. He also stressed the Academy’s role in empowering anti-corruption practitioners by providing research-based tool-kits, trainings and – ultimately – academic degree programmes.

Meeting also with Austria’s Federal Minister of the Interior, H.E. Ms. Johanna Mikl-Leitner, both sides also extended their sincere gratitude to the Austrian people and their government for so generously hosting IACA in Laxenburg, near Vienna.