IACA Dean Meets Austrian Interior Minister

Martin Kreutner, IACA’s Dean and Executive Secretary, met the Austrian Minister of the Interior, H.E. Mr. Wolfgang Sobotka, in Vienna on Monday to discuss issues of mutual interest, IACA – host-country relations, and possible future joint activities.

The meeting reaffirmed the strong ties between IACA and the Republic of Austria, which is one of the Academy’s initiating partners. Another prominent topic of discussion was the nexus between corruption and, respectively, security, the migration crisis, and development aid.

“The Republic of Austria is pleased to host the International Anti-Corruption Academy, IACA, as a centre of excellence for anti-corruption and compliance professionals. Today’s challenges in the national and international security environment, corruption being one of those, call for comprehensive and clear-cut solutions and cross-border cooperation in order to ensure peace and prosperity for our country, the European Union, and beyond,” H.E. Mr. Sobotka said.

“Strong host-country relations are the basis of every successful international organization. IACA is grateful for its close ties to, and the support from, the Republic of Austria and is looking forward to fostering these even more. We strongly subscribe to the broad implementation of IACA’s mission and goals, in particular in the context of the global Sustainable Development Agenda, but also in view of current transnational security threats and continuing economic uncertainty. Investing in anti-corruption education and empowerment is thus to be seen as an important step towards sustainable development, safeguarding human rights, and strengthening the rule of law,” Mr. Kreutner concluded.

The discussions also covered compliance standards in the private sector, as well as legal sponsorships in sport, cultural affairs, and social activities. IACA plans to launch a second master’s programme in 2017 on collective action, compliance, and (private sector) anti-corruption. In addition, IACA and the Federal Ministry of the Interior of Austria previously co-organized a forum at the Academy in December 2015 on compliance and sponsoring for senior corporate executives and public sector officials.

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