IACA and Romania Discuss Further Cooperation

An IACA delegation led by Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary, has concluded a series of meetings with high-ranking Romanian officials aimed at strengthening the country’s long-standing cooperation with the Academy.

On 13 June Mr. Kreutner had a meeting in Vienna with H.E. Mr. Lazăr Comănescu, Romania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. Discussions focused on the important role IACA can play as a platform for dialogue and learning and as a forum for Romania to share its experiences in the fight against corruption.

This followed an IACA working visit to Bucharest from 8-10 June that included meetings with representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Justice, Internal Affairs, and Regional Development and Public Administration, as well as the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) and the National Integrity Agency (ANI).

The meetings looked at possible further joint anti-corruption initiatives, which could be in a multilateral framework and/or in partnership with some of Romania’s neighbouring countries. Another theme was closer collaboration on the Academy’s programmes and trainings in various areas including ethics and integrity. These could potentially benefit a wide range of anti-corruption and compliance professionals, including Romanian civil servants and local government officials.

In addition, Mr. Kreutner addressed the Chief Executive Officers’ Club Romania on the topic of corruption in the private sector, engaging in an interactive discussion with leaders of Romanian companies and multinational firms operating in the country. He also outlined IACA’s plans to launch a second master’s programme in 2017 on collective action, compliance, and (private sector) anti-corruption.

Romania was one of the first states to sign the IACA Agreement and became a Party in 2011. For the past several years the country has provided the Academy with annual financial contributions and seconded staff, and has sent participants to its programmes and trainings. A Romanian expert currently sits on IACA’s International Academic Advisory Board and another was a member of the Board of Governors from 2012-2015, in both cases serving in their individual capacities.

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