Prof. Dr. Herta Däubler-Gmelin and Prof. Dr. Peter Eigen noted they were happy to be meeting with the Chairman of the State Great Hural (Parliament) of Mongolia again, and that they were pleased with the extensive activities being conducted by the Mongolian Parliament and Government to combat corruption. At the beginning of the meeting, Prof. Dr. Peter Eigen expressed willingness to provide full support and assistance by way of the Transparency International’s Mongolia Office and its Headquarters in Berlin.
Mr. G.Zandanshatar welcomed Prof. Dr. Herta Däubler-Gmelin and Prof. Dr. Peter Eigen to Mongolia, and expressed gratitude for their offer to support and share their experiences, particularly at a time when the Mongolian Parliament has put forth the aim of ensuring the ongoing Spring Session of Parliament is one which has conducted major anti-corruption reform activities.
The Chairman noted that Mongolia shares a Comprehensive Partnership with the Federal Republic of Germany, a spiritual neighbor and Third Neighbour to the people of Mongolia. It was elaborated that the Mongolian Parliament approved the Law on the ‘Monitoring and Oversight by the State Great Hural of Mongolia’, whereby the law established the legal norms for conducting public hearings and parliamentary investigations. The Law was approved after in-depth comparative research of legislation and regulation on parliamentary oversight and monitoring activities of countries such as the United States, Germany and France. Ensuing the approval of this Law in Mongolia, a Parliamentary Working Group and a Sub-Committee were established to make transparent and tackle issues concerning the Development Bank of Mongolia.
In other topics of discussion, the parties exchanged views on monitoring and oversight legislative mechanisms of Mongolia and Germany, parliamentary policy research services, and other issues of interest.
As elaborated by Prof. Dr. Herta Däubler-Gmelin, the Bundestag’s Parliamentary Research Service plays an extensively involved and principle role in determining the most suitable and correct decisions made by the German Parliament. The Research Service can report directly to the President of the Bundestag and works to support Members in parliament and its constituencies by supplying specialist information, analyses and expert opinions. The topics covered by the research sections encompass the whole spectrum of legal and policy fields.
The founder of Transparency International Prof. Dr. Peter Eigen also noted that Transparency International carries out a large number of analyses, studies and expert opinions at the request of the Bundestag. And further explained that instead of holding persons responsible for any corruption cases, the organization conducts systemic research with the bigger picture goal of eradicating both theoretical and practical possibilities of corruption in a country.
Prof. Dr. Herta Däubler-Gmelin has experience as a former Member of Parliament and Chair of the Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Assistance of the German Parliament. During her tenure as Minister of Justice in 1998-2002, she launched and led the process of elaboration and adoption of the German corpus juris to fully implement the Rome Statute of the ICC into national law, including through the pivotal German Code of International Crimes.
Founder of Transparency International Prof. Dr. Peter Eigen is a member of the Board of Directors of CARE Germany – a humanitarian and development aid organization.