During his mission to Europe from June 17 to 21 , 2007, Forum President George Anderson met with senior German government officials in Berlin to prepare Germany’s partnership with the Forum. Mr. Anderson met with Johann Hahlen, state secretary at the federal ministry of the interior. In January 2008 Germany will become the Forum’s ninth partner country.
Mr. Anderson, who was accompanied by the Forum’s Director for Europe, Felix KnÃ¼pling, also paid a visit to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the International Energy Agency in Paris. There he met with the OECDe’s Deputy Secretary General, Pier Carlo Padoan, to discuss possible future co-operation.
Mr. Anderson also participated in a conference in Stockholm, titled ‘Sharing and Division of Power in Post-Conflict or Democratic Transitions: Approaches, Challenges, Practical Outcomes,’ where he chaired a panel on Federalism on June 19, 2007. The conference was organized by the Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA).