On 27 September 2010, Mr. Kreutner, Head of the IACA Transition Team, had the honour of welcoming Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice of the United Kingdom, H.E. Mr. Kenneth Clarke QC MP, to the premises of the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) in Laxenburg.
During the on-site visit, Mr. Clarke and his delegation showed strong interest in the Academy and informed themselves of the structure, current developments and future (academic) curricula, also prompting the idea of offering a course about “Fighting Corruption in International Trade Relations”. Mr. Clarke himself was announced as the United Kingdom’s new international anti-corruption champion on 15 June 2010. He reassured the strong support of the British Government towards IACA, which he described as a most important initiative in the fight against corruption. The Lord Chancellor was accompanied by the British Ambassador of the U.K. Mission to the UN in Vienna, H.E. Mr. Simon Smith, who on behalf of his country signed the Agreement Establishing IACA as an International Organization at the Inaugural Conference on 2 September. Mr. Kreutner thanked the Minister and expressed his gratitude for the contributions and strong support the United Kingdom has given the Academy so far. IACA would feel privileged to count on such lasting alliances in the future. He also once more stressed the intention of the Academy to act as an amplifier for empowerment by a global family of peers and like-minded persons, both in the public and private sector.