Oversight of the Security and Defence Sector

Within the framework of activities aimed at supporting the capacity building of the Parliament of Georgia, on 9 March 2018, the NATO Liaison Office, in cooperation with the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) and together with the Defence and Security Committee of the Georgian Parliament, organized a seminar on ‘Rules of Procedure for the Oversight of the Security and Defence Sector’.

The aim of the seminar was to discuss challenges in the parliamentary oversight of the defence and security sector and to share international best practices. The event was opened by First Deputy Speaker Tamar Chugoshvili and Head of the NATO Liaison Office Rosaria Puglisi.

Ms. Chugoshvili stressed the importance of parliamentary oversight especially following the recent constitutional reforms. Constitutional amendments, which are due to be adopted in third reading by the end of March, increase oversight authority for the parliament  and will require the development of new Rules of Procedure. 

First Deputy Chair of the Defence Committee Irakli Beraia presented the current Parliamentary oversight mechanisms as well as proposals for their improvement in line with the new Constitution. Representative of the Latvian Saeima Veiko SpolÄ«tis shared the Latvian experience on parliamentary oversight. 

Deputy Speaker of the Georgian Parliament Sergi Kapanadze presented the view of the Georgian opposition on ways to enhance their participation in the process of oversight, while UK parliamentary civil servant David Howart discussed the constitutional role recognized in the British parliament to the opposition.   
The event was concluded by the moderator, Dr. Philipp Fluri of DCAF, who discussed the importance to engage all stakeholders in the oversight process.