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          "The role of parliament in security sector reform in the countries of the Western Balkans" is the name of the book published by the Centre for Civil-Military Relations, with support of the OSCE Mission in Serbia and Montenegro. The papers and authorized discussions from the same titled international conference held in Belgrade, on March 11-th till 14th 2004, are collected in this book. This conference was organized in the view to enable and support the exchange of knowledge and experiences among parliament and government representatives, independent experts, non-governmental organizations and media from Western Balkan countries. "Western Balkan countries should also expand the measures for strengthening trust and cooperation. Mutual exchange of experiences in security sector and armed forces reform could be of the great benefit in this process. Considering the competences and responsibilities, domicile parliaments should be one of the main sponsors of that cooperation", pointed out in Foreword.

           

          "Parliament's primal obligation is to create constitutional and legislative conditions for the reform of security sector, particularly armed forces. It should also acquire instruments and procedures for the effective control of the security sector and armed forces, as well as its civilian commanders (executive authorities). Parliament should also prepare its bodies - committees and commissions, as well as expert departments, for skilled participation in security sector reform. It is also its obligation to create all necessary conditions for public control and oversight of the security sector and armed forces", pointed out in the Centre's remarks.

           

          The first chapter of the book named Opening of the Conference contains the speeches of the participants and organizations of the Conference. The part of the book named Security functions of parliament contains the presentations of the representatives of the Albanian and Macedonian Parliament, as so as Parliament of SCG and also the presentations of the representatives of Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The speeches of Colonel Miroslav Mladenović from SCG Ministry of Defense, Stjepan Pocrnja from Standing Committee for Military Issues of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Astrit Bushati from Parliament of Albania are contained in the part of the book named Achievement of the security sector reform and the way forward. The discussions of the participants are segmented in the workshops: Reform of the army, Reform of the police and secret services and the role of the committee for defense and security in the reform of the armed forces, as so as Parliamentary and budgetary control, and Control by civil society, the public and media. The part of the book Security dimension of regional and Euro-Atlantic integration contains the presentation of Branislav Milinković and Milica Delević-Đilas. Miroslav Hadžić spoke on the Closing the Conference.

        • Tags: parliament, parliamentary control, army, Balkan, Serbian Army, police, security services
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