Georgia: conference on the Role of Parliament for the Security sector


Hon. Irakli Kobakhidze speaker of Parliament and H.E. Carl Harzell, Ambassador of the European Union to Georgia, made the opening speeches for the international conference “The Role of Parliament for the Security sector” organized on 11-12 February 2019.   

During the conference, the participants are examining the new threats to Georgia's security and discuss how parliament can better oversee the country's security sector.

Members of Parliament will hear from the experts on a wide range of subjects including hybrid warfare, cyber security, radicalization, migration, women and security, government secrecy, and the challenges of monitoring intelligence agencies.

The parliamentary participants are drawn from the members of the Foreign Relations, Defence and Security, Legal Issues and Human Rights and Civil Integration Committees and their staff. Experts include Ambassador Knut Vollebaek, former Foreign Affairs Minister of Norway and now head of Human Security for the United Nations, and U.S. Rear Admiral (ret.) Norman Hayes, former director of Naval Intelligence, US European Command, and former director of National Security Operations. Georgian experts are drawn from NGOs, research institutes and academia.

This Conference has been organised in the frame of the EU-funded project Support to Parliamentary Oversight of the Security Sector in Georgia which Technical Assistance is implemented by B&S Europe.