MPP seminar: Reviewing Defence and Security Documents

Where and when

21 February 2007, Chisinau

Description

During the first seminar we officially launched the Moldova Parliamentary Programme in the stately main hall of the parliament of the Republic of Moldova. The seminar focused on the role of parliament in reviewing, assessing and evaluating defence-related documents. The main documents under consideration in Moldova are the National Security Strategy, the National Defence Doctrine, the Annual Defence Review; the White Paper and Moldova’s extensive Concept of Military Reform. Most of these basic documents are outdated. Some have yet to be created. A few years back Moldova started a process of creating a new legislative framework for defence and security. Naturally, parliament plays a crucial role in this process. Nonetheless, the expertise to review these drafts in a constructive and critical manner is scarce. During this event we aimed to show that the input of the legislature is not merely a requirement of democracy and Euro-Atlantic integration. It can and should also enhance the practical applicability and indeed the quality of the policy documents discussed. We cast doubt on notions that seek to minimise the role of parliament, such as ‘the government knows best’ or ‘defence is best left to the military.’ They are not consistent with good governance as promoted by the Euro-Atlantic community that Moldova wants to join. Apart from basic national documents, laws and procedures, we also discussed Moldova’s participation in NATO’s Partnership for Peace programme (PfP).

Programmes

Moldova Parliamentary Programme: A capacity-building and good governance programme on strengthening legislative oversight of the security sector

Questions

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