High Level Meeting: Financial Accountability and Transparency in the Security Sector

Where and when

14 December 2010, Bilkent Hotel, Ankara

Description

In democracies parliament determines how much public money the state may spend and in what way. It is well-equipped to scrutinise, judge, review and approve the annual national budget, including the defence budget. This so-called ‘power of the purse’ is probably the most important instrument of the legislature. It is not wielded only by parliament, but also by specialised oversight bodies like the Court of Accounts. Exercising oversight of the budget is a challenge to the determination and the expertise of parliamentarians and controllers. 

During this seminar we aim to discuss the main procedures in reviewing defence budgets, both ex ante and ex post. Here specific attention will be devoted to communication on the budget between the government and the Parliamentary Defence and Security Committee. We will also look at defence reform in connection with the defence budget.  Finally, we plan to devote particular attention to the role of the Court of Accounts, which we regard as an essential mechanism for exercising budgetary oversight. 

In both sessions we will have speakers from Turkey and the Netherlands. Therefore we aim to share experiences and draw lessons learned from both Turkey and EU countries. The high-level seminar is specifically not a platform for imposing a ‘best’ model for exercising oversight of the defence budget. Learning from each other in a productive fashion is our main goal. We are aiming for free and open discussions. Participants are encouraged to contribute actively and frankly.

Programmes

Promoting Good Governance in the Security Sector of Turkey

Questions

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