PARLIAMENTARY OVERSIGHT OF THE WORK OF THE SECURITY AND INTELLIGENCE SERVICES IN NORTH MACEDONIA

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Within the system of oversight of the work of the intelligence services in North Macedonia, several segments of oversight and control exist. Parliamentary oversight is one segment of the democratic supervision over the security and intelligence services in North Macedonia. Democratic supervision is fundamental to promoting the rule of law, ensuring checks and balances, and enabling citizens’ control over one of the most intrusive sectors of government, through their elected representatives.[1] In this authorial commentary, we will account for the competencies of the bodies that perform parliamentary oversight of the work of the intelligence services. We will also look at the number of relevant committees’ sessions during the work of the Assembly in the period 2016-2020.

According to the positive legal regulations, the Assembly of the Republic of Northern Macedonia has its oversight competencies assigned to several parliamentary committees: the Committee on Defense and Security, the Committee for Supervising the Work of the National Security Agency and the Intelligence Agency, and the Committee on Oversight of the Implementation of Measures for Interception of Communications.

The complete commentary is available here.


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