The Parliamentary oversight of the intelligence and security services plays a pivotal role in monitoring the work of the intelligence and security sector services in North Macedonia. The Parliamentary oversight is directly implemented through its assigned working bodies as well as through plenary sessions of the Assembly. However, the system for parliamentary oversight is an institutional and legal labyrinth. One of the main reasons for this barrier is the inefficient and ineffective distribution of the security and intelligence sector surveillance to three parliamentary committees, primarily because some of the Members of Parliament (MPs) are members in other committees. Another dilemma that additionally sparks debates among the professional public is the number of commissions that should be part of the parliamentary oversight of the intelligence services. For these reasons, the Center for European Strategies-Eurothink supported by the Geneva Center for Security Sector Governance-DCAF created a set of recommendations as part of the activities to support the civil society sector within the: Intelligence and Security Sector Program in North Macedonia (2017-2021).
Recommendations for improving parliamentary oversight
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