Welcome to CESS

Our office is in the Dutch city of Groningen, but our experts live all over the world. Our mission is to promote transparency, accountability and effectiveness in the field of security.

In our programmes we engage in training and coaching on good governance issues, parliamentary oversight, process management in parliaments and Security Sector Reform (SSR). We provide training (including training of trainers) and develop training material for practitioners in government agencies, parliament, media and civil society. We teach all over Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. Watch our 5-minute video or read our SSR brochure for more information.

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Continuation of the CESS project in Macedonia


CESS has been awarded a grant by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Skopje to implement a project that aims to support the Macedonian Parliament by fostering professionalism, work ethics and integrity amongst the staff and leadership. The project is a continuation of the previous work of the CESS in Macedonia (2014/15) and will run between March 2016 and January 2017.


New project in Moldova


Starting in March 2016, CESS will embark on a new project in Moldova: "Post-legislative Scrutiny: Enhancing ex-post parliamentary scrutiny of legislation in the Republic of Moldova". Post-legislative scrutiny comprises of the oversight on the actions taken to implement legislation. Thus, laws can be official on paper, but what is important to post-legislative scrutiny is if the laws in question are being followed. 


CESS Movie

CESS The Movie

SSR training: Simulation Exercise

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CESS SSR Courses

At this moment CESS offers the following SSR Courses:

  • SSR Introductory Course
  • SSR Advanced Course
  • Defence Course
  • Law Enforcement Course
  • Intelligence Course
  • Disaster Relief
  • Training of Trainers

CESS SSR Training

Key elements of the CESS SSR training:

  • Interactive
  • 3-5 day courses
  • Simulation exercise
  • Groups of max. 20 participants
  • Experienced trainers
  • Tailor made

See our SSR Training Brochure (PDF).