Training Course 3: Strengthening Parliamentary Oversight for the Security Sector: Skills, Tools and Techniques

Where and when

22-24 June 2011, Bazaleti Hotel, Bazaleti, Georgia


The third training course of the Georgia Parliamentary Programme (GPP) took place on 22-24 June on the borders of Lake Bazaleti. As in the first two courses, the event focussed on the skills, tools and techniques MPs and staffers can use in their daily work to oversee the government. For the first time, we included a group of Georgian trainers in our teaching team. 

It was also the first time that Mark Stanitzki acted as a CESS instructor. Mark is Director of the Liaison Office of the German liberal party (FDP) at the European Union and has many years of experience working in the parliamentary apparatus. During the course he briefed the group about vital issues for staffers such as policy management and communication and information management.

Peter Vanhoutte, a familiar face in the GPP, discussed the instruments that MPs have at their disposal and how to use them most effectively when dealing with the executive. As a former MP, Peter could provide lots of illustrations from his days in Belgian politics. 

On the last day, five graduates of our Training-of-Trainers (ToT) course of 19-21 June led an exercise they had developed themselves. This was a challenging first step in their career as a trainer, but a successful one. For the fourth and last training course we intend to invite other graduates of the ToT to join our team of trainers. 


Georgia Parliamentary Programme: a capacity-building and good governance programme


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