Financial Accountability and Budgetary Transparency of the Defence Sector

Where and when

20-22 June 2013, Tbilisi, Georgia



In democracies parliament determines how much public money the state may spend and in what manner. It is a common practice in a democratic society 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. Specific attention will be devoted to communication on the budget between the Ministry of Defence and the Parliamentary Defence and Security Committee. We will also look at defence reform in connection with the defence budget.

This seminar is specifically not a platform for imposing a ‘best’ model for exercising oversight of the defence sector. 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.


Key elements

  • One-day seminar;
  • Two-day training (back to back with the seminar);
  • (Individual) coaching meetings (in the same week as the seminar and the training courses);


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If you have any questions regarding this event please contact CESS.