Limited Parliamentary Oversight of the Police in the Western Balkans

03.08.2017

The members of the POINTPULSE network agree that parliamentary oversight of the police is not up to the task, mainly because of the political reasons. Another flaw is non-existence of separated parliamentary committee overseeing the work of the police since the relevant bodies of the parliaments in the region deal with home affairs, defense, and intelligence. Human and material resources available to the corresponding committees is inadequate. Transparency of the work of parliaments upgraded, but there is still room for improvement.

Politicization of the committee’s work is present in almost all cases in the region. In Montenegroopposition MPs in the Committee have tried to exercise their right to hold a control hearing at the request of one-third of the members, but that was prevented as the invited representatives of the executive did not attend the scheduled meeting due to alleged inability.

Kosovo opposition members boycotted the Committee on Internal Affairs, Security, and Supervision of the Kosovo Security Force during the political crisis lasting from mid- 2014 to the first half of 2016.

In Serbia, the good practice of appointing MPs belonging to opposition parties as heads of Committees dealing with security issues has been abandoned, and the parliamentary majority generally avoids discussing sensitive topics or available Assembly procedures by outvoting the opposition MPs.

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Source: POINTPULSE

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