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GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (June 5, 2015) – The George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies conducted a two-day tailored seminar titled “Role of Parliament in Security Sector Governance and Oversight” for 15 members of parliament from the Republic of Kosovo here on May 18 and 19. (DOD Photo by Karl-Heinz Wedhorn/RELEASED)

By German Heer (Army) 1st Lt. Stefan Marks
GCMC Conference Planner

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (May 28, 2015) – The George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies conducted a two-day tailored seminar titled “Role of Parliament in Security Sector Governance and Oversight” for 15 members of parliament from the Republic of Kosovo here on May 18 and 19.

The focus of this event was on contemporary security challenges within Southeast Europe and the role of parliaments in addressing them. Marshall Center faculty and invited experts engaged in interactive discussion with members of parliament on issues including organized crime and corruption, intelligence oversight, and lessons learned by other regional states.

“Seminar delegates and speakers showed a lot of experience and knowledge to contribute effectively to a successful seminar,” said Dr. Valbona Zeneli, professor of National Security Studies at the Marshall Center CISS, who led the two-day event.

The closing sessions of the seminar allowed the parliamentarians to comment on the status of current regional and Euro-Atlantic integration processes and ended in the expressed will to strengthen Kosovo’s participation in them, said Zeneli.

The mission of the Marshall Center, as a vital instrument of German-American cooperation, is to create a more stable security environment by advancing democratic institutions and relationships; promoting active, peaceful, whole-of-government approaches to address transnational and regional security challenges; and creating and enhancing enduring partnerships worldwide.

More information on other Marshall Center programs and registration procedures are available at www.marshallcenter.org.