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U.S. Army Maj. Christopher Connor, Bulgaria desk officer with U.S. European Command, talks with German Heer (Army) Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Johann Berger. German deputy at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Nov. 30 during a break at the Tailored Seminar for Members of Parliament from Bulgaria: “Role of Parliament in Security Sector Governance and Oversight” held Nov. 30 to Dec. 1 at the Marshall Center in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. For more photos, visit the Marshall Center Photo Gallery. (Marshall Center photo by Christine June /RELEASED)

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (Dec. 1, 2015) -- The George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies held a Tailored Seminar for Members of Parliament from Bulgaria: “Role of Parliament in Security Sector Governance and Oversight” held here Nov. 30 to Dec. 1.

Attending the seminar were 11 members of Parliament from Bulgaria, three staff members from the U.S. Embassy in Sofia and the desk officer for Bulgaria from the U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany.

Parliament members represented the Defense Committee, Internal Security and Public Order Committee, and Foreign Policy Committee.  

Topics were:

  • State Secrecy vs. Transparency: The Security Architecture under Ministerial Supervision and Parliamentary Control;
  • Strategic Defense Reviews and Parliaments;
  • Hybrid Warfare and Hybrid Threats on Europe’s Eastern and Southern Flanks;
  • Energy Security in Southeast Europe;
  • NATO after the Wales Summit;
  • European Union: Issues and Initiatives;
  • Economic Security in Southeast Europe;
  • Civil-Military Relations; and,
  • Migration in Europe: Causes, Challenges and Solutions.