SDA debate on corruption in the defence sector

posted 28 Aug 2013, 03:46 by Jan Wind
We kindly inform you on an evening debate titled 

"Sharpening the teeth of defence budget watchdogs

organised by the Security & Defence Agenda (SDA). The event will take place in Brussels on 17 september 2013 18:00-19:30.

The debate will bring a select group of senior officials and experts together to discuss the efforts underway to improve legislative oversight in defence. 

Sorting fact from fiction is essential to the future of Europe’s defence equipment industry. Now, Transparency International has produced a report "Watchdogs?" that analyses the strengths and weaknesses of legislative oversight in defence and security. As the economic crisis bites deeper, what are the economic consequences of secret deals and expenditures, and are parliaments equipped to curtail them? Six of the fourteen countries most vulnerable to corruption are in the Middle East; will corruption in their defence procurement add to the turmoil in the region, and how does the lack of parliamentary oversight contribute to its problems? With 85% of the countries examined by Transparency International lacking effective scrutiny of defence purchases, what can countries do to improve their situation, and how can countries assessed to have low corruption risk levels offer best practices to others? Have NATO and EU programmes designed to fight corruption begun to yield results, and how do they dovetail with work being undertaken by parliamentarians?

To gain further insight into these issues please visit the food for thought section of the SDA website. 

Abdesselam Aboudrar, Chairman of Central Authority for Corruption Prevention of Morocco. Chairman of the Arab Anti-corruption and Integrity Network. 
Ana Gomes, Member of the Subcommittee on Security and Defence, European Parliament
Susan Pond, Head of the Building Integrity Programme, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)
Mark Pyman, Programme Director of the International defence and security counter-corruption programme, Transparency International UK
Avgustina Tzvetkova, Former Vice Minister of Defence, Bulgaria, Senior Consultant, Defence and Security Programme and Transparency International UK

The debate is moderated by Giles Merritt, Director, Security & Defence Agenda 

There is no fee applicable, however representatives of the private sector (industry, consulting, trade associations and so on) are required to be members of the SDA to attend. 

For more information view the full programme, contact SDA directly or contact EDTA