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DCAF and the European Parliament

In spring 2007, the Sub-Committee on Security and Defence (SEDE) of the European Parliament (EP) mandated DCAF to conduct a study on parliamentary involvement in decision-making processes for European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) missions, at both the European and national levels. The SEDE requested DCAF to analyse current practices across the EU in scrutinising ESDP operations and then to provide concrete recommendations for improving the EU-level oversight of ESDP. The Report was launched at a public hearing in the parliament in February 2008.  In addition, on various occasions DCAF has advised the EP on matters related to security and defence. For example, DCAF experts participated in European Parliament hearings on intelligence accountability (September 2006) and on the privatisation of security (May 2008).

In September 2010, DCAF (in partnership with the European Union Institute) was awarded a major mandate from the European Parliament's Directorate General for Internal Policies to examine 'Parliamentary Oversight of Intelligence Agencies in relevant EU Member States and other Major Democracies'. This study examines oversight of security and intelligence agencies on a national level with a view to providing recommendations for strengthening the EP's oversight of the EU's security, justice and home affairs bodies, including Europol, Frontex, Eurojust and the Situation Centre. The study provides a valuable input for the EP in drafting new legislative provisions on parliamentary oversight of Europol and Eurojust, as required by the Lisbon Treaty.