Upcoming Event: Armed Forces Under Democratic Control. From National to European Oversight

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Placing armed forces under democratic control is one of the major achievements of Western democracies in the last century. Parliamentary oversight mechanisms were established with the aim to hold armed forces democratically accountable towards state and society and make sure that their deployment is controlled by elected authorities.

Closer security and defence cooperation on a European level are high on the political agenda these days. It is therefore high time to discuss how to translate national control mechanisms on the European level, to make sure that also joint European defence is democratically accountable.

Which democratic control mechanisms are already in place on the national level today? And how could they be transferred to the European level? Join us and discuss these and other questions with our experts.



A Joint Event Series with the European Organisation of Military Associations (EUROMIL) on: Overcoming Obstacles: On the Way to a European Army


Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Registration & Light Lunch: 12:00h

Event: 12.30-14.00h


Venue: Friedrich Naumann Foundation, First Floor

Avenue de Cortenbergh 71, 1000 Brussels


Kindly register for this event by 30 October 2017 at http://tinyurl.com/DemocraticControl *




Dr. Hans Born

Assistant Director

Geneva Center for Democratic Control of Armed Forces


Dr. Marta Hirsch-Ziembinska

Head of Inquiries Unit 1

European Ombudsman


Hilde Vautmans

Member of the European Parliament

Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE)




Kai Küstner (tbc)

Brussels Correspondent

ARD, German Radio





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