Transparency International: In Armenia and Azerbaijan, details of defence budgets and procurement decisions are routinely classified, with very little oversight from parliaments

Transparency International, GOVERNMENT DEFENCE ANTI-CORRUPTION INDEX:

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„Partner states such as Uzbekistan, Armenia, and Azerbaijan have very low levels of oversight and transparency. In Uzbekistan, the president’s influence on laws practically nullifies parliamentary prerogatives and not even the overall defence budget is publicly known. In Armenia and Azerbaijan, details of defence budgets and procurement decisions are routinely classified, with very little oversight from parliaments.

In Georgia, the major challenge is sustaining the momentrum for reform and implementing the much-improved legal and institutional regulations. Good practice – such as inclusion of representatives of civil society organisations in procurement oversight – are accompanied by significant shortcomings, for instance in parliamentary oversight. The Defence and Security Committee has become more active since the anti-corruption drive begun in 2012: the Chairman of the Committee visits military bases and Committee members participate in workshops and training on oversight. A subset of the Committee, the Group on Confidence, was established to provide oversight of classified procurement and intelligence activities. However, the Group has not yet started functioning effectively following a reorganisation in 2014 and it appears to have been bypassed during the recent acquisition of air defence systems from a French company: the Group was to be engaged in overseeing the acquisition, but was instead provided with a finalised deal.“

More details are here:

http://government.defenceindex.org/downloads/docs/GI-NATO-Results-web.pdf

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