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  • Title: Regional conference held on competition policy in the Western Balkans
    Descriptive info: Latest News.. / Regional conference held on competition policy in the Western Balkans.. Regional conference held on competition policy in the Western Balkans.. 19 June 2013.. More than 30 members of parliament, committee staff and regional researchers from across the Western Balkans came together a conference in June to discuss findings from a draft study on competition policy in the region.. Participants at the conference, supported by the UK's Westminster Foundation for Democracy, included delegates from the parliaments of Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Kosovo*.. The conference's key aims were to discuss the findings of a draft study on.. 'Competition Policy in the Western Balkans'.. and on ways in which the.. Network of Parliamentary Committees on Economy and Finance in the Western Balkans.. can address key regional economic issues.. The study's findings were presented by the report's author Ms Slavica Penev, senior research fellow from the Belgrade Institute of Economic Science; Mr Fikret Cauševic, Professor at the Faculty of Economics, Sarajevo; Mr Ahmet Mancellari, Professor at the Faculty of Economics, Tirana; and Mr Nikola Milovic from the Faculty of Economics, Podgorica.. Hosted by the.. Committee on Economy and Finance from the Parliament of Montenegro.. and organised by WFD, MPs and staff discussed how parliaments in the region, taking into account the study s findings, can provide further support in scrutinising relevant economic legislation that can improve the competition environment in countries  ...   policy areas received the most criticism from Brussels.. He also outlined how,.. in order to promote competition, Western Balkan countries need to have greater involvement of Competition Authorities.. The greatest problem is the lack of rules and, therefore, implementation.. Alexsandar Damjanovic (above), Chairperson of the.. Committee on Economy, Finance and Budget, Parliament of Montenegro.. , commented that,.. due to small market size, countries within the region, have a tendency towards monopolies and with a lack of administrative capacity, it is difficult to achieve a competitive market.. ".. On the second day of the conference, MPs and staff from the.. Network of Committees of Economy and Finance of the Western Balkan Countries.. discussed and agreed to establish a governance structure for the Network, and developed an action plan to address regional issues though its work.. This regionally- led network, formed in 2009, seeks to strengthen regional parliamentary cooperation on economic regulatory reform and to idenitfy and implement regional solutions to overcoming the economic crisis, and speed up EU integration.. WFD is supporting the Network through a three-year programme, from 2012-15, to strengthen the role of parliaments in the Western Balkans in promoting competitiveness and economic growth.. You can read a story about the conference on the Parliament of Montenegro's website by.. clicking here.. You can find out more about the Network by.. You can read further news and updates on this programme by.. back..

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  • Title: Media skills in the spotlight
    Descriptive info: / Media skills in the spotlight.. Developing the Skills of Young Iraqi Trade Unionists.. Media skills in the spotlight.. 17 June 2013.. More than 30 youth members of political parties in Tunisia took part in a weekend of workshops in June to develop their communication skills in dealing with the media and getting their message across.. Thirty-three young people from nine political parties in Tunisia took part in the workshops, supported by the UK s Westminster Foundation for Democracy.. Skills in the spotlight included communicating and engaging with the media, interviewing and press conference techniques and getting messages across by utilising social media.. Two trainers from the UK s Liberal Democrat Party and the Scottish National Party led the sessions.. Held over two days from 1-2 June 2013, the media and communication workshops were also an opportunity for political party members from Tunisia to establish links and exchange experience with their counterparts from the UK.. WFD supported similar cross-party workshops during the same weekend for Tunisian political parties female electoral  ...   media.. Two trainers representing the UK s Labour Party and Conservative Party led the sessions.. caption.. :.. Participants benefitted from giving their own presentations, which were recorded, and receiving individual feedback from the trainers on their style and delivery.. Another session was set up as a mock press conference, which provided all participants with the opportunity to take a role and experience on-the-spot interaction with the media.. The cross-party workshops were held as part of WFD s three year programme in Tunisia, from 2012-15, on.. Supporting multi-party democracy and the National Constituent Assembly in Tunisia.. The programme has two components, the first to support the country s National Constituent Assembly in its legislative and oversight functions during the transitional period.. The second is to work with political parties on a multi-party and party-to-party basis, to strengthen their internal structures and inclusiveness.. You can read more about previous cross-party workshops in Tunisia, focused on increasing women's participation held as part of this programme by.. You can read about the youth-focused workshops by..

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  • Title: WFD supports workshop on parliamentary oversight with Kurdistan Parliament - Iraq
    Descriptive info: / WFD supports workshop on parliamentary oversight with Kurdistan Parliament - Iraq.. The Serbian Code of Conduct.. WFD supports workshop on parliamentary oversight with Kurdistan Parliament - Iraq.. 30 May 2013.. The Westminster Foundation for Democracy and the Kurdistan Parliament Iraq held a workshop on parliamentary oversight and the role of the opposition in mid-May.. It was an opportunity for members of the Kurdistan Parliament Iraq to discuss the methods and tools used in parliamentary oversight and to hear about the UK experience, as well as that of regional parliaments and other Arab countries, including Morocco and Egypt.. caption: MPs from the Kurdistan Parliament - Iraq taking part in the workshop.. Eighteen members of the Kurdistan Parliament Iraq attended the two day event and opposition parties were also well represented, including the Gorran (Change) Bloc, Islamic Group and the Turkmen List.. The workshop, held in Erbil, brought together a former Minister of Finance from the Northern Irish Assembly, Sean Farren, former senior clerk in the House of Commons, Paul Silk, a Moroccan MP and Vice Speaker, AbdellatifBerroho and an Egyptian academic expert in Arab parliamentary practice, AmrHashemRabie.. Their contributions included extensive analysis of opposition practices and procedures for oversight in the UK  ...   workshop, issues of the rules and procedures were frequently raised, with the implementation of the existing rules a current challenge.. Members were also interested in discussing strategies for oversight used in other countries, such as shadow government and the different approaches to questions, motions and committee work.. The workshop concluded with an agreement to create an action plan for improving relationships within the parliament between members from all political parties.. The workshop was held as part of WFD's three year programme of support to the Kurdistan Parliament Iraq from 2012-15.. The programme aims to develop parliamentary capacity, strengthen the work of MPs in parliament and in key parliamentary committees, strengthen accountability and oversight functions, regional engagement and participation, and cross-party dialogue within parliament.. Further information:.. WFD is also supporting the Iraqi House of Expertise (an independent policy advisory unit to the Council of Representatives in Baghdad, which WFD helped to establish) to develop better policy analysis for action on women, health, education, transparency, feeding into improved decision-making and legislation.. To date, the Iraqi House of Expertise supported three committees with four policy papers on key issues, and MPs and Iraqi experts agreed a Memorandum of Understanding for further support including training staff..

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  • Title: Final session of WFD-supported induction programme for Jordanian MPs
    Descriptive info: / Final session of WFD-supported induction programme for Jordanian MPs.. Final session of WFD-supported induction programme for Jordanian MPs.. 16 May 2013.. Jordanian Members of Parliament took part in the last of a series of workshops being held as part of a parliamentary induction programme,.. put together by the UK s Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) and the Jordanian House of Representatives.. Topics up for discussion at the two-day workshop, held from Monday 13 to Tuesday 14 May 2013, included MPs relationships with the media, parliamentarians and human rights, the representative role of MPs, party groups within parliament and parliamentary blocs.. Speakers at the sessions include UK MPs Peter Luff and Dan Rogerson.. More than 25 MPs took part during the two-day event.. Caption:.. Topics up for discussion at the final workshop, as part of the wider induction programme, included the role  ...   Tuesday 5 March 2013, the programme has involved.. a series of workshops on.. how parliament is structured, aspects of parliamentary work, the legislative process and financial oversight.. The sessions have been delivered by a combination of parliamentary staff, Members of Parliament, from the UK and other countries in the region, senior public servants and academics.. caption:.. Delegates collect handbooks on human rights and media as part of WFD's induction programme for Jordanian MPs.. The induction training for MPs is part of a long-term, three year programme of parliament support being provided by WFD from 2012-15, which was officially launched with the.. signing of a memorandum of understanding with the Jordanian House of Representatives in October 2012.. The programme includes.. youth leaders across the country to develop their expertise to support government reform longer-term.. Click here.. to see previous news about this programme..

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  • Title: Discussion on Western Balkans study at London School of Economics
    Descriptive info: / Discussion on Western Balkans study at London School of Economics.. Parliamentary Committees in Bosnia and Herzegovina.. Discussion on Western Balkans study at London School of Economics.. 08 May 2013.. A study which highlights the role of parliaments across the Western Balkans in economic and regulatory reform was presented at an event at the London School of Economics (LSE) on Tuesday 7th May 2013.. The Economic and European Perspectives of Western Balkan Countries study.. , by Slavica Penev, senior research fellow from the Belgrade Institute of Economic Science, puts the spotlight on the importance that committees of finance and economy play in enabling parliaments across the Western Balkans to scrutinise relevant legislation, and thereby set regulation that better promotes sustainable economic development.. Panelists at the discussion included Slavica Penev (right) and Fikret  ...   the discussion Ms Penev reinforced that.. future sustainable growth [Western Balkans] should be more production-based and export-led.. She went on to add that in doing so, the region needs to ensure appropriate regulatory reforms have been established.. Mr Causevic further stressed that it is ".. impossible to pay off foreign debt without foreign direct investment.. Ms Penev concluded that ".. EU accession offers reforms necessary for advancement, which will not only assist the region in overcoming the impacts of economic crises but improve its economic cooperation within the region.. The event was hosted by the.. 'LSEE-Research on South Eastern Europe'.. (part of the LSE s European Institute) from 6pm to 7.. 30pm on Tuesday 7th May 2013.. Please.. to read more about the study and WFD's three year programme in the Western Balkans..

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  • Title: WFD hosts delegation from Public Accounts Committee of Myanmar
    Descriptive info: / WFD hosts delegation from Public Accounts Committee of Myanmar.. Paralegal Training in Uganda.. WFD hosts delegation from Public Accounts Committee of Myanmar.. 22 April 2013.. WFD has this week been hosting a delegation of members from the Public Accounts Committee of the Parliament of Union of Myanmar.. During a five-day study visit, the four member delegation has had the chance to observe how the UK's Public Accounts Committee operates, as well as the workings of the National Audit Office and parliament generally.. During the visit, taking place from Monday 22 to Friday 26 April, the delegation has also been hearing about the work of the Treasury Select Committee, discussing the legislative process in the context of financial scrutiny with the Public Bill Office, and learning about parliament's economic research section.. A meeting was also scheduled with the Rt Hon John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons.. The delegation  ...   left) U Nyi Nyi Myint MP and PAC member; U Min Swe MP and PAC member; WFD CEO Linda Duffield; Daw May San Thein, Office of the Auditor General of the Parliament of Union of Myanmar and U Maung Toe MP and Secretary of PAC.. Background:.. The study-visit was organised following an initial assessment visit by WFD to Myanmar in July 2012, to consider how the organisation could potentially assist the country in its democratic transition.. A need identified was to strengthen the effectiveness of the legislature in key areas of its work, as well as opportunities for supporting political parties.. In the first phase, WFD s support is focusing on the needs of the Public Accounts Committee in conducting oversight and providing support to elected representatives and parliamentary staff.. WFD is also considering a longer-term programme of engagement, which it will be discussing with the delegation during its visit this week..

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  • Title: Latest News
    Descriptive info: / Latest News.. Showing records 1 to 10 of 47.. Foreign Office Minister in Rabat.. 30 September 2013.. During a visit to Morocco British Foreign Office Minister, Alistair Burt, heard first-hand accounts of WFD’s work sponsored by the Arab Partnership.. Mr Burt was attending an event to mark the second anniversary of the founding of the Partnership which was established following the events which gave rise to the ‘Arab Spring.. ’.. WFD holds workshops in DRC as part of three year programme.. 21 August 2013.. Women members of parliament and representatives from civil society organisations in Province Orientale, DRC, attended a two-day workshop in July as part of WFD's three year programme of support..  ...   in parliamentary study-visit on financial oversight.. 15 July 2013.. WFD recently hosted members of the Moroccan Parliament’s Budget Committee as part of a five-day study-visit to the UK in June.. The 12-member delegation had the chance to observe the UK Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in action, and learn more about how parliament undertakes financial legislation and oversight.. Labour Party publishes annual review of its Westminster Foundation work.. 12 July 2013.. The Labour Party has published its Annual Review for 2012, which highlights its Westminster Foundation work.. Each year, the Labour Party receives funds from the Westminster Foundation for Democracy to support like-minded parties in new, fragile and emerging democracies.. 1.. 2.. 3.. 4.. 5.. next..

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  • Title: Study on economic perspectives of Western Balkans presented in Brussels
    Descriptive info: / Study on economic perspectives of Western Balkans presented in Brussels.. Engaging Sierra Leonean Youth in Politics.. Study on economic perspectives of Western Balkans presented in Brussels.. 15 April 2013.. More than 100 representatives from economic and academic institutes and think-tanks, as well as from parliaments across the Western Balkans, attended a workshop in Brussels in April to hear the results of a study on.. 'Economic and European Perspectives of Western Balkan Countries'.. The panel of speakers at the Brussels meeting included (from left).. Aleksandar Damjanovic.. , Chair of the Parliament of Montenegro's Committee on Economy, Finance and Budget;.. Andrea Renda.. , Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies;.. Slavica Penev.. , author of the study on 'Economic and European Perspectives of Western Balkan Countries' and senior research fellow from the Belgrade Institute of Economic Sciences and.. Fikret Causevic.. , from the Sarajevo Faculty of Economics; and.. Emil Atanasovski.. , WFD Western Balkans Programme Manager.. Centre for European Studies.. in Brussels and WFD, the two-hour presentation (pictured below) highlighted the findings  ...   Institute of Economic Sciences, considers in detail the chronological development of the economic, legal and regulatory environment of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo*.. It considers their relative strengths and weaknesses in five key areas:.. macroeconomic stability; the business environment and competitiveness; regulatory reform; progress with EU integration; and parliaments role in economic and regulatory reform.. It is the first time that a comparative overview of how far the reform process has progressed in each country has been published.. The study s publication, supported by the UK s Westminster Foundation for Democracy, is part of a wider initiative by the.. The workshop in Brussels is one of a series of events to highlight the findings of the study.. The next workshop is scheduled to be held at.. The London School of Economics on 7 May 2013.. For more information about this event please email WFD's Head of Programmes for Europe.. Alex Romaniuc.. For more information about WFD's programme in Europe, as well as previous news about the study and other activities please..

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  • Title: WFD and Arab Training Centre hold workshop as part of Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union conference in Kuwait
    Descriptive info: / WFD and Arab Training Centre hold workshop as part of Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union conference in Kuwait.. WFD and Arab Training Centre hold workshop as part of Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union conference in Kuwait.. 12 April 2013.. The Westminster Foundation for Democracy and the Arab Institute for Parliamentary Training and Legislative Studies (AIPTLS) held a workshop as part of the 19th annual conference of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union, this year held in Kuwait from 9-11 April.. The workshop, which was held a day before the official opening of the conference, was an opportunity to promote the work and future of the AIPTLS which was launched in July 2011.. The Westminster Foundation for Democracy supported the establishment of the centre, through its Westminster Consortium programme, and has assisted with developing curriculm and facilitating training, including support with parliamentary processes and management, financial oversight, access to information and communications, and human rights (.. to read a feature, published in July 2012, which gives further background about WFD's involvement in establishing the centre).. Pictured at the workshop are (from left).. Dina Melhem.. , WFD Head of Programmes for the Middle East;.. Noureddine Bouchkouj.. , Secretary General  ...   above) added that.. "exchanging expertise between Arab Parliaments plays a fundamental role in developing their performance and administration.. ".. He also said that, ".. the role of duty of legislative bodies should be determined in order to build appropriate parliamentary adminstrations.. Mr Sharara also emphasised the importance that parliamentary adminstrations, in co-operation with political powers and civil society institutions, have to play in building general policies in the Arab world that pave the way for further interaction with people, particularly women and youth.. Dina Melhem (pictured above at the conference with Azmi Shuaibi) emphasised the uniqueness of the AIPTLS, explaining that its very existence was testimony to the region's desire to support Arab Parliaments.. ".. The AIPTLS is indeed a first attempt globally at a truly regional centre serving parliaments in countries with varying parliamentary systems,".. she said.. Recent events that have taken place at the AIPTLS include workshops on strategic communication planning for parliaments and on human rights, including the launch of an Arabic version of the.. '.. ,'.. handbook in February 2013 (you can.. to read more about this event, and.. to access the handbook).. for more information about the AIPTLS..

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  • Title: Study highlights the role of parliaments across Western Balkans in economic and regulatory reform
    Descriptive info: / Study highlights the role of parliaments across Western Balkans in economic and regulatory reform.. Strengthening Financial Scrutiny in Macedonia.. Study highlights the role of parliaments across Western Balkans in economic and regulatory reform.. 26 March 2013.. The importance that committees of finance and economy play in enabling parliaments across the Western Balkans to scrutinise relevant legislation, and thereby set regulation that better promotes sustainable economic development in the region, has been highlighted in a recent study.. The 150-page study, entitled.. The Economic and European Perspectives of Western Balkan Countries.. by Slavica Penev, senior research fellow from the Belgrade Institute of Economic Sciences, considers in detail the chronological development of the economic, legal and regulatory environment of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo*.. It considers their relative strengths and weaknesses in five key areas: macroeconomic stability; the business environment and competitiveness; regulatory reform; progress with EU integration; and parliaments role in economic and regulatory reform.. Caption (above right):.. A regional meeting in Montenegro in October 2012 brought together more than 70 representatives from parliamentary committees across the Western Balkans.. The aim was to present, and discuss, the draft version of the regional study.. The study highlights that although most of the region s parliaments, through their rules and procedures , assign the development of economic policy to committees of finance and economy, most of these committees exercise only limited influence.. It also found that while parliaments have experts working for committees and research departments, most have limited staff capacity, and priority is mostly given to inquiries about the work of assemblies rather than serious research analysis.. Examples include the type of analysis needed to improve the efficiency of committees, and how they can strengthen their roles in creating economic policy and improve co-operation with the private sector.. Speaking at the presentation of the study at the National Assembly of Serbia in February 2013, Aleksandra Tomic, Chairperson of the Committee on the Economy, Regional Development, Trade, Tourism and Energy said, ".. The study gives an overview of the business environment in the region, implemented regulatory reform and a desirable plan of future activities that the Western Balkan countries need to be implemented in order to overcome their economic problems.. Other points highlighted by the study include:.. All the reform priorities of the Western Balkan countries are strongly correlated with their EU accession agenda.. EU accession is crucial to a domestic transformation.. Progression in the process is of great  ...   Foundation for Democracy, as part of its three year programme to strengthen the role of parliaments in the Western Balkans in promoting competitiveness and economic growth.. A focus of WFD s programme is to support the.. Network of Committees of Economy and Finance of the Western Balkan countries.. This regionally- led network, formed in 2009, seeks to strengthen regional parliamentary cooperation on economic regulatory reform.. Speaking about the role of the network Beriz Belkic, former President of the House of Representatives, Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina, who initiated the network's establishment, said,.. The network differs from all the other regional initiatives as it.. was created.. and launched by MPs in the region, and has strong support by all the countries of the region.. It has a powerful influence on strengthening links not only among the parliaments, but also among governments, private business associations and economists from the scientific community from the region, and in bringing together people from the region.. The Balkan 'roots of this co-operation gives special strength to the network, has seen it survive and take deep roots within parliaments.. EU integration is an important factor driving democratic consolidation in the Western Balkans.. The countries of the region have begun to address the challenges that exist in their democratic institutions and state institutions.. The impact of the global economic crisis was felt strongly in the Western Balkans.. The crisis spurred national parliaments to recognise that they, as much as national governments, had a role to play in overcoming it particularly by ensuring the quality of economic legal framework and regional harmonisation.. WFD s programme supports the agenda of elected representatives and policy-makers regionally towards identifying and implementing solutions to overcoming the economic crisis, and speed up regional and EU integration.. More information:.. to view/download the English translation of the Economic and European Perspectives of Western Balkan Countries regional study.. You can read more about the Network on its website by.. You can read more about WFD s programme in the Western Balkans by.. Explanation of notes:.. Note 1.. : The Copenhagen criteria are the rules that define whether a country is eligible to join the European Union.. The criteria require that a state has the institutions to preserve democratic governance and human rights, has a functioning market economy, and accepts the obligations and intent of the EU.. Note 2:.. The acquis is the body of common rights and obligations that is binding on all the EU member states..

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  • Title: Workshop builds skills of parliamentary staff in Nigeria
    Descriptive info: / Workshop builds skills of parliamentary staff in Nigeria.. Workshop builds skills of parliamentary staff in Nigeria.. 18 March 2013.. More than 60 parliamentary staff from Nigeria's National and State assemblies attended a workshop in mid-March to learn more about parliamentary 'rules and procedures'.. The training workshop also covered the legislative process and compared the UK's structure with the Nigerian experience, as well as the United States and France.. (from left) Mrs C.. O Akunwafor, Deputy Clerk, Nigeria House of Representatives with WFD CEO Linda Duffield at the workshop for parliamentary  ...   in tracking and monitoring legislation.. The workshop was supported by the UK's Westminster Foundation for Democracy as part of its three year parliamentary strengthening programme in Nigeria - Enhancing participation and leadership of women parliamentarians.. The programme aims to strengthen the capacity of women parliamentarians nationally to develop a strategy so they can contribute to, and influence, policy-making.. It is also supporting the National Institute for Legislative Studies, a capacity-building institution of the National Assembly, which organised the workshop.. You can read more about the programme, and WFD's programmes in Africa, by..

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