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Transparency and parliamentary scrutiny

The European Parliament in Brussels, 2015
The European Parliament in Brussels, 2015. Photo: Six Dun / Shutterstock

Transparency and parliamentary scrutiny are essential components of effective dual-use and arms trade controls. Transparency covers the exchange of information between states and the release of publicly available data. It can serve to demonstrate that states are implementing export control policies that are in line with their national laws and international commitments and help to identify and prevent destabilizing weapons build-ups. Parliamentary scrutiny involves parliament playing an active role in the drafting and implementing of states’ controls in these areas.

SIPRI’s work on transparency and parliamentary scrutiny involves monitoring the various transparency and reporting instruments in the field of arms export controls. These include the various national reports on arms exports that states produce, as well as the UN Register on Conventional Arms, the EU Annual Report on Arms Exports and the OAS Transparency Convention. It also involves assessing the various mechanisms of parliamentary scrutiny that have been developed in this area and presenting recommendations for how they could be improved.

Research staff

Mark Bromley is the Director of the SIPRI Dual-Use and Arms Trade Control programme.
Dr Sibylle Bauer is the Director of Studies of the SIPRI Armament and Disarmament Programme.
Kolja Brockmann is a Researcher in the SIPRI Dual-Use and Arms Trade Control programme.
Giovanna Maletta is a Researcher in the Dual-Use and Arms Trade Control Programme at SIPRI.