Between 22-25 March, the Centre for European Security Studies (CESS) in cooperation with the OSCE Academy in Bishkek and the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Kyrgyz Republic held its first course ‘Improving Skills, Tools and Techniques of Parliamentary Staffers’. The objective of this training is to build on capacities of the parliament in effective and accountable policy-making and oversight on security and defence matters. Acting Director of the OSCE Academy, Ms. Indira Satarkulova and Deputy Head of the Office of Parliament, Mr. Tadjimamat Shabolotov welcomed the trainees and participated in the first session of the seminar. Around twenty MPs and staffers participate in the first four-day event within the planned training series for Strengthening Parliamentary Oversight of the Security Sector: A Capacity Building Programme for the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan. The course designed as a mixture of theoretical and practical sessions and also a two-day long simulation game. Trainers from CESS, Netherlands and a renowned Parliamentary Empowerment expert from Belgium, Mr. Peter Vanhoutte will actively work with the participants during these four days on a variety of issues from enhancing their communication skills to an effective representation of the citizens. This training course is financially supported by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.