DEMOCRATIC CIVILIAN CONTROL IN UKRAINE

WHAT IS CONTROLLED?

The following subjects are identified for civilian control over the national defence and security and law enforcement:

  • Validity of decisions taken by the public authorities in the field of military and law enforcement activities, in terms of their compliance with the principles of internal and foreign policy, as well as international commitments of Ukraine under the concluded agreements
  • Status of reforms of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other uniformed services
  • Status of the military-patriotic education of youth as well as the training of citizens in defence of their homeland
  • The export and import of weapons and military equipment
  • Compliance with the Constitution (254k/96-VR) and laws of Ukraine in part related to the protection of rights and freedoms of citizens of Ukraine serving in the Armed Forces of Ukraine, other uniformed services, and law enforcement agencies, as well as the status of legal and social protection of conscripts, active duty, and reserve personnel, and citizens discharged from military service and their families.
  • Establishment, approval, and use of funds allocated for defence, national security and law enforcement under the State Budget of Ukraine, as well as compliance with the budget legislation in this field
  • Development, financial support, and fulfillment of defence contracts, plans for mobilisation training and mobilisation activities, as well as any matters related to the disposal and elimination of weapons, prevention of emergencies, and overcoming their consequences
  • Participation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in international peacekeeping and security operations, joint military exercises, and other activities, in the framework of international military and military-technical cooperation
  • Compliance with the laws of Ukraine when taking decisions on the admission of units of the armed forces of other states to the territory of Ukraine, as well as during their stay on the territory of Ukraine
  • Observation of laws while considering the requests and complaints of active duty and discharged military personnel and their families by officials of public authorities.
WHAT IS CONTROLLED?
The concept of democratic civilian control over the armed forces combines multiple processes:

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What is effective democratic control
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