In cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme and the National Democratic Institute for International Studies, the Parliamentary Institute participates in international development projects focused on the development of parliamentary democracy, particularly in the Balkans and post-Soviet states. PI staff worked as lecturers in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo. The Parliamentary Institute hosted seminars for members of parliament and officials from the parliaments of Uzbekistan, Macedonia, Kosovo, Moldova, Armenia and others.
Together with experts from the parliaments of France and Hungary, PI staff participated in the implementation of a twinning programme funded by the European Commission, which aimed to improve the work of the Parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the field of the legislative process, the Parliament’s scrutiny functions vis-à-vis the Government and the implementation of European law.
In 2017, the Parliamentary Institute successfully completed the implementation of an EU development cooperation project with Lebanon. A PI staff member served as a senior expert in developing the research service of the Lebanese Parliament. The project aimed at strengthening the parliamentary structures in the fields of the legislative process and parliamentary control of the Government. It is a form of technical assistance that helps not only to build the institutional capacity of the Lebanese Parliament, but also to strengthen the professional capacity of the Parliament staff to provide adequate and qualified support to the Members of Parliament so that the basic functions of the Parliament can be exercised.
Since September 2017, the Parliamentary Institute, as a senior partner, has implemented a two-year twinning project ‘Strengthening the capacities of the Parliament of Moldova for EU approximation process’ together with the parliaments of Hungary and Slovakia. The aim of the project was to assist the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova in the process of approximation of the national legal order to EU law in accordance with the obligations arising from the Association Agreement concluded between Moldova and the EU. The project was implemented in four separate components:
- Changing the decision-making procedures in the Parliament to enable approximation of the law (amendment of the Rules of Procedure of the Parliament)
- Training of Deputies and parliamentary staff on EU affairs
- Practical assistance with approximation of selected regulations
- Creating tools for communication between the Government and the Parliament in the field of approximation of European law