Investigating Telekom Affair in the Parliament – unrealistic expectations and realistic limitations

Through the adoption of the Decision on opening of the parliamentary inquiry and establishing an Inquiry Committee for gathering information and facts about corruption in the privatisation of Telekom Crne Gore, after a decade-long pause, an inquiry committee was formed which faced numerous challenges in achieving its goals. The Inquiry Committee’s mandate was limited to the period from the opening of the parliamentary inquiry – 28 February 2012 – until 1 October 2012, during which twelve persons were invited to provide statements, with a view to gathering the necessary information.

The goal of this analysis, which represents the continuation of research conducted by Institute Alternative in this area, is to answer the following question – which obstacles did the Inquiry Committee face in carrying out the parliamentary inquiry. The subject of this analysis were the circumstances in which the parliamentary inquiry was launched, the role of other actors involved in shedding light on the relevant issues, problems in the implementation of control mechanisms, as well as the political context in which the parliamentary inquiry was conducted. Based on the analysis of identified problems, and good solutions found in comparative practice, recommendations for enhancing this important control mechanism were formulated. Our intention is to contribute to the strengthening of the parliamentary inquiry as an instrument for overseeing the work of government, state bodies and institutions, and as a control mechanism which will be used more frequently in the most functional way, thus yielding concrete results.

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