Europe

 

Regional Organisations and Private Security 

 

 

OSCE

 

DCAF supports the OSCE in raising awareness on the regulation of PMSCs among its participating States and within OSCE institutions. Furthermore, DCAF supports national implementation of good practices in the OSCE region. To support this work, DCAF has, jointly with OSCE, developed an analysis focusing on the OSCE's efforts in the regulation and oversight of PMSCs identifying additional avenues to support Member States.

 

 

Business and Security Research Collaborations

 

 

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Despite the growth of the private security industry throughout Europe, little research on their activities and regulation exists. The Private Security Research Collaboration (PSRC) Southeast Europe is a 3-year research project, implemented from 2014-2017 that has examined the private security sector, its size shape and role, in Albania, Bulgaria, Kosovo and Serbia. Coordinated by DCAF, partners include the Center for the Study of Democracy, the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy, the Institute for Democracy and Mediation, the Kosovar Centre for Security Studies and the Swiss National Science Foundation. 

 

 



Albania:

Main challenges and recommendations

Emerging issues in private security governance

Matrix summarising all findings related to potential or actual impact on security, human rights, and democratic principle



Bulgaria

- Main challenges and recommendations

Emerging issues in private security governance

Matrix summarising all findings related to potential or actual impact on security, human rights, and democratic principle
 



Kosovo

Main challenges and recommendations
- Matrix summarising all findings related to potential or actual impact on security, human rights, and democratic principle

 



Serbia

- Main challenges and recommendations

Emerging issues in private security governance

- Matrix summarising all findings related to potential or actual impact on security, human rights, and democratic principle

 

 

Publications and policy papers:

 

This research publication looks at the private security sector in Bulgaria and three Balkan states (Albania, Kosovo, and Serbia). 

 

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Also available in the following languages Albanian, Bulgarian, and Serbian.

This research publication looks at eight case studies that explore the impact that private security has on security, human rights and the democratic order in four Southeast European countries: Albania, Bulgaria, Kosovo and Serbia. Read more

 

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Private security companies (PSCs) can help to enhance security but may also contribute to more insecurity. Their activities can also have positive or negative effects on individuals’ human rights. But when and how should one hold PSCs accountable for the impacts they generate?  Read more

 

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