Bratislava, 25 February: The latest visit of Tunisian representatives to Slovakia highlights the importance of the SAC’s Transfer of Know-How programme in the transition of Tunisia towards democracy, as Slovakia is becoming a model country for the North African country.

The programme of the five members of the Tunisian National Constitutional Assembly in Bratislava focused on defence and military issues, especially on relationship and constitutional arrangements between the legislature and the military.

Led by Samir Taieb, law academic and Vice-President of the Laboratoire de la transition démocratique, on Monday the delegation held talks with members of the Slovakia’s parliament Defence and Security Committee and the Special Committee for Supervision over Military Intelligence of the Slovak Parliament. “Although our Constitution does not feature a Defence and Security Committee, following our visit to Slovakia we will do everything necessary to establish a similar committee in Tunisia,” said Ahmed Driss, president of the Centre for Mediterranean and International Studies.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Tunisian delegation engaged in a public debate at the premises of the Representation of the EU Commission about the recent developments in Tunisia, mainly concerning the constitution being adopted after more than two years since the process was launched.

Supported by the SlovakAid, the project of cooperation between Slovakia and Tunisia, was launched in September 2013 and focuses mainly on transfer of Slovak know-how from the area of security sector reform in terms of inter-institutional competences among the main sector’s stakeholders.