NATO Parliamentary Assembly Committees and other groups

Much of the Assembly’s work is carried out by its five Committees and eight sub-Committees whose remit is to consider the major security and policy challenges confronting Alliance states. The sub-Committees explore policy issues in more detail.

The Committees choose subjects to report on each year and meet experts throughout the year to inform their understanding of the chosen issue. The Rapporteur of each Committee or sub-Committee presents a report on the subject to the Committee which is debated and may be amended before being presented for agreement to the plenary session.

The UK has a different number of seats on different Committees. As well as full Members, there are places for “alternate” members, who attend meetings in the event that full members cannot.

NATO Parliamentary Assembly Committees and sub-Committees:

Name of Committee Number of UK full places Number of UK alternate places
Committee on the Civil Dimension of Security
3 3
Sub-Committee on Democratic Governance 3 3
Defence and Security Committee
4 4
Sub-Committee on Future Security and Defence Capabilities 4 4
Sub-Committee on Transatlantic Defence and Security Co-operation 4 4
Committee on Economics and Security
4 4
Sub-Committee on Transition and Development 4 4
Sub-Committee on Transatlantic Economic Relations 4 4
Political Committee
4 4
Sub-Committee on NATO Partnerships 4 4
Sub-Committee on Transatlantic Relations 4 4
Science and Technology Committee
3 3
Sub-Committee on Energy and Environmental Security 3 3
Standing Committee 4
The Assembly has also created several other groups, with membership as follows:
Name of group Number of UK places Number of UK alternate places
Mediterranean and Middle East Special Group 2 2

Other groups on which the UK is represented are the Ukraine-NATO Interparliamentary Council and the NATO-Russia Parliamentary Committee.