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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 CommitteeNumber of UK full placesNumber of UK alternate places
Committee on the Civil Dimension of Security
Sub-Committee on Democratic Governance33
Defence and Security Committee
Sub-Committee on Future Security and Defence Capabilities44
Sub-Committee on Transatlantic Defence and Security Co-operation44
Committee on Economics and Security
Sub-Committee on Transition and Development44
Sub-Committee on Transatlantic Economic Relations44
Political Committee
Sub-Committee on NATO Partnerships44
Sub-Committee on Transatlantic Relations44
Science and Technology Committee
Sub-Committee on Energy and Environmental Security33
Standing Committee4
The Assembly has also created several other groups, with membership as follows:
Name of groupNumber of UK placesNumber of UK alternate places
Mediterranean and Middle East Special Group22
Ukraine-NATO Interparliamentary Council1
Georgia-NATO Interparliamentary Council1
NATO-Russia Parliamentary Committee3 (ex-officio)
Transatlantic Forum4
Working Group on Education and Communication about NATO1