Pursuant to DCAF's Strategy Paper, DCAF Brussels was established in September 2005 to enhance cooperation with the EU and the Brussels-based international community, underlining the key role of these institutions in promoting democratic governance of the security sector. As an association sans but lucratif (ASBL), DCAF Brussels is a legally and financially independent actor under Belgian law.
In relation to DCAF's cooperation with the EU, DCAF aims to :
- promote the SSR and SSG concepts within the Brussels community;
- provide DCAF's input into the development of EU policy in these areas; and
- provide research and advice on SSR/G, in particular on oversight and accountability, to the European institutions.
As such, DCAF has briefed committees of the European Parliament and produced commissioned papers on SSR.