Changes in the regulations on SANS

With the amendments and supplementations of both the State Agency for National Security Act (SANSA) on 11 November 2009 and the Regulations for the Implementation of SANSA on the 17 December 2009 the regulations stipulating the SANS competences were precisely defined. With the changes the duplication of functions of the Ministry of Interior and the State Agency for National Security has been avoided. The provisions regarding the co-ordination, interaction and exchange of information between the Agency and the Ministry of Interior have been updated.

Agency’s responsibilities regarding the protection of national security and national interests, state independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, human rights and freedoms, democracy and constitutional order have been defined in detail. The amendments also refer to the Agency’s tasks regarding the involvement of senior public officials in acts of corruption, the financing of international terrorism and extremism, the activities of groups or individuals connected to foreign services, terrorist or extremist organizations. Terms such as "national security", "encroachments against national security" as well as the information for official use only have been precisely defined for the first time.

Within the cryptographic security field, the Chairperson of SANS has the legal right to enter into agreements with other countries, with which Bulgaria has signed contracts for protection of classified information.

The official position General Secretary has been legally established. The General Secretary shall assist the Chairperson and the Deputy Chairpersons in their activities and duties of office, shall run the administration and manage the administrative activities of the Agency as well as carry out the coordination with the other state institutions and organizations. The Agency is structured in order to function as a dynamic organization, adaptable to the changes in the security environment.  The new provisions allow the structure to be built upon the available assets, human resources and managerial approach of the leadership.