The Council of the EU adopted an Internal Security Strategy Draft

On the 25th of February 2010 the Council of the European Union (EU) adopted an Internal Security Strategy Draft. According to the draft security is one of the major priorities in conditions of technological advances and lack of internal borders. The aim is to cover all threats facing the lives and safety of citizens, including natural and man-made disasters.

The Strategy sets out the basis of the European Security Model and emphasizes on the synergy between the law-enforcement, the integrated border management and the criminal justice system. The document includes: strategy development principles; common threats against the EU security; appropriate responses to those challenges; cooperation mechanisms; guidance for guaranteeing internal security; strategy implementation.

The draft outlines the common threats against the EU security: terrorism; serious, organized and cross-border crime including trafficking in human beings, drugs and arms; sexual exploitation of minors and child pornography; money laundering, document frauds, cyber-crime, acts of violation among young people and in public.

The counteraction guidelines include: a wide and comprehensive approach to internal security; democratic and judicial supervision of security activities; prevention and anticipation through proactive, intelligence-led approach; development of comprehensive approach for information exchange; operational and judicial cooperation; integrated border management; innovation and training; cooperation with non-EU countries as an external dimension of internal security; flexibility and adaptability to future challenges.

Check-up conducted in SANS with reference to media publications
Tuesday, 02 March 2010 14:10

A conducted check-up in the State Agency for National Security (SANS) found out that the publicly well-known Angel Hristov, Plamen Galev, Mladen Mihalev, Nikolay Marinov, Krasimir Marinov, Ivo Karamanski and Pantyo (Poly) Pantev were neither assets, agents under cover, nor unpaid collaborators of the Agency.

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.

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