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Working meeting of the Chairperson of the State Commission on Information Security Mrs. Tsveta Markova with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the Republic of Bulgaria H.E. Lieutenant general Sifet Podzic

On 7 April 2010 in Sofia the Chairperson of the State Commission on Information Security Mrs. Tsveta Markova held a working meeting with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the Republic of Bulgaria H.E. Lieutenant general Sifet Podzic.

During the meeting Mrs. Markova introduced the Ambassador to the role and functions of the SCIS as state authority which carries out the state policy in the field of classified information protection and as National Security Authority for the Republic of Bulgaria, in accordance to NATO and EU requirements.

On his behalf Mr. Podzic emphasized that he knows well the importance of state authorities with powers similar to those of SCIS and the specific character of the activity on the protection of classified information.

Mrs. Markova presented to the attention of the Ambassador a Draft Agreement on exchange and mutual protection of classified information, which is to be used as basis for consultations between the two states on the preparation of signing. She stressed on the importance of such type of agreements and on the significance of signing of such agreement between the Republic of Bulgaria and Bosnia and Herzegovina with regard to the cooperation between the two states related to the practical implementation of the Police cooperation Convention for Southeast Europe. She expressed the willingness and the readiness of the Bulgarian side efforts to be put on the preparation of Draft Agreement on exchange and protection of classified information, which to be signed during the planned in May meeting of the Committee of Ministers, which will be held in Sofia presided over by the Republic of Bulgaria.

Ambassador Podzic took on the engagement to present the Draft to the competent structures of Bosnia and Herzegovina for legal opinion. He expressed readiness to provide the necessary cooperation for acceleration of the process on the preparation of the Draft with the aim of its signing during the planned in May meeting of the Committee of Ministers.

Both sides expressed their satisfaction of the discussions held and their readiness for deepening the cooperation.

The meeting was carried out at the building of the SCIS and was conducted in working atmosphere.