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A working meeting between Chairperson of State Commission on Information Security Mrs. Tsveta Markova and Ambassador of the United States of America His Excellence Mr. James Warlick

On 29 March 2010 in the city of Sofia the Chairperson of the State Commission on Information Security Mrs. Tsveta Markova holds a working meeting with the Ambassador of the United States of America His Excellence Mr. James Warlick.

During the meeting the activity of the State Commission on Information Security as a National Security Authority is being presented. Special attention is drawn on the opportunity for contacting the new Agreement on exchange and mutual classified information protection between Republic of Bulgaria and the United States of America 

Mrs. Markova the core and significance of such agreement presents in details, which gives opportunities for exchange of classified information in all field of collaboration not only in the area of defense, that gets to the point of current agreement. Necessity is due to the fact that the agreement being in force was contracted before the Classified Information Protection Act and Regulatory Framework were introduced so that it needs updating.

The Ambassador demonstrates interest to the suggestion but he announces that the preparation for new agreement is rather difficult process for the American side. It would be easier to introduce some amendments in the agreement being in force. Despite of the fact, the Ambassador commits to undertake comparative analysis between the agreement still being in force and the Draft Sample Project presented by the Bulgarian side, which is going to reveal what way should be taken by the American side – for contracting of new or correction of old agreement.

During the meeting Mrs. Markova presents the idea for establishing a Centre for Computer Accidents in the Republic of Bulgaria. SCIS working together with State Agency National Security could be initiate and coordinate the process by methodological support of the USA Embassy.

The Ambassador expresses his willingness to pursue a research in the area. He highly appreciates the idea as a well-timed for the region.

Mr. Warlick thanks for the time passes and gives his assurance that we would continue excellent collaboration between the State Commission on Information Security and the USA Embassy in the Republic of Bulgaria. He declares readiness for additional appointment to be made after analysis and formulation of the American position on the risen questions.

Mrs. Markova thanks on her behalf for the methodological support on of the side of the Embassy during the period of preparation of the Republic of Bulgaria for full membership in NATO, since the American Embassy has been a Point of Contact for Bulgaria until now. On behalf of the SCIS she confirms willingness for interaction.

The meeting is conducted in the headquarters of the SCIS in working environment.