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Working meeting between the Chairperson of the State Commission on Information Security Mrs. Tsveta Markova and the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Netherlands Mr. Karel van Kesteren

On 12 November 2009 in Sofia the Chairperson of the State Commission on Information Security had a working meeting with the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Netherlands Mr. Karel van Kesteren.

During the meeting the activity of the State Commission on Information Security as a National Security Authority was presented. The stage of the execution of the national procedures on the signing of the negotiated on expert level Agreement between the Republic of Bulgaria and the Kingdom of Netherlands on mutual protection of classified information.

Mrs. Markova informed Ambassador van Kesteren that on behalf of Bulgarian side the national procedure was concluded and the Agreement was approved with Decision of the Council of Ministers. A notification is expected on behalf of the Kingdom of Netherlands on the execution of the national procedure. Ambassador van Kesteren took on the engagement to undertake the necessary actions to look for legal opportunities to speed up the national procedure of the Netherlands with the aim of signing the Agreement soon.

The important role of such type of Agreements was stressed as they establish the legal framework for exchange and mutual protection of classified information necessary in the cooperation process in different areas of public life.

The meeting took place at the building of the SCIS and was conducted in a working atmosphere.