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Signing of Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam on mutual protection and exchange of classified information

On 16 April 2012 in Hanoi, Socialist Republic of Vietnam an Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam on mutual protection and exchange of classified information was signed.

On Bulgarian side the Agreement was signed by Mrs. Tsveta Markova – Chairperson of the State Commission on Information Security (SCIS).

Having in mind the enhanced economic dialogue between the two countries in the last years as well as the mutual interest of economic entities for establishing long-term commercial relations SCIS has undertaken the necessary measures for the preparation and the signing of this Agreement. As far as the national legislation of the Republic of Bulgaria sets as a necessary condition for exchange of classified information the existence of bilateral agreement, this Agreement sets the legal framework for cooperation in the field of mutual protection and exchange of classified information in all the fields of public life.

The agreement is prepared on the basis of prepared by the SCIS Draft Agreement on mutual protection and exchange of classified information and is result of consultations held with representatives of the Vietnamese side in the period 27-29 September 2011 in the Training center of SCIS in Bankya.

In the Draft Agreement are defined the main concepts in the field of the protection of classified information, are indicated the respective security classification levels, the competent security authorities of the Parties, the measures for the protection of classified information and the rules for acting in case of breach of security, the ways of exchange and use of classified information. Provisions are included which regulate classified contracts and procedures for international visits.

With the current Agreement SCIS is actively involved in the realization of the economic priorities of the foreign policy of the Republic of Bulgaria.