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Working meeting between the Chairperson of the State Commission on Information Security Mrs. Tsveta Markova and the General delegate of the National Commission for the control on security tracings (CNSIS) of France Mr. Remi Recio

On 2 December 2009 a meeting between the Chairperson of the State Commission on Information Security Mrs. Tsveta Markova and the General delegate of the National Commission for the control on security tracings (CNSIS) of France Mr. Remi Recio was held. Mr. Jean Pierre Goyaran – counselor at the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Bulgaria and Mr. Jean Francois Mirige – internal security attaché at the Embassy of the French Republic in Bulgaria also took part in the meeting.

The French practice in the field of the use and the control on the special means was presented during the meeting and a review of the Bulgarian legislation in this field was made. Mr. Recio specified that at the beginning of the 90s in France occurred similar problems to these in Bulgaria regarding to the use and th control on the special means and he addressed recommendations for amendments in the Bulgarian practice.

Mr. Recio also explained that in France is established an independent authority similar to the SCIS that is responsible for the state secret. The classification and the declassification of information are done only after compulsory legal opinion of this authority.

Mrs. Markova said that this is a good proposition for amendment of the Classified Information Protection Act because the current regulatory framework creates conditions for over-classification.  She specified that the law foresees the SCIS to provide methodological assistance but there is no procedure how this has to be done. According to Mrs. Markova the decrease of the quantity of the classified information as a whole will achieve several effects: transparency, control, effectiveness and increase in the prestige of the services and the ministries. She expressed her confidence that with the common efforts of the SCIS, the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Interior and with the assistance of the Parliament the necessary amendments will be made in order to achieve the same or similar results to these in France.

The meeting was held at the building of the State Commission on Information Security and was conducted in working atmosphere.