Working meeting between the Chairperson of the State Commission on Information Security Mrs. Tsveta Markova and the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Turkey His Excellence Mr. Mehmet Gucuk
On 14 December 2009 in Sofia the Chairperson of the State Commission on Information Security Mrs. Tsveta Markova had a working meeting with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Turkey His Excellence Mr. Mehmet Gucuk.
During the meeting the activities of the State Commission on Information Security as National Security Authority of the Republic of Bulgaria were discussed. The issue on the conclusion of bilateral agreement between the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Government of Turkey in the field of the protection and exchange of classified information was discussed as well. Mrs. Markova gave Mr. Gucuk a draft agreement on the exchange and the protection of classified information in English.
Mr. Gucuk confirmed the readiness of the Turkish side for the conclusion of such an Agreement but explained that in Turkey there is no authority similar to the SCIS which is responsible for the classified information and this fact makes the procedure more difficult. He stressed that each ministry is responsible for the classified information in its field of activity.
Mrs. Markova proposed a bilateral agreement to be conducted on the level of Ministry of Defence. Mr. Gucuk accepted the proposal and took on the engagement to present it ot the Turkish side and when he receives answer to communicate to the SCIC its decision.
The possibility the bilateral agreement to be signed in the frames of the visit of the Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov in Turkey next year was also considered.
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.
Both parties confirmed their readiness for continuation of the established good cooperation.
The meeting took place at the building of the SCIS and was conducted in a working atmosphere.