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Legislation

The two intelligence services (State Security and the General Intelligence and Security Service) had to operate in a legal vacuum for a long time. Since 1991, regulations in the intelligence sector have greatly increased. By the Act of 18 July 1991 [pdf] the intelligence services were subjected to the review of the Standing Committee I.

A second milestone was the Act of 30 November 1998 governing the intelligence and security services [pdf], which for the first time set out the responsibilities of the civil and military intelligence services. Several amendments have been adopted over time.

Many other laws have been added or amended. The most relevant laws are the following:

  • the Act of 8 May 1880 on parliamentary inquiries [pdf];
  • the Act of 11 December 1998 [pdf] on classification and security clearances, certificates and advice (see also the Royal Decree of 24 March 2000 [pdf]);
  • the Act of 11 December 1998 [pdf], which designates the chairman of the Standing Committee I as the chairman of the Appeal body for security clearances, certificates and advice (see also The Royal Decree of 24 March 2000) [pdf];
  • the Act of 10 July 2006 [pdf] on threat assessment, which set up the Coordination Unit for Threat Assessment (see also the Royal Decree of 28 November 2006 [pdf]);
  • the Act of 27 April 2016 on additional measures to combat terrorism, modifying among others article 44 of the Police Functions Act of 5 August 1992 [pdf], to enable the creation of common databases and the Royal decree of 21 July 2016 on the common database FTF [pdf].
  • the Act of 18 July 1991 wich set the intelligence services to the review of the Standing Committee I — informal translation in German [pdf].
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