Slovenská informačná služba

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Slovak Information Servise
Slovenská informačná služba
(SIS)
Agency overview
Formed 21 January 1993
Preceding agency
  • (Czechoslovak) Federal Security Information Service
Jurisdiction territory of the Slovak republic
Headquarters Vajnorská Street 39, Bratislava
Motto Caret periculo, qui etiam cum est tutus cavet
Annual budget 38 946 000 € (2011)[1]
Minister responsible
Agency executive
Parent agency none
Website SIS website

Slovenská informačná služba (English: Slovak Information Service, SIS) is an intelligence agency of the government of Slovakia. It was established on January 21, 1993 as a descendant of the Federálna bezpečnostná informačná služba (the intelligence agency of Czechoslovakia).

Slovenská informačná služba is one out of three secret services in Slovakia, the other two being Vojenské spravodajstvo (VS) and Národný bezpečnostný úrad (NBÚ).

History

Slovenská informačná služba was established on January 21, 1993 as a descendant of the Federálna bezpečnostná informačná služba FBIS (the intelligence agency of Czechoslovakia). Its first director was Vladimír Mitro, who two years later asked the President of Slovakia to accept his resignation. Mitro later claimed that the reason for this was huge political pressure on him, especially the command to establish surveillance of certain journalists.

The government of Vladimír Mečiar then changed the law to give the permission to name the SIS director to itself, rather than the President of Slovakia.[2] Mečiar then named Ivan Lexa the director of SIS. Under Lexa, SIS became internationally known for numerous controversies including the kidnapping of President's son to Austria and his light torture in 1995, the Assassination of Róbert Remiáš in 1996 and many more.

On 3 May 2012 President Ivan Gašparovič appointed Ján Valko to the post of Slovak Intelligence Service director, after Valko was nominated by Prime Minister Robert Fico and his candidacy was approved by the Slovak Government on 27 April 2012.[3]

On 6 July 2016, President Andrej Kiska appointed Ing. Anton Šafárik to the director post.[4]

Tasks of SIS

The Slovak Information Service, as with similar agencies in other countries, serves the following purposes:

  • Protection of the Slovak Republic from foreign spies and reconnaissance services.
  • Protection of confidential documents.
  • Protecting the interests of the Slovak Republic.

SIS also handles tasks usually reserved for the police force:

  • Protection of the Slovak Republic from computer crimes and crimes using high-tech technology.
  • Fight against criminal organizations and companies.
  • Ensure the safety of the citizens of the Slovak Republic.

Finally, SIS is also charged with protecting the civil rights of Slovak citizens.

Directors of SIS

See also

References

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ http://magazin.atlas.sk/spektrum/tajomstva-tajnych-sluzieb-sis/679593.html
  3. ^ "Jan Valko Becomes New Head of SIS". TASR. 3 May 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Slovenská informačná služba - O nás (About us)". Retrieved 2017-05-13. 

External links

  • Oficial SIS website (Slovak/ English)
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