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13.04.2018.

Commissioner for Security Union Julian King visits SOA

On 12 April 2018 as part of his visit to Croatia, the Commissioner for Security Union Julian King also visited the Security-Intelligence Agency ant talked to Director Daniel Markić and his associates.

 

European Commission’s delegation accompanying Mr. King consisted of Branko Baričević, Head of the European Commission in the Republic of Croatia and Joanna Deka, member of the Commissioner King's Cabinet.

 

Main discussion topics of the meeting were current security threats and challenges to the European Union such as terrorism, organized crime and cyber criminality.

 

Commissioner for Security Union is in charge of the implementation of the European Agenda on Security and identifying where the EU can help the cooperation between member states, and improving information and intelligence sharing, including a stronger role for EU agencies.

 


15.03.2018.

REPORT ON THE WORK OF SOA FOR 2017 ACCEPTED

Domestic Policy and National Security Committee of the Croatian Parliament accepted at its closed session held on 15 March 2018 the Report on the Work of the Security and Intelligence Agency for the year 2017.

 

Director of the Security and Intelligence Agency Daniel Markić presented the report to the members of the Committee.

 

The Annual Report contains an overview of the work of all the segments of the Security and Intelligence Agency and represents one of the ways in which the Croatian Parliament, through the Domestic Policy and National Security Committee, conducts oversight of the work of the Security and Intelligence Agency.

 

Pursuant to the Security and Intelligence System Act, the Security and Intelligence Agency also submitted the annual report on its work to the President of the Republic, Speaker of the Croatian Parliament, President of the Government of the Republic of Croatia and Head of Office of the National Security Council.


20.02.2018.

SOA Director Daniel Markić at the 54th Munich Security Conference

Director of the Security and Intelligence Agency Daniel Markić attended the 54th Munich Security Conference on 16-17 February 2018.

 

This year's conference focused in particular on the role of the EU as a global actor and its ties with Russia and the United States. Also discussed were the growing threat to liberal international order, a number of conflicts in the Middle East and the political developments in the Sahel region in Africa.

 

Director Markić participated in the work of a special round table dedicated to intelligence work "Dare to Share vs. Need to Know: Globalizing Intelligence" and held a number of bilateral and multilateral meetings.


21.11.2017.

Session of the Council for the Coordination of Security Intelligence Agencies

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Mr. Damir Krstičević chaired a regular session of the Council for the Coordination of Security Intelligence Agencies.


The session gathered Minister of Interior Mr. Davor Božinović, Heads of Security Intelligence Agency, Military Security Intelligence Agency and Institute for the Information Systems Security, as well as the Chiefs of Police and General Staff and Head of the Office of the National Security Council.


The session participants adopted the proposed Annual guidelines for the work of security- intelligence agencies for 2018 and discussed the data on current security situation in the Republic of Croatia, assessing it as stable and satisfactory. The Minister of Interior informed the Council members on the elements of envisaged structural and functional changes within MoI aiming towards enhancing antiterrorist capacities.


The Council also discussed a number of topics concerning the functioning of the security-intelligence and defence systems in the effort to optimize investments into capability development and use of< material, human and organizational resources of state institutions intended to protect the security of Croatian citizens.


09.11.2017.

Round table with civil society organizations

On 3 Nov 2017 a round table with civil society organizations’ representatives was held in SOA HQ.


It gathered representatives of civil society organizations dealing with human security issues, asylum seekers’ international protection, human rights and transparency.


The topics discussed included considering the role of the Security Intelligence Agency in procedures of granting international protection in the Republic of Croatia and dissemination and reliability of information appearing in public space in contemporary societies.


27.09.2017.

SOA Director’s visit to OSA BiH

On 26 Sept 2017 Director of the Security Intelligence Agency (SOA) Mr. Daniel Markić and his associates were officially received by the Director General of OSA BiH (Obavještajno-sigurnosna agencija BiH) Mr. Osman Mehmedagić in Sarajevo, following media reports on alleged covert surveillance of Croatian state officials and businesspeople by OSA BiH.


The hosts assured their guests that Croatian state officials and businesspeople are not the subject of OSA BiH’s measures of covert surveillance and that their agency is not working against political and
economic interests of the Republic of Croatia.

 

SOA noted OSA BiH’s assurances with the belief that the legality of OSA BiH’s actions, if they decide to take any, will be confirmed by the appropriate bodies of oversight in Bosnia and Herzegovina in accordance to the proscribed procedure of democratic oversight of the security intelligence sector. As part of its counterintelligence activities, SOA will continue to follow the development of this issue< and its dialogue with OSA BiH.


During their meeting, the Directors also commented on SOA’s 2017 Public Report. OSA BiH confirmed statements and information published by SOA in the Public Report pertaining to the security situation in Southeast European countries.


SOA i OSA BiH are partners in preventing and combatting threats and challenges faced both by Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, such as terrorism, extremism and organized crime. SOA will continue to actively work on developing this partnership, bilaterally, as well as the EU and NATO Member State. These efforts will include its support in reaching Euro-Atlantic work standards.