The director of the National Security Authority (NSA) Roman Konečný and the United States Ambassador Bridget Brink have signed an intergovernmental treaty to protect classified information. The document was approved by the government in February and the director was entrusted to sign it.
The agreement was initiated by the NSA, because its original wording was from 1995, ie from the times when the office did not yet exist. For more than two decades, it has contained inconsistencies in terminology and failed to take into account legislation that has since entered into force.
The aim of the agreement is to ensure mutual protection of all classified information.
The signing of the agreement was one of the last formal acts of Ambassador Brink, who went to pursue a diplomatic mission in war-torn Ukraine.
The intergovernmental treaty regulates the conditions under which it is possible to become acquainted with classified information, as well as the requirements for their marking, handling and exchange. It also specifies the cooperation of the relevant security authorities and the procedures in the event of a threat to classified information.
The agreement is the result of several years of efforts by both parties. The NSA has repeatedly addressed the American side in this matter, and the negotiations intensified in 2020.
The document is in line with our commitments to both the EU and NATO.