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Implementation Level of the Institutional Reform Strategy for 2014-2018, Discussed by the SIS Board

Today, June 30th, the Board of the Security and Intelligence Service has been summoned for a meeting, presided by the SIS Director, Mr. Mihai BALAN. The Board examined the accomplishment level of the Institutional Action Plan on implementation of the SIS Reform Strategy for 2014-2018.

A retrospective on the Strategy implementation level was made at the meeting. Its purpose is to help the development of functional abilities and to strengthen the response abilities of the Service. 

In order to monitor the implementation level of the Institutional Action Plan, a comprehensive assessment of the process was carried out by generalizing the progress data for 2014-2017 (1st semester) and comparing the undertaken actions with the objectives of the Strategy.

Based on reports and debates on the topic, the Board found a dynamic action implementation, focused on achieving the following general objectives: ensuring the independence of the SIS activity, improving institutional capacities in the main activity fields, making the institution accountable to the society and strengthening the democratic control over it.

The report of the assessment group included the range of actions undertaken by the subunits to improve the execution of the SIS tasks. In this regard, development and deepening of the cooperation with special services of the partner countries was evoked, as well as signing a series of protocols and cooperation agreements with public administration authorities. Besides that, draft laws promoted in the Parliament were listed at the meeting.

A particular attention was paid to the optimization of human resources management, which resulted in the establishment of a new assessment and certification system for the SIS officers and creation of the Psychological Counselling Service.

Other achievements aimed at strengthening the organizational security component are the following: increasing the level of protection of the classified information and storage devices containing it; approving departmental regulatory acts on verification of the employees’ integrity; and improving the internal control over compliance with the legal framework and human rights and freedoms in the process of undertaking intelligence, counterintelligence and special investigation measures.

Building a Risk Map by the SIS was also mentioned at the meeting. It provided an overall picture of the security field. At the same time, the intelligence analysis field was developed and strengthened, daily providing legal beneficiaries with analytical products.

A proactive attitude to the implementation of the actions that are stipulated in the Institutional Plan was demonstrated also by the SIS National Institute of Intelligence and Security. Thus, it was possible to establish and equip several operative laboratories in order to conduct practical lessons. Besides, an initial training in operative work was introduced and the practice period on the operational level was extended, in order to improve the curriculum for the students of the Institute and to ensure the specialization.

An innovative element is to attract security experts to the teaching process, including the external ones, to train and educate a new generation of intelligence officers that will represent a dynamic, flexible, and adaptable to current challenges entity.

Analyzing the effectiveness and the execution degree of the Institutional Plan for the SIS Reform during 2014-2017, the Board found some shortages in its implementation and set deadlines to remedy the situation.

Moreover, two territorial subunits of the SIS presented their reports at the meeting, mainly describing the shortcomings that diminish the activity output of the subunits.