Slovenská informačná služba
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|Slovenská informačná služba
|Formed||21 January 1993|
|Preceding Agency||(Czechoslovak) Federal Security Information Service|
|Jurisdiction||territory of the Slovak republic|
|Headquarters||Vajnorská Street 39, Bratislava|
|Annual budget||38 946 000 € (2011)|
|Minister responsible||Government of Slovakia|
|Agency executive||Ján Valko, Director|
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 four Secret Services in Slovakia, the other three being Vojenská spravodajská služba (VSS), Vojenské obranné spravodajstvo (VOS) and Národný bezpečnostný úrad (NBÚ).
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. 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.
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.
Moreover, SIS is supposed to protect civil rights in Slovakia.
- Protection of civil rights.
Directors of SIS
- Vladimír Mitro, JUDr. - 21. January 1993 - 23. February 1995
- Ivan Lexa, Ing. - 18. April 1995 - 27. October 1998
- Rudolf Žiak - 27. October 1998 - 3. November 1998
- Vladimír Mitro, JUDr. - 3. November 1998 - 31. March 2003
- Ladislav Pittner - 4. April 2003 - 26. July 2006
- Jozef Magala - 27. July 2006 - 25. August 2010
- Karol Mitrík - 25. August 2010 - 3. May 2012
- Ján Valko - 3. May 2012 – present
- "Jan Valko Becomes New Head of SIS". TASR. 3 May 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2012.
- Oficial SIS website (Slovak/ English)