Security Intelligence Agency

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Security Intelligence Agency
Безбедносно-информативна агенција (БИА)
Bezbednosno-informativna agencija (BIA)
BIA emblem.jpg
Emblem of the BIA
Agency overview
Formed 1 August 2002
Preceding agency
Jurisdiction Serbia
Headquarters Kraljice Ane Street, Belgrade, Serbia
Employees 1,953 (2011)[1]
Annual budget $53.53 million (2018, planned)[2]
Minister responsible
Agency executive
Website www.bia.gov.rs

The Security Intelligence Agency (Serbian: Безбедносно-информативна агенција / Bezbednosno-informativna agencija; abbr. BIA) is a national intelligence agency of Serbia. The agency is responsible for collecting, reporting and disseminating intelligence, and conducting counter-intelligence in the interest of Serbia's national security.[3]

History[edit]

The Security Intelligence Agency (BIA) was formed on 1 August 2002 as the successor of State Security Service (SDB), which existed from 1991 to 2002.[4]

2017–present[edit]

In May 2017, Bratislav Gašić, close associate of elected President of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić, was appointed as the head of the Security Intelligence Agency.[5] Following his appointment, Gašić suspended his party activities.[6]

In August 2017, an amendments to the Law on the Security and Information Agency, which strengthen the authorities of the agency's director, have arrived in the Serbian Parliament for adoption.[7] This move was condemned by several officials including the Commissioner for Information of Public Importance Rodoljub Šabić and former co-Minister of Internal Affairs of Serbia Božo Prelević.[8] They have stated that these amendments are unconstitutional and thus way creating a platform for "party's intelligence agency" (Serbian Progressive Party), aimed at the opposition and "domestic traitors" who disagree with the ruling regime.[8][9]

Directors[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "U BIA radi oko 2.000 bezbednjaka". b92.net (in Serbian). 14 April 2011. Retrieved 9 December 2017. 
  2. ^ "ZAKON O BUDŽETU REPUBLIKE SRBIJE ZA 2018. GODINU". paragraf.rs (in Serbian). Službeni glasnik RS. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  3. ^ http://www.bia.gov.rs/eng/o-agenciji/delokrug-rada.html
  4. ^ http://www.bia.gov.rs/eng/istorijat/vremeplov-006.html
  5. ^ Zivanovic, Maja (22 May 2017). "Sacked Minister To Head Serbian Security Agency". balkaninsight.com. Retrieved 3 September 2017. 
  6. ^ "Gašić zamrznuo stranačke funkcije zbog direktorskog mesta u BIA". Blic.rs (in Serbian). 23 May 2017. Retrieved 3 September 2017. 
  7. ^ "Zakon koji jača ovlašćenja direktora BIA stigao u Skupštinu". n1info.com (in Serbian). Tanjug. 30 August 2017. Retrieved 3 September 2017. 
  8. ^ a b "Šabić: Izmene Zakona o BIA u suprotnosti sa Ustavom". n1info.com (in Serbian). Retrieved 3 September 2017. 
  9. ^ Nikolić, Maja (31 August 2017). "Prelević o BIA: Fokus će biti na unutrašnjem neprijatelju". n1info.com (in Serbian). Retrieved 3 September 2017. 

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