Security Intelligence Agency
|Безбедносно-информативна агенција (БИА)|
Bezbednosno-informativna agencija (BIA)
Emblem of the BIA
|Formed||1 August 2002|
|Headquarters||Kraljice Ane Street, Belgrade, Serbia|
|Annual budget||$53.53 million (2018, planned)|
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. Its function is similar to that of the CIA in the United States or the MI6 in the United Kingdom.
In May 2017, Bratislav Gašić, former Minister of Defence and close associate of outgoing Prime Minister and newly elected President, Aleksandar Vučić, was appointed as the head of the Security Intelligence Agency. Following his appointment, Gašić suspended his activities in the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS).
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 National Assembly for adoption. This move was condemned by several officials including the Commissioner for Information of Public Importance Rodoljub Šabić and former co-Minister of Internal Affairs Božo Prelević. They have stated that these amendments are unconstitutional and thus way creating a platform for "party's intelligence agency" of SNS, aimed at the opposition and "domestic traitors" who disagree with the ruling regime.
|Took office||Left office|
|1 August 2002||24 January 2003|
|25 January 2003||6 March 2004|
|6 March 2004||17 July 2008|
|17 July 2008||3 August 2012|
|3 August 2012||3 September 2013|
|3 September 2013||25 October 2013|
|25 October 2013||23 May 2017|
|23 May 2017||Incumbent|
- Military Intelligence Agency (VOA)
- Military Security Agency (VBA)
- Intelligence and Reconnaissance Directorate
- List of intelligence agencies
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