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Intelligence Activity Committee

The Government of the Czech Republic, under Resolution No 423 of 3 May 2000 on the establishment of a Committee on Intelligence, as amended by Resolution No 813 of 22 August 2001, Resolution No 741 of 24 July 2002, Government Resolution No 164 of 12 February 2003, Government Resolution No 828 of 1 September 2004, Government Resolution No 1109 of 10 November 2004, and Government Resolution No 1174 of 11 October 2006, inter alia approved the Statutes of the Intelligence Activity Committee.

Statutes
Intelligence Activity Committee

Article 1
Introductory provisions


1. The Intelligence Activity Committee (hereinafter referred to as ‘Committee’) is a standing body of the National Security Council for the coordination of the activities of the Czech Republic’s intelligence services and the planning of measures to safeguard intelligence activities and the cooperation of state authorities which obtain, collect and evaluate information required to ensure the safety of the Czech Republic. The Committee itself does not engage in intelligence activities.

2. The Committee was established under Government Resolution No 423 of 3 May 2000.

Article 2
Committee activities


1. The is responsible for the coordination of the activities of the Czech Republic’s intelligence services and the planning of measures to safeguard intelligence activities and the cooperation of state authorities which obtain, collect and evaluate information required to ensure the safety of the Czech Republic.

2. In particular, the Committee:
a) is responsible for the coordination of the activities of the Czech Republic’s intelligence services;
b) is responsible for the operative interdepartmental coordination of planning and preparations in the field of intelligence activity concerning, in particular, the protection of the constitutional order, significant economic interests and the internal security and defence of the Czech Republic;
c) assesses and discusses the intentions behind planning and preparations in the field of intelligence activity concerning the protection of the constitutional order, significant economic interests and the internal security of the Czech Republic;
d) assesses and discusses the requirements of state authorities raised within the scope of intelligence activities;
e) discusses evaluations of interdepartmental comment procedures for documents relating to the provision of intelligence activities and recommends discussion thereof by the National Security Council;
f) assesses, discusses and coordinates the basic focus of the activities of representatives of the Czech Republic in the relevant committees of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO);
g) processes and discusses its own materials in the field of intelligence activity concerning, in particular, the protection of the constitutional order, significant economic interests, the internal security and defence of the Czech Republic, and the harmonization of requirements relating to intelligence activities.

Article 3
Composition of the Committee


1. The Committee has nine members.

2. The Chairman of the Committee is the Prime Minister. The Deputy Chairman is the Minister of the Interior and Informatics.

3. Other Committee members are:
a) the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Labour and Social Affairs,
b) the Minister for Foreign Affairs,
b) the Minister for Defence,
d) the director of the Security Information Service,
e) the director of the Office for Foreign Relations and Information,
f) the director of Military Intelligence,
g) the manager of the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic.

Article 4
Chairman and members of the Committee


1. Committee meetings are convened by the Chairman of the Committee on a regular basis in due time, such being at least once every three months, and as required. A member of the Committee may submit a proposal for the convocation of the Committee to the Chairman of the Committee; a meeting shall be convened on the next suitable date.

2. Committee members shall attend all meetings; only in exceptional cases may they be represented by a delegated member of staff from their office.

Article 5
Committee Secretariat


1. The role of the Committee’s secretariat, which is responsible for the Committee’s activities, is played by a delegated service of the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic, i.e. the Unit of the Secretariat of the Committee on Intelligence of the National Security Council.

2. The Secretariat manager is appointed and removed at the proposal of the Committee by the manager of the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic.

Article 6
External cooperation


1. The Committee may invite representatives of ministries and other administrative authorities who are not Committee members, and other experts, to meetings as required. The Chairman of the Committee makes decisions on the invitation of such persons pursuant to proposals from Committee members.

2. The head of the Committee’s Secretariat regularly attends Committee meetings.

Article 7
Sub-committees and expect working groups


1. The Committee may set up sub-committees and expert working groups composed of its members, the representatives of relevant ministries and other administrative authorities and invited experts, and appoint the leaders thereof, in order to discuss material issues.

2. The leaders of sub-committees and expert working groups manage the meetings thereof and submit materials prepared by their sub-committee or expert working group to Committee meetings for assessment.

Article 8
Rules of procedure and organization rules


1. The Committee’s rules of procedure and amendments thereto are subject to the approval of the National Security Council.

2. The Committee’s internal structure and the organization of the Committee’s work are laid down in the Committee’s Organization Rules, which are subject to the Committee’s approval.

3. Meetings of sub-committees and expert working groups are governed by the rules of procedure of those bodies.

Article 9
Final provisions


1. Amendments to the Statutes of the Committee on Intelligence are subject to approval by the Government.

2. These Statutes are available to the public at the website and at the seat of the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic. The consolidated text of the current Statutes is published on the website.

3. These Statutes enter into effect on 3 May 2000.

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The NSC, under Resolution No 205 of 24 July 2001, inter alia approved the Rules of Procedure of the Committee on Intelligence.

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