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The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Has Adopted the Law “On the Intelligence”

The law defines the legal and organizational principles of functioning of the intelligence, the legal status and social guarantees of intelligence officers of Ukraine and persons involved in intelligence tasks, as well as the procedure for control over intelligence.

The law brings in line with the Constitution of Ukraine the norm according to which the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine coordinates and controls the activities of executive bodies in the sphere of national security and defense.

In order to coordinate the activity and to prevent interdepartmental conflicts of the special-purpose body with law enforcement functions and intelligence agencies, the law determines the Security Service of Ukraine as a subject of the intelligence community.

To implement the provisions of Articles 85 and 89 of the Constitution of Ukraine, Articles 11 and 14 of the Law of Ukraine “On Committees of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine”, Article 6 of the Law of Ukraine “On National Security of Ukraine” and to insure the national state special-purpose bodies with law enforcement functions, law enforcement bodies, special-purpose law enforcement bodies and intelligence agencies' compliance with the requirements of the Constitution of Ukraine on ensuring national security, Chapter VIII of the Law on democratic civil control over the intelligence has been significantly expanded.

According to the Law, “within the limits set by the Constitution of Ukraine and the laws of Ukraine, parliamentary control is provided by the Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (which is responsible for ensuring control functions of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine over the activities of special-purpose bodies with law enforcement functions, special-purpose law enforcement bodies and intelligence agencies), Commissioner of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine for Human Rights and the Accounting Chamber”.

The Law of Ukraine “On the Intelligence of Ukraine” has been repealed, amendments to the legislative acts of Ukraine have been made, the Laws and other acts of the legislation of Ukraine adopted before the entry into force of this Law are applied in the part that does not contradict this Law.

The Draft Law was registered with № 2412-д.

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