As a country, after 28 years of being Independent, we want to rid ourselves of the term “secret police”. This is how the Interior Minister, Oliver Spasovski explained the reforms of the security-intelligence system, which are scheduled to begin with a package of laws and amendments the Government adopted at a session on 19 February, and just entered parliamentary procedure.

With the new legal solutions, two new bodies will be formed, the National Security Agency, which will emerge from the current Security and Counter-Intelligence Directorate and will be separate from the Ministry of Interior and without police powers, and the Council for Coordination with the Security Intelligence Community, led by the Prime Minister.

A strong mechanism for supervision and control, very strict criteria for recruitment, deprivation of police powers and separation of the current UBK into a separate government agency are the main features of the reform, emphasized the Ministry of Interior at today’s press briefing.

“With the control and responsibility that is predicted, no government agency will be able to abuse their office and monitor communications, unless proven to be necessary”, Spasovski said categorically.

With the reform, parliamentary oversight and control carried out by parent parliamentary committees will be strengthened with experts, and the Public Prosecutor and the Civil Monitoring Council will have control over these services.

However, citizens will also have an insight into the work of the new National Security Agency. Every citizen will have the right to ask the new National Security Agency for data that they may have collected on them.