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NBÚ plans stricter controls

THE SLOVAK National Security Council (NBÚ) is planning tighter checks on all people in contact with secret information. If the new security proposals are approved by parliament, only the president, prime minister, parliamentary speaker, and Constitutional Court judges would be exempt.

"Passing this law would bring us up to the standards of other countries in NATO," said Juraj Puchý from NBÚ.

Anyone who worked for the communist-era secret service (ŠtB) would not be given security clearance, said Puchý, adding that there were known to be former ŠtB agents still in the current secret service.

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