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Support for the Council for the Coordination of Security and Intelligence Agencies and the National Security Council
Information Security - National Security Authority (NSA)
The Office of the National Security Council is the Croatian National Security Authority 
Analysis and Oversight
UVNS’s analytical tasks begin with continuous follow-up of the Agencies’ reports.
International Agreements
International agreements on the exchange and mutual protection of classified information

Security vetting procedures for Croatian nationals living abroad

Security vetting procedures for Croatian nationals living abroad
 
Vetting forms required
 
The relevant required vetting application forms can be found and downloaded at the Office of the National Security Council.
 
Process for preparing and submitting forms
 
An organization, institution, agency, company or an NSA/DSA of the country where a Croatian national works or applies for a job, where a security certificate is required, has to submit a request for a personnel security certificate. The request should contain the personal data of the Croatian national, name of an institution or a company in which individual will work/will be employed, the duty or place of work and degree of classification for which the certificate is requested.

The requests should be sent to the Office of the National Security Council (by post at Ured Vijeća za nacionalnu sigurnost, Jurjevska 34, HR-10000 Zagreb or scanned by e-mail at ivcp@uvns.hr), which is the NSA(/DSA) of the Republic of Croatia. Croatian citizens must personally fill out and sign Questionnaire for Security Vetting. Regardless of PSC type (national, NATO, EU), questionnaire form remains always the same:
 
  • for TOP SECRET – 1st degree Security Vetting Questionnaire
  • for SECRET – 2nd degree Security Vetting Questionnaire
  • for CONFIDENTIAL – 3rd degree Security Vetting Questionnaire
 
A completed Security Vetting Questionnaire (classified RESTRICTED), along with a certificate request, can be delivered to the NSA through diplomatic channels via the Croatian Embassy in the country where individual concerned resides or via the Croatian Registry Office in the PermRep at the EU or at NATO in Bruxelles or Croatian nationals can personally submit it to the Office of the National Security Council (UVNS) in Zagreb.

The certificate will be delivered to the requestor and the copy will be handed over to the vetted person. Security briefing will be held and the vetted person is obligated to sign the acknowledgement concerning handling classified information (Classified Information Handling Acknowledgement). The certificate is issued for a period of validity of 5 years, and if the need for possession of a certificate (transfer to another job, another company or retirement, etc.) is interrupted, the applicant is obliged to notify the Office (UVNS) of the reasons for the termination of the certificate's possession.
 
Timeframe for vetting decision
 
Vetting timeframe depends on a degree of security vetting, and on a timeframe which a vetted person spent abroad.
In accordance with the Security Vetting Act, for the security vetting for access documents classified:
  • TOP SECRET – it takes not less than 30 days and not longer than 120 days.
  • SECRET – it takes not less than 20 days and not longer than 90 days;
  • CONFIDENATIAL – it takes not less than 10 days and not longer than 30 days;
     
    PSC certificates
     
Croatian NSA issues PSC certificates. PSC certificates are not classified. A certificate (or a letter if preferred by requestor and indicated in the request) will be send to the requestor.
Further information
 
For further information on vetting issues, responsible authorities (NSA, DSA, Security Office, Security Officer, etc) may contact Croatian NSA/DSA directly at ivcp@uvns.hr.

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