Senate passes Intelligence and Security Services Act

The Senate has passed the new Intelligence and Security Services Act. Klaas De Vries, Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, told the Senate that the Act would be a model for legislation throughout Europe on intelligence and security services.

The Act regulates the tasks and powers of the current National Security Service (BVD) and the Military Intelligence Service (MID). It also sets up an independent supervisory committee. The BVD will take on a new task: gathering intelligence about other countries. The names of the services will change to the General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD) and the Military Intelligence and Security Service (MIVD). The Act will come into force later this year.