The efforts of the Security Service of Ukraine in the sphere of international cooperation aims at maximum support of the main tasks of the Service in countering national and international security threats such as terrorism, international organized crime, cybercrime, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, corruption, smuggling, illegal migration etc. The effective counteraction of these threats depends on the level of cooperation with our partners in the bilateral format and under the auspice of international organizations.
The Security Service of Ukraine’s cooperation is based at the following documents: the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations 1961; the Constitution of Ukraine; the National Security Strategy of Ukraine; Article 16 of the Law of Ukraine “On the Security Service of Ukraine ”; the Laws of Ukraine “On Counterintelligence Activity ”, “On the Fight against Terrorism ”, “On International Treaties of Ukraine ”, “On Diplomatic Service ”, “On the National Security of Ukraine ”, “On the Principles of Domestic and Foreign Policy ”, “On the Organizational and Legal Framework of Fight against Organized Crime ”,
“On the State Secret ”, “On Information ”, “On Prevention and Counteraction Corruption ”, the Decrees of the President of Ukraine “On the Security Service of Ukraine Reform Concept”, “On Measures to Improve Coordination of Activities of the Executive Authorities in the Field of Foreign Affairs ”; the Decree of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine “On Approval of the Regulations on the Procedure of Conclusion, Implementation and Denunciation of Ukraine’s Interagency International Treaties ”, other legal acts, laws and international treaties that Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) of Ukraine confirmed the obligatoriness.
The partner support has the particular importance under circumstances of the military aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine and its active subversive activities in the territory of our country, large-scale information and propagandist actions, focused at undermining the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.
The SBU cooperates and maintains contacts with more than 100 special services and law enforcement agencies of 60 countries and 63 agencies within the international organizations based. This interaction is based at the international treaties, agreements and legal standards.
The exchange of operational and important information on the matters of the mutual interest, the development of the ways to widen interaction with the partner special services, law enforcement bodies, and international organizations, first of all NATO, EU, OSCE, UN, CoE etc, takes place in the process of the international cooperation.
Joint operations and anti-terrorist trainings are conducted regularly. According to our partner services, the successful joint operations allow considering Ukraine as the constant and reliable partner in the sphere of international security.
The SBU studies the best practices and models of security services in UN and NATO member states. The expert assistance of foreign advisors are in active use in the frame of the SBU reform. This assistance is notably provided via cooperation with the EU Advisory Mission for Civilian Security Sector Reform Ukraine (EUAM), NATO advisors in Ukraine etc.
The SBU plays the active role in implementing of the national plans in the field of Ukraine’s course on European integration. The advances models of the EU states security sectors are being studied. Such experience is in active use in the process of bringing the SBU principles and foundations in accordance with the standards and practices of the leading Western democracies, in particular by developing the respective legal base.
The cooperation between the SBU and the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine remains on a high level. This interaction takes place via implementation of the joint annual projects aimed at raising the effectiveness of countering the modem current challenges and threats to the national security.
Since 2014 the SBU officers take part in the Council of Europe Cybercrime Convention Committee sessions held in Strasbourg.
Besides, the SBU takes part in the CoE project “Cybercrime EAP II” in the countries of Eastern partnership (Azerbaijan, Belarus, Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) aimed at improving the international cooperation between the law enforcement bodies in the field of countering transnational cybercrime.
The cooperation of the SBU and the EU Border Assistance Mission to Ukraine and Moldova (EUBAM) continues. It is focused at improving the interaction between border guard and law enforcement bodies on the Ukraine-Moldova border. The participation in such cooperation allows interacting in the area of countering terrorism, human trafficking, illegal migration and tobacco smuggling.
The main efforts in cooperation between the SBU and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) structures are defined according to the Annual NATO - Ukraine National Cooperation Program approved by the decrees of the President of Ukraine.
The International Conference “Promotion of Democratic Values and Compliance with Human Rights in the Activity of Special Services” is being held annually by SBU supported by foreign partners and under the auspice of the President of Ukraine. The wide range of questions is being discussed at such fora, in particular concerning the civil democratic control over the security and intelligence sector, budget and resources planning, social protection of secret services’ officers,
development of legal base in this area etc.
The last 8th International Conference was held in Lviv on 26-27 May this year. The representatives of the Ukrainian state structures, the NATO Liaison Office in Ukraine, the NATO Information and Documentation Center in Ukraine, the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces, foreign secret services and law enforcement bodies, scientists, representatives of NGOs, students of the leading education institutions participated in the meetings.
The social transformations in the countries of Eastern Europe in late 20th century and their influence on the security sector have been analyzed; the best practices of the secret services reforms have being considered in the context of Euro Atlantic integration of the Eastern European countries; the role and place of the secret service in the modem society have being discussed at the Conference.