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Office for Foreign Relations and Information
Úřad pro zahraniční styky a informace
Logo ÚZSI.gif
Seal of ÚZSI
Agency overview
FormedJanuary 1, 1993; 29 years ago (1993-01-01)
Preceding
  • Office for Foreign Relations and Information of the Federal Ministry of the Interior
Typeintelligence agency
JurisdictionGovernment of the Czech Republic
HeadquartersPrague, Czech Republic 50°7.54592′N 14°27.76793′E / 50.12576533°N 14.46279883°E / 50.12576533; 14.46279883
Motto"Sine ira et studio" ("without anger and bias")
EmployeesUnknown
Minister responsible
Agency executive
Parent agencyMinistry of the Interior
Websitewww.uzsi.cz
Headquarters of ÚZSI[1]
Headquarters of ÚZSI[1]

The Office for Foreign Relations and Information (ÚZSI) (Czech: Úřad pro zahraniční styky a informace) is the main foreign intelligence service of the Czech Republic responsible for the collection, analysis and dissemination of intelligence. It is mandated to provide accurate and timely intelligence to the Government of the Czech Republic that is vital to support and protect foreign and economic policy interests.

The service also protects the country from terrorism, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, economic crimes, etc. Powers of the service are determined by the Act N.153/1994 Coll., the Intelligence Services of the Czech Republic Act which also lays out the structure of the organization. Officers of the service are mandated to act in accordance with the agency's code of ethics.[2]

History

The UZSI was located within the portfolio of the Czech Ministry of the Interior before the Act No. 153/1994 Coll. on intelligence services of the Czech Republic which made the service an independent institution. Before the Czech Republic became independent the agency was called the Office for Foreign Relations and Information of the Federal Ministry of the Interior. After the Czech independence, UZSI faced numerous challenges concerning the services development like developing a new framework of their activities, using new technologies and cooperation with foreign intelligence services.

Production had significantly increased after these improvements had been made. Today the intelligence agency is a major player on the international intelligence scene and represents the Czech intelligence community all over the world.[3]

Organizational structure

UZSI is headed by a Director-General who, on the government's consent, is appointed and dismissed by the Minister of the Interior. Czech's Interior minister is accountable to Government for the actions of UZSI. Directors in UZSI include:

Director General

The current director of USZI is Marek Šimandl


Former Directors of the agency include:

Radio operations

According to Langley Pierce's Intercepting Numbers Stations, ÚZSI once operated a shortwave numbers station using the OLX callsign. The station ran under ÚZSI until 1996.[6]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2013-08-06.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Who We Are, Retrieved 4/02/2011.
  3. ^ a b Our History, Retrieved 4/02/2011.
  4. ^ Our Internal Arrangement, Retrieved 4/02/2011.
  5. ^ Director General, Retrieved 4/03/2015.
  6. ^ "OLX". Simonmason.karoo.net. Archived from the original on 2013-06-18. Retrieved 2014-03-04.