Bulgarian, German security archives sign cooperation deal

5th December 2009, Comments 0 comments

The Bulgarian archives committee preserves the old files of the former East German secret police, known as the Stasi.

Sofia -- Bulgaria's archives committee announced Friday that it had signed a cooperation agreement with the German State Security Archives (BStU) that will allow them to exchange expertise and documents.

The BStU preserves the old files of the Stasi -- the former East German secret police -- while the Bulgarian parliamentary committee is tasked with opening the archives of Sofia's Darzhavna Sigurnost secret services.

The two sides agreed to cooperate further in preserving, unveiling and using the archived documents, the Bulgarian committee said in a statement.

Among many organisational issues, including bookkeeping, digitalisation and easier access to the archives for laymen, the two committees agreed to "exchange documents in line with the procedures and restrictions imposed by their national legislations."

The agreement was signed for a period of three years.


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