8th term of the Croatian Parliament (28 December 2015 - 14 October 2016)

Council for Civilian Oversight of Security and Intelligence Agencies

Scope of work

The Council for Oversight of the Security and Intelligence Agencies was established pursuant to the Republic of Croatia Security Services Act of 28 March 2002 with the basic aim of providing civilian oversight of the work of security services. The Decision on the Council for Oversight of Security Services of 7 May 2003 regulated those issues essential to the Council’s work not otherwise regulated by the aforementioned Act. Under the Republic of Croatia Security and Intelligence System Act (hereinafter: Act) of 17 may 2006, the Council’s name was changed to the Council for Civilian Oversight of Security and Intelligence Agencies (hereinafter: Council). 

The Council consists of a chairperson and six members, all of whom are appointed by the Croatian Parliament. All Council members have to be Croatian citizens with university degrees (according to the Census of 2001, the total number of university graduates is 267,885), while at least one member must have a degree in law, one in political science and one in electrical engineering. Neither the chairperson nor members of the Council may be members of the top leadership of any political party. 

The Council’s chairperson and members are appointed for a term of four years, after which they may be re-appointed.

The Council monitors the legality of the work of security agencies, monitors and oversees application of measures for confidential data gathering which limits constitutionally-guaranteed human rights and fundamental freedoms. Any findings and information thereon are submitted as a report to the National Security Council, the Speaker of the Croatian Parliament, the chairperson of the parliamentary committee in charge of national security, and the directors of all security and intelligence agencies. The Council also provides information about methods on how citizens, governmental bodies and legal persons may file complaints on observed illegal or irregular procedures in the work of security and intelligence agencies, particularly in cases of violation of constitutionally-guaranteed human rights and fundamental freedoms. The Council notifies complainants of a completed oversight. The Council’s response to complaints is limited exclusively to the comments specified in the complaint.

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Membership

Chairperson

  • izv.prof.dr.sc. Krunoslav Antoliš

Members

  • Mile Ćulumović
  • mag. ing. Zoran Grgić
  • doc. dr. sc. Dražen Harasin
  • prof. dr. sc. Nikola Mijatović
  • Sanja Sarnavka
  • Nenad Vukman