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National Security Law

Chapter I

General Provisions
Section 1. National Security
(1) National security is a state, attained as a result of joint, purposeful measures implemented by the State and society, in which the independence of the State, its constitutional structure and territorial integrity, the prospect of free development of society, welfare and stability are guaranteed.

(2) Guaranteeing of national security is a basic obligation of the State.

Section 2. Purpose of the Law
This Law prescribes the national security system and tasks of such, the competence of the persons or institutions responsible for the national security system and the principles and procedures of co-ordination, implementation and control of their activities.
Section 3. The National Security System and Tasks of Such
(1) The national security system is formed by the institutions implementing State authority and administration, and the citizens of Latvia to whom law delegates obligations and rights in the field of national security within the scope of specified competence.

(2) The tasks of the national security system are the following:

1) to forecast in a timely manner and prevent internal and external danger to the State, to guarantee State defence, public safety and democratic development of society;

2) to draw up a joint, systemic policy of national security for the institutions implementing State authority and administration, and to implement, in a co-ordinated and purposeful manner, the legal, economic, social, military, security and other measures determined by the State, at all levels of State administration;

3) to ensure effective management to overcome situations dangerous to the State.

(3) The operation of the national security system is based upon civilian-military co-operation. Civilian-military co-operation is the planned and co-ordinated activities of State administrative institutions, the public and the National Armed Forces in the suppression of dangers to the State. The basic principles of civilian-military co-operation are effective mutual co-operation co-ordination, unified understanding of common goals and shared responsibility for the results of the achieving the goals.

[15 May 2003]

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