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Official Translation

REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA

LAW ON STATE SECRETS AND OFFICIAL SECRETS

November 25, 1999. No. VIII - 1443

(amended as of  20 November 2001. No. IX - 613)

Vilnius

Article 1. Objective of the Law

1. This Law shall regulate classifying, keeping, using, declassifying, co-ordination  and control of information which comprises State or official secrets.

2. Information comprising secrets of other states or international organisations, transferred to the Republic of Lithuania, shall be kept and used in accordance with the procedure established by the international agreements of the Republic of Lithuania and this Law. In cases wherein the valid international agreements of the Republic of Lithuania other regulations have been established for keeping and using the secrets of foreign states or international organisations, than specified in this Law, the regulations of international agreements shall apply. 

Article 2. Basic Definitions of this Law

1. Classified Information means information concerning the existence of documents, works, products or other objects and  essence or contents thereof, which are considered by the subject of secrets as a State or official secret, and the documents, works, products or other objects are themselves considered to be that same type of secret, if these objects or information need to be protected against loss or illegal  disclosure.

2. State Secret means  political, economic, military, law enforcement, scientific and technical information, loss or illegal disclosure whereof could violate the sovereignty of the Republic of Lithuania,  defence or economic power, pose harm to the constitutional   system and political interests of the Republic of Lithuania, pose danger to the life, health  and constitutional rights of individuals. This Law shall determine the list of categories of State secrets.

3. Official Secret means political, economic, military, law enforcement, scientific and technical information, dissemination whereof shall be limited owing to the interests of the State or the institutions thereof as well as, striving to protect the constitutional rights of individuals. This Law shall determine the list of categories of official secrets.

4. Document means compiled information irrespective of the means of compilation, and filing of information (graphic works, performed in a variety of ways: hand-written, published in a printing house, typed,  computer-written, painted or drawn, video or sound recordings, computer information files, film and photo negatives, positives or other information means).

5. Products  means a variety of equipment,  systems, weapons, military and special  technical equipment, complexes, aggregates, devices, material and chemical production.

6. Works  means of scientific, research, testing, draft and technological processes.

7. Other Objects  means materials, liquids, gases, minerals, bacteria and other forms of materials which according to their features or nature, cannot be attributed  to the concept of document, product or  works.

8. Sources of Secrets means State, local government institutions and the enterprises and services founded by such institutions, the performance whereof is related to the use of classified information or protection thereof and which are granted the right according to the procedure established by this Law, to classify and declassify information.

9. Classifying of Information means reckoning of information among State or official secrets and granting of relevant marks of secrecy and protection thereto.

10. Declassifying of Information means cancellation of secrecy marks, terms of classifying and  protection .

11. National Personnel Security Clearance Certificate means a document issued according to established procedure confirming a person’s right to work with or to become familiarised with classified information of the Republic of Lithuania.

12. Personnel Security Clearance Certificate means a document issued according to established procedure confirming a person’s right to work or become familiarised with classified information  passed by other states and international organisations.

13. Security Classification Guidance means a document drafted for performance of specified classified tasks that lists all the classified information that is being used or is expected to be developed in the process of task performance, determines secrecy marks for the aforesaid information, terms of classifying or declassifying, dates for alternation or elimination of secrecy marks.

14. Third Party  means any other institution or person, not the subjects who classified information, or institution or a person, to whom such information was passed in accordance with the procedure established by legal acts.

Article 3. Classification and Marking of Information

1. Classified information can be divided into Top Secret information, Secret information, Confidential information and Restricted information according to importance, possible damage that could be incurred by the State, its institutions or individuals,  should this information be disclosed to unauthorised persons, and by level of protection necessary for keeping of such information.

2. Security classification of “Top Secret” shall be applied to information comprising a State secret loss or unauthorised disclosure whereof may cause particularly serious consequences to the State.

3. Security classification  “Secret” shall be applied  to the information considered a State secret loss or unauthorised disclosure whereof can cause serious consequences to the State.

4. Security classification “Confidential” shall be applied to the information considered a State secret loss or unauthorised disclosure whereof can cause damage to the State interests.

5. Security classification “Restricted” shall be applied to information comprising  official secret.

6. Reference to the owner of information can be entered beside a security classification.

7. Information marked by security classifications “Top Secret” or “Secret,” shall not be passed to  third parties or disseminated in any other way without the written consent of the owner of such information, if the set procedure established by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania does not provide otherwise.

Article 4. Classifying Information

1. Subjects of secrets shall apply security classifications to specific information, modify these marks and determine the term for classifying information under the procedure determined by this Law and prescribed by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania or empowered institutions.

2. Basis for classifying of information is the list of categories of information that is to be classified, presented in Article 5 herein, and detailed lists of classified information prepared on the basis of aforesaid list and approved in accordance with the established procedure.

3. Subjects of secrets shall prepare Security classification guidance while executing  or authorising enterprises, institutions or organisations that are not subjects of secrets themselves to execute, in cases referred to in paragraph 5, Article 7, of this Law, classified tasks of large extent.

Article 5. List of Categories of Classified Information

1. State secret can comprise:

1) information on State military reserve and consolidated data on mobilisation reserve and material resources;

2) State programmes to be performed by state institutions under conditions of war;

3) information on development, production and use of elements of technological protection for securities, documents, bank-notes and coins;

4) information on the newest scientific and technological achievements, new technological processes enabling to perform qualified  improvement of weapons, special and military technology;

5) information on negotiations with foreign States and international organisations, as well as information related to foreign States and international organisations, loss or disclosure whereof can cause damage to international relations, violate State interests or prevent the  signing of agreements;

6)  plans to fight terrorism and sabotage;

7) information on organisation of protection of Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant;

8) information on detailed schemes of cable lines and equipment to ensure governmental and special communication, systems of power supply and non-cryptographic security;

9) information on codes, coding technique and related document, organisation and performance of coding;

10) passwords to information systems, card files, e-mail of subjects of secrets, codes, system for granting thereof, coding algorithms of computer information network;

11) information on radio wave frequencies, call-sign, structure of communication networks, communication schemes and connection lines, planning, construction and exploitation of radio stations used for the purposes of State security and defence;

12) plans for State defence, operation and management  of the army and other armed  forces, security of the State border, as well as detailed plans for organisational and technical development  of the army and its separate types and other institutions of the defence system;

13) mobilisation plans for the army and deployment of its types, scheme for management of mobilisation report and mobilisation deployment, as well as information on operations of the army and other armed forces and control of military sub-units in case of alarm preparedness;

14) information on production programmes and plans for weapons, ammunition explosives, combat equipment, special means and special technical equipment;

15) detailed information on supply of weapons, ammunition, explosives, combat equipment and special means to the army, other institutions of state defence and armed forces, subjects of operative activities and the Lithuanian Weapons Fund under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, as well as information on supplying of special  technical equipment  to the subjects of operative activities;

16) data of weapons register, when the owner, proprietor or the operator of a weapon is an institution of the national defence system,  institution of the interior affairs system, State Security Department, Special Investigations Service, Prosecutor’s Office, Weapons Fund under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, Customs Office of Lithuania while implementing operative activities,  as well as detailed information on weapons, ammunition, explosives, combat equipment, special means and special technical equipment;

17) detailed information on budget of subjects of operative activities, expenditure on operative activities, purchase of weapons, ammunition, explosives, combat equipment, special means and special technical equipment;

18) information on secret structures and covert participants of the subjects of operative activities, quantity and personnel structure and material and technical supply thereof;

19) information from register data, State social insurance and compulsory health insurance payments of officers employed in secret structures of the subjects of operative activities, who are insured by the State social and compulsive health insurance, data obtained from income and property declarations of these persons and members of the families thereof.

20) information on operative performance of the subject of operative activities, usage of means and methods, as well as information  obtained in the course of operative activities;

21) information that was passed voluntarily to the subjects of operative activities by current or former officers or contributors of  the special services of foreign states.

22) classified identification documents of a witness or a victim;

23) information on individuals, who in accordance with the legislation of the Republic of Lithuania, get protection against criminal pressure, as well as information on organising of protection measures;

24) topographic maps of the Republic of Lithuania specifying characteristics and purposes of objects of state importance strategic, military and risk, as well as military purpose maps.

25) intelligence information, also, information regarding intelligence activity, use of means and methods thereof, intelligence activity’s assignments and results, intelligence staff members and their intelligence co-workers, funding of intelligence services and intelligence co-workers;

26) information regarding special social guarantees of intelligence staff members and co-workers thereof.

27) results of polygraph examination  and sound and (or) video tapes of the examination. 

2. Official secret may comprise:

1) detailed information on organisation of protection  of information considered a State or official secret, accounting and maintenance of the classified information;

2)detailed information on procedures for verification of candidacy of individuals, activities whereof are related to use and protection of classified information as well as information compiled on individuals during the vetting process;

3)  information  on organisation of search and detention of criminals as well as on other complex  measures undertaken  and operations organised by the police,  well as information on detailed plans.

4) organisation of security for protected objects and individuals of state institution and units thereof, as well as documentation on design, construction and repair work of such objects;

5) information  on interaction of the units of State and municipal institutions, enterprises, establishment and organisation to subjects of operative activities;

6) detailed information on staff positions in, staff structure of, material technical supply of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, as well as to operative, special units of the Ministry of National Defence, Ministry of the Interior, State Security Department, Special Investigations Service and the  Customs Office of Lithuania while implementing operative activities;

7) information on register data, social security contributions of officers that are under State social insurance and are employed in operative, special units of the Ministry of National Defence, Ministry of the Interior, State Security Department, Special Investigations Service and the Customs Office of Lithuania while implementing operative activities;

8) consolidated information on State reserve of material resource;

9) detailed plan for activities of state institutions in extreme situations;

10) information on organisation and tactics of special State cargo shipping:

11) information on supply of communication technique and equipment to units of the Ministry of National Defence, Ministry of the Interior, State Security Department,  Special Investigations Service, Customs office of Lithuania, implementing operative activities, as well as information on radio frequency and call-signs used by these units;

12) information on protection and accounting standards distribution, keeping places and organisation of protection of weapons, ammunition, personal security and active defence instruments, radiation and chemical security, special decontamination  instrument and engineering equipment, kept by the Ministry of National Defence, Ministry of the Interior, State Security Department, Special Investigations Service, Prosecuting Magistracy, Bank of Lithuania, Lithuanian Weapons Fund under the Government of Lithuania and the Customs Office of Lithuania while implementing operative activities, ;

13) information on inspection of banks and other credit institutions received for the purposes of supervision of such institutions;

14) projects for determination of exchange rates of national and foreign currency, information on repurchase deals executed by the Bank  of Lithuania, securities auctions and their bids and liquidity loans.

3. Information referred in sub-paragraphs 1-24, Paragraph 1 of this Law, provided that disclosure or loss of such information could not cause particularly serious or serious damage to the State and, if such information, according to its importance, does not require higher Security classification, it may be classified as Official secret at the decision  of subject of secrets.

4. Subjects of secrets shall, in accordance with list of categories of classified information, develop detailed lists of classified information related to their activities. Such detailed lists of information shall include secrecy marks of classified information, terms of classifying of such information shall include secrecy marks of classified information, terms of classifying such information or conditions of declassifying. Detailed lists of declassified information  shall be approved and modified by managers of subjects of secrets co-ordinating of the lists with the Commission for Secrets Protection Co-ordination of the Republic of Lithuania.

Article 6. Period of Classifying

1. Information considered as a State secret, except the cases provided in Part 5 of this article, shall be classified for the following period, which shall not exceed:

1) information marked as “TOP SECRET” - for a period of 30 years; information related to covert participants of operative activities - for a period of 75 years;

2) information marked as “SECRET” - for a period of 15 years;

3) information marked as “CONFIDENTIAL,” - for a period of 5 years.

2. Information marked as “RESTRICTED,” - the period of classifying is not determined. Beside the security classification can be written the period of classifying or the day or the circumstance, when such information shall be declassified. If there is no additional specification, such information shall be declassified in 2 years after the day of its classifying.

3. The period of classifying of information shall start from the moment of classifying of such information. 

4. In cases where it is expedient to classify certain information for a classifying of certain information shall be longer than that provided in sub-paragraphs 1 - 3 of paragraph 1 of  Article 6 of this Law, the classifying period shall be entered beside the secrecy mark.

5. In cases when for the purposes of State security, the period of classifying of certain information shall be longer than that provided in sub-paragraphs 1- 3, paragraph 1, Article 6 of this Law, this question is settled by, and the classifying period shall be extended by the Commission for Secrets Protection Co-ordination  of the Republic of Lithuania, under proposal of the subject of secrets. Classifying period can be extended up to 10 years. The number of extension shall not be limited, however, the total period of classifying information shall not exceed 95 years, except for information on covert participants of operational activities and classified data on intelligence staff members and intelligence  co-workers.

Article 7. Ownership Right to Classified Information, Changes of Security Classifications and Terms of Classifying,  Protection of Classified Information

1. Classified information other than secrets of other States and international organisations shall be under the ownership of the State of Lithuania. A natural or legal person, whoever being no subject of secrets shall be compensated justly for classified information being his ownership thereof acquired for the ownership of the State. Procedure  of acquisition of such information for the ownership of the State shall be established by  the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.

2. Classified information can be passed to those States or international organisations only with whom Lithuania has signed agreements on mutual protection of classified  information or in accordance with the procedure specified in  sub-paragraph 9 of paragraph 3 of Article 12.

3. The subject of secrets having classified information is entitled to change its security classification and term of classifying. The subjects of secrets to whomever such information has been passed shall be informed about the aforementioned changes.

4. The subjects of secrets shall organise, implement and ensure protection of classified information in accordance with the procedure  established by this Law, the Government or an institution authorised by it.

5. The subjects of secrets, while executing the functions assigned thereto, are entitled to enter into transactions with enterprises, institutions and organisations, which are not subjects of secret, on execution  or development  of certain works and products that contain classified information. Protection standards applied to classified information confided to such institutions shall correspond to these applicable to subjects of secrets.

6. The subjects of secrets, upon transfer of classified information in cases provided in paragraph 5 of this Article, must control protection of the transferred information and ensure that, all of the persons, having access to classified information marked “Top Secret,”  “Secret,” or “Confidential,” have relevant personnel security clearance certificates.

7. Classified information shall be kept, maintained and destroyed in accordance with the procedure established by the Government of Lithuania of an institution authorised by it.

Article 8. Declassifying of Classified Information

1. Classified information shall be declassified, when:

1) upon the expiration of classifying period specified in Article 6 of this Law;

2) even if the established classifying period has not yet expired, the reason for classifying ceases to exist.

2. All classified information may be declassified prior to expiration of the classifying period, exclusively by decision of the subject of secrets, who has classified such information.

3. Upon expiration of the established classifying period, the information shall be declassified by a decision of the subject of secrets who has classified such information or has access to such information.

Article 9. Permission to Use or Become Familiarised With Classified Information

1. The right ex officio to become familiarised with and use information considered a state secret is granted to the Republic President, Chairman of the Republic of Lithuania Seimas and the Prime Minister of Lithuania.

2. Only persons having been granted special national personnel security clearance certificates may hold office related to use and protection of information considered a State secret. Candidates to the public service selected to the posts related to use and protection of information considered a State secret, shall be appointed upon having their candidacies verified according to the procedures prescribed by the Government  of the Republic of Lithuania or its authorised institution and after being  issued national personnel security certificates.  A list of the duties thereof is determined  by a subject of secrets itself.

3. National personnel security clearance certificates, a list of the duties thereof is determined  by a subject of  secrets, upon having verified according to the procedure set by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania or its authorised institution the candidacies of the persons, and after co-ordinating, with the exception of the covert participant in operative activities, with the State Security Department. Prior to adopting a final decision, the institutions verifying the candidacy of a person, may invite him in for an interview and if necessary with the consent of the person,  perform a polygraph examination or request a written explanation of the person. Subject of secrets shall be prohibited from use of national personnel security clearance certificates, if the State Security Department  following Part 5, Article 9 of this Law, objects to it.

4. A  person shall be permitted to work  or to get familiarised with information considered a State secret, provided that he :

1) is  a citizen of the Republic of Lithuania;

2) is a person who according to the established form furnishes data about himself and his connections and provides written consent to have his candidacy verified;

3) is a person who in terms of his personal data and personal and professional qualifications, and state of health is eligible for this kind of work;

4) shall pledge himself in writing to keep the information considered to be a  State secret;

5) during the vetting process any of the circumstances  specified sub-paragraphs 2-14 of  paragraph 5 are not established; 

5. A national personnel security clearance certificate shall not be granted to a person, if he:

1) does not meet one of the requirements provided in sub-paragraphs 1-4  of Paragraph 4;

2) has been a permanent resident of Lithuania for less than three years, except for  persons who served in military and defence structures of NATO and subject to sub-paragraph 5, paragraph 3 Article 12 of this Law, the Commission for Secrets Protection Co-ordination  of the Republic of Lithuania  does not give consent to issue a relevant personnel security clearance certificate;

3)  has applied to appropriate State institutions on renunciation of citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania or institutions of other states on granting political asylum;

4) has double citizenship and subject to sub-paragraph 5 of paragraph 3 of Article 12 of this Law, the Commission for Secrets Protection Co-ordination of the Republic of Lithuania does not give consent to issue a relevant personnel security clearance certificate. This regulation is not applied to persons who took service in military or defence structures of NATO;

5) had been convicted for committing of a State or any other serious crime;

6) has conviction for a minor deliberate crime;

7) has been declared legally incompetent or of limited competence in accordance with the established procedure;

8) has collaborated or maintains relations with special services of another state in connection with  interests hostile to the Republic of Lithuania; 

9) maintains relations with  persons collaborating with special services of another states or belonging to an organised crime group in connection with interests hostile to the Republic of Lithuania;

10) has concealed or furnished false biographical data or other personal information;

11) has been dismissed from his duties in accordance with the procedure established by laws or other legal acts for violations of procedure of working with classified information;

12) is a subject of operative investigation or having criminal charges brought against him for a deliberate crime;

13) is a subject to measures of preventive effect provided by the Law on The Prevention of Organised Crime;

14) receives income from other military or special services of other States if that is not provided for by agreements and commitments signed by the Republic of Lithuania and other states.

6. Persons having national personnel security clearance certificates of higher security level do not need a separate security clearance to work familiarise themselves with information marked with lower security level.

7. National personnel security clearance certificates for work or familiarisation with information which comprises a State secret with security clearance level ‘Top Secret” or “Secret,” shall be granted for a period of five years, and that comprising a State secret  marked “Confidential,” for a period of seven years. Upon expiration of the aforesaid  terms, the person shall be verified again. A person may be subject   to repeated verification  prior to the expiration of periods specified in this Article.

8. Decision of refusal to grant personnel security clearance to work or familiarise himself with information comprising a Sate secret, as well as objection of the State  Security Department on granting the aforesaid security clearance could be appealed to the Committee For Secrets Protection Co-ordination of the Republic of Lithuania which shall adopt the final decision.

9. Permit to work with information considered official secret for persons whose work is related to use or protection of such information shall be granted by the subject of secrets. Permission of the State Security Department is not necessary in this case.

Article 10. Annulment of the Personnel Security Clearance

1. National Security Clearance shall be annulled if:

1) a person shall renounce or lose the citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania;

2) a person shall systematically violate the procedures of work with classified information;

3) a person shall terminate his employment (service) relations with the subject of secrets  or is moved to other duties that are not related to use of information considered a State secret;

4) a person shall be convicted for committing a State or a deliberate crime;

5) a person shall be declared incompetent  or of limited competence according to the procedure established by law;

6) it shall evolve that a personal security clearance has been granted to a person without a relevant basis;

7) in terms of personal data, personal and professional features as well as state of health, a person loses eligibility to work with classified data;

8) any of the circumstances specified in sub-paragraphs 3 - 9, 12, 13 or 14 of paragraph 5 of Article 9 of this Law, appears or becomes  evident.

2. A national security clearance shall be annulled by the subject of secrets on its own initiative or in accordance with justified proposal; by the State Security Department. The subject of secrets shall notify the State Security Department of its decision.

3. Annulment of the personnel security clearance or termination of employment (service) relations, transfer to other duties or dismissal from duties shall not discharge the person from the obligation to keep classified information entrusted to him or information obtained in the course of performance of official duties or from responsibility of disclosure of such information.

4. Decision on the annulment of personnel security clearance might be appealed to Commission for secrets Protection Co-ordination of the Republic of Lithuania.

Article 11. Granting of the Right to Familiarise Oneself with Classified Information at  Disposal of Another Subject of Secrets

1. The right to familiarise oneself with classified information, marked by  security levels: “Top Secret,” “Secret,” “Confidential,” shall be held only by persons having an appropriate national personnel security clearance, and only in accordance with the need-to-know principle.

2. The right to familiarise oneself with classified information, which is at the disposal of another subject of secrets, shall be given to a person by the head of the institution, having access to such information. Such a person shall have a target order issued by the head  of the institution where the person works. Such an order shall certify that the person has an appropriate level personnel security clearance, as well as specify the type of information that the person needs to familiarise himself with and the motives for becoming familiar with such information.

3. Should the decision be taken not to allow a person, to become familiar with classified information specified in the order, the head of the institution which disposes such information, shall substantiate his decision and to notify the head of the institution, which has sent the person, about such a decision in  ten days. Such decision may be appealed against to the Commission for Secrets Protection Co-ordination of the Republic of Lithuania.

Article 12. Commission for Secrets Protection Co-ordination of the Republic of Lithuania

1. The Commission for Secrets Protection Co-ordination of the Republic of Lithuania Prime Minister of Lithuania is a collective institution co-ordinating protection of classified information. Its statute is approved by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.

2. The Commission for Secrets Protection Co-ordination of the Republic of Lithuania shall be formed from seven members: two members delegated by the President of the Republic of Lithuania, Chairman of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania, The Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania, each, the Commission shall be chaired by the Director General of the State Security Department. Material to the Commission shall be prepared and submitted by the Secretary of the commission, who shall be an Officer of the State Security Department. Members of this Commission and its Secretary could be only the persons who have been cleared for access to information classified up to and including “Top Secret.”

3. Commission for Secrets Protection Co-ordination  shall:

1) co-ordinate drafting and implementation of international agreements of the Republic of Lithuania on protection of classified information;

2) issue personnel security clearance certificates in accordance with the procedure  established by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania or an institution authorised by it;

3) submit proposals to the Government of the Republic of Lithuania on amending of the present Law  and other legal acts related to the protecting of classified information, on their declaring void, and improvement of the current system for the protection of the classified information;

4) analyse and adjust the detailed lists of classified information, related to their activities, drawn up by the subjects of secrets and approve amendments of such lists;

5) with factoring of the subjects of secrets, decide on the possibility of issuing National Personnel Security Clearances indicated in Article 9 of this Law, or to persons with double citizenship or to persons without the qualification of permanent residents of Lithuania specified in sub-paragraph 2 of paragraph 5, Article 9 of this Law;

6) after the expiration of the term of information classifying set in sub-paragraphs 1-3, paragraph  one of Article 6, of this Law, upon recommendation of the subjects of secret, decide  on expediency of extension of the classifying term;

7) settle disputes between subjects of secrets s well as disputes between subjects of secret and other persons that arise because of classifying, keeping, using, declassifying, control of protection of information considered  a State or official secret  and granting National personnel security clearances and because of validity of not granting  or annulment of personnel security clearances and because of validity of not granting or annulment of personnel security clearance certificates.  

8) submit proposals to the Government of Lithuania on acquisition of information which, according to its character comprises  a State or official secret, however under the right of ownership, belongs to a natural or  legal person who is not a subject of secrets;

9) under the proposal of the subjects of secrets, decide on the possibilities of transferring classified information to  other states or international organisations,  other than the contractual parties to agreements on mutual protection of classified information.

4. Decisions taken by the Commission for Secrets Protection Co-ordination of the Republic of Lithuania  are obligatory to the subjects of secrets.

Article 13. Control of the Information Considered a State Secret

Protection of the information comprising a State secret, held by all of the country’s institutions, shall be controlled by the State Security Department. This Department  shall:

1) control observance of the set procedures of classifying, use, keeping and declassifying of information considered a State secret;

2) submit proposals to the Government of the Republic of Lithuania and the Commission For Secrets Protection Co-ordination of the Republic of Lithuania on improvement of the system for protection of the State secrets;

3) conduct investigations, following initiation of criminal proceedings in connection with the loss or disclosure of information comprising a secret;

4) render methodological assistance to the subjects of secrets on protection of the information considered a State secret.

3. Control procedure of accounting, handling and organisation of office-work related to documents, containing classified information shall be established by  the Government of the Republic of Lithuania or an institution authorised by it.

Article 14. Personal Obligations and Restrictions

1. A person shall be obliged  to keep the classified information entrusted to him or learnt by him in the course of his service throughout the entire term that the information is deemed classified.

2. (repealed)

Article 15. Responsibility for Seizure and (or) Illegal Disclosure, Loss, Destruction, Damaging, Collection, Buying, Selling , Keeping  or Spreading of Classified Information

1. A person shall bear responsibility for seizure and (or) illegal disclosure, loss, destruction, damaging, collection, buying, selling, keeping or spreading of information considered a State secret or an Official secret according to the laws of the Republic of Lithuania.

2. A person  who illegally possesses information which  is considered a State or official secret, and voluntarily surrenders it to corresponding State institutions  prior to September 15, 2000, shall be absolved from liability for keeping it.

Article 16. Procedure for Implementation of the Law

1. This Law shall come into force from March 1, 2000.

2. Procedure for the implementation of this Law shall be established by  the Law “On Implementation of the Law on the State Secrets  and Official Secrets of the Republic of Lithuania.”

Article 17. Voided  Laws and Other Legal Acts

Upon coming into force of this Law, the following shall become void:

1) The Law on the State Secrets and Protection Thereof;

2) The Decree of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania, “On Implementation of the Law on State Secrets and Their Protection;”

3) The Law on Implementation of the Law on the State Secrets and the Protection Thereof.”

I promulgate this Law passed by the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania.

PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC

VALDAS ADAMKUS