A series of bilateral Ukrainian-Finnish documents have been signed in the presence of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy and President of Finland Sauli Niinistö.
In particular, the Agreement between Ukraine and Finland on the mutual protection of restricted information. The document was signed by Head of the Security Service of Ukraine Ivan Bakanov and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Finland to Ukraine Päivi Maarit Laine.
“Today, our parties have signed an important document - the Agreement on Mutual Protection of Restricted Information. It creates new opportunities for security authorities to cooperate, in particular in the context of counteracting hybrid threats on the part of the Russian Federation,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy noted during a meeting with media representatives in Kyiv together with the President of Finland.
The conclusion of this Agreement is caused by the need to create a legal framework for the protection of restricted information, the exchange of which, if necessary, will be carried out between Ukraine and Finland.
The provisions of the agreement provide for the definition of competent security authorities responsible for the implementation of the Agreement, comparison of access restriction stamps, establishment of rules on the exchange of information with restricted access and requirements for granting access to such information, as well as the obligation of the parties to ensure the protection of information with restricted access and principles of its protection.
In addition, Head of the State Archives Service of Ukraine Tetiana Baranova and Director of the National Archives of Finland Jussi Nuorteva signed a Memorandum of Cooperation between the State Archives Service of Ukraine and the National Archives of Finland.
The purpose of the Memorandum is to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the field of archival affairs, to establish and develop mutually beneficial and constructive dialogue between archival institutions of Ukraine and Finland.
In accordance with the provisions of the Memorandum, the parties will ensure equal rights of access of Ukrainian and Finnish researchers to the archival documents, facilitate the replenishment of the national archives with copies of archival documents kept in the state archives of the other party interesting to the researchers; carry out the exchange of specialists; conduct joint research, exhibition and editorial projects, etc.
The signing of the Memorandum will have a positive impact on the adaptation of national legislation in the field of archives and record keeping to European sectoral legislation and standards.