Status of the Head of the Foreign Intelligence Agency

The Head of the Foreign Intelligence Agency is a central body of government administration, which reports directly to the Prime Minister. It operates with the assistance of the Foreign Intelligence Agency on the basis of the Act of May 24, 2002 on the Internal Security Agency and the Foreign Intelligence Agency. The activities of the Head of the Foreign Intelligence Agency are subject to the Sejm’s control.

The Head of the Foreign Intelligence Agency is appointed and dismissed by the Prime Minister after consultation with the President of the Republic of Poland, the Council for Special Services and the Parliamentary Committee for Special Services. The candidate for the Head of the Foreign Intelligence Agency should meet the requirements set forth in the Act.

The Deputy Head of the Foreign Intelligence Agency is appointed and dismissed by the Prime Minister upon the motion of the Head of the Foreign Intelligence Agency, after consultation with the Parliamentary Committee for Special Services. The Head of the Foreign Intelligence Agency may be dismissed from his position in cases provided for in the Act.

During his absence, the Head of the Foreign Intelligence Agency is substituted by his deputy appointed by him and acting under the authority of the Head of the Foreign Intelligence Agency. The Act also allows for temporary assignment of the Head of the Foreign Intelligence Agency’s responsibilities.