According to Reuters sources familiar with the agreement reached by the coalition government of Germany, the Cabinet agreed a package of reforms of the German intelligence service (BND).
The agreement was reached during a meeting in the office of German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday, June 3, the Agency said several of the participants.
The reforms that have to be submitted to the German Parliament, in particular, imply a legislative restriction of the functions of surveillance of foreign intelligence. Thus, it is proposed to prohibit the BND intelligence in relation to the EU and its citizens, and institutions of the European Union, with the exception of those cases when we are talking about suspected terrorist activities.
The agreement also requires the head of the BND, office of the Chancellor of Germany and an independent panel of judges to adopt the strategy of foreign intelligence activities, based on the list of key words, sources told Reuters.
Proposed changes should also establish more clearly the scope conditions under which the BND was given permission to such activities.
BND was in the spotlight after a series of scandals, by perturbing the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, including information about what the German intelligence service helped the national security Agency (NSA) of the United States to conduct surveillance of European allies, using key words the NSA.
According to Reuters, in April of this year, Gerhard Schindler, BND ran in 2012, abruptly left his post two years earlier than planned, amid reports that he was forced to resign because of disagreements about the reform of the BND.
According to sources Reuters, the draft reform should be submitted to the German Cabinet to Parliament before the summer break that normally starts in July.