DEFENCE

Anti-terrorism equipment at Presidential Administration to be replaced due to obsolescence

The Presidential Administration reports it is conducting a normal procedure to replace its anti-terrorism equipment because their useful life is over, insisting that this is no additional security measure.
“The Presidential Administration is conducting a normal procedure under Law 333/2003 concerning the guarding of facilities, assets and valuables as well as personal protection, which is in no way some additional security measure. The anti-terrorism equipment currently in operation was made available to the Presidential Administration by the Guard and Protection Service in 1998-2001,” the Communication Department of the Presidential Administration reported on Friday in a press statement in response to media reports about the start of procedures for the procurement of anti-terrorism equipment.
According to the statement, Government Decision 2,139/2004 the useful life of equipment used in pedestrian checking points is 8-12 years.
“Given the circumstances, the equipment is obsolete. Consequently, the Presidential Administration has decided to replace the existing pieces of equipment with new equipment able to secure detection without putting the institution and its staff in harm’s way,” reads the statement.
The Guard and Protection Service (SPP) has repeatedly asked the Presidential Administration to replace the equipment since 2012 because of wear and tear.

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