The Council of Ministers authorized last Friday the signing of the agreement between Spain and Peru for the reciprocal exchange and protection of classified information in the field of defense.
The purpose of the agreement is to guarantee the protection of the classified information generated or exchanged between the parties, or by natural or legal persons under the jurisdiction of either of the two countries.
According to the Executive, this agreement “will contribute to the preservation of the interests of Spain in its international relations, since these sometimes require the exchange of information that, because it affects security or national interests, must have a degree of classification and be subject to special processes of use and management to preserve that integrity”.
In particular, in the field of the defense and armament industry, manufacturing, assembly or supply contracts often involve the sharing of confidential devices or procedures, so it is necessary to establish standards according to which States can share classified information without risk.
This agreement constitutes, therefore, “an essential legal instrument that will favor the development of the Spanish defense industry and bilateral trade in this sector”, the Government concluded.