The Estonian Foreign Intelligence Service has published a report covering the security situation in the Baltic Sea region.
The report «International Security and Estonia 2024» discusses the latest developments in Russia’s military, foreign policy, internal politics and economy, special services and influence operations. We also turn our attention to China, Sino-Russian relationship and Chinese technology.
The Estonian Foreign Intelligence Service protects Estonia from external security threats. The service collects and analyses intelligence to support Estonia’s national defence and security policy.
The main function of EFIS is to collect intelligence and to protect classified information.
EFIS collects, analyses and delivers information on Estonia's external security threats. The information gathered by EFIS has a significant influence on Estonia's national defence and security policy making. EFIS is in the front line of national defence, as intelligence ensures early warning for events that pose a threat to us.
Protection of classified information includes the following functions:
We work closely with both domestic and foreign partners.
We operate under the Estonian Security Authorities Act. Supervision over EFIS is exercised by the Security Authorities Surveillance Committee of the Parliament, which assesses – among other things - the protection of fundamental rights and the efficiency of the service's work. The Ministry of Defence, the Chancellor of Justice and the National Audit Office of Estonia also exercise supervision over EFIS.
Our history dates back to 1992 when the Information Agency of the Government Office of the Republic of Estonia was established. In 1994, the Information Agency was subordinated to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In 2001, the Estonian Information Board was established, which was then subordinated to the Ministry of Defence, and was united with the signals intelligence unit of the former Government Communications Agency. As of 1 July 2017, our organisation is named the Estonian Foreign Intelligence Service to more clearly communicate our main task, which is the collection of intelligence.
Estonian Foreign Intelligence Service is led by Director General Kaupo Rosin.
Our organisation is under the purview of the Ministry of Defence.