Individuals who, based on their position, (must) have access to classified information, need to hold a specific clearance. The main purpose of this so-called “security clearance” is to support the physical security risk management process and to protect sensitive information by limiting access to those persons who may be expected to offer sufficient guarantees with respect to legality,  transparency and professional secrecy. This clearance is not just applicable to physical persons and neither is it necessarily related to the access to classified information. Legal entities that, for example, want to bid for government contracts in sensitive sectors and all individuals who are offered an employment contract at the European Central Bank and all non-staff members may also be screened. 

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