Secrecy Inside and Outside: EU External Relations in Focus

Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies (SIEPS), 2016:13, ISBN: 978-91-86107-70-3

50 Pages Posted: 14 Dec 2017

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Deirdre Curtin

European University Institute, Department of Law, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies; Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance

Christina Eckes

Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance

Date Written: 2016

Abstract

Foreign affairs have always involved a degree of secrecy. The EU external action is no exception. Out of security concerns and to protect the confidentiality of international negotiations, EU foreign policy actors such as the Council and the European External Action Service manage access to information by classifying EU documents as 'secret'. How can such classification be reconciled with the EU principles that "decisions are taken as openly as possible and as closely as possible to the citizen"? In this timely report, Professors Deirdre Curtin and Christina Eckes critically examine how this balance is determined, and the role other EU institutions, including the Courts, play on this terrain.

Suggested Citation

Curtin, Deirdre M. and Eckes, Christina, Secrecy Inside and Outside: EU External Relations in Focus (2016). Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies (SIEPS), 2016:13, ISBN: 978-91-86107-70-3, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3086145

Deirdre M. Curtin (Contact Author)

European University Institute, Department of Law, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies ( email )

Via Bolognese 156 (Villa Salviati)
50-139 Firenze
Italy

HOME PAGE: http://www.eui.eu/DepartmentsAndCentres/Law/People/Professors/Curtin.aspx

Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance ( email )

P.O.Box 1030
Amsterdam, 1000 BA
Netherlands

HOME PAGE: http://home.medewerker.uva.nl/d.m.curtin/

Christina Eckes

Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance ( email )

Oudemanhuispoort 4-6
1012 CN Amsterdam
Netherlands

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