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
Date Written: 2016
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.
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