The principle of transparency is laid down in Article 1 of the Treaty on European Union and that of access to documents additionally in Article 42 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, both quoted in epigraph.
In order to make citizens' rights under this legal basis effective and pursuant to Article 10 of the Decision of the High Representative referred to above, a Public Register has been set up, which is operational since 1st January, 2015.
The Public Register contains the following types of documents:
Documents produced by the EEAS since 1st January, 2015:
Proposals, recommendations of the High Representative for Council legal acts pursuant to the Treaties and other documents transmitted by the High Representative to other European institutions or bodies
Proposals and recommendations made jointly by the High Representative and the Commission for Council legal acts pursuant to the Treaties and other documents transmitted jointly by the High Representative and the Commission to other European institutions or bodies
Working documents transmitted by the EEAS to other European Union institutions or bodies and other EEAS documents approved internally
Working documents transmitted jointly by the EEAS and the services of the Commission to other European Union institutions or bodies
Decisions of the High Representative, or of the EEAS, of general application on administrative, staff, financial, procedural and other internal matters
No sensitive documents* are registered in the Public Register, unless they have previously been declassified.
* documents originating from the institutions or the agencies established by them, from Member States, third countries or International Organisations, classified as 'TRÈS SECRET/TOP SECRET', 'SECRET' or 'CONFIDENTIEL' in accordance with the rules of the institution concerned, which protect essential interests of the European Union or of one or more of its Member States in the areas covered by Article 4(1)(a), notably public security, defence and military matters" pursuant to Article 9 of Regulation 2019/2001
Requests for access to documents held by the EEAS should be sent in writing, in one of the official languages of the European Union, either using the electronic form, or by post or fax.
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Access to Documents
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