Informaiton on the 'Taiwan Strait crisis' of 1996

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Dear European Council,

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I am requesting documents which contain the following information:

Working documents relating to China's military exercises in the Taiwan Strait between January and March 1996

Minutes of meetings at the Ministerial or working-group level pertaining to these events.

Yours faithfully,

Scott Brown

Postmaster Consilium, European Council

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1 Attachment

Please find attached a letter from the General Secretariat of the Council
concerning your request for access under Regulation 1049/2001.

Yours sincerely,

General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union

Transparency Service - Access to documents

Scott Brown left an annotation ()

Text of letter received 11/02/13

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Dear Mr Brown,

Your requests of 21 January 2013 for access to Council documents were registered by the "Access to Documents" unit. Thank you for your interest.

The necessary consultations concerning these documents are still in progress. Therefore, the time-limit for the General Secretariat to reply to your applications has to be extended by 15 working days (04.03.2013), in accordance with Article 7(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 of 30 May 2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents (Official Journal L 145, 31.5.2001, p. 43).

Yours sincerely,

For the General Secretariat

Jakob Thomsen
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SECRETARIAT DGF Access, European Council

2 Attachments

Please find attached a letter from the General Secretariat of the Council
concerning your request for access under Regulation 1049/2001.

Yours sincerely,

General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union
Transparency Service - Access to documents

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                  <<st05514en.96.pdf>>

Scott Brown left an annotation ()

The EU's statement in response to the crisis is already publicly available and therefore not particularly informative.

The interesting part is the acknowledgement that they identified a number of Coreu documents which expressed opinions on the crisis. It's not particularly surprising that they're withheld for the reasons given in the letter. I'm not going to apply for a review because it's the response I expected, really. Nevertheless, confirmation of the existence of the documents themselves is a new revelation to me so that's something. Without 'peaceful resolution' of the Taiwan issue - which doesn't seem likely in the immediate future! - these won't be released. Even then, I would be surprised if they were immediately declassified.