Legal advice and/or analysis of the legality on EU-Turkey agreements

Luisa Izuzquiza made this access to documents request to Council of the EU

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From: Luisa Izuzquiza

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Dear Council of the EU,

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

a) all documents generated or received by the Council containing the legal advice and/or analysis of the legality under EU and international law of the Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Turkey on the readmission of persons residing without authorisation, OJ L 134, 7.5.2014

b) all documents generated or received by the Council containing legal advice and/or analysis of the legality of the actions to be carried out by the EU and its Member States in implementing the actions set out in the statement on the agreement reached with Turkey at the summit held on 7 March 2016 (statement here: http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/.... I am interested in documents drawn up both before and since the meeting was held, to date.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need any clarification in regards to any aspect of my request.

Thank you in advance.

Yours faithfully,

Luisa Izuzquiza
Access Info Europe

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Please find attached a letter from the General Secretariat of the Council
concerning your request for access to documents.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Transparency and Access to Documents

 

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Council of the European Union

General Secretariat

Communication and Document Management

Document Management

Transparency and Access to Documents

 

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From: Luisa Izuzquiza

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Dear Council of the EU,

Many thanks for your response.

As I am rather surprised that you hold no relevant documents, I am writing to ensure that my initial request was sufficiently clear.

The press release you refer to (http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/... states:
"The President of the European Council will take forward these proposals and work out the details with the Turkish side before the March European Council. This work will respect European and international law."

Hence, as per my initial request, I would like to request all documents generated or received by the Council of the EU that were used to form and back up the following Council statement: "This work will respect European and international law."

In particular I note that my original request was wider in scope than the recent EU-Turkey meeting. I asked for all documents generated or received by the Council of the EU that discuss any legal aspects under EU and international law and/or make reference to legal safeguards in regards to:
- the Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Turkey on the readmission of persons residing without authorisation, OJ L 134, 7.5.2014; and
- the agreement reached with Turkey at the summit held on 7 March 2016.

An example of such a document that would fall under my request (and that was provided to me by the European Parliament) can be found here: https://ec.europa.eu/transparency/regdoc...

I presume that the Council would have a copy of this document. I presume that you also might have received request from other sources (including for example civil society organisations concerned about the legality the agreement).

I would further like to clarify that you are saying that there has been no provision of legal advice by the Council Legal Services with respect to this regulation, and that no such legal advice was provided either in the run up to the adoption of the 2014 Agreement between the EU and Turkey on the readmission of persons residing without authorisation (OJ L 134, 7.5.2014) nor subsequently.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need any clarification in regards to any aspect of my request.

Thank you very much in advance.

Yours faithfully,

Luisa Izuzquiza
Access Info Europe

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Dear Ms Izuzquiza,

 

Thank you for your reaction.

 

Taking into account the clarifications of your request, we undertake to
look again into this issue but please be aware that legal advice from, for
example the Legal Service of the Council, is not always given in writing
but can be given orally during meetings in which the Legal Service
participates.

 

May I also refer you to the forthcoming debate in the plenary of the
European Parliament, next  Thursday 28 April, starting at 8.30 on "Legal
aspects, democratic control and implementation of the EU-Turkey agreement"
which will include Council and Commission statements on the issue.

 

As you know this debate will be webstreamed
([1]http://www.europarl.europa.eu/ep-live/en... and may
answer already some of your questions.

 

We will come back to you as soon as possible.

 

Kind regards.

 

 

Luc De Hert

Administrator

 

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Council of the European Union

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Document Management

Transparency and Access to Documents

 

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