Ref. Ares(2021)1804509 - 12/03/2021
Head of Division
Brussels, 12 March 2021
eeas.sg.affgen.2 (2021) 1610221
Ms Julia Wagner
Subject: Your request for access to documents of 15 February 2021
Our ref: 2021/017
Dear Ms Wagner,
Thank you for your request for access to documents, which the EEAS has examined in the
framework of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001.1
Please be informed that the requested Human Rights and Democracy Country Strategies and
their annual implementation reports are internal documents and contain sensitive information
related to the human rights situation in Mexico, Chile and Bolivia. These documents are
prepared by EU delegations and Member States’ missions, following close consultation with
relevant interlocutors based on a political and operational analysis of the human rights
situation in a given country. They identify key strategic priorities for EU action on human
rights and democracy, define long- and short-term key objectives, and set out concrete actions
to advance human rights and democracy in a specific country. The strategies and their annual
implementation reports constitute an essential tool in ensuring policy consistency and in
preparing high-level visits and political dialogues. Furthermore, these documents entail
sensitive information and internal analysis reflecting views and positions, internal
assessments, and other elements intended for internal use of the EU institutions. The
disclosure of these documents to the public would reveal our internal deliberations, and
consequently harm the possibility to maintain an environment of mutual trust and thus
undermine EU`s relations with countries concerned.
Furthermore, it should be noted that documents are classified RESTREINT UE/EU
RESTRICTED. This security classification means that the unauthorised disclosure of the
1 Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council regarding public access to
European Parliament, Council and Commission documents (hereafter the "Regulation").
European External Action Service – B-1046 Brussels – Belgium – Tel.: (32-2) 584 11 11
Office: EEAS PARC 06/560 – e-mail: email@example.com
information contained in the documents is considered to be disadvantageous to the interests
of the European Union or of one or more of the Member States.
Therefore, I regret to inform you that we are not in a position to disclose these documents at
this point in time, neither as a whole or partially, since it could seriously undermine the
protection of public security, and international relations, as per Article 4(1)(a) 1st and 3rd
indents, of the Regulation.
Should you wish this position to be reviewed, you may confirm your initial request within
15 working days.
With regard to your request concerning ‘any other document that relates to EU's strategies
to promote human rights in Mexico, Chile and Bolivia’
, I am pleased to forward the Annual
Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World in 2019 attached to this letter.
The 2020 Human Rights report is planned to come out in June.
Electronically signed on 11/03/2021 16:31 (UTC+01) in accordance with article 11 of Commission Decision C(2020) 4482