Dear Council of the European Union,

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:

1. All legislative files marked "Limite" dealing in any shape or form with issues linked to "return sponsorships"
2. All agendas, accompanying papers, non-papers, summary records, compromise texts, notes to delegations dealing in any shape or form with "return sponsorships"
3. Legal opinions dealing in any shape or form with "return sponsorships"
4. ‘indicative votes'/votes on preparatory acts dealing in any shape or form with "return sponsorships"
5. Most recent 4 column positional document of the New Pact on Migration and Asylum
6. The identity of Member States taking positions in preparatory bodies dealing in any shape or form with "return sponsorships"

Please note that Regulation No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents further provides that “[i]n particular, documents drawn up or received in the course of a legislative procedure shall be made directly accessible”.

The European Ombudsman has also noted that legislative documents “must be made proactively available by the ‘EU legislator’ so as to ensure the widest possible public access."

I hope you will take this into consideration in light of the ruling of maladministration against the Council by the European Ombudsman when it comes said legislative process.

Yours faithfully,

Nikolaj Nielsen

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Please find attached a letter from the General Secretariat of the Council
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Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

Transparency

 

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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

 

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Dear Council of the European Union,

Please pass this on to the person who reviews confirmatory applications.

I am filing the following confirmatory application with regards to my access to documents request 'New Pact on Migration and Asylum'.

Access to the following documents 13261/20, 14276/20, WK 13579/20 INIT + REV 1 and 5755/21 were denied on the basis that it "seriously undermine the decision-making process of the Council".

I believe this to be a disproportionate restriction on citizens’ right to the widest possible access to legislative documents.

Furthermore, the principle on the ‘widest possible public access’ has been established in EU case-law: see Joint Cases C-39/05 P and C-52/05 P Sweden and Turco v. Council [2008] ECLI:EU:C:2008:374, para. 34 and Case C-280/11 P Council v. Access Info Europe [2013] ECLI:EU:C:2013:671, para. 27.

I would like to remind you that the European Ombudsman strategic inquiry OI/2/2017/TE found maladministration with the Council when it comes to legislative transparency.

In particular, she criticised the Council’s failure to record systematically the identity of Member States taking positions in preparatory bodies, and the widespread practice of restricting access to legislative documents while the decision-making process is ongoing (the so-called ‘LIMITE’ marking).

I should also like to point out that 84% of requests for public access to documents marked as ‘LIMITE’, and relating to on-going legislative procedures in 2015, were in fact granted.

In the case of the Data Protection Regulation, 310 out of 321 ‘LIMITE’ documents related to the file were made fully accessible upon request while negotiations were still ongoing.

This means that the vast majority of legislative documents was ultimately not covered by any of the exceptions to disclosure under the EU’s rules on public access to documents. I fail to understand why these documents, which I requested, are not.

Yours faithfully,

Nikolaj Nielsen

Postmaster Consilium, Consejo de la Unión Europea

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Dear Mr Nielsen,

 

Please find attached a letter from the General Secretariat of the Council
extending the time limit for the Council to reply to your confirmatory
application for public access under Regulation 1049/2001.

Yours sincerely,

Transparency

 

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Dear Mr Nielsen,

 

Please find attached a letter from the General Secretariat of the Council
in reply to your confirmatory application for public access under
Regulation 1049/2001.

 

Owing to the publicly known exceptional circumstances the Council (and all
the EU Institutions) is currently facing, the present reply can only be
sent via email.

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Transparency

 

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