Dear European Defence Agency,
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:
PERSONAL DIRECTED ENERGY WEAPONS ARE NOW IN USE BY SOME AGENCIES PARTICULARLY THOSE UNDER MILITARY COMMAND OR SECRET SERVICES. CAN YOU CONFIRM THAT YOU ARE NOT USING THESE OR HAVE NOT AUTHORISED THEIR USE BY CONTRACTORS WITHIN THE EUROPEAN UNION?
We refer to your email of 17 July 2020 wherein you submit an access to
documents request under the provisions of Regulation 1049/2001.
After examination of your request, it has been determined that your
request is rather a request for information than an access to documents
request. Requests for information are handled under the provisions of
Article 10 of EDA Code of Good Administrative Behaviour. In any case, if
your request it is to be handled as a request for access to documents, it
would be devoid of purpose, as the Agency is in no possession of such
Considering your request, it is deemed noteworthy to provide some insight
regarding the Agency and its mission.
The European Defence Agency (EDA) is an agency set up under the Treaty on
European Union under the authority of the Council of the European Union.
Currently, 26 countries – all EU Member States except Denmark –
participate in EDA. EDA’s role is to support the Member States and the
Council in their effort to improve European defence capabilities. The
tasks of the Agency are set out in Article 5 of Council Decision (CFSP)
2015/1835 of 12 October 2015 defining the statute, seat and operational
rules of the European Defence Agency. You can learn more about EDA’s
mission here and in general about EDA on the Agency’s website.
In the light of the above, please note that the authorisation of personal
directed energy weapons is out of the scope of EDA’s activities.
European Defence Agency
Access to Documents
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