COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION

31 July 2000

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INF 96 JUR 271

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Subject: Council Decision amending Decision 93/731/EC on public access to Council documents and Decision 2000/23/EC on the improvement of information on the Council's legislative activities and on the public register of Council documents

Statements to be entered in the minutes when the above Decision is adopted.

STATEMENT BY THE DANISH, NETHERLANDS, FINNISH AND SWEDISH DELEGATIONS

Denmark, the Netherlands, Finland and Sweden consider that the confidentiality of Council documents on the common European security and defence policy (ESDP) can be guaranteed without the a priori exclusion of documents from the scope of the Council Decisions on public access to Council documents and on the public register of Council documents.

Denmark, the Netherlands, Finland and Sweden maintain that the amendments now adopted to the Council Decisions on public access to Council documents and on the public register of Council documents are without prejudice to the future instruments implementing Article 255 of the EC Treaty.

STATEMENT BY THE COMMISSION

The Commission has taken note of the Council's proposals to amend its Decision 93/731/EC (access to documents). In the light of those amendments, the Commission undertakes to examine its own rules on public access to documents in order to ensure that the same level of protection is afforded to documents concerning the ESDP.

If necessary, it will examine whether it is necessary to amend its own proposal for a Regulation regarding public access to documents of the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission pursuant to Article 255(2) of the EC Treaty.


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