NURPA's access to ACTA documents request

In January 2012, NURPA has requested documents related to ACTA to the European Parliament's Transparency - Public Access to documents and Relations with Interest Representatives Unit. Here is the full exchange.

ACTA supporters have been arguing since the first leaks of the draft text of the Agreement that there is no "transparency issue". However, if we look at attachment "Annexe c.7" of the response to our request for documents, the content on the pages 1 to 4 is so transparent that it is actually… invisible.

Our request

Dear Sir or Madam,

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:


The answer

Dear Mr,

Following your request we wish to inform you that we are in a position to send you the documents that have been already disclosed by Parliament or such documents as were identified by our service.

If there is any specific document that you do not find in our reply we would kindly ask you to supply more information which would allow us to identify the document.

We would draw your attention to the fact that the process of signature and conclusion as well as the ratification of the ACTA agreement is currently ongoing. Therefore, at this stage some documents can only be partially disclosed and the European Parliament takes special care to protect any disclosure that could affect the EU's current international relations with third countries (ACTA partners) and compromise the signature and conclusion of the agreement.

In consequence, we attach the Legal Service's opinion as requested by the INTA Committee but we are obliged to postpone sending you the Legal Service's opinion as requested by the Legal Affairs Committee. The latter is currently under consideration and will be forwarded immediately after the decision regarding its disclosure has been made.

As regards the debates on the subject in the responsible committee (INTA) as well as the committees for opinion (DEVE + JURI) please note that they are public (webstreaming) and the minutes are available on the EP's website:

A copy of the correspondence between the EP Committees is also attached but not MEPs individual correspondence. In fact, such correspondence is not recorded in Parliament's system as it does not qualify as Parliament documents in accordance with the EP Rules of Procedure (Article 104.2)

We hope that the documents we have provided you with are useful to you. May we recommend that you visit the EP's "Legislative Observatory" page on a regular basis. Here you can follow the evolution of this file and find information on the decision-making process within the European Parliament which at present has not yet been initiated.

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Attached documents