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The European External Action Service's (EEAS) refusal to grant public access to documents related to EU funding provided to Palestinian civil society organisations

The complainant asked the European External Action Service (EEAS) to grant him public access to briefings concerning funding for civil society organisations in Palestine, which were drawn up for the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. The EEAS denied access, invoking an exception provided for under the EU's rules on public access to documents and arguing that disclosure could undermine the EU’s international relations with Palestine and Israel. 

The Ombudsman opened an inquiry and sought to inspect the documents in question.