He denies that the information is “reserved” and that its disclosure could pose “serious risks to state security”.
MADRID, July 24 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Transparency Council has asked the Home Office to break down the cost of escort services for ministers’ private travel from January 2020 to present, broken down by services rendered and member of the executive branch affected.
In addition, according to the decision of the body in charge of compliance with the Transparency Law, to which Europa Press had access, the department headed by Fernando Grande-Marlaska must transmit to the person who requested this data the total number of requests for escorts included in the same Period processed, indicating the granted.
Likewise, you must provide the interested citizen with a copy of the existing regulations regarding the possibility for members of the government to request and receive escort services on their private journeys.
THE MINISTRY BREACHED THE DEADLINE
The person who requested this data submitted their request for information last December, but the interior did not reply within the deadline and complained to the Council for Transparency and Good Governance.
The Home Office responded to him shortly thereafter, but denied him access to this information, saying it was “reserved” and that its “disclosure to unauthorized persons” could entail “serious risks or damage to the security and defense of the state.” of the persons to be protected and the persons commissioned to do so”.
In particular, according to the Ministry, it is not possible to provide access to the information on the security plans of public bodies and institutions and on the protection plans of all those subject to them, as well as to all the documents necessary for the planning, preparation or execution of the documents, agreements or conventions, to which the classification as reserved has been attributed.
Transparency confirms that the 1986 Council of Ministers Agreement governing the classification of matters under the Official Secrets Act provides for the classification of units’ personnel, media and equipment templates “on a generic basis” and provides for the security plans of public institutions and organizations as well of the units, centers or organizations of the armed forces and of war material production sites.
CANNOT EXPAND TO EVERYTHING
It also gives this qualification to the protection plans of all persons subordinate to it, in particular the authorities and members of the armed forces. But according to Transparency, this reserved character does not also generically include “all protection plans of the security forces and corps”.
In his opinion, the documents required for the preparation or implementation of the protection plans should not be understood as “secret or reserved”, since he considers it “clear” that they “are not connected to the actions of the Bundeswehr” or “security and defense of the state.
In addition, Transparency states that “it cannot be determined objectively that access to the requested documents and data could endanger the security of the protected persons or of the persons in charge”.
“There is also no indication that the public is aware of the costs
The escort services provided for ministers’ private trips from January 2020 to date, broken down by services rendered and members of the government concerned, may endanger the security of the individuals concerned,” argues Transparency, which recalls that certain dates can always be omitted when this is necessary in relevant in this regard.