"Member states may limit the right of access to official documents. Limitations should be set down precisely in law, be necessary in a democratic society and be proportionate to the aim of protecting: i. national security, defence and international relations; ii. public safety; iii. the prevention, investigation and prosecution of criminal activities; iv. privacy and other legitimate private interests; v. commercial and other economic interests, be they private or public; vi. the equality of parties concerning court proceedings; vii. nature; viii. inspection, control and supervision by public authorities; ix. the economic, monetary and exchange rate policies of the state; x. the confidentiality of deliberations within or between public authorities during the internal preparation of a matter. "
DocumentCoE (Committee of Ministers): Recommendation Rec(2002)2 of the Committee of Ministers to Member States on Access to Official Documents, IV.1.i-x
- Access to information may be restricted only in limited cases, including in the interest of national security.
- Access to information may be restricted only in limited cases, including in the interest of territorial integrity.
- Access to information may be restricted only in limited cases, including in the interest of public safety.