National security has easily served as an all-encompassing reason to restrict access to public sector information. There are two central questions to the debate: what is the meaning of “national security” when it comes to classification of information and how can those outside the public administration gain an insight in the rationales behind such classification?
Preparation and access to NATO, too, have introduced new “national security” related restrictions in national FOIAs. Those are frequently expressed in broad terms, refer to information classified by a third party, and induce the expansion of derivative classification, which may not be based on the content of the information, but rather its origin.
The experts taking part in the discussion will consider legal solutions and the practice of implementation of the relevant legal norms, presenting specific cases from their countries.