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EU - Court of Justice - Decision on Access Info Europe v Council of the European Union (T-233/09) - Summary with link to judgment

On 22 March 2011, the General Court of the European Union found that the Council of the EU wrongly refused to disclose the identity of countries taking positions on reform of the EU’s access to documents rules. The Court found that the Council had “in no way demonstrated” how publication of the country names would “seriously undermine its decision-making process”. The Court stated that “If citizens are to be able to exercise their democratic rights, they must be in a position to follow in detail the decision-making process” and that they should “have access to all relevant information.”

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