ECJ: ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS: Press release: General Court ruling on In ‘t Veld vs Council strengthens transparency in EU

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"Sophie in ‘t Veld, MEP (ALDE, NL), welcomes today’s ruling of the General Court of the EU on her request for access to the opinion of the Council Legal Service on the so called EU-US 'Swift agreement' on the transfer of bank data. "I am pleased the Court largely supported our claim, and puts the interest of the citizen before institutional interests. The Council will have to publish the document, with the exception only of those parts that could reveal the directives that might reveal the strategic objectives pursued by the EU in the negotiations, or the specific content of the agreement envisaged. It is a step forward for transparency in Europe, that the General Court makes it clear that negotiations on international agreements are not automatically exempt from EU transparency rules".

See: Press release (pdf)

And: European Court of Justice: Advocate General Opinion: Full-text: Sophie in ’t Veld v Council of the European Union (pdf)

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