ACTA: European Court of Justice judgment: Sophie in ‘t Veld MEP v European Commission


"Today's ruling unfortunately upholds the culture of discretion and confidentiality of diplomats that was common in the fifties", Dutch MEP Sophie In 't Veld (ALDE/D66) says in a reaction to the judgment of the European General Court in her case against the European Commission for the refusal to disclose documents on the negotiations on the anti-piracy treaty ACTA. The Court ruled, in favour of In 't Veld, that the Commission had classified too many documents confidential. However, the Court also supported the Commission by stating that a general confidentiality agreement with negotiating partners is allowed. In 't Veld: "This way diplomatic negotiations are routinely classified confidential while citizens are left in the dark."

From the D66 Europa website: Sophie in 't Veld (MEP) determined to step up efforts for more transparency in EU

And: Full judgement from the European Court of Justice (pdf)

 

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