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Trajan Shipley
7th December 2021
Covid-19 Institutional law Justice & Litigation

General Court to rule on access to Commission documents on alleged benefits to public health from EU COVID-19 restrictions

In Swords v Commission (T-586/21), the General Court will hear an action for annulment against an implied decision by the European Commission refusing access to documents it received from Ireland in relation to the supposed benefits to public health resulting from the inter-EU travel restrictions in place since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is the first action before EU courts concerning access to information related to public health measures adopted during the COVID-19 pandemic. In support of the action, the applicant claims that the Commission has infringed the third indent of Article 4(2) of Access to Documents Regulation 1049/2001, which allows for the disclosure of information that would undermine particular in


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