Appeal brought on 30 July 2020 by Liviu Dragnea against the order of the General Court (First Chamber) delivered on 12 May 2020 in Case T-738/18, Dragnea v Commission

(Case C-351/20 P)

Language of the case: English


Appellant: Liviu Dragnea (represented by: C. Toby, O. Riffaud, B. Entringer, avocats)

Other party to the proceedings: European Commission

Form of order sought

The applicant claims that the Court should:

set aside the disputed order of the General Court in whole;

annul the Commission decision (OCM(2018)20575) sent to the legal representative of the applicant by letter dated 1 October 2018;

order the Commission to pay the costs.

Pleas in law and main arguments

In support of the action, the applicant relies on three pleas in law.

First plea in law, alleging a breach of articles 9(1), 9(2) and 9(4) of the OLAF Regulation1 and a violation of the rights of defence of the applicant in the investigations, including the right to be heard and the respect of the presumption of innocence.

Second plea in law, alleging a breach of the principle of sound administration in relation to the investigations as well as the refusal to open an investigation on the conduct of the OLAF investigation.

Third plea in law, alleging a violation of the right of access to documents concerning the OLAF investigations.


1 Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 883/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 September 2013 concerning investigations conducted by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1073/1999 of the European Parliament and of the Council and Council Regulation (Euratom) No 1074/1999 (OJ 2013, L 248, p. 1).