Judgment of the Court (First Chamber), 17 October 2013

Council of the European Union v Access Info Europe

Appeal — Right of access to documents of the institutions — Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 — Article 4(3), first subparagraph — Protection of the institutions’ decision-making process — Note from the Council General Secretariat on the proposals submitted in the course of the legislative process for the revision of Regulation No 1049/2001 — Partial access — Refusal of access to information relating to the identity of Member States which put forward proposals

Case C‑280/11 P



Top of the page Documents in the Case
Document Date Name of the parties Subject-matter Curia EUR-Lex
Judgment (OJ)
29/11/2013 Council v Access Info Europe
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Judgment
ECLI:EU:C:2013:671
17/10/2013 Council v Access Info Europe
EUR-Lex text EUR-Lex bilingual text
Judgment (Summary)
ECLI:EU:C:2013:671
17/10/2013 Council v Access Info Europe
Opinion
ECLI:EU:C:2013:325
16/05/2013 Council v Access Info Europe
EUR-Lex text EUR-Lex bilingual text
Order
ECLI:EU:C:2012:58
02/02/2012 Council v Access Info Europe
Order
ECLI:EU:C:2011:666
17/10/2011 Council v Access Info Europe
Application (OJ)
29/07/2011 Council v Access Info Europe
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Reports of Cases

published in the electronic Reports of Cases (Court Reports - general)

Subject-matter

Information not available

Systematic classification scheme

1.
2 Institutional framework of the European Union
  2.03 Right of public access to documents
    2.03.02 Exceptions
      2.03.02.01 Principles
        2.03.02.01.02 Obligation to state reasons
2 Institutional framework of the European Union
  2.03 Right of public access to documents
    2.03.02 Exceptions
      2.03.02.01 Principles
        2.03.02.01.03 Concrete, individual examination of the documents
          2.03.02.01.03.02 Exceptions to the obligation to carry out a concrete, individual examination
            2.03.02.01.03.02.02 General presumptions of confidentiality by reference to categories of documents
2 Institutional framework of the European Union
  2.03 Right of public access to documents
    2.03.02 Exceptions
      2.03.02.03 Relative exceptions
        2.03.02.03.02 Prior balancing of the interests at stake
3 Legal proceedings
  3.10 Appeals
    3.10.04 Questions of law or fact


Citations of case-law or legislation

References in grounds of judgment

  • TFEU, Article 256 : paragraph 65
  • TFEU - Protocol No 3 -A58L1 : paragraph 65
  • Regulation 1049/2001 -A01 : paragraphs 3, 28, 40
  • Regulation 1049/2001 -A01L2 : paragraph 27
  • Regulation 1049/2001 -A04 : paragraphs 29, 32, 72, 73
  • Regulation 1049/2001 -A04P3L1 : paragraphs 4, 37, 38, 60, 74
  • Regulation 1049/2001 -C1 : paragraph 27
  • Regulation 1049/2001 -C2 : paragraphs 27, 32
  • Regulation 1049/2001 -C4 : paragraph 28
  • Regulation 1049/2001 -C6 : paragraphs 2, 33
  • Regulation 1049/2001 -C11 : paragraph 29
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -39/05 : paragraphs 27, 28, 30, 32, 33, 72
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -266/05 : paragraphs 29, 30
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -510/06 : paragraph 65
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -139/07 : paragraph 72
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -514/07 : paragraphs 27 - 30, 73
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -506/08 : paragraphs 27 - 31
  • General Court - Judgment T -233/09 : paragraphs 1 - 78
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -477/10 : paragraph 72
  • Court of Justice - Order C -626/10 : paragraph 65

Operative part

Opinion

  • EC Treaty (Maastricht), Article 207 -P3L2 : points 39, 41
  • EC Treaty (Amsterdam), Article 251 : point 38
  • EC Treaty (Amsterdam), Article 252 : point 38
  • EC Treaty (Amsterdam), Article 255 -P1 : point 39
  • TFEU, Article 289 : points 38, 42
  • Regulation 1049/2001 : points 1, 3, 50, 55, 78
  • Regulation 1049/2001 -A01LA : point 5
  • Regulation 1049/2001 -A04P3 : points 2, 30 - 32, 35, 51, 52, 57, 59, 62, 80
  • Regulation 1049/2001 -A04P3L1 : point 49
  • Regulation 1049/2001 -A04P3L2 : points 6, 49
  • Regulation 1049/2001 -C6 : points 4, 41
  • Decision 2006/683 : point 41
  • Commission - COM Document (Draft Legislation) - 52011PC0137 : point 48
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -39/05 : points 3, 42, 53, 54, 68, 74
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -139/07 : points 74, 76
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -506/08 : point 74
  • General Court - Judgment T -233/09 : points 1 - 87


Dates

Date of the lodging of the application initiating proceedings

  • 31/05/2011

Date of the Opinion

  • 16/05/2013

Date of the hearing

Information not available

Date of delivery

17/10/2013


References

Publication in the Official Journal

Application: OJ C 238 from 13.08.2011, p.6

Judgment: OJ C 367 from 14.12.2013, p.2

Name of the parties

Council v Access Info Europe

Notes on Academic Writings

  1. Kotnik-Šumah, Kristina: V prid večje transparentnosti zakonodajnega procesa v Svetu EU, Pravna praksa 2013 nº 42-43 p.30 (SL)
  2. Dupont-Lassalle, Julie: Accès aux documents et protection du processus décisionnel, Europe 2013 Décembre Comm. nº 12 p.16 (FR)
  3. Fura, Elisabet: Våga värna öppenheten – den behövs nu mer än någonsin!, Svensk Juristtidning 2014 Nr 3 p.267-272 (SV)
  4. Abazi, Vigjilenca ; Hillebrandt, Maarten: The legal limits to confidential negotiations: Recent case law developments in Council transparency: Access Info Europe and In ’t Veld, Common Market Law Review 2015 p.825-845 (EN)
  5. Lea, Stephen ; Cardwell, Paul James: Transparency Requirements in the Course of a Legislative Procedure: Council v. Access Info Europe, European Public Law 2015 p.61-80 (EN)
  6. Peraldi-Leneuf, Fabienne: Accès aux documents, Europe 2018 avril nº 4 p.14-15 (FR)
  7. Peraldi-Leneuf, Fabienne: Accès aux documents, Europe 2018 avril nº 4 p.15-17 (FR)



Procedural Analysis Information

Source of the question referred for a preliminary ruling

Information not available

Subject-matter

  • Provisions governing the institutions
  • - Access to documents

Procedure and result

  • Actions for annulment
  • Appeals : dismissal on substantive grounds
  • Appeals : dismissal on grounds of inadmissibility

Formation of the Court

première chambre (Cour)

Judge-Rapporteur

Tizzano

Advocate General

Cruz Villalón

Language(s) of the Case

  • English

Language(s) of the Opinion

  • Spanish