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Judgment of the General Court of 11 December 2014 — Saint-Gobain Glass Deutschland v Commission

(Case T-476/12) 1

(Access to documents — Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 — Regulation (EC) No 1367/2006 — Documents relating to installations of the applicant situated in Germany and concerned by the scheme for greenhouse gas emission allowance trading — Partial refusal of access — Environmental information — Second sentence of Article 6(1) of Regulation No 1367/2006 — Exception relating to protection of the decision-making process — Documents originating from a Member State — Objection by the Member State — Article 4(3) and (5) of Regulation No 1049/2001)

Language of the case: German


Applicant: Saint-Gobain Glass Deutschland GmbH (Aix-la-Chapelle, Germany) (represented by: S. Altenschmidt and C. Dittrich, lawyers)

Defendant: European Commission (represented initially by P. Costa de Oliveira and H. Krämer, subsequently by H. Krämer and M. Konstantinidis, acting as Agents)


Action for annulment, first, of the Commission’s implied decision of 4 September 2012 and, in the alternative, of the Commission’s implied decision of 25 September 2012 and, secondly, of the Commission’s decision of 17 January 2013, refusing to grant full access to the list sent by the Federal Republic of Germany to the Commission, in the framework of the procedure set out in Article 15(1) of Commission Decision 2011/278/EU of 27 April 2011 determining transitional Union-wide rules for harmonised free allocation of emission allowances pursuant to Article 10a of Directive 2003/87/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ 2011 L 130, p. 1), to the extent that that document contains information relating to certain installations of the applicant, situated in German territory, relating to provisional allocations and activities and capacity levels in relation to carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions between 2005 and 2010, the efficiency of the installations and the annual emission quotas provisionally allocated for the period between 2013 and 2020.

Operative part of the judgment

The action is dismissed.

Saint-Gobain Glass Deutschland GmbH shall bear the costs.



1 OJ C 9, 12.1.2013.