Client Earth and PAN Europe v. EFSA and European Commission

C‑615/13 P and T‑214/11
November 27, 2013
Final judgment
European Union, Luxembourg

Environmental NGOs
Client Earth, PAN Europe
EFSA, European Commission
P. Kirch

EU court
Insecticide, Fungicide, Herbicide
The plaintiffs claim the annulment of the decision of EFSA refusing an application for access to certain working documents relating to a guidance document, prepared by EFSA, for the benefit of applicants for authorisation to place plant protection products on the market
Court (Second Chamber) of Luxembourg, European Union
Appellate (Appeal) Court

July 16, 2015
Positive
The action must therefore be upheld and the EFSA decision of 12 December 2011 must be annulled. EFSA must be ordered to bear its own costs and to pay the costs incurred by ClientEarth and PAN Europe
EU law

02.10.2011. EFSA refuses an application for access to certain working documents relating to a guidance document, prepared by EFSA, for the benefit of applicants for authorisation to place plant protection products on the market and, subsequently, for annulment of EFSA’s decision of 12 December 2011 withdrawing the earlier decision and granting the plaintiff access to all the information requested, except for the names of the external experts who made certain comments on the draft of that guidance document.