Hautala and Others v. EFSA

T-329/17
May 24, 2017
Final judgment
European Union, Luxembourg

Politicians
Heidi Hautala, Benedek Javór, Michèle Rivasi, Bart Staes
EFSA
Bondine Kloostra

EU court
Herbicide, Glyphosate, Roundup
Annul EFSA’s confirmatory decision of 14 March 2017 to refuse most of the documents requested by the applicants; and order EFSA to pay the costs of the proceedings.
Court of Justice of Luxembourg, European Union
Court

March 7, 2019
Positive
The general court Annuls the decision of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) of 14 March 2017, in so far as EFSA refused access to the parts ‘material, experimental conditions and methods’ and ‘results and discussion’ of 12 carcinogenicity studies on the active substance glyphosate; Orders EFSA to bear its own costs and pay the costs incurred by Ms Heidi Hautala, Ms Michèle Rivasi, Mr Benedek Jávor and Mr Bart Staes; Orders Cheminova A/S, Monsanto to bear their own costs.
EU law

05.24.2017, referral to the CJEU on the non-disclosure by the EFSA of the studies on which it relied to conclude that glyphosate was not carcinogenic to humans, contrary to the conclusions of the WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). The plaintiffs seek to obtain legal clarity on the information that should be made public and on what should legitimately be considered as business confidential information. Aarhus Convention. March 7, 2019, the General Court annuls the contested decision in so far as EFSA refused access to the parts ‘material, experimental conditions and methods’ and ‘results and discussion’ of the requested studies. On the same day, the court takes an identical decision in Case T-716/14.