- wrongly blanking out the names of industry lobbyists in documents to which access was provided under Regulation 1049/2001;
- failing to explain how the disclosure of the names in question would “undermine the protection of the privacy and the integrity of the individual” as stipulated in Article 4(1 )(b) of Regulation 1049/2001; and
- wrongly relying on Article 8(b) of Regulation 45/2001 when blanking out the names. For these reasons the Ombudsman concludes that the complainant’s allegation that the Commission failed to comply with its duty to provide proper access to documents under regulation 1049/2001 appears to be founded.”
Ombudsman rejects Commission secrecy over business lobbyists' names
The EU Ombudsman has launched an investigation into the European Commission's secrecy around 'Dalligate', the tobacco lobbying scandal that led to the forced resignation of health Commissioner John Dalli.
In the complaint, CEO accuses the Commission of secrecy, selective release of documents and failure to fulfill its obligations under EU transparency legislation (Regulation 1049/2001).
Corporate Europe Observatory
Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) is a research and campaign group working to expose and challenge the privileged access and influence enjoyed by corporations and their lobby groups in EU policy making.