EU Court of Justice AG Cruz Villalón upholds the Commission’s pleas about the judgement of the General Court on access to cartel documents under EU transparency regulation (Energie Baden-Württemberg)

Relevance of the Opinion The Opinion touches upon the disclosure through the Regulation 1049/2001 ("Transparency Regulation") of cartel-related-documents held by the Commission. First, it addresses how the Commission should handle these requests, in particular, it tackles the harmonious interpretations of the Transparency Regulation and the potential existence of a general presumption against disclosure. Second, it assesses the scope of the main exceptions included in the Transparency Regulations to refuse access: the purpose of investigations and the commercial interests exceptions. These issues are particularly relevant in the context of access to leniency material, which could be used by third parties to support actions for the damages arisen as a result of a cartel. This entails

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Pablo González De Zárate Catón, EU Court of Justice AG Cruz Villalón upholds the Commission’s pleas about the judgement of the General Court on access to cartel documents under EU transparency regulation (Energie Baden-Württemberg), 3 octobre 2013, e-Competitions October 2013, Art. N° 60938

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