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How the European Commission handled a request for public access to correspondence exchanged with Member State authorities concerning the distribution of medical masks in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

4 May 2021 / Source: ombudsman.europa.eu

The complainant requested from the European Commission public access to correspondence exchanged with Member State authorities concerning the distribution of medical masks to protect healthcare workers, as part of the 'Emergency Support Instrument' in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Commission identified 134 documents as falling under the request and proposed to grant him access to a selection of those documents, including some documents with parts of the content withheld. In refusing access, the Commission invoked an exception provided for under the EU's rules on public access to documents, arguing that full disclosure could undermine the commercial interests of the company in question, which supplied the masks.
The Ombudsman opened an inquiry and sought to inspect the documents in question.

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