Court condemns Belgian green disclosure policy

The European court of justice has condemned Belgium for allowing public authorities to use failure to respond to information requests as a signal that those requests have been refused. In a judgement on the country's implementation of the EU's 1990 access to environmental information directive the court ruled that authorities must explain their reasons for a refusal to those requesting information. New EU rules explicitly disallowing such "tacit refusals" entered into force in February. Much of the judgement draws on earlier case law (EED 27/06/03). See judgement in case C-186/04.

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