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Access to documents in EU fisheries: A Danish case

In yesterday’s newsletter by the Danish Fishermen’s Association (Danmarks Fiskeriforening) I read the following interesting paragraph:

“Danmarks Fiskeriforening har bedt om aktindsigt i sagen omkring muslinger i Limfjorden, hvor Danmarks Naturfredningsforening har klaget til EU over fiskeriet af muslinger. Det har ført til flere breve fra EU-Kommissionen til Danmark og omvendt, og derfor har fiskeriforeningen bedt om aktindsigt. Den er nu blevet afvist blandt andet med den begrundelse, at offentlighedens interesse vejer mindre tungt end hensynet til, at sagen kan føre til en retssag mellem Danmark og EU.”

If Google Translate was correct, this text means that a Danish environmental NGO (Danmarks Naturfredningsforening) has complained to the EU Commission over mussels fishing in specific area in Denmark. The Danish Fishermen’s Association requested access to the exchange of letters between the Commission and the NGO.

The Commission has refused access to these letters because this could become part of an official law suit and the Commission therefore sees the public interest in access to weight lower than the need to keep the exchange of letters confidential.

I wonder whether the Danish Fishermen went into a confirmatory application on this file?



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